The Fresh Outlook Foundation (FOF) hosted its 5th Building SustainAble Communities (BSC) conference from February 27th to March 1st in Kelowna, BC at the Delta Grand Hotel. The conference drew 600 speakers and delegates from about 80 communities. This compares with 500 from 77 communities in 2010, and 450 from 71 communities in 2009.

Speakers and delegates represented a wide range of organizations from the public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors, and from the general public. Read more about the outcomes of this event here:  2012 BSC Program

Overview

2012 EVALUATION SUMMARY

The Fresh Outlook Foundation (FOF) hosted its 5th Building SustainAble Communities (BSC) conference from February 27th to March 1st in Kelowna, BC at the Delta Grand Hotel.

PARTICIPATION

The conference drew 600 speakers and delegates from about 80 communities. This compares with 500 from 77 communities in 2010, and 450 from 71 communities in 2009.
Speakers and delegates represented a wide range of organizations from the public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors, and from the general public.
Almost half of the 102 survey respondents were speakers and delegates from the public sector, primarily local government. About 10 percent were from the private sector, 10 percent from
the nonprofit sector, and 7 percent from the academic sector. About 4 percent were students.

Read more about the outcome of this event here: 2012 BSC Evaluation Summary

7:00-8:00 AM

REGISTRATION

8:00-8:10 AM

WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS

8:10-8:30 AM

DEFINING COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY & THE ROLE OF SPECIFIC SECTORS

8:30-9:00 AM

MESHWORKING EVOLUTIONARY INTELLIGENCES FOR THE HUMAN HIVE

9:00-9:30 AM

COLLABORATING ACROSS SECTORS TO ACCELERATE SUSTAINABILITY GOALS

9:30-10:00 AM

REFRESHMENT BREAK & ECO-EX TRADE SHOW & TELL

10:00-12:00 PM

UNDERSTANDING YOUR PIECE OF THE SUSTAINABILITY PUZZLE

 

Each issue/sector/group will have its own room; each room will be manned by a facilitator and sector experts who will share insights about their roles, challenges, opportunities, and best practices. Each group will create a poster outlining its role in community sustainability and listing the top five best practices. Posters will be hung in the plenary room for viewing later by delegates. *LG = Local government, FN = First Nation

10:00-12:00 PM

LEADERSHIP

 

(for elected officials from all levels of government and First Nations, trade associations)

10:00-12:00 PM

ADMINISTRATION

 

(for LG / FN CAOs, CFOs, policy writers, consultants, trade associations)

10:00-12:00 PM

PLANNING

 

(for LG / FN staff, consultants, trade associations)

10:00-12:00 PM

PUBLIC WORKS / INFRASTRUCTURE / UTILITIES

 

(for LG / FN staff, utility staff, engineering consultants, trade associations, NGOs)

10:00-12:00 PM

BUSINESS / FINANCE / ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

(for LG / FN staff; business reps, consultants, NGOs)

10:00-12:00 PM

UNIVERSITIES / COLLEGES / SCHOOLS

 

(for administrators, teachers, researchers, operations staff, students, LG / FN staff)

10:00-12:00 PM

ENVIRONMENT

 

(for LG / FN staff, consultants, trade associations, NGOs)

10:00-12:00 PM

AGRICULTURE / FOOD

 

(for LG / FN staff, producers, consultants, trade associations, NGOs)

10:00-12:00 PM

DEVELOPERS / ARCHITECTS / BUILDERS

 

(for industry players, LG / FN staff, consultants, trade associations, NGOs)

10:00-12:00 PM

ARTS / CULTURE

 

(for LG / FN staff, artists, performers, consultants, trade associations, NGOs)

10:00-12:00 PM

COMMUNICATIONS / PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

 

(for LG / FN staff, consultants, media, trade associations, NGOs)

10:00-12:00 PM

HEALTH / WELLNESS

 

(for LG / FN staff, consultants, trade associations, NGOs, faith-based organizations, and healthcare, housing, employment and social justice professionals and advocates)

11:45-1:00 PM

LUNCH

1:00-1:45 PM

LEARNING ABOUT EVERYONE ELSE’S ROLE IN COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY

 

Each poster station will be manned by a few members of the group, who will answer delegates

1:45-5:00 PM

OPTION: DISTRICT OF LAKE COUNTRY’S MICRO-HYDRO PROJECT TOUR

Lake Country’s Micro-Hydro Project began producing and supplying power into the BC Hydro grid in June 2009 using infrastructure created on its drinking water and irrigation supply system. Unlike traditional hydroelectric facilities, this plant diverts the flow from the pipe transmitting water downhill to the community. At the generating station the natural force of gravity creates the energy required to spin the electricity-generating turbine, the water then leaves the generating station and is placed in the community water supply reservoir ready for use. The 1.1 MW micro-hydro project cost $4.1 million and is expected to produce 3,871 megawatt hours (MW.h) of power annually, enough to supply 400 homes and generate annual revenues of $367,000.

SIGN-UP: Before noon Monday, February 27th at the Fresh Outlook Foundation booth.

1:45-3:00 PM

BUILDING SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES TOGETHER…ONE LEGO BRICK AT A TIME

 

Bringing creativity, exuberance, and the inspiration of play to the serious concerns of community sustainability, Lloyd Smith Solutions will lead participants in LEGO® Serious Play™. Delegates will have a ton of fun while unearthing and unleashing individual and community problem-solving potential. This pioneering process enhances participants’ insights and confidence by engaging them in hands-on, minds-on experience. The resulting teams and networks promise to be more creative, collaborative, and committed.

3:00-3:15 PM

REFRESHMENT BREAK & ECO-EX TRADE SHOW & TELL

3:15-5:00 PM

BUILDING SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES TOGETHER…CONTINUED

 

Participants will be given a list of 12 potential projects, one for each for the issues / sectors addressed during the morning session. They will select the project of their choice and work with sector-specific experts to “build” innovative solutions using LEGO®. Each project team will create a poster to explain its project approach; projects will be displayed during Day 2 of the conference.

The evening of Day 2 will feature a LEGO® building competition open to conference delegates and the public. Each team of eight will enjoy a bag supper while “constructing” a solution to a specific community sustainability challenge of its choice. Each team must include people from a variety of sectors, including elected officials, planners, infrastructure professionals, developers, educators, researchers, nonprofit representatives, and youth. There will be a sign-up sheet at the Fresh Outlook Foundation booth for conference delegates. Projects will be judged by delegates during Day 3. Members of the winning teams will receive great prizes!

7:00-9:30 PM

Evening Functions

 

  • Local Wine & Beer Tasting (cash bar)
  • Documentary Film Showing (The Economics of Happiness) followed by a panel discussion with:

 

Dr. Bill Rees, UBC; Jon Hawkes, Cultural Development Network of Victoria (Australia); Dr. Marilyn Hamilton, Royal Roads; and Bob Willard, The SustainAbility Advantage.

Agenda

2012-BSC Agenda

Subject to change

Printable Version - Printable Version (no tables)

Highlight:

Main Hall

 

Monday

Tuesday

7:00am

Registration

Registration

7:30am

8:00am

Welcome & introductions

Welcome & introductions

8:30am

Meshworking evolutionary intelligences for the human hive

Marilyn Hamilton PhD

9:00am

Collaborating across sectors to accelerate sustainability goals

9:30am

REFRESHMENT BREAK & ECO-EX TRADE SHOW & TELL

 

10:00am

UNDERSTANDING YOUR PIECE OF THE SUSTAINABILITY PUZZLE

 

10:30am

 

11:00am

 

11:30am

 

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Speakers

Travel & Accommodations

 

Where to Stay

The conference is at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort so that would be a great place to stay! The Delta Grand Okanagan has reserved 275 rooms for our 2012 Building Sustainable Communities Conference at a reduced rate of $135.00. For booking details and additional room options, please head over to the Delta Grand’s booking site.

 

How to Get There

If you are traveling by air, why not choose WestJet? A 10% rate discount is available to delegates who fly to Kelowna with WestJet. The code for these bookings is CC7065.

  • For WestJet delegates wishing to use this offer please call the WestJet Conference/Convention Department @ 1-877-952-4696. Hours are Monday to Friday 7:00am to 5:30 pm Mountain Standard Time.
  • The discount code CC7065 must be quoted at the time of booking. This is not a promo code which can be used on WestJet.com.
  • The discounted rates are available for travel up to 3 days prior and 3 days after the event. For travel outside of these dates, WestJet will offer the best available fare at the time of booking.
  • For further details please view the WestJet Conference Promise Document.

 

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