Looking ahead to 2020

The environmental and resiliency events planned for 2020 will offer education and inspiration in all four seasons. Some events may not require much travel! Relevant conferences and expositions will be held in several regions of the U.S. as well as internationally.



Phoenix/Scottsdale — February 4-6

Camelback mountain - Phoenix

More than 1,500 business, government, and academic leaders will convene at GreenBiz to explore the trends and best practices of sustainability. Among the eight program tracks, several sessions will focus on energy and carbon, responsible supply chains, and the circular economy.

The GreenBiz website describes the sessions, workshops, and special programs. It includes a full schedule and links to an online registration form.


Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo

Denver — April 6-9

Denver, Colorado

Future-ready technologies and smart city strategies will be on the agenda and in the massive exhibit hall of this year’s conference. Predicted attendance by over 2,500 government and corporate leaders should spark wide-ranging discussion of digital transformation, smart mobility, urban operations, community engagement, and more.

Are you looking for further details? A day-at-a-glance schedule of conference workshops, sessions, and other events can be viewed online.

Earth Day

April 22nd

Earth Day events

It began in 1970, when people gathered to protest air pollution, poisoned water, and other consequences of industrial development. Among the results, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was founded three months after the massive Earth Day demonstrations.

The Earth Day scope has grown. In 2020, the 50th anniversary year, more than one billion people in 192 countries are likely to participate.

Almost 3 billion “acts of green” have been counted at the Earth Day Network website. The site lists several ways to participate even before the April event. 



New Orleans — May 4-7

Morial Convention Center - New Orleans

This conference draws over 14,000 solid waste, recycling, and organics professionals for updates about issues and trends that impact their industries.  More than 600 leading suppliers present their products and services at the exhibition and in sessions that focus on private as well as public sectors.

Preview the WasteExpo conference program, and see where 409 exhibitors have already reserved space in the massive exhibit hall. It’s all online at WasteExpo.com.


World Environment Day

June 5

World Environmental Day - Tree-planting

Each year, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) organizes World Environment Day. Events on that day promote environmental awareness and action in over 100 countries.

This year’s observances are also intended to build momentum ahead of a landmark UN biodiversity conference in Kunming, China.

For more about World Environment Day observances and the biodiversity conference that will be held in October 2020, visit the online “knowledge hub” of UN Sustainable Development Goal information.


Greenbuild International Conference & Expo

San Diego — November 3-6

San Diego Convention Center

Green building professionals from across the country and worldwide will travel to San Diego next November. There, at the 2020 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, cutting-edge strategies for boosting quality of life in buildings, cities, and communities will be presented.

Email updates about the sessions, speakers, and events of next November’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo may be requested at GreenbuildExpo.com.

26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26)

Glasgow, U.K. — November 9-19

Glasgow, Scotland

Next November, as many as 30,000 delegates will gather in Glasgow, Scotland to attend COP 26 — the 26th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The host country, the U.K., was the first major economy to legislate net zero Greenhouse Gas (GhG) emissions by 2050. GhG emissions have already decreased 40% below 1990 levels.

Up to 200 world leaders may attend the final weekend. Decades ago, this 2020 session was set as a  milestone for governments to report progress toward GhG reduction.

The UNFCCC website publishes climate change news, including updates from the UNFCCC process and COP 26.

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LEED AP, Sustainable Facility Professional, Envision Sustainability Professional - - Alexa has more than 25 years of experience in sustainable operations, decarbonization, and occupant wellness. Her strategic planning work has served local, state, and federal government, higher education, and private industry. Alexa founded ecoPreserve in 2009 as a team of three and has grown the company to over 20 of the brightest sustainability and project management professionals in the industry.
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