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Smart Growth Speaker Series

Getting More Green for Your Stormwater Infrastructure, May 5

This webcast will showcase different ways of measuring both cost savings and benefits related to green infrastructure practices. EPA staff and leading professionals from the field will discuss new research and case studies detailing successful approaches to valuing green infrastructure. Join the webcast May 5, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT.

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Category: Events, Webinars, Infrastructure, stormwater

Next City Vanguard Conference, May 6-8

The Vanguard is an annual experiential urban leadership gathering of young urban leaders working to improve cities across sectors, including urban planning, community development, entrepreneurship, government, transportation, sustainability, design, art and media. Each year, Next City selects 40 applicants whose smart ideas for cities, experience in the field and ambition for the future show great promise. Apply now and join the 2015 Vanguard in Reno, Nevada, May 6-8.​

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Category: Events, Nevada, Urban

Placemaking: Making it Happen training, May 6-8

Project for Public Spaces’ Placemaking: Making it Happen training is an intensive two and a half day course that builds on participants’ knowledge of placemaking concepts and provides the tools to implement and manage placemaking projects. Speakers include individuals who have hands-on experience in placemaking across the country and many of the presentations will focus on recent success stories. Training will be May 6-8 in New York City.

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Category: Events, New York

Webinar: Improving the Science of Built Environment and Public Health for Physical Activity, May 6

CDC’s Community Guide provides evidence-based interventions and recommendations for addressing public health challenges and chronic disease factors. But historically, the Guide has included very little on one of the greatest community features that determines health: the built environment. Recently, that’s changing. In this webinar, participants will hear about new updates to the Community Guide that focus specifically on built environment factors to improve physical activity, and hear some examples of how to implement such interventions at the local level. May 6, 2-3 p.m. EST.

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Category: Events, Webinars, health, communities

Infrastructure Week, May 11-15

Infrastructure Week 2015 will bring together stakeholders from around the country to highlight the critical importance of investing in and modernizing America’s infrastructure systems, which are essential to our economy. Our outdated roads, bridges, ports, airports, water, energy, and broadband systems remain a drag on our national recovery – and present a once-in-a-generation opportunity to drive job and wage growth, manufacturing, trade, and global competitiveness. Join organizations, business leaders, civic groups, and others to amplify common goals through events, focused media attention, and advocacy at the federal, state and local levels. Infrastructure Week takes place May 11-15 in Washington, DC.

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Category: Events, District of Columbia, Infrastructure

Cities Reaching for the Stars: Creating More Sustainable Communities with the STAR Communities Framework, May 13

Join The Funders Network’s Learning Network call to learn more about the Star Communities Rating System (STAR), which local government leaders created to help communities address climate change, bolster economies and improve quality of life. STAR provides a framework for communities to develop sustainability goals and measure progress across nine major categories, from natural systems to economic prosperity to education, arts and community. Join the call May 13 at 2:00 p.m. EST.

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Category: Sustainability

American Institute of Architects Convention, May 14-16

AIA Convention 2015 will teach attendees best practices in design: How should it look? How does it function? What’s its purpose? Among other things, the conference includes a focus on resilience: aging infrastructure, disasters, and risk pose complex challenges that increase with a changing climate. Discover how architects and designers can lead the way in creating more resilient and sustainable practices and innovations. Attendees will also get a broad view of design and health and explore how innovative architects are using design to combat obesity, build community, and promote well-being. May 14-16 in Atlanta.

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Category: Events, Georgia, Sustainability, architects

Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference, May 19-21

​The Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference is the premier gathering of leaders from across the country exploring innovative solutions for tackling vacant, abandoned and problem properties. Themed “Beyond Blight: Building a Bold Movement,” the 2015 conference will explore the latest tools to combat vacancy and move beyond neighborhood blight, as well as how government officials, community leaders, and others in the field can join forces across departments, cities, and even states to achieve wide-scale positive change. May 19-21 in Detroit, Michigan.

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Category: Events, Michigan, Conferences

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The Smart Growth
Speaker Series

The Smart Growth Speaker Series hosts speakers on a monthly basis to describe the Smart Growth development paradigm, explore specific approaches, to foster dialog, and identify opportunities for positive change in growth and development patterns.

Event sponsors are the Smart Growth Network, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Building Museum. The series, which is free to the public, is held at the National Building Museum, 401 F Street N.W, Washington D.C. (Judiciary Square Metro). For more information, contact Luctrician Hamilton, U.S. EPA at .

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