Call for Presenters

Are you a sustainability expert, innovator, or practitioner?  Do you have resources, research, or best practices?  Are you from government, business, education/training or a nonprofit?  Would you like to present?

Email your name, title/org, contact info, and 100-250 word presentation application by December 31, 2014 to   Students may send proposals before February 12, 2015.

Possible topics:



  • Community Sustainability Coordinators
  • Land Use and Planning:  Energy, Building, Food, Water, Transportation, Parks/Conservation
  • Sustainability Master Plans for Desirable Places to Live, Work, Play:  Safety, Environment, Health, Historical Significance, Diversity, Parks/Recreation, Public Transit, Complete Streets, Trees, Housing, Vibrant Downtown/Neighborhood Centers, and more
  • Applying New Standards and Policies
  • Future Frontiers in Sustainable Community Development
  • Environmental Justice Policies & Resources
  • Government and Grassroots Engagement
  • Institutionalizing an Infrastructure and Accountability:  Green Purchasing, Recycling, Composting
  • Inspiring and Motivating People:  Project-based organizing, champions, events
  • What Motivates Municipal Leaders to Foster Sustainable Development?


  • Building Energy
  • Renewable Energy Systems and Solutions
  • Smart Grids and MicroGrids
  • Conservation & Efficiency:  Saving Energy and Money
  • Municipal Plans for Carbon Neutral Building Energy
  • Net-Zero-Home-Energy Neighborhoods
  • Net-Zero-Community Plans
  • Green Communities, Community Energy, Aggregation, PPAs, Community-shared solar
  • Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Issues (natural-gas leaks, Pipeline) and efforts to expand Clean Energy


  • Local & Regional Food Systems
  • Community Gardens and Farms
  • Co-ops, Farmers Markets, Farm to Table Day, Food Rescue
  • Food Safety & Security

Landscapes & Water

  • Limited Impact Development (LID) benefits
  • Sustainable Landscapes:  recreation fields and yards, reduced chemicals and watering, bee pollination, rain gardens


  • Mobility Infrastructure:  complete streets, public transit, biking, walking, fuel efficient vehicles


  • Zero Waste
  • Resource Management and Closed Loop Systems
  • Green Procurement: saving money as a sustainability driver


  • Tours & Tourism
  • Demonstration Projects
  • Green Chemistry, Health, and Ecosystems
  • Schools:  Safe Routes to School, Green Schools, Life-Long-Habits Education
  • Climate Change:  Community Adaptation and Resilience Plans
  • Restoring Ecosystems
  • Working with Local Campuses
  • Business Products and Services Dedicated to Sustainability
  • NonProfit and Community Organization Advocates for Sustainability/Environmental Health
  • Cooperatives in Communities
  • Industries Going Green
  • The Politics of Living Sustainably (advocacy > politics > education > business)
  • Topic of Your Choice


  • Campus Sustainability Managers
  • Sustainability Action Plans:  Implementation, Achievements, and Metrics
  • Educational Planning for the Future:  Creating Curricula for Sustainable Living
  • The Campus as Sustainability Learning Laboratory
  • Campus Sustainability Best Practices:  Energy, Food, Green Buildings, Pollution Reduction, Transportation, Other
  • The Changing Food Choices on Campus
  • Mobility:  Walking, Biking, Transit, Ride Share, Fuel Efficient Vehicles
  • Getting to Zero Waste:  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Restore, Compost
  • Investment, Divestment, and Purchasing Power Options
  • Student Groups and Movements that Affect Change
  • Research & Initiatives – Students, Staff, Faculty
  • Organizational Change Management
  • Communicating about Sustainability
  • Curriculum Frameworks and Coursework for Sustainability
  • Research and Analysis of Sustainable Living Options in Massachusetts
  • Alumni Influences on Campus Sustainability
  • College to Career Connections in Sustainability
  • Incubators for Entrepreneurs and New Business Opportunities
  • Workforce Development and Sustainability Opportunities
  • New Paradigms for Workforce Preparation
  • Topic of Your Choice


  • How Are Campuses and Communities Working Together on Sustainability?
  • A Project that Connects Campus to Community Sustainability
  • Emerging “Town Gown” Sustainability Initiatives
  • Building, Food, Biking, Water, Energy, and Other Common Initiatives
  • Internships and Job Placement Opportunities in Communities
  • Alumni Created Campus-Community Sustainability Connections
  • Student Projects that Have Helped Communities
  • Community and Campus Success Stories
  • Topic of Your Choice