Growing Sustainable Communities Conference
Features Expanded Workshops and Exhibition

8th Annual Conference Slated Oct. 6-7, 2015

Hosted by the City of Dubuque, Iowa and Sustainable City Network, the Growing Sustainable Communities Conference will be held at the Grand River Center located in the Port of Dubuque at 500 Bell Street (View Map). The 8th annual Conference is two days of education, inspiration and collaboration on topics of interest to anyone who cares about the convergence of economic prosperity, ecological integrity and social/cultural vibrancy in community design and development.

In 2014, approximately 400 people from 100 different cities in 21 states attended the 7th annual event. This year, the conference will feature 30 workshops, two keynote luncheons, a networking reception, three mobile tours and a vendor exhibition. Attendees will include municipal leaders and staff, elected officials, college faculty, administrators and students, business leaders, nonprofits and sustainability managers from both the public and private sectors.

Inspirational Keynote Speakers

GSCC Joe McAndrew, deputy policy director at Transportation for America will deliver the Tuesday luncheon keynote address. Gloria Rubio-Cortes, president of the National Civic League and executive editor of the National Civic Review, will deliver the Wednesday morning plenary address; and Peter Kageyama, author and community development consultant will present the Wednesday luncheon keynote address.

Read more about our keynotes here.

Outstanding Programming

"Last year's conference challenged us to focus more on community resilience and equity, and I'm thrilled to add these topics to our history of addressing cutting-edge technology and community engagement best practices," said Cori Burbach, sustainable community coordinator for the City of Dubuque. "Based on the strength of our lineup, we've added five more workshops and another mobile tour, expanding the duration of the conference from one and a half days to two full days."

This year's conference will include workshop speakers with a wide range of expertise, including representatives from the American Planning Association, the National Association of Counties, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, AARP, the Clean Cities Coalition and businesses such as General Electric, Tarkett, HDR and Flexsteel.

A wide variety of municipal professionals will also be presenting case studies on the sustainability initiatives in their respective communities, including the cities of Grandview, Mo., Madison, Wis., St. Paul, Minn., South Bend, Ind., Lawrence, Kan., Moline, Ill., and the Iowa communities of Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Davenport, Charles City, Ames, Iowa City and Dubuque. Researchers from seven universities and numerous nonprofits will also present their findings.

Topics will include the latest information on resiliency, livability, placemaking, flood mitigation, energy efficiency, stakeholder engagement, historic preservation, waste-to-energy, disaster recovery, green infrastructure, funding sources, affordable housing, renewable energy, social equity, food waste reduction, education and outreach, green procurement, alternative fuel vehicles and sustainability metrics, among others.

Complete workshop descriptions can be found on our programming page.

Thank You 2015 Sponsors!

Presented by the City of Dubuque and Sustainable City Network, the Growing Sustainable Communities Conference is sponsored by Crescent Electric Supply Co. and other corporate sponsors.

AARP | Alliant Energy | ARCSA | ARVA, LLC | Badger Meter | Big Ox Energy
Biobased Spray Systems, LLC | BIOFerm Energy Systems | Bluestem Communications
Borgert Green | CB Solar | Collaborative Communities | Confluence | Conlon Construction Co.
Crescent Electric Supply Co. | Dubuque Bank & Trust | Eagle Point Solar | EcoEngineers
Envision Holdings | EPA Region 7 | Filtrexx Sustainable Technologies | Flexsteel Industries, Inc.
Gronen Properties I Restoration | Gundersen Health System | HBK Engineering | HDR
Horsley Witten Group | IA Economic Development Authority | IA State Revolving Fund | IIW
Iowa Stormwater Education Program | John Deere | Kay Park Recreation | Lightbox Energy
Loras College | Midwest Floating Island | Midwest Renewable Energy Association
Northeast Iowa Community College | Roof Top Sedums | Selser Schaefer Architects
Shive-Hattery | Tarkett North America | Terracon | TH Media | TischlerBise
TrueNorth Companies | Unison Solutions | Suez | University of Dubuque
University of Iowa College of Engineering | University of Wisconsin-Platteville
U.S. DOE Midwest | Waste-to-Energy Lincoln

Rave Reviews

Here's what some of the attendees said about last year's conference:

"This conference was amazing. Very uplifting and empowering."

"I was impressed by the quality of the programming, the speakers, the venue, the food, the hotel accommodations and the overall organization of the conference. Top Notch!"

"This is a good place to meet with others and hear from industry and local government professionals who are working on similar initiatives, and maybe having the same issues. The keynote speakers were worldclass and inspirational. I would highly recommend this conference."

"Besides the information provided in the workshops, plenary speakers and the exhibit hall, fellow attendees were a useful source of information."

"This conference did a great job of combining practical case studies with dream-big sustainability goal-setting conversations. I enjoyed all three of the keynote speakers and enjoyed getting out on one of the field trips, too. Dubuque is an impressive role model!"

"The conference was full of practical information that can be implemented in communities of all sizes. The range of people attending, from students, to private industry, to non-profits, to city employees made for great discussions."

The GSC Conference is one of the most well-run and friendly conferences I have attended. As a presenter, the coordination was amazing. As an attendee the space was comfortable, well marked and easy to navigate. The sessions were professional and I appreciate the effort made to allow us to obtain CEU's."

"One of the best conferences I've attended on sustainability. Valued packed at an affordable price. I will be returning."