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Sustainability Symposium 2017: Ready for Anything

January 9, 2017

Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts, Orlando, Florida

Green Builder Media, in collaboration with Mayor Dyer and the City of Orlando, proudly announces a first-of-its-kind thought leadership event focused on intelligent solutions for a resilient world

Taking a bold approach to idea generation and problem solving, the Symposium promises to be a game changing event, bringing together some of the brightest minds in the nation to determine the actions and policies needed for a sustainable future.

Calling all influencers!  Are you a progressive building professional, elected official, policy maker, city planner, code official, business leader, member of the media, or passionate sustainability advocate?  If so, this is a can’t-miss event.  Join us as we convene a powerful and persuasive group that will facilitate the transition to smart cities, resilient communities, and sustainable development. 

Questions?  Email Green Builder Media CEO, Sara Gutterman, at

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Buddy Dyer has served as Mayor of the City of Orlando since 2003. Mayor Dyer is an advocate for the expansion of public transit and for creating an environmentally sustainable city. Through recycling, composting, energy efficiency and the planting of thousands of trees, the City is conserving more and wasting less in order to create a better future for generations to come.


Martin O’Malley served the people of Maryland as governor from 2007 to 2015. Prior to becoming governor, O’Malley served as mayor of the city of Baltimore from 1999 until 2007. Governor O'Malley took strong action to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Maryland.


Philippe Cousteau has established himself as a prominent leader in the environmental movement. An Emmy nominated TV host, author, speaker, and social entrepreneur Philippe is the son of Philippe Cousteau Sr. and grandson of Jacques Cousteau.

Leilani Munter

Leilani Münter is a biology graduate, race car driver and environmental activist. Discovery's Planet Green named her the #1 eco athlete in the world, ELLE Magazine awarded her their Genius Award, and Sports Illustrated named her one of the top ten female race car drivers in the world. Leilani’s motto is: never underestimate a vegan hippie chick with a race car.


Dr. Philip K. Stoddard has been a professor of biology at Florida International University since 1992. He is in his fourth term as Mayor of South Miami. In 2015 Mayor Stoddard was appointed by the White House to the Governance Coordinating Committee of the National Ocean Council where has developed national policy for sea level rise.

Sam Medlock

Samantha A. Medlock works as the Senior Advisor for Resilience in the White House Office of Management and Budget. With more than 20 years of experience in land use and disaster law, Ms. Medlock has testified in Congress on flood risk, levee safety, and resilient recovery from disaster.

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Mayor Jim Brainard is Carmel, Indiana's first six-term mayor and has created a vibrant, thriving city where companies want to locate, where employees want to live, and where families want to raise their children. Mayor Brainard is frequently asked to speak around the world about city planning, redevelopment, roadway networks, energy and climate policy.



Jan 9, Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts

9:00-9:15 Welcome—Sara Gutterman, Green Builder Media

9:15-9:45 Opening remarks—Mayor Dyer (D-Orlando, FL)

9:45-10:45 Morning keynote—The Scene: The Transition to a Sustainable Economy, Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD)

10:45-11:15 Networking break—The Saltbox

11:15-11:45 Presentation—The Safeguard: Resiliency Strategies for a Changing Climate, Senior White House Resiliency Advisor Samantha Medlock

11:45-12:30 Presentation—The Saga: Moving Beyond Language, Politics, and Emotion, carbon-neutral NASCAR driver Leilani Münter

12:30-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Panel: Smart Cities: Innovative Approaches for Intelligent Cities, Matthew Pine, Carrier; James Jackson, Emerson; Bill Gray, Uponor; Kari Hewitt, VHB; Moderator: Dion Haynes, Washington Post

2:00-3:15 Panel: The Substantiation: Cities in Action, Mayor Stoddard (D-South Miami, FL); Mayor Brainard (R-Carmel, IN); Moderator: Scott Tew, Ingersoll Rand

3:15-3:45 Networking break—The Sweet Spot

3:45-5:15 The Solutions: Ideas Showcase, Philippe Cousteau (presentation and roundtable facilitation)

Roundtable discussions focused on innovative solutions in categories such as:

  • Renewable Energy
  • Enabling Technologies
  • Green buildings
  • Smart Cities
  • Resiliency
  • Green Economy
  • Transportation
  • Intelligent Water

5:15-5:30 Closing Remarks—The Sagacity: A Sustainable Future, Ron Jones, Green Builder Media

5:30-6:30 Networking cocktail reception—The Soirée

Schedule subject to change