Civil rights legend Andrew Young and former Iowa Governor and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will be featured speakers at the 11th annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference in Dubuque on Oct. 2 and 3.
Ambassador Young is a former U.S. congressman, mayor of Atlanta, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. He and Vilsack will share the stage at the conference's keynote luncheon on the first day of the event. Their presentation will focus on the impact of water quality and quantity on resiliency efforts in communities.
Young and Vilsack will discuss the impacts of flooding on some of the country's most vulnerable populations, the required partnership between urban and agricultural communities in addressing water quality concerns, and the impacts these topics have on community planning.
Dan Burden, director of innovation and inspiration for Blue Zones, LLC, will deliver the luncheon keynote address on Wednesday, Oct. 3, and Dr. Marccus D. Hendricks will speak at the breakfast plenary session on that day.
Burden is a nationally recognized authority on walkable, livable and sustainable communities, complete streets, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs. He has become known for his pioneering work on transforming communities into places for people first; all while still accommodating the car, and not the other way around.
Hendricks will launch day two of the conference by discussing the collision of climate and environmental risks and the human-built environment and how using sustainable development to address these issues has to be anchored in equity and environmental justice.
More than 500 registrants from across the U.S. and Canada attended last year's event, which is co-hosted by the City of Dubuque and Sustainable City Network. Attendees include municipal professionals, urban planners, elected officials, state and federal agency personnel, students and faculty members and facility managers at institutions and private-sector businesses, among others.
The conference is financially supported by Crescent Electric Supply Co., and more than 30 other corporate sponsors, many of whom will be displaying their products and services in the exhibit hall at the conference venue.
Held at the Grand River Center, 500 Bell St., in the Port of Dubuque, the conference will feature more than 30 workshops and mobile tours on topics related to sustainable community development, social vibrancy, climate adaptation, renewable energy, green infrastructure, resource conservation and other sustainability topics.
Workshop presentations will feature case studies of sustainability initiatives in communities large and small. Presenters will include representatives from the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Nebraska Forest Service, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the American Planning Association, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Mid Missouri Solid Waste Management District, the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, the Iowa Department of Human Rights, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the Iowa Flood Center, Green Iowa AmeriCorps, and the Landscape Architecture Foundation.
Presenters from municipal governments will include those from Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Dubuque, Bloomfield, Iowa City, Algona, and Marion, Iowa; Middleton and Madison, Wis.; Fort Collins, Colo.; Brookings, S.D.; Edina, Minn.; Petaluma, Calif.; Polk County, Iowa; and Kane County, Ill.
Representatives from numerous educational institutions and experts from private-sector consulting firms will also speak at the conference.
For registration and full workshop descriptions, visit: https://GSCDubuque.com.
Six workshop sessions will include as many as six concurrent presentations:
Workshop Session 1
Workshop Session 2
Workshop Session 3
Workshop Session 5
Workshop Session 6
(Separate Registration Required)
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