2021 Sustainability Symposium

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Fri, 9/17/2021

Penn State at the Navy Yard

Get ready for Green Building United's 11th Annual Sustainability Symposium! This year's conference focuses on equitable decarbonization.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a session related to health, energy, and/or climate resilience in the built environment. We will be contacting submitters by July. 

We are optimistically anticipating hosting this conference LIVE at Penn State at the Navy Yard, and are taking every measure to ensure this can be done safely in accordance with CDC guidelines

Explore last year's Sustainability Symposium. 

Symposium Committee 

Nick Aster | Shane Clark | Pat Coleman | Adam Cutler | Kate Flint | Alex Grella | Michele Halsell | Angela Iraldi | Patrick Isaac |  Bissy Larsson | David Lemons | Brendan McGrath | Mark Sanderson | Matt Thomas



Interested in being a sponsor of this year's conference? Learn more about sponsorship opportunities here or contact Pat Ma, Development Director, pma@greenbuildingunited.org





2021 Call for Sessions (CLOSED)

Session Topic Examples (not limited to): 

  • Balancing energy efficiency with indoor air quality in retrofits 
  • Environmental justice and addressing health disparities in vulnerable populations 
  • Making reparations to black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) populations for adverse built environment and green building practices
  • Building electrification at community and city scales
  • Case studies of net positive buildings
  • Historical perspective on how location influences building structures and occupant health and wellbeing 
  • Making sustainable urban and community planning people-centered
  • Biophilic design in the era of working from home
  • New technologies for monitoring occupancy and indoor environmental quality 
  • Role of local agriculture in community health 
  • How health and wellness initiatives impact employee productivity and happiness 
  • WELL, Fitwel, and other wellness standards updates  
  • Net impact of buildings - including embodied and operational carbon 
  • Community solar initiatives
  • Energy use feedback and incentives for occupants 
  • Meeting 2030 goals and Biden+Harris 2050 goals 
  • Using buildings and nature to transform urban spaces into carbon sinks 

Session Requirements


We are committed to promoting diverse voices and will consider all session ideas.

If you have ideas on how we can improve the call for session process, please email Leah Wirgau, Education & Engagement Director.


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