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The Intermountain Sustainability Summit offers two full days of programing, providing resources for those who are making a difference. tracks include Clean Energy, Buildings & Cities, Equity, Climate & Engagement and Zero Waste. offers a choice of half-day or full-day workshops. Choose from a mix of large group presentations and small group discussions. Don’t miss the Meet the Media session if you want to get the word out about your sustainability successes. Want more? Take the tour of Lindquist Hall’s sustainability attributes at the end of Thursday’s events (free, but limited to 30 registrants).

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Mezzanine and Ballrooms

Eco Expo and Student Poster Competition

Mezzanine

Sessions

Clean Energy Track

Driving Clean Energy Through Transportation Electrification

Speaker: Kate Bowman, Utah Clean Energy
Room 320
A meaningful response to climate change requires that we transition to clean energy resources, while also electrifying transportation. Smart policies, incentives, and ambitious electric vehicle adoption targets can be used to achieve dramatic growth in electric transportation while also cutting costs and reshaping our vision of the future.

Buildings & Cities Track

American Attitude Shift

Speakers: Jennifer Roberts, EcoAmerica
Room 321
The increased frequency and severity of storms in the US has helped spur a noticeable shift in views on climate change. Cities and local communities across the nation are changing laws, engaging families, and finding solutions that bring hope and even address issues of equity.

Equity Track

Inclusion and Equity for a Broader Support Base

Speaker: Olivia Juarez, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
Room 404
People of color are increasingly leading grassroots movements for social and environmental justice, yet mainstream environmental nonprofits overwhelmingly lack racial diversity among staff and community support. Attend this session for a look at SUWA’s work organizing Latinx communities to make their work more relevant and accessible to Latinx.

Climate Engagement Track

Attempting the Impossible: Changing Minds on Climate Change

Speaker: Tom Moyer, Citizens' Climate Lobby
Room 316
Political progress on climate change is not only possible, it's happening. Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) and Climate Utah are bringing Republicans and Democrats together to find practical climate solutions. CCL was instrumental in founding of the Congressional Climate Solutions Caucus, and in passing climate legislation in Utah. Learn how.

Zero Waste Track

How to Get Your Organization Landfill Free

Speaker: Sara Andersen, West Liberty Foods
Room 305
West Liberty Foods (WLF) is a food industry sustainability leader. WLF has been designated as a landfill free facility, with less than 1% of waste, from all five facilities, ending up in a landfill. What waste cannot be recycled, reused or composted goes to waste-to-energy incinerators that generate electricity.

Sessions

Clean Energy Track

Meet the Media: Pitch Your Story

Speakers: Greta Belanger deJong, CATALYST; Erica Evans Deseret News; Billy Palmer, KRCL Radio; Megan Olsen, Standard Examiner
Room 312
Meet media representatives, learn how to make a pitch, and then make it! Deseret News, Catalyst Magazine, Standard-Examiner and KRCL radio reps want to hear your story. Come with a 3-minute pitch and your business card. Media representatives will follow up on stories that piqued their interest.

Buildings & Cities Track

Moving the Needle: Innovative Climate Solutions for Communities

Speakers: Tyler Poulson, Salt Lake City; Debbie Lyons, Salt Lake City
Room 321
Past, incremental solutions to climate change have delivered clear benefits, but still haven't notably "moved the needle" on carbon pollution at a community scale. SLC Sustainability staff will describe how the city’s approach to sustainability issues has evolved over time to focus on driving solutions and reducing emissions at scale.

Equity Track

Libraries as Partners for Community Sustainability

Speakers: Amy Brunvand, University of Utah; Andrea Wirth, University of Nevada
Room 404
Are you seeking a partner to amplify your sustainability efforts? Maybe the library can help! Libraries are inherently green with a core mission to share things -- not just books, but also meeting spaces, technology, seeds, tools, toys, and a surprising number of other things that support community resiliency.

Climate & Engagement Track

Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation in the Intermountain Region

Speaker: Natalie Little, USDA Forest Service
Room 316
Learn about the Forest Service – Intermountain Region’s recently published General Technical Report “Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation in the Intermountain Region” and related topics. Participants will have the opportunity to complete a short exercise, converse about and apply information. Learn more at: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/cc.

Zero Waste Track

Food Waste – Its Environmental Impacts & Solutions

Speakers: Morgan Olsen Bowerman, Wasatch Resource Recovery; Dana Williamson, Wasteless Solutions
Room 305
Forty percent of food farmed or produced ends up in our landfills. Food waste rotting in landfills pollutes our environment by releasing harmful methane gas. There are very viable solutions to reduce its impact and several are happening right here in Utah.

Networking Lunch

Ballrooms

Eco Expo and Student Poster Competition

Mezzanine

Sessions

Clean Energy Track

Dirty & Pricey or Clean & Affordable: It's Our Energy Choice

Speakers: Christopher Thomas, Sierra Club; Lindsay Beebe, Sierra Club
Room 320
See the recently released economic report by Energy Strategies, commissioned by the Sierra Club, comparing current Utah renewable energy and coal pricing. We have a choice between paying for a dirtier energy mix and making sustainability goals tougher to reach, or transitioning away from coal and embracing cheaper renewable energy.

Buildings & Cities Track

Field of Dreams: Lessons Learned and Project Open & Zero Carbon for Less

Speakers: Jörg Rügemer, University of UtahChris Parker, Giv Group
Room 321
Learn about building efficient, affordable housing. The Field of Dreams EcoCommunity is a 20-unit housing development in Kearns. Designed by Jörg Rügemer, it is a comprehensive overhaul of the typical Habitat for Humanity code-standard home. Chris Parker will discuss how to build zero-emission multifamily for less than conventional structures.

Equity Track

Increasing Inclusivity in Community Spaces

Speaker: Jessica Kemper, University of Utah
Room 404
Engaging campus community members and growing produce are what the Edible Campus Gardens are best known for. This past year the program focused on improving the inclusivity of our space and program. Learn about steps taken to achieve this goal, and participate in a discussion about your student programs.

Climate & Engagement Track

Create Your Own Session

Speakers: You and fellow Summit participants 
Room 312
Have an idea? We invite you to call an impromptu session based on your ideas, challenges and hopes for a more sustainable future. Dream big, then post your topic on the white board located across from the registration tables. Welcome people with similar interests to join your session.

Zero Waste Track

How Sustainable Are We? A Reality Check from the Landfill

Speaker: Mark Hooyer, Trans-Jordan Cities
Room 305
How firmly do our Wasatch Front communities embrace sustainable principles, anyway? Observing landfills is one way to measure the impacts of personal choices, societal trends, and economic health. Landfills provide a quality-control check on how well we are implementing sustainable practices in our local communities.

Book Signing and Eco Expo

Mezzanine

Sessions

Clean Energy Track

Developing, Adopting, and Executing 100% Renewable Energy Resolutions at the Local Level

Speaker: Emily Skill, Utah State University
Room 320
This presentation delivers a transferable “how-to” framework, focused on community engagement, to assist cities in adopting and implementing 100% renewable electricity resolutions. Learn key components from case study analysis of Salt Lake City, Park City, and Moab, and six U.S. communities that already achieved 100% renewable electricity goals.

Buildings & Cities Track

Round Table Discussions

Hosts: Thom Carter, UCAIR; Royal DeLegge, Salt Lake County Health Department; Jennifer Roberts, ecoAmerica, Andrea Wirth, UNLV
Room 312
Things - good things - are happening at the local level. With a void of national leadership, local solutions are coming to fore, speared on by those who are creating solutions where they are. Converse in small groups with local and national experts about what’s working, and how your organizations, neighborhoods, and cities can harness collective resources, genius, and collaborations. 

Equity Track

Bringing Underrepresented Voices to Climate Solutions

Speakers: Kevin Emerson, Utah Clean Energy; Olivia Juarez, Southern Utah Wilderness AllianceDaniel Mendoza, University of Utah; Ed Napia, Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake
Room 404
Recent social science research shows that people of color and low-income communities care deeply about environmental challenges. Advocates and leaders working on climate change are beginning to understand the need to reach out to these underrepresented voices to ensure that there are comprehensive and equitable solutions here in Utah.

Climate & Engagement Track

College Sustainability Reports from a Student Perspective

Speaker: John Bernardo, Idaho Power
Room 316
Imagine a program for university students where they are mentored to identify materiality issues, gather and analyze data, use international reporting indices, and make recommendations for colleges in the form of a sustainability report. Boise State is in its fifth year of making it work. Learn how.

Zero Waste Track

Recycling in Rural America

Speaker: Ryan Smith, Recyclops
Room 305
Approximately one-third of US homes are in rural areas with no access to convenient recycling. Until now, curbside recycling in rural America has been shunned because of logistical challenges. But now, Recyclops has succeeded in bringing sustainable and profitable recycling to nearly 30 rural cities across Utah and Idaho.

Tour of Lindquist Hall

Meet at the Registration Tables
*Limited space, must register to attend.

The Art of Convening: Methods and Frameworks for Working Skillfully in Complexity and Community

Ballroom C
Presented by: Tenneson Woolf; Quanita Roberson, Nzuzu

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Science, Stories and Sustainability: The National Climate Assessment and Opportunities in Utah

Room 404
Presented by: Brenda Ekwurzel, Union of Concerned Scientists; Nancy Huntly, Utah State University

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Intermountain Living Future Workshop

Room 404
Presented by: Kenner Kingston, Arch|Nexus

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