2023 Speaker Presentations

Below are links to all the Power Point presentations from the 2023 Summit speakers. When you click a button, the presentation will automatically download or open in a new browser window. If you are having any technical difficulties, please email Amy Sohner or call 859-266-1572 for assistance.

Slido Questions

We collected all the questions that were submitted via Slido during each segment of the Summit. Due to time limits for the presenters, we were not able to get to all the excellent questions during the event, but our speakers will be able to answer these questions within this document! When you click the button below, make sure to bookmark this link so you can revisit regularly as more speakers add their responses.

Pre-Conference Workshop | March 7, 1-4pm

Civity: Cultivating Connection Across Differences

The pre-conference workshop was presented by Civity, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting community leaders who want to create a welcoming culture, this workshop will help them build “social muscle” in their community, cultivating relationships of respect, empathy and trust across difference.

Participants took away actionable strategies that are grounded in cross-cutting social science research and can easily be incorporated into existing gatherings. The workshop covered topics such as how to deepen conversations, how to establish authenticity through storytelling and active listening, and how to “put difference on the table.”

Lucy Hancock

Workshop Trainer Info:

Lucy Hancock is an entrepreneur, a Fulbright scholar, a coach, and a trainer/facilitator for Civity. For over a decade she has worked in the world of international higher education where she fostered partnerships abroad, facilitated trainings for intercultural communication, and built relational bridges between local and global communities.

Full Day Conference | March 8, 8am-5pm

Climate Resiliency & Environmental Justice

The Summit focused on how climate change is affecting Kentucky and who is being most affected. There were discussions about actionable steps and potential solutions to create effective change for the environment and our communities. Even a bunch of small changes can have a BIG IMPACT on the Bluegrass. Some of the topics and questions discussed were:

  • Flooding and resiliency in Eastern KY
  • How is Kentucky affected by climate change?
  • How are communities adapting to the effects of climate change?
  • How are they taking steps to mitigate the effects from climate change?
  • Who is most affected by climate change (geographically/demographically)?
  • How are these effects felt? 
  • How can we collaborate to create solutions to climate inequities?

Continuing Education Credit

This year’s Sustainability Summit was approved by Kentucky League of Cities and KY Department for Local Government for 6.5 hours of Outside Training Credit for city elected officials and Fiscal Court members. If you require a Certificate of Conference Attendance to receive said credits, one can be provided by emailing Jenny Duggan or calling 859-266-1572 x 225.

Sustainability Summit 2023 Sponsored by:

UK Sustainability

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