Infusing Science into Sustainable, Master-Planned Communities

Sunday, February 21, 2010: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Room 6F (San Diego Convention Center)
The 5,000-acre new community of 30,000 people that evolves over the next 25 years far surpasses the dreams of the good people of Lake Wobegon. The University of Minnesota, working with local units of government and other partners, has designed a concept master plan for a sustainable community that is anchored in its academic mission: research, education, and public engagement. Speakers describe plans for energy efficiency and self-sufficiency; sustainable building design and materials; the design for health, with an emphasis on disease prevention; and quality environment in this unique, university-founded community. Examples include the integration of innovations in engineering, agriculture, ecosystem restoration, and lifelong learning, ranging from early childhood development through adult education. Speakers also address the status of the sustainable "eco-cities" that are in various stages of planning and development around the world. They provide examples of the successes and challenges of incorporating science and technology into a community fabric. The session highlights outcomes that include engaging citizens in research, contributing to regional economic development, and developing models that can be implemented elsewhere. Discussion of these emerging, mixed-use communities centers on the forces of the market, place making, and the environment, as well as the mechanisms that can help to ensure the continuous integration of science and discovery over the decades.
Carla Carlson, University of Minnesota
Carla Carlson, University of Minnesota
Carla B. Carlson, University of Minnesota
Creating a Master-Planned Community with a University Imprimatur
Rick E. Borchelt, Johns Hopkins University
Science, Sustainability, and Social Engagement
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