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Growing Sustainable Communities Conference
October 3 - October 4
The 9th annual conference included workshop speakers with a wide range of expertise, including representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Wildlife Federation, the Iowa Economic Development Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corp., the New Mexico State Energy Office and businesses such as General Electric, Burns & McDonnell, HDR, Shive-Hattery, and many others.
A wide variety of municipal professionals also presented case studies on the sustainability initiatives in their respective communities, including the cities of Minneapolis, Minn., Montclair, N.J., Cedar Hill, Texas, Phoenix, Ariz., Pittsburgh, Penn., South Bend, Ind., Hobart, Ind., South Sioux City, Neb., Mundelein, Ill., Evanston, Ill., Springfield, Ill. and the Iowa communities of Clinton, Bloomfield, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Dubuque. Researchers from 10 universities and numerous nonprofits also presented their findings.
Topics included the latest information on water & air quality monitoring, developing circular economies, event-based strategic planning, peer-to-peer learning, ethics, city/school partnerships, Municipal Action Plans, energy management, combined heat and power, green building, wood gasification, brownfield redevelopment, deconstruction, resiliency & disaster management, urban agriculture & indoor farming, sustainable infrastructure, stakeholder engagement, certification frameworks, waste-to-energy, green roofs, green infrastructure & stormwater management, embedded technologies & remote monitoring, affordable housing, renewable energy, recycling, reducing emissions, drought mitigation, smart meters, landfill diversion, health & wellness programs, LED lighting, social equity, alternative fuel vehicles and sustainability metrics, among others.
Complete workshop descriptions and downloadable presentation slides can be found on our programming page.