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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

The members of the 2019 conference team

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 this year 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 1st
  • Deadline for final submissions – November 1st
  • Reviews completed – December 1st
  • Notices of acceptance sent out in December

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

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