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Registration open for "Growing Sustainable Communities" Conference

Dubuque (News Release) -- Dubuque's second annual "Growing Sustainable Communities" conference will be held on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009.  The public is invited to attend the event, sponsored by the City of Dubuque and Alliant Energy, which will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Grand River Center in the Port of Dubuque.  Cost to attend is $20 per person, which includes lunch.

The theme of this year's conference is "Promoting Historic Preservation as Part of the Climate Solution" and will offer insight on creating local and regional policies to promote sustainability through historic preservation. Keynote speakers for the event are Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Roya Stanley, director of the Iowa Office for Energy Independence.  In addition to their individual presentations, both will participate in a question and answer panel discussion.

"In fall 2007, we had the first collective opportunity to hear from national experts about the science of global climate solutions and how cities can implement programs to improve air quality, reduce emissions of pollutants, and integrate planning, building and zoning codes into sustainability strategies, including green design initiatives," said Dubuque Mayor Roy D. Buol. "The second conference builds importantly upon the inaugural event, attended by over 600 elected officials from around the state, local business, church and education leaders, college students and private citizens, and will provide a remarkable opportunity for Dubuque and our region, already proud of its historic gems, to learn more about how historic preservation is a critical element of any sustainability model. We are indeed honored to welcome these national and state leaders to Dubuque to present on innovative, replicable initiatives for community revitalization, sustainable development, and energy independence!"

Registration for Growing Sustainable Communities is required by Wednesday, Feb. 11.  A limited number of student scholarships for the cost of the event are also available.  Online registration and payment, as well as additional information, are available at or by calling 563.589.4110 during business hours.  The event will be a zero-waste event and the lunch menu will feature locally grown food.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

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