Addressing Barriers to Equitable and Regenerative Urban Development

Massive investments in urban development are being made in Minnesota and the Twin Cities region, which presents a unique opportunity to strengthen our communities and make them more resilientJoin Environmental Initiative to discuss barriers and opportunities to changing our approach to urban development so it is both equitable and regenerative.

Urban development—where it happens, how it happens, and what it looks like—has profound impacts on the environment, community resiliency, and people’s ability to thrive. Over the coming decade, we will be making significant investments in remaking our neighborhoods across the Twin Cities region and many parts of the state. Ensuring that those investments restore and support the social, economic, and ecological systems on which we depend, particularly for communities that have historically been marginalized, will require new, more integrated and community-driven approaches to urban development. 

Regenerative development cannot be achieved without equitable development. Yet, our policies and practices designed to achieve better environmental outcomes, such as green design standards, are often applied in isolation from the approaches required to achieve equitable development. Even worse, “green” policies and practices can exacerbate social disparities through displacement and destruction of social infrastructure. What structural barriers must we address to achieve resilient communities through truly equitable and regenerative development? If you are interested in this event, please register now.


12:30 p.m.         Registration & Networking

1:00 p.m.           Welcome

1:30 p.m.            Keynote: Information Coming Soon

2:15 p.m.            Panel: Unpacking Barriers & Opportunities     

3:30 p.m.           Networking Break

3:45 p.m.           Application: How do these concepts apply to your work?       

4:30 p.m.           Adjourn


For help with registration, please contact Rachel Geissinger at 612-334-3388 ext. 8122. In order to request accommodations or for more information on our Policy Forum Series, please contact Lillie Benowitz at 612-334-3388 ext. 8107.