3rd Annual Sustainability Conference: Call for Submissions and Keynote Speaker

| December 5, 2013
The 3rd Annual Webster University Sustainability Conference will be April 10-11, 2014.

Submit your proposals by Jan. 15 to present at the 3rd Annual Webster University Sustainability Conference.

Celebrating our third annual Sustainability Conference on April 10-11, 2014, we have adopted a new approach to the conference: “Critical Conversations on Sustainability,” with the theme of Energy for 2014. Our goal is to promote innovative thinking about sustainability by fostering critical discourse and respectful conversations representing a variety of viewpoints.

Keynote Speaker: Acclaimed Ecologist Sandra Steingraber

The third annual Webster University Sustainability Conference, Critical Conversations on Sustainability: ENERGY, will welcome Sandra Steingraber, an acclaimed ecologist, author and anti-fracking leader as our keynote speaker at the conference on April 10-11, 2014.

A screening of the film, Living Downstream, based on her book of the same title, will also be featured at the conference.

Click here to read an article in Outside Magazine about Sandra Steingraber’s efforts to keep fracking out of New York state.

Submit a Proposal

The conference planners seek proposals that address diverse perspectives and innovative approaches to present and future challenges to sustainability. Our goal is to promote innovative thinking about sustainability by fostering critical discourse and respectful conversations representing a variety of viewpoints. To that end, a limited number of proposals will be carefully selected to create focused sessions on critical issues within the field of sustainability.

Types of sessions include:

  • Critical Conversations: These sessions will feature three or four speakers presenting a range of perspectives on a specific issue (10-15 minutes apiece), with moderated conversation to follow. Topics could include renewable energy, fracking, media coverage of climate change and sustainability and security. Other topics may be considered. In your abstract, make your area of expertise and position on the issue clear.
  • Traditional Sessions: These sessions will feature one speaker giving a traditional presentation of 20-30 minutes.  Any sustainability-related topic, especially those that take innovative approaches to major problems, will be considered.
  • Workshops: These 45-minute sessions will give attendees practical knowledge and/or skills to improve sustainability in their lives and communities.
  • Student Poster Presentations: Students at any university, college or high school are invited to submit proposals for posters on innovative sustainability-related projects.

Faculty, staff, students, businesses, media, community partners, and more may take this opportunity to submit an abstract for review to present at the conference. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.

Consider submitting a conference proposal and join us in April 2014 for continued dialogue on sustainability.

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