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9th Annual Conference Slated Oct. 4-5, 2016

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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 9th 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.

Click here to view last year's conference program

In 2015, approximately 500 people from 100 different cities in 26 states attended the 8th 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 30 workshops, mobile tours, two keynote luncheons and a networking reception.


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."