Please note: The 2018 conference will be held October 2 & 3. Programming information and online registration will be available beginning June 1.

To submit a presentation proposal for the 2018 conference, click here.

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 11th 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.

Tentative 2018 Schedule

7:00 AM-9:00 AMExhibitor Set-Up
9:00 AM-10:00 AMRegistration
10:00 AM
11:30 AM
Workshop Session 1: six concurrent workshops
(meeting rooms & exhibit hall)
11:35 AM-12:30 PMLuncheon - Grand Ballroom
12:30 PM-1:15 PMKeynote Address - Grand Ballroom
1:30 PM
2:45 PM
Workshop Session 2: six concurrent workshops
(meeting rooms & exhibit hall)
2:45 PM-3:15 PMRefreshments w/Exhibitors - Browse Exhibits
3:15 PM
4:15 PM
Workshop Session 3: six concurrent workshops
(meeting rooms & exhibit hall)
4:15 PM-5:45 PMNetworking Reception in Exhibit Hall
7:30 AM-8:30 AM Registration & Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
8:45 AM-9:30 AMMorning Plenary - Grand Ballroom
9:45 AM
10:45 AM
Workshop Session 4: six concurrent workshops
(meeting rooms & exhibit hall)
10:45 AM-11:15 AMRefreshments w/Exhibitors - Browse Exhibits
11:15 AM
12:15 PM
Workshop Session 5: six concurrent workshops
(meeting rooms & exhibit hall)
12:15 PM-1:00 PMLuncheon - Grand Ballroom
1:00 PM-2:00 PMKeynote Address - Grand Ballroom
2:00 PM-2:30 PMBrowse Exhibits - Exhibit Hall
2:30 PM
-4:00 PM
Workshop Session 6: three workshops and three mobile tours
(meeting rooms & trolleys)

Click here to view last year's conference program