Registration for Conference Open
January 06, 2014
Registration is now open for the City of Tallahassee's Sustainable YOU Conference, which will be held January 27 - 28 at the Turnbull Conference Center. The theme of the conference is Sustainability: The Power of Collaboration.
Registration is easy using the online form. Simply visit Talgov.com/EPER, click on the Sustainable YOU Conference 2014 tab and click Register Now.
Early Bird registration is $50 for Leon County residents and $100 for non-Leon County residents. Early Bird registration is available until January 15. After that, the cost rises to $60 for Leon County residents and $125 for non-Leon County residents. A limited number of scholarships are available for Leon County students in grades 6-12 and college students, which reduces the registration fee to $25.
The conference will feature the following keynote speakers:
- Michael Hewett, Director of Environmental and Sustainability Programs at Publix Super Markets Inc. - Hewett will share Publix's sustainability journey and how the company's pursuit of sustainability has affected its triple bottom line.
- April Rinne, Chief Strategy Officer at Collaborative Lab - Rinne will speak about the emerging economic trend called Collaborative Consumption.
- Ilana Preuss, Vice President and Chief of Staff at Smart Growth America and TEDx Speaker - Preuss will present "A Sustainable Economy: Key Partners for Economic and Fiscal Resiliency in Land Use Decisions."
"This event will highlight the power individuals and companies have to impact our environment and our community," said Gil Ziffer, lead commissioner on the City's Quality of Life Target Issue Committee. "From small steps at home to major policy changes at the workplace, the investment in sustainable decisions today can pay huge dividends for the next generation."
Sustainable YOU will also offer dynamic learning and networking opportunities, through an Envision Tallahassee 20/20 conversation, "Tally Talks" presentations, tours of green attractions, a business exhibition and an entertaining opening night reception.
The event will feature four tracks:
- The Green Economy - The shift to a green economy calls for new ways of doing business. Presentations in this track, on topics ranging from waste reduction to the creation of green jobs, will showcase successful collaborative projects that have resulted in new and innovative business models while addressing environmental and social challenges.
- Town & Gown Collaborations - Educational institutions are drivers of knowledge exchange, business development and job training - greatly enhancing a community's sustainability efforts. Town & Gown presentations on improved building design, transportation innovations and effective on-campus programs will show that collaborations among educational institutions, government, businesses and local organizations lead to the creation of more sustainable communities.
- Green "Hands-on" Learning - Sustainability calls for both personal and collaborative actions to protect our environment, support a vibrant and resilient economy, and foster well-being. Hands-on presentations on growing food locally, native landscaping, creating personal sustainability plans and educating youth will show conference attendees how they can live more sustainably and help to transform their neighborhoods and communities into more sustainable places to live, work and create.
- Partners of Change - Non-governmental organizations' collaborative efforts with business, government and community partners provide unique opportunities to achieve sustainability successes. Presentations in this track will show how local organizations are supporting community gardening, improving access to solar power and providing sustainability education to community residents.
The conference is organized by the City's Environmental Policy and Energy Resources Department. Learn more about the City's sustainability leadership and its five year plan to create a more sustainable and livable community at http://www.talgov.com/eper/eper-greenprint-home.aspx. Stay connected with conference updates and other sustainability events on Facebook by liking Go Green Tallahassee: https://www.facebook.com/GoGreenTallahassee.
John Baker, Environmental Policy and Energy Resources, 891-2476; or Alison Faris, Communications Department, 891-8533