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Announcing the Sustainability Symposium 2018: Champions of Change

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jul 27, 2017 10:39:09 AM

Green Builder Media and the City of Orlando proudly announce the Sustainability Symposium 2018: Champions of Change. Our second annual thought-leadership summit promises to be extraordinary, with world-class speakers including Paul Hawken, Jeremy Rifkin, and Martin O’Malley.

In the wise words of President Woodrow Wilson, "You are not here merely to make a living.  You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement.  You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand."

His sentiment embodies the genesis of Green Builder Media’s upcoming Sustainability Symposium: Champions of Change, planned for January 8, 2018 at the University of Central Florida campus in Orlando, Florida.

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The event will directly and honestly confront the reality of climate change—the challenge of our generation, and the opportunity of a lifetime. 

In this time of environmental and political uncertainty, an all-hands-on-deck effort is required to develop sustainable solutions.  To reach our goals, each of us must participate, collaborate, and innovate, propelling our society towards a clean, resilient, efficient, and intelligent future.

There is much work to do, but we’re on a roll, and it’s time to shake things up even further. 

The purpose of the Sustainability Symposium 2018: Champions of Change, presented by Green Builder Media, Mayor Dyer, and the City of Orlando, is to shatter the status quo in favor of disruption and progress, offering bold ideas for positive action, proactive activism, and implementable solutions. 

Our world-class line up of speakers will provide real-life information from projects they are spearheading in the areas of smart cities, renewable energy, advanced technologies, intelligent water, and more.  Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from genuine Champions of Change, including:

  • Paul Hawken—considered to be one of the fathers of the sustainability movement, Hawken’s most recent book, Drawdown, offers a comprehensive plan for reversing global warming with specific solutions for tackling climate change.
  • Jeremy Rifkin—economist, futurist, and author of The Zero Marginal Cost Society and The Third Industrial Revolution, Rifkin is working with leaders in the U.S., European Union, and China to implement comprehensive local and national sustainability plans to mitigate climate change.  Rifkin believes that buildings are the key to transforming our current energy and economic paradigm—he considers them to be the ‘nodes’ for smart technology, connectivity, and renewable energy.
  • Governor Martin O’Malley—back for a second appearance, O’Malley will unveil his innovative plan for taking the U.S. 100% renewable by 2050.

We’ll also present Green Builder Media’s pioneering and proprietary market intelligence about smart cities, smart home technology, building products, and solar—information that you won’t find anywhere else.

We had a blast earlier this year at the Sustainability Symposium 2017: Ready for Anything, held on January 9, 2017—here’s an event synopsis: Optimism Wins the Day.  Sustainability advocates, building professionals, elected officials, city planners, and media from across the country gathered to discuss climate action at a local level and how to emancipate sustainability from the shifting winds of national politics. 

Attendees made pledges to work with their communities, cities, and states to fill the leadership void.  We’ve seen those commitments yield meaningful results from California to New York.

We invite you to join us for next year’s event, as we focus on concrete plans, specific strategies, and real solutions that will pave the way to a better world. 

Click here for more information about the Sustainability Symposium 2018: Champions of Change.  Space is limited, to be sure to reserve your seat today!  Register before September 29 using the code EarlyBird to receive a $100 discount.

Want to learn more about attending or sponsoring the Sustainability Symposium 2018: Champions of Change? Write to me at sara.gutterman@greenbuildermedia.com.

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