Workgroup and Community ActivitiesHere you will find information about meetings and activities that have been held to inform workgroups and community groups about the plan and to gather information to help shape the development of the plan. Click here for more information about the workgroups.
Alternatives Analysis Workshop - December 10, 2012
Members of the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development Workgroups and Coordinating Committee turned out to learn about the results of the recent Alternatives Analysis Survey on December 10, 2012. The presentation from that meeting is available here.
This event brought together all of the technical and transect workgroups and provided an important chance to learn about how residents of the region responded to the survey and to begin brainstorming about the next steps in developing the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development.
Additional Workgroup Activities
Goals and Metrics Symposium
Members of both the Technical Advisory Groups and Regional Transect Groups met on April 13, 2012, to continue discussing goals and metrics for what sustainability could look like in the 13-County region.
Workgroups: Goals & Metrics Symposium Presentation by Jeff Taebel, H-GAC Community and Environmental Planning Director, PDF (776K)
Agenda PDF (152K)
Terminology Worksheet PDF (122K)
People, Places and Prosperity Worksheet PDF (125K)
Goal Assignment Guide PDF (374K)
Draft Goals PDF (132K)
Public Engagement Summary PDF (360K)
Current Work Status PDF (108K)
FAQ PDF (254K)
Goal Progression PDF (134K)
Members of both the Technical Advisory Groups and Regional Transect Groups met on November 17, 2011, to begin drafting goals and metrics for what sustainability could look like in the 13-County region.
Prior to the workgroups meeting to discuss potential goals and metrics, both groups participated in a metrics fundamentals learning session on October 26, 2011.
More information about both of those meetings is available here.
Developing Draft Goals
The Technical Advisory Group and the Regional Transect Group (TAG/RTG) meetings were held in November 2011 to gain input on regional goals and potential metrics relating to sustainability in housing, transportation, healthy communities, the economy, and the environment. The goals broadly present a regional framework for the plan. The TAG/RTG meetings resulted in around 25 draft goals and hundreds of potential metrics. Click here to see the original goals. In an effort to condense the large list of goals, a team of H-GAC staff and Coordinating Committee representatives identified overlaps between goals to create a broader list of goals that still capture the essence of the work done in the workgroups. The goals were merged into a framework of “People, Places and Prosperity.”Below is a graphic that depicts this idea and this framework. Click here to see how the goals were merged into the "People, Places and Prosperity" framework and how those goals were condensed into the 12 draft goals. These broad goals have been approved by the Coordinating Committee, and are being presented at the public meetings and discussed on MindMixer. Click here to see the draft goals.
Workgroup Kickoff Meeting
More than 200 people turned out for the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development Workgroup Kick Off meeting on August 5, 2011. More information about that meeting is available here.
This joint kick-off event brought together all of the technical and transect workgroups and provided an important overview of the Sustainable Communities Grant, the current state of sustainability in the region, and what to expect as we move forward in the planning process.
The kick-off was also a valuable opportunity for the workgroups to begin to define what sustainability means for our region and to highlight key sustainability opportunities and challenges.
On May 7, 2010, the Houston-Galveston Area Council hosted a listening session on the sustainability planning grant federal partnership. The listening session was attended by approximately 50 local stakeholders. During the listening session the stakeholders discussed the mechanics of how a grant application from the Houston-Galveston region would be structured and what should be included. In general, the group expressed support for an application that was focused onimplementation, with broad public involvement and incorporation of significant stakeholder input. Below you will find links to documents, video and a transcript from this meeting.
Pre-Grant Information Session
More than 100 people came together on July 29, 2010, to learn about promoting sustainability throughout the region and share ideas and success stories with other regional stakeholders
Sustainability Peer Information Exchange
H-GAC, along with a consortium of community, government and nonprofit agencies hosted a Peer Information Exchange on March 28, 2011 to begin collaborating with organizations throughout the Houston region to combine our resources to reach the greatest number of people. Groups learned more about sustainability projects in the region and shared their ideas and concerns about developing a plan to help the region grow in a sustainable way.
Sustainability Peer Information Exchange (PDF) 379K
Jeff Taebel, Director Community & Environmental Planning, Houston-Galveston Area Council
Galveston's Resilient Housing Codes (PDF) 993K
Lori Schwarz, Assistant Director of Planning of the City of Galveston
Childhood Obesity Initiative (PDF) 563K
Rocaille Roberts, M.P.H, Director of the Office of Policy and Planning for Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services, and Linda Forys, Director of Health Education and Promotion for HCPHES
Constructing Homes with Recycled and Salvaged Materials (PDF) 3.7M
Dan Phillips, Founder of Phoenix Commotion
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