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Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit 2020 Submissions Application
The Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit brings together businesses, government representatives, experts, non-profits and ordinary citizens committed to building a more environmentally sustainable and economically vibrant region. Each year, we seek to widen the table for discussion around the issue of environmental sustainability by facilitating thoughtful discussion, sharing best practices, celebrating the work that is currently being done in sustainability throughout the Midwest and identifying areas for future regional collaboration.

This year, the summit will be held on Friday, May 1, 2020 at the Xavier University Cintas Center.

In 2020, we are excited to explore the theme “Cities of the Future: Becoming a Regenerative Region.” Collectively, we will imagine how cities can become regenerative hubs that enhance rather than deplete our natural resources, promote a vibrant, resilient built environment and support healthy, equitable communities. By examining innovative strategies to link rural, urban and suburban communities, we can identify new opportunities to build regions that are both socially and environmentally resilient.

This year, we are excited to feature award-winning urban revitalization strategist and corporate consultant, Majora Carter as our keynote speaker. Founder of Sustainable South Bronx and Green for All, Carter has worked at the intersection of race, place and environment for over two decades. Her work in the South Bronx has transformed a once blighted community into a hub of opportunity and advancement for residents of all backgrounds.

We invite submissions of proposals for panels, workshops and presentations that explore the concept of regenerative regions. Sessions that share insights from peer cities or that highlight opportunities for individuals and communities to advance sustainability are welcomed. Programming is multi-disciplinary; therefore, high quality proposals are invited that align with one of the suggested topics:

• Sustainable Built Environment: Energy, Water & Waste Management
• Vibrant Landscapes: Water, Land Management & Natural Resources
• Connecting the Region: Transportation, Food Systems & Circular Economies
• Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Sustainability
• Collective Impact in Sustainability
• Advancing Sustainability through Legislative or Institutional Policy Change


Submission Guidelines

All submissions should meet the guidelines specified below and be submitted by Friday, December 13 at 11:59 PM EST. Each submission should:
• Align with the theme of the summit and aim to educate and bring value to attendees.
• Include 1-2 “takeaways” or actions that attendees can bring back to their places of work, communities or homes.

Submissions can be in the form of presentations by one or more speakers, moderated panels facilitated in question/answer format or workshops that deliver training or professional development opportunities to attendees.

Submissions should include no more than 4 panelists including the moderator. Name, title and organizational affiliation of all proposed panelists should be included in application. Submissions without a list of proposed panelists will not be considered. Panelists will be granted discounted admission to the full conference.

All submissions should include a 100-word abstract that provides a brief overview of the session, the panel’s connection to the theme, and learning outcomes.

By agreeing to participate in the summit, each speaker consents to the inclusion of their picture and contact information (email and LinkedIn page) in conference app. Additionally, all slides and supplemental handouts will be made available on the conference app.


Planning Timeline

• Sustainable Built Environment: Energy, Water & Waste Management
• Vibrant Landscapes: Water, Land Management & Natural Resources
• Connecting the Region: Transportation, Food Systems & Circular Economies
• Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Sustainability
• Collective Impact in Sustainability
• Advancing Sustainability through Legislative or Institutional Policy Change

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