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Friday, March 8

10:00am EST

Transformative Community Engagement: The Land Art Generator Initiative and Willimantic
It is common sense to understand that design and construction of a place is transformational: the outcome changes the world around us. However, not all change creates positive transformation for the community in which the change occurs. In fact, displacement of under-represented populations is an all-to-often outcome of development in our communities. Especially as we imagine the impact that solar and wind energy systems will have on our cities and landscapes, it is important to maintain and expand inclusivity in the design process of these new infrastructures.

Through transformative community engagement, we have the potential to understand our connection to everything around us and this view fundamentally changes our approach to the places we make. Engaging the wisdom and innate intelligence of the local community can create empowerment and responsibility instead of isolation and disconnection. In other words, equitable, sustainable communities are not only about the physical place, but depend upon meaning and connection to something greater than ourselves.

During this session, we will share:
• Introduction of concepts though historical, psychological, and technical models that demonstrate how equity, sustainability, and community empowerment are transformational.
• A case study where this process was engaged with a city and its community through partnering of public, not-for-profit and private organizations.

Learning Objectives:
1. Comprehend how innovations in renewable energy technologies are opening new opportunities for creative expression in the implementation of new energy infrastructures such as community solar; learn ways to apply these new technologies to projects.
2. Learn new methods of community engagement specifically focused on the subjects of empowerment, inclusion, welfare, and reposnsibility for resprentative, place-specific community development and design solutions.
3. Through a series of project examples, understand the capacity for shared land use with clean energy infrastructures including educational and recreational place-making amenities for communities.
4. Evaluate the efficacy of various types of community engagement methods as they pertain to community welfare, economic development, place-making, and the impacts of renewable energy infrastructure in the public realm.

AIA Continuing Education Credit: 2 HSW
Living Future Accreditation Credits: 2 HRS

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Laura Pirie

Principal, Pirie Associates
Laura Pirie is Principal of Pirie Associates, an award-winning firm known for design that evokes a spiritual-like connection between people, place, and materials. Laura’s work is driven by her passion to empower people to live a full and meaningful life, and she has developed a... Read More →
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Elizabeth Monoian

Founding co-director, Land Art Generator Initiative
Elizabeth Monoian (MFA Carnegie Mellon University) is the founding co-director of the Land Art Generator Initiative, an organization that works closely with cities, universities, corporations, arts organizations, and community groups to design customized approaches to renewable energy... Read More →
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Robert Ferry

Co-founder, Land Art Generator Initiative
Robert Ferry is the co-founder of the Land Art Generator, partner at Studied Impact Design, and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. He is a registered architect and LEED accredited professional with two decades of professional practice experience on both consultant and client... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm EST
K319 Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  Community Engagement, Energy and Conservation
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 2 HRS - Self Report
  • Course Level Basic

1:00pm EST

Opportunity to Impact: Social Innovation as a Tool for Community Engagement
Amid a shifting economic and political climate, the importance of identifying and partnering with community stakeholders to seek transformational engagement has never been greater. These partnerships can be both traditional (e.g., a homeless shelter and social service agency) and non-traditional (e.g., a housing developer and a hospital). This fully interactive workshop is designed to introduce attendees to the value of a collective impact mindset to improve our communities using a social innovation framework. Attendees will come away with a shared language and basic understanding of the fundamental principles behind inclusive, effective, change-making approaches to problem-solving that work across sectors. The workshop will also develop a sense of empathy among the attendees and encourage them to explore what it means to "walk in the shoes" of various community stakeholders, and what goes into participating in, and possibly leading, a community-driven partnership to achieve equitable access to healthcare, housing, education, and employment that will contribute to optimal community health and wellbeing.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Introduce collective impact mindset
  2. Introduce social innovation framework
  3. Develop principles required for cross-sector problem-solving
  4. How empathy can help enrich community-driven partnership building

AIA Continuing Education Credit: 2 LU
Living Future Accreditation Credits: 1.5 HRS

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Marcus Smith

Senior Manager, Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes program
Marcus Smith is senior manager of the Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes program. Marcus has over 15 years of experience working in mission-driven organizations that focus on the intersection of community development and sustainability. Prior to joining Connecticut Children’s... Read More →
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Karraine Moody

Executive Director, Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity
As the executive director of Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity, Karraine Moody oversees Habitat’s construction portfolio, ReStore and family support programs. Throughout the years, Moody has consulted with several Hartford neighborhoods to assist with community and economic development... Read More →
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Jacquelyn Rose, MPH

Program Manager, Advancing Kids Innovation Program
As program manager for the Advancing Kids Innovation Program, Jacquelyn Rose is responsible for building relationships with, and offering assistance to, individuals and organizations that create and implement innovative strategies to foster healthy development and strengthen families... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST
KG01 Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  Community Engagement, Health
  • AIA CEU 2 LU
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 1.5 HRS - Self Report
  • Course Level Basic

3:00pm EST

Building Common Ground: Case Studies of Engaging Community in Co-Creating Just & Sustainable Learning Environments
Common Ground -- a community organization that operates an environmentally themed charter high school, urban farm, and environmental education center -- is located on 20 acres of park land at the base of West Rock State Park. From our roots and throughout our history, we’ve worked to engage community members as co-creators of just, equitable, sustainable learning environments, both built and cultural. This is a work in progress -- sometimes genuinely engaging people, sometimes replicating systemic patterns of oppression.

This interactive problem-solving workshop will invite participants to grapple with a series of case studies -- exploring the processes we have used to engage community as co-constructors, and seeking ways forward that more fully embody our commitment to justice and sustainability. Case studies include:

The co-creation of Common Ground’s 20-acre site -- including how high school students have stepped up as designers and builders, and the struggles we’ve faced. Partnering with public school communities across New Haven to develop equitable and evolving outdoor learning spaces. How we’ve engaged students and community members as co-creators of Common Ground’s curriculum.

The workshop will start with a gallery walk of artifacts from Common Ground’s design work, followed by presentations by members of the Common Ground community, including students and staff. The workshop will then shift into interactive problem-solving groups. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with two different case studies.

Because we are educators, we are focused as much (and sometimes more) on the cultural aspects of learning environments as on the physical aspects of these environments.

Learning Objectives:
1. Engage students/young people, educators, and community members in the design and construction of learning environments in ways that genuinely build equity and justice, and that reflects a commitment to power-sharing and co-creation. Explore specific ways that these stakeholders can engage in master planning, building design, construction, and adaptive reuse/ongoing modification of these learning environments.
2. Partner with public school communities to design, create, and steward equitable and evolving outdoor learning spaces (school gardens, schoolyard habitats, etc.)
3. Engage students and community members as co-creators of the learning experiences and curricula that define the culture and experience of learning environments.
4. Take part in collaborative analysis and problem-solving focused on how to strengthen opportunities for equitable, co-creative design and construction of learning environments within the context of real design case studies.

AIA Continuing Education Credit: 2 HSW
Living Future Accreditation Credits: 2 HRS


Inayah Sharif

Senior, Common Ground High School
Inayah Sharif (senior) is a student in Common Ground's Race, Identity, and Intersections course, and was part of the team that helped to design this class. Inayah has also stepped up as a leader in a variety of efforts to promote justice, equity, and anti-oppression work at Common... Read More →

Emersson Gonzalez

Sophomore, Common Ground High School
Emersson Gonzalez is a sophomore at Common Ground. He is a student and co-designer in Common Ground's Race, Identity, and Intersections class.
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Z Bell

Youth Organizer and Educator, Common Ground High School
Z Bell (gender pronouns : they/them/their(s) believes in the power of organizing, political education, poetry and spirit as the roots of growing self-love, community-care and liberation. They graduated from Barnard College in 2015 and currently work at Common Ground High School, Urban... Read More →

Jenisha Khadka

Co-founder, Common Ground SPEAK Club
Jenisha Khadka is a senior at Common Ground high school. She is the co-founder of Common Ground's SPEAK club (focused on welcoming newcomers and English language learners), and is leading efforts to strengthen supports for English Language Learners at Common Ground. She has also worked... Read More →
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Joel Tolman

Director of Impact & Engagement, Common Ground
Joel Tolman is Director of Impact & Engagement at Common Ground. He has helped to facilitate student and community engagement in designing Common Ground’s physical site and our high school curriculum over the past 15 years.
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Suzannah Holsenbeck

Schoolyards Program Manager, Common Ground
Suzannah Holsenbeck is Schoolyards Program Manager at Common Ground. The Schoolyards Program currently partners with 18 New Haven schools to create school gardens, schoolyard habitats, and other kinds of outdoor classrooms, and to meaningfully integrate these new learning resources... Read More →
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Kendra Dawsey

Schoolyards Program Coordinator, Common Ground High School
Kendra Dawsey is Schoolyards Program Coordinator at Common Ground. The Schoolyards Program currently partners with 18 New Haven schools to create school gardens, schoolyard habitats, and other kinds of outdoor classrooms, and to meaningfully integrate these new learning resources... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm EST
KG01 Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  Community Engagement, Agriculture
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 2 HRS - Self Report
  • Course Level Basic

3:00pm EST

Equity on Campus
Issues of equity in the context of a higher education campus can range from physical accessibility, to financial accessibility, to the diversity and inclusion of faculty and students, to town-gown dynamics, and much more. This session brings together three schools, each working on aspects of equity on and off their campus from different lenses, to share their lessons about process, and the impact that an equity focus can have on policies and projects.

Williams College recently hosted an administration-led engagement effort using the International Living Future Institute’s Equity Drafting Table (EDT) as a framework. The EDT is an interactive installation intended to open a dialogue about equity by posing questions like, "How can the planning, design, construction, and inhabiting of our built environment create more equitable spaces?"

The Urban Resources Initiative at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies builds positive town-gown relationships in New Haven by responding to environmental priorities identified by the community, such as green job training and community-driven forestry projects, which also create student learning opportunities.

At Hampshire College, students have made it clear that issues of equity must be addressed by both administration-led initiatives and student-led efforts. From peaceful dissent to vocal disruption, students at Hampshire have shed a light on facets of equity common on many campuses, and found ways to effect change from the bottom-up.

Living Future Accreditation Credits: 2 HRS

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Shawn Fisher Hesse, NCARB, LFA, LEED AP BD+C, O+M

Associate Director, Engagement, International Living Future Institute
Shawn oversees the Ambassador program at ILFI with nearly 1,000 participants worldwide, providing training for project teams to pursue the Living Building Challenge, and delivering education at conferences and public events on all of ILFI’s programs.Prior to joining ILFI, he worked... Read More →
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Colleen Murphy Dunning

Director, Hixon Center for Urban Ecology
Colleen Murphy-Dunning is the Director of both the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology and the Urban Resources Initiative at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). Colleen partners with faculty to lead a field based module on urban ecology for all incoming Yale F&ES... Read More →
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Mike Evans

Associate Director, Zilkha Center, Williams College
Mike is the Assistant Director of the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams College where he delves into issues of sustainable food, waste diversion, the built environment, and equity & justice. Prior to his time at Williams, he worked in the non-profit world - in... Read More →
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Amy Johns

Director of Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, Williams College
Amy is director of the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams College. She’s been working in the environmental sector for over fifteen years, and is particularly interested in environmental justice, strategic sustainability, environmental psychology and sustainability... Read More →
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Sara Draper

R.W. Kern Center Director of Educational Program and Outreach, Hampshire College
Sara Draper is the Director of Education and Outreach at Hampshire College’s R.W. Kern Center, a certified Living Building and hub of sustainability culture and engagement. In her role as “building ambassador” Sara works across campus and beyond to make the most of the educational... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm EST
K321 Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  Community Engagement, Social Justice
  • AIA CEU Pending
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 2 HRS - Self Report

3:00pm EST

Strategies for Engaging Communities for Social and Representative Design
Matt Enstice will discuss social design, a new approach to navigating uncertainty and strengthening collaboration. He shares the principles and process of social design as well as case studies from his colleague, Cheryl Heller's new book, The Intergalactic Design Guide; Harnessing the Creative Potential of Social Design. Matt Enstice, President and CEO of Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, will discuss how he applies social design in his work toward equity, sustainability and resilience for his city, at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

In the summer of 2018, FMRA worked with BPS and HUBweek to design and launch a series of engagements across the city culminating at Boston’s HUBweek festival on City Hall plaza in October. The goal was to connect our strongest industry partners, Apple, Vertex, Microsoft, Lego Education, and others, to students, faculty, and staff from across the Boston Public School system. Student experiences were designed to generate excitement about opportunities in the tech sector through hands-on workshops, presentations and studio visits. For teachers, accredited professional development workshop sessions with corporate partners exposed them tools and curriculum aids which they can integrate into their existing STEM curricula. The several month engagement was not only intended to connect individual students and teachers, but also to lay the groundwork for long term engagements between schools and industry partners over the coming years.

Learning Objectives:
1. tactical urbanism - set up temporary interventions in public space to help our communities of color feel welcome
2. civic and social engagement - connecting our industry and technology partners to our school communities to build bridges between them
3. behavior change - getting our school communities to feel a sense of ownership towards the city by inviting them participate in activities designed for them in spaces they don't often get to use
4. making experiences sticky - this entire project is a launchpad for deeper engagements and connections between industry and our school communities. This is only the beginning, the goal is for students, teachers and school leaders to own the relationships with industry to be able to advocate for their own needs

AIA Continuing Education Credit: 2 LU
Living Future Accreditation Credits: 2 HRS

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Matt Enstice

President and CEO, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc.
Matt Enstice is President and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc., a pioneering organization that has become a powerful engine of revitalization in Buffalo. The BNMC focuses on the intersection of energy, entrepreneurship & technology, and how it will drive the new economy... Read More →
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Jason Lee

Founder, FMRA
Jason is passionate about making urban space equitable for all. He is the founder of FMRA, a consultancy specializing in design at the intersection of strategy and civic space. Previously, Jason was co-founder and executive design director at Agncy, a non-profit strategic design consultancy... Read More →
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Nadia Harden

Corporate & Community Engagement Manager, Office of External Affairs, Boston Public Schools
Nadia Harden serves as the Corporate & Community Engagement Manager for Boston Public Schools, Office of External Affairs. Her work focuses on designing and executing engagement opportunities to increase individual, corporate, and institutional investment in the form of time, treasure... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Burke Auditorium Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  Community Engagement, Health
  • AIA CEU 2 LU
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 2 HRS - Self Report