2012 Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference FAQ
What is the Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference?
What do you mean by sustainable disaster recovery?
Who is responsible for planning and organizing the conference?
Who should I contact if I have questions or need more details?
Where can I learn more about the recovery efforts in Joplin, MO?
Where can I learn more about Greensburg, KS and their sustainable rebuilding efforts?
Registration and Participation
How much does it cost to register?
Does the free student registration rate apply ONLY to Saint Louis University students?
How can I become a sponsor and what are the benefits?
How can I become an exhibitor and what is included?
Who are the exhibitors so far?
Who are the sponsors so far?
How do I submit an abstract for a paper or presentation?
How many people do you anticipate?
Who is the target audience?
Who are the confirmed speakers and topics for the conference?
Are there any special events for conference guests?
What media stations/newspapers are going to be at the event? Are we planning on getting coverage from any national media outlets?
Where is the conference located?
Are there hotels with preferred conference rates?
What else can I do in St. Louis?
Where should I park for the conference?
Is there access to public transportation?
How do I get to Saint Louis University?
The Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference is a collaborative effort among the Saint Louis University Center for Sustainability, Greensburg GreenTown, and GreenTown Joplin. It aims to help towns stricken by natural disaster rebuild strong, livable communities by weaving the principles of sustainability and energy-efficiency into the recovery effort. It will also 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 conference will be held on the campus of Saint Louis University in Midtown St. Louis, Missouri on Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30. For more information please see the main conference page: Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference
A holistic recovery from a disaster is one in which the stricken locality systematically considers each of the principles of sustainability in every decision it makes about reconstruction and redevelopment. Rebuilding a city, neighborhood, or home, etc. in a way that has little or no negative impact on our natural environment and resources would be considered holistic or sustainable. For example, after 95% of Greensburg, Kansas was destroyed by a horrific tornado, Greensburg GreenTown helped the town rebuild with such technologies as high performance windows, ground source heat pumps, and economizers that efficiently cool commercial buildings using fresh air.
You can visit GreenTown Joplin at http://www.greentownjoplin.org, and the city's official website at http://www.joplinmo.org. Under "Departments" at the top of the website you'll find "Emergency Management" and then a section called "Recover and Rebuild".
Registration and Participation
- Students (all schools): $0.00
- General registration: $250.00
- Exhibitor: $250.00
- Exhibitor Special/Premier: $350.00
Click here to register now.
No. Students from any institution of higher education are free but registration is required. Sign up by visiting our registration page if you would like to attend. Please note that you will be required to show a valid student ID at check-in.
You can check out the full list of sponsorship benefits at our Sponsors page.
There are three different levels of sponsorship:
- Silver Sponsor: $2,000.00
- Gold Sponsor: $4,000.00
- Platinum Sponsor: $6,000.00
We are interested in working with you and can customize a sponsorship package. Please call for more details (314) 977-3608 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our website lists the full benefits that our exhibitors receive as participants in the Sustainable Disaster and Recovery Conference.
- General Exhibitors: $250.00
- Premier Exhibitors: $350.00
- Day and Night Solar
- Greensburg GreenTown
- GreenTown Joplin
- iQpureWood Inc.
- Logix ICF
- Mike Smith Enterprises
- Mueller Prost PC
- New Day Tornado Shelters
- SLU Center for Environmental Sciences
- SLU Center for Sustainability
- TF Forming Systems
- Thermocore of Missouri
- Robert Fraga, Ph.D.
The call for papers has officially closed. All acceptances were announced by September 21st. If we were unable to accommodate you this year, we would be happy to consider you for next year. Thank you for your interest, enthusiasm, and support!
The Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference is a national conference with attendees from across the country. We are anticipating 200-300 participants.
The conference aims to help cities stricken by natural disasters rebuild strong, livable communities by identifying ways to efficiently and effectively weave elements of sustainability into the disaster recovery process while increasing collaboration among all parties working toward this goal. We are also reaching out to leaders in cities that have not been affected by disaster along with disaster preparedness organizations to get them thinking about the issue before disaster strikes.
The conference is designed to bring people together who are interested in all aspects of sustainable recovery, including but not limited to: sustainability, public policy, development, construction, business, and society. It will also 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.
For a full list of our confirmed speakers and topics please see the Conference Program.
Yes. Monday night at 5:15pm there will be an exhibitor reception in the St. Louis Room on the third floor of the Busch Student Center. Drinks and substantial hors d'oeuvres will be served. Following the reception at 6:30pm in the same room there will be a screening of the documentary Joplin, Missouri: A Tornado Story.
Tuesday there will be a community building workshop, a second showing of the documentary screening Joplin, Missouri: A Tornado Story, as well as additional time to network with exhibitors.
All of these events are listed in the Conference Program.
Saint Louis University's department of Marketing and Communication will be issuing a press release to numerous local media outlets including newspapers, magazines, and television and radio stations. GreenTown Joplin and Greensburg GreenTown have done the same. We are currently working with a couple of St. Louis-based media companies to provide coverage for the duration of the event.
The 2012 Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference will be held at the Busch Student Center. Plenary sessions will be held in the Wool Ballroom on the lower floor. Exhibitors will be located in the Saint Louis Room on the third floor.
The Busch Student center is located at 20 N. Grand, Saint Louis, MO, 63103.
Yes. There are several hotels close to SLU's campus that have preferred conference rates. For a list of hotels and their accommodations please visit our Accommodations page.
Take a trip to the top of the St. Louis Arch, tour the Anheuser-Busch brewery, take in a Rams or Cardinals game, or catch a show at the Fabulous Fox Theater. These are just a few of St. Louis' many attractions.
Parking is complimentary in our parking garage located at the corner of Olive and Compton. Click here to view our campus parking map.
Yes. Saint Louis has both a public bus system, and a subway system called the "MetroLink". If you're coming from the airport, MetroLink is a quick and easy way to travel near the University. Both the red and blue lines go to the Grand stop which is adjacent to SLU. You can arrange for a SLU Ride to pick you up from this location. Cab companies in Saint Louis include Laclede Cab (314) 652-3456, and Airport Cab (314-600-1220). The Water Tower hotel has a free shuttle to SLU's campus.
See public transportation above. Click here to check out directions to campus. We are located just off of I-64 east and 1-44 east.