The Twin Cities Sustainable Communities Conference takes place this week, with a public/government focus on Friday and a private/volunteer focus on Saturday. The conference seeks to engage elected officials, public employees, residents, businesses, and non-profit groups to focus on ways of doing business, planning development, and going about the daily activities in one’s life in a way that is economically and environmentally sustainable.
The Local Government Sustainability Workshop is Frday, Noon to 5:00 p.m.
The Neighborhood Sustainability Workshop is Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Keynote Speech at 9:00: Transition as a Pattern Language – connecting neighbors to create a resilient community with Rob Hopkins, Author of the Transition Handbook and member of Transition Totnes, U.K, (via Video Address). Also hear Krista Leraas, Backyard Harvest & Harvest Moon Backyard Farmers, and Lea Gardner, Invest in MN, for an update on state budget issues.
Workshops throughout the day – learn from local experts on topics including Community Gardens, Rain Gardens, Transition Towns, Recycling/Composting, and much more.
Workshop at 1:30 p.m. City/County Sustainability – learn about key sustainability goals of local government and practical ways neighbors can work together to meet these ambitious goals.
The Conference is held at Central Lutheran Church, 333 12th Street S, Minneapolis MN 55404 (next to Minneapolis Convention Center). THe event on Saturday is free and open to the public. Lunch by Chowgirls is available for $5.00. Parking is $9.00. Pre-Registration is encouraged.
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