Saint Louis University's Center for Sustainability, in collaboration with Greensburg GreenTown and GreenTown Joplin, will present the second annual Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference Thursday, Nov. 14 and Friday, Nov. 15, in the Wool Ballroom at SLU's Busch Student Center, 20 N. Grand.
All University faculty and staff can register for the student rate of $40, with a valid SLU ID at check-in.
The first Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference was a great success. Approximately 200 people — ranging from students to government officials and industry professionals — attended a wide variety of educational sessions focused on weaving the principles of sustainability and energy-efficiency into disaster recovery efforts.
Building on the success of the inaugural year, the 2013 conference will continue the exploration of sustainable disaster recovery with added emphases on sustainable approaches to pre-disaster planning, emergency response, long-term recovery, and community resilience.
The two-day conference will bring together leaders in the fields of disaster response and recovery, government, urban planning, emergency management, design, renewable energy, public and private enterprise, green building, social work and sustainability. It features an impressive line-up of speakers and exhibitors eager to share experiences and resources to help cities and towns prepare for disasters and, in the event that the "unthinkable" happens, rebuild sustainable communities that are as efficient as they are resilient.
The conference features two keynote speakers:
Plenary panels and breakout sessions will cover an array of topics including:
About the Center for Sustainability
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 to rebuild the town as a model "green" community following the devastating tornado in May of 2007. The town has made a remarkable comeback, reinventing itself as a showcase 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 have been working in Joplin since last August, having assembled a committee of sustainability experts from the area who assist residents, business owners, and the City as they recover and rebuild after last year's devastating tornado.