Increasing public support for sustainability initiatives and measuring the impacts of comprehensive programs are two of the most pressing challenges facing city sustainability leaders. This year at the Congress of Cities NLC’s Sustainability Program is excited to offer two pre-conference training programs exploring these issues in depth and offering tools and strategies to equip city leaders successfully take on these issues!
Wednesday November 28th; 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Increasingly cities across the country are pursuing strategies and initiatives that promote sustainability. Such actions have been found to produce economic savings, protect environmental resources, and even contribute to public health and safety. Yet these actions have not been without question or controversy, and establishing community support for these actions can be challenging. While many cities have encountered some form of resistance, some have even experienced direct and at times aggressive push-back from groups opposed to sustainability principles.
In this interactive workshop participants will learn about frameworks, tools, and techniques to effectively engage the public on sustainability and climate change issues and solutions, and work with peers to develop effective communications strategies.
Thursday November 29th; 9:00am - 12:00pm
For years, there has been no common way of defining and measuring sustainability. This fall, STAR Communities launches the STAR Community Index Version 1.0, the nation’s first framework for evaluating, quantifying, and improving the livability and sustainability of communities. STAR uniquely combines:
During this seminar, city leaders will learn about the STAR framework, hear about cities that have been involved in its development, and see a demonstration of the STAR Online Reporting Tool.
Participants will leave with an understanding of how STAR can help develop existing strategic or sustainability plans; strategies to collect and track data required for the tool; and learn how various partners such as universities or local NGOs can get involved.