2019 USGBC Louisiana's FORWARD Symposium on Sustainability - Call for Speakers Registration
* SUBMISSIONS DUE MAY 31, 2019
* CONFIRMATION OF ACCEPTANCE DUE TO SPEAKER BY JULY 15, 2019
* SUBMIT ONE FORM PER TOPIC
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Theme: Building a Stronger Louisiana by Nurturing the Next Generation of Sustainability Leaders
EVENT OVERVIEW
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) of Louisiana will host the 4th Annual FORWARD Symposium on Sustainability on Friday, October 18, 2019 at Tulane University, Lavin-Bernick Center - 201 Boggs, New Orleans from 7:30am – 4:00pm. The 2018 theme is, Building a Stronger Louisiana by Nurturing the Next Generation of Sustainability Leaders. The event is designed to bring Louisiana's diverse green industry professionals together to propel the state's sustainability conversations forward. Past events have attracted USGBC member and non-member business professionals, environmentalists, architects, educators, nonprofit leaders, and students. The symposium creates a platform where leaders can collaborate and explore what's happening across Louisiana and how, through our collaborative efforts, we can inspire the next generation of leaders and move the state towards a more sustainable, resilient future.
SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES
This form gives individuals the opportunity to submit proposals to speak at the FORWARD Symposium during the following featured events:

* Women in Sustainability Empower (WISE) Breakfast - 7:30 - 9:00 AM. The breakfast is designed to engage the audience in a robust discussion with prominent female-leaders in the field of green building, urban development, community revitalization and/or equity and inclusion. We are seeking a female keynote speaker and/or a high-powered panel comprised of green industry female thought-leaders.

* Educational Sessions - 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. The educational sessions are designed to bring Louisiana's diverse green industry professionals together to learn about the state's sustainability efforts. We welcome solo, co-presenters and panelists who are interested in providing a dynamic presentation on a topic relevant to the growth and attraction of sustainable living. Please Note: Select educational topics will be submitted to the AIA and GBCI for CEU approval.

* Leadership Lunch - 12:00 - 1:30 PM. The leadership lunch provides an opportunity for a keynote-level speaker to address a plenary audience on a relevant green building and sustainability topic.

In light of this year's theme, our focus is to build content around the following areas:

* Large Building Sustainability Strategies
* GREENMATTERS Series aimed at providing short, yet highly informative talks on topics including:
- Sustainable Building Materials
- Plastic Pollution
- Greening New Orleans’ Food Industry
- Throwaway Culture & the Greening of Mardi Gras
- Sustainable Tourism
- Sustainable Vehicle Automation
* The Green New Deal’s Economic & Environmental Impact on Louisiana
* Smart City Transformation: The Road to Building an Intelligent, Sustainable Louisiana
* Educating the Next Generation of Leaders - A Look at Sustainability Curriculums in K-12 & Higher Education
* Community Collaboratives
* Coastal Restoration

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
All submissions will be reviewed and approved by the USGBC of Louisiana Board of Directors. If selected, the speaker will be required to provide a bio (250 word-max), high resolution headshot and social media links. Speakers will also be required to participate in a speaker's preparation conference call 7-14 days before the event and asked to help us promote the event on social media and through other available PR and marketing outlets.
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