Call for Submissions

We invite submissions of proposals for panels, workshops and presentations that explore the concept of regenerative regions. Sessions that share insights from peer cities or that highlight opportunities for individuals and communities to advance sustainability are welcomed. Programming is multi-disciplinary; therefore, high quality proposals are invited that align with one of the suggested topics:

  • Sustainable Built Environment: Energy, Water & Waste Management

  • Vibrant Landscapes: Water, Land Management & Natural Resources

  • Connecting the Region: Transportation, Food Systems & Circular Economies

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Sustainability

  • Collective Impact in Sustainability

  • Advancing Sustainability through Legislative or Institutional Policy Change


Submission Guidelines

All submissions should meet the guidelines specified below and be submitted by Friday, December 13 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.


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


  • October 16 – December 13: Call for Sessions Open

  • December 16 – January 6: Committee Review

  • January 6 – 10:  Applicants Notified

  • January 31: Sessions Finalized (speaker list with bios, session description and speaker photos submitted)

  • March 15: Slides and supplemental materials due

  • May 1: Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit

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