Advancing Places: Environmental Sustainability

Overview: The need to begin the transition towards clean energy and low carbon strategies are on the horizon for downtowns, city centers and neighborhood districts. Meanwhile rising temperatures and more severe weather rains increase flooding and create new challenges to ensure cities remain livable and vibrant. Place management professionals are working with local government and private stakeholders to put programs in place that will achieve energy savings, reverse rising heat and reduce risks from global warming – steps that will benefit generations to come. Hear from three panelists across North America that have successfully advocated for and implemented sustainable initiatives in their field.

Learning Objectives:

  • Formulate clear reasons and possible solutions for environmental sustainability.
  • Understand the risking risks from climate change and learn what solutions can be cost efficiently deployed to improve comfort
  • Learn from successful programs that have implemented effective strategies.

February 26, 2021 | 11:15am ET (8:15am PT) 

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Domain: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

Pricing: IDA Members: Free | Nonmembers: $40

Advancing Places is an online series aimed at empowering IDA members with the solutions needed to address the most critical urban issues of the day. This session will include a moderated Q&A and will be recorded for member and nonmember use in the future.


  • Nick Brown, Energy Manager, Toronto ABIA (Toronto, ON)
  • Greg Kats, Founder & CEO, Smart Surfaces Coalition (Washington, DC)
  • Johanna Lauyanto, Manager, Communications & Sustainability, Strathcona BIA (Vancouver, BC)


  • David Downey, President & CEO,  International Downtown Association



Nick Brown


Greg Kats


Johanna Lauyanto

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