Upcoming Webinar: EPA Sustainable & Healthy Communities

Upcoming Webinar: EPA Sustainable & Healthy Communities

EPA & mySidewalk
Tuesday December 13, 2016

The U.S. EPA Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Seminar Series Proudly Presents: Decide with Data—Strengthen Your Sustainability Efforts

Presented by mySidewalk’s Stephen Hardy and the South Florida Regional Council’s Dr. Keren Bolter (biographies below).

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST

About this Webinar:

Strong, sustainable communities start with great decisions—and all good decisions are rooted in data. As people who plan, manage, and shape the cities we live in, where our decisions come from and how they’re made matters. But there’s a problem: This type of insight is notoriously difficult to access, analyze, and share.

Join Stephen Hardy from mySidewalk and Dr. Keren Bolter from the South Florida Regional Planning Council to learn how local leaders everywhere are tackling this great data dilemma. From making sense of it to applying it to unique local problems, they’ll discuss specific use cases to illustrate how anyone can utilize both
local and federal data to build stronger communities.

During this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How technology is influencing the way cities think about sustainability and make decisions

  • Tools and techniques to efficiently manage data collection and visualization

  • How data can be used to tell a community’s story and connect people to places

  • How other communities are finding sustainable solutions using data

This webinar is free to attend and open to anyone who is interested.

About the presenters:

Stephen Hardy, CEO at mySidewalk
Stephen Hardy is the CEO of mySidewalk—a technology company using spatial data to improve community decision-making in 180 cities across the country. This year, Stephen spearheaded mySidewalk’s participation in The Opportunity Project, a White House initiative promoting accessible data for everyone—something Stephen firmly believes in. Stephen is responsible for providing the strategic vision for the entire mySidewalk team and making sure anyone can find value using data. Before mySidewalk, Stephen worked at BNIM as the director of planning. In that role, Stephen developed BNIM's sustainable community planning practice where he became a highly sought expert for cities rebuilding after disasters. He has also worked for Senator Jerry Moran and The Conservation Fund. Stephen is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners, holds a LEED AP credential, and is a graduate of Harvard's School of Design.

Dr. Keren Bolter, Policy Analyst at the Southeast Florida Regional Planning Council

Dr. Keren Prize Bolter leads climate change and resilience initiatives for the South Florida Regional Planning Council. Dr. Bolter has presented her models and research at TEDx Miami and on national TV stations including NBC, the History Channel, and the Weather Channel. Dr. Bolter will be featured showing her models to Jack Black on the November 2nd episode of National Geographic’s Emmy award-winning documentary series Years of Living Dangerously. Dr. Bolter’s success lies with her inner drive to increase awareness on environmental impacts in a positive way, which inspires a call to action. Dr. Bolter’s background in climate research utilizes GIS modelling of LIDAR elevation, storm surge, and groundwater. Her analyses overlay health and socioeconomic data to determine the consequences of climate-related shocks and stressors. She has managed and collaborated on several projects, including projects on Adaptation Action Areas and Building Coastal Flood Hazard Resiliency in Florida’s Regional Planning Communities. She is also currently spearheading the development of the Southeast Florida DataCommon, a collaborative effort featuring interactive platforms and learning environments where a myriad of organizations contribute data, create visualizations, and access the data of others to improve outcomes in their planning and program areas. She has M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Florida Atlantic University in Environmental Science and Geosciences and a B.S. in engineering from Tufts University

Posted December 8, 2016

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