Registration is Now Open!

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

Register now to attend the largest and longest standing sustainability conference in the Midwest. Now in our 9th year, we are gearing up for our best show ever! With more than 25 workshops, three mobile tours, two keynote luncheons, a breakfast plenary session, a networking reception and dozens of vendors and exhibitors, you'll find take -aways in every hour of this two-day event. Hotel rooms are inexpensive and within walking distance and Dubuque's riverfront is gorgeous when the leaves turn in the fall.

Check out our programming page to read descriptions of this year's workshops, featuring presenters from across the continent who will deliver new research, case studies and the latest best practices to help you plan and implement projects and programs related to economic prosperity, ecologic integrity, social vibrancy, equity and resilience.

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 creating great towns and cities that stand the test of time.

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.


Thank You 2016 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.

Here's a list of the sponsors who have signed on so far. To join them click here.

Advanced Drainage Systems   |   Alliant Energy   |   AWWA   |   BIOFerm Energy Systems
Conlon Construction Co   |   Crescent Electric Supply Company   |   Dubuque Bank & Trust
Dupaco   |   Emerge Knowledge   |   Energize Connecticut   |   Energy Systems Group
FEH Design   |   IIW   |   John Deere   |   Kraus-Anderson   |   Re-TRAC Connect   |   Shive-Hattery
SmartWatt Energy   |   Suez   |   SunPeak Power   |   TH Media   |   TrueNorth Companies
Unison Solutions  |   US DOE Midwest CHP Technical Assistance Partnership   |   Van Meter

Rave Reviews

Here's what some of the attendees said about previous conferences:

"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."