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Sustainability Goals for UMore Park: A Public Forum


Thursday, April 7, 2011
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., formal program at 5:45 p.m.

Rosemount Community Center, 13885 South Robert Trail, Rosemount, MN  

More than 150 people attended the April 7 public forum to learn more about the goals for sustainability for the future community at UMore Park and to share ideas. The forum began with a brief presentation to highlight sustainability linkages to health, sense of community, culture, job creation, energy, water and the landscape. Following a brief presentation, attendees were asked to contribute ideas and aspirations for the future on a variety of topics during an informal “open house” session.


5:30              Refreshments      
5:45              Welcome and introduction - Carla Carlson, Vice President for Operations,
                    UMore Development LLC                  
5:50              Sustainable possibilities for community development - Greg Searle, Executive
                    Director, BioRegional North America (BioRegional is an international
                    sustainable community facilitator) 
6:00              Brief summaries on key areas of sustainability

- Rich Strong, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Sustainable
  Building Research
- Scott Bradley, Director, Context Sensitive Solutions, Minnesota
  Department of Transportation
- Ron Thomas, President, Dakota County Technical College
- Dan Schultz, Director, Parks and Recreation, City of Rosemount
- Dan Bodette, Principal, School of Environmental Studies, ISD 196

6:20              Question and answer                     
6:35              Interactive Open House: Time for informal conversation with resource people
                    in 10 topical areas and contribution of ideas                 
7:30              Public Forum concludes                                                   


Sustainability and UMore Park
The University envisions a new community at UMore Park that is sustainable in every way—environmentally, socially, and economically. In partnership with international nonprofit, BioRegional, the University seeks to identify the goals and performance standards for sustainability at UMore Park and an action plan to achieve those goals. BioRegional maintains the One Planet Community program, which is an independent endorsement and internationally recognized sign of the highest achievement in sustainable design and operation.

What is a One Planet Community?
The concept behind the One Planet Community is that individuals and communities consume only as much as our planet can renew or absorb. Globally, communities and individuals consume resources and pollute the planet at a level fifty percent higher than the earth can renew or absorb. If everyone in the world consumed as many natural resources as the average person in North America, we’d need more than five planets to support us. The One Planet approach pairs an efficient, well-planned built environment with lifestyle alternatives to achieve sustainable use of the resources on our planet.

See a map of One Planet Communities around the world.

The Ten Principles of a One Planet Community are:

  • Zero Carbon—making buildings more energy efficient and delivering all energy with renewable technologies;
  • Zero Waste—reducing waste, reusing where possible, and ultimately zero waste to landfill;
  • Sustainable Transport—encouraging low carbon modes of transport to reduce emissions;
  • Sustainable Materials—using sustainable and healthy products, such as those with low embodied energy, sourced locally, made from renewable resources;
  • Local & Sustainable Foods—choosing low impact, local and seasonal and organic diets and reducing food waste;
  • Sustainable Water—using water more efficiently in buildings and in the products we buy; tackling local flooding and water course pollution;
  • Land Use & Wildlife—protecting and restoring existing biodiversity and natural habitats through appropriate land use and integration into the built environment;
  • Culture & Heritage—reviving local identity and wisdom, supporting and participating in the arts;
  • Equity & Local Economy—creating bioregional economies that support fair employment, inclusive communities and international fair trade;
  • Health & Happiness—encouraging active, sociable and meaningful lives to promote good health and well-being;

For more information on the public forum, contact or 612-626-3976