Exploring Models of Regional Sustainability Planning and Implementation

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 11:45am

About the Event

In this seminar, Carissa Schively Slotterback highlighted findings from a research project focused on an approach to planning for and implementing sustainability on a regional scale. The presentation included an overview of the components of a model framework for regional sustainability and implementation. The framework is informed by a detailed case-study analysis of recently completed regional sustainability plans and draws on a review of planning documents and interviews with key stakeholders. The analysis considered the content of regional sustainability plans, processes used to develop them, and approaches used to implement the plans and monitor outcomes.

Schively Slotterback also shared thoughts on how the project's findings might be used by organizations and stakeholders interested in pursuing sustainability planning in their own regions, as well as in evaluating regional sustainability planning efforts. Her presentation included insights from a research advisory committee that includes regional stakeholders to examine how the framework might be applied to regional sustainability planning efforts in the Twin Cities.

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Carissa Schively Slotterback is an associate professor and director of the Urban and Regional Planning Program at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Her research focuses on public involvement and decision making in environmental, land-use, and transportation planning processes. Schively Slotterback is specifically interested in issues of impact analysis, plan implementation, uncertainty, and consensus-building.