Registration is Open for ConveneNV 2018, Transforming Our Community!
- Date: March 8, 2018
- Time: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
- Location: The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Conference Center
In its tenth year, ConveneNV, formerly Convene for Green, has been rebranded to more accurately convey a comprehensive call to action for the sustainable development of our region. With the 2018 theme, Transforming Our Community, ConveneNV recognizes the resiliency of a truly galvanized community and focuses on two of the greatest challenges facing Southern Nevada: homelessness and trafficking. All businesses, public entities, NGOs, and residents, acting in collaborative partnership toward aligned goals, can take the bold and transformative steps needed to shift the community to a more sustainable and resilient path. It is a collective journey that builds off of previous regional goals established at past Convene for Green summits as well as the great work already being done in the community. ConveneNV, Transforming Our Community, will stimulate action over the next year in these areas of critical importance for all Nevadans.
Full agenda and speakers will be released over the coming month. Please see the summaries below for information on the topics that will be focused on throughout the day.
"Sustainability Spotlight Quick-fire"
Sustainability is diverse and constantly evolving, just like our region. While the main panels of ConveneNV focus on social sustainability this year, ImpactNV always strives to recognize the community's success stories from a comprehensive sustainability standpoint. This quick-fire panel will launch our 2018 State of Sustainability Report and showcase exciting initiatives, projects, and programs in Southern Nevada from the energy, economic, transportation, environment, and health sectors.
The shooting on October 1st of last year was arguably the greatest, and most visible, threat to our community’s sustainability in recent times. This tragic event demonstrated to Southern Nevada and the world, overnight, how galvanized our community truly is. We cannot have an annual sustainability summit without recognizing the community’s response – both immediate and long term – to the event last fall.
"Transformative Steps Toward Ending Homelessness”
Affordable and safe shelter brings stability and security, enhances social and community inclusion, and provides the basis for private and family life. A home is vital for good mental and physical health and allows residents to live in safety, security, peace and dignity. There are many factors that lead to or cause homelessness but what this panel seeks to highlight is the relationship between homelessness and mental health. Homelessness and mental health often go hand-in-hand and can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Transforming our community will require looking at efforts that create long term systemic change. This panel will bring together experts taking an in-depth look into the two-way relationship between homelessness and mental health in Southern Nevada, current efforts to improve mental health access, and a call to action for the public and private sectors to participate in a long-term solution for our community to address this critical need.
"Transformative Steps To Address Human Trafficking"
According to the federal government, Southern Nevada is a high-risk community for human trafficking. Trafficking is brutal, complex, and widespread slavery that impacts our most vulnerable populations. It is big business with high profits and it is a crime that is very difficult to identify and track. This panel will look at the current trafficking landscape in Southern Nevada as well as current efforts to address this crisis in our community. The panel will emphasize the importance of not only recognition but engagement and leadership by large employers and government to help the social sector combat the targeting, exploitation, and coercion of children and adults in our community.
Sustainability Awards & Reception
Join ImpactNV immediately following the ConveneNV programming to recognize recipients of our annual Sustainable Leader, Sustainable Community, and Sustainable Future awards via a short program and award presentation in the adjoining reception room. After the award presentation, guests are invited to enjoy the social convening of fellow attendees and discuss the impactful programming of the day over drinks and light hors d'oeuvres.
ConveneNV 2018, Transforming Our Community is invite only this year. Please contact ImpactNV Executive Director, Lauren Boitel, if you would like to register to attend and be a part of this important conversation.
We look forward to seeing you on March 8th!
ConveneNV 2017 was a great success! See panel information and details below:
ConveneNV is a high-level regional discussion around developing goals and ideas, as well as promoting the important economic, social, and environmental successes of the Southern Nevada region and identifying key challenges for the coming year that can be tackled head-on via uniquely innovative partnerships and community engagement.
A great day celebrating sustainability in Southern Nevada and our future progress
In its ninth year, Nevada's premier annual sustainability discussion delivered an impressive roster of prestigious leaders from the public, private, non-profit and academic sectors. ConveneNV strives to provide an inside look into the unique challenges our region faces in the multi-faceted sectors of sustainability while promoting our greatest success to both residents and visitors.
Our Future in Focus demonstrated the interesting dynamic that exists in Southern Nevada between visibility and impact. It examined the optics of who we are as a community and what components of our regional genetic makeup are made visible versus the elements we don’t show, don’t see, or chose not to see. It showcased the organizations, projects, and people who are truly making an impact in the sectors of our community with the biggest opportunities for improvement identified in ImpactNV State of Sustainability report: Healthcare; Education, Arts & Culture; and our social sector.
"Our future in Energy"
The energy panel provided an in-depth look into recent announcements from City of Las Vegas on its 100% renewable achievement, and how this required the collaboration of several groups in order to succeed. The conversation developed into how MGM resorts are looking to the wholesale energy market to reduce their running costs. All of which was only made possible by working closely with NV Energy. NV Energy outlined how they are looking to tackle demand in both the residential and commercial sectors through their PowerShift campaign which offers customers smart thermostats, energy assessments and more. Programs that have been hugely successful to date. Similarly. panelists looked at how SNWA has managed to drastically cut their energy usage through water conservation methods.
"Our future in Medicine"
The Medicine panel highlighted the incredible work being done in the regional healthcare sector and how academic medicine is changing the medical landscape. The panel looked to how academia is addressing the current comparatively low ratio of medical professionals but had encouraging news about the direction of Nevada healthcare. Specifically through improved education and training at their respective institutions the panel was positive that Southern Nevada was on the incline after years of hard work.
"Art in Focus"
Jean-Francois Michaud offered an engaging presentation filled with all of the flair we have come to expect from Cirque du Soleil. Jean-Francois highlighted how sustainability has always been a key principle for Cirque, and is inbuilt into their business design. Cirque considers everything from the design of their tent to their impact on the communities they visit and most importantly how they use Art to engage their works, communities and to create happiness.
"Collaboration in Focus"
This enthusiastic discussion considered the success of a federal, state, regional, and local collaboration project, spearheaded by the Conservation District of Southern Nevada, that addresses urban agriculture, food insecurity, education, nutrition, and public private partnership. Panelists draw upon the success of the Zion Garden Park to highlight the importance of collaboration in Southern Nevada. Located in the middle of one of the highest food insecure neighborhoods in the City of North Las Vegas is blossoming an oasis of kale, spinach, carrots, and other fresh produce at the Zion Garden Park Community Garden at Zion United Methodist Church. Here panelists from North Las Vegas, The UNR Cooperative Extension, Green Our Planet, and CDSN discuss this amazing collaboration here.
A big thank you to everyone who made this day possible