Partnering for Healthy Communities
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012
Monona Terrace • Madison, WI


A conference to bring new ideas and advance discussion and actions toward regional sustainability.

Learn from local and national speakers on public health, climate adaptation, air and water quality, social equity, transportation, housing, and performance measures for these.  Sessions are designed to cross sectors and disciplines, enabling deeper understanding of the issues. (See program and materials below)

Also, join us for the free ½-day workshop on Thursday, Nov. 15: Crafting Pathways for Change and Performance Indicators for the Capital Region. see more info

CRSC promotes collaborative efforts to advance economic opportunity, healthy environments and strong communities for all.

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Scholarship Sponsors

Lake Mendota level

Alexander Planet Bike

Lake Monona level


Lake Waubesa level

Ground Zero Coffee


Conference Program
8:00-8:30 Registration and Exhibitors (with refreshments)
Palm Welcome and Introduction
Larry Palm (Chair, Capital Area Regional Planning Commission)

Morning Plenary: Forging Partnerships for Changing Times View video of presentation

Capital Region Sustainable Communities: Catalytic Projects in Action - Presented by CRSC Partners

2010 Census: Connecting People, Community and Neighborhoods
- Annette Miller (Co-Chair, Madison Area Diversity Roundtable)


Mingling & Visit Exhibitors


Breakout Sessions

Leveraging Investments for Broad Community Benefits 
We can get more from our public investments than increased tax base. Learn how the Menominee Valley Partners in Milwaukee have used a collaborative approach to transform an old industrial valley, leveraging investments to create 1,300 quality jobs, and securing neighborhood access to natural areas and recreation opportunities.

  • Moderator: Dan Rolfs (Community Development Project Manager, City of Madison, WI)
  • Corey Zetts (Associate Director, Menominee Valley Partners) View slideshow

A Rural Watershed Moment for Healthy Yahara Waters
Who is coming together for cleaner water in the Four Lakes region? Get the scoop on three water quality collaborations: The Yahara WINS project uses an innovative approach called “adaptive management” to reduce phosphorus in area waters. The Clean Lakes Alliance is raising awareness of watershed issues, advocating for healthy lakes, and raising funds to clean and protect our waterways. Meanwhile, the ELOHA project involves scientists from the Wisconsin DNR and other agencies are developing models to evaluate streams’ sensitivity to impacts from land use changes.

  • Moderator: Sue Jones, AICP (Watershed Management Coordinator, Office of Lakes and Watersheds, Dane County Land and Water Resources Department
  • Dave Taylor (Director of Special Projects, Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District /Yahara WINS) View slideshow
  • Matt Deibel (Aquatic Ecologist, Wisconsin DNR) View slideshow
  • Don Heilman (President, Clean Lakes Alliance)

Implementation Tools for Promoting Healthy and Equitable Communities and Regions: Health Impact Assessments and the Regional Fair Housing and Equity Assessment
What does it mean to strive for an equitable region or place? What can be done to make sure that all communities benefit from new investment and development? This session will cover two different implementation tools, used at two different scales--a corridor and a region--that both work to analyze the impacts of policy and development on low-income communities and communities of color, build local capacity, and develop action plans to ensure no community is left behind.

  • Moderator: Steve Steinhoff (Senior Planner, Capital Area Regional Planning Commission)
  • Shireen Malekafzali (Associate Director, PolicyLink) View slideshow
  • Danielle Bergstrom (Program Associate, PolicyLink Center for Infrastructure Equity) View slideshow
  10 Min. Break/Exhibitor Time

Keynote: “Creating a Sustainable and Healthy Region” View video of Keynote

Mitchell Silver
President of the American Planning Association and Planning Director for
Raleigh, NC

The planning profession traces its origins to the efforts of 19th century reformers to improve public health by addressing the problems resulting from the built environment. Today, planners are once again working with public health professionals to make communities healthier and sustainable by balancing the environment, economy and equity. How has a lack of planning and coordination affected the built environment,  economic health and social equity? Can communities solve these emerging challenges alone or should they develop a regional approach? The keynote address will offer insight into how to prepare for a sustainable and healthier future while giving your region a competitive edge.


Lunch with Open Forum table discussions

  10 Min. Break/Exhibitor Time

Breakout Sessions

Naturally Triple-Bottom-Line: How Natural Areas Create a Healthy People, Planet and Prosperity
Public investment in natural areas can sustain our environment. With viewshed and soundscape protection, large rural natural areas can provide the "beauty" that is integral to Wisconsin's Public Trust doctrine, while offering opportunities for urban dwellers to restore the human spirit.  Heritage landscapes, places, or trails with cultural features can connect rural treasures to urban areas, while celebrating place and history.  Natural areas provide many benefits such as better health, and can also enhance communities' economic resiliency.

  • Moderator: Mike Slavney (Principal Planner, Vandewalle & Associates)
  • Jon Becker (Founder and President, Earth/Art® Resources and VP/Treasurer, Capital Region Advocacy Network for Environmental Sustainability) Handout
  • Laura Guyer (Conservation Fund Manager, Dane County Parks) View slideshow
  • Gary Werner (Executive Director, The Partnership for National Trails) View slideshow

Public Health and the Built Environment: The Resident Leadership Academy
The design of places where we live, work and play affects our health and well-being.  Learn how Community Health Improvement Partners of San Diego developed the Resident Leadership Academy to train dozens of local residents of all ages, languages and backgrounds in leadership skills and community planning principles – a program resulting in projects to create safe, healthy and livable environments across the county.

  • Moderator: Judith Howard (Public Health Madison & Dane County)
  • Dana Richardson (Community Health Improvement Partners, San Diego) View slideshow /Handout

Cultivating a Sustainable Community with Food
How can growing food advance your social, health, and economic goals for a sustainable community? Hear the results of the South Madison Promise Zone's latest community needs survey. Also learn about the "Gardens for Empowerment" program, a partnership that uses flower and food gardens to build social ties and empower residents to prevent violence.

  • Moderator: Bridgit Van Belleghem (Senior Planner, Capital Area Regional Planning Commission)
  • Peng Her (Director, South Madison Promise Zone) Handout
  • Kim Neuschel (Public Health Madison & Dane County), Ray McKnight (Meadowood Community Supper Work Group) and Jill Jacklitz (Executive Director, Community GroundWorks) View slideshow
  15 Min. Break/Exhibitor Time

Breakout Sessions

Fresh Approaches to Healthy Housing and Neighborhoods
Everyone deserves the opportunity to choose a neighborhood that provides for healthy, safe, and sustainable living. Examine how housing developments can help (or hinder) people’s ability to choose healthy environments. Hear a police captain’s insights on crime prevention through neighborhood design.  The nonprofit Movin’ Out uses a cutting-edge approach to link people with disabilities to safe, affordable, integrated housing.  In River Falls, Wisconsin, the new Habitat for Humanity Eco-Village is expected to be the largest net-zero project in the country.

  • Moderator: Martha Cranley (Director, United Way of Dane County)
  • Captain Joe Balles (Madison Police Department) View slideshow
  • Dave Porterfield (Real Estate Developer, Movin’ Out) View slideshow
  • Kelly Cain (Director, UW-River Falls St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development) View slideshow

Automobiles AND:  Increasing Options with Transit and Bikes
You don’t have to be against the automobile, to be for providing individuals with more choices and affordable transportation options.  This session explores how this can be achieved, and the potential health benefits, using the examples of bike commuting and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). How are communities making streets safer for pedestrians and people on bikes?  How might Bus Rapid Transit benefit the region’s households and commuters?  How can we increase, rather than limit, our options?

  • Moderator: Steve Hiniker (Executive Director, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin)
  • Bill Schaefer (Transportation Planning Manager, Madison Area Transportation Planning Board/MPO) View slideshow
  • Larry Kirch (Planning Director, LaCrosse, WI) View slideshow
Healthy Air Strategies: Breathing Easy, Staying Cool
Air quality and emissions affect community health across borders and can play an important role in addressing the challenges related to climate change.  Discover the key issues related to healthy air, and explore action strategies that can be used in all sectors including building upgrades, urban trees and individual transportation choices.
  • Moderator: Sally Kefer (Land Use Team Leader, WDNR Bureau of Science Services, Div. of Enforcement & Science) View slideshow
  • Faramarz Vakili (Co-Director, UW Office of Sustainability)
  • Dick Rideout (State Urban Forestry Coordinator, WDNR Forestry Division) View slideshow
  • Raj Shukla (Program Manager, Cool Choices) View slideshow
4:30-5:00 Closing Remarks – Larry Palm (CARPC Chair)

Post-conference Mixer @ Tempest Oyster Bar (120 E. Wilson St., Madison /


Free Half-Day Workshop - Thursday Nov. 15
City-County Building Room 351, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Madison, WI

Crafting Pathways for Change and Performance Indicators for the Capital Region.(9:00 a.m. – noon)
Facilitator: Jim LaGro, PhD, UW-Madison Professor of Urban and Regional Planning see more info