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2020 Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop: Call for Sessions

Deadline to Submit Extended to January 10, 2020

Theme: “Leveraging Resources Using Comprehensive Planning”

Resilient redevelopment requires vision, community engagement, and interagency collaboration

Session Panels, Lightning Talks, Posters, Municipal Projects

Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast (BCONE) announces its Call for Presentations for the 2020 Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop (NSCW). NSCW will be held on May 5, 2020 at the Trenton War Memorial, in Trenton, New Jersey. We are looking for dynamic presentations that challenge our thinking and push the brownfields industry forward, offering new ideas and concepts on the topics of sustainability, collaboration, emerging contaminants, resiliency, redevelopment challenges, technology, and impacts on community revitalization. We are eager to explore new ways for our attendees to learn and be inspired. You are invited to submit a presentation proposal for the Plenary Session, 30 or 60-minute breakout sessions, Lightning Talks, or a Poster that addresses important issues facing today’s brownfields professionals. We are also interested in applications for the Municipality Project/Opportunity Showcase. Do you have an innovative practice or cutting-edge research you want to share with your colleagues from across the region? Then don’t hesitate; submit your presentation proposal today!

Why Present

  • It is an amazing professional development opportunity.
  • Presenters (including co-presenters) receive a complimentary conference registration; including admission to general and breakout sessions, Exhibit Hall, and the networking reception.
  • NSCW provides presenters with valuable professional exposure on the event website and in event marketing materials.
  • You will have the opportunity to influence an audience of key leaders and decision makers.
  • It will boost the profiles of yourself and your organization.
  • Continuing education credits are provided for the sessions.
  • AND, you will be part of a dynamic community that has made NSCW a “must-attend” event for brownfields professionals for the past 10 years.

Session Options

  • Plenary Session¹ – A full conference session that provides a unique opportunity to engage and address all NSCW attendees. Also includes an exhibitor space in Exhibit Hall. The sponsorship for this level is $5,000.
  • 60-Minute Breakout Session – Moderator, 3 Panelists maximum, Q&A portion – Sponsorship @ $3,000
  • 30-Minute Breakout Session – Moderator, 3 Panelists maximum, Q&A portion – Sponsorship @ $1,800
  • 5-Minute Lightning Talk – Individual Speaker, timed presentation – Sponsorship @ $500
  • Poster Session – No Fee (Poster presenters MUST register and pay to attend the conference)
  • Municipality Project/Opportunity Showcase – No Fee

¹Non-competing session, other sessions compete against another session.

The Selection Committee is particularly interested in the following topics, but encourage new, timely and exciting topics:

* The BUILD Act - Federal Funding & BFPP Changes* Brownfield Success Projects and Innovative Approaches
* Opportunity Zones & Opportunity Funds* Smart Growth Development and Alternative Energy
*P3 - Public/Private Partnerships & Interagency Collaboration, Leveraging & Innovative Financing* Coastal Resiliency, Sea Level Rise, and Waterfront (Re)Development & Waterways
* Environmental Law, Politics and Policies, Insurance, Funding, Financing, and Technology* Climate Resiliency (insurance, legal, financial, community planning & structural issues)
* Emerging Contaminants and Vapor Intrusion* Community Engagement
* Urban Watershed, Stormwater, and Green/Gray Sustainable Infrastructure* Soil Management/Disposal and Alternative Fill

How Do I Submit a Session Panel or Poster?

You may submit multiple ideas. The deadline to submit has been extended to January 10, 2020. Submission is done online by completing the forms on the following pages:

Submission Guidelines

All proposals should include the following:

  • Engaging program format that involves the audience and stimulates discussion.
  • Conceptually strong foundation, well-written, with clearly stated outcomes and appropriately documented theory, research, and/or experience.
  • Qualified presenters with expertise / experience in the subject matter.

Preparing Successful Proposals: Questions to consider

  • Does the presentation inform brownfields professionals and industry partners about proven practices, push the leading edge of the industry, and inspire excellence?
  • Does the proposal adequately explain what will occur in the session?
  • How engaging is the presentation likely to be?
  • How well does this proposal deliver positive, solution-oriented outcomes supported by research and/or program evaluation?