CNU Climate Summit

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 8:00am
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 5:00pm
Alexandria , VA

For over two decades CNU and its members have worked to build sustainable places and preserve the natural environment.  From developing the energy-efficient LEED for Neighborhood Development system to advancing the conversation around sustainable architecture, our projects have helped pave the way for cities and towns to build greener, healthier, and more responsibly.

Now more than ever, it is critical that we continue to expand our knowledge–base, share our expertise, and put better techniques into practice.  At the 2017 CNU Climate Summit we invite organizations and individuals who have been addressing these issues to share their expertise and guide CNU as we strive to understand our role, the role of design and the built environment, and discuss how we can best contribute to and enhance climate change efforts.

Join us on September 29 - 30, 2017 as CNU begins to define the role of New Urbanism in the climate change conversation.


  • Where can CNU exert its influence and leverage the expertise of the membership?
  • How can CNU empower and enable its membership to move knowledge, expertise and practice forward?


Through the 2017 Climate Summit, CNU seeks to empower and enable its membership to move the needle on knowledge, expertise, and practice around specific climate issues. We plan to identify member-led working groups to develop strategies, tools, and techniques that contribute to the climate change conversation in a meaningful way. 

Learning from the Experts

We are asking representatives from international climate initiatives, local government, leading environmental organizations, and activist groups to share their work and insight:

  • How is your organization/initiative contributing to the climate change conversation, specifically as it relates to the built environment?
  • How do you think an organization like CNU might be most effective?

Breakout Sessions & Work Plan Development

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in breakout sessions where they will develop work plans for specific impact areas. During the breakout sessions we ask participants to consider the following:

  • Where does CNU have expertise? Where could CNU expand its knowledge–base?
  • How does the specific climate issue affect the economy of local communities?
  • How can we plan and design equitable solutions and tools to address climate impacts?
  • What specific next steps can CNU members take to address climate impacts?

Venue (Alexandria, VA)

Conveniently located in Old Town Alexandria, the Climate Summit will be hosted at the Lyceum—201 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Hotel Accommodations

CNU's  special rate at the Hilton Garden Inn Old Town Alexandria has expired .  Other nearby hotel options include:

For additional information please contact Kristen Dunphey,

* Please note that CNU is unable to process registration refunds after August 31, 2017.