Center for Sustainable Communities Features Strong Line-Up of Conference Sessions

Getting started on, or looking to expand or enhance, your sustainability efforts? Check out the great line-up of sessions at this year’s conference that will give you the tools you need to make a difference back home.

ARTICLE | Sep 11, 2015

The ICMA Center for Sustainable Communities is happy to announce an exciting array of sustainability-focused educational content at this year’s ICMA Annual Conference. Each day, attendees will have the chance to hear from national experts and their peers about ways to make their communities more livable and resilient. 









 Before Sunday’s opening session, there are several interactive opportunities to engage on sustainability-related issues. ICMA University is conducting a workshop on Saturday afternoon entitled, “Smart City Readiness” that will provide an overview of what makes up a smart city and the benefits it can deliver to governments and residents. On Sunday, attendees will have the chance to learn how a free resource – solar energy – can be captured to fuel communities over time at a session called, “Solar Powering Your Community: Planning and Zoning for Solar Energy Use.” Immediately following that, head out on a tour of the “Bullitt Center: The World’s Greenest Commercial Building”, which reduces the energy use of an average office by 90 percent; generates more power than it uses; collects all of its water and composts all of its sewage – all while providing a beautiful Class A office environment for less than a 20 percent price premium.  








After the weekend’s programmatic offerings have whet your appetite, Monday and Tuesday will deliver course after course of great offerings spanning a wide variety of topics. There are three great sustainability roundtables scheduled on Monday: “City Managers’ Design Academy” and “Creating Sustainability Champions from Within” at 11:30 am and “What’s New in the World of 311?” at 4:00 pm. If you’re ready to get out of the convention center for some fresh air, sign up for a field demo to tour the Cross Kirkland Corridor, a transportation corridor and economic engine in Seattle, or to head out to the 500-acre Microsoft campus to explore how they have achieved energy savings and are using data-driven software to slash the cost of its building operations. 














On Tuesday, attendees can dive deep into sustainability plan implementation, local food systems, economic development, and sustainability performance measurement. At 11:00 am, hear from your peers about how they have taken plans from paper to reality (“Keeping Plans off the Shelf”). Then join a panel of ICMA members for an interactive conversation about why and how they have prioritized local food systems in their communities, and pose questions about how to get started in your own efforts (“Growing Your Local Food System: Idea and Resource Exchange”). Or, you can swing by “Insights from the Field: Strategies to Support Economic Turnaround” to glean best practices from the National Resource Network's engagements around the country specifically around the powerful role anchor institutions can play in economic development. Now that you have all of these great ideas, wrap up your day with a stop at the “Sustainability Indicators of Success” learning lounge at 3:30 to ensure that you also know how to measure success when you get back home and implement all of these new ideas! 





More details on these sessions can be found here; if you have any questions, please contact the Center for Sustainable Communities at or by swinging by our booth in the ICMA Pavilion in the Exhibit Hall. Look forward to seeing you in Seattle! 


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