URBAN WATERS PROJECT
Junction Urban Waters/TMACOG
Kari Gerwin is an Environmental Planner at Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG). She is fortunate to have the opportunity to work with diverse stakeholders in planning for long-standing and emerging regional water quality issues including environmental justice, stormwater management, and environmental policy and goal setting with local governments. Kari is a lifelong resident of northwest Ohio and holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and an M.A. in Geography from the University of Toledo.
The Junction Urban Waters project is a partnership of community members and local government with a goal of revitalizing vacant and abandoned parcels into beautiful, useful green spaces. We will share the process of building a strong working relationship between members of the Junction Community and City staff and discuss tools of effective engagement. Participants will apply the community engagement framework to a hypothetical planning and visioning session while offering their own experiences to the collaborative planning process. Participants will benefit from the collective knowledge of the group and will take away next steps for implementing similar programs in their communities.