Forward Symposium

October 18, 2019
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Tulane University
Lavin-Bernick Center, 2nd Floor
New Orleans, LA 70118
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Register now for our 4th Annual FORWARD Symposium on October 18, 2019 at theTulane Lavin-Bernick Center

Building a Stronger Louisiana by Nurturing the Next Generation of Sustainability Leaders

The event is designed to bring Louisiana’s diverse green industry professionals together to propel the state’s sustainability conversations forward. Past events have attracted USGBC member and non-member business professionals, environmentalists, architects, educators, nonprofit leaders, and students. The symposium creates a platform where leaders can collaborate and explore what is happening across Louisiana and how, through our collaborative efforts, we can inspire the next generation of leaders and move the state towards a more sustainable, resilient future. 

8 GBCI CEU Hours

7 AIA CEU Hours with 1 still pending

IIDA and ASID members can self report CEUs

7:30 AM Check-in Begins  
8:00 AM Opening Remarks "The State of Sustainability in the Crescent City" with Councilwoman Cyndi Nguyen
8:15 AM Women in Sustainability Empower Breakfast with keynote address "A Career of Coastal Cocern" by Award Winning Architect, Ursula Emery McClure, Professor of Architecture, LSU, Senior Project Designer +, Perkins & Will, and Partner, emerymcclure architecture, llc.               


9:15 AM

Option 1: Green Schools Challenge - Local students and teachers present their Green School projects and discuss integrating the projects into their lessons

Option 2: Smart City Panel - Electrified Transportation

  • Jeff Cantin, Founder & President, Solar Alternatives
  • Ann Vail, Director, Louisiana Clean Fuels
  • Blake Woodward, Senior Manager, ICF

10:30 AM


Option 1: Community Collaborative Panel - Right-Sizing Neighborhood Green Infrastructure

  • Dana Eness, Executive Director, Urban Conservancy
  • Chuck Morse, Executive Director, Thrive New Orleans


Option 2: Education Panel - Teaching Hope & Empowerment to the Next Generation of Sustainability Leaders

  • Professor Rob Verchick, Gauthier-St. Martin Eminent Scholar and Chair in Environmental Law, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
  • Molly Liberto, Teacher of Gifted/Law Student, Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans & Loyola Law School
  • Kevin Singh, Professor of Architecture, Louisiana Tech University
  • Brendan O'Donnell, Fellow at the Ecologic Institute in DC & Berlin
  • Simone Feaster-Armour, Teacher of Gifted, Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans

11:30 AM

Sustainablility Keynote Luncheon with keynote address "Partnership for our Working Coast" by Justin Ehrenwerth, President and CEO, The Water Institute of the Gulf


1:15 PM

Education Panel - Women4Climate Mentoring Initiative: Advancing the full participation of girls and women in the fight against climate change

  • Camille Pollan, City of New Orleans, Office of Resilience and Sustainability, City Energy Advisor
  • Ella Delio, Director of Environmental and Regional Initiatives, Greater New Orleans Foundation

2:30 PM

Green Matters Series: Eco-Friendly Businesses in New Orleans 

  • Mardi Gras Waste - Current Situation and Future Opportunities for Prevention by Brett Davis, Founder & Director of Grounds Krewe
  • Greening Restaurants – How Espíritu works to minimize the
    use of plastics and food waste by Amanda Sesser, Director, 21 Sustainability and co-owner of Espíritu
  • Greening Mardi Gras – One Bead at a Time by Kevin Fitzwilliam, CEO, Atlas Homemade Beads

3:30 PM

Tulane LEED Walking Tour



Detailed Agenda can be found here.

Parking on campus is limited. We suggest carpooling, public transportation, or ride share.  Tulane Parking Information  Parking Map

Sponsorship Opportunities

For Sponsorship levels click here or contact Michelle D. Jackson at [email protected].


Click here for a recap of what happened at last year's symposium. 


$110.00 Full Day Ticket includes Breakfast and Lunch
$90.00 Earlybird rate before October 4

$145.00 Non-Member Full Day Ticket includes Breakfast and Lunch
$125.00 Earlybird rate before October 4

$30.00 Student Full Day Ticket includes Breakfast and Lunch
$25.00 Earlybird rate before October 4

$40.00 Breakfast Only for Members or Non-Members. For a full, reserved table, purchase 8 tickets.

$50.00 Lunch Only for Members or Non-Members. For a full, reserved table, purchase 8 tickets.