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Urban Green Infrastructure Summit

GI Summit Save the Date 2/21/18

Creating new collaborative networks, identifying research and education priorities, and sharing existing resources.

Overview

Metropolitan areas face many challenges, including those of urban flooding, storm-water management, air and water quality, urban heat islands, chronic diseases and public health issues, access to green spaces, and equity and social justice. Urban green infrastructure has a role in addressing all these urban issues.

Green infrastructure includes vegetation, soils, and other elements and practices that restore some of the natural processes required to manage water and create healthier urban environments (EPA. October, 2017). Green Infrastructure elements may be integrated in communities in single, small-scale applications or networks of practices spanning entire watersheds. Examples include land conservation, urban tree canopy, green roofs, green parking, green streets and alleys, permeable pavements, bioswales, planter boxes, rain gardens, rainwater harvesting and downspout disconnection.

Low Impact Development, Sustainable Stormwater Solutions and Green Infrastructure terms will be used interchangeably for the purpose of this Summit.

Join the Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research’s Urban Green Infrastructure Summit on Feb 21 & 22 at the Embassy Suites in Tigard, OR. This summit will connect government and agency personnel, University researchers, and Extension professional, to create new collaborative networks, identify research and education priorities, and share existing resources.

Registration

Coming soon

Date & Location

Embassy Suites at Tigard, Oregon
Main Summit Dates: Feb 21 and 22, 2018

  • Feb 20: Informal evening social
  • Feb 21: morning and afternoon sessions (8:30-5:00 pm)
  • Feb 22: morning and afternoon sessions (8:30-3:00 pm)
  • Tentative: Feb 23: morning research work session (8:00 – 12:00 pm)

Who Should Attend

City, county, and agency department level personnel, applied research faculty, and Extension professionals.

Desired Outcomes

  1. Connect communities and university faculty to share existing resources, inform education and research priorities, and build new collaborative, problem-solving networks.
  2. Present research being conducted in the region.
  3. Present successes and challenges for implementing best practices in communities adopting urban/suburban green infrastructure.
  4. Build networks among communities and university faculty for future opportunities.
    • City/County-Researcher-Extension: establish the networks to translate and share applied research to support municipality priorities with support from their local Extension programs.
    • City/County peer-to-peer: allow sharing of lessons learned and best practices that may be adopted in other communities.
    • University researcher / Extension peer-to-peer: establishing research collaborative networks to develop grant proposals, applied research projects.

Summit Structure

  • Keynote address
  • Three working sessions exploring the latest developments in Green Infrastructure followed by small group break-out sessions to identify resources, build partnerships and build solutions. Summit themes include the following:
    • Landscape scale challenges and management – land use planning, floods and floodplain management, climate resiliency, riparian and wetland management, open spaces
    • Traditional GI, LID practices – runoff reduction, water quality treatment practices, urban trees and forests
    • Non-traditional issues – social justice and equity, public health, air quality and heat islands, contaminants of emerging concern, economics, regulations and incentives, outreach efforts.
  • A research and education planning session to develop applied research projects to address needs and opportunities identified at the Summit.

Thank You Host Committee!

 

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The 2019 National Urban Extension Conference

Poster that reads NUEC19 May 2019 Seattle, WashingtonThe National Urban Extension Leaders are proud to present the 2019 National Urban Extension conference, hosted by Washington State University Extension – located in the heart of Downtown Seattle, Washington.

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Join Planning Committee

To join our planning committee, send us an email with ‘NUEC19’ as the subject.

Urban Communities Re-imagined – Kettering Foundation Project

Thursday, September 22, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT.

Webinar slide: Urban Communities-ReimaginedDescription

Framing issues for public work requires authentic and inclusive participation from many representative voices. A multi-region, multi-state project – launching in October 2016 and funded by the Kettering Foundation – is exploring how the framing process itself can increase citizen participation in the deliberative process among under-represented groups, and help build critical relationships to address social justice issues facing many of our urban communities.

The webinar will explore the role Cooperative Extension has historically played in convening community conversations as a change agent. The presenters, project PI Patrick Proden and Co-PI Angela Allen, will then share their vision of a creative and inclusive framing process, and a deliberative dialogue component, leading to the creation of an urban issues guide which can be utilized in communities across the country to encourage personal and societal transformation. The project seeks to interweave the traditional strengths of the liberal arts, the values of civic inquiry and reflection, and the practical work of sustaining and supporting our communities and ourselves.

Slides

Presentation Slides (.pdf)

Recording

Presenter Bios

patrick proden headshotPatrick Proden
Phone: 503-821-1113
Email: patrick.proden@oregonstate.edu

Patrick Proden serves as the  Oregon State University Outreach and Engagement Regional Administrator for the Metro region in Portland, Oregon. Prior to his Regional Administrator position, Patrick served as Country Director for the U.S. Peace Corps in Tanzania.

Patrick is currently involved in two civic engagement Kettering Foundation projects as a partner and Oregon State University representative in the ‘Rural Issues’ project and is leading the ‘Urban Communities-Urban Reimagined’ project as PI launched in October, 2016 in partnership with UW-Wisconsin.  He serves as Chair to the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) and as an advisory board member for the Western Center for Metropolitan and Applied Research.

Throughout his career, Patrick has held several leadership positions as a Director of International Programs, Director of Operations, and Senior Program Officer, where he provided vision and leadership for high volume, high impact, community development programs both domestically and internationally.

Patrick is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. in Anthropology and earned an M.A in Education from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland.

In his spare time, Patrick enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and enjoys outdoor pursuits such as mountain climbing and cycling.

Angela AllenAngela Allen Ph.D.
Email: Angela.allen@ces.uwex.edu
Phone: 414-256-4630

Dr. Angela Allen leads the Milwaukee County UW-Extension Community, Natural Resources & Economic Development (CNRED) Program where she is also an educator and a faculty member.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Allen is locally and nationally known for developing educational programs which have earned her both the 2016 Wisconsin Extension Environmental and the Community Development Association Outstanding Early Career Award. Education has been central to Angela’s community development work, where she emphasizes local engagement and capacity building, as well as community-institutional partnerships. Her CNRED Educator role utilizes her 20 years of experience, and provides the right environment to support transformative community change.

Dr. Allen worked in community revitalization & engagement consulting work from 2010 to 2013 in Detroit, where she was named as the first district commissioner to the Detroit City Planning Commission. Her efforts helped her community after win a $500,000 ArtPlace America grant in 2014 – the neighborhoods first major grant award in over 25 years.

Dr. Allen is currently developing new programs that integrate strategic planning, collective impact, network weaving, public deliberation, digital storytelling and complex adaptive systems change.

Leadership in the City

Thursday, September 19, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT.

Leadership in the city SlideDescription

The ability of Extension professionals to serve as leaders in the city is essential for linking the Extension mission with the unique aspects of metropolitan communities. This webinar provides an introduction to Leadership in the City, a competency-based curriculum designed to develop Extension professionals’ competencies in entrepreneurial leadership, entrepreneurial networking, and entrepreneurial innovation. Areas of focus include understanding the city leadership context for Land-Grant University/Extension professionals; developing a strategic partnership network and relationship management system; and advancing innovation and management focused on essential city leadership priorities.

Slides

Presentation Slides (.pdf)

Recording

 

Presenter Bio

Julie Fox, OSUJulie M. Fox, Ph.D.
Phone: (740) 289-2071 x 225
Email: fox.264@osu.edu

As an Associate Professor with the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Julie serves as the OSU Extension in the City Program Leader, Central Region Extension Director, and Associate Chair for the Department of Extension.  Working with OSU since 1998, she holds a Ph.D. in Human and Community Resource Development and a MBA in Global Management.

Her background includes working in Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Prior to working with OSU, she served as the executive director for an international trade association and a marketing manager for a worldwide nonprofit organization.

Reaching Urban Veterans through Urban Horticulture

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT.

Description

Rutgers Veterans Environmental Technology and Solutions (RVETS)Rutgers slide provides a structured learning environment to introduce unemployed or underemployed US military veterans to urban agriculture, aquaponics and organic land care as career options. RVETS also encourages veterans to become business owners in their community through entrepreneurship training in collaboration with the Rutgers-Newark School of Business.

RVETS provides over 1000 hours of training to 10-15 veterans over the course Logo: RUTGERS V.E.T.S.of 6 months along with an hourly stipend. Trainees work in county parks, community gardens and greening projects, and school gardens. Food from the gardens and greenhouses tended by RVETS is donated to a local soup kitchen.

Learn about the development and operations of RVETS from program co-founder Jan Zientek. Jan, the acting Agricultural Agent and County Extension Department Head for Essex County began formally working with veterans in 2008 at the VA Hospital in East Orange, New Jersey, where he created a garden training program which was integrated into the VA Compensated Work Therapy program. Jan will share how RVETS evolved, and strategies for creating partnerships and serving veterans in other urban communities.

Slides

Presentation Slides (.pdf)

Recording

Presenter Bio

Jan Zientek HeadshotJan Zientek
Phone: 973-228-3179
Email: zientek@njaes.rutgers.edu

Since 2001, Jan has been the director of Rutgers Urban Gardening, a community gardening program active in Newark and surrounding communities of Essex County since 1978. Jan graduated Cook College (now Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences) with a degree in Conservation Ecology. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador (1985-88), where he worked with local farmers to improve farm sustainability through agro-forestry practices. He completed a MS in Environmental Sociology at the University of Washington where his research examined rural communities’ response to scientific experts managing an environmental program (the land application of biosolids).

Jan has been involved in community development and environmental justice issues throughout his career and this experience has informed his work in Rutgers Cooperative Extension. It was his role as manager of the Rutgers Master Gardener that created the opportunity to offer horticultural training to veterans at the VA/East Orange in 2008 when a Rutgers Master Gardener (a veteran) asked to start a community garden at the hospital. In 2010, he worked with Dr. Amy Rowe to expand the veteran training program to include water quality and storm water management techniques, a program which evolved to become the Rutgers VETS program in 2014.

Competency in the City

Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT.

Competency in the city FlyerDescription

Complexity and diversity in large cities requires Extension professionals to develop specific competencies. While the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other personal characteristics are similar to those reflected in all geographic settings, influences in the large cities intensify the degree to which personnel apply related competencies such as cultural competence, managing multiple resources, and communication to reach a larger and more diverse audience.

In this webinar, Julie Fox will share results of a competency study on the unique aspects of serving the Extension mission in urban communities. As a result of competency identification, Extension leaders can use the findings to improve Extension’s ability to attract, develop, retain, and structure competent talent. Julie will also provide an update from the National Urban Leaders Network (NULN) Professional Development action committee as they work to establish best practices for developing the capacity and competency of urban Extension educators, specialists, and administrators working with multi-stakeholder agendas.

Slides

Presentation Slides (.pdf)

Recording

Presenter Bio

Julie Fox OSU

Julie M. Fox, Ph.D.
Email: fox.264@osu.edu
Phone:  740-289-2071 x 225

As an Associate Professor with the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Julie serves as the OSU Extension in the City Program Leader, Central Region Extension Director, and Associate Chair for the Department of Extension.  Working with OSU since 1998, she holds a Ph.D. in Human and Community Resource Development and a MBA in Global Management.  Her background includes working in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Prior to working with OSU, she served as the executive director for an international trade association and a marketing manager for a worldwide nonprofit organization.

National Urban Extension Leaders – NUEL 101

Thursday, April 28, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT.

NUEL logoDescription

NUEL began in 2013 as a grass-roots effort from a group of passionate and committed urban Extension educators with the mission to  advocate and advance the strategic importance and long-term value of urban Extension activities by being relevant locally, responsive statewide, and recognized nationally.

NUEL is geared towards creating a network for collective impact currently with active participation from 23 states. NUEL is passionate and committed to moving urban Extension forward realizing each state in the Cooperative Extension System is different and may have diverse ideas, strategies of what urban represents, and how their goals are accomplished.

This webinar will cover the NUEL structure, goals, engagement benefits, and action team initiatives underway, strategies for involvement and networking opportunities. In essence, our goal is to share everything you ever wanted to know about NUEL and to encourage your involvement.

By engaging in the webinar you will have an opportunity to become a voice for urban Extension and offer perspective as this national effort continues to progress.

Slides

Presentation Slides (.pdf)

Recording

 

Presenter Bios

patrick proden headshotPatrick Proden
Phone: 503-821-1113
Email: patrick.proden@oregonstate.edu

Patrick Proden serves as the  Oregon State University Outreach and Engagement Regional Administrator for the Metro region in Portland, Oregon. Prior to his Regional Administrator position, Patrick served as Country Director for the U.S. Peace Corps in Tanzania.

Patrick is currently involved in two civic engagement Kettering Foundation projects as a partner and Oregon State University representative in the ‘Rural Issues’ project and is leading the ‘Urban Communities-Urban Reimagined’ project as PI launched in October, 2016 in partnership with UW-Wisconsin.  He serves as Chair to the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) and as an advisory board member for the Western Center for Metropolitan and Applied Research.

Throughout his career, Patrick has held several leadership positions as a Director of International Programs, Director of Operations, and Senior Program Officer, where he provided vision and leadership for high volume, high impact, community development programs both domestically and internationally.

Patrick is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. in Anthropology and earned an M.A in Education from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland.

In his spare time, Patrick enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and enjoys outdoor pursuits such as mountain climbing and cycling.

 

Angela AllenAngela Allen Ph.D.
Email: Angela.allen@ces.uwex.edu
Phone: 414-256-4630

Dr. Angela Allen leads the Milwaukee County UW-Extension Community, Natural Resources & Economic Development (CNRED) Program where she is also an educator and a faculty member.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Allen is locally and nationally known for developing educational programs which have earned her both the 2016 Wisconsin Extension Environmental and the Community Development Association Outstanding Early Career Award. Education has been central to Angela’s community development work, where she emphasizes local engagement and capacity building, as well as community-institutional partnerships. Her CNRED Educator role utilizes her 20 years of experience, and provides the right environment to support transformative community change.

Dr. Allen worked in community revitalization & engagement consulting work from 2010 to 2013 in Detroit, where she was named as the first district commissioner to the Detroit City Planning Commission. Her efforts helped her community after win a $500,000 ArtPlace America grant in 2014 – the neighborhoods first major grant award in over 25 years.

Dr. Allen is currently developing new programs that integrate strategic planning, collective impact, network weaving, public deliberation, digital storytelling and complex adaptive systems change.

Literature Database for Metropolitan Extension

WCMER research fellow Marie Ruemenapp conducted an extensive search of existing published literature relevant to metropolitan extension.  Her methodology and results are outlined below along with how this database (an EndNote database was created) will be accessible in the future and how you may use it to conduct additional research. You can view her webinar on this work.

Methodology

Searched for literature since 2000

Conducted Nested Boolean searches:

  • “Cooperative Extension” AND (“Urban OR “Metro)
  • “University Extension” AND (“Urban OR “Metro)
  • Additional terms searched, only included new items found

Search Indexes used:

  • ProQuest – particular attention to ERIC and dissertations.
    ProQuest Research Library contains over 2,000 periodicals in the following areas: Arts, Business, Children, Education, General Interest, Health, Humanities, International, Law, Military, Multicultural, Psychology, Sciences, Social Sciences, and Women’s Interests. One of the two search indexes that searches the Journal of Extension and into includes (ERIC) Education Resources Information Center. ERIC blends two files: Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE), covering the published journal literature from over 775 periodicals and Resources in Education (RIE), covering other research document literature, such as conference papers, books, theses, and research reports.
  • OCLC/First Search – particular attention to ERIC and WorldCat
    Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) or First Search is a broad base search engine that searches books, manuscripts, computer data files, maps, computer programs, musical scores, films and slides, newspapers, journals, sound recordings magazines, and videotapes in education, communicative sciences, social work, human development, and family studies. It is the other search index that searches the JOE and ERIC, and I was especially interested in WorldCat. It containing more than 35 million records in library holdings around the world.
  • EBSCO Host – particular attention to AGRICOLA and Urban Abstracts
    Is a broad based search engine searching many resource databases for communication, computer, gender studies, nursing, sports, religion and environmental sciences, including a broad set of agricultural and biological sciences through AGRICOLA (AGRICultural OnLine Access) and Urban Studies Abstracts that focus on planning and design and sociology subjects.
  • Web of Science – particular attention to CAB Abstracts and Social Science Citation Index
    Includes the Institute for Scientific Information Citation Indexes, CAB Abstracts, Social Science Citation Index (SSCI). These search indexes search medical, biological, agricultural, animal and environmental sciences, geography, communicative sciences, international development, food and nutrition, social sciences, human development and family studies.
  • Google Scholar
    Is a broad based search engine that provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. This tool searches across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations.

Results

The searches produced 2,357 literature citations.  362 of them were duplicates, leaving 1995 unique citations

These articles were organized into themes (folders in EndNote Database)

  • General Reference Materials
    • Historical materials about Extension related to working in urban/metro
    • General information about Extension’s urban/metro work
    • University Extension, outreach, partnerships, community centers
    • Information about Extension/non-profit community and economic development, and other general community building work in urban/metro
    • Any references that are not specifically program focused
  • Agriculture/Food Systems
    • Urban ag, gardens, Master Gardeners and food systems
  • Natural Resources
    • Water quality, SeaGrant, urban insects and pests (squirrelsJ), etc.
  • Health, Nutrition and Families
    • SNAP, EFNEP, nutrition, childcare, health, wellness, etc.
  • 4-H/Youth Development
    • 4-H, youth, anything about children
  • Community and Economic Development
    • Community development, economic development, land use

What’s next?

Accessibility: WCMER is currently researching how to make the EndNote Database openly accessible for broad use.  Please check back for updates

Further Research: No assessment of the quality of the resources were made at this time.  This applied work was only to collect existing resources.  The WCMER is looking for fellows to conduct further research utilizing this database for scholarly products such as review articles or meta-analyses on specific subjects (e.g. urban food systems, engaging millennials, etc).

If you are interested in conducting such research as a WCMER fellow, please contact the WCMER director Brad Gaolach (gaolach@wsu.edu)

WSU’s Metropolitan Center for Applied Research & Extension

Thursday, Mar 31, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT.

Everett transit Description

In 2009 WSU King County Extension’s plans to transform a 40-person county extension office into a metropolitan research center came to an abrupt halt. King County, reeling from the recession, slashed funding to WSU by almost 90%, eliminating nearly all Extension programming in Washington’s most populous county. Despite the extraordinary challenge, WSU maintained its long term vision, supported remaining programs and, in 2015, launched the Metropolitan Center for Applied Research and Extension. Join WSU Metropolitan Center Director, Dr. Brad Gaolach, as he describes this journey, how it strengthened WSU’s resolve to transform Extension in the metropolitan region, and how it adds value to county extension offices and the university as a whole. The webinar will be followed by Q&A with the presenter.

Slides

Presentation Slides (.pdf)

Presenter Bio

Brad Gaolach, Ph.D.Brad Gaolach, Ph.D.
Phone: 425-405-1734
Email: gaolach@wsu.edu

Dr. Brad Gaolach is an Associate Professor, Washington State University Extension working on community sustainability in Washington’s metropolitan communities. He is the founding director for both WSU’s Metropolitan Center for Applied Research & Extension and the Western Center for Metropolitan Research and Extension.

Prior to his current appointment, he served as the County Director for the two most populous counties in Washington State. Trained as population and community ecologist, he brings systems and sustainability based approaches to community-based applied research and education programs. He has conducted applied research and developed extension programs ranging from water quality, climate change, agriculture, food systems, and community and economic development. Since joining WSU Extension in 2001, Dr. Gaolach has emphasized collaboration amongst the assets of WSU and community-based partners.

Florida’s Urban Extension Strategic Plan

Thursday Feb 25, 2016 12-1 pm PDT.

Florida's Urban Extension Strategic Plan 2016Description

Taking a bold step toward active and deliberate engagement of the state’s urban regions, University of Florida’s Strategic Plan for Urban Extension Initiative is organized to use an adaptive management approach that promotes flexible, adjustable decision-making in the face of uncertainty as outcomes from the initiatives actions and other events become better understood. A snapshot of plan components, alternatives for action and our early steps in initiation will be discussed.

This webinar will discuss how a two year planning process resulted in the adoption of the plan and where IFAS is in the implementation phase.

Slides

Presentation Slides (.pdf)
Urban Extension Strategic Plan (.pdf)
Final Briefing Document (.pdf)

Recording

 

Presenter Bio

Charlie Vavrina HeadshotCharlie Vavrina
Email: csv@ifas.ufl.edu

Dr. Vavrina is the product of three land-grant universities.  In his academic career he served as a Vegetable Extension Specialist at both the University of Georgia and UF attaining the rank of professor in 2002.  He transitioned to Extension administration that same year to oversee 11 counties as one of Florida’s five District Extension Directors.  His predominately coastal district in SW FL includes the Tampa-St. Pete corridor and encompasses 5.2 million people.  His passion for urban Extension began in the mid 90’s with the realization that FL’s burgeoning population would soon position it as one of the most populace states in the US (presently 3rd).  He has championed the urban Extension movement in FL, the southeast though the Southern Region Program Leadership Network as the  Middle Managers Urban Task Force Chair and nationally through the National Urban Extension Leaders where he sits on the Steering Committee.  Dr. Vavrina recently retired but continues to champion urban Extension when and where he is asked.