The 2011 GreenGov Symposium is presented by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO).  This year's program will be held Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2011 in Washington, DC.

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October 31 – November 2, 2011
Washington Hilton (Washington, DC)


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Preliminary Breakout Tracks

The preliminary breakout tracks for the 2011 GreenGov Symposium include:

  • Clean Energy
  • Climate Risk & Resilience
  • Defense & National Security
  • Fleet Management
  • Greening the Supply Chain
  • Education and Engagement
  • IT and Electronics
  • Sustainable Planning
  • Green Facilities
  • Waste & Water 

Submitted speaker abstracts should be in line with one or more of the above topics.


Call for Abstracts! ACCO and CEQ are looking for speakers with subject matter expertise on sustainability efforts in Federal government operations, including clean energy, waste, water, supply chain, green buildings, sustainable communities, fleet management and vehicle technologies, climate risk and resilience, defense and national security, and education and training. GreenGov Symposium attendees are offered an unparalleled value proposition, including relevant educational offerings, focused research, and measurable results. Please keep these goals in mind while developing your speaker proposal. You may propose a lecture or panel discussion for a session.

You must complete the speaker application form in its entirety for your application to be considered by the GreenGov Symposium Program Development Committee (representatives of ACCO, CEQ, and other partner organizations who determine the content and programming for the conference). If you are selected by the program development committee, ACCO staff will contact you with dates for upcoming deadlines and further guidance/materials, including speaker rules, schedules and instructions, and GreenGov Symposium slide templates. Speaker applicants may also be considered for panel discussions or breakout sessions other than those suggested in this application. For more information about the speaker selection process, please contact

Submission Instructions:

Important Dates:

  • August 5, 2011 – Speaker applications due
  • August 22, 2011 – ACCO and CEQ will notify all applicants of their selection status by this date (note: some proposals will remain under consideration as alternates through late September — applicants will be notified of this)
  • September 15, 2011 – Deadline for speakers and moderators to make lodging reservations
  • September 15, 2011 – Track advisors to conduct planning calls with moderators and speakers
  • October 1, 2011 Deadline for speakers and moderators register using comp and discount codes
  • October 24, 2011 – All slides/presentations due
  • October 31 - November 2, 2011 – 2011 GreenGov Symposium

Moderator/Speaker Rules: In order to be considered for a speaking role at the 2011 GreenGov Symposium, you must demonstrate credible expertise and a mutual interest on subject matter relevant to the conference programming and to the sustainability related practice areas covered by Executive Order 13514 to Federal agencies. These credentials help to ensure that attendees received a high-quality education program that is directly relevant to the mandates they are supporting.  Additionally, all 2011 GreenGov Symposium speakers must agree to assume the following responsibilities when agreeing to participate in this year’s program:

  • Provide a high quality education program, including current, accurate and relevant information on the session topic.
  • Be prepared to speak/present for 15 minutes with 15-20 minutes for additional questions and answers from attendees at the end of your session.
  • Participate in a conference call conducted by your track leader(s) for session moderators and speakers to discuss logistics, session description and flow for the session.
  • Check in with your track leader and session moderator thirty minutes prior to the beginning of the session.
  • Deliver remarks with absolutely no sales pitches or perceived solicitations. Note: Any speaker whose session is perceived by staff or participants as giving a “sales pitch” will not be invited to speak at future GreenGov and ACCO events and may be asked to leave the stage.
  • Submit an electronic copy of your biography (no more than 100 words) to be featured on the conference web site and in conference program materials, and used for speaker introductions during the session)
  • Submit an electronic copy of your presentation to your track leader by October 24, 2011. Note: You are encouraged to bring a back-up presentation file on a USB flash drive to the Symposium.
  • Once confirmed as a speaker, make your lodging reservations with hotel no later than September 15, 2011.

Conference Registration: As a speaker, you will receive one (1) nontransferable, complimentary day pass to the 2011 GreenGov Symposium for the day of your session. You will also be provided a code to obtain a 20% discount on the remaining days of the conference.  Upon confirmation as a speaker, you will receive a speaker kit that includes instructions on how to register as a speaker. Please make sure to register yourself immediately upon receipt of those instructions.

Travel and Lodging: Speakers are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. The 2011 GreenGov Symposium has secured discounted room rates at the conference venue. Your speaker kit will include details on how to reserve a room at the conference rate. Speakers must make room reservations by no later than September 15, 2011.

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