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BCONE is Calling for Presentations, Ideas, Speakers for our 2022 Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop

Theme: A New Era for Equitable Development

60- Minute and 120-Minute Sessions

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BCONE’s annual conference, the Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop (NSCW), is the premier forum for the presentation of new advances, research and case studies in environmental sustainability and resilient redevelopment. It will be held this year on September 13th and 14th, at the Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center in Stamford, Connecticut. 

We are looking for thought leaders and industry experts to share your experiences, hurdles and success stories with conference attendees. There will also be plenty of opportunities for you to reconnect with colleagues, meet other experts in the industry and enjoy the beauty of Stamford, Connecticut.

We invite you to submit your proposal for presentation at our Conference. The theme for the 2022 NSCW is "A New Era for Equitable Development." We are looking for a variety of topics for our 60-minute panels which address all of our member states from Maine to Maryland. We are also looking for 120-minute panel topics dedicated to issues in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and plan for attendees to be able to earn Licensed Environmental Professional (LEP) credits and Licensed Site Professional (LSP) credits, respectively.

The sessions should be designed to be interactive and not individual PowerPoint presentations. Suggested topics are included below with an eye on overall benefits to communities through sustainable and resilient redevelopment: 

  • Redevelopment in Environmental Justice Areas with Overall Benefits to the Community - Recent regulatory developments and effective engagement strategies. 
  • New Green and Sustainable Characterization and Remediation Technologies 
  • Funding/Layering/Financial Incentives – Tools for achieving an equitable and sustainable future.  What is available to local government, what is available to non-profits?
  • Small Town Redevelopment – Opportunities, funding, challenges, and strategies.
  • Affordable Housing – There is a huge need throughout the entire Northeast.  What is breaking the logjam? Where are the successes? 
  • Emerging Contaminants – New contaminants, new standards, how they impact already redeveloped projects.
  • Case Studies – Case Studies can be used as examples as part of a panel (Case Studies should still contain an interactive component).
  • Resiliency Planning and Strategies: Climate Change, Solar, Wind, Flooding – What changes affect redevelopment and changes in land development, who are the decision makers? Federal, State or Local Governments and Zoning Boards?
  • Environmental Liabilities – What are the challenges with emerging contaminants?  Discussion on creative protections for innocent purchasers and responsible strategies for ethical sellers.  Any protections for others?
  • Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) – Summary of brownfield-specific components.
  • Role of Non-Profits in Creating Equitable Development
  • State Updates: CT, MA, NY, NJ (or other mix of 4 States) - Learn from your neighbors.
  • Technical Assistance Programs 
  • Other

We appreciate your assistance in developing this Conference and thank you for your submission, ideas and suggestions. Sessions should be compelling, relevant, educational and thought-provoking. Preference will be given to panels with an innovative, interactive format that actively engage participants beyond the typical Q&A at the end of a session. We are looking for panels consisting of presenters who represent various sectors, perspectives, geography and gender diversity. We discourage the use of PowerPoints that contain all of your talking points; if you must use PowerPoints, a few illustrative photos, drawings, and short videos may be allowed. If you have a great idea, but don’t have a full panel, or have an idea of a perfect presenter, but don’t have a connection with them, please let us know and we can assist you in making the connections. 

Application Process:

Your submission must be made using the following form: 

When completing the Submission Form, please provide as much of the following information as you are able to at this time:

  • Session Length: 60-minutes, including time for Q&A or one of the special 120-minute sessions designed for LEP and/or LSP credits.
  • Session Title: An interesting title will help make your proposal stand out.
  • Session Description: The description should be no more than 250 words, including session purpose and goals, focusing on what makes your session compelling.
  • Learning Objectives: Describe up to 3 learning objectives in 20 words or less for each. This is necessary to help us secure continuing education credits for sessions. Examples: Participants will be able to discuss, identify, learn, etc.
  • Moderator: Moderators play a key role in engaging both the speakers and attendees and play an important role in developing the session.
  • Presenters (Maximum of 3 on a Panel): Include Name, Company/Organization, Address, Email and Phone number. Please also indicate if each presenter has agreed to be on the panel, someone you will approach for your panel, or a suggestion.
  • Session Diversity: In 100 words or less, identify how the proposed speakers represent diversity in (1) regional geographic coverage, (2) discipline, (3) perspective, (4) gender and ethnicity, and (5) public and private sectors.
Expenses: Conference Presenters will need to register for the Conference at a greatly-reduced Presenters' Rate. Presenters are not required to sponsor the conference; however, sponsorship is greatly appreciated and allows us to continue to provide a superior educational and networking experience.

Deadline: The deadline for submission is Friday, June 3, 2022, at 6:00 pm, so please submit your presentation ideas as soon as possible.

Thank you for your submissions and suggestions. If you have any questions, please contact Beverly Entin. We look forward to working with you on NSCW 2022.

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