Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop:
“Resiliency During Times of Change”

The premier metropolitan workshop on identifying sustainable goals and strategies for revitalizing communities and brownfields

May 23, 2018
New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ

BCONE is pleased to announce a Call for Sessions

Click here to submit a Call for Sessions now.

What topics would you like to discuss with experts and leaders in the field of sustainability? Do you have a great idea for a speaker or presentation that you'd like to see at the Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop on May 23, 2018? Submit a Panel for NSCW 2018! 

Now in its 9th year, the Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast (BCONE) will be hosting the Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop (NSCW) 2018 at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark, New Jersey on May 23, 2018.  The NSCW’s goal is to break new ground, offer new ideas, and posits new concepts on the topics of sustainability, collaboration and leverage, emerging contaminants, resiliency, brownfields, technology, and their impact on community revitalization. Our past events have been attended by representatives from government, higher education, professional organizations, and laboratories, as well as attorneys, developers, contractors, and consultants.

This year’s theme is “Resiliency During Times of Change." NSCW is like no other conference you’ve attended. PowerPoint presentations are sparse and image-only; speakers are concise, yet informative; and, there is plenty of time in each session for dialogue between attendees, speakers, and moderators. Come be a part of the conversation!

BCONE is issuing a call for ideas sessions on topics related to sustainability for NSCW 2018. Submissions may address either broad or niche areas; research projects or case studies; management and policy challenges; and local, regional, or national issues.

What Topics Are Included in the Program?

The NSCW 2018 Planning Committee is particularly interested in the following topics:

• Hot Topics in the areas of: Environmental Law, Politics and Policies Insurance, Funding, Financing, and Technology
• Resiliency- (adaption for industry, communities, land banks, insurances)
• Smart Cities including the use of Leveraging Information Technology and Analytics where added benefit was achieved in the community
• Sustainable Development: can it survive without manufacturing 
• Regional Trends in using brownfields for new manufacturing 
• Public-Private Partnerships
• Interagency Collaboration, Leveraging & Innovative Financing
• Sustainable Remediation & Cleanup Standards & Public Health & Safety can they coexist
• Coastal Resiliency & Waterfront (Re)Development & Waterways 
• Brownfields Challenges: Emerging Contaminants, VI, Urban Watersheds, Stormwater, 
• Innovative approaches: success projects, Green & Gray Sustainable Infrastructure, Energy & Smart Growth Development
• Sea Level Rise- (insurance changes, legal opportunities, financial challenges, community planning & structures)
• Use of alternative fill on brownfield properties: Advantages and Limitations

How Do I Submit a Session Idea?

Two options to submit: Traditional completed Panel with Sponsor; or Individual with Expertise in a specific Topic. The committee may elect to build a panel from individuals.

NSCW 2018 Call for Sessions Instructions

NSCW 2018 Session Chair Responsibilities

You may submit multiple ideas.  Submission is completed on-line and must include:

• Session Title;
• Session Presenters: Conference Organizers are looking for a multidisciplinary panel of strong speakers that represent various geographic regions, sectors, perspectives and gender diversity. Please do not submit session proposals that include all or most of the speakers coming from only one organization, agency or company. Number of speakers (not to exceed 3 speakers & 1 moderator); 
• Interactive Component of Your Session:  Sessions will be 50 minutes, preference will be given to sessions with an innovative, interactive format that actively engages participants beyond typical Q&A at the end of the session; 
• Learning Objectives: (describe up to three learning objectives or “take-aways,” 20 words or less each);
• Presenter information: Please include full name, organization, phone number and email address);
• Panel Diversity Considerations: Please succinctly identify how your proposed panel of speakers represents diversity in: (1) regional geographic coverage, (2) discipline, (3) perspective, and (4) gender. One to two sentences per speaker is sufficient, to indicate each speakers’ diversity; and
• Suggested Sponsor for the Topic.  Preference will be given to panels with firm sponsorship commitments, however limited exceptions will be made for non-profits and governmental entities. Workshop Partner Sponsorship levels are as follows: Breakout Sessions $2700 for an exclusive partnership (single sponsor), or $1600 each for two sponsors or $1200 each for 3-4 sponsors.  

Submissions are due by November 8, 2017, 11:59 PM ET.  To submit, click on this link to complete the application form. Accepted presenters will be notified by November 28, 2017.  All accepted presenters are required to submit a catchy and enticing abstract for the conference program as well as a short bio by December 12, 2017.  Each non-governmental or non-profit panel requires a sponsor.  Benefits of sponsorship include free registration, recognition for the sponsors and name in the program. 

Continuing Education Credits Being Applied for include: LSRP, PEs and CLEs for (NJ, PA, CT, DE and NY), PGs (PA)  

For more information please contact:
Skelly Holmbeck at sholmbeck@advancedgeoservices.com or 
Rick Shoyer at rshoyer@advancedgeoservices.com or call 610 840-9100. 

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