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Sustainability Symposium 2018

Champions of Change

Green Builder Media and the City of Orlando are privileged to host the second annual Sustainability Symposium: Champions of Change, on January 8, 2018 in Orlando, Florida.

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Climate change is the challenge of our generation, but an opportunity of a lifetime. 

In this time of environmental and political uncertainty, an all-hands-on-deck effort is required, and each of us must participate, collaborate, and innovate.

The Sustainability Symposium 2018: Champions of Change will offer ideas and inspiration for positive action, proactive activity, and implementable solutions that will facilitate the transition to a clean economy and sustainable future.

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 this groundbreaking event!




Keynote Presenters

Paul Hawken

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

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 offer insights into specific actions that can be taken at all levels (federal, state, city, community and individual) to facilitate the transition to a sustainable economy.


Mayor Dyer

Mayor Dyer Buddy Dyer has served as Mayor of the City of Orlando since 2003, and from his first day in office, he has worked tirelessly to advance the community’s shared vision for Orlando as one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities focused on inclusiveness, opportunity and quality of life, with a strong focus on innovation, transportation, sustainability and government efficiency.

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Our Sponsors

Interested in becoming a Sponsor for the Sustainability Symposium 2018? Contact us now!

Ingersoll Rand

Our Partners

USGBC Florida
UCF Sustainability Initiatives

"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."

—President Woodrow Wilson

2018 Symposium Updates

2017 Symposium Recap


Sara Gutterman

Optimism Wins the Day Green Builder Media’s Sustainability Symposium 2017: Ready for Anything exceeded all expectations, offering an abundance of inspiration, assurance, and intelligent solutions for the transition to a sustainable future.

See more from the 2017 Symposium here