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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Tree Advocates Meeting: Inspired Design: City Parks by Casey Trees

November 02, 2016 - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

The Kreeger Museum

2401 Foxhall Road, NW Washington, DC 20007

Parks have the power to inspire and bring communities together. Join Casey Trees and The Kreeger Museum for a fascinating evening with experts who have transformed urban environments with innovative park design. Discover how these dynamic green spaces can influence the re-design of DC’s parks. Event speakers: Ryan Gravel, Atlanta’s BeltLine (Atlanta, Georgia) Maureen Heffernan, Myriad Gardens (Oklahoma, City, Oklahoma) Andrea Mains, Falls Park on the Reedy (Greenville, South Carolina) The event will include a brief panel discussion, and an opportunity to view The Kreeger Museum’s world-class art and sculpture collection. This event is free and open to the public. Complimentary light fare will be provided. Please note your dietary preferences and/or allergies when registering so we can attempt to accommodate your needs.

Event Type: Conferences

Reclaiming Vacant Properties

September 28, 2016 to September 30, 2016

Hilton Baltimore

401 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

The Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference (RVP) is the only national conference dedicated to strengthening communities through innovative solutions for vacant, abandoned, and other problem properties. From September 28-30, 2016, RVP is expected to draw approximately 1,000 professionals to Baltimore for 65 engaging sessions and other learning opportunities.

Event Type: Conferences

American Planning Association - MD/DE Chapter Regional Planning Conference

October 14, 2016 to October 16, 2016

Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel

903 Dulaney Valley Road Towson, MD 21204

Join us in Towson, Maryland, October 15 & 16, for the 2016 bi-annual APA MD/DE Regional Conference! We live in an ever-changing world. To stay ahead we must keep up with technology, understand lifestyle changes and continuously alter how we plan our roadways, communities, open space and amenities. This year the Maryland/Delaware Regional Conference challenges planners to: Change the Mindset - Change the Planning! Moving Forward in a Changing World. Attend sessions centered on the changing face of transportation, climate change, the economy, demographics and neighborhood revitalization. Learn ways to embrace a different and better approach in design and planning for urban and rural areas. The conference will inspire attendees to develop innovative solutions.

Event Type: Conferences

Engineering Green Maryland by USGBC Maryland

November 02, 2016 - 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

JHU Charles Commons Conference Center

Johns Hopkins University - Charles Commons Conference Center 10 E. 33rd Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

Join USGBC Maryland and the Maryland Section of ASCE for the 6th Annual Engineering Green Conference! This one day conference is an event for professionals and others interested in the planning, technical design of a sustainable site, and the latest examples of sustainable projects. This one day conference will showcase projects and design strategies from various disciplines in the private and public sectors, primarily in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed (PA, VA, DE, & MD). The day will include four sessions (with 2-4 tracks to choose from) in which presenters will give an in-depth look at project design, implementation, and lessons learned. The event will also include a keynote address, breakfast and lunch, and an exhibitor area. You will have a chance to put your mind together with other professionals working in similar areas and dealing with similar issues to come up with practical solutions.

Event Type: Conferences

Urban Agriculture and the Next Farm Bill by the GW Sustainability Collaborative

September 30, 2016 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

George Washington University

The GW Sustainability Collaborative’s annual symposium brings together policy makers, academics and practitioners to identify current scientific findings and future research questions in the field of sustainability. This year’s conference will focus on the forthcoming 2018 Farm Bill and the potential for the first ever Urban Agriculture Title. The first half of the one-day symposium will center on land-based urban and peri-urban agricultural systems. The second half of the day will focus on non-land based (i.e. hydroponic, roof, vertical) urban and peri-urban farming. The event will be co-hosted by three organizations - AGree, Michigan State University, and the University of the District of Columbia. AGree is an organization with the mission of driving positive change in the food and agriculture system by connecting and challenging leaders from diverse communities to build consensus, catalyze action, and elevate food and agriculture as a national priority. Michigan State University's Center for Regional Food Systems is an organization committed to research, education and outreach to develop regionally integrated, sustainable food systems. The University of the District of Columbia is the only public higher education in DC, and the only urban land-grant university in the nation with a College of Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, as well as a College of Agriculture. The symposium will take place on September 30th, 2016 from 9am to 5pm in the Jack Morton Auditorium on the George Washington University Campus. Register below for this free event or for the livestream.

Event Type: Conferences

7th Annual Sustainability Fair

August 12, 2016 - 11:30 am to 2:00 pm

Fairmont Washington's Colonnade Room

The event showcases the eco-efforts of many DC-based organizations as well as the hotel’s own green program. Fairmont’s Sustainability Fair is free and open to the public. Guests will be treated to honey tastings from the hotel’s rooftop hives, and each guest will be entered to win some great prizes. Many of the participants bring complimentary samples for attendees such as baked goods and energy saving light bulbs.

Event Type: Conferences

Oyster fest to benefit Oyster Recovery Partnership

September 29, 2016 - 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Baltimore Museum of Industry

Baltimore Museum of Industry 1415 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230

Once a year the Chesapeake Bay community gathers in Baltimore to celebrate past and present efforts to restore our treasured keystone species – the Eastern oyster. It’s a bivalve lovers bash showcasing local aquaculture and the delicacies that has earned Mermaid’s Kiss the reputation as best raw bar event in Baltimore. Come celebrate the year’s successes with the oyster industry’s leading network of restaurateurs, farms, friends and advocates. The evening will feature live music, a silent auction and signature dishes from some of the best seafood restaurants in the region.

Event Type: Conferences

Montgomery County Energy Summit

April 05, 2016 - 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Silver Spring Civic Building

1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD

Join USGBC National Capital Region’s Montgomery County Branch and the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection for a full day of interactive discussions and workshops during the 3rd Annual Energy Summit on April 5th. Topics that will be covered include Montgomery County’s launch of the Commercial PACE Program, the County’s new Green Bank, energy audits, commissioning, and the IgCC. A full agenda of offerings for the day will be available shortly. Coffee and lunch will be provided.

Event Type: Conferences

Middletown Green Expo

April 23, 2016 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Memorial Park

Join us for Middletown's first Green Expo! Enjoy tree planting demonstrations, composting tips, a recreational bike ride and whole morning of fun and information!

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Expo

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