Panel Discussions are fully planned sessions related to a specific topic area involving multiple presentations or participants and a chair. Panel Discussions will normally be allocated to 45-minute sessions, consisting of presentations and discussions according to the decisions of the convenor. The panel convenor (chair) must supply all information required by the online submission system.

All panel presenters are expected to prepare a paper or commentary paper. Panel Discussion submissions must have a minimum of three (3) participants and are limited to six (6) participants for 45-minute sessions. The number of participants includes presenters and discussants. These limits are in addition to the chair. The presentation limits are to allow for meaningful presentation, discussion, and audience participation.

Panel Discussions word limits:
• 15 words or fewer for the title
• 500 words or fewer for overall session summary without any author/participant identification. The summary will be published in the Conference proceedings and must address the following elements:
1. Objectives of the panel discussion
2. Overview of the presentation format
3. Scholarly or scientific significance
4. Structure for the session
• 250 words or fewer for each participant’s paper/presentation summary to be included in the panel discussion without any author/participant identification.
• Conclusions and implications for arts education

Panel Discussions - submission format:
One pdf file to be submitted (as attachment) including title, panel overall summary up to 500 words, and abstracts (up to 250 words each) for each of the 3-6 presenters in the Panel. No author identification should be included in the submission file.
References, tables, and figures should be added to the end of the document and are not included in the word count. No more than a total of seven (7) tables and/or figures may be included.
• For references/in-text citations the APA style is required (

Also to be submitted:
1. A short abstract of no more than 150 words to be included in the conference program
2. A short bio for each presenter/chair of no more than 100 words to be included in the conference program


A significant factor in this event’s tremendous success is its appeal to leaders from so many different disciplines.

The conference will draw a national audience of local elected officials and city and county staff; state and federal agency leaders; professionals in planning, transportation, public health, landscape architecture, architecture, public works, parks and recreation, and crime prevention and the arts; realtors, developers, builders and bankers; advocates for equity and environmental justice, youth, older adults, and walking and biking; labor representatives; school leaders and staff; environmentalists; and all others committed to building safer, healthier and more livable communities everywhere.

The 2019

The nation’s largest smart growth and sustainability event places a strong emphasis on implementation tools, innovative strategies and new technologies that will help communities NOW!

The program will span three days with pre- and post-conference mobile workshops. The main program will kick off on Thursday afternoon, February 1, with a plenary starting at 1:30 PM, and continue through Saturday morning, February 3, closing at approximately 12:30 PM.
The 2018 conference program will feature eight focused thematic tracks that will provide participants an opportunity for a more dynamic, hands-on learning experience. Each track will be designed to create a peer cohort of practitioners that leave with a new tools, strategies, models and templates to integrate into their work.

Participants, as always, will be able to attend sessions across tracks. Additionally, coordinated keynotes and networking activities will be included throughout the program to ensure that participants are learning and networking with a broad, multi-disciplinary national audience.
The 2018 program will also include NEW, dynamic interactive session formats to maximize participant engagement because we recognize that our participants have experiences, observations, successes and challenges to contribute to the dialogue around smart growth implementation.


By bringing together so many different thinkers, practitioners, activists, community leaders and policymakers from an ever-evolving spectrum of disciplines, New Partners has guided a strong and diverse movement grounded in the values of sustainable communities for over a decade.

The origins of this conference can be traced to late 1995 when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency first launched its Smart Growth Program. As part of this effort, the EPA sought to organize a national conference that would focus on environmentally sensitive growth and development.

In 2001, the LGC partnered with the Centers for Disease Control, the California Department of Transportation and Penn State University to produce a “first of its kind” national, multidisciplinary event titled “Redesigning Community: A Smart Growth Approach to Street and Neighborhood Design, Crime Prevention, and Public Health and Safety” in San Diego.

Over the past decade, the basic principles of smart growth have not changed, but the realization of their importance continues to grow as more civic leaders, professionals, and interest groups recognize smart growth as a solution to the challenges in their communities. Thanks to a trail blazed by determined and visionary pioneers, smart growth is now widely and rightfully understood as a necessary, if not sufficient, way of addressing many of the most difficult economic, environmental, and social challenges we face today in communities across the country.