7 Top Sustainability Conferences to Attend in 2018

Believe me, I know what it’s like to be busy. Most days fly by so fast that it's tough to fit in a lunch break let alone find the time to travel for a business conference.

But with so many quality events happening in 2018, you owe it to yourself and your business to attend at least one industry conference this year.

We’ve done the legwork for you and rounded up the top 7 sustainability conferences happening in 2018 (plus a bonus event) so you can start planning now!

Check Out These Must-Attend Sustainability Conferences in 2018


  • When: February 6-8, 2018

  • Where: Phoenix, AZ

  • Why attend? Join 1000+ sustainability business leaders from the business world, academia, and NGOs will be discussing strategies and best practices for supply chain transparency! Be there to learn about the latest trends in sustainability, discuss challenges, and make new connections with suppliers and peers.

  • Who will be there? This year’s list of nearly 40 speakers includes sustainability professionals from Apple, P&G, MGM Resorts International, Salesforce, and more.

  • How to register: If you hurry, you can get in on their early-bird registration rate until January 12th.

  • Social media: Like GreenBiz on Facebook and Twitter and be sure to follow the conference hashtag #GreenBiz18.

Responsible Business Summit New York 2018

  • When: March 26-27, 2018

  • Where: Brooklyn, NY

  • Why attend? Network with more than 400 responsible business professionals who will be gathering to learn about important environmental topics such as business and natural disasters, climate change, climate finance, driving change through collaboration in value chains, and more.

  • Who will be there? Top executives from big brands like HEINEKEN, Verizon, Campbell Soup, Mastercard, Keurig and others are expected to attend this year’s summit.

  • How to register: Visit Ethical Corporation’s website to see the speaker list, download their brochure, and learn about their various registration packages to find one that’s right for you.

  • Social media: Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest conference updates.


  • When: April 3-6, 2018

  • Where: San Francisco, CA

  • Why attend? In its 10th year, Sustainatopia consists both of a mega-conference and a broad-ranging festival that brings together the global ecosystem of social, financial, and environmental sustainability & impact like no other singular event.

  • Who will be there? Participating corporations have included Apple, BMW North America, Dell, Disney, FedEx, GSA, Mattel, Medtronic, MGM Resorts, PepsiCo, Salesforce.com, SAP, Southwest Airlines, Stone Brewing, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council Terracycle, The Gap, The Sustainability Consortium, Toms, Zappos, and more.

  • How to register: Hurry to purchase your early-bird tickets which are available until February 7th.

  • Social media: Like them on Facebook and Twitter and watch for event updates using the hashtag #sustainatopia.

Ceres Conference 2018

  • When: April 24-26, 2018

  • Where: Boston, MA

  • Why attend? You will hear from a wide-range of forward thinking investors, C-suite company executives, and capital market leaders on the most current sustainability trends.

  • Who will be there? Drive change within your organization by joining more than 600 influential investors, company executives, and capital market leaders to hear the business case for sustainability.

  • How to register: Fill out this form to register for the Ceres Conference 2018.

  • Social media: Like them on Facebook and Twitter and follow the hashtag #Ceres18 to take part in the conference conversation!

Green Sports Alliance Summit

  • When: June 26-27, 2018

  • Where: Atlanta, GA

  • Why attend? They are doing something different this year by adding more networking opportunities and focusing on hands-on workshops for you to work through challenges, share lessons learned, and gather valuable takeaways to implement in your community.

  • Who will be there? The Green Sports Alliance (GSA) Summit is the world’s largest and most influential gathering for the sports community to unite around sustainability.

  • How to register: The GSA is still offering early-bird tickets, but who knows how long this deal will last!

  • Social media: Like the Green Sports Alliance on Facebook and Twitter Twitter and follow the hashtags #playgreener and #greensports to keep up with what’s happening.

Women In Green Forum

  • When: August 30, 2018

  • Where: Los Angeles, CA

  • Why attend? A premier conference series that highlights women's impact on the environmental industry. Check out our recap of the 2017 Women In Green Forum to get a sense of last year’s event.

  • Who will be there? Impressive, game-changing women from industries of all sizes who are leading the way in sustainability.

  • How to register: Get your ticket now and reserve your spot among sustainability experts including academic researchers, CSR executives, energy analysts, and technology developers.

  • Social media: Like The Women In Green Forum on Facebook and Twitter and follow the hashtag #WIGF so you don’t miss any important program updates!

2018 AASHE Conference & Expo

  • When: October 2-5, 2018

  • Where: Pittsburgh, PA

  • Why attend? The theme for the 2018 AASHE conference is “Global Goals: Rising to the Challenge” and presenters and attendees will examine the critical role that higher education plays in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • Who will be there? The AASHE Conference & Expo brings together a diverse group of campus representatives including faculty, students, sustainability officers, staff, and administrators along with with business, nonprofit, government, community leaders, and members.

  • How to register: Not a member of The Association for the Advancement of Higher Education? Become one today and receive member benefits!

  • Social media: Like AASHE on Facebook and Twitter and follow the hashtag #AASHE2018 to see who else is attending.

Bonus Conference

Eureka Recycling’s Zero Waste Summit

  • When: September, 2018 (if history repeats itself)

  • Where: Twin Cities, MN

  • Why attend? At the summit, you can learn how zero waste can be a part of the solution to climate, economic, and environmental justice issues.

  • How to register: Watch Eventbrite for ticket information.

Relan Wrap-Up

Are there any conferences that you are attending that should be added to this list? I'd love to know! Send me an email so I can update our growing list and who knows, we just may see you there!

Kari Brizius is president of Relan and is a West Point Graduate, certified personal trainer, a US Army Veteran, and a wholehearted entrepreneur. Kari’s passion for the environment, the planet, and healthy living fuels her entrepreneurial spirit. Her mission is to provide thought leadership on sustainability initiatives surrounding healthy living, the environment, and sustainability messaging. Learn more about Kari here.

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