International Conference on City Sustainability Coming to Detroit


The Meeting of the Minds — a conference focused on building sustainable cities using the most current environmental designs and energy systems — is headed for the first time to Detroit this fall.

“Detroit presents an opportunity for a new and unique dialogue about urban sustainable development, innovation and the re-imagination of city systems,” says Jessie Feller, managing director of Meeting of the Minds.

The event, to be held from Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at The College of Creative Studies in the Taubman Center for Design Education, will bring together professionals from different business sectors, with speakers including Gerard M. Anderson, chairman and CEO of DTE Energy, and Michael Forsyth, business development manager at Detroit Economic Growth Corp.

Speakers will discuss city revitalization and the future of sustainable cities via talks including “Why Detroit Is a Powerful Backdrop for a Discussion on the Future of Cities” and “Turn Around: Remaking Legacy Cities.”

“We look forward to bringing a group of international leaders in sustainable urban planning and design to the city,” says Jean Redfield, president and CEO of NextEnergy, an event partner for this year’s conference.

Last year’s conference, held in Toronto, was attended by 375 delegates, drew nearly 90 speakers from both the public and private sectors, and provided 11 scholarships. For more information about the Detroit event, click here.