canton sustainability collaborative

strategies for the near future
successional cities monday. 08.13.07

overview
successional cities city of canton you!

the team

overview
sustainabilit y and canton: gaining an edge while thinking ahead and working together successional cities city of canton you!

the project

the team

overview
just the beginning! how to proceed from here process, products, deliverables sustainabilit y and canton: gaining an edge while thinking ahead and working together successional cities city of canton you!

the project

the team

timeline

overview
identify projects form strategy through discussion just the beginning! how to proceed from here process, products, deliverables sustainabilit y and canton: gaining an edge while thinking ahead and working together successional cities city of canton you!

working together

analyze, strategize, innovate, reflect, and report

the project

the team

timeline

about us

sharlene leurig

about us
timothy terway

sharlene leurig timothy terway MIT advisory committee

about us

“helping communities competitively adapt to a changing global environment”

combining urban and ecological design, brand building, economic development and environmental policy, we work with the assets and knowledge of your city to create a common vision to guide future decisions.

the project

canton in context

the project

“the overriding mandate in urban development today is not the development of efficient solutions to new and pressing city building needs. rather, it is the colossal task of undoing the negative effects of almost three generations of planning priorities bred in an era that was gripped by great collective delusions about limitless growth.” - peter droege, 2006

canton in context

the project

“the overriding mandate in urban development today is not the development of efficient solutions to new and pressing city building needs. rather, it is the colossal task of undoing the negative effects of almost three generations of planning priorities bred in an era that was gripped by great collective delusions about limitless growth.” - peter droege, 2006

how does this relate to canton?
the economic struggle faced in many smaller northeastern cities in the past few decades highlighted by jobs migrating to other ex-urban, national, and international markets will shift to a struggle for resources and need local production for sustenance and prosperity.

canton in context

the project

“the overriding mandate in urban development today is not the development of efficient solutions to new and pressing city building needs. rather, it is the colossal task of undoing the negative effects of almost three generations of planning priorities bred in an era that was gripped by great collective delusions about limitless growth.” - peter droege, 2006

how does this relate to canton?
the economic struggle faced in many smaller northeastern cities in the past few decades highlighted by jobs migrating to other ex-urban, national, and international markets will shift to a struggle for labor, wages, resources and need local production for sustenance and prosperity.

the sustainability leapfrog…

why sustainability?

why sustainability?
while sustainability certainly is… “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." .” - brundtland commission, 1987 it is also…

a framework for responding to the emerging competitive threats and maintaining competitive advantage.
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why sustainability?
while sustainability certainly is… “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." .” - brundtland commission, 1987 it is also…

a framework for responding to the emerging competitive threats and maintaining competitive advantage.
.

how does this apply to canton?

build on completed work

the project

many of the proposed plans within the most recent 2003 downtown masterplan are inherently sustainable, even if not understood and marketed (yet) as such

mixed-use development multi-modal transit landscape corridors pedestrian oriented design

build on completed work

the project

many of the proposed plans within the most recent 2003 downtown masterplan are inherently sustainable, even if not understood and marketed (yet) as such

mixed-use development multi-modal transit landscape corridors pedestrian oriented design

however…
these mainly physical improvements rely on a belief in URBANISM, that is, that the CITY as a dense, diverse living arrangement is an enjoyable and worthwhile place to live, work, visit, and invest in – requiring not just a physical makeover but a mental makeover as well.

ok, what kind of policies and funding begin to pay for this sort of stuff?

assess existing needs in light of new funding sources
canton’s needs policies funding sources energy efficiency projects funded by D.O.E. and/or Ohio DOD energy efficiency program potential USEPA brownfield funding

example: incentives for energy reduce operating budget efficiency participants

example: revitalize underused downtown parcels example: job creation and workforce development

tax breaks for (re)development within specified urban zones

incentivize alternative energy industries for energy independence

green energy ohio AMP – ohio, municipalities

define canton’s competitive edge
by integrating physical design strategies to attract people to a sustainable downtown and leveraging new financing sources, canton can both redefine its image and establish a competitive edge to attract new business, residential, state and private investment.

short-term projects

examples: LED traffic lights, boston aluminum industries of ohio, cleveland biodiesel, pittsburgh

define canton’s competitive edge
by integrating physical design strategies to attract people to a sustainable downtown and leveraging new financing sources, canton can both redefine its image and establish a competitive edge to attract new business, residential, state and private investment.

long-term strategies

examples: alternative energy investments, wind power - bowling green, ohio brownfields- brockton, ma emerging technologies organic agriculture waste and by-product exchange green building code adoption

identify synergies and partnerships
developing robust sustainability programs means recognizing previously undiscovered synergies and partnerships, sometimes among groups who are traditionally separate benefit: state and business positions ohio for future carbon regulations and carbon market example: state level alternative energy commitments (PA) with canton’s leadership, provides incentives for local energy infrastructure manufacturing benefit: municipality and working jobs ensures stable energy prices residents into future benefit: business and residents

identify synergies and partnerships
developing robust sustainability programs means recognizing previously undiscovered synergies and partnerships, sometimes among groups who are traditionally separate benefit: everyone reduces transportation distance for food and saves energy example: local lunches (portland, or) provide locally-grown produce to schoolkids creates market for local agricultural products benefit: local farms benefit: kids

learning from other projects and using existing tools

what is the timeframe for canton?

timeframe
stages of developing an sustainable canton program • inventory, partnerships, and approach advancement • practice analysis and strategy development • institutional innovation and implementation • monitoring, evaluation, and feedback • refinement and final reporting

we are here

timeframe
stages of developing an sustainable canton program • inventory, partnerships, and approach advancement • practice analysis and strategy development • institutional innovation and implementation • monitoring, evaluation, and feedback • refinement and final reporting

we are here

form strategy through discussion
a learning period –what role can you play in this?