The Intermountain Sustainability Summit (ISS) is Utah’s largest sustainability conference and has been held in Ogden, Utah, since 2010. In recent years, the ISS has attracted between 400 to 600 sustainability professionals and emerging leaders from business, government, nonprofit and academic sectors.
The ISS is hosted by Weber State’s Sustainability Practices and Research Center with influence from community partners, business, students and engaged citizens. It was started by a Weber State student as a recycling event in 2009, and formalized (in collaboration with the Utah Recycling Alliance) as the Intermountain Sustainability Summit the following year.
ISS speakers have deepened participant understanding of renewable energy, green buildings, electrification, transportation, climate change, social justice, new economic models and more. Keynotes in recent years have included luminaries such as Mary Robinson, Paul Hawken, Hunter Lovins, Naomi Oreskes, and Nalini Nadkarni.
The ISS main day of events includes keynotes, local and national speakers, the Student Poster Contest, interactive sessions and more. Attendees can also attend longer format workshops for deep dives into specific areas of knowledge in pre and/or post event workshop sessions.
The ISS offers a rich opportunity for people from a variety of sectors to learn, share ideas, and make connections. This event provides time for people to come together. Unique collaborations, projects, and even business plans, have taken root at the ISS.
Those who attend the ISS walk away with an expanded network, as well as an improved capacity to care for our environment, improve living conditions and human health.