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Largest Midwest Sustainability Conference Announces Keynote Speakers 

Gina Bell, Sustainable Communities Coordinator

July 22, 2019 -- For Immediate Release

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Organizers of the 12th annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference have announced the event’s keynote speakers.  The conference will be held Oct. 24-25, 2019, at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa, and is expected to draw approximately 500 attendees. 

Keynote speakers will include: 
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Dr. Lilia A. Abron

Dr. Lilia A. Abron is CEO/president and founder of PEER Consultants, P.C., and a trailblazer, History Maker™, and an entrepreneur. She is the first African-American woman in the nation to earn a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and the first African-American to start an engineering consulting firm focused on the environment and environmental issues.

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Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on understanding what climate change means for people and the places where we live. She is a professor at Texas Tech University, hosts the PBS digital series Global Weirding, and has been named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People and Fortune’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders.

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Jim Shultz

Jim Shultz is the founder and executive director of The Democracy Center and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from UC-Berkeley and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University. He has worked for more than 40 years in public policy and citizen advocacy, including a decade as a global advocacy advisor to UNICEF.

Hosted by the City of Dubuque, Iowa, the Growing Sustainable Communities Conference is the largest and longest-standing sustainability conference in the Midwest and will be held again this year at the Grand River Center located in the Port of Dubuque at 500 Bell Street. The conference features a variety of sessions and presenters with a wide range of expertise, including representatives from federal, state, and local governments, along with business and academic leaders from across the country. 

Registration for the conference is currently open and more details can be found at  

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