By all accounts, the 6th annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference was a huge success! We had 494 attendees who came from 111 different cities in 20 states (and one from Sweden).
Conference attendees were 38 percent governmental, 29 percent educational (students and teachers), 25 percent business people and 7 percent non-profit organizations.
The GSC conference featured more than 25 educational workshops and mobile tours related to sustainability, resource conservation and community engagement. See session descriptions and download speaker presentation slides on our programming page.
Presented by the City of Dubuque and Sustainable City Network, the Growing Sustainable Communities Conference sponsored by Crescent Electric Supply, GE Lighting and other corporate sponsors.
AY McDonald Mfg Co
Black Hills Energy
Blue Sky Solar
Borgert Products, Inc.
Crescent Electric Supply Company
Dubuque Bank & Trust
Eagle Point Solar
Full Circle Organics
GBA Architects & Engineers
Greater Dubuque Development Corporation
Green Electronics Council
Gronen Properties & Restoration
Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction
Jim Giese Commercial Roofing, Inc.
Julien Dubuque Intl. Film Festival
Roof Top Sedums, LLC
Runde Auto Group
Shive-Hattery Architecture & Engineering
True Market Solutions
True North Companies
University of Dubuque
University of Wisconsin - Platteville
Three women who have helped community leaders and some of the world's most successful companies plot a course toward a more sustainable future delivered keynote addresses at the 6th annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference.
Michele Hunt, founder of Vision & Values, a leadership consulting firm based in Washington D.C., shared her thoughts on The Power of Visionary Leadership, which she defines as leaders who put vision and values to work to achieve extraordinary success. Hunt is a strategic advisor on leadership, team and organizational development, cultural transformation and communications. She is known internationally for her work helping leaders develop strong, cohesive leadership teams to enable them to create high-performance, high-energy organizations.
Read more about Michele Hunt.
Deb Frodl is global executive director of ecomagination, General Electric's commitment to imagine and build innovative solutions to today's environmental challenges while driving economic growth. She shared how GE is investing $10 billion in clean-tech research and development and reducing water use by over 45 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30 percent. GE, the third largest company in the world, is currently the number one wind manufacturer and is developing hybrid locomotives, desalination and water reuse solutions. The company has deployed more than 5,000 alternative fuel vehicles and has launched infrastructure solutions including CNG in a Box and Wattstation to support adoption.
Read more about Deb Frodl.
Rebecca Ryan, futurist, author and founder of Next Generation Consulting, presented Cities 3.0: Reflecting, Responding and Redesigning for an Uncertain Future. As we enter a new era in which cities have fewer resources, citizens are uncertain about their future, and people become more "home-oriented," civic leaders must remember what cities are for, and make smart, contemporary choices to endear them to generations to come. In this dynamic presentation, audiences will learn about NGC's extensive research on "Next Cities" - places that have the attributes to become talent magnets - and will help cities gather momentum for "The New Normal."
Read more about Rebecca Ryan.
Here's what some of the attendees said about last year's conference:
"I've attended sustainability-focused conferences from Los Angeles to Cincinnati, and this is one of the best. It is cost-effective, dynamic, and relevant to many different stakeholders, from city government and upper-level elected officials to partners in higher education and business owners."
"This was my first time attending this conference, and I was very impressed with the speakers and presentations. I felt it was highly relevant, inspiring, and a good use of my time."
"The conference provided great insight into many aspects of sustainability and the keynote speakers were exceptional."
"Often when attending conferences, I am pleased if I leave with at least one or two new ideas. I am so glad I took notes at this conference! I could never remember all the ideas gained otherwise. Great conference!"
"It was one of the most useful conferences I've ever attended - no smoke and mirrors, just practical advice and information."
"For me, the keynote speakers expanded the boundaries of the sustainability discussion by making it clear that the movement is about personal values driving community action."
"The conference provided a diverse set of topics on relevant issues all relating to sustainability. All the sessions were highly professional and informative."