With the goal of reducing our environmental impact and inspiring people to take practical action to achieve sustainability, the Neighborhood Sustainability Conference will allow community groups and more than 500 participants to discuss issues surrounding sustainability. This free event is hosted by Augsburg College and will be held at various locations around campus from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on March 8.
Several speakers are scheduled, including Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. Part of the purpose of the conference is to connect government and citizen efforts so they can work in concert to build sustainable communities.
Topic Tracks workshops are offered on several subjects, including:
- School, Congregational and Neighborhood Organizing
- Watershed Education / Restoration
- Gardening / Greening / Urban Forestry
- Transportation — Walking / Biking / Transit Use
- Energy Conservation / Green Buildings / Renewable Energy
- Local & Sustainable Food Systems
- Zero-Waste Initiatives, Greening Your Business, Green Careers
- Developing a Community-Wide Sustainability Plan
In the afternoon, time will be devoted to project planning with resource organizations available to help groups as well as outreach tips.
A social hour and networking event with refreshments will follow at 4 p.m.
Interested participants can register online at www.sustaincommunity.net or by calling the Alliance for Sustainability at 612-331-1099, extension 1.
An organic lunch is available for $10, or you can bring your own.