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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 a two-day educational opportunity for public- and private-sector leaders who have a common interest in sustainability, resource management and social equity.
In 2014, more than 397 people from 100 different cities in 21 states attended the 7th annual event. Attendees included elected officials, municipal senior management and staff, as well as private-sector business leaders, university administrators, faculty and students, who participated in more than 20 workshops, mobile tours, two keynote luncheons and a networking reception.
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.
Black Hills Energy
Crescent Electric Supply Co.
D.A. Davidson & Co.
DRAW Architecture + Urban Design
Eagle Point Solar
Greater Dubuque Development Corp|
Green Electronics Council
ICMA SunShot Solar
Iowa NSF EPSCoR
Jim Giese Roofing
Kestral Design Group|
Roof Top Sedums
True North Companies
University of Dubuque
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
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."