Actions and Detail Panel
Quarter 2 Meeting: Scaling Up - Data Driven Design at a City Scale
Tue, April 4, 2017, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM CDT
SCALING UP: Data Driven Design at a City Scale
Whether you are a city looking for tools to support climate action goals and build sustainability in your community, working to support public sustainability efforts or interested in leadership opportunities local communities can take to commit to a higher quality of life by focusing on air and water quality, pollution, CO2 emissions, and resident equity and engagement, you will take away many new ideas from this program.
United through the Regional Indicators Initiative (RII), twenty-seven Minnesota cities are tracking their annual energy, water, travel, and waste performance, and using these indicators to calculate their greenhouse gas emissions. With seven years of data publically available, these cities are leveraging lessons they’ve learned from their past – and from their neighbors – to create strategic plans for the future.
This ongoing initiative provides the missing link in the State’s sustainability framework, positioning individual cities within the context of the State’s greenhouse gas reduction goals and quantifying the effects of implementing best practices such as those defined in Minnesota’s GreenStep Cities program.
The panel will discuss the key findings and demonstrate tools that have been developed to assist city energy planning, such as an interactive ‘wedge’ diagram. The Sustainability Coordinator for St. Louis Park will describe how her city is using the data to effect change through sustainability planning, policy, and outreach.
The team will also discuss USGBC’s newest rating system LEED for Cities and Communities and describe the synergies between the LEED for Cities platform and the RII program.
- Becky Alexander - LHB
- Rick Carter - LHB
- Shannon Pinc - City of St. Louis Park
Lunch is included with registration.
This program qualifies for 1 GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU/HSW CE Hour.
- Describe the Regional Indicators Initiative and its key energy, water, travel, waste, and green house gas emissions findings.
- Apply the lessons learned from the Regional Indicators Initiative and the City of St. Louis Park to suggest best practices at the scale of the citizen, business, and neighborhood in your city.
- Leverage data collection and wedge diagramming to develop a strategic plan for greenhouse gas reductions at an individual, organization, commuinty or regional scale.
- Understand the synergies between the Regional Indicators Initiative and LEED for Cities.
Sponsorship Opportunities are Available. Email Brent at BSuski@usgbc.org for more information.