National Sustainability Summit & National Extension Energy Summit

NSS & NEES Joint Summit
April 16-19, 2019
Tampa, Florida

The NSS+NEES planning team is excited to welcome you to Tampa, FL in 2019. Join us to meet new colleagues, share innovative ideas to improve your sustainability and energy programming, update--or reinvigorate--your educational toolbox, cultivate new communities of practice, and have fun doing so!

Call for Proposals

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2018 11:59pm EST

Download Call for Proposals

Submit Proposals HERE


Share your experiences, stories, and insights at the inaugural National Sustainability Summit (NSS)—formerly the Extension Sustainability Summit—and biennial National Extension Energy Summit (NEES). Hosted by the University of Florida IFAS Extension and the Southern Rural Development Center in partnership with USDA-NIFA, this joint conference will be held April 16-19, 2019 at The Westshore Grand in Tampa, Florida.

This national conference will bring leading sustainability and energy educators and practitioners together to showcase land grant university Extension and research program successes, share challenges, and identify opportunities to strengthen our collective impacts. Participants will hear from dynamic plenary speakers with expertise in sustainability and energy issues, enhance their professional knowledge and skills through pre-conference educational tours and/or mobile workshops, attend inspiring abstract presentations and networking sessions, and learn from local exhibitors and sponsors. Extension professionals from all national associations will benefit from the cross-disciplinary and process-oriented structure of the joint Summits.

The Path to NSS+NEES 2019

This joint conference is an extension of sustainability summits that were organized by the National Network for Sustainable Living Education (NNSLE) and hosted by the Western Rural Development Center in 2013 (Park City, UT) and 2016 (Portland, OR) and biennial national summits organized by the National Extension Energy Initiative (NEEI) and hosted by Colorado State University in 2013 (Fort Collins, CO), Washington State University in 2015 (Seattle, WA), and the University of Tennessee in 2017 (Knoxville, TN).

Hotel Information

Westshore Grand
4860 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33609

Hotel Website

A block of guest rooms is reserved for NSS+NEES attendees at the following discounted rates:

$149/night Non-federal Employees
$120/night Federal Employees (Prevailing Federal Per Diem)

NOTE: Rates are subject to occupancy tax (currently 12%).
Group rates are offered 3 days pre/post conference dates based on availability.


Estimated Registration fee*:

  • $450 - Regular full attendance
  • $200 - Graduate Student 1.5 day attendance
*Confirmed registration fees will be posted in October 2018

Partners & Sponsors








*Sponsorship opportunities are available.
For more information about how you and your organization can support this important event, CLICK HERE
or contact Ramona Madhosingh-Hector (UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County) at or 727.582.2656.

Planning Team
Jennison Kipp Searcy

Resource Economist
Sustainable FloridiansSM State Coordinator
UF/IFAS Extension, Gainsville, FL
Ramona Madhosingh-Hector

Regional Specialized Agent
Urban Sustainability
UF/IFAS Pinellas County
Linda Seals

Community Development Agent
UF/IFAS Brevard County
Craig Miller
Co-Chair, NEEI Liasion

Research Associate/Instructor
UF/IFAS Alachua County


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