UWLN Releases April 29 Learning Forum Agenda


If you plan to attend the Learning Forum at this year’s River Rally, please check your email for a copy of the agenda. If you would like to attend, please register for River Rally and be sure and mark that you would like to attend the Urban Waters Learning Forum. We will keep the most up-to-date version of the agenda posted here:

2018 Urban Waters Learning Forum — AGENDA

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

Welcome! This in-person networking opportunity is sponsored by EPA and hosted by River Network and Groundwork USA. The Urban Waters Learning Forum is open by invitation to all EPA Urban Waters Small Grant recipients, Urban Waters Federal Partners, and other urban waters practitioners. Our goal is to foster networking, mentoring and learning among peers. Please note that Urban Waters scholarship recipients must attend the Learning Forum.

Morning Session (9:30 AM – Noon)

9:30 Welcome and Introductions (BRING YOUR OWN COFFEE)

  • Ann-Marie Mitroff, Groundwork USA & Diana Toledo, River Network
  • Sandra Connors, Deputy Director of the EPA Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds (OWOW)

10:00 Panel & Small Group Discussions: Developing Resilient Communities in the Face of Environmental Disasters. 

Resilience is, simply defined, the capacity of a system to 1) resist damage, and 2) recover quickly. In order for communities to be resilient during and after environmental disasters, vulnerabilities must be addressed on the individual, community, and institutional levels. In response to recent environmental and human-caused disasters, communities have been actively articulating and practicing their own forms of resilience by systematically addressing social inequities, deploying environmental and engineering innovations, engaging community members in identifying and implementing solutions, and developing long-term, comprehensive and integrated urban water management plans.

  • Moderator — Maria Brodine, UW Associate, Groundwork USA
  • Institutional Planning for Living With Water After Katrina: the New Orleans Water Plan — Ramiro Diaz, Waggoner and Ball Architects & Board Chair, Groundwork New Orleans
  • Institutional Response — Urban Flooding: What is a Risk & Why; Implementing Nature-Based Solutions — Hunter Merritt, Water Resources Planner, US Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento
  • Institutional  & Community Response in the Aftermath: How to be Ready for Longer Term Recovery; Are There Ways the UWLN Can Help? — Adele Cardenas, UW Coordinator, EPA Region 6 
  • Individual Readiness: Teaching a New Generation — Jennifer Sloan, Director of Education, Groundwork Hudson Valley

Small Group Discussions: How to Prepare Our Communities & Use the UWLN

11:50 Closing Reflections: Sandra Connors, Deputy Director of the EPA Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds (OWOW)

Noon-1 LUNCH  (Box lunches will be delivered)

Afternoon Session (1:00PM-5:15PM)

1:00 Welcome & Introductions

  • Nicole Silk, River Network & Ann-Marie Mitroff, Groundwork USA
  • Sandra Connors, Deputy Director of the EPA Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds (OWOW)

1:15 Urban Waters Learning Network Awards 

  • UWLN Peer Judges present awards
  • Awardee Presentations

1:45 Highlights of YOUR Work: Your 2-minute drill — Ann-Marie Mitroff & Diana Toledo will facilitate this networking session. In smaller groups of 30, take 2 minutes to introduce yourself and share what enthused you most about your work this past year, highlighting particular successes or important “failures” others can learn from (so we don’t have to repeat them)!

2:45 Identifying Open Space — Come ready to propose a key question(s) or topic you’d like to discuss with your peers. What peers do you need to network with throughout the year? What is your thorniest issue? What’s the one thing you need an answer or direction for? These topics will form our small group discussions the rest of the afternoon.

3:00    BREAK

3:15    Open Space Session I

4:00    Open Space Session II

4:45    Learning Network Information & Impact — Diana Toledo & Ann-Marie Mitroff

  • Open reflection
  • Collecting metrics of UWLN members
  • Collect member profiles

5:15 Adjourn (River Rally Welcome & Opening Reception begins at 6:00 pm)

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