2019 SUMMIT SCHEDULE

Saturday, June 15, 2019

*REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
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9:00 – 9:30 a.m.  NETWORKING AND CHECK-IN

 

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.  WELCOME AND KEYNOTE SPEAKER
We are excited to have Ray McKinnon giving our keynote address! Ray currently serves as the Senior Pastor at South Tryon Community United Methodist Church in Charlotte. He is passionate about community advocacy—particularly surrounding affordable housing, criminal justice reform, upward mobility, and equity (racial, gender, sexuality).

Ray is a member of the Charlotte Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, a member of the Leading on Opportunity Council, Co-Founder of New South Progressives, President of the South Tryon Community Development Corporation, Co-Vicechair of the Justice and Reconciliation Team of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church (WNCCUMC), WNCCUMC Peace with Justice Coordinator, a Committeeman at the Democratic National Committee, a member of the State Executive Council for the North Carolina Democratic Party, Past President of Young Democrats of Mecklenburg County, among other leadership roles.

 

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. SUSTAINABILITY WORKSHOP BLOCK 1
The following workshops/discussions will be available during this time block. You will choose one to attend when you register.

    • CLEARING THE AIR IN THE HISTORIC WEST END
      Led by Clean Air Carolina, this workshop will discuss the creation of a model initiative taking on environmental justice with citizen science, big data, the power of the people. Participants will learn how to analyze spatial trends in environmental justice, build lasting and impactful community partnerships that can tackle entrenched interests, and exactly how to apply their time and talents hands-on in citizen science efforts to better the environment they inhabit.
    • SMART GROWTH: ALIGNING LAND USE AND TRANSPORTATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
      Led by Sustain Charlotte. Wondering what smart growth really is, or how this approach to creating dense walkable communities can improve the quality of life for everyone? Learn the latest about Charlotte’s plans for developing a community vision for growth and expanding opportunities to walk, bicycle, and ride public transit. This workshop includes a short walking tour (weather permitting).
    • FOSTERING A LEGACY OF CONSERVATION, CONNECTIVITY, AND COMMUNITY
      Catawba Lands Conservancy and Carolina Thread Trail will explore how the local land preservation efforts of Catawba Lands Conservancy play a role in accomplishing the Carolina Thread Trail’s mission of “connecting lives to nature through a regional network of trails.” The Carolina Thread Trail is one of the most ambitious and exciting projects ever planned for our region, and the collaboration between these two organizations has helped propel the project forward in recent years. This workshop will discuss opportunities and challenges associated with developing a regional trail network, as well as the process of working with property owners and municipalities to acquire land and secure trail easements. Additionally, the importance of the Cross-Charlotte Trail and how it serves as a catalyst to advancing the regional trail system will be discussed.
    • CLT REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEM MAP: CONNECTING THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO THE FOOD WORLD
      Led by Rivendell Farms of the Carolinas (RFC) who is partnering with community leaders, organizations, businesses, and civic resources to create a web-based, food system map of the 16-county, 2-state region of Charlotte. Creating this public service an interactive, mobile-friendly guide to local farms, community gardens, farmers markets, food retail, food access, nutrition education, and volunteer opportunities, RFC hopes to bring visibility and move the needle on improving the health and food culture of our City and region. Join this Workshop to see a “first look” of the Map and learn more about this community collaboration.

 

12:30 – 1:45 p.m. STATE OF LOCAL SUSTAINABILITY PRESENTATION AND LUNCH

How are we doing? Are we making any progress? Where do we need to focus more? Join this session for a “state of local sustainability” regarding encouraging recent trends and the challenges that remain to improve sustainability in the Charlotte region from Sustain Charlotte founder and executive director Shannon Binns.

 

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. SUSTAINABILITY WORKSHOP BLOCK 2
The following workshops/discussions will be available during this time block. You will choose one to attend when you register.

  • HOW ARE WE CONSERVING OUR WATER RESOURCES IN CHARLOTTE?
    Who is CRF? In this discussion, the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation will go over how the Riverkeeper advocates for the waterways in our basin, educates the residents of our basin and works with citizens, businesses, other advocacy groups, as well as state and local government agencies to conserve our water resources. We will go over what CRF does for day-to-day operations and how participants can reap the benefits of the work that we do for the Catawba River. Participants will also learn how they can help make our river basin a healthier, more beautiful place to live, work, and play.
  • STATE OF MECKLENBURG COUNTY PARK AND RECREATION
    Greenways for Mecklenburg and Mecklenburg Park and Recreation Commissioners will give a state of our entire parks system.
  • AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN CHARLOTTE
    Led by OneMECK. A panel will discuss how affordable housing is an essential component of equitable cities. Our panelists are community activists representing key affordable housing groups: Charis Blackmon – West Side Community Land Trust; Ted Fillette (moderator) – OneMECK; Angie Forde – Housing Justice Coalition; Carol Hardison – Non-Profit Housing Providers; Justin Perry – OneMECK; Judy Seldin-Cohen – Greenspon. We hope people come prepared to participate in a lively discussion!
  • HOME ENERGY EFFICIENCY
    This session is a fast-paced and action-oriented workshop to assist participants in understanding the energy efficiency of their current home, and how improvements can offer short and long-term energy, health, comfort, safety, financial and other benefits. For your next home, the workshop will also provide an improved understanding of design considerations, non-traditional but highly energy efficient home types, and certification programs. Whether you own, rent, or are looking to build, this workshop will improve your energy efficiency IQ, and show you how saving energy can benefit your everyday life. – Presented by Ryan Miller of North Carolina Building Performance Association and Curtis McCurry of Timber Block.

 

3:15 – 4:30 p.m.  SUSTAINABILITY WORKSHOP BLOCK 3
The following workshops/discussions will be available during this time block. You will choose one to attend when you register.

  • HOW WEALTH DISPARITY AFFECTS ECONOMIC MOBILITY
    Equitable Communities CLT will lead a presentation and panel discussion focusing on the history that created the wealth disparity and how the lingering effects impact economic mobility. How a person’s economic mobility is dramatically affected by their wealth, how it occurred and how the lingering affects economic mobility.
  • TRASH LESS, MORE SOIL
    Led by Crown Town Compost. A conversation about making Charlotte healthier. Did you know we can reduce landfill waste by 40%? What about the fact that healthier soils truly create a well-balanced environment? Well, that’s okay. Most don’t. Come sit with us and learn about how your waste can change your community.
  • SUSTAINABILITY AND NATURE
    CROWN, the Charlotte chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation will host a panel of regional experts for a discussion on the human and economic benefits of connecting to the natural world. Topics will include the importance of quality green space in municipal urban and suburban development. The panel will also address our disconnect from nature, the challenge of communicating scientific processes, and will also take questions from the audience. The purpose of this panel session is to increase awareness to the human species’ connection to nature and to explore the social, economic, mental and health benefits that result from our interactions to the natural world.
  • LOCAL ROOFTOP SOLAR: UNDERSTANDING YOUR HOME AND THE UTILITY
    Led by Renewable Energy Design Group, they will cover the basics of residential solar and it’s benefits to both North and South Carolina.