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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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

Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed

January 12, 2017 to January 04, 2017

College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center

3501 University Boulevard East, Hyattsville, MD 20873

Join Future Harvest Casa for its 18th annual Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed Conference- the regions largest farm and food gathering!

Spend three days attending workshops, enjoying farm fresh meals, listing to inspiring speakers, networking with like minded peers and attend the Local Fare Fair! Build your skills during 10 hands-on pre-conference workshops. Participate in any of 48 sessions in 8 distinct tracks. Enjoy great local food and fares! Future Harvest Casa is excited to announce the conference's four keynote speakers: Chris Blanchard, from the Purple Pitchfork; Dr. Kristine Nichols, from the Rodale Institute; Chef Jordan Lloyd, from the Bartlett Pear Inn; and, Elizabeth Henderson, from Peacework Organic CSA.

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference

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

Agriculture and Environmental Law Annual Conference

November 18, 2016 - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

DoubleTree Hotel

DoubleTree Hotel 210 Holiday Court Annapolis, Maryland 21401

The second annual Agriculture and Environmental Law Conference will be held Friday, November 18, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in Annapolis, Maryland. Discussion topics will include: 

- Hot Topics in Agricultural and Environmental Law 

- Recent Developments with Nutrient Management Regulations

- Alternative Energy on the Farm

- The Food Safety Modernization Act and Water Usage

- Agritourism and Zoning Compliance

- Stormwater Management and the Chesapeake Bay

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference

Bike Maryland Bicycle Symposium

March 17, 2015 - 9:00 am to 5:00 am

Miller Senate Office Building

11 Bladen St, Annapolis, MD 21401

The annual Bike Maryland Bicycle Symposium is your chance to learn from leaders in the bicycling field, bicycling advocates, planners, community leaders and legislative officials. The symposium features speakers on current topics with the goal of increasing bicycle safety, connectivity and accessibility. The Bicycle Symposium is always free to any and all who would like to attend!

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference

The Future is Now: Dealing With Rising Seas on Maryland's Shores

February 21, 2015 - 9:30 am to 3:00 am

Todd Center for the Performing Arts, Chesapeake College

1000 College Circle, Wye Mills, MD 21679

The sea is encroaching on the land around the Chesapeake Bay and threatening Maryland's Atlantic Coast. This forum emphasizes the adaptation that is underway and planned for communities and shorelines. Will Tilghman Island and Crisfield, Maryland survive? Fee includes light breakfast and lunch.

Event Type: Conferences
Event Categories: Workshop, Conference

National Sustainable Materials Management Summit

May 12, 2015 to May 13, 2015

University of Maryland

University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

The National Recycling Coalition, in partnership with the Syracuse Center for Sustainable Community Solutions, is organizing a one and a half day Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Summit focused on the sustainable management of discarded materials in the United States. The Summit aims to enrich the value and role of SMM initiatives in communities across the United States. Its ultimate goal will be to assist in the acceleration of SMM as a method of choice for managing discarded materials. NRC will facilitate a dialogue among participants to reach deeper connections for actions and activities in the future. The key to this Summit will be the development of action-oriented strategies intended to promote SMM throughout North America. THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27 2015

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference

10th Annual Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference 2015

March 30, 2015 to March 31, 2015

Hyatt Regency Baltimore

300 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Celebrating 10 years of the Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference allows us to reflect on the distance that colleges and universities have come in their path to a more sustainable future. Since 2005, your institutions have incorporated sustainability into mission statements, strategic plans, and organizational structure. 680 schools have signed the President’s Climate Commitment, and many more have established carbon mitigation goals. Students have become organized, curricula has expanded to include sustainability outcomes, and our community partners have joined us as we look to the future. The Conference Planning Committee invites you to join us as we celebrate our success and continue to learn, share, and explore emerging issues. As we journey forward together, we see many new opportunities to evolve and expand our focus and learn from our collective challenges and successes. Welcome to the 2015 conference as we honor our past and chart our future.

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference

Maryland Native Plant Society Annual Fall Conference

September 20, 2014 to September 21, 2014

Cecil College

1 Seahawk Dr, North East, MD 21901

How do we secure plants native to Maryland?

This annual event, held by Maryland Native Plant Society (MNPS), concerns the preservation of the natural plant wildlife found throughout Maryland, and the differing ways to secure these influential plants as major segments of the Maryland ecosystem. The conference includes field trips to various beautiful wildlife sites in Maryland. 

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference

New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

January 29, 2015 to January 31, 2015

Hilton Baltmore Hotel

401 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21201

All about smart growth

This three-day event provides insight into smart growth, and how people from virtually any background can participate. The event will also tackle programs and case events involving social equity and environmental justice issues.

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference