Category Archives: Environment

Greater & Greener 2017: Connecting Cities, Cultures, and Generations

ULI Minnesota encourages you to check out and sign up for Greater & Greener 2017, which will be held locally in Minneapolis and Saint Paul! Greater & Greener is an international urban parks conference and will run from July 29th through August 2nd. Early bird registration is available through the end of March. For more information including registration, click here. From the City Parks Alliance press release: Park leaders, city planners, design professionals, and urban park advocates will convene in Saint Paul and Minneapolis, July 29-August 2, for Greater & Greener 2017: Connecting Cities, … Read More

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Regional Indicators Initiative Live!

A new interactive website will allow citizens of 20 Minnesota cities to track how their communities are reducing greenhouse gas emissions — and how they are not. The Regional Indicators Initiative (RII) site, a vivid and easy-to-use key to a huge storehouse of local energy data, is an outgrowth of several climate change mitigation initiatives by the state Legislature, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Green Step Cities program and the Regional Council of Mayors. It enables citizens to assess emissions from residential and commercial energy use, transportation and other activities … Read More

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Thrive MSP 2040

Read about the Regional Council of Mayors October 8th Thrive MSP 2040 discussion. If you want to give your suggestions, contact: thriveMSP@metc.state.mn.us.  

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Reinventing TOD: Addressing the Challenges and Capitalizing on Opportunities

From the onset of the June 2012 Policy Forum Series hosted by the Environmental Initiative, Mariia Zimmerman, former Deputy Director for Sustainable Communities at HUD and founder of MZ Strategies, made it clear that the notion of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) needs a facelift. In essence, TOD is an intentional form of development that accounts for and aims to enhance the quality of life for all. In practice, it proactively links multi-story housing, jobs, nature and grocery stores with a safe, efficient and reliable multimodal transportation network. However, since TOD … Read More

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