[Sust-mar] Upcoming School of Planning Conference

Heather Ternoway hternoway at eastlink.ca
Mon Feb 2 06:40:25 EST 2009

Hello everyone,

The annual School of Planning conference module is coming up - see 
below for details.

Sustainable Action: Turning Challenges into Opportunities
Dalhousie School of Planning Conference | February 11–13, 2009
Pier 21 |1055 Marginal Road | Halifax
Each year the students of the School of Planning at Dalhousie 
University organize a conference on a current urban and rural planning 
issue. This conference provides an excellent forum for community 
members, students and professionals to explore and debate planning uses 
that affect their daily lives.
This year’s conference, “Sustainable Action: Turning Challenges into 
Opportunities,” will take place from February 11-13, 2009 at Pier 21. 
It will explore the increasingly popular topic of sustainability and 
the economy. Through engaging speakers and interactive workshop 
sessions, we will explore how the future development and growth of our 
municipality, province, and nation can be sustainable.
Our keynote speaker, Dr. Marc Weiss, will discuss the opportunity to 
engage Halifax as a pilot community in developing a “Climate Prosperity 
Strategy” developed by the International Economic Development Council. 
Such a progressive strategy could act as a lasting legacy of the 
conference and its sponsors.
Our introductory panel, including Dr. Marc Weiss (Global Urban 
Development), Frank Palermo (Faculty of Architecture & Planning), Jim 
Spatz (Southwest Properties) and Andy Filmore (HRM Urban Design 
Manager), is poised to discuss difficult challenges in Halifax and Nova 
Scotia that are inherently connected to economic development, the 
environment and planning.
The conference program provides opportunities for citizens, students 
and professionals to come together to develop solutions and action 
plans for creating a sustainable future.
In addition, an Ideas Competition has been launched to foster 
innovation, creativity and excellence by engaging post-secondary 
students in the region in developing ideas to implement sustainability 
locally. An exhibition of these ideas will take place at the 
conference; participants will select the winner of the Mayor's Award 
for Excellence and Innovation in Planning.
For more information, please visit the conference website. Admission is 
free – we do ask that you register by February 9 to secure a spot.

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