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This Way to Sustainability Conference

This Way to Sustainability Conference

Resilience from the Ground Up: Strengthening Diversity in Soil, Communities and Economies

This Way To Sustainability (TWTS) is a nationally recognized, student-run conference focusing on challenges, ideas, solutions and resiliency in planning our sustainable future. The conference hosts 1400 participants each year with a variety of respected professionals speaking on the many aspects of sustainability. The goal of the conference is to educate students, staff and faculty, and community members; providing attendees an opportunity to network, discuss, and become more aware of pertinent environmental and social issues we all face.

Our Keynote Speakers for the 2021 conference are: 

  • Leah Penniman, MA: "Ending racism and injustice in the food system and reclaiming the inherent right to belong to the earth"
  • Katharine Wilkinson, PhD: "Drawdown: How empowering women and girls can help stop global warming"
  • Jennifer Atkinson, PhD: "Eco-Grief and Climate Anxiety"
  • Bill Shireman, PhD: "In This Together : nonpartisan solutions to our climate crisis"

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Call for Breakout Session Proposals—Now Open

The conference is 100% Online/Virtual this year! (You don't need to be local to present or attend.)

It is scheduled for March 25-26, 2021 with a theme of "Resilience from the Ground Up: Strengthening Diversity in Soil, Communities and Economies." We are looking for presentation proposals by speakers and facilitators for the following breakout session tracks:

  1. Environment, Land Planning & Natural Systems
  2. Built Environments, Engineering & Waste Management
  3. Health, Wellness, Diet & Nutrition
  4. Sustainable Food Systems & Regenerative Agriculture
  5. Entrepreneurship, Marketing & Supply Chain Management
  6. Social Justice & Public Policy
  7. Arts, Humanities & Creative Expression


  • Initial Call – August 1, 2020
  • Deadline for final submissions – January 1, 2021
  • Reviews completed – January 15, 2021
  • Notices of acceptance sent out in January 2021

Please read the instructions for submitting a proposal. (PDF)

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Meet the Student Coordinators for TWTS XVI

This Way To Sustainability logo with photos of student team Sara Johnson is the Communications & Marketing Coordinator for this years conference.  She can be reached at  Make sure to follow the conference on social media!

Cassidy Giogi is the Hospitality & Special Events Coordinator.  Cassidy will be helping our speakers with logistics, managing the conference program, and facilitating the poster symposium.  She can be reached at

Kate Ratajczak is the sponsorship coordinator and has the task of raising enough funds to continue to offer the conference for free to students everywhere.  If you are interested in sponsoring the conference, she can be reached at

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This conference would not be possible without the support of our many volunteers and our amazing sponsors.  Check out our many sponsorship opportunities (PDF) and donate now if you are able. 

Thank you!