Rethinking the Urban-Rural Relationship

About

To begin the process of bridging the urban-rural divide through the lens of a bioregional, medium-term time frame, EcoCiv has begun a multi year project titled Rethinking the Urban-Rural Relationship. This program will include a series of local events in cities and towns across North America and will expand to include multi-city and eventually multi-national conversations that address the urban-rural relationship from a global perspective.

 

 

Vermont 2050

Sunday, September 15 - Middlebury College  -Bread Loaf Campus

Background

When we think about the critical issues associated with the environmental crisis and our survival, what immediately comes to mind are things such as the warming temperatures, rising sea levels, and the decimation of our biodiversity. But there is another issue that will also play a deciding role in our quality of life going forward, depending on how we respond to it: the urban-rural divide.

Vermont Voices

Join Vermont leaders and community partners in agriculture, education, business, the non-profit sector and civic organizations from acros the state in creating a long term plan for a sustainable Vermont.  Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, along with State Senators and Representatives, will participate in the discussion.

Impactful Planning

Charette Style Teams
Iterative Problem Solving
Interdisciplinary Teams
Long-Term Visionary Thinking
Local/Global
Urban/Rural
Bioregional

Our Sponsors

Crist7

Middlebury College
Environmental Affairs and Environmental Studies

Crist8

Center for Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology

For more information on the Vermont 2050 event or the Urban-Rural project,
contact Jesse Knapp at jknapp@ecociv.org

Event Schedule

Sunday, September 15, 2019

9:00am - 4:30pm, The Barn @ the Middlebury Bread Loaf Campus

8:30-9:00am                       

 

9:00am

 

 

 

 

9:45am                                   

 

 

 

 

10:35am

 

10:50am                               

                                                   

 

 

 

 

12:00-1:00pm                    

 

1:00pm

                                                   

 

 

 

2:10pm

                                                  

                                                    

 

 

 

3:00pm

 

3:15pm

 

 

 

4:30pm

 

 

 

 

 

Check-in and continental breakfast

 

Welcome and Introductions 

Short talks by

      John Elder, Middlebury College

     Andrew Schwartz, EcoCiv

 

The State of Sustainable Planning

Short talk by 

      David Zuckerman, Lt. Gov. of Vermont         

Facilitated discussions by sector

 

Coffee & water break

 

Bioregional Perspectives

Short talks by 

     Judy Dow, Abenaki educator

    Marc Lapin, Middlebury College

Backcasting exercise by sector

 

Lunch

 

Cross-Sector Collaboration

Short talk by 

      Ruah Swennerfelt, Transition Charlotte

Backcasting exercise in cross-sector groups

 

Roadmap to the Future

Short talks by 

      Jon Erickson, University of Vermont

     Susan Smiley, Food justice community leader

Facilitated discussions on next steps

 

Coffee & water break

 

Summarizing and Moving Forward

Presentation from graphic recorder Karina Branson

Closing discussions

 

Beer & cheese happy hour