Apples to Apples to Oranges: Understanding Synergies and Differences among Various Neighborhood and District-Scale Sustainability Models

Wed, May 14, 2014,
11:00am to 12:00pm PDT

The past five years have seen an explosion of community and district-level approaches to improve community health, prosperity and well-being by tackling community challenges in a way that looks at environment, economy and equity in a holistic way. These projects vary in many ways, including their emphasis, capacity for replication, and involvement of diverse stakeholders. While foundations have been supporting development and replication of new neighborhood or district-scale models, many funders do not have a clear understanding of the larger landscape and how these different models are similar, different, or could complement each other. 

Last fall, the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, in partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, commissioned a research project to examine the range and variety of neighborhood and district-scale sustainability models/projects being created in cities across the United States and Canada. The purpose of this scan was to understand how the various models compare and contrast and to assess the potential and limitations of the approaches in this emerging sector. The report will inform both funders and USDN members about existing approaches, strengthen their respective work in this arena (both grantmaking and practice) and inform collective thinking about the next generation of model development, including synergies across models. Join us on Wednesday, May 14th from 2:00 -3:00 p.m. ET., for a presentation and lively conversation about findings from this report.



We will hear from:
Mariella Puerto, Senior Program Officer, Barr Foundation, moderator
Joan Fitzgerald, Professor and Interim Dean, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University

Discussion Leaders:
Nils Moe, Managing Director, Urban Sustainability Directors Network
Alison Corwin, Program Officer, Surdna Foundation
Neelima Shah, Program Officer, Bullitt Foundation
Darryl Young, Director, Sustainable Cities Program, The Summit Foundation

Please register for this call by Friday, May 9th by clicking here, to be sure that you receive call-in details. The registration form will provide an opportunity to submit questions that you would like the speakers to address, which we will share with speakers in advance of the call. Call information and further background materials will be emailed to call registrants on Monday, May 12th.