May 6, 2020 | 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.

IMPACT 2020 will be held May 6, 2020 in Saint Paul, MN.


Sustainability is the foundation of IMPACT. The IMPACT sustainability program addresses environmental impact through seven key objectives:

  1. Move toward a zero-waste event
  2. Increase stakeholder education and engagement
  3. Improve sustainable sourcing
  4. Improve performance tracking
  5. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  6. Positively impact communities
  7. Catalyze the advancement of green building initiatives and sustainable operations within the hospitality industry

IMPACT 2020 will be hosted at the Saint Paul RiverCentre, a LEED Platinum facility.

Learn More About Doing Your Part

There are a few simple things attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors can do to reduce your impact and create a more sustainable conference experience:

  1. Utilize and share digital resources in lieu of printed handouts, including programs, worksheets and collateral.
    1. Download and use the GSCE x IMPACT mobile app.
    2. Speakers are required share resources digitally in education sessions and within the exhibit hall.
  2. Carefully dispose of waste in the proper waste streams.
  3. Be conscious of energy and water use at your hotel and the venue where available.
    1. Draw your blinds while not using your hotel room.
    2. Turn off lights and adjust your thermostat when you leave your hotel room.
    3. Skip housekeeping services for the length of your stay.
  4. Reduce single-use containers by bringing a reusable water bottle, coffee mug and bag.
  5. Take public transportation, walk or bike to the venue.

Have other ideas on sustainable habits? Share them with us on Twitter @greenschoolscon and @USGBCMN with the hashtags #IMPACT20

Call for Proposals

We're now accepting session proposals and peer reviewer applications from experienced professionals in green building design, construction and operations. USGBC's education programs advance our mission and enhance the knowledge of our members and interested parties through green building best practices and sustainability certifications like LEED v4. We seek to expand an understanding of the importance of healthy, sustainable, buildings and communities to a broader audience.

Submit your Proposal

Keynote Speaker

Women in Green

Women in Green: The Culture of Courage

Women in Green is an interactive event that features discussions on the topics facing women around the world. This year's theme, Culture of Courage, celebrates the crucially needed and deliberate voice that women bring to society and to the green building movement.


View our 2019 Schedule/Sessions

Note: This schedule is subject to change without notice

Conversation Corner

Attendees had the opportunity to earn extra CEs at IMPACT by participating in Conversation Corners during the breaks between sessions. Conversation Corners are sessions geared towards initiating compelling discussions on critical issues related to sustainable development. IMPACT 2019 included the following sessions:

11:05 - 11:25

  • How do I leverage product transparency documents to fulfill LEED v4.1 or Living Building Challenge credit requirements?

  • Creating Value for Owners Using Natural Stone

  • Defining an Environment Conducive to Learning

  • What plumbing products should I spec to meet new water conservation codes and the new LEED v4.1 while not compromising performance or experience?

  • Database Mayhem – How do you actually find sustainable products?

  • Energy Knowledge You Can Take To The Bank

  • Maximizing the Potential of IAQ and Thermal Comfort Knowledge.

  • EPD’s and HPD’s – How important are they actually?

  • Additional Topic: TBD

Conversation Corners are Sponsored by: Coldspring, Kohler, and Trane

View our 2019 Schedule at a Glance

Schedule at a Glance

Monday, April 8, 2019

1:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Offsite Workshop*

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Green Tour*

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Green Tour*

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Women in Green Presented by Wells Fargo*

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Green Tour*

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Welcome Reception Presented by Marvin*

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Registration Open

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

GSCE x IMPACT Joint Plenary Presented by Xcel Energy

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Expo Hall Opening Ceremony

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Education Breakout Sessions

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Education Breakout Sessions

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Education Breakout Sessions

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Education Breakout Sessions

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Education Breakout Sessions

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Happy Hour in the Hall Presented by the Weidt Group, a Willdan Company

*requires additional registration


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.

View our 2020 Prospectus

View our 2019 Exhibitors
  • 75F

  • A&M

  • Action Floor Systems, LLC

  • Anoka County Recycling & Resource Solutions


  • Arbor Day Foundation


  • ATG Electronics

  • AtmosAir Systems

  • Beyond Green Sustainable Food Partners

  • Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds

  • Building Systems Solutions

  • Casio America, Inc.

  • Center for Green Schools

  • Ceres Greenhouse Solutions

  • Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

  • Cole Papers, Inc.

  • Conserve School

  • DIRTT Haldeman Homme

  • Energy Panel Structures

  • Energy Solutions, Intl. Inc.

  • Fork Farms

  • GAF

  • Green Schools National Network PD Collaborative

  • GreenerU, Inc.

  • GSNN

  • IPS Solar

  • JTH Lighting Alliance

  • Kappa Delta Pi

  • Mamac

  • Marvin Windows

  • Mary Baldwin University

  • Minnesota Concrete Council

  • MMS

  • Mulcahy

  • Natural Pod

  • Organix Solutions

  • Plankton Energy

  • Playmart, Inc. 

  • Prescription Landscape

  • Prihoda North America

  • QA Graphics

  • remooble

  • SageGlass

  • Sussner Design

  • Sustridge

  • Tarkett 

  • Tech Dump

  • Temp-Air

  • Tierney

  • Trane

  • University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point


  • VS Furniture

  • WittFitt

  • Wood from the Hood

  • Z BioScience Inc.

GBCI Certification Work Zone

Do you have questions about a GBCI project or the certification process? Schedule a visit to the GBCI Certification Work Zone at the USGBC booth to meet one on one with an expert to discuss specific projects or rating system requirements. A specialist will be on hand to discuss the LEED rating systems as well as GBCI’s TRUE rating system. Walk-in questions are welcome and encouraged. A select number of advance appointments are available. Book your appointment now!


IMPACT 2019 will be hosted at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, MN. A small room block will be available for conference attendees. Please check back soon for more information.

Registration packages

Registration for IMPACT 2020 will open in late January 2020. Please check back soon for pricing and package information.