CURES Connections Workshop

New Voices and Paths to Urban Sustainability

August 7-8, 2019

Discovery Partners Institute, Chicago, Ill.

AGENDA

Wednesday, August 7

8:00-8:30

Light breakfast and registration 

8:30-8:45

Welcoming comments (Don Wuebbles, Amy Ando, Elizabeth Kocs)

8:45-9:15

Keynote address: Urban sustainability challenges and solutions
Susanne Malec-McKenna, Interim CEO Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

9:15-10:15

Panel of municipal leaders: Water, energy, and climate problems and different urban scales
Panelists: Cara Bader, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago; Kevin Burns, Mayor, Geneva, Ill.; Connie Frey-Spurlock, Village of Williamson; Kim Stone, Councilwoman, City of Highland Park, Ill.; Scott Tess, Environmental Sustainability Manager, Urbana, Ill.
Moderator: Don Wuebbles, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

10:15-10:30

Break

10:30-12:00

Small group activity: Prioritizing and diagnosing sustainability changes

12:00-1:00

Lunch

1:00-2:00

Panel of NGOs and business leaders: Role private and non-profit sectors can play in urban sustainability
Panelists: Hilary Pearson, Exelon; Google; Raj Rajan, Inunext; Naomi Davis, Blacks in Green; Steve Frenkel, CURRENT; Nancy Cole, Union of Concerned Scientists
Moderator: Elizabeth A. Kócs, University of Illinois Chicago

2:00-2:15

Break

2:15-2:45

Small group activity: Understanding actors in the sustainability system

2:45-3:30

Panel of social science, arts, and humanities scholars: Looking at sustainability challenges in cities of different sizes through the lens of arts and humanities and human dimension
Panelists: Ladd Keith, University of Arizona; Patricia Romero Lankao, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Devin Hunter, University of Illinois Springfield
Moderator: Anne-Marie Hansen, University of Illinois Springfield

3:30-3:45

Break

3:45-4:30

Panel of technical, earth and natural science scholars: Engineering perspective to urban woes and potential solutions across scales
Panelists: Aaron Packman, Northwestern University; Luis Bettencourt, University of Chicago; Alan Hamlet, University of Notre Dame; Xuhui Lee, Yale University
Moderator: Ashish Sharma, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

4:30-5:30

Small group activity: Concrete pathways to sustainability

5:30-7:00

Reception for an informal discussion

Thursday August 8

8:00-8:30

Light breakfast

8:30-9:00

Opening plenary talk:
Best practices in engaged multidisciplinary research

Rachel Switzky, Director of the Siebel Center for Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Introduction: Amy Ando)

9:00-9:15

Break

9:15-10:15

Large group activity: Choosing steps toward sustainability action

10:15-10:30

Break

10:30-11:15

Small group activity: Getting to work on taking those steps

11:15-12:00

Small group activity: Constructing the network for sustained progress

12:00-1:30

Working lunch: Wrap up and next steps