Scaling Up: Building Municipal Sustainability Plans with Grass-Roots Action

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
All times Pacific. Please click on the following link to register for free and receive a personalized link to join this webinar:

A unique panel of grassroots organizers will be speaking about what their three cities - Isla Vista, CA, Fort Collins, CO and Columbus, OH - are doing to scale up the sustainability of their towns through a city-wide collaboration on an action plan. 

A moderator will follow up with questions that will provide information about approaches to collaboration, goals, and prospects for future viability. 

Our intention is for participants to think about: 

- What might a viable plan look like? 
- What are the components of a good plan? 
- How might grassroots groups go about cultivating support from city leaders and community members? 

Also, how can scaled-up efforts be achieved through collaborating with city leaders, making a long-range sustainability plan, and finding the funding needed to implement a plan?

After panelists’ initial comments and follow-up questions, there will be a time for Q&A from the audience. Please come with your curiosity and questions!

David R. Celebrezze has a life-long passion for sustainability and the environment. He is as comfortable talking to Fortune 500 companies about going green as he is being knee-deep in wetlands surveying amphibians. As the city of Columbus GreenSpot Coordinator he manages several programs that inspire, educate, and recognize households, businesses, community groups, and neighborhoods that embrace sustainable practices. These programs include art, kids, a business course, backyards, and neighborhoods. He utilizes social media, a website, green guides, the GreenSpot Advisory Board, and other tools to engage more than 20,000 GreenSpot members and the public. He has nearly twenty years of experience working with the public on environmental issues. He views sustainability as a thread that connects all aspects of our society and for it to succeed we all need to succeed.

By day, John Foran teaches sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Otherwise, he lives the life of an engaged activist-academic in global climate justice networks and movements, both at home and beyond with Transition US, the Global Tapestry of Alternatives, System Change Not Climate Change,, the Green Party, Extinction Rebellion, and Symbiosis Revolution, among others. One manifestation of this locally is the Eco Vista dreamworld at John believes that just as spirituality remains a wasted gesture unless put into some kind of practice outside of oneself in the world, far too much activism falls short of its potential for liberation because groups and individuals fail to acknowledge and work on the inner transition and nurturing of loving relationships that life-affirming spiritual practices enable in us. Other worlds are possible!

Kevin Cross is a founding member of the Fort Collins Sustainability Group, which pressed the Fort Collins, Colorado city council to adopt an ambitious climate action plan, which they passed and continue to support. Kevin got his start as an activist opposing U.S. support for the Contras in Nicaragua in the 1980s. He has a B.S. degree in Physics from the University of California – Davis and an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Kevin currently works as a Senior Engineer for a small energy consulting firm, and is registered as a professional engineer in the State of Colorado. He also convenes the Colorado Coalition for a Livable Climate, which develops and advocates strategies for reducing Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions to levels supportive of a livable climate.

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