Past Conferences

We plan and host meetings that have impact on the future of the environment and our community.

charting new waters

Monday, July 18, 2016 - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Over the past decade at least a dozen programs have formed operating at the state scale that set standards, provide guidance and coordinate the provision of resources in order to promote local action for sustainable transformation. Coordinated by these statewide programs, thousands of local governments have placed sustainability on the local policy agenda and implemented tens of thousands of discrete sustainability projects within a short span of time. Municipal certification or recognition is generally a signature element of these programs; yet, certification is often merely the visible tip of an iceberg of collective action aiming to coordinate priorities, policy, and resources among state and local, public and private actors. These state-local sustainability programs link rating systems, resources, and rewards, often though novel bottom-up meets top-down governance structures. The result is a new pathway for progress that blends the resources and capacity of state government and other statewide actors with the strengths of local government and communities in flexible and innovative implementation. This meeting is part of a multi-year effort to support the growth of these programs and evaluate their needs and potential. Twelve (12) of the leading state-local sustainability programs have begun collaborating for the purpose of sharing resources and best practices, and collectively advancing this new model for making change. The first national convening of state-local sustainability programs, was held in New Brunswick, NJ from December 10-12, 2015. The consensus among participants was that they see great potential in coming together to engage national partners, attract resources, and learn from each other. Acting upon this conviction they agreed on the spot to form a national network and constituted two working groups. The working groups have subsequently continued to meet to explore network form and function, pursue collective data-sharing, and plan a second convening for September 2016. This purpose of our proposed meeting at Wingspread is to: • Address and work through remaining outstanding issues regarding mission, purpose, activities, membership, governance, bylaws, etc.; • Officially form and launch the national network; • Establish a strategic plan for the first years.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016 - Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Sponsors:
Racine Fire Bells
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Statements of National Significance to the Fire-Rescue Problem in the U.S.A. 

Monday, July 11, 2016
Sponsors:
The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread and Discover Racine
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Showcase the Wingspread grounds to promote Racine's history, accomplishments, landscaping, and floral displays as part of the 2016 Communities in Bloom International Challenge. Racine is once again participating in the America in Bloom program which is committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on enhancing green spaces in communities.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Sponsors:
The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread and The Racine Collaborative for Children's Mental Health
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Two years ago, the Racine Collaborative for Children’s Mental Health explored the idea of expanding school-based mental health services in local schools. One year ago, schools were selected and plans were made to implement such an idea. Today, the program is wrapping up its first year of implementation in two, local elementary schools. This Community Briefing will bring together community leaders and interested stakeholders to learn more about this innovative approach to addressing the mental health needs of children in Racine.

Monday, June 20, 2016 - Friday, June 24, 2016
Sponsors:
The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread and The Leopold Leadership Program, Stanford University
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The Leopold Leadership Program provides researchers with the skills, approaches, and theoretical frameworks for translating their knowledge to action and catalyzing change to address the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges. The program provides leadership training to 20 outstanding academic researchers from across North America who are working on environmental and/or sustainability issues. The training for fellows is designed around a powerful question: What does it mean to be a leader in addressing today's environmental and sustainability challenges? The goals of the training are twofold: • Provide academic environmental leaders with the skills, strategic thinking, and presence to mobilize and set directions for building solutions; and • Create a network of environmental leaders who share both a common language and set of experiences and practices.

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