We are in the final stages of reviewing submissions and making selections. Look for an announcement revealing this year's program later this month! 

In 2021, we are excited to explore the theme “Accelerating Action: The Path to 2030.” Collectively, we will discuss the unique role each sector plays in envisioning and creating a resilient, sustainable 2030. The year 2030 has been cited as a deadline by which the impacts of catastrophic climate change will be irreversible. But what if we imagine innovative solutions for healthier people and communities? Launch green policies that lead to stronger, more resilient regions? Create a built environment that lowers rather than increases our climate footprint and support a vibrant, thriving landscape? It is both possible and attainable. Join us in considering how to make this our reality.​

We invite submissions of proposals for panels, workshops and presentations that explore the concept of accelerating action toward the 2030 we envision. Sessions that share insights from peer cities or that highlight opportunities for individuals and communities to advance sustainability are welcomed. We welcome sessions that explore how we can reduce our climate footprint, make our movement more equitable and inclusive and/or how we can modify and adjust to changes in climate. Programming is multi-disciplinary, therefore, high quality proposals that align with but are not limited to one of the following suggested topics are invited:

  • Healthy People

  • Green Policy

  • Sustainable Built Environment

  • Vibrant Landscapes

*Special consideration will be given to submissions focused on resilience planning with communities of color, communities with low incomes and other climate vulnerable communities.

Submission Guidelines

All submissions should meet the guidelines specified below and be submitted by Sunday, January 10 at 11:59 PM EST. Each submission should:

  • Align with the theme of the summit and aim to educate and bring value to attendees.

  • Include 1-2 “takeaways” or actions that attendees can bring back to their places of work, communities or homes.


Submissions can be in the form of presentations by one or more speakers, moderated panels facilitated in question/answer format or workshops that deliver training or professional development opportunities to attendees. Submissions should include no more than 4 panelists including the moderator. Name, title and organizational affiliation of all proposed panelists should be included in application. Submissions without a list of proposed panelists will not be considered. Panelists will be granted discounted admission to the full conference. Please note that the person submitting the proposal will be the primary point of contact for all conference communication.


All submissions should include a 100-word abstract that provides a brief overview of the session, the panel’s connection to the theme, and learning outcomes.

By agreeing to participate in the summit, each speaker consents to inclusion of their picture and contact information (email and LinkedIn page) in conference app. Additionally, all slides and supplemental handouts will be made available on the conference app.

Planning Timeline

  • Tuesday, December 1: Call for Sessions Open

  • Sunday, January 10: Call for Sessions Closes

  • January 11: January 31: Sub-committee Review 

  • February 3: Committee Approval

  • February 5:  Applicants Notified

  • February 26: Sessions Finalized (speaker list with bios, session description and speaker photos submitted)

  • March 15: Slides and supplemental materials due

  • May 12-14: Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit


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