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San Antonio Sustainability Forum – June 23rd, 2015

By Leigh-Ann Fabianke | Jun 22 2015

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Community members at the SA Tomorrow kick-off event on April 11th, marking where they live and what SA2020 goals they are passionate about.

The City of San Antonio is hosting its first ever Sustainability Forum on June 23rd from 5:00 to 8:00 pm in the Grotto of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

This Forum will provide a platform to learn about and help refine what sustainability means to San Antonio. Come share your ideas and concerns about air and water quality, economic vitality, social equity, land use decisions, transportation options and much more.  Ideas generated through this Forum will help develop a robust Sustainability Plan, which will serve as a roadmap outlining actions that should be taken now to achieve the vision identified through the SA2020 process. The Sustainability Plan is part of SA Tomorrow, an integrated, three-pronged planning effort to guide the City toward smart, sustainable growth.

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The City and its partners are designing this event to have interactive activities and speaker programs running concurrently…

Leading By Example

Welcome from Mayor Ivy Taylor and City Manager Sheryl Sculley followed by a panel of the Municipal Directors leading the SA Tomorrow planning process. Moderated by District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg.

Sustainability in Action

Presentations and panel discussions that summarize existing activities and inspire further action.  Moderated by Robert Rivard, The Rivard Report.

  • Doug Melnick, Sustainability Chief, SA Office of Sustainability
  • Terry Bellamy, Assistant Director, TCI
  • John Dugan, Director, Planning and Community Development
  • Kim Stoker, Environmental and Sustainability Director, CPS Energy
  • Steve Graham, Assistant General Manager, San Antonio River Authority
  • Eric Cooper, President and CEO, SA Food Bank
  • Karen Guz, Conservation Director, San Antonio Water System
  • Matthew Hobson, Assistant Director, SA Solid Waste Management Division

Speed Planning

Quick idea blasts on topics relevant to sustainability in San Antonio.  Participants rotate through a number of tables for 10 minutes each. Moderated by Molly Cox, SA2020.

Creative Brainstorming

Facilitated ideation sessions that will focus on how to meet the goals of the Sustainability Plan.

Sustainovation (Sustainability-Innovation) Tech Zone

This area will offer interactive polling, continuously stream previously recorded speaker presentations, and host other online engagement platforms.

Expo Hall

This area will house organizational partner and corporate sponsor information tables.

A sustainable San Antonio has a thriving economy, a healthy environment and an inclusive and fair community. Through the Sustainability planning effort and by attending the Sustainability Forum on June 23rd, the public has an opportunity to help shape San Antonio’s future. For more information and to register for the Forum, please visit www.SASustainabilityPlan.com.

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Leigh-Ann Fabianke

Leigh-Ann Fabianke is the Public Engagement lead for San Antonio’s Sustainability Plan. She is also president of Galen Driscol, LLC a small, woman-owned firm specializing in communications, stakeholder engagement and conflict resolution consulting services.

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