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2017 Sustainability Summit 2017-11-03T12:48:35+00:00
Sustainability Summit 2017 - Resilience, Equity & Climate Change

Event Information

Event Date:

Friday, October 27, 2017

Event Location:

Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

(Updated 10/25/17)

8:00 – 8:45 am
Registration, Networking, Exhibits

8:45 – 9:00 am
Chuck Lambert, Louisville Sustainability Council

9:00 – 9:15 am
Community Report#1
Maria Koetter, Louisville Metro Government Office of Sustainability

9:15 – 9:25 am
Opening Remarks, Mayor Greg Fischer

9:25 – 10:30 am
Keynote: Vanessa Keith, StudioTEKA
The City After Climate Change: Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities for the year 2100

10:30 10:40 am
Break, Networking and Exhibitors

10:40 am – 12:00 pm
Panel: The Impacts of a Rapidly Changing Climate
on Louisville’s Sustainability and Resilience

Moderated by James Bruggers, Courier-Journal
Tom Stephens, Center for Neighborhoods
Ann Hagan, Park DuValle Community Health Center
Melissa Paris, Center for Women & Families
Dr. Lauren Heberle, University of Louisville 

12:00 – 12:45 pm
Lunch, Book Signing, Networking, Exhibits

12:45 1:00 pm
Community Report #2
Rich Vollmer, Humana Bold Goal

Concurrent Breakout Sessions
1:00- 2:00 pm

Energy Panel
John Hoekstra, Schneider Electric
Sarah Lynn Cunningham, Louisville Climate Action Network
Lisa Keels, LG&E

Water Resources Panel
Gordon Garner,  CH2M Hill
Tony Parrott, MSD

Air Quality Panel
Michelle King, Air Pollution Control District
Mitchell Burmeister, Louisville Emergency Management Agency

Concurrent Breakout Sessions
2:00 – 3:00 pm

Public Health Panel
Dr. Bryan Loy, Louisville Health Advisory Board
Veronica Combs, Institute for Healthy Air Water and Soil
Theo Edmonds, IDEAs xLab

Agriculture Panel
Katie Ellis, The Berry Center
Kurt Mason, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services

Transportation & Land Use Panel
Moderator: Barry Barker, TARC
Steve Tarver, YMCA of Greater Louisville
Alice Bridges, AOB Consulting
John Callihan, Mayor’s Office
Aida Copic, TARC

3:00-3:15 pm
Break, Networking and Exhibits

3:15- 3:45 pm
How do we Engage our Community – Planning for a Resilient and Just Louisville:
Eric Friedlander, Louisville Metro Government
Office of Resilience and Community Services

3:45 – 4:15 pm
Awards and Wrap Up
Angela Futter, Louisville Metro Government Office of Sustainability
Emily Chandler, Louisville Sustainability Council

2017 Sustainability Summit

The Louisville Sustainability Council and the Metro Louisville Office of Sustainability invite you to register for the 2017 Sustainability Summit!

Join us at this year’s Summit as we focus on why climate change is a high priority issue in Louisville, how we are planning for it, and what we need to do to transition to a more equitable and climate resilient Louisville. In the morning our keynote speaker will discuss how cities are becoming climate resilient, and then a panel will discuss local impacts of a changing climate, with attention to those impacted “first and worst”. In the afternoon we will breakout into sessions focusing on local and equitable action related to energy, public health, agriculture, water, air quality, and transportation/land use. We will also hear from Louisville’s new Chief Resilience Officer. Details, including agenda, ticket prices and exhibitor information are below.

If you would like to become a Summit sponsor, please visit our Sponsorship Page for more information.

Ticket Prices

LSC Members
$15 Early Bird (ends 10/4)
$35 at door
Become a Member

Non Members
$25 Early Bird (ends 10/4)
$50 at door

Group Tickets
25% off 5+ tickets

College Students (with ID)

Center for Neighborhoods Summit
$5 off with registration to both events

Community Tickets
Apply here by 10/25
Print version here.

Keynote Speaker: Vanessa Keith

Vanessa Keith, RA

Vanessa Keith, author of 2100: A Dystopian Utopia – The City After Climate Change, is a registered architect and the Principal of StudioTEKA Design, an award-winning architecture firm she founded in 2003. StudioTEKA approaches design through a multidisciplinary lens that spans the boundaries between architecture, economic and social development, and urban and environmental concerns. Vanessa is especially interested in innovative sustainable design and the issues faced by cities as they adapt to climate change, as well as in design-oriented technical and engineering solutions to environmental problems. Her work has appeared in notable international design publications such as Frame, Hinge, Surface Asia, Design Bureau and Mark Magazine. She has been featured with an interview in Landscape Architecture Magazine, the publication of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and in Modelo Design Manifestos, as one of a group of leading and influential architects from around the world. Vanessa was also recently interviewed about her practice and influences as a featured member of the American Institute of Architects’ New York chapter. She is an editor of “Kingston Harbor: Development Transects,” a book on urban design published by Columbia University in 2010. Vanessa gave the Alan H. Rider Distinguished Lecture on her work at Carnegie Mellon in February 2017, and has also given talks and participated in panels at New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge and Department for Social and Cultural Analysis, at the AIA Women in Architecture Committee’s Leadership Breakfast in New York, and at PennDesign’s Women in Architecture ReForm Symposium in Philadelphia, among others. She has taught graduate and undergraduate studios in architecture, urban and interior design, and economic development at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, and the City University of New York. 


Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Fine Arts (2000)
Master of International Affairs, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs (1995). Concentration: Economic Development. Focus Area: Urban Planning
B.A., Columbia University (1992). Major: Religion and Non Western Philosophy. Minor: Fine Art

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