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Smart Growth: A Citizen's Tool Kit

7-9p, Weds. May 9th 2007,  —  AMC Headquarters - 3 Joy St., Boston MA

Ever notice how much traffic there is nowadays, and how your favorite green places seem to be disappearing faster than you can say "McMansion?" Have you ever wondered what you, an ordinary citizen, can do about it? Well, wonder no more.

On the evening of May 9, the Appalachian Mountain Club will host a forum featuring four experts in the field of sustainable development, otherwise referred to as Smart Growth.

The timing of the Smart Growth Forum is excellent. On Tuesday, May 1st, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MACP), after three years of hard work including much public input, released its "MetroFture" plan, including recommendations on housing, mixed use town centers, public transport, clean energy, and community vitality. Read about all HERE.

How will the MetroFuture initiative help me in my neigborhood? The evening will start with a summary of Smart Growth efforts in Massachusetts—including the MAPC's MetroFuture vision, and then get personal and local as two additional speakers share their best strategies for managing the growth in your town and at the end of your street. (See List of Panelists)

Throughout the evening the emphasis will be on practical, "how-to," information that ordinary citizens can take home and put right to work. Speaker presentations will be followed by a question and answer period which in turn will be followed by refreshments and further opportunities for questions and networking.

Doors open at 6p for registration, pre-panel refreshments, and the chance to browse tables staffed by various local organizations promoting Smart Growth.


Smart Growth Forum Details:

  Date:   Wed. May 9, 2007
  Location:   AMC Headquarters, 3 Joy St. Boston MA  [ Directions ]

  Time:   6p—Doors Open - Pre-panel mixer (with refreshments)
7p—Key Insights from the Panelists
8p—Group and Individual Discussions
9p—Adjourn

  Panelists:   Kristina Egan, Director
       Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance
Amy Cotter, Senior Program Manager
       Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Larissa Brown, PhD, AICP - Chief Planner
       Goody Clancy Inc.
David F. Gardner, Open Space Advocate and Author
       Preserving Open Space: A Step-by-Step Guide
          for Volunteers Seeking to Limit Urban Sprawl

      For information on co-hosting, attending or volunteering contact either:
 Stroker Rogovin (781-641-2506, stroker•alumni·clarku·edu) or
 Steve Connors (617-527-1925, conservation•amcboston·org)

Speaker Biographies:

Kristina Egan , Director
       Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance

Kristina Egan serves as the director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, a new coalition between housing, community development, planning, environment, and transportation interests. Before joining the Alliance, she was the founding director of Odyssey, a statewide transportation choices coalition in California that forged an ongoing alliance between business, labor, community advocates and transit agencies promoting sustainable transportation choices through state policy reform and "on-the-ground" transit service improvements.

Kristina also spent three years as an energy policy analyst for the International Institute of Energy Conservation in Thailand where her work resulted in new energy efficiency standards adopted by the Thai government and the formation of an independent international organization to harmonize energy efficiency testing procedures in the Asia Pacific region.

Ms. Egan has published in the Far Eastern Economic Review, World Transport Policy and Practice and the SAIS Review. Ms. Egan holds a M.A. in International Economics and International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a B.A from Wesleyan University.

Amy Cotter , Senior Program Manager
       Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Amy Cotter manages both MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region and integrated smart growth activities at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the regional planning agency for the 101 communities of metropolitan Boston. Her work focuses on exploring policy and planning options through research and data analysis in order to inform decision making with the likely outcomes of different choices.

Amy brings to the effort more than 10 years of leadership in planning and policy making for smart growth and sustainable development. She holds Masters Degrees in regional planning and environmental policy from the University of Michigan, and received her BA from Tufts University.

Larissa Brown , PhD, AICP, Chief Planner
       Goody Clancy

Larissa Brown is Chief Planner at Goody Clancy, an award-winning Boston planning, urban design and architecture firm. She has led a variety of comprehensive planning, visioning, revitalization, open space and housing projects for public and private clients. Ms. Brown has worked as a municipal and regional planner and served for six years, including two as chair, on the Cambridge (MA) Planning Board. She is also a founding member of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, a statewide smart growth advocacy collaborative. Her experience with a range of community types -- from older industrial cities and low-income immigrant neighborhoods to suburban and exurban towns – and on all sides of the planning process informs her understanding of community building and smart growth.

Ms. Brown is a graduate of Princeton University and holds a PhD from the University of Virginia in history and an M.A. from the Conway School of Landscape Design.

David F. Gardner , Open Space Advocate and Author
       Preserving Open Space: A Step-by-Step Guide for
          Volunteers Seeking to Limit Urban Sprawl


David Gardner is a former Chair of the Beverly Open Space and Recreation Committee and is a past member of the City's Zoning Board of Appeals. The Committee developed a detailed action plan for preserving land in the City and was instrumental in acquiring significant parkland. David is a civil engineer with a master's degree in urban planning and has worked on planning and design projects for both public agencies and private developers. He is author of Preserving Open Space: A Step-by-Step Guide for Volunteers Seeking to Limit Urban Sprawl (Amazon: 2006). Gardner will discuss practical tools ordinary citizens can use to preserve green places locally.

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