The Intermountain Sustainability Summit is Utah’s largest sustainability conference and has been held in Ogden, Utah, since 2010. This event attracts between 400 to 600 sustainability professionals and emerging leaders from business, government, nonprofit and academic sectors.
The Summit 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.
Summit 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, and Naomi Oreskes.
Summit events extend for 2 days. Day one includes keynotes, local and national speakers, the Eco Expo, student poster contest, interactive sessions and more. On day two, attendees can attend longer format workshops for deep dives into specific areas of knowledge.
The Summit offers a rich opportunity for people from a variety of sectors to learn, share ideas, and make connections. The Summit provides a time and space where people come together, and unique collaborations, projects, and even business plans, have taken root.
Those who attend the Summit walk away with an expanded network, as well as an improved capacity to care for our environment, improve living conditions and human health.