SPUR Citizen Planning Institute Series: Third Session

Session Three: Growing Smarter 

"In this session, we will discuss holistic approaches beyond the individual project, whereby public policy as contained in general plans, zoning, subdivision and other regulations can make real differences in developer proposals and on the ground outcomes. However, the rubber ultimately hits the road in actual project design. We will discuss techniques to reduce waste, conserve resources, minimize the use of pollutants and harmful products to produce LEED certified neighborhoods and buildings which are at once creative and sustainable. With Claire Bonham-Carter, EDAW | AECOM and David Baker, David Baker + Partners. 

About the SPUR Citizen Planning Institute Series: 

Five weekly sessions starting July 9 at 4 p.m.

"As individuals, institutions and governments struggle with the implications of global warming and climate change, we are faced with a dizzying array of possible actions. Continuing to make smart personal and political choices is essential to try and stave off the worst disasters of global warming. But something much bigger needs to happen—a change in the course of business as usual. In this first series of new informative programs at the new SPUR Urban Center, we will focus on what we can do at the community level, from the perspective of good government and good planning, to reduce CO2 emissions. Responding to the legislative context, we will focusing on greener buildings, smarter land use, more efficient transportation and market responses. 

This five-part summer series is coordinated by Jeff Tumlin of Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Stephanie Reyes, policy director at Greenbelt Alliance and Jim Chappell, director of the Citizen Planning Institute at SPUR."

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