East Lansing Agenda

Draft Agenda
INSS Annual Conference
April 8-10, 2015
East Lansing, MI Site

This year, in an effort to reduce travel impacts, we are experimenting with a novel hybrid conference model. Several “nodes” are available for participants to gather and engage with us:

UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Oregon State Univ. Cascades, Bend, OR

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
University College London, London, UK

Some sessions will be for local attendees only, but many of the sessions, including the keynote session, will be shared during on-line connections times.

All sites will be exploring the intersection of infrastructure and social sustainability. Through our keynote presentation and the infrastructure sub-themes each site has elected to emphasize, we will consider the ways in which we understand, study, and create linkages between infrastructure and social sustainability.

Thursday, April 9, 2015
(red denotes events simulcast across all sites)
9:00 am Registration
9:30 am

Brunch/introductions/overview of INSS/overview of event

Keynote speaker: Adjo A. Amekudzi-Kennedy, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Tech (all sites)

Infrastructure Investment to Create Enduring and Human-Centered Wealth: A Capital Asset Management Theoretic and Analytical Framework

Viewing the development of towns, cities, nations and regions through the lens of a capital asset management theoretic framework can tell us different stories about the holistic management of capital to create human-centered wealth. This talk presents a capital asset management theoretic framework and analytical model for conceptualizing and evaluating sustainable development. Sustainable development is modeled as a function of an entity’s capital stocks, and the rates of use of these stocks to generate human-centered capital, relative to their rates of regeneration. The framework is applied to selected nations to explore sustainable development risks and opportunities relative to dynamics in human, economic and environmental capital, and to envision infrastructure investment alternatives to create enduring and human-centered wealth.

11.00 am Cross-site shared activities (select one to attend in person or join online):
Bend: Communities of Well-being, Eco-wellness, and Building sustainable mental health systems
Charlotte: Planning for Social Sustainability
Using the premise that social sustainability is most useful as a process rather than a set of objective criteria, several INSS investigators will guide attendees through considering how groups can engage in making and sharing each other’s plans to better understand how different “sustainabilities” across different organizations and interest groups complement and contradict one another. We will have the opportunity to grapple with how to help previously disparate groups begin to internalize each other’s priorities.
Lansing: Sustainability, Transdisciplinarity, and Infrastructure in Detroit
London: Building the Engineering Exchange: experiences and lessons
Phoenix: Six major themes/issues related to social sustainability that we are pursuing at ASU
3.30 pm Michigan-focused presentations
5.00 pm Dinner and MSU tours
Friday, April 10, 2015
(red denotes events simulcast across all sites)
8:00 am Registration
9:00 am Presentation – “Social Sustainability: A Historical Perspective from a Soil Health Biologist”
9.30 am Chicago-focused presentations
11:00 am Cross-site shared events
1:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Environmental Science and Policy – Student Research Seminar
6:00 pm Dinner