Hosted by the City of Dubuque, Iowa and Sustainable City Network, the Growing Sustainable Communities Conference - Midwestern Region will be held at the Grand River Center located in the Port of Dubuque at 500 Bell Street (View Map) on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 24 and 25, 2013. The 6th annual Conference is a two-day educational opportunity for municipal professionals, elected officials and business leaders who have a common interest in sustainability. The conference will be held directly preceding the Iowa League of Cities Conference in the same venue. Receive a $60 discount for attending both events.
In 2012, more than 460 people from 81 different cities in 18 states and three countries attended the fifth annual GSCC on Oct. 3. Attendees included elected officials, municipal senior management and staff, as well as private-sector business leaders and area university students. Most attendees also participated in pre-conference workshops, mobile tours and a networking reception the day before the conference.
Conference-goers attended more than 20 educational workshops related to sustainability in water, energy, transportation and community knowledge & engagement.
As of today, the program for this year's event is still in development, but shaping up rapidly. Click here to find the latest updates.
Blue Sky Solar
Eagle Point Solar
Greater Dubuque Development|
Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction
Natl. Mississippi River Museum
Roof Top Sedums, LLC
Runde Auto Group
SCS Engineers |
True Market Solutions
University of Missouri - Kansas City
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Here's what some of the attendees said about last year's conference:
"This is a well-organized conference with a good variety of topics on different aspects of sustainability."
"I'm so proud that such a fantastic conference is happening right here in the Midwest!"
"Best networking experience I have had in years."
"Each session I attended was packed with useful information. The speakers were passionate and had lots of great tips to share. I took lots of notes and will be sharing the ideas widely to directly improve projects in my community. Thanks for putting on such a great event!"
"Great program content with many ideas to bring back to my organization!"
"I made a few FANTASTIC connections with other attendees, which I expect to be valuable in growing our prospective programs."
"Amazing keynote speakers. Useful and important information."
"Excellent opportunity to share experiences and learn with a group of peers from other states and countries. The amazing thing is that we're all working on the same issues but the context is different so sharing our experiences is very helpful when thinking about how to approach sustainable development in the community where I live and work."
"This was a great opportunity to learn about current trends, for creating a more sustainable operation, using real life examples."
"The conference provided practical examples of sustainable efforts from the basics to highly advanced allowing anyone in attendance to take home something of value that can be implemented."
"Very interesting topics and useful information."
"This conference was so helpful for me as an administrator of a campus that I intend to attend annually."