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GreenTown: Michiana 2.0 – April 22, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
DoubleTree Hotel, downtown South Bend
123 N St Joseph Street
South Bend, IN 46601

GreenTown was held Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Downtown South Bend, IN.

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.

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Download the conference brochure from GreenTown Michiana 2.0 here.

GreenTown Michiana 2.0 Event Agenda

Monday, April 21, 2014   
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Networking Event – light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar
Woochi Japanese Fusion & Bar
123 West Washington Street,
South Bend, IN 46601

Tuesday, April 22, 2014    
DoubleTree Hotel, downtown South Bend
123 N St Joseph Street
South Bend, IN 46601

Registration and Breakfast
8:30am – 9:00am

Setting the Stage/Call to Action
9:00am – 9:10am
Krista Bailey, Assistant Director, IU South Bend Center for a Sustainable Future
John Harris, Principal, a5
Gary Cuneen, Executive Director, Seven Generations Ahead

Welcome – South Bend Since GreenTown
9:10am – 9:20am
Mark Neal, Deputy Mayor, City of South Bend

Smart Streets in South Bend: Making Streets Work for All Modes of Transit
9:20am – 9:30am
Last October, South Bend’s common council passed a budget to convert downtown one-way streets into two-way streets in an effort to make downtown South Bend more transit friendly. Since then, the City of South Bend has adopted a “Complete Streets” policy, which advocates for the design of streets to enable safe access for all users including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Learn about South Bend’s new initiatives including street revitalization projects and corridor master plans and how these initiatives can impact the larger Michiana region.
Scott Ford, Executive Director, Department of Community Investment, City of South Bend

Creating a Sustainable Region: How Communities Can Work Together
9:30am – 10:30am
From Northwest Indiana to Michiana to West Michigan, this regional panel is designed to bring communities together to enact measurable, sustainable change both regionally and locally. The panel will consist of city officials, mayors and sustainability managers that have experience gaining support and driving action.
John Houseal, Principal and Cofounder, Houseal Lavigne Associates
Dr. Haris Alibasic, Office of Energy and Sustainability Director, City of Grand Rapids
J.B. Hoyt, Michigan’s Great Southwest Sustainable Business Forum
Allan Kauffman, Mayor, City of Goshen
Ty Warner, Executive Director, NIRPC

The CAFE Center – A Model Symbiotic Integrated Urban Food System
10:30am – 10:45am
South Bend’s former College Football Hall of Fame is a vacant special-use building with great potential for green redevelopment. Working with Ivy Tech Community College, a group known as Culinary Center Coalition is proposing to relocate Ivy Tech’s culinary arts education program there, drawing a projected 450 students into the heart of downtown daily. To be called The Ivy Tech Culinary Arts & Food Education (CAFE) Center, this concept will pair a demonstration of sustainable urban aquaculture and hydroponics with a working culinary school emphasizing fresh, healthy food.
Thomas Panzica, Executive Vice President, Panzica Building Corporation

Networking Break
10:45am – 11:00am

Breakout Session One
11:00am – 12:00pm

Choose one breakout session:

#1. Energy Efficiency to Renewable Energy: Public and Private Sector Successes and Opportunities
From renewables to energy efficiency, government, businesses and homeowners are changing the energy landscape to save money and help the environment. Hear from professionals in the public and private sectors to learn what companies and communities can do–and how to do it.
John Harris, a5 Inc.
Dr. Haris Alibasic, Office of Energy and Sustainability Director, City of Grand Rapids
Dwayne Borkholder, President, New Energy Homes
Roger DePoy, Energy Specialist, 1st Source Bank
TJ Kanczuzewski, President, Inovateus Solar

#2. Stormwater Management: Revitalizing Neighborhoods through Green Infrastructure
(This session is eligible for LA-CES credits)
James Patchett of Conservation Design Forum is widely recognized as a national leader in sustainable land planning and design. Patchett will lead a discussion on the use of green infrastructure to revitalize neighborhoods and communities in the region through stormwater management. Learn about cost-effective, bundled green infrastructure measures that can be employed throughout the region to provide a wide range of environmental and economic benefits for communities and people.
James Patchett, President, Conservation Design Forum

#3. Creating a Diverse Business Community
How do we create communities that welcome and invite diversity? How do we bridge  gaps and focus on the triple bottom line – economic development, environmental effectiveness and social justice – to create truly healthy, sustainable communities? To have sustainable communities, we must be intentionally inclusive. This workshop will lead participants in identifying opportunities to grow communities by including  underserved populations.
Led by:
James Summers, Owner, Summers Group
Donna Smith Bellinger, President, Group Endeavors
Margot Demont, Executive Director, Memorial Hospital of South Bend
Juan Hernandez, CEO, Latin American Chamber of Commerce
Matt Hogarth, Administrator, The Crossings Education Center
Nichiah Petrovic, President, ND NAACP Student Organization
Peter Stone, CEO, Stone Horses

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Green Roofs and Green Bridges Tour
12:30pm – 1:00pm
Kathleen Petitjean of Greening the Bend and Jan Pilarski of Green Bridge Growers will lead a tour to the Century Center to discuss the planned green roof project as well as the green bridge project planned for the skywalk.
Led by:
Kathleen Petitjean, Executive Director, Greening the Bend
Jan Pilarski, CEO and Co-founder, Green Bridge Growers

Breakout Session Two
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Choose one breakout session:

#1. Placemaking: The New Ways of Thinking About Our Communities
(This session is eligible for LA-CES credits)
What defines a community? It’s the common ground where people gather – from housing, squares, streets and plazas to parks, green spaces and water fronts. The biggest opportunity for sustainable growth available to our communities is the collaborative design of our built environment, the process of Placemaking. Place-based community planners, designers and developers will lead this engaging session through the continuum of the Placemaking Transect to demonstrate how communities can be enhanced and re-created through a Sustainable Placemaking approach.
Bill LaDitka, Director of Architecture, Wightman & Associates
Chuck Lehman, President, Lehman & Lehman Inc.
David Matthews, Principal, Matthews LLC

#2. Recipe for Sustainable Wellness: Making the Connections
Learn how people, planet and prosperity are making contact through food, heath, and wellness.  From the newly opened Purple Porch Co-op in South Bend’s East Bank Village to the development of a bike trail to connect Niles to South Bend, The Eating Well Grocery Store & Community Cafe to the art, garden, and community offerings of Benton Harbor, the ingredients for health and wellness are coming together in delicious community.  Through these initiatives, and many more like them sprouting up across the region, people of all ages and backgrounds, within and across communities, on foot and by bike, are making contact.  Connectivity is the new normal, and the key to sustainable healthy communities.  Join us and make the connection!
Greg Koehler, General Manager, Purple Porch Co-op
Marilyn Gachaw, Co-founder, The Eating Well
Laura Sandmann, Executive Director, ArtAffects
Harry Thibault, Chairman, Niles Township Parks Commission

#3. Greening Government and Business
The Great Lakes Sustainability Plan 2020 is engaging over 900 associates in the six-state Great Lakes region to green our buildings, workplace, supply chain, fleet and communities. Learn from expert Dr. Ann P. Kalayil of the General Services Administration what lessons have been learned from this plan and how it can be applied to corporate America. In addition, Norman Christopher, author of Sustainability Demystified and director of sustainability at Grand Valley State University, will share his experience implementing sustainable practices in both the public and private sectors and talk about the ways in which any organization, no matter the size or location, can reap the benefits of adopting sustainability practices to transform their organization.
Dr. Ann P. Kalayil, Regional Administrator Great Lakes Region, General Services Administration
Norman Christopher, Director of Sustainability, Grand Valley State University

#4. Future of Downtown Walk
Led by:
Chris Dressel, Planner, City of South Bend
Lucien Steil, Professor of Architecture, University of Notre Dame
Aaron Perri, Executive Director, Downtown South Bend

Networking Break
2:00pm – 2:30pm

Creating the Framework for a Sustainable Region
2:30pm – 4:00pm
Join representatives from NIRPC and Southwest Michigan to be part of the first, official planning meeting for the proposed Michiana Regional Community Sustainability Partnership. This session will provide an overview of existing regional and local sustainability plans and encourage discussion around the mission, structure, funding strategy and membership requirements for the new partnership. This new partnership is designed to build upon energy, interest and network of last year’s GreenTown and drive local community implementation of regional and local plans for years to come.

Next Steps: How Do We Grow the Region Sustainably?
4:00pm – 4:30pm

Center for a Sustainable Future Earth Day Reception and Awards Ceremony:
This event is free and open to the public
 Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm EST
Location: IU South Bend Campus – Campus Grill, Administration Building