CURES Connections Workshop

New Voices and Paths to Urban Sustainability

August 7-8, 2019

Discovery Partners Institute, Chicago IL

DRAFT AGENDA

Wednesday, August 7

8:30-9:15

Light breakfast
Welcoming comments

Opening plenary talk:
Susanne Malec McKenna
Interim CEO Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

9:15-10:00

Panel of municipal leaders
(Speakers will represent large, medium, small, and rural communities)

10:00-10:30

Small group activity 
How do problems and solutions vary among communities of different sizes? What factors must be considered to create actionable solutions?

10:30-10:45

Break

10:45-11:30

Panel of business leaders

11:30-12:00

Small group activity 
What are the key roles that businesses can play in sustainability solutions? What barriers stop that potential from being realized?

12:00-1:00

Networking Lunch

1:00-1:45

Panel of NGOs

1:45-2:15

Small group activity 
What are the key roles that NGOs can play in sustainability solutions? What lessons for research can be learned from their experiences?

2:15-2:30

Break

2:30-3:00

Panel of arts and humanities scholars

3:00-3:30

Panel of social science scholars

3:30-3:45

Break

3:45-4:15

Panel of technical science scholars

4:15-4:45

Panel of earth and natural science scholars

4:45-5:30

Small group activity 
What is the menu of solutions that scholars have to offer? What are some interesting areas for synergistic advancement? What are important gaps?

5:30-7:00

Reception for informal discussion

Thursday August 8

8:00-8:30

Light breakfast

8:30-9:00

Plenary talk
New directions in sustainable urban systems
Rachel Switzky, Director of the Siebel Center for Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

9:00-9:15

Break

9:15-10:00

Study Groups 1
How do problems and solutions need to vary by city size? Identify one problem each in urban water issues and climate/energy transition where rapid progress can be made.

9:15-10:00

Study groups 1
How do problems and solutions need to vary by city size? Identify one problem each in urban water issues and climate/energy transition where rapid progress can be made.

10:00-10:15

Break

10:15-11:00

Study groups 2
What critical collaborations are needed across disciplines and stakeholders to produce actionable solutions?

11:00-11:15

Break

11:15-12:00

Study groups 3
What structure should a research network have to ensure regular and effective collaboration among researchers, industry, municipalities, and NGOs?

12:00-1:00

Working lunch

1:00-2:00

Wrap up and next steps