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Summit Schedule

Three days of virtual programming for those who are actively shaping our future. 

Note: Separate registrations are required for the main ISS day of events held on Thursday, March 17 and for individual workshops held on both Wednesday and Friday, March 16 and 18. 

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Securing Utah's Balanced Water Future in a Climate Change World - PART 1

Presented by: Zach Frankel, Nick Halberg and Lindsey Hutchison; Utah Rivers Council


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All Day

Sponsor Hall, Art Space and On-Demand Sessions 

The Sponsor Hall, Art Space and On-Demand sessions are available for viewing at any time.

Welcome and Morning Keynote

Alice Mulder, Weber State University
President Brad Mortensen, Weber State University 

UNBREAKABLE: What We All Need to Understand about Physics and Economy

Rob Davies, Physicist and Climate Communicator 

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Student Poster Competition

Explore emerging research and sustainability solutions developed by students and vote for your favorite poster.



Accelerating the Rollout of Renewable Energy in the West

Presented by: Isabella Errigo and Benjamin Abbott, Brigham Young University

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Remaking the Way we Make Things

Presented by: Jen Lopez, Clever Octopus

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Efficacy of Air Handling Units to Reduce PM2.5 in Commercial Building

Presented by: Sarah Boll, Division of Facilities construction and Management (DFCM); Daniel Mendoza, University of Utah

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Building for a Net Positive Future: Now!

Presented by: Mike Johnson, ReDirect Guide

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11:00 – 11:50 am



Utah 100 Communities: How Local Communities are Leading the Renewable Energy Program

Presented by: Jeff Bousson, Utah Clean Energy; Christopher Thomas, Salt Lake City Sustainability; Emily Quinton, Summit County

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Learning by Doing: Developing a Collaborative Climate Justice Curriculum for Young Activists

Presented by: Maria Archibald and Muskan Walia, Utah Youth for Environmental Solutions

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Expanding Diversity: The CURE to Inclusion Starts with U

Presented by: Ruth Rathblott, TEDx and Inspirational Speaker

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Carbon Drawdown Now: Turning Our Building's into Carbon Sinks

Presented by: Chris Magwood, The Endeavour Centre

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Noon – 12:30


Visit the Sponsor Hall, Art Space, or watch a few On-Demand sessions

12:30 – 1:10

Networking Sessions

Sessions include: Electrify Everything, Youth Activism, Sustainable Food Systems and open topic networking

1:20 – 2:20

Afternoon Keynote 

Fitting Humanity to Its Biosphere

Kim Stanley Robinson, New York Times Bestselling Author

2:30 – 3:20 pm



Neutral, Negative, Net-Zero or Positive: What it Means for Your Organization

Presented by: Shane Schvaneveldt, Weber State University

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Envision a Sustainable Society

Presented by: Trevor Decker Cohen, Bright Green Future

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Incentivizing a Greener Growth: The Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City's Sustainable Development Policy

Presented by: Lauren Parisi and Cara Lindsley, Redevelopment Agency of SLC

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Regenerating the Existing

Presented by: Kelly Holland and Shruti Borle, Arch Nexus

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3:30 – 4:20 pm



Residential Electrification in Utah: An Economic Lens

Presented by: Don Jarvis, Provo City; Thomas Kessinger, Utah Clean Energy; Peter Nelson, Salt Lake City Sustainability

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Constitutional Climate Litigation in Utah: The Case for a Livable Future for Utah's Youth

Presented by: Andrew WelleAmira Mikhail, Dallin Rima and Natalie Roberts,Our Children’s Trust

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Sustainable Biking and Walking: Real Solutions to Real Problems

Presented by: Hugh Van Wagenen, Wasatch Front Regional Council; Justin Anderson, Ogden City Public Services; Andrea Garfinkel-Castro, University of Utah; Donna McAleer, Bicycle Collective 

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Mass Timber Buildings: Products, Carbon Footprint and Forest Sustainability

Presented by: Chelsea Drenick, WoodWorks; Darren McAvoy, Utah State University

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4:30 – 5:00 pm

Reshaping Our Future - Keynotes in Conversation 

Rob Davies, Physicist and Climate Communicator 
Kim Stanley RobinsonNew York Times Bestselling Author
Moderated by: Doris Geide-Stevenson, Professor of Economics at Weber State University

5:15 – 6:00 pm

Social Networking

On-demand Sessions

Pre-recorded on-demand sessions are available for viewing at any time and are approximately 15 minutes in length.


Living to Breathe: A Look into Utah's Air Quality

Presented by: Kim Frost, UCAIR - Utah Clean Air Partnership 

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Sustainable Tourism in Communities: A Framework for Success

Presented by: Jennifer Wesselhoff, Park City Chamber of Commerce | Convention and Visitors Bureau

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The Future of Food Waste in Utah

Presented by: Lydia Keenan and Elizabeth Barret, Wasatch Resource Recovery; Jason Utgaard, Momentum Recycling

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Lose your Lawn: Awesome Alternatives for Utah

Presented by: Mindy Mortensen, Botanical Consulting

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Heat Pumps: The Environmental, Economic, and Operations Costs

Presented by: Justin Owen, Weber State University

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C-PACE: Utah's Best Kept Secret to Accelerate its Decarbonization Goals

Presented by: Theddi Chappell, Sustainable Values, Inc. and Utah

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Reshaping Our Food System

Presented by: Chandler Rosenberg, Plant Based Utah; Natalie McHale, Wasatch Cooperative Market

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Case Study: Utah's First Living Building Challenge-Ready Project

Presented by: Patty Karapinar and Megan Recher, Arch Nexus

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Students Steer a Clean Energy Future

Presented by: Bekah Ashley, Sierra Club Utah Chapter; Muskan Walia, University of Utah

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Eating the Drought: Addressing Animal Agriculture's Environmental Footprint

Presented by: Chris Shapard, Factory Farming Awareness Coalition

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Foodscaping: Retrofitting Suburbia for a Sustainable Future

Presented by: John Trimble, Weber State University; Holly Trimble, Foodscaping Utah

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Hydrogen as an Advanced Fuel: Next Generation of Zero Emission Fuel

Presented by: Tammie Bostick, Utah Clean Cities

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Permaculture Design as a Framework for Climate Resiliency 

Presented by: Roslynn McCann, Utah State University


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Become a Sustainability Super Champion and Save the World!

Presented by: Chance Thompson, Karla Garcia, Sean Nickerson and Jake McMillan; VIRIDESCENT; VIRIDESCENT, BLLC 

Are YOU tired of the doom and gloom world we live in? So are we. Join this immersive sustainability workshop to build and meet your sustainability alter-ego (the heroic, balanced, and optimistic change-maker from within) fit to save the world and experience its beauty all in one. You’ll become a comic book character, regenerative leader, and find inspiration unlike ever before. 

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Securing Utah's Balanced Water Future in a Climate Change World - PART 2

Presented by: Zach Frankel, Nick Halberg and Lindsey Hutchison; Utah Rivers Council


See workshop description →