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GrowSmart Maine Annual Meeting: Smart Growth Builds Wellness

  • Pepperell Mill Biddeford, ME (map)

Smart Growth Builds Wellness

Sparking a new dialogue to align planning and development with personal, community & global health

Host cities: Biddeford and Saco

sessions held in the
Pepperell Mill, Biddeford, ME
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Renewed understanding and research on the importance of physical, mental and social well-being are emphasizing the connection between personal, community and planet health and land use planning.  Join us to hear from and engage with national and local leaders …

Zoe Reich Margarites – VP, Market Solutions, International Well
Building Institute

Christopher Coes – VP, Land Use and Development, Smart Growth America

 … on bridging these connections for Maine people and communities. By collaborating we can start to address how environments are structured at a personal, community and worldwide scale to make the places we live healthy, prosperous, inclusive and resilient.  We will also be presenting GrowSmart Maine’s 2019 Smart Growth Awards.

Program details are available on the Summit event page.


Link to Register.



8:00a  Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:30a  GrowSmart Maine Welcome & Annual Meeting
Current GrowSmart Maine members vote on board nominees.

9:00a  Featured Presentations: Smart Growth Builds Wellness

11:00a Break Out Sessions

  1. Equity, Access, and Connectivity: Common Threads in Transportation and Broadband Infrastructure

  2. Municipal Housing Took Kit: Housing for healthy communities

  3. What Role can Health Systems Play in Fostering a Built Environment that Supports Health in the Era of Climate Change

  4. Food Insecurity and Sustainable Food Waste Systems

12:00p Unlunch at Saco and Biddeford Restaurants

1:00p  Biddeford/Saco Experience Sessions

  1. Riverwalk- Building a Healthy Downtown

  2. Discover Biddeford’s Food Eco-System

  3. Solar Energy of Pepperell Mill and Maine

  4. Growing Community Through the Arts: Greater Health through Social Cohesion- Cultural Tour of Biddeford

  5. What’s the Scoop with Saco?- Main Street, Downtown Projects, and What Ice Cream Has to Do With it

  6. Saco Moving Forward with Smart Growth

3:00p  Journalism, Truth and Healthy Communities
Healthy people, healthy businesses, healthy governments — healthy communities — are all best informed and engaged by independent community journalists who examine school budgets, expose scandals, question practices and politics, scrutinize environmental practices, who champion good and who dare to challenge fear and falsehoods.

The work we do in our newsrooms enhances community life, it exposes mental and social health care problems and brings solutions forward, it relentlessly exposes overspending in our governments, and highlights the great people who live and work all around us.  Communities are healthier, more engaged, more resilient and better able to thrive when informed by truth.

3:20p   Maine Smart Growth Awards Celebration
Witness the announcement of the five award winners, including projects and people demonstrating statewide significance in smart growth. Presented by Ethan Boxer-Macomber, Anew Development and GrowSmart Maine Board Chair

3:50p  Speak from Your Seat 
Impressions of the day and next steps

4-5:00p  Reception

Refreshments provided


The Nature Conservancy in Maine
Bangor Savings Bank
Anew Development
Bingham Program
Fathom Companies
J.B. Browns and Sons
SMRT Architects
Maine Housing
Camden National Bank
Maine Magazine
Sewall Foundation


Keep up the good work and thanks for all you do to keep Maine... Maine!
--GrowSmart Maine

GrowSmart Maine · 227 Water St, Suite 215, Augusta, ME 04330-4651, United States

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