Building a Sustainable Community (3.0 GBCI, AIA and CM Hours)

  • Wednesday, May 02, 2012
  • 12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Heartland Bank, 200 W. College Ave., Normal, IL 61761
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  • This discounted price is for full-time students only.

Please note that registration is non-refundable.
If you experience any registration difficulties or have questions please contact Cathy Small at 312-245-8300 x202

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Join the USGBC - Illinois Chapter's Central Illinois Branch,  the Congress for the New Urbanism - Illinois Chapter and Farr Associates for a roundtable program on how to achieve sustainable communities for state and local government representatives.

Building a sustainable community is no easy challenge. It takes education, new thinking, smart implementation and a commitment between municipal leaders, planners, their constituents and the construction and development community. Learn key principles of smart urban planning, the goals and point system that constitute the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) rating system, and how Normal, Champaign and other central Illinois towns are embracing sustainable planning.

This event has been approved for 3.0 GBCI CE, AIA LU/HSW/SD and CM hours.


  • 12:00 - 12:45 Registration, Networking and Light Lunch

  • 12:45 – 2:00 A Sustainable Community: Defining it, Mapping it and Creating an Action Plan
    • Smart Urbanism defined: What is it, how does it challenge conventional planning and how does it promote sustainability.
    • LEED for Neighborhood Development: A roadmap to help achieve smart and sustainable neighborhood planning.
    • The Benefits of Smart Regional Planning: Local regional planning body.
    • Hurdles to Sustainable Communities: Panel discussion addressing zoning challenges and other hurdles to neighborhood sustainability efforts/audience questions.
  • 2:00 – 2:15 Break
  • 2:15 - 3:05 LEED for Neighborhood Development Case Study: Uptown Normal Renewal Project and Q&A Panel

  • 3:05 - 3:15 Break

  • 3:15 - 4:10 Hurdles to Sustainable Communities
  • 4:15 – 5:15 Uptown Renewal Tour
    (Walk down Broadway; Walk up North Street; Roundabout; Children’s Discovery Museum; Uptown Station - Multimodal Transportation Center)

  • 5:15 –6:30 Networking at Medici Bar (optional)


  • Doug Widener, USGBC - Illinois Chapter
  • Doug Farr, Farr Associates 
  • Susan Mudd, Congress for New Urbanism
  • Mercy Davison, Town Planner, Town of Normal
  • Bruce Knight, Planning Director, City of Champaign
$15 Government/Municipal leaders and staff
$15 Chapter Members
$30 Non-Members
$10 Students

Thank you to our event sponsor, Weston Solutions!


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