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The Intermountain Sustainability Summit offers two full days of programming, providing resources for those who are making a difference.  tracks include: Energy Innovation, Community Engagement, Transportation Revamp, Building Green, Sustainable Sourcing and Culture Shift.  offers two half-day workshops.  

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Mezzanine and Ballrooms

Plenary
Cultural Transformation: The Nexus for Indigenous & Business Perspectives 

Speakers: Mikhail Davis, Interface; Edward Dee, Office of Navajo Government Development
Moderator: Rob Davies, Utah State University
Ballrooms

Eco Expo and Student Poster Competition

Mezzanine and Bridge Lounge

Sessions

Energy Innovation Track

How Provo got to 50% Low-Carbon Electricity

Speakers: Scott Bunker, Provo City; Kevin Garlick, Utah Municipal Power Agency; Ryan King, Thread Wallets
Moderator: Don Jarvis, Provo City
Room 321
The panel will describe how Utah Municipal Power Agency and Provo City Power used modest public support for reducing their carbon footprint. Ryan King will tell how he became a climate activist. UMPA’s Kevin Garlick will explain about moving responsibly toward lower-carbon sources. Scott Bunker will expand on Provo City Power’s energy-wise initiatives.

Community Engagement Track

Enabling Senior Action for Sustainability

Speakers: Tim Chambless, University of Utah; Patti Cook, Action Utah; Tim Funk, Crossroads Urban Center
Moderator: Stan Holmes, Utah Sierra Club
Room 404
Senior citizens are a powerful sector of the electorate often ignored by sustainability advocates. This workshop features educators and citizen activists who have worked with seniors and are familiar with policymaking opportunities. Panelists will show how to effectively engage and enable Utah seniors in civic action toward achieving sustainability goals.

Transportation Revamp Track

Road Map Proposal: The Transportation Revolution

Speaker: David Christensen, Utah State University; Royal DeLegge, Salt Lake City ; Kurt Salloux, Pinecreek Ventures
Moderator: Tammie Bostick, Utah Clean Cities
Wildcat Theater
With Utah using 1.7 billion gallons of gas and diesel each year, we are in no position to look away from cleaner alternatives. This panel will thoughtfully assess where we are today, and how to move forward with common sense solutions that measure energy impact, and benefit of transportation fuels.

Building Green Track

Better Air Through Better Buildings: Smarter Retrofits & New Builds

Speakers: Martin Buchert, University of Utah; Tiffany Ivins, Living Zenith; Mitchell Spence, Redfish Builders
Room 320
Is building tighter better? Come explore the why and the how of the building skin and solutions to major pain points of the building envelope. Panelists will identify bang for the buck strategies for retrofits and new construction in order to improve air quality, reduce exorbitant air leakage, save money and increase comfort.

Culture Shift Track

Overcoming Inertia: Constructive Disruption

Speakers: Patrick Belmont, Utah State University; Alexi Lamm, Utah State University
Room 316
Large institutions are often slow, and sometimes resistant, to change, yet, the current climate crisis requires rapid and profound changes in the way large institutions operate. This session will draw together a diverse group of participants to discuss institutional inertia, constructive disruption, and positive change.

Sessions

Energy Innovation Track

Financing the Energy Transition

Speaker: Noah Miterko, HEAL Utah
Room 321
Utah energy policy experts will explain exactly how innovative financing tools can help ease the energy transition, by turning a utility’s power plant debt payment into a sought after investment asset. This then frees up capital that the utility can use to develop more economical and environmentally sustainable power generation.

Community Engagement Track

The People's Energy Movement in Utah

Speakers: Mishka Banuri, Utah Youth Environmental Solutions, People's Energy Movement; Lindsay Beebe, Sierra Club; Esther Merono Baro, People's Energy Movement; Ryan Beam, Center for Biological Diversity
Room 404
Panelists will show how young Utahns are taking the lead in efforts to change the state's existing energy paradigm and secure a sustainable future based on clean energy, conservation, and social justice. Participants will actively consider new concepts and their applications through directed interaction from the dais.

Transportation Revamp Track

Advancing Electrified Transportation Across Utah

Speakers: James Campbell, Rocky Mountain Power; Mat Carlile, State of Utah; Hal Johnson, Utah Transit Authority
Moderator: Annie Schneider, Governor's Office of Energy Development
Wildcat Theater
To diversify Utah’s transportation options and help remove barriers to electric vehicle (EV) adoption, the panelists will show how Utah is enhancing the driver experience by installing critical charging infrastructure, and leading out on the multi-state REV West initiative, which will develop a framework for creating a regional electric vehicle plan for the West.

Building Green Track

Design+Build Salt Lake and the Kunga ADU

Speakers: Aant Esmaeil, University of Utah; Brayden Weir, University of Utah; Jörg Rügemer, University of Utah
Room 320
This panel discussion will inform participants about the first Design+Build Salt Lake studio at the School of Architecture, University of Utah, with the central aim to explore the opportunities of an affordable and super-efficient, therefore sustainable and resilient Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU).

Culture Shift Track

Utah’s Air Quality Issues: Problems & Solutions

Speakers: Thom Carter, UCAIR; Elizabeth Joy, Intermountain Healthcare; Kerry Kelly, University of Utah
Moderator: Hal Crimmel
Room 316
This panel will address Utah's air quality issues from the perspective of science (atmospheric chemistry and monitoring) as well as public policy, and public engagement. The panelists will discuss the impacts of regulatory/legislative issues, citizen initiatives, as well as air quality impacts on human health and the role of medicine. Discuss the challenges Utah is facing, as well as past and present solutions.

Networking Lunch

Ballrooms

Eco Expo and Student Poster Competition

Mezzanine and Bridge Lounge

Sessions

Energy Innovation Track

Sustainability Policy on the Navajo Nation

Speakers: E.J. John, Office of Navajo Government Development; Edward Dee, Office of Navajo Government Development
Room 321
Come learn about the history of energy development on the Navajo Nation and then transition to the current efforts to incorporate Sustainability into Navajo Nation law.

Community Engagement Track

Approaches to Engagement on Climate Action in Utah

Speakers: Josh Craft, Utah Clean Energy; Tom Moyer, Citizens' Climate Lobby; Jeff Robison, University of Utah
Room 404
Come explore strategies to engage with different communities in Utah to increase support for climate action. This session will focus specifically on engaging politically and culturally conservative communities.

Sustainable Sourcing Track

Buying a Better World: Driving Sustainable Supply Chain Innovation

Speakers: Mikhail Davis, Interface
Wildcat Theater
Many companies now set goals in sustainability, but do they understand that meeting these goals will require innovation in their supply chain? This session will show how Interface, a global flooring manufacturer, has been working for 25 years to transform their business by eliminating negative impacts from their business and building supply chain partnerships that eliminate waste.

Building Green Track

Expanding Green Building Projects in Ogden and Moab

Speakers: Bryan Dorsey, Weber State University; Jeremy Farner, Weber State University; Kenner Kingston, Architectural Nexus
Room 320
Come learn about sustainable community development projects in Utah including recent developments in passive and active solar systems (via the Solar Decathlon), and other living building features in Ogden’s East Central Neighborhood, as well as the utilization of Living Building Challenge principles and recent work with Community Rebuilds in Moab.

Culture Shift Track

What Keeps the Growth Imperative Entrenched in Our Culture?

Speakers: Dave Gardner, GrowthBusters
Room 316
This session will teach participants how to spot news reporting that keeps us stuck. To transition from a culture of expansion, exploitation and domination to a culture of “enough,” we must disempower our modern campfire tales promoting values of “more, more, more.” Recognition of the myths is the first step in taking away their power.

Eco Expo and Book Signing

Mezzanine

Sessions

Energy Innovation Track

100% Clean Energy Communities in Utah: The Path Forward

Speakers: Lindsay Beebe, Sierra ClubJosh Craft, Utah Clean EnergyChristopher Thomas, Salt Lake City Sustainability; Carmen ValDez
Room 321
This session is a great resource for communities, and community members, who resolved to be 100% net-renewable energy by 2030. Stakeholders and participants will be able to identify specific ways they can engage in the movement for clean energy in Utah, while understanding the broader impacts of local action in a region electric grid.

Community Engagement Track

Climate Action in Utah: Your Role and Opportunity to Take Action & Rally Your Community

Speakers: Jeff Bousson, Utah Clean EnergyOlivia Juarez, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance; Carl Moore, SLC Air Protectors
Moderator: Shelby Stults, Utah Clean Energy
Wildcat Theater
This session will briefly communicate the latest climate trends facing Utah and primarily highlight the resources, stories, and tools attendees can utilize to lead-by-example, hold local leaders accountable, incorporate equitable solutions, and rally fellow loved ones to become more involved in their local neighborhoods and communities.

Sustainable Sourcing Track

Purchasing with a Purpose: State of Utah Development of a Green Purchasing Program

Speakers: Christopher Hughes, State of Utah
Room 404
Chris Hughes will explain how the State of Utah Division of Purchasing is working to create green procurement processes. The State of Utah is looking for insight from the sustainability community on what they would like to see from such a program. Join the conversation.

Building Green Track

Your Carbon Neutral Home: Changing Paradigms for Rooftop Solar

Speaker: Kate Bowman, Utah Clean Energy; Joshua Roy, The Wasatch Group
Room 320
In order to meaningfully reduce carbon emissions, we must transform our homes. Learn about upcoming changes to the value of solar energy in Utah and how new clean and efficient technologies (like battery storage and heat pumps) will play a part in the transition to a clean energy future.

Culture Shift Track

Building the Community of Our Dreams with Biking and Walking Infrastructure

Speaker: Heidi Goedhart, Utah Department of Transportation
Room 316
Participants will learn about the active transportation planning resources currently available, and see how walking/biking/scooting are fundamental elements to incorporate into community planning and transportation infrastructure. This session will inspire attendees to work with their own communities to build a resilient transportation system.

Increasing Critical Thinking to Understand and Respond to Climate Misinformation

Sheperd Union, Room 404
Presented by: Dr. John Cook, Greorge Mason University

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