2012 Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference Program Book
The full program book for the inaugural 2012 Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference presented by the Saint Louis University Center for Sustainability, Greensburg GreenTown and GreenTown Joplin.
2012 SUSTAINABLE DISASTER RECOVERY CONFERENCE PROGRAM BOOK & SCHEDULE 1st Annual Conference October 29-30, 2012 St. Louis, Missouri Presented by: Saint Louis University Center for Sustainability Greensburg GreenTown & GreenTown Joplin 1 SUSTAINABLE DISASTER RECOVERY CONFERENCE 2012 TABLE OF CONTENTS Welcome 3 Daniel Wallach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Diana Carlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Sponsors 4 Registration & Conference Information 5 Registration & Check In . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Name Badge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Meals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Conference & Exhibition Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Exhibitor Passport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Accessibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Public Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Local Restaurants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Local Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 7 Maps Saint Louis University Frost Campus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Busch Student Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Program at a Glance 9 Full Program Description 11 Speaker Biographies 19 Planning Committee 29 2 Welcome! Hello and welcome to the inaugural Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference! It is a pleasure for us at Greensburg GreenTown and GreenTown Joplin to be co-hosting this event with SLU, a wonderful institution, one with great integrity and a solid commitment to make a difference in the world. We are grateful for their vision and willingness to work so hard to make this conference happen, and of course, to make their beautiful facilities available. Anyone who has ever planned an event of this magnitude knows that it is, first and foremost, a labor of love. The SLU staff has invested hundreds upon hundreds of hours into making this conference happen, and it has been a pleasure and an honor to work side by side with them. The GreenTown staff also gets acknowledged for their passion, commitment, creativity and huge investment of time and energy to ensure that this conference will be the best it can be. And thanks to all of you - the speakers, the attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors - for making this possible. What great work that we are all involved in, to make the recovery process more significant and impactful to individuals and communities that have lost so much. Our work is designed to help people feel empowered and proactive, and to ultimately bring a gain out of great loss. I am happy and privileged to be working with all of you to make this happen. Let's go see what great fruits can come from our work together in the next couple of days. Daniel Wallach Co-Founder & Executive Director Greensburg GreenTown & GreenTown Joplin 3 Greetings, I am pleased to welcome you to the 2012 Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference and to Saint Louis University's campus. We are honored to have each of you as our guest and excited about what the next couple of days have in store. We are also quite pleased with the response to the conference, especially that we have drawn participants from across the United States. The Saint Louis University Center for Sustainability is extremely fortunate to partner with Greensburg GreenTown and GreenTown Joplin for this landmark event. We look forward to your reactions, responses, and reviews of the conference as they will assist us in planning for next year's events. Please take time to complete the formal evaluation. Enjoy your time on our campus and in St. Louis. Diana Carlin Interim Director Saint Louis University Center for Sustainability Thank You to Our Sponsors! Premier: Platinum: 4 4 Registration, Information, and Services In this program book, you'll find the information needed to make the most of your conference experience. Included is a complete listing of conference sessions and events for each day, information on our exhibitors, and speaker biographies. Please take time to familiarize yourself with the floor plan of the Busch Student Center when you arrive. Conference Information Conference & Exhibition Hall The 2012 Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference is being held at the Busch Student Center on the campus of Saint Louis University. The Busch Student Center is located at 20 N. Grand, St. Louis, MO, 63103. Breakfast and lunch plenary sessions will be held in sections 172 and 173 of the Wool Ballroom on the lower floor of Busch Student Center. The exhibition hall is located in section 171 of the Wool Ballroom. The exhibition hall will officially open at 10:00 am, just prior to the first “Networking with Exhibitors” break at 10:30 am. Please see page 8 for a map of the meeting rooms and exhibition hall. Registration Registration and Check-In Area The Registration and Check-In area is located on the main level of the Busch Student Center, in between the University Bookstore and information desk. At check-in you will receive your name badge and other important conference materials. Walk-up registrants are also welcome! Accepted methods of payment include cash, check, and credit card (Amex, Discover, Visa or MasterCard). Registration and Check-in Table Schedule: Monday, October 29 7:30 am – 12:00 pm 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Wireless Internet is available on-site at no charge. The wireless network is called: SLUGUEST. If you have problems connecting you may call SLU Information Technology Services at 314-977-4000 for assistance. Busch Student Center provides many other services and amenities, including the campus bookstore, cafes, restaurants, and more. A full list of amenities and other details related to Busch Student Center is available on the conference website. Exhibitor Passport Tuesday, October 30 7:30 am – 12:00 pm Name Badge Your registration envelope includes your name badge; it is essential that you wear it at all times during conference events. Only individuals with name badges will be admitted to conference activities. If you misplace your badge, please visit the registration and check-in area as soon as possible for a replacement. Meals Meals are included in your registration. Breakfast and lunch will be served each day in sections 172 and 173 of the Wool Ballroom at the times listed in the conference program (pg 9-18). Meals are for registered guests only. Please make sure to display your name badge as confirmation of registration and for admittance into the dining hall. The meals will be buffet style and consist of a variety of options, both hot and cold. Vegetarian selections will be available at every meal. Additionally, on Monday evening we are hosting a catered reception that will include soft drinks, cocktails, and substantial hors d’oeuvres. The reception will be held in the exhibition hall, located in section 171 of the Wool Ballroom on the lower level of Busch Student Center. All networking and refreshment breaks will take place in the exhibition hall in section 171 of the Wool Ballroom. We encourage you to use this time to interact and network with our exhibitors and other conference attendees. 5 If you need assistance, please visit the Information Desk located on the main floor of Busch Student Center next to the bookstore or call them at 314-977-2820. You may also visit the conference registration and check-in table located across from the main information desk. Our conference staff members, identified by a red “staff” ribbon beneath their name badges, will also be on hand to assist. Included in the conference materials you received at check-in is the “Exhibitor Passport.” On this card is a list of all the conference exhibitors and a map displaying their location in the exhibition hall. Next to each exhibitor's name is a space for a signature. If you collect a signature from every exhibitor at the conference, you may enter your card into a drawing for one of three prizes to be awarded at the end of the conference. Prizes will be awarded on Tuesday, October 30 during the 1:15 pm conference wrap-up session held in Wool Ballroom 172, after the lunchtime keynote address. You may drop your passport card at the Center for Sustainability’s table in the exhibition hall to be entered in the drawing. Only attending the first day? Not a problem. You need not be present to win. We will contact you at the information listed on your exhibitor passport and arrange to have your gift shipped to you. Services Accessibility Local Attractions Attendees needing wheelchair accessibility may enter the Busch Student Center through the Grand Ave or West Pine Mall entrances, which are both on the main level. All workshop sessions are located on this level. To move from the main level to the lower level where the plenary sessions and exhibition hall are located, one may use the elevator located just inside the West Pine Mall entrance. "The Arch" St. Louis Gateway Arch - The massive shiny structure welcomes you to the city, reminds you of St. Louis' status as the "Gateway to the West" and invites you to see the view from the top. If you only have time to visit one attraction, do the Arch. Hint: Get your tram tickets in advance; they tend to sell out early in the day. Parking Anheuser-Busch Brewery - Tour the historic building where Adolphus Busch manufactured the "King of Beers." All conference exhibitors and attendees will park at the OliveCompton parking facility. There is a short walk between the garage and the Busch Student Center; directional signs point the way (please see map on page 7). Parking is complimentary. When exiting the parking garage, simply state that you attended the Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference and no fee will be assessed. Busch Stadium, the Edward Jones Dome and the Scottrade Center - St. Louis is often called one of the nation's best sports cities. Enjoy the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, St. Louis Blues hockey team and St. Louis Rams football team at the aforementioned venues in downtown St. Louis. Public Transportation Saint Louis has a public bus and subway system called "MetroLink". Both the red and blue lines go to the Grand stop, which is adjacent to SLU. You may choose to walk the short distance to the Busch Student Center or you can arrange for SLU Ride to pick you up from this location. To request a university escort, call 314-977-RIDE (314-977-7433). Cab companies in Saint Louis include Laclede Cab (314) 652-3456, and Airport Cab (314-600-1220). The Water Tower hotel is located on SLU’s medical campus approximately 1.3 miles from Busch Student Center on the main campus. SLU operates a free shuttle that runs between Busch Student Center and the Water Tower Inn, which is located in a building called the Salus Center. Outside of normal shuttle hours, you can contact SLU Ride for transportation between the two campuses. If you are staying at the Water Tower Inn you will find a shuttle schedule in your hotel welcome packet. Local Restaurants The Busch Student Center offers several dining facilities onsite: Au Bon Pain Chopsticks Chinese Food Tomato Head Red Chick-fil-A Grand Blvd Deli Tsunami Sushi Additional restaurants located within walking distance of the Busch Student Center include: Buffalo Brewing Co 3100 Olive St (314) 534-2337 Café Ventana 3919 W Pine Blvd (314) 531-7500 Cathedral Square Brewery 3914 Lindell Blvd (314) 803-3605 Diablitos Cantina 3761 Laclede Avenue 314-644-4430 Dooley's Beef N Brew House 601 N Grand Blvd. (314) 531-7600 The Fountain On Locust 3037 Locust Blvd (314) 535-7800 The Good Pie Pizzeria 3137 Olive Street (314) 289-9391 Kota Wood Fire Grill 522 North Grand Blvd. (314) 535-5577 Pappy's Smokehouse 3106 Olive St (314) 535-4340 Plush 3224 Locust St. (314) 535-2686 Six Row Brewing Company 3690 Forest Park Ave (314) 531-5600 Vito’s Sicilian Pizzeria 3515 Lindell Boulevard (314) 534-8486 Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis - The "New Cathedral" is about a mile from the Saint Louis University campus and contains the largest collection of mosaics in the world, some 83,000 square feet of encrusted domes, ceilings, arches and walls. Take a tour or attend Mass. Citygarden - One of St. Louis' newest landmarks is Citygarden, a two-block oasis in the shadows of downtown's high-rises. Walk amid lush landscaping and world-class modern sculpture, get your feet wet in the "spray plaza" or people-watch from the glass-walled gourmet café. City Museum - Don't let the name fool you - this isn't your typical museum. The City Museum is a wonderland for "big kids," with seven-story slides, dizzying jungle gyms and mazelike caverns, most constructed from the city's reclaimed building materials: old bricks, salvaged metal and even abandoned planes! Forest Park - These beautiful 1,371 acres house the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis History Museum, the St. Louis Science Center, The Muny Amphitheatre and the Jewel Box greenhouse - not to mention a golf course, tennis courts, a skating rink, and trails for biking, rollerblading and more. Grand Center - Just steps away from Saint Louis University, the Grand Center arts district of St. Louis is home to an array of theatres, museums, restaurants and more. Watch a touring Broadway musical, listen to the world-class St. Louis Symphony Orchestra or enjoy a contemporary art exhibit. Mississippi Riverfront - A touristy area where you can bike, dine, shop, take a riverboat cruise down the Mississippi River, and visit the Museum of Westward Expansion or the Laclede's Landing Wax Museum. Missouri Botanical Gardens - The 79 acres of the Missouri Botanical Gardens provide wonderful opportunities for leisurely strolls through rose gardens, the Japanese Garden and more. Old Courthouse - The Greek Revival-style courthouse now serves as the home to historic exhibits and the film, The Gateway to the West. The Courthouse is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Great neighborhoods for dining, shopping and peoplewatching include The Hill, the Central West End, the University City Loop (where you'll find the St. Louis Walk of Fame), and the historic Soulard neighborhood - home to the country's second largest Mardi Gras celebration and an open-air farmer's market. 6 LACLEDE AVE LOCUST ST. 3 2 OLIVE ST. N. LEONARD AVE 4 FOREST PARK BLVD LACLEDE AVE N. THERESA AVE LINDELL BLVD WASHINGTON AVE FROST CAMPUS N. COMPTON AVE N. COMPTON AVE 1 GRAN D AVE MetroLink GRAND AVE Center OLIVE LACLEDE AVE ST. To Salus GRAND AVE N. SP RING AVE 1. Busch Student Center 2. Olive Parking Garage NDEV ENTE R AV E McPH N. VA ERSO N AV E LACLEDE AVE WES TM INST ER P LACE LINDELL BLVD. SPRING AVE N. VANDEVENTER AVE 7 3. Chaifetz Arena 4. Hotel Ignacio First Floor (Lower Level) EXIT EXIT BSC Patio EXIT 172 171 Exhibition Hall 170 Second Floor (Main Level) Registration Area BSC Meeting Rooms: EXIT 251A, 253A, 253B Information Desk 253B 253A 251A R West Pine Entrance Info Desk BUSCH STUDENT CENTER Wool Ballrooms: 170, 171, 172 Exhibition Hall Book Store Grand Entrance Third Floor 352 Community Rebuilding Workshop: BSC Meeting Room 352 Symbol Key EXIT Exit Restroom Stair Dining Option Elevator R Registration Area 8 MONDAY, OCTOBER 29 8:00 am Registration, Breakfast, Exhibition Hall Open 8:30 am Welcome & Opening Remarks Wool Ballroom 172 8:45 am Introduction to Sustainability & Sustainable Development Wool Ballroom 172 9:15 am Breakfast Plenary: Introduction to Sustainable Recovery Wool Ballroom 172 10:30 am Sponsored Networking Break with Exhibitors Wool Ballroom 171 Breakout - Concurrent Sessions BSC 251 BSC 253B Wool Ballroom 170 BSC 253A Sustainable Disaster Planning for the The Green Behind Post-Disaster In Their Own Words: Recovery: Lessons Rebuilding Green: Learned & Neighborhood: The The Decision to Incentivizing 11:00 Implementation Challenge of Two Rebuild Green Sustainable Recovery 11:50 am Strategies Neighborhoods 12:00 pm Lunch Plenary: Sustainable Disaster Recovery in Action Wool Ballroom 172 1:15 pm Networking Break with Exhibitors Wool Ballroom 171 Breakout - Concurrent Sessions 1:30 2:20 pm Wool Ballroom 170 BSC 253A BSC 251 Photographing Disaster: An Artist's View of his Hometown Restoring the Natural Landscape: Joplin Tree Recovery The Science of Natural Disasters: What Does the Future Hold? Breakout - Concurrent Sessions 2:30 3:20 pm 9 BSC 251 BSC 253B Wool Ballroom 170 Phases of Disaster Recovery: Making an Impact on Your Community & Leading by Example Geomorphology Applied: The 2011 Mississippi River Flood and the Olive Branch Flood Recovery Initiative Everyday People Who Emerged as Post-Disaster Community Leaders 3:30 pm Networking Break with Exhibitors Wool Ballroom 171 4:00 pm Keynote: Survive, Revive, and Prosper Wool Ballroom 170 5:00 pm Wrap-Up - Preview of Day Two Wool Ballroom 170 5:15 pm Reception in Exhibitor Hall Wool Ballroom 171 6:30 pm Documentary Screening: Joplin, Missouri - A Tornado Story Wool Ballroom 170 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30 8:00 am Registration, Breakfast, Exhibition Hall Open 8:30 am Breakfast Plenary: The Role of Business & Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Disaster Recovery Wool Ballroom 172 9:45 am Networking Break with Exhibitors Wool Ballroom 171 Breakout - Concurrent Sessions 10:15 11:05 am BSC 253A BSC 251 Wool Ballroom 170 BSC 253B Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team Program Recovering from Disaster: Social & Psychological Dimensions of Rebuilding Strategies for Residential Building After Disaster Teaching through the Lens of Sustainability: The Schools as Partners for Healing Breakout - Concurrent Sessions 11:15 am 12:05 pm Wool Ballroom 170 BSC 253A BSC 251 Making the Documentary Joplin, Missouri - A Tornado Story Ecological and Community Re-Design Following the Chilean Earthquake/Tsunami of 2010 Getting Back Online: Restoring Operations and Managing Communications 12:15 pm Keynote: Architecture for Humanity - Reconstruction and Resiliency Wool Ballroom 172 1:15 pm Conference Wrap-Up Wool Ballroom 172 Post-Conference Events BSC 352 Wool Ballroom 170 Wool Ballroom 171 Sustainable Disaster Recovery Community Rebuilding Workshop Documentary Screening: Joplin, Missouri - A Tornado Story Networking with Exhibitors 1:30 pm 10 11 PROGRAM DESCRIPTION MONDAY, OCTOBER 29 Registration & Breakfast 8:00 am Registration is located on the second floor (main level) of the Busch Student Center. Breakfast will be available in Wool Ballroom 171. Welcome & Opening Remarks 8:30-8:45 am Wool Ballroom 172 Diana Carlin, Ph.D., Interim Director, Center for Sustainability, Saint Louis University Daniel Wallach, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Greensburg GreenTown & GreenTown Joplin Introduction to Sustainability & Sustainable Development 8:45-9:15 am Wool Ballroom 172 Historically, disasters are considered an end—a place where infrastructure, communities, and institutions have failed and the environment is considered more uncertain than ever before. What is often overlooked is the “whiteboard” dimension to disasters—the opportunities to draw on innovations in infrastructure, early warning systems, and community designs to transform the worst experiences of a disaster into a resilient, energized city. The rapidly evolving fields of sustainability and sustainable development can fuel smart growth and recovery. Resilience—with economic, social, and environmental sustainability at the center—brings people together and strengthens the community as a whole. The ubiquitous nature of modern-day, digital and mobile communication channels magnifies the impact and opportunities of disasters and rebuilding at local, regional, national, and global levels. By today's estimates, the frequency and intensity of extreme weather-related events are expected to increase as Earth's climate continues to change. In her keynote address, Dr. Joyce Cacho will examine sustainability principles and how they can empower a systematic approach to the opportunities for communities in a “post-disaster” era. Joyce Cacho, Ph.D., Founding President & CEO of Adinura Advisory, LLC – a company focused on Sustainability, Innovation and Investment; former Global Chief Sustainability Officer of Novus International; and Fellow in the Saint Louis University's Center for Sustainability Breakfast Plenary: Introduction to Sustainable Disaster Recovery 9:15-10:30 am Wool Ballroom 172 What exactly is sustainable disaster recovery and what can we hope to learn from this conference? In this plenary session you will hear from dedicated individuals behind the tireless efforts to sustainably rebuild towns stricken by natural disasters: the flood in Valmeyer, Illinois in 1993, and tornadoes devastating Greensburg, Kansas in 2007 and, more recently, Joplin, Missouri in 2011. Drawing from personal experience, they will introduce the concept of sustainable disaster recovery and further define the goals and objectives of the conference. Steve Hewitt, former City Administrator, City of Greensburg, Kansas and current City Manager, Clinton, Oklahoma Jonathan D. Raiche, Planning/Community Development Specialist, City of Joplin, Missouri Dennis M. Knobloch, Valmeyer Village Administrator and Former Mayor of Valmeyer, Illinois Moderator: Daniel Wallach, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Greensburg GreenTown & GreenTown Joplin Networking Break with Exhibitors 10:30-11:00 am Wool Ballroom 171 12 MONDAY, OCTOBER 29 11:00-11:50 am Breakout - Concurrent Sessions I. Wool Ballroom 170 In Their Own Words: The Decision to Rebuild Green Rebuilding after a natural disaster is an immensely complex undertaking with hundreds of factors to consider that run the gamut from logistical to emotional. Is “green” rebuilding just one more alternative in an already crowded sea of options, or is it a smart investment in your future? In this panel, a Joplin-based builder along with residents of Joplin, Missouri and Greensburg, Kansas will share their experiences and perspectives on the decision to rebuild green. Will Perkins, Good Will Builders, Joplin, Missouri Hugh and Ramona Shields, Residents, Joplin, Missouri Jill and Scott Eller, Residents, Greensburg, Kansas Moderator: Catherine Hart, Co-Founder, Greensburg GreenTown & General Manager, GreenTown Joplin BSC 251A II. Sustainable Disaster Recovery: Lessons Learned & Implementation Strategies In this panel, Dr. Jack Rozdilsky explores reasons for Greensburg’s achievements and the extent to which that community's experiences can be transferred to other post-disaster cities. Dr. Heriberto will address key public management and legal concerns facing local government officials when moving communities forward on the path to recovery. Jack L. Rozdilsky, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Emergency Management Program, Western Illinois University Heriberto Urby, Ph.D, J.D. Assistant Professor, Emergency Management, Dept. of Health Sciences, Western Illinois University BSC 253B III. The Green Behind Rebuilding Green: Incentivizing Sustainable Recovery Funding is always a key issue in recovering from a natural disaster, and building or rebuilding "green" is frequently dismissed as too costly of a venture. However, there are a plethora of incentives and options available to make sustainable projects more financially attractive. There are many tips and strategies that are important to know when developing a plan to finance post-disaster projects. Our very knowledgeable presenters will discuss options for funding, approaches to procuring monies, and specific strategies for attracting dollars to sustainable projects. The speakers have a wide range of experience to draw from: Chuck has extensive success and expertise working at the federal and state levels in addition to developing vital public-private partnerships, and the folks from Mueller Prost bring valuable information related to securing incentives and tax credits, for residential, commercial, and governmental projects. Chuck Banks, Senior Manager in the Advisory Services Practice of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP Teri M. Samples, CPA, Shareholder & Director of Real Estate Services, Mueller Prost PC Stephen M. George, PE, CEM, Senior Engineer, Mueller Prost PC Moderator: Tony Smith, CPA, CIT, Senior Manager & Director of Construction Services, Mueller Prost PC IV. BSC 253A Planning for the Post-Disaster Neighborhood: The Challenge of Two Neighborhoods Undergoing Rapid Change Two neighborhoods in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 are very different communities in 2012. Arabi, once populated by elderly homeowners, is now a place for young families, while rural communities nearer the Gulf of Mexico have seen their young families leave for inland communities. Because dramatic demographic changes can occur in neighborhoods after a disaster as a result of relocation or rebuilding decisions, it is important to consider which public is served by post-disaster recovery planning. In St. Bernard Parish, state and local endeavors at planning after Katrina demonstrated the issues that arise. This presentation will examine the issues with post-disaster recovery planning experienced in St. Bernard Parish, and make recommendations for a planning approach that is proactive, addresses social sustainability and addresses residual vulnerability to future disasters. Carrie Beth Lasley, Ph.D., The University of New Orleans Center for Hazards Assessment, Response & Technology 12:00-1:15 pm Lunch Plenary: Sustainable Disaster Recovery in Action Wool Ballroom 172 What exactly is sustainable disaster recovery and what can we hope to learn from this conference? In this plenary session you will hear from dedicated individuals behind the tireless efforts to sustainably rebuild towns stricken by natural disasters, such as Greensburg, Kansas in 2007 and, more recently, Joplin, Missouri in 2011. Drawing from personal experience, they will introduce the concept of sustainable disaster recovery and further define the goals and objectives of the conference. Mary Werner, Executive Manager of Integrated Deployment Projects, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Steve Castaner, Region VII Branch Director, Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) Samuel Bendett, Research Analyst, TIDES Project (National Defense University-Department of Defense) Moderator: Daniel Wallach, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Greensburg GreenTown & GreenTown Joplin 13 Networking Break with Exhibitors 1:15-1:30 pm Wool Ballroom 171 Breakout - Concurrent Sessions I. Photographing Disaster: An Artist's View of His Hometown 1:30-2:20 pm Wool Ballroom 170 Larry Schwarm began a series of photographs the morning after the devastating tornado that hit Greensburg, Kansas on May 4, 2007. He captured the stark reality of the surreal terrain that over time became a town rebuilt on the principles of sustainability, which have allowed it not only to survive, but thrive. In this session, he will take you on a photographic journey of the days following the event that changed everything for this small rural town. Larry Schwarm, Professor of Art, Emporia State University II. Restoring the Natural Landscape: Joplin Tree Recovery BSC 253A Trees are a vital component of any thriving community. That's why re-establishing trees in Joplin's tornado-damaged landscape is the focus of a newly established Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) position in the Joplin area. Ric Mayer will share his perspective on how to sprout a community forest, a key in restoring a town's vitality. In the words of the MDC Community Forestry Coordinator, "Joplin and the surrounding communities can be rebuilt, but it will take people calling them 'home' to be a neighborhood. That takes flowers, gardens and, most importantly, trees." Ric Mayer, Community Forestry Recovery Coordinator, Missouri Department of Conservation III. The Science Behind Natural Disasters: What Does the Future Hold? BSC 251A In this session experts from Saint Louis University's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences will provide an overview of climate change and how it might impact severe weather in the future. They will provide an overview of Global Change and Global Climate Warming and what kind of changes we can expect in climate through the end of this century. They will then provide a historical review of tornado outbreaks over the recent decades to see what trends, if any, are apparent in the observations. Finally, they will share their expertise to elucidate on the possibilities as to what the future holds and what can be done to be better prepared for the "unthinkable." Tim Eichler, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Saint Louis University Chuck Graves, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Saint Louis University Moderator: Jack Fishman, Ph.D., Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Saint Louis University Breakout - Concurrent Sessions I. Disaster Recovery: Making an Impact on Your Community & Leading by Example 2:30-3:20 pm BSC 251A In this session, Frank Schaffer will discuss the stages of recovery from disaster, both from a personal standpoint and from extensive research he has done on the topic. Frank Schaffer, President, F.E. Schaffer Construction, Joplin, Missouri II. Geomorphology Applied: The 2011 Mississippi River Flood and the Olive Branch Flood Recovery Initiative BSC 253B In early May of 2011, the Mississippi River breached the Len Small Levee, flooding most of the Greater Olive Branch Area in Alexander County, Illinois. In the immediate wake of disaster, Southern Illinois University stepped in, aiding the community with recovery efforts, focusing on flood mitigation and increasing disaster resiliency. In this session, Elizabeth Ellison will discuss some of the on-going challenges to recovery, including: (1) lack of manpower and expertise in rural communities, (2) lag time in government disaster recovery programs, (3) a longer than usual rehabilitation period typical of flood recovery efforts, and (4) lastly, sustaining community dedication and enthusiasm. Elizabeth Ellison, Ph.D., Staff Researcher & Project Manager, Department of Geology, Southern Illinois University Craig Anz, Ph.D., NCARB, Architect, Department of Geology, Southern Illinois University III. Everyday People who Emerged as Post-Disaster Community Leaders Wool Ballroom 170 One of the most important outcomes following a disaster is the development of leadership within the community. Sustainability is, at its roots, all about community, and it is imperative that structures and systems be set up to identify and engage previously-unrecognized leaders. Both of our panelists emerged as leaders during the recovery phase in their home towns, and their involvement with sustainability has changed the course of their lives. Laura Stoltenberg, FEMA Reservist; Treasurer, Greensburg GreenTown Andrew Whitehead, Comittee Chair, GreenTown Joplin 14 MONDAY, OCTOBER 29 3:30-4:00 pm Networking Break with Exhibitors Wool Ballroom 171 4:00-5:00 pm Keynote: Survive, Revive, and Prosper Wool Ballroom 170 Each year, cities are struck by catastrophic natural disasters: tornadoes, tsunamis, flash floods, and hurricanes. The strongest of these storms leave little intact along their path. In these disasters, residents, businesses, and city officials face starting over rather than a mere recovery. This presentation will provide you with the tools you need to protect lives and preserve property when a major disaster occurs including three essential steps that must be followed in order for a new beginning to be successful: Survival. This is the first priority. Without people, critical infrastructure, and expertise, there is no city. We'll discuss what you should be doing now to insure maximum survivability for people and critical infrastructure. Revival. If you start thinking about this as "the debris is being cleared", you are already far behind the curve. Now, today, you should be envisioning what your community would be like if you were given the (unfortunate) opportunity to "start over." Research shows that one of the greatest dangers to the long-term prosperity of a community after a disaster is people leaving, never to return, due to the long period of time for reconstruction to begin. We'll talk about how to jump-start the process by taking action now. Prosperity. How many times during economic development activities have you heard, "Our city would be so much more successful if we had . . ." While major natural disasters are terribly tragic, they can have a silver lining if some of the community's shortcomings can be corrected in a way that increases the prosperity of the area as a whole. Mike Smith, Senior Vice President of AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions 5:00-5:15 pm Wrap-up & Preview of Day Two Wool Ballroom 170 Diana Carlin, Ph.D., Interim Director, Center for Sustainability, Saint Louis University Daniel Wallach, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Greensburg GreenTown & GreenTown Joplin 5:15-6:30 pm Reception in Exhibitor Hall Wool Ballroom 171 6:30-8:00 pm Documentary Screening: Joplin, Missouri - A Tornado Story Wool Ballroom 170 On May 22, 2011, Joplin, Missouri was hit by a super tornado that devastated a thriving Midwestern community with a rich and storied history. The swiftness, violence and destruction were almost supernatural in scope. Joplin native Chip Gubera was on hand mere moments after his town had been reduced to piles of rubble. Undaunted, he caught and captured it all, then edited the footage as a moving tribute to the people of Joplin. The result, Joplin, Missouri - A Tornado Story is both heartbreaking and life affirming. The documentary is a first-person personal journey into how the tornado has affected the town and its people. It's a story of survival, healing, and hope told by people who lived through it. It serves as a witness to the devastation of the super tornado and to the power of the human spirit in the face of disaster. Don't miss the special breakout session on Tuesday, October 30 at 11:15am in which filmmaker Chip Gubera and his father and the movie's producer, Conrad Gubera, will discuss the making of the documentary. Can't make this screening? We will be showing the documentary again on Tuesday, October 30 at 1:30pm. 15 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30 Registration & Breakfast 8:00 am Registration is located on the second floor (main level) of the Busch Student Center. Breakfast will be available in Wool Ballroom 171. Breakfast Plenary: The Role of Business & Entrepreneurship in Disaster Recovery 8:30-9:45 am Wool Ballroom 172 The concept of sustainability is often tied to the common phrase, "triple bottom line." The basic concept behind the phrase is that a company's performance should be measured across three key dimensions: social, environmental, and economic, also commonly referred to as "people, planet, and profit." A sustainable business is one that operates at the intersection of these three dimensions. To be competitive, the modern-day business must understand that it is obligated not solely to its shareholders, but to a broader community of stakeholders including its customers, suppliers, governments, banks, creditors, special interest groups, employees, the environment, and community at large. This is the essence of what it means to operate as a sustainable and socially responsible business. The sustainable business can also play an important role in disaster recovery. In this session, panelists examine the role of businesses and entrepreneurial ventures in sustainable disaster recovery and how a sustainability-focused organization can help revitalize a community in a win-win situation that serves the social, environmental, and economic interests of the company and the community it helps restore. Michael Estes, Vice President, BTI Corporation Rob Threlkeld, General Motors Global Manager, Renewable Energy Moderator: Nitish Singh, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Saint Louis University John Cook School of Business Networking Break with Exhibitors Wool Ballroom 171 9:45-10:15 am Breakout - Concurrent Sessions I. Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT) Program 10:15-11:05 am BSC 253A Since 1967, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has employed R/UDATs to help more than 140 communities nationwide to become more livable. They have addressed a wide variety of community issues, including urban growth and land use, innercity neighborhoods, downtowns, environmental issues, waterfront development, and commercial revitalization and disaster recovery. The AIA organized an R/UDAT to help the City of Birmingham, Alabama rebuild after the April 27, 2011 EF-4 tornado, which leveled much of the Pratt City community and damaged or destroyed over 1,500 structures citywide. Erin A. Simmons, Director, American Institute of Architects Design Assistance Joel Mills, Director, American Institute of Architects Center for Communities by Design II. Recovering from Disaster: Social and Psychological Dimensions of Rebuilding BSC 251A The wake of destruction after a natural disaster speaks for itself. Clearly the physical infrastructure (bridges, buildings, homes, roads, etc.) must be rebuilt, but what about the devastation that doesn't necessarily leave an outwardly "physical" calling card? How do we deal with the social, cultural, and psychological ramifications of disaster? In this session, panelists will address the often-overlooked components of sustainable recovery and discuss what you need to know in order to inspire sustainable choices when working with people post-disaster. Jami Curley, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Saint Louis University School of Social Work Catherine Hart, MSW, Co-Founder, Greensburg GreenTown and General Manager, GreenTown Joplin David E. Webb, Program Manager, Center for Sustainability, Saint Louis University Moderator: Jay Liebenguth, Chief Strategist, Fresh Media Lab III. Strategies for Residential Building After Disaster Wool Ballroom 170 Perhaps the single most important element of building back a community post-disaster is the construction of new homes. Certainly they are the buildings of the greatest interest to the largest number of people. Effective planning coupled with the identification of reliable resources for information and support is essential. This session will offer a wealth of information toward that end. Mike Collignon, Executive Director & Co-Founder, Green Builder Coalition IV. Teaching through the Lens of Sustainability: The Schools as Partners for Healing BSC 253B Webster University has one of the most advanced set of initiatives in the country for helping educators teach with the principles and practices of sustainability. With a graduate certificate program in Education for Global Sustainability, a professional development program for districts, an annual sustainability institute for P-12 educators, and a sustainability module for all teachers-in-training, Webster is helping the educators of today and tomorrow prepare young learners to understand and generate solutions for the problems caused by climate change, resource depletion, and population growth. The panel in this session will discuss ways to enlighten and motivate teachers to be agents of change for a sustainable future. Lori Diefenbacher, Coordinator of Education for Global Sustainability, Webster University Ted Green, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Teacher Education, Webster University Traci Jansen, Early Childhood Educator; Founder, Coalition for Sustainability, Ritenour School District, Kirkwood, Missouri Sheila Anglin-Jordan, Teacher, Webster University Department of Teacher Education 16 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30 11:15-12:05 am Breakout - Concurrent Sessions I. Wool Ballroom 170 Making the Documentary Joplin, Missouri - A Tornado Story On May 22, 2011 an EF-5 tornado devastated the southwest Missouri town of Joplin. In this keynote address, filmmaker Chip Gubera and his father and the movie's producer, Conrad Gubera, will discuss the making of their feature film documentary, Joplin, Missouri - A Tornado Story. The documentary is a first-person personal journey into how the tornado has affected the town and its people. It's a story of survival, healing, and hope told by people who lived through it. Chip and Conrad will share their experiences and all conference attendees will have the opportunity to watch the documentary at a special screening on Monday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m. and again on Tuesday, October 30 at 1:30 pm. Chip Gubera, Film Director, Resident Instructor of Computer Science at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri Conrad Gubera, Ph.D., Film Producer, Professor of Sociology at Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, Missouri BSC 253A II. Ecological & Community Re-Design following the Chilean Earthquake/Tsunami of 2010 In 2010 LRK of Princeton, New Jersey and Applied Ecological Services, of Brodhead, Wisconsin, and others were invited to explore communities impacted by the earthquake and tsunami in February of that year. The team split between regions 7 and 8 and interviewed, explored, and charetted 12 communities in 6 days. In this session panelists will explore the following topics: (1) The challenge of finding ways to re-establish the anchors (central plazas, churches, and municipal facilities) within the fabric of centuryold communities. (2) Regional communities who embraced the disasters as an opportunity to rebuild what was lost in a better way (storm water control, water quality, erosion, and other ecological impairments) and to improve their overall sustainable footprint. (3) The communities' desire to develop smart growth strategies that preserved open space and made spaces that residents and visitors alike would identify as the landscape of the community. Jacob Blue, PLA, Director of Design, Applied Ecological Services, Inc. Carl Korfmacher, PLA, President, Applied Ecological Services, Inc. Gonzalo Echeverria Halley-Harris, Senior Associate, Architect, Urban Designer and Planner, LRK Inc. BSC 251A III. Getting Back On-line: Restoring Operations and Managing Communications A natural disaster, be it a tornado, flood, earthquake, hurricane, fire, or other calamity, can easily cripple a town in the blink of an eye. Post disaster, there are hundreds of critical decisions to be made and a vast array of crucial services to restore; people's lives and livelihoods depend on it. Recovery is a logistical challenge of the highest order that requires a highly coordinated and wellcommunicated effort. In this session, Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Director of Lambert St. Louis International Airport, will share her experience marshaling resources and managing communication and media outlets that helped to bring Lambert Airport back on-line just 36 hours after being struck by a destructive EF4 tornado in April 2011. Monica McFee, Community Liaison for the Regional Long Term Recovery Committee (LTRC) of the United Way, will discuss how collective and collaborative resources of public, private, voluntary, and faith-based segments can help effectively and compassionately respond to the immediate and long-term needs of families and individuals impacted by disaster. Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Director of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, St. Louis, Missouri Monica McFee, Community Liaison, St. Louis Regional Long Term Recovery Committee Moderator: Jay Liebenguth, Chief Strategist, Fresh Media Lab 12:15-1:15 pm Keynote: Architecture for Humanity - Reconstruction and Resiliency Wool Ballroom 172 Architecture for Humanity is a 501(c)3 nonprofit design services firm founded in 1999. By tapping a network of more than 90,000 professionals willing to lend time and expertise to help those who would not otherwise be able to afford their services, they bring design, construction and development services where they are most critically needed. By focusing efforts in disaster resiliency their aim is to prevent the large-scale impact caused by future disasters in vulnerable areas. Eric Cesal will provide an introduction to the methodology and key practice areas of Architecture for Humanity. He will discuss his experiences in Haiti as a Regional Program Manager and offer insight to what sustainable recovery means internationally and how it may serve as a lesson to US-based disaster recovery. Following this he will focus on Architecture for Humanity's US projects like the post-disaster rebuilding center in Biloxi, Mississippi and the newly launched Disaster Resiliency Program. This presentation will define and provide examples of how Architecture for Humanity has elevated the role of the architect in post-disaster recovery and how collaboration, community participation and long-term planning can provide the foundation for sustainable recovery. Eric Cesal, Regional Program Manager, Architecture for Humanity, Haiti Rebuilding Center 1:15-1:30 pm Conference Wrap-up, Closing Comments & Prizes Wool Ballroom 172 Diana Carlin, Ph.D., Interim Director, Center for Sustainability, Saint Louis University Daniel Wallach, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Greensburg GreenTown & GreenTown Joplin 17 POST-CONFERENCE EVENTS Community Rebuilding Workshop 1:30-3:30 pm BSC 352 One of the most important aspects of recovery is when disaster-stricken communities invite individuals from outside agencies to help shape the recovery vision and process. There is great energy that comes from organizations with different areas of expertise working together with residents to rebuild better communities. For this session, we invite people from disaster-stricken communities to meet with knowledgeable facilitators to help them get a handle on the particular recovery needs of their towns. We will provide community leaders and residents the opportunity to meet with experts in the field of sustainability to ask questions, share experiences, brainstorm ideas and strategies, and gain a better understanding as to how they can incorporate sustainable principles into their rebuilding process. Open dialog among all parties will help to streamline sustainable disaster recovery efforts currently being undertaken and also future efforts. Discussions from this workshop will be documented and compiled into a Sustainable Disaster Recovery Handbook that will be shared with participating communities, made available online, and used to send to future communities affected by natural disasters. Facilitators: Chuck Banks, Senior Manager at Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, LLP Steve Castaner, Region VII Branch Director, FEMA Mike Collignon, Executive Director & Co-Founder, Green Builder Coalition Jay Liebenguth, Chief Strategist, Fresh Media Lab Jack Rozdilsky, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Emergency Management Program, Western Illinois University Heriberto Urby, Ph.D, J.D. Assistant Professor, Emergency Management, Dept. of Health Sciences, Western Illinois University Networking with Exhibitors 1:30-3:30 pm Wool Ballroom 171 Documentary Screening: Joplin, Missouri - A Tornado Story 1:30-3:30 pm Wool Ballroom 170 On May 22, 2011, Joplin, Missouri was hit by a super tornado that devastated a thriving Midwestern community with a rich and storied history. The swiftness, violence and destruction were almost supernatural in scope. Joplin native Chip Gubera was on hand mere moments after his town had been reduced to piles of rubble. Undaunted, he caught and captured it all, then edited the footage as a moving tribute to the people of Joplin. The result, Joplin, Missouri A Tornado Story is both heartbreaking and life affirming. The documentary is a first-person personal journey into how the tornado has affected the town and its people. It's a story of survival, healing, and hope told by people who lived through it. It serves as a witness to the devastation of the super tornado and to the power of the human spirit in the face of disaster. Don't miss the special breakout session on Tuesday, October 30 at 11:15 am in which filmmaker Chip Gubera and his father and the movie's producer, Conrad Gubera, will discuss the making of the documentary. 18 19 SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES Craig Anz - Ph.D., NCARB, Architect, Department of Geology, Southern Illinois University Craig Anz, Ph.D., received his Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from Texas A&M University, his professional Master of Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Master of Architectural Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, focusing on architectural theory, urbanism, and cultural history. He then extended this education with his doctoral dissertation from Texas A&M, titled Critical Environmentalism - Towards an Epistemic Framework for Architecture, emphasizing a composite assemblage of epistemology, critical social theory, environmental discourse, architecture, urban design and community development. He is currently an NCARB certified architect and holds professional registrations in multiple jurisdictions. Chuck Banks - Senior Manager in the Advisory Services Practice of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP Chuck Banks is a Senior Manager in the Advisory Services Practice of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP. Banks has deep experience in establishing community development and small business financing opportunities and entrepreneurial support programs, utilizing public and private financing options. Previously, Banks led the federal government's economic and community development financing programs for USDA Rural Development in Kansas through a major expansion of business loan and incentive grant obligations. Financing goals during this growth period focused on emerging businesses, community facilities, affordable housing, and infrastructure projects. Banks' professional work has drawn upon his extensive economic development expertise, with a special focus in addressing the needs of distressed economic areas and emerging regional opportunities. Banks' experience has been sought out by two U.S. Administrations, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, FEMA and the Department of Defense. Samuel Bendett - Research Analyst, TIDES Project (National Defense University-Department of Defense) Samuel joined the Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support (TIDES) team in 2010. His focus area for TIDES is North American region and outreach with domestic emergency and disaster response agencies. Before joining the TIDES Project, Samuel worked on science, technology and homeland security issues at the National Defense University. Prior to his work at NDU, Samuel worked at the US House of Representatives and held a range of research and analysis positions with private and non-profit organizations dealing with conflict resolution, negotiation, security and defense matters. Samuel received his bachelor's degree from Brandeis University and his master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Jacob Blue - PLA, Director of Design, Applied Ecological Services, Inc. Jacob Blue, PLA, provides design direction and oversight for large and small scale conservation design and restoration projects. He is a national leader in defining and practicing ecological landscape architecture, or â€˜Ecotectureâ€™. With unique design strengths and a deep knowledge of native plants, Blue is keenly interested in the use of native species in landscape design and habitat restoration as well as the aesthetic implications of their use. Blue was a member of the Vegetation Technical Subcommittee for the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) report in 2009, a landscape assessment tool that will become part of the USGBC LEED program, and currently serves on the Technical Core Committee of SITES. He is also co-author of the Sustainable Sites Handbook. He has provided design leadership for corporate campus restoration plans, urban stream stabilization projects, conservation development projects and residential landscapes. Joyce Cacho - Ph.D, Founding President & CEO of Adinura Advisory, LLC; Fellow, Center for Sustainability Joyce has over 20 years of U.S. and international experience in corporate and investment banking with Rabobank International, academia, and non-profit enterprises. Her successes include launching and turning around operations for increased growth and profitability, and improved risk management. Under her leadership, Novus International's 2010 Sustainability Report was awarded Level B-Check by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Joyce continues to advise Novus International about the nexus between innovation R&D, business implications of innovation related tax incentives for networked enterprises, and conservation issues (water, wildlife habitat, energy). She serves on the board of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and served as Treasurer of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform, an organization of leading international food and drink companies. Diana Carlin - Ph.D., Interim Director, Center for Sustainability, Saint Louis University Diana Carlin was named Saint Louis University's Associate Vice President for Graduate Education and Professor of Communication in February 2011. Interdisciplinary degree granting centers report to her and she began working with the Center for Sustainability in July 2011. In February, 2012 Dr. Carlin was appointed as interim director of the Center for Sustainability. Prior to her tenure at SLU, she spent 24 years at the University of Kansas as a professor of communication studies and served for seven years as dean of the graduate school and international programs. Dr. Carlin's teaching and research is in political communication. She works extensively with not-for-profit groups in the US and non-governmental organizations abroad to develop civic engagement and civil society projects and has worked most recently in Afghanistan and the Republic of Georgia. She holds bachelors and master's degrees in education from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 20 Steve Castaner - Region VII Branch Director, Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) Steven Castaner has been involved in community long-term recovery assistance with nearly 50 communities and counties over the past eight years including Greensburg, KS (2007); Iowa and Missouri Floods (2008); Florida Hurricanes (2004); and Louisiana Hurricanes (2005). With a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia and over 15 years of experience as an economic development director, city administrator and planning director, Mr. Castaner uses a variety of strategies and methodologies to encourage comprehensive recovery solutions that incorporate sustainability and resilience. Eric Cesal - Regional Program Manager, Architecture for Humanity, Haiti Rebuilding Center Eric Cesal is a designer, builder, analyst and writer. Eric did his undergraduate studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and achieved a Masters in Architecture, a Masters in Construction Management and a Masters in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis. In between he did his professional practice in Washington, D.C., working primarily on educational and institutional projects. He is the author of the book Down Detour Road: An Architect in Search of Practice. Eric joined Architecture for Humanity in 2006 as a volunteer in Biloxi, Mississippi. He followed up that work the following year with another stint in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans, Louisiana, before joining Architecture for Humanity full time in 2010. He believes that design, when done well, is fundamentally an act of kindness, that construction is an act of will, and writing is a self-indulgence. He currently serves as the Director of Architecture for Humanity's Disaster Reconstruction and Resiliency Studio. Mike Collignon - Executive Director & Co-Founder, Green Builder Coalition As Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Green Builder Coalition, Mike engages in national and state-level advocacy, coproduces quarterly research reports, and publishes both a bi-monthly e-newsletter and a monthly feature in Green Builder® Magazine. A former Market Manager of Residential for the Portland Cement Association, he supervised the $1.2 million residential co-op advertising program for regional and local promoters, delivered 10 guest lectures among Cal State University at San Luis Obispo, Cal State University at Chico and Middle Tennessee State University, and managed the 10,000+ sq. ft. Concrete Pavilion, the cement and concrete industry's marquis annual presence at the Builders' Show. Mike received a Bachelor's degree in Marketing with a minor in Advertising from Drake University. Jami Curley - Ph.D., Associate Professor, Saint Louis University School of Social Work Dr. Curley is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work, Saint Louis University and a Faculty Associate at the Center for Social Development at Washington University. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.S.W. in social work from Washington University and a B.A. in sociology/psychology and business administration from Eureka College in Illinois. Dr. Curley's research focuses on the social economic development of low-income families including the impact of asset-ownership on families, children and individuals both in the United States and abroad. She was on the original research team for the American Dream Demonstration; the first national research study on individual development accounts that looked at over 2000 low-income individuals in matched savings accounts across the country. Dr. Curley is also involved in a project testing an asset-building intervention with HIV/AIDS orphaned children in Uganda. She has over 10 years of research and publication experience in this area of work. Lori Diefenbacher - Coordinator of Education for Global Sustainability, Webster University Now the program coordinator, Lori Diefenbacher initiated the Education for Global Sustainability graduate certificate in 2009 for the School of Education at Webster University in St Louis, MO. The EFGS program prepares P-12 teachers to address the challenges of our world and teach the principles and practices of sustainability. Lori serves as treasurer to a special sustainability study group with the American Association for College Teachers of Education and is a U.S. delegate for UNESCO's Teacher Education for Sustainable Development. Lori, a former naturalist for the National Audubon Society and Park Ranger for Teton National Park, believes that teachers will be a force for change that leads to a sustainable future. Gonzalo Echeverría Halley-Harris - Senior Associate, Architect, Urban Designer and Planner, LRK Inc. Gonzalo joined the Planning Group of the Princeton office of LRK, Inc. in May 2005 as a Project Manager and Design Lead for the Urban Design-Planning team. As an architect, Gonzalo is committed to applying New Urbanist principles to the design and development of sustainable communities, conceived via a public consensus-building process and dedicated to creating pride of place and dwelling as a mirror of self. Born in Santiago, Chile, Gonzalo earned a degree in Architecture and a Graduate degree in Urban Economics from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC). Upon graduating, Gonzalo worked as an architect and planner in the PUC's Research and Project Department and at URBE Arquitectos where he was involved in more than 30 projects ranging in scale from individual neighborhoods to entire regions. Gonzalo is a professor at Rutgers' University J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and has an active participation with Newtown Creek Coalition, in Newtown, Pennsylvania. 21 Tim Eichler - Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Saint Louis University Dr. Timothy Eichler received his BS in Physics from St. Peter's College. He then went on to Rutgers University, where he received an MS in meteorology. Since Dr. Eichler has a strong interest in climate change, he went to get his Ph.D. at Columbia University, where he studied the impacts of global warming on El Nino. Since he graduated, Dr. Eichler has worked in a variety of jobs in industry, the government, and academia. He is currently an assistant professor in the Earth and Atmospheric Science Dept. at Saint Louis University, where he teaches a variety of meteorology classes. Dr. Eichler's research specialty is studying the climatology and interannual variability of mid-latitude cyclones. He is especially interested in exploring the impacts of climate change on storm tracks on a global scale. Jill and Scott Eller - Residents, Greensburg, Kansas After losing their home in the tornado of 2007, Scott and Jill Eller were open to exploring options that would significantly reduce their energy bills. They now live in the most recognizable home in Greensburg – a split geodesic dome constructed of SIPs panels. The recovery and rebuilding experience were fraught with challenges, but they are pleased with how the project turned out. Currently, Scott works in the oil fields, and Jill owns an oil field supply company, but they have plans for a major career change - opening a restaurant that will be a model of sustainable practices. Elizabeth Ellison - Ph.D., Staff Researcher & Project Manager, Department of Geology, Southern Illinois University Elizabeth (Beth) Ellison received her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and completed her Master of Arts in Geography at Miami University with emphasis on Environmental Hydrology and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). In 2010, Beth joined The Natural Hazards Research and Mitigation Group at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale. Her expertise within the group is geospatial applications and community outreach through mitigation planning across Illinois. Beth also oversees mitigation efforts with the Olive Branch Area Community Development Corporation (OBACDC) on community recovery and rebuilding efforts after the spring 2011 flooding along the Mississippi River. Michael Estes - Vice President, BTI Corporation Mike began working at BTI at an early age and continued to be heavily involved through his college years. Between 1971 and 1992, Mike worked as a business instructor and held various executive level roles in data communications and high technology corporations, primarily in California's Bay Area. Mike then migrated back to Kansas where he took the reins as the General Manager of the BTI Greensburg John Deere dealership. Mike was the driving force behind rebuilding the BTI dealership to LEED Platinum standards and has been instrumental in launching BTI Wind Energy and Harvest the Wind Network. Jack Fishman - Ph.D., Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Saint Louis University Jack Fishman joined the faculty of Saint Louis University in 2011 where he is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. He was also appointed the Director of the Center for Environmental Sciences that same year. Prior to coming to SLU, he worked at the NASA Langley Research Center for 31 years, where his research focused on the area of tropospheric chemistry for more than three decades. Stephen M. George - PE, CEM, Senior Engineer, Mueller Prost PC Steve George brings more than 25 years of chemical process industry leadership to help manufacturing companies of all types take advantage of research and experimentation tax credits. Having lived the fact that American innovation occurs in every facet of an operation, he is uniquely positioned to help clients identify qualified research activities. Steve's accomplishments include designing customer-specific, integrated reporting mechanisms to capture research and experimentation qualified activities, supply costs, and contract research. In addition, he has designed and built chemical processing plants in Mexico, Europe and China. Steve is an instructor for General Electric’s Excellence Through Quality training program, an industry member for the establishment of St. Louis’ air pollution compliance for paint and allied industries, and an industry member of OSHA’s negotiated rule making effort for Methylenedianiline. Steve graduated from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. 22 Chuck Graves - Ph.D., Associate Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Saint Louis University Charles E. Graves is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Saint Louis University. He received his Ph.D. in physics from Iowa State University in 1988. After a post-doctoral position at Texas A&M, he became an assistant professor at Saint Louis University in 1992. Dr. Graves' research interests are in operational meteorology with an emphasis on heavy precipitation. Ted Green - Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Teacher Education, Webster University Theodore D. R. Green, Ph.D. is an associate professor and department chair in the Teacher Education Department, School of Education at Webster University. Green is the past president of the Missouri Council for Social Studies and serves on the executive board of directors for the Missouri Council for History Education and the Missouri Council for Social Studies. Green was also appointed to the national NCSS Teacher Education and Professional Development Committee during 2005-2008. He has served as a consultant on more than five Teaching America History Grants since their inception and works with the National Park Service training park rangers. Green teaches social studies, living history and social science courses to graduate and undergraduate students at Webster University. Green is now in a collaboration to integrate Education for Global Sustainability into the curriculum of the Teacher Education Department to prepare pre-service teachers for the task of creating global citizens. Chip Gubera - Film Director, Resident Instructor of Computer Science at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri In the last 15 years Chip Gubera has directed and/or produced four feature films and over 30 short films, 17 of which have been accepted at film festivals around the world. Eight of these films have won awards at festivals worldwide and three have had distribution. Gubera lives in Columbia, Missouri where he teaches media technology in the IT Program at the University of Missouri. He also freelances as a visual effects and motion graphics artist and a music composer. In 2012 Gubera completed a feature documentary about the 2011 tornado that devastated the Midwest town of Joplin, Missouri titled Joplin, Missouri â€“ A Tornado Story. This film won best feature documentary and Gubera won best director of a documentary at the 2012 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. Conrad Gubera - Ph.D., Film Producer, Professor of Sociology at Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, Missouri Conrad Gubera is a professor of Sociology and International Studies at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri where he is completing his 46th year of service. He is a fellow with both the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations in Washington D.C. and the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii. Through these affiliations and the National Fulbright Commission, he has traveled the world extensively, often leading student groups. Earlier in his career, Dr. Gubera was a consultant to the Federal Urban Renewal-Model Cities Program. His academic work in rural-urban sociology was applied through years of teaching a senior level course titled The Community: Rural and Urban. With a tradition of community studies and local history, he helped to produced the movie Joplin, Missouri - A Tornado Story. The film is about the May 22, 2011 tornado that devastated Joplin, Missouri and how that community responded. Dr. Gubera has maintained an abiding interest and input in his local community of Joplin. Rhonda Hamm-Niebrugge - Director of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, St. Louis, Missouri Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge has been the Director of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport since January 2010. Rhonda manages 500 employees with revenues averaging 165 million dollars annually. She is also Chairwoman of the 17-member St. Louis Airport Commission. Prior to Lambert, Rhonda logged 25 years in aviation management positions with American Airlines, Trans World Airlines and Ozark Air Lines. She currently serves on the Transportation Industry Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, is Chairman of the Advisory Board of John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University, and is a board member for the Regional Commerce and Growth Association. Rhonda is also the past President (and current member) of the Executive Board for Habitat for Humanity St. Louis as well as an Executive Board member for Variety. In the fall of 2011, Rhonda was honored with a Women of Distinction award by the Missouri Athletic Club. Catherine Hart - Co-Founder, Greensburg GreenTown and General Manager, GreenTown Joplin Catherine Hart is passionate about sustainability and what it means for our lives and how we build community. She is the co-founder of Greensburg GreenTown, a nonprofit organization that she and Daniel Wallach established to help the people of Greensburg, Kansas rebuild sustainably after the town was destroyed by a tornado in May 2007. She is the General Manager of the GreenTown affiliate in Joplin, Missouri, where she has led the organizing efforts of a group of sustainability-minded people from throughout the area. This committee creates, manages, and promotes projects that integrate sustainable principles into the city's rebuilding after the tornado of 2011. Catherine has been an active advocate for environmental stewardship since her college days at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she worked with Missourians for Safe Energy. Earning a master's degree in social work in 1979, she has worked as a community organizer, educator, hospice social worker, nonprofit manager, and counselor. 23 Steve Hewitt - Former City Administrator, Greensburg, Kansas; Current City Manager, Clinton, Oklahoma Steve Hewitt, City Manager of Clinton, Oklahoma, is the former City Administrator for Greensburg, Kansas, and star of the Planet Green Discovery Network show Greensburg. Hewitt was awarded Governing magazine's 2009 Public Official of the Year, as well as City and County magazine's 2008 Municipal Leader of the Year, for his efforts to rebuild his community "green". On May 4, 2007, Greensburg was destroyed by one of the largest tornadoes in U.S. history (EF-5, 2 miles wide), leaving 95% of the town destroyed. He has managed more than 80 different projects, totaling over $100 million. He is an advocate for building "smart/sustainable" communities. Hewitt successfully had the Greensburg City Council adopt a resolution to build all municipal facilities "sustainably". Hewitt remains a supporter of "green" as a true revitalization tool for all rural communities. Traci Jansen - Early Childhood Educator; Founder of the Coalition for Sustainability, Ritenour School District, Kirkwood, Missouri Traci Jansen has served as an Early Childhood Educator for the past 13 ½ years, in Ritenour School District and currently within Kirkwood School District at Keysor Elementary. Through graduate studies and opportunities in sustainability at Webster University, Traci initiated the development of Ritenour’s Coalition for Sustainability. The Coalition has fostered collegial conversations between educators (Pre-K – 12th Grade), district administration and the community. Currently at Keysor Elementary, Traci serves as a tremendous resource in promoting educational initiatives for her colleagues in relation to Project IDEA, Keysor Elementary’s outdoor learning and exploration space for students, staff and the community. Sheila Anglin Jordan - Teacher, Webster University Department of Teacher Education Sheila Anglin Jordan is a Missouri certified Social Studies teacher who now works at Webster University with the Department of Teacher Education. She is working on a Masters in International Relations and the certificate in Education for Global Sustainability. Sheila has helped design a new course called, "Real World Survivor: Confronting Poverty at Heifer Ranch" that involves an experiential learning component and social justice resolution. She has also led Professional Development for in-service teachers on teaching social justice and service learning. Sheila is in collaboration to integrate Education for Global Sustainability into the curriculum and practices of the Teacher Education Department to prepare pre-service teachers. Sheila hopes to participate in social entrepreneurship for post disaster sustainable development. Dennis Knobloch - Valmeyer Village Administrator and Former Mayor of Valmeyer, Illinois Dennis Knobloch was Mayor of Valmeyer, Illinois (pop. 900) at the time of the flood of 1993. More than 90% of the Village structures were substantially damaged during that disaster. He helped the community through buyout and recovery, and then helped to orchestrate the move of that community to higher ground following the flood. Since that time he has worked with the National Association of Counties and countless communities across the country to help them recover from various natural disaster situations. In 1996, he received the President's Council on Sustainable Development Award from President Clinton for the Valmeyer relocation, and was also recognized by the St. Louis East-West Gateway Council of Governments for the town's move out of the flood plain. Dennis holds a B.S. in Education from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and currently serves as Vice-President of the Valmeyer Village and as Vice-President of the Valmeyer Community Heritage Society. Carl Korfmacher - PLA, President, Applied Ecological Services, Inc. Mr. Korfmacher has been involved in the ecological restoration field for over fifteen years. He has had a leadership role at AES from the beginning of his tenure in 1995 and has held his current role of President since 2008. In that capacity, he has authority over the company's technical, administrative and outreach functions. As a Landscape Architect, his interest lies in the development of sustainability principals that integrate science with design to drive innovation. He has also played a key role in building AES’s international business, particularly in Chile and Romania. Mr. Korfmacher has intimate knowledge of all the types of work that AES performs including research, design, construction, maintenance, and nursery operations. His efforts have led AES to enter new markets with new ideas, partnerships, and approaches, and his leadership continues to strongly influence the evolution of AES as a vibrant and unique organization dedicated to bringing the science of ecology to all land use decisions. Carrie Beth Lasley - Ph.D., The University of New Orleans Center for Hazards Assessment, Response & Technology Carrie Beth Lasley is a very recent graduate of The University of New Orleans, earning her doctorate in urban studies. She has six years of research experience studying disasters, environmental pollution, community development and housing. She is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and has a master's degree in urban planning from the University of Louisville. She also has degrees in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and geography from CUNY-Lehman College. Her most recent research examines the post-Katrina recovery experience of St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, residents, many of whom relocated to nearby communities after the catastrophe. Until her recent graduation she was affiliated with The Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology at the University of New Orleans. She currently is on the job market after completing her terminal degree in three years. 24 Jay Liebenguth - Chief Strategist, Fresh Media Lab Jay Liebenguth is a business journalist focused on gaining insights from talking with business leaders and sharing their stories with his audience. Marketer, storyteller and conversationalist, he produces and hosts radio shows and facilitates other content creation and distribution to introduce you to some of the rising stars in the community and to expose you to new and proven concepts. He is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University and grew up in the St. Louis area. Ric Mayer - Community Forestry Recovery Coordinator, Missouri Department of Conservation Rick grew up as a volunteer tagging along with his father. Back in 1999, he walked from Iowa to Arkansas calling attention to the declining prairie ecosystem under the umbrella of the Grasslands Coalition. He helped develop and establish fledgling linear parks through the Ozark Greenways in Greene County Missouri, creating and utilizing TreeKeeper and Trailwatch volunteer groups to recreate native habitat along urban trails. Now Ric is helping rebuild Joplin and Duquesneâ€™s treescape. As young trees pepper the scare-crowed landscape, the healing after the tornado is evident. Monica McFee - Community Liaison, St. Louis Regional Long Term Recovery Committee When torrential rains overloaded the River Des Peres in 2009, hundreds of homes were flooded. Direct service agencies went into emergency response mode. Everyday citizens answered calls for community support and long term volunteer case management. Monica McFee was among them. Three years and several natural disasters later, Monica transitioned from volunteer to Community Liaison for the St. Louis Regional Long Term Recovery Committee. The LTRC is "...comprised of non-profit and faith-based organizations along with local, state, and federal agencies working together to assist survivors of disasters with accessing community resources... and jointly resolving cases with unmet, disaster related long-term recovery needs." Monica's extensive disaster recovery experience includes: 2011 Tornado/St. Louis County; 2010 Tornado/City of St. Louis; Spring 2009 University City/ Creve Coeur Flood; 2008 and 1997-1998 STL City, SEMA, FEMA Disaster/Pandemic Emergency Preparedness. Joel Mills - Director, American Institute of Architects Center for Communities by Design Joel Mills is Director of the American Institute for Architects Center for Communities by Design, a leading provider of pro bono technical assistance and participatory planning for community sustainability. In 2010, the Center was named Organization of the Year by the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) for its impact on communities. Joel's 18-year career has been focused on strengthening civic capacity and institutions around the world. This work has helped millions of people participate in democratic processes, visioning efforts, and community planning initiatives and has been featured on ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, CNN, Eco-Structure magazine, The Washington Post, and dozens of other media sources. In December 2010, he was elected to the Board of Directors for the IAP2-USA. He is also a member of the International Association of Facilitators, the American Planning Association, the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation, and the Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network. Will Perkins - Good Will Builders, Joplin, Missouri Will E. Perkins is a builder in the southwest Missouri Ozarks. He has a deep, sacred respect for nature and all of life. He dreams of the day when the world will live in balance, harmony and peace with all. Listening to nature and nature's God, he has uncovered some very simple methods of sustainable home construction. He would like to share what he considers to be the most important considerations when rebuilding green. Jonathan D. Raiche - Planning/Community Development Specialist, City of Joplin, Missouri Jonathan was born and raised in Kankakee, Illinois. He received a Bachelor's and Master's Degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in Urban Planning. After receiving his education, Jonathan took a year to serve as an AmeriCorps St. Louis member assisting in conservation work in Missouri and Montana as well as responding to natural disasters in Texas and Missouri. His largest assignment was responding to the effects of Hurricane Ike in Galveston, Texas in the fall of 2008. Jonathan was hired at the City of Joplin in March of 2010 and has had the pleasure of serving the community through civil service since that time. The tornado that tore through Joplin on May 22, 2011 created a large shift in his daily tasks. Jonathan was assigned as a liaison to Joplin's citizen-led recovery team and is very proud to be a part of the steps that the team and community have taken in its recovery. 25 Jack L. Rozdilsky - Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Emergency Management Program, Western Illinois University Dr. Rozdilskyâ€™s research and teaching and research interest are in the area of all-hazards emergency management. His research focuses on long-term disaster recovery issues, specifically related to sustainable community development after natural disasters. In recent years he has studied how small cities in the Midwest are recovering from disasters, by investigating the aftermath of tornadoes in Greensburg (Kansas), Parkersburg (Iowa), and Harrisburg (Illinois). Prior to joining academia, Dr. Rozdilsky worked in the area of hazard planning. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences and Bachelor of Science in Geology from Bradley University, a Masters of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and a Doctorate in Resource Development & Urban Studies from Michigan State University. Teri Samples - CPA, Shareholder and Director of Real Estate Services, Mueller Prost PC Teri Samples is widely known in the Real Estate and Home building industries in the Midwest. During the last 20 years, she has built a solid reputation as a trusted advisor and consultant to leaders in this market. She is often called upon to present educational seminars on tax and cost segregation strategies to provide agents, brokers and owners with the information they need to best serve their clients. Teri has served in several leadership roles at Mueller Prost PC since joining the firm in 1994, including Tax Committee Chairperson and her current position as Director of Real Estate Services. In this capacity, she provides business and tax consulting to individuals and organizations, and manages the Real Estate Services team of professionals who perform audit, review, compilation and tax compliance services. Teri is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a degree in business, emphasis in accounting. Frank Schaffer - President, F.E. Schaffer Construction, Joplin, Missouri Frank Schaffer was born and raised in Joplin, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 2000. After graduation he was employed as an investment representative for 4 years. Discovering that building was his passion after remodeling his first home (which was destroyed in the tornado on May 22, 2011), he pursued the construction business. Working as framing contractor, and eventually purchasing a foundation business, he learned construction from the ground up. After losing his home to the devastating tornado, he felt inspired to set an example for his community. Larry Schwarm - Professor of Art, Emporia State University Larry Schwarm has been a photographer for his entire adult life. He received an MFA from the University of Kansas in 1976, worked as a commercial and advertising photographer in Milwaukee for a number of years and has been teaching photography at Emporia State University since 1988. His photographs have been included in various publications and are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Milwaukee Museum of Art, Beach Museum of Art (Manhattan, Kansas), and Spencer Museum of Art (Lawrence, Kansas), and are included in the PaineWebber Landscape Collection and Hallmark Photographic Collections. His monograph, On Fire: Larry Schwarm, published in 2003, was chosen from over 500 submissions to be the inaugural winner of the Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography. Hugh and Ramona Shields - Residents, Joplin, Missouri As a couple, Hugh and Ramona have lived in the Connor Ave neighborhood of Joplin for a decade, where Ramona grew up. They survived the EF-5 tornado of 5-22-11, and decided to rebuild in the same neighborhood. Hugh, a semi-retired mechanical engineer, grew up in rural Iowa and Louisiana. His career involved aircraft, construction and sawmill machinery, batteries, and high pressure water pumps. Ramona was raised by not only her parents, but grandparents, aunts and uncles. She taught school then operated the family business. Hugh had built a passive solar post and beam home in rural Newton, Colorado, which was sold, but it left him a believer in its green merits. Both Hugh and Ramona are equally committed to building a better world for their grandchildren. Their new house is intended to demonstrate to their 9 grandchildren that they take the challenge of climate change seriously, and by building green they hope to pass along what they have learned to them and others. Erin A. Simmons - Director, American Institute of Architects Design Assistance Erin Simmons is the Director of Design Assistance at the Center for Communities by Design at the American Institute of Architects in Washington, DC. Her primary role at the AIA is to provide process expertise, facilitation and support for the Center's Sustainable Design Assistance Team and Regional and Urban Design Assistance Team programs. Erin is a leading practitioner of the design assistance process. Her portfolio includes work in over 50 communities across the United States. A frequent lecturer on the subject of creating livable communities and sustainability, Erin contributed to the recent publication "Assessing Sustainability: A guide for Local Governments". Prior to joining the AIA, Erin worked as historic preservationist and architectural historian for an environmental and engineering firm in Georgia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Florida State University and a Master's degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia. 26 Nitish Singh - Ph.D., Associate Professor, Saint Louis University John Cook School of Business Professor Singh teaches International Business and Sustainability at Saint Louis University. He received his Ph.D. in Marketing and International Business from Saint Louis University and completed his MBA and MA in India and the U.K. Singh is the author of the book, The Culturally Customized Web Site and Localization Strategies for e-business. He has published or presented more than 60 studies in the areas of cross-cultural consumer behavior in publications such as the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Research, Psychology & Marketing, International Marketing Review, Journal of Consumer Behavior and others. Singh has led several academic initiatives in North America and Europe in the field of Localization/International e-business, including the Localization Certification Program and Localization Project Management Certification. Singh teaches and consults in the area of global e-commerce, sustainability and international business. Mike Smith - Senior Vice President, AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions Mike Smith is the nation's leading expert in severe weather and one of America's most honored atmospheric scientists. After receiving his meteorology degree from the University of Oklahoma, he worked as a television meteorologist in St. Louis, Oklahoma City and Wichita and is the first person to ever do a live telecast of a tornado. In addition to his work at WeatherData, he is a frequent speaker and author of both popular and technical weather-related topics. He has appeared on The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, and Fox News as well as all of the major networks. He is the author of two books including When the Sirens Were Silent, the gripping story of the deadliest tornado in 65 years, which struck Joplin, Missouri, killing 161 people. Mike lives in Wichita, Kansas and is married with three grown children. Tony Smith, CPA, CIT, Senior Manager & Director of Construction Services, Mueller Prost PC As a Senior Manager in Mueller Prost PC's Tax Services Department, Tony assists clients in meeting regulatory compliance issues as well as understanding complex tax and financial issues. His more than 13 years of experience in public accounting translates into knowledge and skill that add value to client engagements, especially to those in the construction, manufacturing, distribution, technology, entertainment and service industries. Tony has also led operations for a construction-related company, and he was also a project manager and an estimator. This unique experience lends real-world application and allows him to relate to his clients since he's walked in their shoes. Tony earned his B.S. degree in Accountancy from MacMurray College and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants. Laura Stoltenberg - FEMA Reservist; Board Treasurer, Greensburg GreenTown Laura was working as an administrative assistant for a natural gas pipeline company prior to the Greensburg tornado. She left that position after the storm and applied to work for FEMA as a Federal Coordinating Office; she spent a year helping with long-term community disaster recovery in this capacity. Then, she became the Executive Director and Housing Coordinator for the Kiowa County Housing Authority. Laura worked to set up the infrastructure for this newly-created non-profit organization, which took on the task of managing the LEED Platinum housing units that had been built after the tornado for people on fixed incomes. During her tenure at KCHA she was elected to the board of Greensburg GreenTown. She and her family moved to Nebraska in 2011, and she now serves as a FEMA Reservist, as well as continuing to serve on the GreenTown board. Laura always knew she wanted to be a part of the FEMA family, and she says of her work: “It's still part of the paying-it-forward for me.” Rob Threlkeld - General Motors Global Manager, Renewable Energy Mr. Threlkeld serves as Global Manager, Renewable Energy, for General Motors. Mr. Threlkeld is part of GM’s Facilities Environmental and Sustainability Group, which is responsible for a wide range of environmental support activities for GM Manufacturing Operations, including procuring renewable energy, driving GM’s corporate sustainability goals, obtaining and managing environmental permits, such as air and water, and increasing energy conservation services. Prior to this role Mr. Threlkeld managed over $300M of Central Utility Complex Contracts that supply utility services to GM plants. Mr. Threlkeld received both a B.S. and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. Heriberto Urby - Ph.D, J.D. Assistant Professor, Emergency Management, Dept. of Health Sciences, Western Illinois University Dr. Urby's teaching interests include: legal aspects of emergency management, disaster professionalism, comparative strategies in emergency management, and emergency preparedness and response. His research includes Latin American emergency management systems and how to teach public administration principles in the emergency management classroom. Dr. Urby is presently helping to train the next generation of effective emergency managers to consider seriously how improvisation, creativity, flexibility, and professionalism may be helpful in their careers. Dr. Urby holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government/Pre-Law from the University of Texas at Austin, Masters Degrees in Education and Business Administration from Sul Ross State University, a Juris Doctor degree from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and a Ph.D. in Public Administration with emphases in emergency management, public policy analysis, and public management from the University of North Texas in Denton. 27 Daniel Wallach, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Greensburg GreenTown & GreenTown Joplin Daniel Wallach is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Greensburg GreenTown, a non-profit organization that conceptualized and helped lead the sustainable rebuilding of Greensburg, Kansas following a devastating tornado in 2007. Today, Greensburg is an internationally recognized model of a sustainably built community. In September of 2011, Daniel, along with Catherine Hart and others, opened the first affiliate GreenTown organization in Joplin, Missouri, to help integrate sustainability into the rebuilding process after a third of the town was wiped out by a tornado. Wallach is a social entrepreneur and innovator who is on the goal of making capitalism and environmental health interdependent. He is a pioneer in sustainable disaster recovery and has been a vocal proponent of taking the opportunity presented by disaster to catalyze positive changes in the recovery process. Wallach's long-term vision is to establish sustainability advocacy organizations across the country, starting with areas affected by natural disasters. David E. Webb - Program Manager, Center for Sustainability, Saint Louis University As Program Manager for the Saint Louis University Center for Sustainability, David directs internal and external communication and engagement efforts, oversees student relations, coordinates academic program development, and manages the Center's online presence. Prior to joining the Center for Sustainability, David spent 15 years working in the information technology industry. He has designed, developed, and supported custom database solutions for companies of all sizes, from individual business owners to global enterprises. His work has exposed him to numerous industries, including finance, real estate, entertainment, information technology, telecommunications, transportation, health care, manufacturing, and higher education. David holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, and a Master of Science in Sustainability from Saint Louis University. Mary Werner - Executive Manager of Integrated Deployment Projects, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Mary joined NREL in 1995 as an engineer in the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). As she provided technical assistance on energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, Mary became the team leader for the Utility Energy Services team and ultimately, the FEMP Program Manager, where she developed new program areas and brought innovative concepts to realization. In 2005, Mary became the Program Manager for NREL's Building Technologies Program, managing the buildings activities across NREL including research, technology development and validation, and applied research. Mary was then asked to create the Integrated Deployment corporate function at NREL and develop projects that focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy, fuels, transportation, and grid integration technologies that utilize the expertise across all areas of the lab. Mary has an Executive MBA from the University of Colorado, Denver and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Andrew Whitehead - Committee Chair, GreenTown Joplin Andrew D. Whitehead was raised alongside three sisters by caring, pragmatic parents, with a penchant for simple living, on a homestead a few miles from Joplin, Missouri. He went to school, kindergarten through 12th grade, in the tiny town of Diamond. Aiming for career stability Andrew went with what came naturally and graduated from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. Integrity and passion for a better world has made the quiet life elusive and led him to his current role as an advocate for sustainability and small business owner. Andrew currently lives in Joplin and attempts to balance life as Chairman of GreenTown Joplin, partner in the accounting practice of Whitehead Young, boyfriend to a lovely young lady, homebrewer, Dungeon Master, dog owner, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. 28 PLANNING COMMITTEE Conference Chair David E. Webb Program Manager, Saint Louis University Center for Sustainability Executive Committee Diana B. Carlin Interim Director, Saint Louis University Center for Sustainability Daniel Wallach Co-Founder and Executive Director, Greensburg GreenTown and GreenTown Joplin Planning Committee Members John Aliberti President, Engineered Solutions Dan Mauzy Sustainability Marketing Consultant Emily Andrews Executive Director, St. Louis USGBC Timothy Montgomery Architect, TMA Architects. LLC Joah Bussert Project Director, Greensburg GreenTown & GreenTown Joplin Eric Schneider Senior Director Energy & Environment, St. Louis RCGA Joyce Cacho President &CEO, Adinura Advisory, LLC Tony Callandro Senior Vice President & Partner, VOX Global Christy Cunningham-Saylor Environmental Specialist, Vertegy Catherine Hart Co-Founder Greensburg GreenTown and General Manager, GreenTown Joplin Nitish Singh Associate Professor, Saint Louis University Cook School of Business Caeden Sweet Graduate Student, Saint Louis University Center for Sustainability Tom Tangaro Director of Partnerships, Saint Louis University Center for Sustainability Brad Wolaver Sustainability Coordinator, Office of the CFO, Webster University Beth-Anne Yakubu Assistant Director, Saint Louis University Center for Sustainability Craig Jung Executive Director, St. Louis Green Bruce Lyndsey Dean School of Architecture, Washington University in STL PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS About the Center for Sustainability at Saint Louis University Building on the Jesuit tradition of leadership and service, Saint Louis University's Center for Sustainability uses interdisciplinary research, education, and development to advance sustainable approaches to the world's social, economic and environmental challenges. The Center develops partnerships across businesses, government agencies, communities and academic institutions that steward Earth's resources to help build socially responsible, environmentally conscious and economically prosperous communities. More information is available at http://green.slu.edu. About Greensburg GreenTown Greensburg GreenTown is a nonprofit organization established to assist the people of Greensburg, Kansas, in rebuilding the town as a model of sustainability following the devastating tornado in May 2007. The town has made a remarkable comeback, reinventing itself as a model for sustainable building and green living now recognized around the world. GreenTown works to make green building and living easily understood, appealing and accessible to all. More information is available at http:// www.greensburggreentown.org. About GreenTown Joplin GreenTown Joplin is a project of Greensburg GreenTown, the nonprofit organization that helped Greensburg, Kansas, rebuild a “green,” energy-efficient community after the tornado of May 2007. GreenTown staff members have been working in Joplin since last August, having assembled a committee of sustainability experts from the area to assist residents, business owners and the city as they recover and rebuild after last year’s devastating tornado. More information is available at http://www.greentownjoplin.org. 29 NOTES: Image Credits - Cover: top, flickr user kla4067; bottom left, Galen Buler. Page 1-2, flickr user shock264. Page 5: bottom left, Saint Louis University; bottom right, GreenTown Joplin. Page 10, Saint Louis University. Page 11: top, Wilson Delgado; center left, Maria Donaldson; bottom left, Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus; bottom right onto page 12, WikiWithChris. Page 12, bottom right, Saint Louis University. Page 15, Stephanie Peterson. Page 17-18, John Shea, FEMA. Page 19: top right, Leif Skoogfors, FEMA; top left, Stephanie Peterson; center left, Lief Skoogfors, FEMA; bottom left, Adam Andrews; bottom right, Joah Bussert. Page 28, Catherine Hart. Poster image for Joplin, Missouri - A Tornado Story courtesy of Chip Gubera and Conrad Gubera. All speaker images courtesy of individual speaker. This program book was designed by Joah Bussert, Greensburg GreenTown and GreenTown Joplin. All rights reserved. 30 The Center for Sustainability at Saint Louis University is made possible by a $5 million grant from the Alberici Foundation. We would like to thank the Foundation for its generous support and give special thanks to John Alberici for his vision, guidance, and embodiment of sustainability. THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING! ÂŠ 2012 - Saint Louis University Center for Sustainability, Greensburg GreenTown & GreenTown Joplin