October 11, 2012

Jeanette Grider

Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference

Event Details: October 29 - October 30, Busch Student Center, 20 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63103

Saint Louis University's Center for Sustainability, Greensburg GreenTown and GreenTown Joplin will present the 2012 Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference Monday, Oct. 29-Tuesday, Oct. 30, at SLU's Busch Student Center.


A collaborative effort between the three groups, the conference aims to help disaster-stricken towns rebuild strong, livable communities by weaving the principles of sustainability and energy efficiency into the recovery effort. It also will serve as a forum for all towns to learn more about disaster preparedness and how they might incorporate "green" design and development into efforts to renovate and revive their own communities.

The two-day conference will bring together leaders in the fields of disaster response and recovery, government, urban planning, design, public and private enterprise, green building and sustainability. It features an impressive line-up of speakers and exhibitors eager to share stories and resources to help individuals and communities rebuild efficiently in the wake of a natural disaster and to be better prepared for any type of calamitous event in the future.

Registration is open to the public. Click here to register or for more information, including the conference program and list of  speakers and exhibitors, or contact David Webb at the Center for Sustainability at (314) 977-5153 or dwebb@slu.edu. Attendance is free for students with a valid ID. For faculty registration information, contact David Webb.

Conference sessions will be held in the Wool Ballroom on the lower level of SLU's Busch Student Center.

Exhibitors will be on hand in the St. Louis Room on the third floor of the BSC to share information and answer questions about sustainable products and services.

Complimentary parking is available in the University garage at Olive and Compton.

About the Center for Sustainability at Saint Louis University
Building on the Jesuit tradition of leadership and service, Saint Louis University's Center for Sustainability uses interdisciplinary research, education, and development to advance sustainable approaches to the world's social, economic and environmental challenges. The Center develops partnerships across businesses, government agencies, communities and academic institutions that steward Earth's resources to help build socially responsible, environmentally conscious and economically prosperous communities.

About Greensburg GreenTown
Greensburg GreenTown is a nonprofit organization established to assist the people of Greensburg, Kansas, in rebuilding the town as a model of sustainability following the devastating tornado in May 2007. The town has made a remarkable comeback, reinventing itself as a model for sustainable building and green living now recognized around the world. GreenTown works to make green building and living easily understood, appealing and accessible to all.

About GreenTown Joplin
GreenTown Joplin is a project of Greensburg GreenTown, the nonprofit organization that helped Greensburg, Kansas, rebuild a "green," energy-efficient community after the tornado of May 2007. GreenTown staff members have been working in Joplin since last August, having assembled a committee of sustainability experts from the area to assist residents, business owners and the city as they recover and rebuild after last year's devastating tornado.

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