Celebrated leaders from across the education, sustainability and business fields will take the stage April 8–9 at the co-located 2019 Green Schools Conference and Expo (GSCE) and IMPACT conference in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
This year’s featured speakers come from vastly different disciplines and professions, but with a common focus in their work to raise awareness and improve the health of people and communities.
- Zaria Forman, renowned climate change artist, will provide the keynote at the joint conference plenary.
- Emmanuel Pratt, executive director of the Sweet Water Foundation, will provide the keynote at the GSCE plenary.
- Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC and GBCI, will discuss USGBC's Living Standard campaign and the work we are doing to create a universal living standard for all.
- David Bluestone, founder and partner of ClearPath Strategies, will discuss research that is informing us about attitudes and behaviors toward green building and sustainability.
- Tara Kulkarni, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Norwich University, will be the featured speaker at the Women in Green Power Hour.
About the keynote speakers
Zaria Forman documents climate change with powerful pastel drawings. She travels to remote regions to collect images and inspiration for her work, which is exhibited in venues around the world. She has flown with NASA on several Operation IceBridge missions over Antarctica, Greenland and Arctic Canada.
Emmanuel Pratt is co-founder and executive director of the Sweet Water Foundation, a Chicago-based organization that transforms vacant spaces and abandoned buildings into economically and ecologically productive and sustainable community assets. Pratt’s professional and academic work has involved investigations into architecture, urbanization, race and identity, and gentrification. Most recently, he has focused on advancing community economic development through food security and sustainable design.
USGBC has commissioned ClearPath Strategies to conduct independent nationwide research on people’s views of the environment. During the joint GSCE x IMPACT plenary on April 9, USGBC President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam will briefly discuss the Living Standard campaign as it relates to this ongoing research, and David Bluestone, founder and partner at ClearPath Strategies, will report on some of his findings regarding the public’s feelings and perceptions on sustainability.
Women in Green Power Hour
Join us at for the Women in Green Power Hour on April 8, where Dr. Tara Kulkarni will discuss her experiences as an educator and leader, and will explore how women in the green building and education field can lead with purpose and drive a culture of courage, creativity and progress in the workplace.
GSCE is the only national event to bring together all the players involved in making green schools a reality, while the IMPACT conference is the largest green building conference and expo in the Midwest and attracts building professionals, sustainability leaders and changemakers from across the region.
The co-location of these two annual conferences offers numerous educational sessions across multiple tracks, a Student Summit, an exhibit hall, a GBCI Certification Work Zone, networking opportunities and inspiring lectures from today’s green schools and building experts.
Register for the conferences today to hear all of these fascinating leaders in green building and sustainability.