Nurturing Sustainable Communities From the Ground Up


Exploring people, planet, and profit.

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Join SMSBF on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

SMSBF is excited to announce our next event, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, “Nurturing Sustainable Communities from the Ground Up”. The even will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017.

About the Event

This event will explore the intersection between the physicality of public space; the ways in which we practice commerce and the ways in which we develop diverse and inclusive communities. What does it take to achieve sustainable, healthy communities, so that our environment, business and culture combine to support human flourishing?

“Nurturing Sustainable Communities from the Ground Up” will follow the three tracks of the triple bottom line – people, planet and profit – and will include plenary presentations by subject matter experts; a panel question and answer, and breakout discussions, using a facilitated small group dynamic.

Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the presentations and panel discussions, and then contribute their ideas for achieving sustainable Detroit communities. The topic is especially relevant and important to SE MI businesses (large, small, and start-up), property owners, community groups, developers, municipal governments and other stakeholders concerned about the transformation to healthier communities.

The event will feature City of Detroit Planner Maurice Cox as keynote speaker.

Event Agenda

8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Event registration and networking

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Event opening

Keynote address by Maurice Cox, City of Detroit Planning Director


“Creating Planet Value Within Communities”, Paul Bierman-Lytle, OHM Advisors

“Creating Profit Value with Access to All”, Phil Cooke, SJ, University of Detroit-Mercy, Center for Social Entrepreneurship

“Creating People Value by Connecting Community and Nature”, Rich Harrison, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Lunch served by Roberts Riverwalk Hotel and Local Food Source

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

“Rapid Fire Panel Discussion” with Stakeholder Representatives an Attendees

“Small Group Dynamic” Table Top Discussions and Feedback from attendees

Wrap-up and closing


Click here to learn more about the speakers and their presentations.

Event Registration

Register today to attend Nurturing Sustainable Communities From the Ground Up. There are two registration levels to choose from:

  • Registering under General Admission entitles you to all-day attendance at the event.


About the Location

The Roberts Riverwalk Hotel, Detroit is situated along the shore of the beautiful Detroit River and the wonderfully restored RiverWalk greenway that runs along it. This boutique hotel, formerly a historic Parke-Davis laboratory, is an outstanding example of how well public-private partnerships are working to revitalize the Downtown Detroit community.

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Meet the Event Committee

Check out the diverse organizations that have come together to help plan this incredible event. Click here to meet the Event Committee.