Sustainable Urban Design Conference Seeks Collaboration Among Universities, Communities and Corporations

The Sustainable Urban Design Conference will explore ways to improve the sustainable nature of cities, discussing research developments and best practices to reduce environmental impact, decrease energy consumption and ensure long-term economic sustainability.

The half-day conference occurs on Nov. 18 at The University of Texas at Austin.

Besides faculty members from the university, the conference will feature presentations from sustainability and urban planning experts in the corporate and nonprofit worlds.

"The university is most effective when we draw upon expertise from across disciplines," said Sheridan Titman, director of the Energy Management and Innovation Center (EMIC), host of the conference. "Sustainable communities will require innovative thinking in engineering, science, architecture, urban planning, public policy and investment. We're moving to connect those dots in meaningful ways."

Discussion topics and participants include:

Urban planning, land use and vehicle technologies to reduce greenhouse emissions

  • Kara Kockelman, professor and the William J. Murray Jr. Fellow, Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

Urban planning and vehicles

  • Matt Fajkus, assistant professor, School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Peter Stone, associate professor, Department of Computer Science, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Dave Tuttle, research fellow, renewable energy systems, eMobility, technology, The University of Texas at Austin
  • John Viera, director of sustainability, Ford Motor Company

Guadalupe-SaldaƱa net-zero subdivision

  • Michael Gatto, executive director and co-founder, Austin Community Design and Development Center

Low impact subdivisions

  • Steven Moore, director, Graduate Program in Sustainable Design, the Bartlett Cocke Regents Professor in Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Rich MacMath, sustainable design project manager, HDR Inc.
  • Sunshine Mathon, LEED Homes AP design and development director, FoundCom
  • Kelly Weiss, director, Austin Habitat for Humanity

Lunch with keynote

  • Richard Kinkaid, founder of the BeCause Foundation (Former CEO of Equity Office Properties Trust)

The sessions begin at 7:30 a.m. at the ATandT Executive Education and Conference Center. There is no charge, however pre-registration is required.