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Call for Presentation Proposals
Proposals must be received no later than 5:00 PM (PDT) on Friday, October 16, 2015.
The Western Rural Development Center is pleased to announce presentation proposals are now being accepted for the second Extension Sustainability Summit, which will be held in Portland, Oregon, April 5-7, 2016. The Summit will bring together Extension personnel and others to present and discuss outreach and education activities in five areas: Land, Climate/Air, Food, Water, and Energy.
The Summit will be organized around the five themes. Presenters will be allotted 15 minutes to present their materials plus five minutes for questions and answers, and will also participate in 30 minute “lightning sessions” following each themed session. The “lightning sessions” will be interactive sessions wherein groups will discuss the materials presented, how they may be applied in their respective work, and envision future directions in Extension regarding sustainability programmatic outreach.
The planning committee is interested in receiving proposals concerning Extension sustainability programming including: program examples, case studies, curricula, and future plans. Proposals can be in any of the five topic areas and examples include:
Land - stewardship, planning, landfill-related education (i.e. reduce, reuse, recycle)
Climate/Air - quality, extreme weather, drought preparedness, climate change
Food - local food programs, sustainable food systems
Water - quality, conservation, habitat
Energy - renewable, efficiency
Participants attending the Summit will receive pre-loaded jump drives containing programmatic curricula within the five areas. Thus, if you are selected as a presenter you will be asked to submit IN ADVANCE OF THE SUMMIT a copy of your presentation and any curricula associated with your program that you feel would be useful for participants. NOTE: ALL presenter materials (presentations, curricula, handouts, etc.) must be received by by Monday, March 14, 2016.  
Proposal Submission Guidelines
Proposals must be submitted using the online submission form. You may access the form here:
The following items are required to complete and submit the form and to be considered:
  • Presenter Contact Information
  • Presentation Title (limited to 12 words)
  • Unique Audio-Visual Requirements. The Summit will provide a laptop, projector, Internet connection, microphone, and house sound. If you require other audio-visual, please provide details.
  • Curricula/Materials: If selected to present, do you have curricula/materials to share with attendees? (These will be requested from you at a later date.)
  • The Summit topic area best suited for the proposed session (choose one): Land, Climate/Air, Food, Water, Energy
  • A PDF document, not to exceed two-pages, including:
  1. Presentation Description - (300 words or less) – Presenters are encouraged to be specific about what participants are expected to learn and how they will benefit from the session. Programmatic/curriculum background, target audience, the number of participants reached, and a clear description of program success, future directions, and/or lessons learned (as applicable) should be included.
  2. Learning Objectives – Provide at least two (2) objectives for the presentation, with a focus on awareness, collaboration, and idea-sharing.
  3. Desired Length/Format – Presenters will have 15 minutes to present.
  4. Program Delivery Method – Describe the proposed method of your presentation (e.g. slides, lecture, video, discussion, experiential, and/or case studies).
  5. Speaker Information – Provide a brief (100 words or less) biographical narrative describing yourself and your experience. Include the following information for each additional presenter:
a.     First and Last Name
b.     Institution
c.     Address
d.     Phone
e.     Email
Presenter Agreement
Before you submit your proposal you will be asked to indicate your acceptance to the Presenter Agreement which states you agree: 1) the Summit may record your presentation and take photographs of you during Summit activities for use in WRDC, WSARE, and Summit related publications, websites, social media channels; 2) you are solely responsible for your travel expenses associated with the Summit. The Summit will not be able to pay any presenter’s summit-related travel. However, your registration fee to the Summit will be waived. If you choose to register for the optional field trips, you will be responsible for the field trip registration fee(s).
Submission Form
All proposals must be submitted via the online proposal submission form.
Deadline for Submissions
Proposals must be received no later than 5:00 PM (PDT) on Friday, October 16, 2015. (NOTE: This date was extended.) All submissions will receive notification of receipt. Selected presenters will be notified by November 6, 2015.

Evaluation Criteria
Proposals will be evaluated by the Extension Sustainability Summit planning committee based upon their quality, relevance to the conference theme, uniqueness, and speaker qualifications.
Planning Committee
Questions concerning submission requirements 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
Milt Geiger, ENERGY Session Chair
Energy Extension Coordinator
University of Wyoming 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. Contact Betsy Newman ( to discuss your interests. 
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