Metro DNA’s semi-annual Stakeholder Convening is an opportunity for partners and friends to get together and network, learn, and co-create collaborative projects. At this gathering we:
- Invite partners to join in the co-creation of a Regional Vision for People + Nature.
- Offer opportunities to engage effectively in the upcoming City Nature Challenge.
- Empower partners to share their work, learn from others, and dream big toward new collaborative projects.
- 9:00 – 11:00 am . Sustainability World Cafe
Part of the University of Denver’s Grand Challenges work, the Environmental Sustainability Cohort invites you to participate in a World Cafe style exploration of collaborative projects around the Metro Denver region to ground and expand their understanding of what is being done, what can be done, and how to measure our collective impact and progress toward shared goals.
- 11:00 am – 12:30 pm . Guided Tours of the Denver Botanic Gardens
Our event host, the Denver Botanic Gardens, invites you to explore the Gardens with their skilled docents. Tour groups of 15 will be departing at 11:00 am and 11:15 am.
- 12:30 – 1:00 pm . Metro DNA Overview + Orientation
New and potential partners are invited to this brief Metro DNA Overview + Orientation. Current partners are also welcome and we encourage you to share your experiences with others.
- 1:00 – 4:00 pm . Metro DNA Convening & Working Session
Facilitated dialog around Metro DNA’s current collaborative projects including the Regional Vision for People + Nature, Nature Narratives, STEW-MAP, and City Nature Challenge. Exploration of potential collaborative projects and next steps!
Learn more and RSVP @ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/metro-dna-convening-tickets-58756749018.
We’ll be there, and think this kind of dialog is just what we need to inform a people-oriented and knowledge-based Regional Vision for People + Nature! 🙂 Dana
Jefferson County Open Space will host the second Front Range Open Space Research Symposium in partnership with Boulder County Parks and Open Space and City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks.
The intent of the Symposium is to help inspire coordination, collaboration, and partnership among scientists and the community. During this event, participants will hear presentations by scientists who have conducted research across the Jefferson County, Boulder County, and City of Boulder open space systems on important land management topics including recreation impacts, flora and fauna surveys, conservation, and riparian biodiversity and restoration.
The Symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19 in the Lakewood Cultural Center. Attendance and parking are free. Parking is limited so carpooling is recommended. You are also encouraged to bring your own reusable coffee cup and/or water bottle to reduce waste.
You can register at this link: https://tinyurl.com/y3kjshz8
We are so excited to celebrate progress building and envision next steps for this tremendous collaboration! Please join us at The Alliance Center next Friday for an afternoon and evening full of programming and partners. Please feel free to come for as long or as short a time as you are able and inspired. Thanks in advance for your RSVP using the Eventbrite links below.
Fri, Dec 7 @ The Alliance Center, 12:30 – 5:00 PM
Metro DNA’s semi-annual Stakeholder Convening is an opportunity for partners and friends to get together and network, learn, and co-create collaborative projects. At this gathering we are:
- Celebrating progress on and envisioning next steps for our first two collaborative projects, Nature Narratives and the Regional Vision for People + Nature;
- Workshopping Metro DNA’s Equity Principles, a statement of our shared commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion that will help shape the character and direction of our alliance; and
- Re-committing to partnership and leadership that will keep our work together thriving in 2019 and for years to come!
Fri, Dec 7 @ The Alliance Center, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Let the networking and collaboration continue as we join manos with the Americas Latino Eco Festival VI for a Green Latinos Tapas + Learn!
The Americas Latino Eco Festival (ALEF) is a Latino-hosted multicultural gathering elevating the voices of communities of color, women in conservation, and cultural leadership by fostering collaboration to better tackle environmental problems from many angles. With programming spanning Thursday, Dec 6 through Sunday, Dec 9 ALEF VI is bringing together artists, environmental leaders, community members, students, and families to connect, learn, and build relationships.
The Spring 2018 issue of the University of Denver Magazine featured Metro DNA as one of several forward-looking sustainability solutions with which DU faculty and students have been engaged.
Susan Daggett, Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute and recipient of the 2018 National Wildlife Federation’s Maggie Fox Award for women’s conservation leadership, began the conversations founding Metro DNA at their annual conference in 2014 when she co-hosted, with the Metropolitan Greenspaces Alliance, a featured track on Conservation in Metropolitan Regions and weekend workshop to envision local collective impact opportunities. Since then, Professor Daggett and other faculty and students have played a crucial role in supporting the alliance’s development, as well as continuing conversations advancing urban social-ecological research in Metro Denver through Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning (CCESL) fellowships and class projects from geography to law.
Issues of sustainability and diversity go hand in hand. Faculty and students are working on solutions.