2nd Biennial ISIN Meeting
March 13-16, 2003, Toronto
Measuring Progress Toward Sustainability:
Where We've Been, Where We're Headed
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Agenda Description- March 13-16, 2003
Thursday March 13

9:00 AM - 4:00PM

Pre-meeting Workshops

Two optional, pre-meeting workshops are being offered on topics of interest to ISIN members.

5:30 - 8:30PM   Opening Reception
The ISIN meeting officially begins at 5:30PM Thursday evening, March 13th, with an opening reception at the Toronto Metro Hall, where ISIN members will have a chance to greet old friends and make new ones, catch up on the latest project news or meet face-to-face with people whom they have corresponded with via the ISIN listserv.

Friday March 14

9:00 - 9:45AM  Opening Plenary
The first full day of the conference, on Friday, March 14th, will focus on the use of sustainability indicator at specific scales. The Opening Plenary will feature David Berry, Director of the U.S. Interagency Working Group on Sustainable Development Indicators, who will highlight the tremendous progress made in developing and implementing sustainability indicators at all scales over the last decade. Mr. Berry will challenge the meeting participants to listen and learn from each other and consider how we all can make sustainability indicators more effective in promoting sustainable behaviors and decision-making.

10:00 - 11:45AM  Morning Breakout Sessions
Following the plenary session, several breakout sessions will allow participants to meet with others working on sustainability indicators at the same scale - national, regional (including state or provincial), community, organization/corporate. The discussion in these sessions will focus on the issues faced by those working at a particular scale such as the benefits and audience for sustainability indicators and the most effective processes for developing and using those indicators. For more information about the discussion at each scale, select below
Tracks:    National       Regional       Community       Organization/Corporate

11:45 - 1:15PM

1:15 - 3:00PM  Afternoon Breakout Sessions
The breakout sessions will continue after lunch with different topics and presenters. For details, select below
Tracks:   National       Regional       Community       Organization/Corporate

3:30 - 5:30PM  Additional Breakout Sessions
The final breakout session on Friday afternoon is set aside:
  • For special presentations that did not fit into any one of the 'track' breakout sessions earlier in the day,
  • To allow participants to continue discussions begun in the earlier sessions,
  • To allow new topics to be raised in an Open Space and discussed by interested participants.
  The following presentations/discussion are currently scheduled for this time slot:
  Community Sustainability Reporting: A Survey: Presentations on community sustainability reporting efforts around the world
Moderated by: Lee Hatcher
Presenters: Noel Keough and Monica Pohlmann, Bonnie Prochaska, Sydney Green, Craig Haskins, and Michael Lunn
  Indicators for Benchmarking Community Sustainability
Dean Kubani, Kris Prendergast, Allison Quaid
  Decision Support Tools for Sustainability
Peter Hardi - Dashboard for North American Municipalities
Steve Mullen - Socially Legitimate Approaches to defining Community Performance Indicators
  Sustainability and Environmental Performance Measurement
Chris Paterson
6:30PM  Friday Evening Dinner
Speaker: Stuart Smith: NTREE's Environment and Sustainable Development Indicators Initiative

Saturday March 15 Indicators by themselves do not make a project, program, community, or country sustainable. To be truly effective, the indicators need to be connected both to day-to-day activities and the broad outcomes that are the ultimate goal of sustainability work. Saturday's sessions will focus on how to create linkages between indicators and outcomes and between indicator projects and practitioners at various scales to achieve long-term sustainable social, economic and environmental systems.
9:00 - 10:00AM  Morning Plenary
In the morning's opening plenary, HAZEL HENDERSON - world-renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, author, consultant on sustainable development, and co-founder and developer of the Calvert-Henderson Quality-of-Life Indicators - will speak from her experience on how indicators make a difference in the real world.

10:00 - 11:45AM  Small Group Discussion: Linking Indicators to Actions and Outcomes
Following Henderson's presentation, working in small groups representing a mix of scales, participants will discuss how to create linkages between indicators and both the day-to-day activities and the broad sustainability outcomes that we are trying to encourage.
11:45 - 1:15PM

1:15 - 2:00PM  Afternoon Plenary Panel
Following lunch, several panelists will describe their experience concerning the need for, specific benefits of, and challenges to connections between indicator and indicator programs at different scales. Questions that they will address will include: As a community of people working on sustainability indicators, how can we work together and make connections that will strengthen the work that we all do? What do sustainability indicator projects at various scales need from projects at other scales - what kinds of support, what types of data, what amount of communication is needed? How can we help each other in making the use of sustainability indicators the norm rather than the exception at all scales? To what extent should the indicators used at each scale be connected to indicators at other scales?

2:00 - 3:30PM  Afternoon Small Group Discussion
Following plenary panel presentation, in the same groups as the morning, participants will address a series of questions related to two aspects of the connections between scales:
  • Linkages between projects at different scales - How do we all benefit?
  • Linkages between indicators at different scales - How much and how to?
Specific questions that are sure to be raised and discussed include:
  • How do we need each other - how and why do indicator projects at different scales need or benefit each other?
  • What specific suggestions do you have for people working at a different scale for ways that they could assist your projects or ways that you could assist them?
  • What do the projects at each level have to offer in terms of lessons learned, including whom to involve and how, what and how to communicate to different audiences?
  • What should the role of federal or regional agencies be in support of indicator projects at more local scales?
  • To what extent is it necessary or possible or useful to establish a linked, possibly standardized set of indicators that can be applied at multiple levels (local/single jurisdiction, multi-county, state/province, and federal)?
  • Should national indicator systems provide the model for other scales? Is it meaningful to have national indicators of issues that are largely pertinent at the local level?
  • Should we aim to develop indicator sets so that the indicators can be aggregated from local to national level, and if so how?
4 - 5:30PM  Final Plenary
The afternoon will close with reports back from the small group discussions and with a brief presentation from the ISIN Advisory Board on the future of ISIN and how ISIN members can be involved.

6:30PM  Saturday Evening
Environment Canada is inviting interested Canadian participants to attend a dinner discussion on forming a Community of Practice for Indicator Practitioners in Canada.

Other Participants - Dinner on your own - This is a good time to network with other members or get out and see Toronto.

Sunday March 16, 2003 

9:30AM - 12PM

Work Group Meetings

Sunday morning is set aside for ISIN Work Groups to meet and discuss work to date and future plans. Below are Work Groups that have indicated interest in meeting on Sunday. As more details become available, they will be included here.
  • ISIN Organizational Work Group - meet with members of the ISIN Advisory Board to discuss the future of ISIN based on the comments received during the final plenary on Saturday
  • Indicators of Sustainable Land Use Work Group - in planning
  • National Indicators for the US Work Group - in planning
  • Sustainability Indicators Curriculum Work Group - in planning
The poster session will be open for viewing from 9:30 - 11:00AM
12:00 noon Meeting Adjourns
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