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10th Annual Sustainability Conference coming to Dubuque in October

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DUBUQUE, Iowa – The Growing Sustainable Communities Conference will celebrate its 10th anniversary at the Grand River Center in the Port of Dubuque on Oct. 3-4, 2017. Registration is now open on the conference website at www.GSCDubuque.com.

The Growing Sustainable Communities Conference is the largest and longest-standing sustainability conference in the Midwest, according to City of Dubuque officials who have hosted the conference annually since 2008. Sustainable City Network, a Dubuque-based trade magazine, has co-hosted the event with the City since 2011.

This year’s conference will include workshop speakers with a wide range of expertise, including representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Government Alliance on Race & Equity, the Arbor Day Foundation, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Econservation Institute, Great Plains Institute, Green Iowa AmeriCorps, the Iowa Clean Cities Coalition, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust, the Nature Conservancy, and businesses such as General Electric, HDR, Shive-Hattery, and many others.

Speakers from municipal governments large and small will also present case studies on the sustainability initiatives in their respective communities, exploring large cities along small and mid-sized communities. Researchers from numerous universities and nonprofits will also present their findings.

Workshop topics at this year’s event include tree canopy projects and programs, watershed and storm water management, brownfield redevelopment, solar energy, small-town sustainability, biogas conversion, equity, placemaking, livability, climate action planning, education/community partnerships, mobility planning and design, sustainability tools and frameworks, alternative fuel vehicles, green building and sustainable development, local foods, LED streetlight conversions, affordable housing initiatives, green infrastructure, sustainability metrics, training, and community engagement, among others.

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