2019 Sustainability Symposium

star GBCI CE hours and AIA LU-HSWs pending

Fri, 5/3/2019 - 8:00am - 4:30pm

Penn State at The Navy Yard, 4960 South 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19112

Event Summary

Green Building United is excited to announce the ninth annual Sustainability Symposium, happening May 3rd at Penn State at The Navy Yard. The Symposium is a full day of educational sessions covering cutting edge green building and sustainability topics and industry best practices, including LEED, Passive House, Living Building Challenge, Enterprise Green Communities, WELL, green stormwater infrastructure, and 2030 Districts. Please join us to hear experts from across the region and beyond as they gather to discuss their current work, opportunities for social, environmental, and economic impact, and challenges ahead in the sustainability field.  

GBCI CE hours and AIA LU-HSWs are pending approval. 

Thank you to everyone who submitted a session proposal! The Symposium Committee will be reviewing and selecting sessions over the coming weeks. Submitters will be notified either way by end-of-February. 

Event Details


Penn State at The Navy Yard, 4960 South 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19112

Date and Time

Friday, 05/03/2018 - 8:00am - 4:30pm

Event Cost | Early Bird sale opens end of February! 

Early Bird Pricing 
Members: $50 (will be $100)
Non-Members: $100 (will be $200)


Government/Non-Profit $125 rate will open with regular pricing 

Program & Tours

The call for session proposals closes Friday, January 18th.  The program will be announced late February/early March.  Stay tuned for information about both the program and tours.  You can see last year's program and tours description for prior content examples.

The Symposium offers 30 concurrent sessions, 6 tracks, with hour long presentations throughout the day. Tours are schedules throughout the day and are capped at 25 seats. Both sessions and tours are first come, first served.  Get tour tickets at the Green Building United registration table. 

Additionally tours will happen rain or shine.  Please wear appropriate shoes and outergear.  


Registration the day of the Symposium opens at 8 AM.  We encourage purchasing tickets as soon as possible, as the event has sold out in prior years.

You will receive your name tag  the morning of the Symposium at registration.  Your name tag is your ticket into panel sessions.

Sessions are filled day-of on a first-come, first-served basis.


The Expo is available throughout the day and we encourage attendees to stop by during the Registration/Breakfast hour, the morning break, and lunch.

Our sponsors help to make the Sustainability Symposium possible!

Breakfast & Lunch

Light breakfast, coffee, and tea will be available between 8 - 9 AM  in both Penn State at The Navy Yard Buildings, 661 and 7R, and throughout the morning hours.

Lunch will be provided to all registered participants. A variety of sandwiches w/ chips and fruit will be served.

Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options will be available for breakfast and lunch. Philadelphia Catering staff will be on site to help you with your meal selection and options for dietary needs.

Drinks and food can be taken into all classrooms.  Please feel free to enjoy breakfast and lunch in any classrooms, or anywhere there is indoor or outdoor seating.

Transportation & Parking

The Sustainability Symposium can be reached by various means of transportation.  See below for specific directions.

2018 map for symposium

Public Transportation:

The Navy Yard Center City Express Shuttle or Broad Street Line Subway & The Navy Yard Loop Shuttle will take attendes right to Penn State at The Navy Yard.  For more information and schedules visit The Navy Yard's Shuttle webpage. Both shuttles stop at the corner of Kittly Hawk and 12th Street, where Penn State at The Navy Yard located.  It's recommended to take the 7:50, 8:10, or 8:30 Express Shuttles or to connect from the Broad Street Line to the Loop Shuttles.


For directions to The Navy Yard visit The Navy Yard's Direction webpage. Once at The Navy Yard Broad Street gate*, continue south on Broad Street until Kitty Hawk. Turn left on Kitty Hawk and then turn left on 12th Street. Penn State at The Navy Yard is at 4960 South 12th Street and registration is in both buildings on 12th Street.  

A map of the Navy Yard is also available.


There is plenty of free and available street parking in The Navy Yard and Green Building United recommends that drivers use street parking. Additionally, there is one parking lot available by PIDC for use by Symposium attendees about two and a half blocks from the Penn State buildings. The parking lot is slightly south of the intersection of Normandy Place and 13th Street, across from the PIDC building. The parking lot in front of Penn State at The Navy Yard is NOT available for use.

Penn State Buildings: 

Penn State at the Navy Yard has two buildings, 661 and 7R.  Building 661 is on the west side of 12th street between Kitty Hawk and Constitution, and Building 7R and League Island Park are on the east side of the street.  Building 661 includes the Expo, Room 107, Room 201 and Room 202.  Building 7R includes Room 103, Room 209, and Room 211.

*Please know that parts of The Navy Yard will be in preparations for the Broad Street run on Sunday, May 5th. This will not result in any road closures or parking issues around Penn State at The Navy Yard.

Thank you to our Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring the Sustainability Symposium?  Contact Margaret Salamon, Development Director at 215-399-5799.

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