Moved Online: Weber State Hosts 11th Annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit
Per the advice of the Utah State Governor regarding the COVID-19 virus, Weber State University is moving this event online. Please check with the event organizer for more information.
OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University will host the 11th annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit, March 19-20, bringing hundreds of sustainability professionals and emerging leaders together from across Utah.
The president and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions, Hunter Lovins, will deliver the afternoon keynote address, March 19 at 2:30 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballrooms. Lovins has consulted for scores of industries and governments worldwide, working to increase sustainable practices, while enhancing profitability. Lovins newest book, “A Finer Future: Creating an Economy in Service to Life,” focuses on building a regenerative economy, one that protects both the planet and the people living on it.
“This year’s summit will include an exploration of alternative approaches to a more sustainable world. Our speakers will provide a mix of perspectives and experiences,” said Alice Mulder, WSU’s Sustainability Practices and Research Center director. “The summit offers a rich opportunity for people from a variety of sectors and approaches to come together to learn and share ideas and stories as we work to address the major challenges threatening the environment and human health.”
Started by a Weber State student as a recycling event in 2009, the summit now includes topics such as renewable energy, green buildings, supply-chain distribution, transportation, new economic models and cultural shifts.
This year’s gathering will feature more than four-dozen, locally and nationally renowned, speakers; an Eco Expo, where participants can meet vendors showcasing sustainable products, services and solutions; a student poster competition; and ecologically focused art.
Day two of the summit is workshop day. Participants have the choice of two half-day sessions. The first workshop will discuss adapting local landscapes to climate change, for example, a typical homeowner’s garden. The second workshop will focus on using critical thinking to respond to climate-change fallacies.
Registration is required for each summit day. For a full schedule of events and pricing, visit weber.edu/issummit.
For the first time, this year’s summit will be part of the inaugural “InterMountain Events,” held March 19-21. Weber State’s Intermountain Sustainability Summit planning team, Ogden City and other Ogden-based organizations have collaborated to connect environmental experts, entrepreneurs, outdoor enthusiasts and the community through a wide range of activities. For more information about the events, which will occur on campus and in the community, visit weber.edu/WSUToday/030420_InterMountainEvents.html.
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