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​​2014 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums

The City and the Ann Arbor District Library hosted the third annual Sustainable Ann Arbor series.  A think tank of local stakeholders including representatives from community organizations, City of Ann Arbor staff, and Washtenaw County staff joined the public to discuss local sustainability efforts and challenges in our community.​

The series included four events organized around the City’s sustainability goals. The events were held monthly on the second Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Ann Arbor District Main Library at 343 South Fifth Ave from January through April 2014.

Each event included a series of short presentations followed by a question and answer session. The forums offered​ an opportunity to learn more about sustainability in the Ann Arbor community. 

If you have comments on the forums or suggestions, please send them to sustainability@a2gov.org.

2014 Schedule

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - Equity in Planning, including a discussion of countywide projects supported by Washtenaw County’s recent three-million dollar Housing and Urban Development grant which aims to expand existing affordable and energy efficient housing options, engage underrepresented residents, and foster community development in the region 

Visit AADL's website to watch the complete recording of the forum

Or view individual presentations from the Equity in Planning forum

Speakers included: ​
  • Stephen Wade, Management Analyst, Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development 
  • Jamie Kidwell, Sustainability Associate, City of Ann Arbor
  • Jennifer Hall, Executive Director, Ann Arbor Housing Commission
  • Sarah Teare, Community Development Director,
    Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley​
  • Charo Ledón, Executive Director, Casa Latina
  • Amanda ​​​Edmonds, Executive Director, Growing Hope

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​​Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - Healthy Ecosystems, including an overview of Ann Arbor's urban and community forest, tips for sustainable landscaping, yard design, and stormwater management at home

Visit AADL's website to watch the complete recording of the forum

Or view individual presentations from the Healthy Ecosystems forum

Speakers included:

  • Evan Pratt, Water Resources Commissioner, Office of the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner​
  • Kerry Gray, Urban Forestry & Natural Resources Coordinator, City of Ann Arbor
  • Bonnie Bona​, Project Manager, Clean Energy Coalition; Commissioner, City of Ann Arbor Planning Commission
  • Harry Sheehan, Environmental Manager, Office of the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner​
  • Roger Moon, Master Rain Gardener, Washtenaw County Master Rain Gardener Program 

 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - Climate and Adaptation, including a discussion of current adaptation and resiliency strategies within the community, an introduction of the newly launched Community Climate Partnership, a coalition of community stakeholders working to further support the City's Climate Action Plan, and how to take steps to both mitigate and adapt to climate change

Visit AADL's​ website to watch the complete recording of the forum

Or view individual presentations from the Climate and Adaptation forum

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Speakers included: 

  • ​Mike Shriberg, Education Director, Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute; ​Lecturer, Program in the Environment (PitE) & Michigan Community Scholars Program (MCSP)
  • Melissa StultsScience Research Fellow, University of Michigan; Commissioner, City of Ann Arbor Park Advisory Commission and Environmental Commission
  • Rebecca Esselman, Watershed Planner, Huron River Watershed Council
  • Susan Hutton, Vice Chair, City of Ann Arbor Environmental Commission
  • Monica Patel, Policy Specialist, Ecology Center
  • Mike Garfield​, ​Director, Ecology Center​
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 – Local Food, including highlights from the Ann Arbor farmers market, our local food economy, and tips on how to support  and participate in Ann Arbor's local food system ​

Speakers included: 

  • Yousef Rabhi​, Chair, Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners
  • Robert Grese, Director, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum; Professor, UM School of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Sarah DeWitt​, Farmers Market Manager, City of Ann Arbor​
  • Jenna Bacolor, Executive Director, Community Education & Recreation Ann Arbor Public School
  • Hillary Bisnett, Healthy Food in Healthcare Project Director, Ecology Center
  • Evan Dayringer, Eat Ideas Farm; Coordinating Team, Cobblestone Farmers Market​

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Past Events

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - Sustainable Systems, including the impacts of current and predicted weather changes in the community and on the City’s constructed and natural infrastructure

Powerpoint Presentations (pdf - 9MB)

How to Get Involved Handout (pdf)

Visit AADL's website to watch the Sustainable Systems Forum

Or visit the Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums video page to view individual presentations

 Speakers included:

  • Matthew Naud, Environmental Coordinator, City of Ann Arbor
  • Dan Brown, Research Associate, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessment
  • Jen Lawson, Water Quality Manager, City of Ann Arbor 
  • Cresson Slotten, Systems Planning Unit Manager, City of Ann Arbor
  • Rick Norman, Director of Emergency Management, City of Ann Arbor 
  • Jason Frenzel, Adopt-A-Stream & Stewardship Coordinator, Huron River Watershed Council

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - Economic Vitality, including opportunities to invest in the local economy and to build a strong sense of place in the community

Powerpoint Presentations (pdf - 6MB)

A followup discussion session for this event will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at the Pittsfield Branch Library. Join the discussion!   

Visit AADL's website to watch the Economic Vitality Forum

Or visit the Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums video page to view individual presentations

 Speakers included:

  • Mary Jo Callan, Director, Washtenaw County Community and Economic Development
  • Colleen Layton, Director of Policy Development, Michigan Municipal League
  • Paul Krutko, President and CEO, Ann Arbor SPARK
  • Ingrid Ault, Executive Director, Think Local First
  • Paul Saginaw, Founding Partner, Zingerman's Deli

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - Diverse Housing, including how to meet the current and future needs of the community with changing housing demographics and adaptations to become a more age-friendly community 

Powerpoint Presentations (pdf - 9MB)

 

Visit AADL's website to watch the Diverse Housing Forum

Or visit the Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums video page to view individual presentations

 

 Speakers included:

  • Wendy Rampson, Planning Manager, City of Ann Arbor
  • Karen Kafantaris, Associate State Director, AARP
  • Steve Bredernitz, Bredernitz Professional Services
  • Ryan Cowmeadow, HomeShare Coordinator, Housing Bureau for Seniors
  • Eunice Burns, Ann Arbor resident and former Ann Arbor city councilmember

Thursday, April 18, 2013 – Transportation Options, including the transition to more fuel efficient modes of transit, such as electric vehicles, and non-motorized planning efforts in the community 

Powerpoint Presentations (pdf -12MB)

 

Visit AADL's website to watch the Transportation Options Forum

Or visit the Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums video page to view individual presentations

 Speakers included:

  • John Hieftje, Mayor, City of Ann Arbor
  • Erica Briggs, Project Manager, Clean Energy Coalition
  • Nathan Voght, Economic Development Specialist, Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development
  • Eli Cooper, Transportation Programs Manager, City of Ann Arbor
  • Michael Benham, Strategic Planner, AATA

January 12, 2012 - Resource Management, including natural areas, waste reduction, recycling, compost, local food systems, water and air quality. See the press release here.

 

Download a pdf of the resource management presentations here

Visit the AADL's website to watch the Resource Management Forum

Or visit the Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums video page to view individual presentations

 Speakers included:

  • Matthew Naud, Environmental Coordinator
  • Richard Norton, Chair of the Urban and Regional Planning at University of Michigan
  • Laura Rubin, Executive Director of Huron River Watershed Council
  • Tom McMurtrie, Solid Waste Coordinator
  • Kerry Gray, Urban Forestry & Natural Resources Planner
  • Jason Tallant, Natural Area Preservation
  • Chris Graham, Chair of the Environmental Commission

February 9, 2012 - Land Use and Access, including transportation designs, infrastructure, land uses, built environment, and public spaces. See the press release here.

 

Download a pdf of the land use and access presentations here

Visit the AADL's website to watch the Land Use and Access Forum

Or visit the Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums video page to view individual presentations

 

Speakers included:

  • Wendy Rampson, Planning Manager
  • Joe Grengs, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Susan Pollay, Downtown Development Authority Executive Director
  • Eli Cooper, Transportation Program Manager
  • Jeff Kahan, City Planner
  • Ginny Trocchio, Ann Arbor Greenbelt Program
  • Evan Pratt, Planning Commission

March 8, 2012 - Climate and Energy, including an overview of Ann Arbor’s climate action plan, climate impacts, renewable and alternative energy, energy efficiency and conservation. See the press release here.

 

Download a pdf of the climate and energy presentations here!

Visit the AADL's website to watch the Climate and Energy Forum 

Or visit the Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums video page to view individual presentations

Speakers included:

  • John Hieftje, Mayor
  • Matt Naud, Environmental Coordinator
  • Nathan Geisler, Energy Programs Associate
  • Larissa Larsen, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at University of Michigan
  • Terry Alexander, Executive Director, Office of Campus Sustainability at University of Michigan
  • Monica Patel, Policy Specialist, Ecology Center
  • Jenny Oorbeck, Communities Division Manager, Clean Energy Coalition
  • Wayne Appleyard, Chair of the Ann Arbor Energy Commission
April 12, 2012 – Community, including housing, public safety, public art, recreation, outreach, civic engagement, and stewardship of community resources. See the press release here.  
 
 

Download a pdf of the community presentations here

Visit the AADL's website to watch the Community Forum

Or visit the Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums video page to view individual presentations

Speakers included:

  • Wendy Rampson, Planning Manager
  • Richard Norton, Chair of the Urban and Regional Planning at University of Michigan
  • Cheryl Elliott, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation
  • Cheryl Saam, Recreation Facilities Supervisor
  • Jennifer Hall, Executive Director of Ann Arbor Housing Commission
  • John Seto, Deputy Police Chief
  • Julie Grand, Chair of the Park Advisory Commission

Each program included short presentations followed by a question and answer session. The presentations will look at past successes and challenges and discuss possible future priorities. This forum is part of Ann Arbor's sustainability framework project.

See the press release here.

Check out the poster here.



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