Growing Sustainable Communities Conference

GSC 2019

​SAVE THE DATE: October 24-25, 2019



The 12th annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference will be held Oct. 24-25, 2019 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa, and is expected to draw approximately 500 attendees.

Hosted by the City of Dubuque, Iowa, the Growing Sustainable Communities Conference is the largest and longest standing sustainability conference in the Midwest and will be held again this year at the Grand River Center located in the Port of Dubuque at 500 Bell Street. The 12th annual conference will be two days of education, inspiration and collaboration on topics of interest to anyone who cares about creating great towns and cities that stand the test of time.

Inspirational Keynote Speakers


The conference includes two keynote luncheons and a breakfast plenary session.

Outstanding Programming


The conference features workshop speakers with a wide range of expertise, including representatives from federal, state and local governments, along with business and academic leaders from across the country.

The conference features workshop speakers with a wide range of expertise. Speakers from municipal governments large and small also presented case studies on the sustainability initiatives in their respective communities, and researchers from numerous universities and nonprofits also presented their findings.

Workshop topics typically include tree canopy projects and programs, watershed and stormwater management, brownfield redevelopment, solar energy, small-town sustainability, biogas conversion, equity, placemaking, livability, climate action planning, education/community partnerships, mobility planning and design, sustainability tools and frameworks, alternative fuel vehicles, green building and sustainable development, local foods, LED streetlight conversions, affordable housing initiatives, green infrastructure, sustainability metrics, training and community engagement, among others.

Registration will open on approximately June 1, 2019, and programming information will be available then.  Complete workshop descriptions from our 2018 conference, which was held Oct. 2-3, can be found here.

Contact Information


For information on exhibiting and sponsorships, speaking, conference logistics, and more, please contact:

Gina Bell
Sustainable Community Coordinator
City of Dubuque
Phone: 563.690.6038
Email: gbell@cityofdubuque.org

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