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GreenTown: Michiana – October 10-11, 2013

GreenTown Michiana – Thursday & Friday Oct. 10-11, 2013
DoubleTree Hotel / Downtown South Bend, IN

DoubleTree Hotel
Located in downtown South Bend
123 N St Joseph Street
South Bend, IN 46601
(574) 234-2000

DoubleTree Hotel Information Here.
Register Here.

Free Parking available at the DoubleTree Hotel

Guests of the DoubleTree
Use your room card at the parking machine to receive free parking.
GreenTown
Pull your ticket from the machine when you arrive.  Ask for a free parking voucher at the GreenTown registration desk. You will need both your original ticket as well as the free ticket to put into the machine when you leave the parking garage.

For alternative parking options, click here to view the parking map.

 

GreenTown will be held Friday, October 11, 2013, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Downtown South Bend, IN. Pre-conference events will be held on Thursday, October 10.
GreenTown brings together the public sector and the private sector to “connect the dots”, to inspire and to work together to remake our communities. From healthy living to local food, energy to green infrastructure, water to outdoor space, GreenTown will help you make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Key Speakers Include:

Pete Buttigieg:
Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the chief executive of the City of South Bend. The city’s thirty-second mayor, he was sworn into office on January 1, 2012.
Buttigieg is working to strengthen the local economy by retaining and attracting businesses, partner with the local public school system, manage a cutting-edge and transparent city administration, and provide safety and security by empowering neighborhoods throughout our community.
Buttigieg is also an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He lives in the same neighborhood where he grew up, where he is restoring a once-vacant home.

Mark Fenton:
Mark Fenton is a fast-walking, power-talking advocate for creating walkable communities – and for getting people out to walk in their community. A contributing editor to Health Magazine and host of “America’s Walking” on PBS, Fenton is a high energy speaker that will get you motivated to walk – and create a healthy environment for all. Fenton will lead a walk audit of downtown South Bend on Thursday, October 10 at 5pm.

George Heartwell:
George Heartwell is the Mayor of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Heartwell took office in 2004 and is now serving his third term as mayor.  During his tenure, City government has focused on sustainability, bringing the public sector and private sector together to make Grand Rapids a model for sustainable communities. Among other initiatives, Grand Rapids has provided leadership through the purchase of renewable resource energy, use of alternative fuels in city vehicles, continued attention to water quality in the Grand River, and widespread implementation of energy conservation measures.  In January 2007 the United Nations recognized Grand Rapids as a “Regional Center of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development.”

-Krista Bailey, IU South Bend’s Center for a Sustainable Future
-Mike Curry, Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance (MELA)
-Rick Berger, BSA LifeStructures
-Adam Branscomb, Fairmount Properties
-Tom Brown, Inovaetus
-Jon Burke, City of South Bend
-David Cangany, TRANSPO
-Gary Cuneen, Seven Generations Ahead
-Nayla Jimenez Cabezas, Maple City Health Care Center
-Norman Christopher, Grand Valley State University,  author of “Sustainability Demystified”
-Dave Cieslewicz, former mayor, Madison, Wisconsin
-Robert Colangelo, GreenSense Radio and GreenSense Farms
-Matt Davis, Wightman & Associates
-Margo DeMont, Memorial Hospital of South Bend
-Michael Divita, City of South Bend
-Dani Elgas,YMCA of Michiana
-Raquel Falk, Monroe Park Grocery Co-op
-Jennifer Gulick, Davey Resource Group
-Bridget Hardy, Fitness Specialist
-John Harris, a5
-Lorie Heber, Our Green Valley Alliance
-Chris Hebron, Hebron Farms
-Darlene Heemstra, Three Oaks Community Garden
-John Houseal, Houseal Lavigne
-Jenny Jones, River Valley Schools
-Jitin Kain, City of South Bend
-TJ Kanczuzewski, Inovaetus
-Allan J. Kauffman, Mayor, City of Goshen, Indiana
-Mike Keen, IU South Bend’s Center for a Sustainable Future
-Meg Kelly, Biodiversity Project
-Greg Kil, Kil Architecture & Planning
-Becky Kliss, Green Connection
-Milan Kluko, Green Spirit Farms
-Greg Koehler, Purple Porch Co-op
-Lee LaVanway, Benton Harbor Fruit Market
-Milt Lee, Food Bank of Northern Indiana
-Chuck Lehman, Lehman & Lehman
-David Matthews, Matthews, LLC
-John McLinden, StreetScape Development
-Matt Meersman, President, Friends of the St. Joe River
-Robin Meleski, St Joseph County Health Department
-Don Miller, University of Notre Dame
-Dan Miles, BSA LifeStructures
-Edward Noonan, Tryon Farms
-Aaron Perri, Downtown South Bend
-Jan Pilarski, Green Bridge Growers
-Jack Pizzo, Pizzo and Associates
-Billy Ponko, BSA LifeStructures
-Jake Rardin, BSA LifeStructures
-Julie Rizzo, Recycled Granite
-Laura Sandman, ArtAffectsCoalition
-Jim Speer, Our Green Valley Alliance
-Jessica Stauffer, Be Healthy Berrien
-Sara Stewart, Unity Gardens
-Linda Strohl, Meals on Wheels/Senior Nutrition
-James Summers, Summers Group
-Mark Walker, Kuert Concrete
-Doug Way, 1st Source Bank
-Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor, City of Gary, Indiana

Pre-Conference Sessions & Events on Thursday, October 10 Include:

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Registration

1:00pm – 5:00pm
The Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development

Learn how to use sustainability and innovation to strengthen your business or organization and make Michiana more prosperous as part of the newly emerging green economy. The workshop will provide the basic principles of sustainability and explain how to integrate them into your business or organization to gain cost savings, customer and employee loyalty, and competitive advantage. Hands-on activities will center of step by step approach to developing a sustainability action plan.
Speakers:
Mike Keen, Director, IU South Bend’s Center for a Sustainable Future and Krista Bailey, Assistant Director, IU South Bend’s Center for a Sustainable Future.

1:00pm – 5:00pm
Waste Not. A Forum on Jobs and Recycling, Commercial Food Scrap Composting, and Zero Waste Events

How do we increase commercial food scrap collection in the Michiana area? What are the economic development opportunities related to expanding recycling? What are the steps for creating large and small-scale zero waste community events? Join us for an afternoon workshop to discuss barriers, solutions and success stories. This half-day forum will include presentations, dialogue, and training that will advance landfill diversion in Indiana, Michigan and beyond.
Speakers:
Carey Hamilton, Indiana Recycling Coalition, Jonathan Allinson, Indiana Recycling Coalition, Jen Nelson, Seven Generations Ahead, Steven P. Christman, QEP, Northeast Indiana Solid Waste District, Natasha Weisenbeck, Senior Public Relations major, Goshen College Composting and Glenn Gilbert, Utilities Manager/Sustainability Coordinator, Goshen College Composting

1:00pm – 5:00pm
Healthy Water, Healthy Communities: Why Water Matters

Here in the Great Lakes Region, we have plenty of water. But how much? For how long? And at what quality? Join us for Healthy Water, Healthy Communities: Why Water Matters, an afternoon workshop on Thursday, October 10 in downtown South Bend.This GreenTown pre-conference event is perfect if you care about, or work with, water and how it impacts our communities now and for generations to come.
The goals:
- Raise awareness about the current state of water quality and quantity
- Connect the dots among diverse groups in the Michiana area to spur greater stewardship, cooperation and progress –The Importance of a Watershed Approach
- Explore ideas to connect people to water; build a society that values water as a resource
- Identify future opportunities and next steps to work together to protect, improve and celebrate water resources in Michiana.
Speakers:
Matt Meersman, President, Friends of the St. Joe River, Scott Dierks, Cardno JFNew, Al Steinman, Grand Valley State University, Water Resources Institute, Larry Nielsen, Village Manager, Paw Paw, Jim Patchett, Conservation Design Forum, Mark O’Brien, Cardno JF New, Eric Kurtz, Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District, Hans Kok, Ph.D., CCA, Indiana Conservation Cropping Systems and Lucien Steil, University of Notre Dame.

5:00pm – 5:45pm
Downtown South Bend Walk Audit

Mark Fenton will lead a walk audit through downtown South Bend, walk begins at the DoubleTree hotel.

6:00pm
Reception at TRANSPO

After the Mark Fenton walk, there will be a reception at 6pm to conclude Thursday’s events. Food and beverage will be provided by our sustainer sponsor Whole Foods.

Main Conference Sessions & Events on Friday, October 11 Include:

7:30am – 8:30am
Mayor’s & Elected Officials Panel Breakfast (Invite Only)
Moderator:
John Houseal, Houseal Lavigne.
Speakers:
Mayor Allan Kauffman, City of Goshen, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, City of South Bend, Mayor George Heartwell, City of Grand Rapids and Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, City of Gary.

7:30am – 8:15am
Registration and Breakfast

8:30am – 8:45am
Welcome

Speakers:
U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, Indiana (Vide Message), Pete Buttigieg, Mayor, City of South Bend, Gary Cuneen, Seven Generations Ahead and John Harris, a5.

8:45am – 9:15am
Keynote Speaker, George Heartwell, Mayor, City of Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids: A Case Study in Community Sustainability

9:15am – 10:15am
Keynote Speaker, Mark Fenton, Host of “America’s Walking” on PBS
America’s Walking: Creating the Environment that Encourages Walking, Biking and Community

10:15am – 10:25am
Break

Following the morning session, GreenTown will offer five tracks with four sessions each. Participants may choose a track and stay with that track for the day, or can mix and match among the following tracks:

- Health and Wellness Sustainability
- Energy/Built Environment
- Transportation
- Sustainable Business
- Food

Breakout Session One:
10:25am – 11:25am

Health and Wellness Sustainability
What Makes a Healthy Community?
Speakers:
Mark Fenton, PBS Host, Dani Elgas, YMCA of Michiana, Mike Curry, Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance (MELA) and Nayla Jimenez Cabezas, Maple City Health Care Center.
 
Energy/Built Environment
Better Buildings: Case Studies in Life Cycle Savings
Moderator:
Bill LaDitka, Wightman & Associates, Inc.
Presenters:
David Cangany, TRANSPO, Matt Davis, Wightman & Associates, Pokagon Band Community Center and Mike Daly, University of Notre Dame.

Energy/Built Environment
Waste to Energy: Energy Recovery Solutions for a Sustainable Future
Presenter:
Billy Ponko, BSA LifeStructures, Rick Berger, BSA LifeStructures, Dan Miles, BSA LifeStructures, Jake Rardin, BSA LifeStructures.
 
Transportation
Reinventing Neighborhoods Through Mixed Use and Transit Oriented Development
Moderator:
John Houseal, Houseal Lavigne.
Presenters:
Adam Branscomb, Fairmount Properties (Cleveland/Kent/Hudson developer), John McLinden, Streetscape Development (Libertyville), Greg Kil, Kil Architecture & Planning (Mishawaka), Charles Lehman, Lehman & Lehman (Mishawaka).

Sustainable Business
Case Studies in Creating a Green Company
Moderator:
Norman Christopher, GVSU, Author
Panelists:
TJ Kanczuzewski, Inovaetus, Milan Kluko, Green Spirit Farms, Edward Noonan, Tryon Farms and Jack Pizzo, Pizzo and Associates.

Food
Local, Sustainable Food Procurement Models for Large Institutions
Presenters:
Jenny Jones, River Valley Schools and Don Miller, Executive Chef, University of Notre Dame.

11:25am – 11:30am
Break

Breakout Session Two:
11:30am – 12:30pm

Health and Wellness Sustainability
Case Studies in Health: Food and Nutrition, Healthcare, Transportation
Presenters:
Robin Meleski, St Joseph County Health Department, Margo DeMont, Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Milt Lee, Food Bank of Northern Indiana, Linda Strohl, Meals on Wheels/Senior Nutrition and Michael Divita, City of South Bend.

Health and Wellness Sustainability
Why Trees Matter: How a Thriving Urban Tree Environment Promotes Community Wellness
Presenters:
Meg Kelly, Biodiversity Project and Jennifer Gulick, Davey Resource Group.

Energy/Built Environment
Retrofitting the Built Environment for Energy Efficiency
Presenters:
Greg Kil, Kil Architecture & Planning (Energy retrofit projects; envelop and system efficiencies upgrades), Jon Burke, City of South Bend (Energy retrofits) and Tom Brown, Inovateus (Solar).
 
Transportation
Reinventing Downtown South Bend: How a Complete Streets Vision Will Revitalize Downtown
Moderator:
Charles Lehman, Lehman & Lehman.
Speakers:
David Matthews, Matthews, LLC, David Cangany, TRANSPO, Jitin Kain, City of South Bend and Aaron Perri, Downtown South Bend.

Sustainable Business
Green Businesses for Social Change
Moderator:
Mike Keen, IUSB Center for a Sustainable Future.
Speakers:
Jan Pilarski, Green Bridge Growers, Julie Rizzo, Recycled Granite and Robert Colangelo, GreenSense Radio and GreenSense Farms.

Food
Connecting Farmers with Food Markets and Distributors: Challenges and Solutions
Presenters:
Greg Koehler, Purple Porch Co-op, Raquel Falk, Monroe Park Grocery Co-op, Chris Hebron, Hebron Farms and Lee LaVanway, Benton Harbor Fruit Market.

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Lunch

Breakout Session Three:
1:30pm – 2:30pm
 
Health and Wellness Sustainability

Creating a Vision for a Healthy Community
Presenters:
Robin Meleski, St Joseph County Health Department, Laura Sandman, ArtAffectsCoalition, Bridget Hardy, Fitness Specialist, Nayla Jimenez Cabezas, Maple City Health Care Center and Jessica Stauffer, Be Healthy Berrien.

Energy/Built Environment
Economic Development Through Stormwater Management: Using Water to Bring Back Communities
Presenters:
Jim Patchett, Conservation Design Forum.
 
Transportation
Bike Plan, Bike Culture: Becoming a Bicycling Community
Presenter:
Dave Cieslewicz, former mayor, Madison, Wisconsin.

Sustainable Business
Roundtable: Green Strategies for Small Business Success
Moderator:
John Harris, Principal, a5 Inc.
Participants:
Mark Walker, Kuert Concrete, Becky Kliss, Green Connection, Inc., Norman Christopher, GVSU, Doug Way, 1st Source Bank, James Summers, Summers Group, Chris Lannert, The Lannert Group.

Sustainable Business
Sustainability Implementations: Progress Since GreenTown
Presenters:
Jim Speer, Our Green Valley Alliance (Terre Haute), Gary Cuneen, Seven Generations Ahead (Oak Park) and Bill Oeding, City of Valparaiso (Valparaiso).

Food
Urban Agriculture, Vertical Farming and Community Gardens: How do we grow the movement?
Presenters:
Sara Stewart, Unity GardensDarlene Heemstra, Three Oaks Community Garden and Milan Kluko, Green Spirit Farms, George Pesek, Corndance.

2:30pm – 2:35pm
Break

Breakout Session Four:
2:35pm – 3:35pm

Health and Wellness Sustainability
Making it Happen: Planning a Community Focused on Health and Wellness (Brainstorming and planning)
Facilitator:
Krista Bailey, IU South Bend’s Center for a Sustainable Future, Amber Werner, St. Joseph County Bridges Out of Poverty.

Energy/Built Environment
Lighting Up a Sustainable Community
Facilitators:
Chuck Lehman, Lehman & Lehman and Jon Burke, City of South Bend.

Transportation
Getting There: Moving Forward with a Sustainable Transportation Plan

Sustainable Business
Triple Bottom Line in Action: Brainstorming and planning
Facilitator:
John Harris, Principal, a5 Inc.

Food
Grow it! How We Can Savor a Sustainable Food System
Facilitator:
Gary Cuneen, Seven Generations Ahead

3:35pm – 3:40pm
Break

3:40pm – 4:30pm
Report Back and Wrap-Up

4:30pm
Closing Reception:

Micro Brew Review including Four Horsemen beer

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GreenTown Michiana Steering Committee

Jill Adams, Environmental Specialist, Berrien County
Krista Bailey, Assistant Director, IU South Bend Center for a Sustainable Future
Paula Bartholome, Owner, Garden to Table
Jon Burke, Energy Director, South Bend Office of Energy
Marcy Colclough, Senior Planner, Southwest Michigan Planning Commission
Ken Flowers, Director, Lake Michigan College
Jenny Frech, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Notre Dame Center for Sustainable Energy
Gary Gilot, Board President, South Bend Board of Public Works
Angel Hernandez, Vice President of Production, WNIT Public Television
John Houseal, Principal, Houseal Lavigne Associates
Mike Keen, Director, IU South Bend Center for a Sustainable Future
Kara Kelly, Director of Communications, City of South Bend
Tyler Kent, City Planner, City of Valparaiso
Frank Kirschner, President, I.E. Hampton & Associates
Becky Kliss, President, Green Connection, Inc.
Linda Kurtos, Director, Notre Dame Office of Sustainability
Bill LaDitka, Director of Architecture, Wightman & Associates
Charles Lehman, President and CEO, Lehman & Lehman Inc.
John Linn, Principal, Abonmarche
Lyn Lucker, Business Consultant, MGSSBG
Angie Nelson, Public Affairs Manager, NIPSCO
Peter Rienks, Senior Account Executive, Inovateus Solar
Lauren Riga, Director of Stormwater Management District, City of Gary
Erin Smith, Senior Director, Memorial Hospital of South Bend
Jennifer Stephens, Catering Sales Manager, DoubleTree Hilton of South Bend
James Summers, President/Owner, The Summers Group, LLC
Quinn Tabbert, Sales Manager, Lake Michigan College
Mark Walker, Director and Business Development, Kuert Concrete Inc.
Carolyne Wallace, Conference Manager, Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County
Doug Way, Vice President and Administrative Services Manager, 1st Source Bank

Advisory Committee

Trina Bailey, Michiana Recycling and Disposal
Carol Becker, Director, Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance
Kristi Bly, Elkhart Green Drinks/SBDC
Marcy Colclough, Senior Planner, Southwest Michigan Planning Commission
Tama Crisovan, Family Nutrition Program Assistant, Purdue Extension-St. Joseph County
Laureen Fagan, Program Assistant, Neighborhood Resources Corp
Ken Flowers, Director M-TEC, Lake Michigan College
Ben Futa, Membership and Donor Relations, Fernwood Botanical Gardens
Jonathon Geels, Vice President, INASLA
Amy Hill, Marketing and Communications Manager, South Bend Public Transportation Corporation
Anthony Hunt, WVPE Public Radio
TJ Kanczuzewski, Inovateus Solar
Kara Kelly, Director of Communications, City of South Bend
Frank Kirschner, President, I.E Hampton & Associates Inc.
Becky Kliss, President, Green Connection, Inc.
Milan Kluko, CEO, Green Spirit Farms
Greg Koehler, General Manager, Purple Porch Coop
Sara Lowe, Michiana Yardeners
Jennifer Medich, Business Development Marketer, PHS
Diana Mendelsohn, South Bend Earth Day
Phil Metzler, Author, Transition Goshen
Tracey Parfitt, Branch Coordinator, USGBC Indiana
Cherri Peate, Director of Community Outreach, City of South Bend
Peter Rienks, Senior Account Executive, Inovateus Solar
Lauren Riga, Director, Stormwater Management District, City of Gary
Chad Root, Treasurer, AIA Northern Indiana
Dr. Carole Schmidt, Superintendent of Schools, South Bend Community School Corporation
Erin Smith, Senior Director, Memorial Hospital of South Bend
Sara Stewart, Executive Director, Unity Gardens
Dough Way, VP and Administrative Services Manager, 1st Source Bank
Trevor Wendzonka, Director of Communications and Government Relations, Greater Elkhart Chamber