IMPACT is where you can learn about the latest updates for LEED, green business programs and new technologies like Arc. In its 7th year, the annual IMPACT conference gathers hundreds of building professionals for robust educational sessions, networking opportunities and discussions around sustainable development in the Midwest. This year’s conference theme is “The New Way Forward.”
IMPACT is a USGBC regional event hosted by our local communities: Central Plains, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri Gateway, Nebraska Flatwater, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
IMPACT offers presentations, case studies and exhibitors that illustrate the best of green building in the region.
Continuing education: Attendees can earn up to nine continuing education hours, including GBCI LEED-specific hours, AIA and others.
Location: Rivers Edge Academy
Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Stewardship
Networking & Wellness Breaks
Networking & Wellness Breaks
Networking & Wellness Breaks
Happy Hour & Networking
*Schedule and times are subject to change.
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. Stay active: Stretch out those achy joints with simple beginners Yoga
2. Breathe Easy: Walk outside for a minute—don't forget to take the stairs!
3. Mental exercise: 10 minute sketch—grab a pencil, and share a quick sketch to show how you'd green the exhibit hall
4. Make a friend: Visit with an exhibitor and make a new friend
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.
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.
Did we miss something? Custom sponsorship or exhibiting packages can be created to align more closely with the marketing priorities of your company or organization. Please contact Brent, firstname.lastname@example.org or 763.464.8615 to discuss.
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1. I have technology or other equipment that will need power at my booth. How do I order electrical for my booth?
You will need to bring the necessary power supply equipment (extension cords, etc.) if you wish to have power for the event. Power is available to order. The advanced rate for power expires three days before the event. Exhibitors are welcome to bring their own extension cords and power strips but they can order them from the RiverCentre as well.
2. I need internet for my booth, how does that work?
Free WiFi is available in the whole facility. In the WiFi options, please connect to “RCFree_WiFi.” You will then have to open an internet browser and accept RiverCentre’s terms and conditions.
3. When is the deadline to submit names of booth personnel working the booth?
Wednesday, April 25. You receive 1 complimentary full conference registration by being an exhibitor.
4. What if I want to have an extra person in my booth?
If you would like an additional person to staff your booth during the lunch exhibitor time period – please email Brent Suski with the name and contact information for the additional staff by Wednesday, April 25.
5. What if I have name changes for booth personnel?
Name changes will be handled at the Registration table and new badges will be created onsite.
6. What are the exhibitor hours?
We encourage our exhibitors to be present to speak with our attendees throughout the day. The conference lunch will take place in the exhibitor area from 12:00-1:30 pm. We ask that your booth be fully staffed during this time frame. Please note: Participants will have high visibility of your displays during the entire conference and especially during the breaks/discussion den times, we encourage you to staff your booth during breaks (look at event schedule for more detail). During conference sessions we invite you to attend the sessions and sneak out during the Q&A to go back to your booth. You are also welcome to work or visit with other exhibitors. At the end of each session room monitors will be reminding attendees to interact with exhibitors, and that they can earn continuing education credits by visiting exhibit booths.
7. What is the size of my exhibit space and what is included?
Each exhibitor is provided a table - 96” long x 30” deep without skirting. Linens are available to order. For linens it’s best for the order to be placed a week before the event. This will ensure the advanced, cheaper rate.
The Saint Paul RiverCentre Loading Dock boasts ten fully enclosed dock bays. The loading dock is designed for drive on access to the exhibition hall floor and is equipped with three large freight elevators to move items from the loading dock to various levels of our complex. The loading dock is staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week by the Saint Paul RiverCentre security staff.
Due to limited storage space, exhibitors should ship all items through their decorator’s drayage services. For questions regarding shipping event materials, please contact your show promoter. Saint Paul RiverCentre will not be held responsible for any missing or damaged items.
Move in times:
Each event will have load-in and load-out dates and times that are established by the show’s promoter. Please refer to your exhibitor packet for your specific load-in time. Exhibitors are not permitted to load out earlier than the posted load-out time (See below). Security staff can assist with this process and direct you to where to go.
In order to best manage traffic in the loading dock, exhibitors are given 15 minutes to load and unload materials. After this time period, vehicles are subject to towing. You can also use the curb cut in front of the RiverCentre on Kellogg to unload your materials, please be sure to put your hazard lights on, and chat with the traffic cop in front of the building to let them know you will be unloading quickly. Once unloaded, exhibitors are encouraged to park their vehicles in the RiverCentre Parking Ramp, which is connected to the facilities via skyway.
Exhibitors are encouraged to bring their own carts for transferring freight. Saint Paul RiverCentre has a very limited supply of carts and they are available on a first come, first serve basis from our security office located near dock 1.
How will I find my booth location?
When you arrive at registration, you will be given your table number and shown where it is in the event space. As a reminder, preferred booth locations will be given to discussion den hosts.
Is there parking onsite?
There are various lots located around the Saint Paul RiverCentre that can be used for parking purposes.
Where do I pick-up exhibitor badges?
Badges will be organized by company and available at the registration table. If you have multiple people in your booth, the first person to arrive will take all badges to the table.
When can I pick-up exhibitor badges?
Exhibitor registration will open at 7:00 am the day of the event and stays open until 8:00 am.
Can I leave items in my booth?
We encourage you to please remove all valuable items if you step away from your booth for any length of time, as we will not be responsible any lost or stolen items. You are welcome to leave the basic set up for your booth at the RiverCentre overnight.
Please contact Brent Suski, Project Manager, USGBC– MN Community should you have additional questions.
Phone: 763.464.8615 | Email: email@example.com
It is recommended that no incandescent bulbs be used for lighting. LED or compact fluorescent bulbs are recommended instead.
It is required that all displays, monitors and booth lighting be completely powered down during set-up and non-expo hours. Any equipment that cannot be shut down should be put into sleep mode during non-expo hours. It is recommended that electronic display equipment (i.e. flat screen displays) be reused from previous shows and/or meet Energy Star.
Booth flooring should be reused flooring and should be in use for at least one year. If new flooring is used, it is suggested that it include 25% post-consumer recycled material and be fully recyclable or rapidly renewable.
+Communications and Collateral
All printed materials should be on 100% recycled paper. In addition, it is recommended that promotional giveaways be made from either rapidly-renewable materials or 30% post-consumer recycled content.
+Booth Graphics and Signage
Signage and graphics should be limited to essential information and be used only where necessary. They should be reused or have been in use for at least one year. If new signage is used, it should be 100% recyclable and contain a minimum of 25% recycled material.
Booth structural support materials should be reused or part of a company plan to reuse them in future exhibitions. If new display elements are used, they should be 100% recyclable and contain a minimum of 25% recycled material.
+Indoor Air Quality
For booth construction, low or zero VOC paints, sealants coatings and adhesives should be used.Flooring, counters and paneling should be reused from previous shows. New flooring, counters and paneling should be manufacturer-certified as low or zero VOC. Signage should be printed using non-toxic vegetable or water-based inks.
It is recommended that exhibitors ship as few materials as possible to IMPACT 2017. However, if shipping is necessary, shipments should be consolidated into a single shipment. It is recommended that no polystyrene be used for shipping and booth operations. Packing materials and exhibit shipping crates should be reused. Crates should be made from 50% recycled content or from FSC-certified wood.
If using water for display or other purposes, the exhibitor should use water reclamation/recycling.
It is recommended that each exhibitor convey the recommendations included in this guidance document and sustainable booth practices to third parties staffing the booth or involved in booth set-up and tear down.
It is recommended that exhibitor personnel either share cars or taxis, take public transportation, bike, or walk to and from the RiverCentre.
During the event itself, exhibitors must eliminate waste on a daily basis; waste must be separated into categories and placed in the specific bins located inside and outside the exhibit halls.
+Food and Beverage
Food and beverage service conducted within the booth should be ordered to minimize disposable material use.
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Join us for IMPACT 2018: The New Way Forward, coming to St. Paul April 30-May 1! Building professionals, sustainability leaders and change makers from across the Midwest will convene for a full day of educational sessions, networking opportunities and discussions around today’s most critical sustainability and green building issues.
Participation in the conference also includes tours at some of Minneapolis and St. Paul’s most sustainable buildings, as well as keynote speeches by Laura Kohler of the Kohler Company and WELL’s Rachel Gutter.
IMPACT is expanding its reach across the Midwest and promoting collaboration among stakeholders, builders, developers and business leaders on sustainability issues that affect the entire region.
Recognizing that the only way to progress toward a more sustainable and equitable future is by challenging – and overcoming – the status quo, the theme of this year’s IMPACT conference is The New Way Forward. Emphasizing the collaborative spirit of green building professionals across the region, we relentlessly build toward a future where everyone in the Midwest can thrive and we continuously seek greater knowledge to inform our approaches in a rapidly changing world.
Get inspired, learn more and register today at http://impact.usgbc.org/!
General Exhibitor: Andersen Corporation | Coldspring | McCaren Designs, Inc | PAC-CLAD | Petersen Aluminum | Prescription Landscape | TEMP-AIR, Inc | Tierney Brothers
Nonprofit Exhibitor: BlueGreen Alliance
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.
1. Be at least 18 and a full-time student; or be a young professional under 25. When checking into the volunteer room, we’ll need a Spring 2018 schedule or photo ID. Full-time students are those that are taking 12 credits at the undergrad level and nine credits at the graduate level.
2. Volunteers must be able to commit to eight hours.
12-4 p.m., April 30 | River’s Edge Academy, 188 Plato Blvd W, St Paul, MN 55107
River’s Edge Academy is a small charter school in Saint Paul looking to improve its outdoor garden. All donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $500.
USGBC Central Plains, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri Gateway, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wisconsin seek scholarship applicants who are dedicated to advancing our mission in schools and communities. Scholarships are competitive and available to individuals with a demonstrated financial or other barrier to participation. We are specifically looking for individuals seeking to advance community health and sustainability.
Local scholarships: These scholarships target applicants from the Twin Cities area and include full conference registration to IMPACT on May 1. These also include membership to USGBC MN community for 1 year. These scholarships do not include a travel or hotel stipend. Deadline: Monday, March12 at 11:59 p.m. CST.
Regional scholarships: These scholarships target applicants from the Central Plains, Iowa, Minnesota Branches, Missouri Gateway, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin Communities, who are committed to long-term volunteer engagement with USGBC across our regions. Scholarship includes full conference registration to IMPACT and a $500 stipend* for airfare and hotel. These also include membership to the USGBC community from where the recipient comes from.
*Please note—this stipend may not cover the full cost of your trip to St. Paul. Deadline: Monday, March 12 that 11:59p.m. CST. Participation in our Rivers Edge Outdoor Classroom Build Project from 1–5 pm on April 30 is required for scholarship recipients—work will be available for people of all skill levels and abilities. Please confirm with your employer that you can be present in St. Paul from April 30–May 1 before applying. Applicants may only apply for one of the scholarships offered.
Scholarships are competitive and available to individuals with a demonstrated financial or other barrier to participation from audiences seeking to advance community health and sustainability through:
Additional eligibility requirements
Early bird registration ends March 30.
A full conference pass includes one day of educational sessions; exhibit hall access; breakfast, lunch, coffee and wellness breaks; and access to the May 1 closing happy hour.
|USGBC emerging professional member||$75||$75|
|Emerging professional nonmember||$100||$100|
We've designed a special conference package just for you. For nonmembers, you can purchase a full-day conference pass and one USGBC membership at $230. For those who aren't already an USGBC emerging professional member, you can purchase a full-day conference pass and emerging professional membership at $110.
IMPACT offers a group discount for four or more people. Register now to save 10 percent or more under our special group rates.
|Tours||USGBC member: $20 / Nonmember: $30||USGBC member: $25 / Nonmember: $40|
|Opening reception||USGBC member: $25 / Nonmember: $40||USGBC member: $25 / Nonmember: $40|
*Note: These packages can be purchased separately from a full-conference pass.
The Saint Paul Hotel
Single occupancy — $179 (plus taxes and fees)
350 Market Street | Saint Paul, Minnesota
IMPACT attendees are eligible for special room discounts at The Saint Paul Hotel. Reserve your room now before the offer expires Monday, April 2. These rates are valid from April 27-May 2, based on availability. Call 800-292-9292 and reference IMPACT 2018 to receive the discounted rate, or book your room and enter group/block code: 180430IMP.