April 9, 2019 | Saint Paul, Minnesota

About the conference

Where the green building community unites

The annual IMPACT conference is the leading event for sustainable development in the Midwest. Drawing hundreds of building professionals, the conference features the latest updates for LEED, green business programs, new technology platforms like Arc, and provides robust educational sessions and networking opportunities.

IMPACT is a USGBC regional event hosted by our local communities: Central Plains, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri Gateway, Nebraska Flatwater, North Dakota and Wisconsin. This year, IMPACT will be hosted in partnership with Green Schools Conference & Expo, a national event bringing together all the players involved in making green schools a reality.

IMPACT 2019 will be held April 9, 2019 in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Schedule/Sessions

Note: This schedule is subject to change without notice


Call for proposals and reviewers

We're now accepting session proposals and peer reviewer applications for our 2019 conference. The application deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m. CST, Monday, Oct. 8. Email us with any questions.

Resources:

Application timeline:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 7 — Call opens for session proposals and peer reviewer applications
  • Monday, Oct. 8 — Deadline for session proposals and peer reviewer applications
  • Monday, Oct. 15 — Notifications sent for accepted peer reviewers
  • Monday, Oct. 29 — Peer reviewers must complete reviews of submitted sessions
  • Week of Dec. 17 — Notifications sent for accepted session proposals

2019 schedule at a glance

    Monday, April 8
  • Green Tours*
  • Women in Green Power Hour*
  • Welcome Reception*
    Tuesday, April 9
  • GSCE x IMPACT Opening Plenary
  • Expo Hall
  • Student Summit
  • Morning GSCE x IMPACT Education Sessions
  • Networking Lunch in Expo Hall
  • Afternoon GSCE x IMPACT Education Sessions
  • Happy Hour in the Expo Hall

*Requires additional registration


Past schedule

Our 2019 program will be announced soon.

Check out our 2018 program

Monday, April 30, 2018

Volunteer event

Location: Rivers Edge Academy

Building Tour: U.S. Bank Stadium

Sold out

Location: 401 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis

Continuing education: LEED specific

Building Tour: The 428: LEED + WELL

Sold out

Location: 428 Minnesota St, St Paul

Continuing education: LEED specific, WELL specific, MN Commercial Real Estate

Opening Reception

Sold out

Location: Seventh Street Truck Park

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Breakfast Available

Registration

Location: Ballroom Level, Exhibit Hall

Opening Keynote

Opening Keynote

Laura Kohler
SVP-HR, Stewardship & Sustainability
Kohler Co.

Location: Ballroom ABEF

Break

Educational Sessions

Come fight about window to wall ratio!

Track: Sustainability Methods
Level: 300
Location: Meeting Room 1

Grey to Green to Smart: The Next Generation of Urban Stormwater Management

Track: Tools for Transformation
Level: 200
Location: Meeting Room 2
Continuing education: SITES specific

“The Greenest Ballpark in America”: New Construction, Existing Buildings, and Arc – A History of LEED at Target Field

Track: Building Performance
Level: 200
Location: Meeting Room 3
Continuing education: LEED specific, MN Commercial Real Estate

Achieving Healthy Green Schools through LEED and Passive House

Track: Health & Wellness
Level: 300
Location: Meeting Room 4
Continuing education: LEED specific

Effective Planning for Zero Energy Districts

Track: Urban Scale Lessons
Level: 100
Location: Meeting Room 5

Networking & Wellness Breaks

Conversation Corners

Location: Exhibit Hall

Educational Sessions

Technology Forward: Lighting a path through the future of energy codes

Track: Sustainability Methods
Level: 200
Location: Meeting Room 1

Parking Performance: Implementing Parksmart in a Multiuse Community Development

Track: Tools for Transformation
Level: 200
Location: Meeting Room 2

Performance Based Procurement for Energy Efficiency

Track: Building Performance
Level: 300
Location: Meeting Room 3

Designed To Burn

Track: Health & Wellness
Level: 300
Location: Meeting Room 4

When a Contractor Builds LEED for Its Own Employees

Track: Urban Scale Lessons
Level: 300
Location: Meeting Room 5
Continuing education: LEED specific, MN Commercial Real Estate

Networking

Lunch and Conversation Corners

Location: Exhibit Hall

Leading with Purpose - A Special Program for USGBC Emerging Professionals

Location: Room 1

Educational Sessions

Life of a Product: Opening doors to a more positive impact on green building.

Track: Sustainability Methods
Level: 100
Location: Meeting Room 1

Going Zero Waste: How DuPont Pioneer is working towards TRUE certification

Track: Tools for Transformation
Level: 100
Location: Meeting Room 2

LEED v4.1 O+M: Accelerating Market Transformation Through Arc’s Data Driven Performance Scores

Track: Building Performance
Level: 200
Location: Meeting Room 3
Continuing education: LEED specific

The 7 concepts of The WELL Building Standard™

Track: Health & Wellness
Level: 200
Location: Meeting Room 4
Continuing education: WELL specific

Main Street Redeveloped – 21st century communities through infill redevelopment

Track: Urban Scale Lessons
Level: 200
Location: Meeting Room 5
Continuing education: MN Commercial Real Estate

Networking & Wellness Breaks

Conversation Corners

Location: Exhibit Hall

Educational Sessions

Leveraging the LEED Volume Program to Reduce Costs and Increase Value

Track: Sustainability Methods
Level: 200
Location: Meeting Room 1
Continuing education: LEED specific, MN Commercial Real Estate

Integrated Design Lessons from an Urban Building Pursuing LEED v4 C&S and ID+C and WELL v1 C&S and N&EI

Track: Tools for Transformation
Level: 300
Location: Meeting Room 2
Continuing education: LEED specific, WELL specific

Benchmarking in the Design Process

Track: Building Performance
Level: 200
Location: Meeting Room 3

Steps to a Healthy LightStyle: Circadian Lighting Discussion

Track: Health & Wellness
Level: 300
Location: Meeting Room 4

If It Works Here … Green Lessons from a Very Red Place

Track: Urban Scale Lessons
Level: 200
Location: Meeting Room 5

Networking & Wellness Breaks

Conversation Corner

Location: Exhibit Hall

Closing Keynote

Closing Keynote

Rachel Gutter
CPO
IWBI

Location: Ballroom ABEF

Happy Hour & Networking

USGBC Connect

Location: Exhibit Hall

*Schedule and times are subject to change.


Wellness Breaks

During each break at the conference an optional wellness activity will be available for attendees to participate in. The wellness breaks for 2018 will include:
1. Breathe Easy: Walk outside for a minute—don't forget to take the stairs!
2. Mental exercise: 10 minute sketch—grab a pencil, and share a quick sketch to show how you'd green the exhibit hall
3. Make a friend: Visit with an exhibitor and make a new friend


Conversation Corners

Network with others interested in the same innovative topics in sustainability. You'll learn new things from your fellow attendees, expand your network and work toward an extra CE during these 10-15 minute sessions.

Sponsor/Exhibit

Connect with the region's cutting edge green building community

IMPACT is where your company can gain exposure to over 350 of the Midwest's green building professionals, including engineers, architects, interior designers, corporate real estate, construction, LEED professionals and corporate sustainability professionals from a variety of industries.


Sponsorship Prospectus


Custom exhibiting & sponsorship packages

Did we miss something? Custom sponsorship or exhibition packages can be created to align more closely with the marketing priorities of your company or organization. Please contact Brent Suski or call 963.464.8615 to discuss.

 



Keynote

marvin windows and doors logo


Ribbon-Cutting

anderson corp logo

Ribbon-Cutting

kraus anderson logo

Ribbon-Cutting

the weidt group logo


Legacy Project

kohler

Energize

cunningham group logo

Energize

gausman moore logo

Energize

lhb logo

Energize

lkpb logo


Our 2018 exhibitors

Premier Exhibitor: ASSA ABLOY | BELIMO Americas | Build SMART | Enercept | Energy Panel Structures | GAF | Green Lights Recycling | Impact 7G | Marvin Windows and Doors | Mistubishi Electric Cooling & Heating | Prosoco | Steel Recycling Institute | Xcel Energy | 75F

General Exhibitor: A&M Business Interior Services | Ambiente Gallery | ARC Document Solutions & RIOT Creative Imaging | Arteka Outdoor Services, a division of Prescription Landscape | Building Systems Solutions, Inc. | Coldspring | DIRTT by Haldeman Homme, Inc. | First State Tire Recycling | Fluid Interiors & Haworth | GBCI - Technical Customer Service Team | HydroFLOW Midwest | Intectural | James Hardie | JTH Lighting Alliance | McCaren Designs, Inc | PAC-CLAD | Pedego Twin Cities and Straight River Sports | Petersen Aluminum | Prescription Landscape | Renewal by Andersen | Sussner Design Company | Swegon & MMS | TEMP-AIR, Inc | Tierney Brothers | Wood From the Hood

Nonprofit Exhibitor: BlueGreen Alliance | International Society of Sustainability Professionals | Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce - MSP Wellness | Tech Dump


Media partner

gb&d

Conversation corner partner

fluid

Conversation corner partner

haworth

Printing partner

arc document solutions

Special set partner

active station

Special set partner

witt

Community

Volunteer at IMPACT

IMPACT wouldn't be successful without the efforts of the USGBC volunteers who give their time and energy toward organizing and staffing the event.

As a conference volunteer, you can receive free admission to the conference. Volunteer opportunities will be announced soon.


2019 IMPACT Legacy Project

In conjunction with IMPACT 2018, volunteers participated in the Legacy Project at River’s Edge Academy  in Saint Paul, Minnesota to help make the school’s outdoor classroom better for teaching. Learn more about their volunteer work.

We've all heard it before: You can't manage what you don't measure. We want to help you do both!

Are you a non-profit, faith-based organization, or school that would like to create a greener, healthier environment for your community? Need help getting started? We're looking for a handful of organizations within the West North Central Region (WI, MN, IA, MO, KS, NE, SD, ND) to start benchmarking in Arc, a platform that allows you to record and analyze performance data in Energy, Water, Waste, Human Experience, and Transportation. We'll have volunteers to help you with a four hour data jam - entering 12 months of data, analyze that data and come to a conclusion about an attainable sustainable goal and timeline based on that data.

Want to know more? Tell us a bit about yourself below. We'll reach out to you in October with more information. All data to be entered by March 15th, 2019. Organizations, volunteers, results and goals to be announced and celebrated at our Regional IMPACT Conference April 8 & 9 in St. Paul, MN. Our 2019 conference is co-located with the Green Schools Conference & Expo.

If your proposal is selected, you will receive:

  • 1-year complimentary access to Arc to benchmark your building
  • An ADVANCE Data Jam with volunteer experts to support data input into Arc, organized by USGBC

1 IMPACT scholarship, includes:

  • 1 ticket to the conference
  • Reserved seating in the ballroom for IMPACTxGSCE Plenary, with other Legacy Project Participants and Legacy Project Sponsor
  • $500 toward travel – Flight and Hotel
  • Scrolling slide show featuring pictures of outcomes from ADVANCE shown during opening reception
DID YOU MISS IMPACT 2018? Check out last years Legacy Project, in which volunteers from Kohler rebuilt the outdoor classroom at River’s Edge Academy in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Now the classroom more readily supports outdoor teaching and learning. Learn more about their volunteer work.

Scholarships

Scholarships will be available for IMPACT 2019. Stay tuned for details.

Registration packages

Attend IMPACT 2019 for invaluable education and networking opportunities. For an enhanced learning opportunity, attend any of the pre-conference Green Tours for a hands-on learning experience.

Register now

IMPACT Conference Pass (Apr 9)

Member Early Bird: $180
Standard: $230
Nonmember Early Bird: $220
Standard: $270
Student or Emerging Professional Early Bird: $100
Standard: $125

Pre-Conference Green Tours (Apr 8)

Select from any of the following Green Tours to complete your IMPACT experience.

Augsburg University – Stretching to Create an Integrated, Active Campus | (1:30pm-2:30pm) Early Bird: $25
Standard: $35
A-Mill Artist Lofts, A LEED Gold Multifamily Project | (3:15pm-4:15pm) Early Bird: $25
Standard: $35
Aligning Your Firms Values with the Design of your Space: Cunningham Group Architecture | (4:30pm-5:30pm) Early Bird: $25
Standard: $35

Special Events

Women in Green Power Hour (Apr 8) Early Bird: $55
Standard: $65
Welcome Reception (Apr 8) Early Bird: $35
Standard: $45

Are you an educator or someone involved in leading, operating or building green schools? IMPACT is hosted in partnership with the Green Schools Conference & Expo (GSCE), a national conference bringing together all the players involved in making green schools a reality. Visit the GSCE website to learn about additional registration opportunities for green schools-focused education content.