Dubuque to Host 6th Annual Sustainability Conference

Visionaries to Headline Sept. 24-25 Event

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Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 9:00 am

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Three women who have helped community leaders and some of the world’s most successful companies plot a course toward a more sustainable future will deliver keynote addresses at the 6th annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference Sept. 24-25 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque.

Michele Hunt, founder of Vision & Values, a leadership consulting firm based in Washington D.C., will share her thoughts on The Power of Visionary Leadership, which she defines as leaders who put vision and values to work to achieve extraordinary success.

Hunt is a strategic advisor on leadership, team and organizational development, cultural transformation and communications. She is known internationally for her work helping leaders develop strong, cohesive leadership teams to enable them to create high-performance, high‐energy organizations. Read more about Michele Hunt.

Rebecca Ryan, futurist, author and founder of Next Generation Consulting, will present Cities 3.0: Reflecting, Responding and Redesigning for an Uncertain Future.

As we enter a new era in which cities have fewer resources, citizens are uncertain about their future, and people become more “home-oriented,” civic leaders must remember what cities are for, and make smart, contemporary choices to endear them to generations to come. In this dynamic presentation, audiences will learn about NGC’s extensive research on “Next Cities” - places that have the attributes to become talent magnets - and will help cities gather momentum for “The New Normal.” Read more about Rebecca Ryan.

Deb Frodl is global executive director of ecomagination, General Electric’s commitment to imagine and build innovative solutions to today’s environmental challenges while driving economic growth.

Learn how GE is investing $10 billion in clean-tech research and development and reducing water use by over 45 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30 percent. GE, the third largest company in the world, is currently the number one wind manufacturer and is developing hybrid locomotives, desalination and water reuse solutions. The company has deployed more than 5,000 alternative fuel vehicles and has launched infrastructure solutions including CNG in a Box and Wattstation to support adoption. Read more about Deb Frodl.

Presented by the City of Dubuque and Sustainable City Network, the Growing Sustainable Communities Conference is intended for community leaders representing local government, business, non-profits, and schools. This year’s event, sponsored by Crescent Electric Supply, GE Lighting and other corporate sponsors, will directly precede the Iowa League of Cities’ annual conference, also at the Grand River Center. Iowa League members who register for the Growing Sustainable Communities Conference will receive a coupon code for $60 off the ILC conference registration fee when registering online prior to Aug. 21.

The GSC conference will feature 25 educational workshops and mobile tours related to sustainability, resource conservation and community engagement. Registration is now open at http://gscdubuque.com. Early-bird pricing is in effect for a limited time.

Complete session descriptions and updates can be found at http://gscdubuque.com/programming.htm.

Workshop topics will include:

  • Creative stakeholder engagement
  • Waste-to-fuel technology
  • Green-business certification
  • Sustainability planning
  • Renewable energy
  • Green building best practices
  • Deconstruction
  • Urban forestry
  • Composting
  • Bike-sharing
  • Green infrastructure
  • Green fleets
  • Lighting retrofits
  • Flood and drought protection
  • Alternative fuel vehicles
  • Sustainability metrics
  • Stormwater management
  • Health and aging
  • Local foods

Connect with the conference on Twitter at #gscDubuque.

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