GreenTown: The Future of Community | Creating Healthy, Sustainable Communities

Toledo, Ohio

GreenTown Toledo-Lucas County / Toledo, Ohio
SeaGate Convention Centre – October 25-26, 2012

SeaGate Convention Centre
Downtown Toledo
401 Jefferson Avenue

To view GreenTown’s Toledo-Lucas County event presentations, click here.

GreenTown Toledo-Lucas County features keynote speaker Mark Fenton, host of “America’s Walking” on PBS and consultant on public health and walkable communities.  Mark will lead a walk of downtown Toledo on Friday, October 26 at 7:30 a.m. and discuss creating a more walkable and more accessible downtown for residents and tourists alike.

Click here to learn more about GreenTown 912, a workshop for high school students looking to create a vision for building more healthy, prosperous and sustainable communities in northwest Ohio.

Attend GreenTown Toledo-Lucas County October 25 and 26, learn from been-there case studies with local, regional and national experts.  Join the drive to create a healthier, more prosperous and sustainable Toledo-Lucas County.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

10am to 2pm
GreenTown 912: A Sustainability Workshop for High School Students
Led by: James Minesky, Lourdes University and Vicki Riddick, University of Toledo
Location: University of Toledo – Scott Park campus

To register, go to our Register page, or call John Harris at 708.227.5313 to register a class of students.

3pm to 5pm
Creating Sustainable Landscapes for Healing / Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance

Learn the principles of creating landscapes on an urban scale that help restore human health.  Case studies from specific healthcare settings and personal stories will help demonstrate the components, and the imperative, for creating landscapes that are therapeutic in nature on an urban scale. Find out about New AGE (Active Green Environment) landscapes that use “stealth exercise”  components to make walking, stretching, lifting and building strength all part of enjoying an outdoor experience.  Therapeutic landscapes can span anywhere from one-fourth to five or more acres and can be suitable for seniors in both assisted and independent living, used for medical and therapeutic purposes, and also for children in schoolyards.

Led by: Carol Becker, MELA; Jerry Smith, SMITH/GreenHealth Consulting; Todd Degner, Davey Resource Group; Jenny Gulick, Davey Resource Group; Bram Barth, WRD Environmental

Main Conference
Friday, October 26, 2012

6:30am to 7:30am
Exhibitor Setup

7:30am to 8:30am
Registration and Breakfast

Walk with Mark Fenton (Leaves from SeaGate Convention Centre for a 45 minute walk through downtown to Cherry Street and St. Vincent’s Hospital.

Call to Action
- Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak, Lucas County
- Mayor Michael Bell, City of Toledo
- Gary Cuneen, Executive Director, Seven Generations Ahead
- John Harris, Principal, a5 

Creating Walkable Communities for Healthy People
Mark Fenton, Host of “America’s Walking” on PBS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fitness Break
Jammal Lee, Mercy Children’s Hospital

Take a break with Jammal Lee. Movement is essential to learning. Movement integrates and anchors new information into our neural networks. Every time we move in an organized manner, full brain activation and integration occurs, and the door to learning opens.

10am to 11am
Saving Water Globally and Locally
Alexandra Cousteau, National Geographic Emerging Explorer

11am to 11:15

11:15 to 11:30
Three in 15: Case Studies for Sustainability Planning and  Progress
-Tim Murphy, Commissioner, Department of Environment, City of Toledo (Sustainability Planning)
-Kevin Cook, Metro CEO and President and CEO St. Vincent Medical Center (Cherry Street Legacy Project)
- Kevin Moyer, Executive Director, Energy Efficiency and Alternative Energy Programs, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority (BetterBuildings Northwest Ohio)

11:30am to 12:15pm
Frank O’Brien-Bernini, Chief Sustainability Officer, Owens Corning

12:15pm to 1:15pm
Lunch, Networking and Exhibits

All Day
- GreenTown 912 High School Student Presentations Posted
- High Speed Rail Display from TMACOG

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

GreenTown attendees will have the opportunity to attend the following tracks during the afternoon breakout sessions:

- LiveWell Toledo-Lucas County
- Lake Erie: Our Shared Future
- Sustainability and Community Planning
- Green Economy, Green Living
- Green Building, Fresh Energy
- Local Food
- Green Outdoors

Following the afternoon sessions, GreenTown will close with a Micro Brew Reception.


Live Well Toledo-Lucas County

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Snapshots of Live Well Greater Toledo – Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Strategies in Toledo-Lucas County
Moderator: Mark Fenton

Live Well Overview
- Presenters: Sarah Bucher / Vicki Riddick
Complete Streets
- Presenters: Dave Dysard, Planning Administrator, City of Toledo, Division of Engineering Services
Healthier Food in Public Venues
- Presenters: Wendi Huntley, Northwest Regional Director, Children’s Hunger Alliance
Infrastructure and Safety – TPS Walking School Bus Initiative

Snapshots of Live Well Greater Toledo – Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Strategies in Toledo-Lucas County
Moderator: Mark Fenton
Facilitators: Live Well, Seven Generations Ahead

Creating Parks and Public Spaces Conducive to Physical Activity
- Presenters: Steve Madewell, Executive Director, Toledo Area Metroparks
Healthy & Active Schools
- Presenters: Barb Burns, Partner Coach, Healthy Tusc; Kevin Spears, Superintendent, East Central Ohio Education Service Center

Planning for a Healthier Community
Facilitator: Mark Fenton

Work groups will convene around the primary focal topics, joined by the Live Well presenter and peer community presenter.

- Each small group will collaborate on specific strategic initiatives, with a focus on tremendously increasing stickiness.
- Groups will include key players from community to reconvene, present to one another, and comment on the stickiness of their recommendations.

Topics to include:
- Complete Streets and Healthy Designs for Active Transportation
- Healthy & Active Schools
- Creating Parks and Public Spaces Conducive to Physical Activity

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Strategic Planning
(Previous session continued)

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Snapshots of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Strategies in Toledo-Lucas County
Moderator: Mark Fenton
Presenters: Sarah Bucher/Vicki Riddick; Safe Routes to Schools, TBD; Creating Parks and Public Spaces Conducive to Physical Activity, TBD


Lake Erie: Our Shared Future

1:15pm to 2:15pm
State of the Lake: A Panel Discussion
Moderator: Carrie Vollmer Sanders, Nature Conservancy
Panelists:  Sandy Bihn, Toledo Waterkeepers; Gail Hesse, Ohio Lake Erie Commission; Joe Cappel, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority; Thomas Bridgeman, University of Toledo; Jon Bossenbroek, University of Toledo

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Ottawa River: A Story of Pollution and Restoration
Presenters: Matt Horvat, Maumee River Coordinator, TMACOG; John Kusnier, Project Developer, Davey Resource Group

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Complete Green Streets: Using Green Infrastructure to Transform Neighborhoods and Downtowns (with a special case study from West Union, Iowa)
Presenters: Patrick Judd, Conservation Design Forum; Tim Murphy, City of Toledo


Sustainability and Community Planning

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Brownfield Redevelopment: How Toledo is Bringing Back Abandoned Sites
Moderator: Joel Mazur, Brownfield Redevelopment Officer, City of Toledo, Division of Environmental Services
Panelists: Bill Thomas, Executive Director, Downtown Toledo Improvement District; Bill Burkett, Hull & Associates; Dave Zenk, Superintendent, Toledo MetroParks

2:30 to 3:30
Creating and Implementing a Sustainability Plan
Speakers: David Pope, Village President, Village of Oak Park; Gary Cuneen, Executive Director, Seven Generations Ahead; John Harris, a5; Melissa Greene, Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Neighborhood Revitalization: The Intersection of Infrastructure and People
Speakers: Robin Whitney, Commissioner, Engineering, City of Toledo; Karen Rogalski, Cherry Street Legacy Project Coordinator, Mercy Healthcare


Green Economy, Green Living

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Green Innovation: How Companies are Leveraging “Green” in Innovative Ways
Speakers: Beth Doane, Founder and CEO, RainTees and Andira Consulting; Karl Parker, CEO, Parker Enterprises

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Developing Multi-Modal Transit Centers; How Transit Can Help Downtown Toledo and Downtown Dayton
Speakers: James K. Gee, CEO and General Manager, Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority; Christopher Diehl, Architect, URS; Mark Donaghy, Greater Dayton Regional Transportation Authority

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Remake Remodel: Creating Jobs in Residential Remodeling and Reconstruction
Moderator: Gale Tedhams, Owens Corning
Panelists: Paul Racher, NiSource; Maria Ellingson, Alliance to Save Energy; Bill Decker, Decker Homes


Green Building, Fresh Energy / Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Green Buildings: Designing and Building a High Performance Structures
Moderator: Steve Johnson, Lathrop Construction
Speakers: Ray Micham, partner, The Collaborative Inc.; Steve Avery, Healthcare REIT; Mike Green, University of Toledo 

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Renewable Energy: What’s in Store for Alternative Energy Services?
Moderator: Nolan Moser, Partner, Williams, Allwein & Moser, LLC
Panelists: Steve Giles, Alternative Energy Market Leader, Hull & Associates; Stephen Hamstra, Chief Technology Officer, Greensleeves, LLC; Granger Souder, Co-Founder and Managing Member, Soscient Energy, LLC

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Energy Conservation: How Toledo Will Transform Millions of Square Feet Into Energy-Efficient Buildings
Moderator: Kevin Moyer, Executive Director, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Energy Efficiency and Alternative Energy Programs
Panelists: Keith Wilkowski, Of Counsel, Williams, Allwein & Moser, LLC; Jerry Carter, Business leader / Senior Associate, SSOE, Inc.; Toby Slocum, Energy Program Manager, GEM Energy Services, Inc. 


Local Food

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Developing Local Food Systems in Northwest Ohio
Speaker: Ken Meter, President, Crossroads Resource Center

2:30 to 3:30pm
Bringing Local Food into the Workplace
Presenters: Diane Ducey, Lucas County Wellness Coordinator; Liz Bergman, Toledos Farmers Market Manager for JFS; Diane Riehm, Local Farmer; Chuck Stocking, Principle Business Enterprises

3:45 to 4:45pm
Advancing Food Scraps Recycling in Ohio for Environmental Protection and Food Production
Speaker: Angel Arroyo-Rodriguez, Environmental Planner, Ohio EPA


Greening the Outdoors

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Therapeutic Landscapes for Healing; Using New AGE (Active Green Environment) to Create Outdoor Experiences
Moderator: Carol Becker, Executive Director, Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance
Panelists: Todd Crail, Ph.D., University of Toledo; Todd Degner, Davey Resource Group; Bram Barth, WRD Environmental

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Urban Forestry: How Trees Help People and the Environment
Presenters: Jenny Gulick, Davey Resource Group; Matt Evans, City of Valparaiso

GreenTown Toledo will close with a Micro Brew Reception with beer from the Maumee Bay Brewing Co..

Special thanks to our local food providers.
-Ludwig Mills
-Riehm Farms
-Toledo GROWS
-Flying Rhino Coffee
-Harzler’s Family Dairy
-LaPerla Salsa

Interested in sponsoring GreenTown Toledo? Contact Charles Colley at (314) 651-2901 or