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Speaker and Presenter Proposals

As we find our way through the many challenges of 2020, we are looking forward to bringing our community together for the 12th annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit on March 18 – 19, 2021. We welcome speakers and presenters who can illuminate a greater understanding of the breadth of sustainability, and share practices, innovations and solutions that can invigorate action across Utah and the Intermountain West as we act on our collective resolve to address climate change and ensure a just, equitable, safe and prosperous world for all.

Proposals are being accepted through Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.

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The Summit attracts leading contributors from the academic, non-profit, government, and business sectors, and focuses on solutions. The conference reaches over 400 sustainability professionals and emerging leaders from Utah and surrounding states. Come reveal trends, share tools, provide professional development or facilitate the expansion of sustainable practices - particularly in the context of climate change solutions and resilience. 

2021 Summit Will be Hosted Virtually
This year’s virtual format allows for a wider range of session formats. Additionally, the virtual format highlights the need to incorporate new ways of engaging participants.

2021 Summit Themes

Together we can build collective resolve to do what is necessary for a sustainable world. We invite you to share your work and strategies. The themes for the 2021 Summit include:

  • Clean Energy Innovation
  • Sustainable Supply Chain/Zero Waste
  • Social and Environmental Justice
  • Mitigation, Resilience and Adaptation Planning
  • Communication and Engagement 
  • Green Economy 

Submissions related to themes will be prioritized, but all proposals are welcome
Surprise us! 


Session Types 

Speaking and presentations will come in several formats; pre-recorded sessions, live sessions, and hybrid sessions (pre recorded content with live Q & A). The Summit hosts a variety of session types including:

  • Presentations: 15 minute and 50 minute
  • Workshops: 3 hours, 4.5+ hours (with longer workshops held over multiple days)
  • Networking sessions, catered to small group formats: Time varies 
  • Moderating: Time varies
  • Artists/Performers – Give us a proposal, we will work with you.     

Speakers/presenters may host more than one session type.   

Participant Engagement

The Summit is a dynamic and interactive event. We encourage presenters to engage their participants, beyond Q & A.

Summit planners are seeking presenters adept at connecting with audiences; especially those who are practiced at reaffirming and generating connections between participants, particularly within the online format. Please consider how your presentation can engage your audience, and provide a description in the proposal. 

The addition of artistic or outside-of-the-box elements are also welcome.  

Presenters may submit more than one proposal. Doing so does not increase the likelihood that submissions will be accepted, but provides the opportunity to submit multiple options. We welcome your submissions!

If you have questions, contact Bonnie at or 801-626-6326.