Sustainability Events Calendar

Check out our sustainability calendar of events for a wide range of conference, trainings, and programs across the region.  In addition, we post information regarding Sustainable Maryland-sponsored events. You can also post events of interest to the Sustainable Maryland community by clicking on "Add Event" at right.  This link will only appear if you are logged into the website.  Click on "Sign in or sign up" on the top left of this page to log in.

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International Society of Ecological Economics 2016 Conference

June 26, 2016 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciecnes at the University of the District of Columbia

4200 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

June 27, 2016 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciecnes at the University of the District of Columbia

4200 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

June 28, 2016 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciecnes at the University of the District of Columbia

4200 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

June 29, 2016 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciecnes at the University of the District of Columbia

4200 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

As the Science of Sustainability, Ecological Economics must advance the transformation of the economy to support rather than debilitate the processes that sustain our living planet. Most fundamental to such an economy is its support of basic live support systems like food, water and energy, and its support of social justice and a quality life for all.

The 2016 Conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) will focus on these critical themes, and will facilitate dialogue between practitioners and researchers to advance such an economic transformation. The transformation agenda must include tangible solutions that support an economy that is in sync with the biological and physical systems of our planet, and that builds capacity for human well-­? being and justice. Particular attention will be given to urban communities that are home to almost 60 percent of the world’s population and that are characterized by cultural diversity and social disparity.

The conference will be hosted by the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia, which is the only public university in Washington DC and the only urban land-grant university in the U.S. The conference theme is well-­?aligned with the mission of CAUSES.Conference topics include: Sustaining food and water, Transforming economic growth and redefining economic measures, Social stability and economic behavior, ecological economics education and communication, and so much more!

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference

Policy Forum 2016: Solutions for Local Success

July 18, 2016 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health in Washington DC

July 19, 2016 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health in Washington DC

This annual conference gives local elected and appointed officials a chance to learn about some of the most innovative smart growth projects in the country. This year’s theme — “Solutions for Local Success” — will focus on allowing local leaders from communities of all sizes to share their stories and find tools to solve current challenges. The Forum is a unique opportunity to explore the latest policy solutions and network with like-minded colleagues who are making smart growth happen throughout the country.

Registration for this conference is free! However, space is limited and preference will be given to Local Leaders Council members. If you are not currently a member, consider applying for membership today.

Before the Forum: A special session on rural communitiesThe conference will kick off with a welcome reception on the evening of Monday, July 18th. Tuesday, July 19, will be a day full of demonstrations, conversations, and idea-sharing about how local leaders are using smart growth strategies to make their communities more equitable, stronger economically, and more sustainable environmentally.

For the first time this year, we will be hosting a pre-Forum meeting specifically for leaders of rural communities on the afternoon of July 18. Thanks to the generous support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this invitation-only meeting will allow leaders from rural places to compare notes about an approach to economic development that respects community character, promotes fiscal health, and leverages all available resources. Sound like a good match for your needs? Please indicate your interest on the registration form.

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference

Prince George's County 2016 Green Summit

May 19, 2016 - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center

7801 Alumni Dr, College Park, MD 20742

It's Back! And this year, the Prince George's County Green Summit 2016 promises to be bigger and better! Join the Prince George's County Department of the Environment and other sustainability professionals at this FREE, one day event that will feature concurrent sessions and interactive workshops on topics that affect our environmental impacts. Our goal is to engage, promote and empower you to explore the development of a more sustainable community!

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference

DesignDC 2016: From the Ground Up

August 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Walter E. Washington Convention Center 801 Mount Vernon Place NW Washington, DC 20001

Our region has some of the best design coming from the ground up. Come out and experience seminars, tours and presentations regarding this year’s theme from the point of regionally sourced materials, local partnerships, buildings, interiors, urban plans, landscapes, and more.

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference

Greening Your Business

February 17, 2016 - 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Maryland Department of the Environment

Maryland Department of the Environment, Baltimore, MD

April 13, 2016 - 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Maryland Department of the Environment

Maryland Department of the Environment, Baltimore, MD

A series of free workshops and site visits designed to place your organization on a path of continual improvement of environmental performance. This program will help you to: 1) identify opportunities that will reduce environmental impacts and save money; 2) boost the impact of your green team and increase employee engagement; 3) and raise awareness of your environmental stewardship through your Maryland Green Registry profile. This free program is open to businesses and organizations of all types and sizes.

Event Type: Trainings and Workshops
Event Category: Conference

Makeover Montgomery 3: Balancing Change in America's Suburbs

May 04, 2016 to May 06, 2016

College Park & Silver Spring

Come hear panel discussions, workshops and presentations all focused around three main themes: Beyond Transit-Oriented Development, The Sharing Economy and Equity and Opportunity in the Suburbs.

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference

Climate Action 2016: Catalyzing A Sustainable Future

May 05, 2016 to May 05, 2015

University Of Maryalnd

University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

May 06, 2016 - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

The Mayflower Hotel

1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

The Climate Action 2016 summit, will take place eight months after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals by all the governments of the world, and five months after the UNFCCC conference of parties in Paris sets a new international framework for climate action. In this context, the summit will deepen and expand the action coalitions of government, business, finance, philanthropy, civil society and academic leaders launched at the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit 2014 in New York, and seek to make this broad-scale organization of climate action both more effective and sustainable.

Effective climate implementation will require collaboration from a variety of actors. The Climate Action 2016 summit will engage 700 participants, by invitation, representing leaders from government, business, finance, academia, philanthropy and civil society. Seven founding partners will jointly sponsor the summit, providing this diverse group with the information, connections and tools they need to lead effective implementation of a new climate regime. These founding partners have a strong track record of implementing a pragmatic, multi-actor, coalition-based approach, and together they represent a growing foundation for a sustainable model of climate action moving forward. 

Day One, held at the University of Maryland inside the Washington, DC, beltway, will focus on convening working groups for breakout sessions on near-term implementation actions and long-term implementation needs. Day Two, held in downtown Washington, DC, will drive high-level engagement with global luminaries addressing plenary sessions on how to deliver on climate commitments and embed the transformation agenda across the globe in government, key sectors and among the general population.

The Climate Action 2016 summit will focus on further developing operational modalities in six key areas. These areas are amenable to a coalition-building approach and can yield between one and two high-impact deliverables for post-summit implementation. Each area will also address key crosscutting issues of public and private financing, the nexus with UN Sustainable Development Goals, and analysis and tools to support decision-making.

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference

Better Building Summit

May 09, 2016 to May 11, 2016

Washington Hilton Hotel

The Better Buildings Summit is a national meeting where leading organizations across key sectors showcase solutions to cut energy intensity in their buildings portfolio-wide by 20% over the next ten years. This Summit is designed for partners and stakeholders to exchange best practices and highlight demonstrated market solutions with an equal emphasis on discussing future opportunities for greater energy efficiency in America’s homes and buildings. Register today and plan to attend May 9-11, 2016 in Washington D.C.

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference

Sustainable Purchasing Summit

May 24, 2016 to May 26, 2016

Kellogg Conference Center

800 Florida Ave N.E. Washington, District of Columbia 20002-3695 United States

SPLC’s annual Summit brings together visionary purchasing and sustainability professionals, suppliers, and NGO experts from diverse sectors and regions in order to share, simplify, and spread the best sustainable purchasing practices across the whole economy.

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference

Maryland Clean Energy Summit

May 17, 2016 to May 18, 2016

College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

Join us for two days worth of keynote speakers, showcases, workshops and round-table discussions all about our move towards clean, renewable energy!

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference