Sustainability in the City Date TBD

How Spokane is Preparing for a more Resilient Future

334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201

We would like to thank everyone who attended the Sustainability in the City Date TBD event. We sincerely hope that you found it valuable.


We are following the State orders in regards to social distancing and events are postponed/cancelled until further notice. We will send an email with information once the ban on events has been lifted and are able to resume our meetings


Join us as we hear from a panel of local experts working to make Spokane more resilient in the face of a changing climate. In 2019, the Spokane City Council created the Sustainability Action Subcommittee (SAS) for the purpose of updating the City’s 2009 Sustainability Action Plan and to draft the City’s first Climate Action Plan. The SAS is comprised of volunteers from our community with various backgrounds and expertise related to sustainability. The vision for this model is what Spokane City Council President, Breean Beggs, calls the “democratization of policy making”, where policy ideas are vetted by a broad range of local stakeholders and bubble-up into practice rather than being mandated from a single elected official or governing body.

Our panelists are members of the SAS and will be sharing their experience around policy research affecting the built environment, urban planning & land use, and waste reduction. Come learn what the City of Spokane is doing to promote clean energy, conservation, and sustainability within the larger community. This conservation will spark new ideas for attendees to take back into their own organizations and participate in the transition to a cleaner, more sustainable economy.


About our Moderator
  • Kara Odegard, Sustainability Research Analyst for the Spokane City Council: Kara works with local and regional stakeholders to develop policy recommendations that address the impacts of climate change and promote environmental sustainability & conservation.
ABOUT OUR Presentors
  • Breean Beggs, Spokane City Council President: Breean is devoted to advocacy for all people and community reconciliation. He is currently leading efforts to increase housing units in Spokane, promote environmental sustainability, decrease homelessness and crime, and facilitate community conversations on equity and inclusion.
  • Dave Buescher, AIA, Project Manager, Integrus Architecture: Since moving to Spokane in 2010, Dave has served multiple roles in the AIA and has sat on the City of Spokane’s Design Review Board, the Spokane Arts Commission and is currently a member SAS leading the built environment group. This experience has provided him with a broad understanding of and appreciation for the value that the architectural profession can make on the community. Dave has a particular focus on educating the A/E/C industry and the public in how design can promote healthier and more sustainable communities.
  • Spencer Gardner, AICP, Project Planner, Toole Design: Spencer is an experienced data analyst and GIS specialist with years of experience assisting communities with multimodal transportation plans. Spencer has a broad base of knowledge within the fields of urban planning, land use, and transportation. Toole Design is a national transportation planning firm dedicated to supporting innovative streets and dynamic communities.
  • Annie Wissmiller, Sustainability Coordinator, Spokane Indians Baseball: Annie is a recent graduate of Gonzaga with degrees in Environmental Studies and Economics. In 2019, the Spokane Indians became the first minor league ballpark to commit to zero waste. Annie helped to develop this very ambitious program which serves as a model for other businesses within the Inland Northwest and ballparks everywhere.    

RSVP per the OneAEC website by Friday, April 10 to guarantee your spot. Cancellations are refunded up until April 10, after that no refund will be issued. For more information, please contact Terri McRae at

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