Oct 13

Past Event

Metropolitan Planning for Sustainable Growth


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The Obama administration has proposed a new agenda for urban policy that includes an integrated sustainability model for connecting infrastructure investments, especially transportation, to housing, land use and the environment. Given the challenges that exist around implementing this ambitious model, how do we best prepare and support metropolitan regions beginning to develop integrated blueprint plans for sustainability? What is the federal role in this effort?

On October 13, the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program hosted a panel discussion around building smartly for the future. Architect and planner Peter Calthorpe delivered opening remarks, and Brookings Visiting Fellow Christopher B. Leinberger moderated a conversation among metropolitan leaders who are utilizing blueprint-style planning to guide transportation and other infrastructure investments.

After the program, panelists took audience questions.

Event Agenda

  • Welcome

  • Opening Remarks

    • Peter Calthorpe

      Principal, Calthorpe Associates

  • Panel Discussion

    • Metropolitan Policy Program, " itemprop="jobTitle" /> Moderator: <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/experts/leinbergerc.aspx">Christopher B. Leinberger</a>

      Visiting Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program

    • Michael McKeever

      Executive Director, Sacramento Area Council of Governments

    • Natalie Gochnour

      Chief Operating Officer, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce

    • Peter McLaughlin

      Commissioner, Hennepin County, Minneapolis, MN


October 13, 2009

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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