Friday, August 7
12:30-2:00 pm | Breakout Sessions
It Takes a Village: Sustaining Restoration Projects with Service Learners and Community Organizations
Current climate and political extremes drive recognition that land use practices provide both problematic and potential solutions. The Village of Yellow Springs actively and collaboratively develops policies/programs facilitating renewable energy, active transportation, affordable housing and conservation, which community leaders illustrate via case studies highlighting success factors to improve resilience and quality of life.
Panelists: Susan Jennings, Marianne MacQueen, Krista Magaw, Kineta Sanford
Connecting People with Sustainable Transportation Options
This panel will look at ongoing efforts to expand public transit and active transportation networks, and the use of zero-emission vehicles, and will explore additional strategies to connect people with sustainable transportation options, including mobility hubs, complete streets and more.
Panelists: Nathan Alley, Michael Peters, Jason Barron, and Cam Hardy
Designing Future Foodsheds for Regenerative Regions
Regenerative Cities provide food, water, and energy, while enhancing biodiversity, ecosystem services, and capturing greenhouse gasses. Explore how Permaculture and Regenerative Farming Practices are transforming our cities, suburbs, and rural landscapes. This session plugs participants into our network and features facilitated design charrettes about different permaculture projects and methods.
Panelists: Chris Smyth, Amy Stross, Doug Crouch, Braden Trauth, and Alan Wight
The Young and The Restless: How Younger Generations are Stepping up to Fight Climate Change / Youth Resiliency in Cincy
What role do younger generations see themselves playing when it comes to issues like climate change, equity, racism, and transportation in the years to come? This panel focuses on diverse perspectives and people represented by youth activists. Following the panel, a young professional in the environmental field and a youth activist will lead further small group discussions on their perspectives in relation to their careers and experiences.
Panelists: Sarah Fischer, Madison Butcher, Savannah Sullivan, Stephanie Crockett, and High School Employees of Groundwork Ohio River Valley
2:15-3:15 pm | Breakout Sessions
Models Managing Natural Resources in a Developing County
This panel explores methods for implementing landscape-scale resource management in a rapidly developing community. We will describe the development of two comprehensive watershed plans, which use data-driven methods for asset management, project implementation, and stormwater policy changes. Through collaborative partnerships, these plans have led to successful BMPs throughout the community.
Panelists: Katie MacMannis, Liz Fet, Mark Jacobs, and Matt Wooten
The Next Frontier: Urban Carbon Capture and Storage
Cities around the world have developed strategies to reduce carbon emissions. However, the 2018 National Climate Assessment reported that in addition to reducing CO2 50% by 2030, the world will also need to rapidly implement carbon capture and storage strategies to minimize global warming. This session explores carbon capture strategies, including regenerative green infrastructure, carbon negative architecture, and policy tools that can be deployed in urban settings like Cincinnati.
Panelists: Ollie Kroner, Crystal Courtney, Matt DiBoba, and Carl Sterner
Net Zero Everything: Interactive Sustainability Planning Workshop
Attendees are invited to participate in an interactive workshop where they will join a subject-matter team of their choice to brainstorm how to take Camp Joy - a rural outdoor camp that delivers programming to ~13,000 people annually - to “Net-Zero Everything” across the categories of energy, water, waste, and land-management.
Panelists: Jennifer Eismeier, Jeffrey Millard, Chris Willis, and Andy Holzhauser
Indigenizing Colonized Spaces: Building Health and Wealth with Food Sovereignty
Native chefs, farmers and educators are cultivating solutions to food access and diet-based health problems by reclaiming ancestral traditions. Can movements to decolonize diet and food systems apply to diverse cities? Can Native culinary and agricultural education help reaffirm relationship to land and place, health and humanity?
Panelists: Jheri Neri, J. Dawn Knickerbocker, and Shane Creepingbear
3:30-4:30 pm | Breakout Sessions
Sustainable Business Models
Time to take an in-depth look at two sustainable business models. First we look at the sustainable elements Sup Kentucky integrated into their small adventure tourism company next we scale up and examine Inside Out Design and how a large company takes big measures to ensure sustainable business practices.
Panelists: Andrea Wilson Mueller and Heather Warman
Manufacturing Sustainability: Why Local Efforts Should Include Industry
Industrial energy efficiency has significant emissions reduction and economic benefits! We will learn and discuss ways that local governments and stakeholders can support industrial energy efficiency as part of sustainability and climate action efforts, including through practices already used by ENERGY STAR, trade associations, and other organizations.
Panelists: John Seryak and Melissa Hulting
4:30-4:45 pm | Green Umbrella Closing Remarks