About ESS2016

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Join us for an exciting two-day Summit addressing sustainability and Extension’s outreach role. ESS2016 will provide an avenue to transition the ongoing conversations around sustainability outreach into an action plan. You will hear from and engage in conversations with speakers on topics ranging from sustainability youth education to energy independent communities (topics may vary based on final selection of presentations). We’ll be meeting and staying in the boutique-style Embassy Suites Downtown located only two blocks from the MAX light rail system.
The Summit’s session are organized around the five themes of sustainability: Climate/Air, Food, Energy, Land, and Water. Following the interactive presentations you’ll participate in session roundtable discussions.  
Held for the first time in 2013, this popular event promises optional pre-Summit field trips, two days packed full of interactive presentations, opportunities for networking, field trips to local businesses and universities with sustainable practices, and all that Portlandia has to offer!
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Planning Committee
Questions concerning the Summit logistics including registration, lodging, meeting venue, presenters needs, and sponsorships may be directed to:
Betsy Newman, Summit Coordinator
Western Rural Development Center, Utah State University

Questions concerning the Summit’s sessions may be directed to:
Roslynn Brain, Chair
Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist
Utah State University Extension 
Mark Apel, Land Session Chair
Community Resource Area Agent
University of Arizona
Gregg Garfin, Climate/Air Session Chair
Associate Professor and Associate Extension Specialist
University of Arizona
Cary Weiner, Energy Session Chair
Energy Specialist
Colorado State University Extension
Larry Lev, Food Session Chair
Professor and Extension Economist
Oregon State University
Bob Simmons, Water Session Chair
Olympic Region Water Resources Specialist
Washington State University
The Extension Sustainability Summit is sponsored by the Western Rural Development Center and Utah State University Extension Sustainability. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Click here for the Sponsorship Packages or contact Betsy Newman (betsy.newman@usu.edu) to discuss your interests.

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