PublicDecisions Online Mini-Conference

Engagement for Sustainable Communities and Climate Change

Wednesday-Thursday, 12-13 May 2010

Co-presented by the
American Planning Association's
Public Engagement Interest Group

The impacts of global warming are occurring faster than scientists previously anticipated. As a result, climate change is the most crucial public policy challenge facing communities around the world this decade.

Presented by APA's Public Engagement Interest Group and PublicDecisions, and sponsored by Earthscan, this two-day conference showcases engagement best practices in support of sustainability. We'll cover:

  • Policymaking (e.g., green building codes)
  • Revamping existing plans in response to climate change (such as re-tooling comprehensive plans or other land use plans)
  • Design or implementation of sustainability programs (for example, programs that create and monitor local sustainability indicators)
  • Community programs that address individual and/or community-wide sustainable behaviors (such as alternative energy programs)

The Earthscan Keynote Address will be given by Elizabeth Malone, author of "Debating Climate Change" (Earthscan, 2009). The program includes webinar presentations from an array of practitioners around the globe and tours of locations used for engagement purposes in the virtual world Second Life®. Registration also includes participation in virtual networking sessions each day, where participants can informally network with one another about topics of common interest.

For a full description and schedule, see the conference website.

About the Presenters

The American Planning Association's Public Engagement Interest Group (PEIG) recognizes that serving and engaging the public is one of the fundamental elements of the practice of planning and serves as the nexus between the practice of public engagement and planning in all its disciplines. The group promotes a robust practice of public engagement through the exchange of knowledge, best practices and professional networking.

PublicDecisions is the premiere provider of online, "live" training, professional development events and conferences on stakeholder engagement. Its international registrants include government and industry professionals in the planning, transportation and environmental sectors; community health workers and other health professionals; school administrators; librarians; and nonprofit/NGO leaders. PublicDecisions programs feature state-of-the-art best practices and leading-edge ideas for successfully engaging stakeholders today.

For more information, contact:
Christy McGetrick, PEIG Co-Chair, 501.455.8899 or by email.
Beth Offenbacker, PublicDecisions, 571.303.9208 or by email.


Registration for this conference is now closed.

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