MURP Faculty Present at 2015 Western Planner Conference

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August 21, 2015

Laramie, WY – MURP Department Chair Austin Troy and Instructor Ken Schroeppel spoke at the 2015 Western Planner Conference in Laramie, Wyoming, August 18-21, 2015. The conference, hosted by the Wyoming Planning Association, featured 42 sessions all dealing with issues pertaining to the West.

Austin’s presentation, titled “Approaches to Developing Urban Sustainability Metrics and Performance Indicators,” focused on sustainability indicators, performance measures and reporting. Austin discussed major sustainability indicator frameworks and explored the implementation of frameworks specific to cities, using Denver, Barcelona and Seoul as case studies.

Ken gave a joint talk with Trey Sherwood, Executive Director of the Laramie Main Street Alliance, titled “Downtown Growth and Development: Small Town/Big City Trends and Best Practices.” The interactive session focused on best practices, trends, challenges and the future of downtown revitalization. The panel looked at topics including residential development, historic preservation, public engagement, planning for growth, and managing success.