For Immediate Release
Jamie Kidwell, Sustainability Associate, email@example.com, 734-794-6430 ext. 43720
Matthew Naud, Environmental Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org, 734-323-2790
Wendy Rampson, Planning Manager, email@example.com, 734-794-6265 ext. 42606
2013 SUSTAINABLE ANN ARBOR FORUMS: PLANNING FOR CHANGE IN OUR COMMUNITY
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec.19, 2012— The City of Ann Arbor and the Ann Arbor District Library are collaborating to host a series of sustainability forums. Come join City of Ann Arbor staff, University of Michigan faculty, and representatives from community organizations to discuss local sustainability concepts and efforts — past, present and future — at the 2013 Sustainable Ann Arbor forums.
Building on the public forums from last year, the 2013 forums will focus on planning for change in the community. The series will include four events organized around four of the City’s sustainability goals (www.a2gov.org/sustainability). The events will be held monthly from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Ann Arbor District Main Library at 343 S. Fifth Ave. from January through April 2013. Dates and topics for the events are listed below:
- Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 — Sustainable Systems, including the impacts of current and predicted weather changes in the community and on the City’s constructed and natural infrastructure. Speakers will include:
- Matthew Naud, City of Ann Arbor Environmental Coordinator
- Dan Brown, Research Associate, University of Michigan Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments
- Jen Lawson, City of Ann Arbor Water Quality Manager
- Cresson Slotten, City of Ann Arbor Systems Planning Unit Manager
- Rick Norman, City of Ann Arbor Director of Emergency Management
- Jason Frenzel, Huron River Watershed Council Adopt-A-Stream and Stewardship Coordinator
- Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 — Economic Vitality, including opportunities to invest in the local economy and to build a strong sense of place in the community
- Thursday, March 21, 2013 — Diverse Housing, including how to meet the current and future needs of the community with changing housing demographics, such as older residents, a high rental population, and affordability
- Thursday, April 18, 2013 — Transportation Options, including the transition to more fuel efficient modes of transit, such as electric vehicles, and non-motorized planning efforts in the community
Each program will include a series of short presentations followed by a question and answer session. The presentations will discuss conditions that are changing in the community and past and potential actions to adapt to change. Each program will also include tips for individual actions that residents may take.
For more details about the series and videos from last year’s Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums, please visit the city’s website at: http://www.a2gov.org/sustainability/Pages/SustainableAnnArborForum.aspx.
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