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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Prince George's County Pet Waste Management Summit

April 06, 2017 - 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

1801 McCormick Drive Conference Room Largo, MD 20774

Are you a Prince George's County Green Team member, elected official, municipal staffer, non-profit or HOA? Do you care about your community's health and want to keep your neighborhood beautiful? Sustainable Maryland is pleased to invite you to the Prince George's County Pet Waste Management Summit! This event will offer a unique opportunity for Prince George’s County elected officials, staff and residents to learn more about pet waste management and how they can incorporate pet waste best management practices into their overall sustainability initiatives.

Attendees will hear about the County’s new Pet Waste Campaign, share best practices, and access resources to start their own local pet waste management program.

Tentative Agenda: 

6:00 – 6:25pm: Networking/Light Refreshments
6:25 – 6:30pm: Welcome/Introductions
7:15 – 7:45pm: Prince George’s County Pet Waste Initiative
6:30 – 7:15pm: Flash Updates: What’s Going On in Your Community?
7:45 – 8:15pm: Road Map to Pet Waste
8:15 – 8:45pm: Get Shovel Ready!
8:45 – 9:00: Sustainable Maryland: Wrap Up

Light refreshments will be provided.

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference

Keeping History Above Water

October 29, 2017 to November 01, 2017

Annapolis Waterfront Hotel

80 Compromise St., Annapolis, MD 2140

Save the Date! Keeping History Above Water: Annapolis is an international gathering hosted by the City of Annapolis in partnership with the Newport Restoration Foundation. Conference discussions will examine the increasing and varied risks posed by sea level rise to historic coastal communities, their built environments and traditional lifeways. Leaders in the fields of historic preservation, business, culture, tourism, economics, urban planning, environment, sustainability, design, engineering and public policy will participate in symposia, workshops, roundtables and tours that focus on practical solutions and community engagement.

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference

Maryland Summit on Energy Democracy and Affordability

March 24, 2017 - 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

St. John's College - Francis Scott Key Auditorium and Lobby

60 College Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401

Join us for a day of local and out-of-state perspectives, expert panels, and roundtable discussions focused on how Maryland’s Grid of the Future can facilitate energy affordability, increased efficiency, resilience, climate and environmental protection, as well as public health and welfare.

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference

Unsinkable Eastern Shore II: Rural America Responds to Climate Change

April 01, 2017 - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Eastern Shore Conservation Center

114 South Washington Street Easton, MD 21601

Join ESLC as we host a follow-up to our Unsinkable Eastern Shore I conference held in 2013. Participants will gain a better understanding of ongoing efforts on the Eastern Shore to prepare for the impacts of climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the long-term risk of climate change. Conference includes two separate panel discussions (Preparing for Impact: Adaptation efforts on the Eastern Shore, and Our Part: Meeting the Eastern Shore's energy responsibility), as well as two keynote speakers.

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference

Community solar - Solar is for everyone

January 22, 2017 - 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Baltimore Ethical Society

306 W Franklin St #102, Baltimore, MD 21201

Presentation on community solar and how anyone can get involved

Thanks to a new community solar law in Maryland, everybody can go solar! Community solar allows you to sign up for solar power for your home, business or organization without installing any equipment. It’s clean energy from a local project in your neighborhood, and everyone can be part of it. Come on January 22, 2017 to learn how you and your neighbors can join together and help build a local clean energy solar project that will let you save money and help the environment.


This event is hosted by the Baltimore Ethical Society. This presentation begins with a brief welcoming, announcements and reading of the Baltimore Ethical Society's statement of purpose.

After 12 pm, attendees are invited to continue the discussion over snacks and coffee during the social hour.


Gary Skulnik will be the speaker at this event. He is the founder of a new social enterprise called Neighborhood Sun, He is a strategic thinker who has been a leader in developing the clean energy market in the East Coast. As President of Clean Currents, he started the movement for clean power in Maryland and the region. Gary is an active public speaker on sustainability, clean energy, B-Corps, social enterprises and many other topics.

Event Type: Trainings and Workshops
Event Categories: Conference, Workshop

Small Farm Conference

November 11, 2016 to November 12, 2016

University of Maryland Easter Shore, Student Services Center

30665 Student Services Center Lane - Princess Anne

Join UMES for its 13th annual Small Farm Conference! Join between 150-175 attendees as you network and learn about new opportunities and strategies that promote farm profitability and sustainability.

As November rolls in, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Small Farm Program gears up for their annual Small Farm Conference. This event has successfully provided outreach and training to 600+ participants (beginning, limited-resource, socially disadvantaged farmers and landowners and others) since the conference first initiated in 2003. This event alone has been recognized as one of the premier agricultural events on the Eastern Shore, attracting on average about 150-175 attendees each year where people travel from all over the state of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and along the Delmarva Peninsula to attend. The overall objective of the conference is to provide a venue where participants can come together to network and learn about new opportunities and strategies that promote farm profitability and sustainability.

Due to increased participation and interest in select agricultural topics over the past five years, the Small Farm Conference moved from a one-day event to a two-day educational conference. Day 1 of the conference features up to three or four comprehensive, half-day workshops that encompass classroom instruction along with a hands-on activity or a field demonstration component. Topics can range from Soil Health and Vegetable Production to Direct Marketing and Home Food Preservation.

On Day 2, participants have the opportunity to select three out of the nine different seminars offered under the following educational tracks: Alternative Agriculture, Farm Business and Marketing, and New & Beginning Farmer (added in 2013). In addition, participants have the opportunity to network and visit with agricultural vendors and exhibitors including USDA agencies, the Maryland Department of Agriculture, agricultural businesses and various non-profit organizations that support agriculture.

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference

Grow Maryland Summit: The Future of Value-Added Agriculture

December 01, 2016 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

500 Marina Club Road Stevensville, MD 21666

Scheduled for Thursday, December 1, 2016 at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club on Kent Island, Grow Maryland’s Value-Added Agriculture Summit will bring together an estimated 150+ attendees for this first year event. Meet Maryland’s robust and diverse value-added agriculture industry, which includes everything from apples, ales, agritourism and angus. The morning will include a panel of experts who will provide an overview of the value-added landscape, including updates on some of the latest industry studies. In the afternoon, breakouts will include tracks on innovation, law & liability, trends, and tourism, as well as starting small, and scaling up!

Attendees will include value-added agriculture producers and small food businesses, state and county agency representatives (Planning & Zoning, Fire & Life Safety, Health, Economic Development Offices, Tourism, Commerce, Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture), state and county elected officials, food and agriculture organizations, media and bloggers, and food policy organizations.

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

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

Net Zero Energy Schools

August 20, 2014 - 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Henderson-Hopkins Elementary/Middle School

2100 Ashland Ave. Baltimore, MD 21205

Controlling School Utility Costs and Increasing Energy Efficiency

Designing buildings with energy efficiency in mind is one strategy for controlling long-term utility costs. Net Zero Energy Buildings combine efficiency with on-site renewable systems to meet all of the building's energy needs. As more schools face budget constraints, finding ways to control utility costs is essential. School principals, facilities staff, architects and engineers can learn from past projects and current designs for the best resources for implementing Net Zero Energy School projects.

Event Type: Conferences
Event Categories: Conference, Workshop