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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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

Citizens' Climate Lobby/Citizens' Climate Education 2016 International Conference

June 19, 2016

Omni Shoreham Hotel

2500 Calvert St NW Washington, DC 20008

June 20, 2016 - 8:00 am to 10:30 pm

Omni Shoreham Hotel

2500 Calvert St NW Washington, DC 20008

Join us in Washington this summer for the 7th Annual Citizens' Climate Lobby/Citizens' Climate Education International Conference. We had more than 900 volunteers attend our conference last year. There will be many more this year, doing what we do best: having conversations that lead to the breakthroughs necessary to enact effective climate solutions.

During the Conference June 19-20, you'll hear from inspiring speakers and receive the training to be game-changing communicators on this issue, speaking on behalf of future generations. The tipping point for the political will to price carbon is getting closer. Will this be the year we reach that tipping point? Join us to find out!

New this year, the Conference will begin on Sunday morning with welcoming remarks and exciting sessions for Group Leaders and Liaisons, New Members (through our CCL Basic Training), and everyone in between!

See you in D.C. on Sunday, June 19th at 9am!

Event Type: Conferences

Smart Growth America - Local Leaders Council Policy Forum 2016

July 18, 2016 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health

700 2nd St NE, Washington, DC 20002

July 19, 2016 - 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health

700 2nd St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Policy Forum 2016 is the annual signature event of the Local Leaders Council, a rapidly expanding bipartisan network of over 270 elected and appointed local government leaders who are creating the development models of tomorrow.

Policy Forum 2016 offers an intimate forum for mayors, council-members, county officials, agency directors, and other high level decision-makers to exchange ideas and find out what works. Whether the challenge you face is building up local assets, increasing transportation and housing choices, or attracting employers, you will find other leaders and national experts ready to compare notes and find solutions.

Places are limited, so register now! Registration is free to members of the Local Leaders Council. Not a member? If you are an elected leader of a unit of local government, or appointed to make investment and land use decisions on behalf of a local government, you can join the Local Leaders Council now. We will notify you when your application is approved.

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Conference

The Great MoCo Bicycle Summit

June 18, 2016 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Council Office Building

Council Office Building 3rd Floor Hearing Room 100 Maryland Ave. Rockville, MD 20850

The Montgomery County Bicycle Summit is meant to serve as an interactive forum on bicycling in the county. There will be presentations by County Councilmember Hans Riemer, Executive Director Greg Billing from the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, as well as the director of MC Department of Transportation Al Roshdieh. Hear updates to the county's Bicycle Master Plan, as well as some information regarding next generation bicycle facilities.

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Expo

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

Black Hills Regional Park RainScapes Day

April 13, 2016 - 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

20926 Lake Ridge Dr, Boyds, MD 20841, USA

Did you know that Montgomery County is foremost in developing watershed friendly landscapes on both private and commercial properties? And that there are county programs that are available to both help plan your very own rainscape and defray the costs too? Join us to learn all about RainScapes and what you can do to help keep your watershed clean. Then we'll jump into our van and take a tour to view some local RainScapes in the upper part of our county. Bring a bagged lunch Members - $19.... Non-members- $20 Register:

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Workshop

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

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

Baltimore Food Justice Forum

June 11, 2016 - 9:30 am to 1:00 pm

Lexington Market

400 West Lexington Street Second Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201

Learn how to fight for healthy food in your community!  Let your voice be heard!

The annual Baltimore Food Justice Forum equips Baltimore City residents with practical tools and information needed to get healthy, affordable food in their neighborhoods. The Food Justice Forum is planned by the Baltimore Food Justice Committee, with leadership from the Baltimore City Health Department's Baltimarket program. During the Forum, attendees engage in dialogue about food injustice in Baltimore, discuss the significant role that race and place play in access to healthy food, and uplift community solutions that are working in Baltimore.  During the 2015 Food Justice Forum, attendees asked what they could do in their own area to spark similar conversations. As a result of those questions, the Food Justice Community Conversation guide was developed with the goal for communities to spark dialogue and action around social justice and food in their own neighborhoods!

Registration is FREE and includes breakfast and lunch.

Event Type: Conferences
Event Category: Expo

Maryland Municipal League Fall Conference

October 13, 2016 to October 15, 2016

Holiday Inn Conference Center & Marina Solomons, MD

Event Type: Conferences