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

Valparaiso, Indiana

Valparaiso University – September 27-28, 2012
Harre Union / Valparaiso, Indiana

Join us on September 27 (pre-conference) and 28 (main event) to hear from inspiring speakers, learn from been-there case studies and discuss actionable ways to make communities greener, healthier and more prosperous.

Valparaiso is only 75 minutes from downtown Chicago and an hour from Chicago’s South Suburbs. Bring a group! Call Chuck Colley at 314.651.2901 for a group discount.

To view GreenTown’s Valparaiso event presentations, click here.

Pre-conference workshops are just $25 each.

Key speakers for Friday, September 28, will include:

- Richard Jackson, M.D., Author, Professor of Health at UCLA and host of Designing Healthy Communities on PBS
- Adrian Scott Fine, Director of Advocacy, Los Angeles Conservancy (formerly of National Trust for Historic Preservation)
- Mick Cornett, Mayor, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- Dayne Walling, Mayor, Flint, Michigan
- David Pope, President, Village of Oak Park, Illinois
- Ken Meter, MPA, President, Crossroads Resource Center
- Lauren Riga, Director, Green Urbanism & Environmental Affairs, City of Gary
- Jon Costas, Mayor, City of Valparaiso
- Mark Heckler, President, Valparaiso University
- James Howard Kunstler, Author, “Too Much Magic, “The Geography of Nowhere”

On Thursday night, September 27, the City of Valparaiso will host The Night Before GreenTown, a free, open-to-the-public event at Central Park Plaza in downtown Valparaiso. Hear from speakers, enjoy live music from Shades of Gray, learn about ways to go green and down some local food and drink. Author and social critic James Howard Kunstler will be the key speaker.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

12pm to 1pm

1pm to 5pm
Towns and Gowns: Creating a Sustainable College Town Workshop
Indiana Green Campus Network / Led by Bob Koester, Ball State University
Speakers include: Norman Christopher, Director of Sustainability, Grand Valley State University; Bill Oeding, City Administrator, City of Valparaiso; Scott D. Ochander, Vice President for Integrated Marketing Communications and Communications, Valparaiso University; James Speer, Indiana State University

1pm to 4pm
Healthy Food, Healthy Communities: Creating Local Food Systems and a Culture of Healthy Eating
Indiana State Department of Health
Led by Marcie Memmer, ISDH; Featuring Ken Meter, MPA, President, Crossroads Resource Center

1pm to 5pm
The Natural Step: Leading the Way to a Sustainable Future
Led by Mike Keen, Professor of Sociology, Director of the Center for a Sustainable Future, Indiana University South Bend

3pm to 5pm
Back Yard or Back 40: Creating Sustainable Landscapes (CANCELLED)
Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance / Led by Carol Becker, MELA; Geoff Deigan, WRD Environmental; Dick Hayden, American Hydrotech; Shawn Kingzette, The Care of Trees; Todd Degner, Davey Resource Group

6pm to 9pm
Free Public Event at Central Park Plaza in Downtown Valparaiso: GreenTown in the Park
Speaker: James Howard Kunstler
Food available from The Valley, Remschneider Kettle Korn, Valpo Velvet Ice Cream.
Displays and Education, Local Crafts and More 

Main Conference
Friday, September 28, 2012

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

- Mark Heckler, President, Valparaiso University
– Jon Costas, Mayor, City of Valparaiso
– Gary Cuneen, Executive Director, Seven Generations Ahead
– John Harris, Principal, a5 inc.

Making Healthy Places: How the Built and Natural Environments Impact Our Health – and What We Can Do About It
Dr. Richard Jackson, UCLA, Author “Designing Healthy Communities”

Historic Preservation and Sustainability: Why We Need to Preserve the Past
Adrian Scott Fine, Director of Advocacy for the Los Angeles Conservancy,
formerly of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

11am to 11:15am

11:15am to 12:15pm
Healthy People, Smart Growth: The Transformation of Oklahoma City
Mick Cornett, Mayor, Oklahoma City

12:15pm to 1:15pm

Poster Display
Sustainability Poster Projects from Valparaiso University Students

12:45pm to 1:15pm
A Candid Conversation
Dr. Richard Jackson, UCLA, Author, “Designing Healthy Communities”; James Howard Kunstler, Author and Social Critic

1:15 to 2:15pm
Walking Tour of the Valparaiso University Campus
Led by Kraig Olejniczak, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Valparaiso University

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

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

Planning For Sustainability 

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Regenerating the Region: Bringing Back the Midwest’s Industrial Cities
Moderator: John Houseal, Principal, Houseal Lavigne
Panelists: Jon Costas, Mayor, City of Valparaiso; Dayne Walling, Mayor, Flint, Michigan; Lauren Riga, Director of Environmental Affairs & Green Urbanism, Gary, Indiana

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Planning for Northwest Indiana’s Future: the NIRPC 2040 Plan: Land Use, the Environment and Transportation
Presenters: Steve Strains, Deputy Director, NIRPC; Kathy Luther, Director of Environmental Programs, NIRPC; Kevin Garcia, Data Resources Planner, NIRPC


2:30pm to 3:30pm
Terre Haute: Sustainability a Year After GreenTown
Presenters: Jim Speer, Our Green Valley Alliance

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Sustainability Planning and Implementation: Plotting the Future of Oak Park and River Forest
Presenters: Gary Cuneen, Executive Director, Seven Generations Ahead; David Pope, President, Village of Oak Park, Illinois


A Fit City

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Healthy Eating and Local Food Across the State
Moderator/Presenter: Marcie Memmer, Indiana State Department of Health
Presenters: Ryan Richardson, Grow NWI; Anthony Coschignano, Valparaiso University Food Service; Laura Hormuth, IDPH – Statewide Initiative Promoting Healthy Eating and Local Food

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Bike Planning and Implementation Across the State: Ped, Pedals and Pathways
Presenters: Mitch Barloga, NIRPC; Pete Fritz, Healthy Communities Planner, Indiana State Department of Health; Dawn Ritchie, Greenways Manager, City of Fort Wayne

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Indiana Waste Reduction
Presenters: Carey Hamilton, Executive Director, Indiana Recycling Coalition; Steven B. Smith, Vice President, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs – Verallia, Saint-Gobain Containers


Greening Infrastructure

1:15pm to 2:15pm

Community Revitalized: Using Green Infrastructure for Economic and Environmental Revitalization
Speaker: Tom Price, Director of Water Resource Engineering

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Green Infrastructure: Why Rain Gardens, Rain Barrels, Green Roofs and Permeable Paving Matter
Moderator: Carol Becker, Executive Director, Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance
Speakers: Tim Burkman, Chief Engineer, City of Valparaiso; Grace Koehler, Sales & Marketing Manager, Green Roof Professional, Pizzo Native Plant Nursery; Jay Rients, Nick Consulting; Brian Lutey, Vice President of Green Building, Ozinga

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Complete Streets: Policy, Planning and Projects in Indiana
Speakers: Mitch Barloga, NIRPC; Kim Irwin, Executive Director, Alliance for Health Promotion – Health by Design; Vince Caristo, Bloomington MPO


Healthy Outdoors

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Implementing Green Infrastructure in South Bend: a CSO & Stormwater Control Plan
Presenter: Scott Dierks, PE, Senior Consultant, Cardno JFNew

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Urban Forestry: How Trees Help People and the Environment
Presenters: Jenny Gulick, Davey Resource Group; Matt Evans, City of Valparaiso

3:45pm to 4:45pm
A Healthy Water Supply: Ensuring Indiana’s Water North to South
Moderator: Kathy Luther, Director of Environmental Programs, NIRPC
Panelists: Nicole Barker, Executive Director, Save the Dunes; Shihua Chen, Water Operations Manager, City of Valparaiso; Jim Pingatore, Wellhead Protection and Water Conservation Administrator; Dan Plath, Northwest Indiana Paddlers Association 



1:15pm to 2:15pm
High Speed Rail
Speakers: Roger Sims, Indiana High Speed Rail Association; George VandeWerken, Indiana High Speed Rail Association

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Case Studies in Environmental Innovation: From Recycled Granite to Solar Furnace to Wastewater Sludge Turned Biosolid
Speakers: Heidi Ghasi, Recycled Granite; Steve Poulos, City of Valparaiso; Bob Palumbo, Valparaiso University

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Geothermal Districts: From Campus to Community, Generating Clean Energy
Presenters: Don McLauchlan, President, Elara Engineering; Foster Dale, President, Foster Dale Architects, Inc.; Ron Gryzki, P.E., Senior Electrical Engineer, Elara Engineering; Bob Koester, Professor of Architecture, Ball State University

GreenTown will close with a Micro Brew Reception.

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