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Fort Collins Alliance Meeting 11-07-09

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  • 1. Fort Collins Sustainability Alliance Meeting Nov 7, 2009
  • 2. Meeting Outline
    • Purpose of meeting
    • Objectives of meeting
    • Approach for meeting
    • Agenda
    • Participating Groups/Representatives
    • Creative Sessions Results
    • Agreements What Alliance will look like
    • Next Steps
  • 3. Purpose of the meeting
    • Identify opportunities
    • and ways to work
    • together for the
    • greater good of our
    • community while
    • furthering each
    • group’s individual
    • cause .
  • 4. Meeting Objectives
    • Co-Create a Sustainability Vision for Fort Collins
    • Create an Alliance for a Sustainable Community
  • 5. Meeting Approach
    • Develop a better understanding about what each group is doing and what synergies exist.
    • Can we develop a common definition and vision of a sustainable Fort Collins? What overlap exits?
    • What are possible short term goals that we believe we can achieve in Fort Collins?
    • What is the best way to structure ourselves to attain our tangible goals?
      • How can we best take advantage of our synergies
    • Agree on specific next steps?
  • 6. Agenda
    •  
    • 08:00 am – 08:45 am Breakfast – Introduction – Kick-Off
    • 08:45 am - 10:30 am Group Presentations
    • 10:30 am – 11:00 am Break
    • 11:00 am - 12:00 am 1 st Creative Session – Sustainability Vision
    • 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm Lunch Speaker (Philip, Vanna)
    • 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm 2 nd Creative Session – Short-term Goals
    • 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm Summarize Outcome
    • 03:00 pm - 03-30 pm Break
    • 03:30 pm - 05:00 pm Discuss Alliance Framework
    • 05:00 pm - 05:30 pm Summary and Next Steps
    • 05:30 pm Informal Gathering at Coopersmith’s
  • 7. Participating Groups/Participants:
    • BeLocal NC: Gailmarie Kimmel
    • Center for Justice Peace and the Environment: Cheryl Distaso
    • Community for Sustainable Energy: Fred Kirsch, Andrew Shelton
    • Fort Collins Sustainability Group: Kevin Cross, Reiner Lomb, Phil Friedman
    • Green Collar Guild: Andrew Michler, Mark Benjamin
    • Open Communities Collective: Flora Teran
    • Public Transportation Action Group: Mike Devereaux, Yvonne-Ruth Longacre
    • Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope: Daniel Covey
    • Trees, Water and People: Lacey Gaechter
    • Lunch Speakers – CSU Ethnic Studies: Philip Parnell, Vanna
    • Facilitator: Bret Lessman
    • Catering: Luise Lomb
  • 8. Creative Sessions Results
  • 9. Synergies (1)
    • Local Food Production
      • Community Garden
      • Good use of land
      • Create local markets
      • Grow more farmers
    • Transportation
      • Busses, Bikes
      • Clean Technologies
      • Affordability
      • Improving accessibility for the disabled
  • 10. Synergies (2)
    • Support and Develop Local Economy
      • Local employment
      • Foster micro businesses
      • Green Jobs
      • Empower people to work
      • Leverage local expertise
      • Training & Development
    • Natural Resource and Land Use
      • Efficient use of natural resources (wind, water, land)
      • Reforestation
      • Affordable Housing
  • 11. Synergies (3)
    • Social Equity
      • Accessibility to Services
      • Affordable Housing
      • Supporting low income people
      • Strategy of Inclusion
    • Create and Sustain Community
      • Common Vision of sustainability
      • Fund Raising/Resources
      • Mobilizing Community
      • Developing and sharing expertise
      • Recruting new members
  • 12. Synergies (4)
    • Clean Energy
      • Solar, Wind, Micro Hydro
      • Energy Efficiency
    • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
      • Valuable Metric for sustainability
    • Built Environment
      • Energy Efficiency
      • Affordable Housing
      • Employment
      • Improve accessibility for disabled
  • 13. Synergies (5)
    • Democratizing Local Government
      • Outreach
      • Education
      • Collaborative Decision
      • Hold ourselves and decision makers accountable
      • Relationships with Local Decisions Makers
      • Giving people a voice
      • Democratic decision making
      • More empowered boards and commissions
      • Efficient Government
      • Professional Council
  • 14. Core Elements of Sustainability
    • Transportation
    • Housing/Building
    • Efficient Resource Use
    • Education
    • Local Independence (Self Reliance)
    • Water
    • Economy/Employment
    • Good Governance
    • GHG Emissions
    • Long Term View
    • Social Equity
    • Local Food
    • Smart Growth
    • Reduce/Eliminate Fossil Fuel – Clean Energy
    • Reduce Solid Waste
  • 15. Short Term Goals (1)
    • Set up listening session following Village Earth Model (Participatory model) with Tres Colonias (OCC; Cheryl and Flora)
    • Develop Education Program about sustainability
    • Discussion Sessions on Building Codes (GCG, CSE)
    • Develop sustainable economic model
    • Initiate second Climate Task Force on more aggressive GHG Emission Goals (FCSG, Kevin)
    • Create City Sustainability Advisory Board (tbd)
  • 16. Short Term Goals (2)
    • Create Community Garden (at Murphy Center) (Daniel)
    • Push to implement Transit Plan and dedicated funding (PTAG, CSE)
    • Set up trainings on power and privilege (CJPE, Daniel)
    • Establish program to train new farmers (BLNC)
    • Promote conversion of yards to gardens (Cheryl invite Group)
    • Push PRPA to support home energy efficiency (CSE)
    • Promote better Land Use
    • Study of Fort Collins Population versus Resources (TWP, Lacey)
    • Push development of more sustainable city master plan (Cheryl will provide timeline at next meeting)
  • 17. Organizational Structure/Framework (1)
    • Develop and publish vision statement
    • Create Alliance Name and Brand
    • Announce existence of alliance
    • Set up communication and recruitment platform
    • Establish regular alliance meeting schedule and venue
    • Prioritize and unite on selected issues/goals
    • Identify available resources, exterior linkages and best practices
  • 18. Organizational Structure/Framework (2)
    • Create internships with the alliance
    • Develop Ways to communicate with Public (Newsletter, Website, List Serve)
    • Establish Alliance internal communication
    • Establish accountability process for Alliance
    • Create sub-groups or networks with common interests (but don’t duplicate what exists, e.g. in local food area)
    • Invite likeminded groups
  • 19. What will the Alliance look like Agreement
    • What:
    • Groups Operating independently
    • Creating communication network supported by simple communication infrastructure
    • Wagon Wheel Model – Align dynamically on shared issues/interests (e.g. 2 or 3 groups deciding to do something together on an issue)
    • Putting together some high level definition of what sustainability is
    • Common name for Alliance tbd: “xxxxxx Alliance for Sustainability”
    • Criteria for inviting other groups
      • 3-5 Year Vision: open for other groups
      • During Year 1: adding new groups by consensus of the alliance members
    • Become one stop shopping for people in the community interested in sustainability
    • How:
    • Simple Website as entry to websites of the groups in the Alliance
    • The Website should provide potential place for publication
    • Social Media Platform for Alliance internal communication
    • Establish meeting schedule
  • 20. Next Steps
    • Document & Review Alliance Framework; Reiner
    • Draft vision of sustainability for review; Kevin
    • Facilitate Name Search; Gailmarie
    • Create Communication Platform – LinkedIn; Daniel
    • Next Meeting: Mid January Evening, 7-9pm;
    • Owner: Daniel
    • Location: Murphy Center
    • Meeting Objectives:
      • Adopt Vision
      • Agree on Alliance Name
      • Agree on Short Term Goals/Priorities
      • Owners of short term goals provide update
      • Agree on Meeting schedule and owners