Call for Presentations

CSI Columbus and USGBC Ohio will host DesignColumbus on Monday, April 8, 2019 at COSI. The annual conference and trade show unites hundreds of building industry leaders, experts and professionals for a day featuring inspiring speakers and superb educational sessions covering all aspects of sustainable design, construction and operational practices for buildings and communities, including their impact on people, the environment and the economy – locally and nationally.

The DesignColumbus Planning Committee is seeking education programs that highlight new technologies, regional issues, high-profile projects and enhance the knowledge of our participants about design, construction and operational practices that promote green building.  In an effort to promote new and diverse groups of presenters, strong preference will be given to presenters who did not present at the previous year’s conference or whose content is relevant to the regional audience.  Acceptable presentation modalities include panel discussions, roundtables, project profile/case studies, interactive lectures, or group activity.  No sessions that are based upon an advertisement, product or service will be accepted into the program.

New this year, DesignColumbus is adding a track for Interior Designers.  The DesignColumbus Planning Committee is seeking education programs that offer IDCEC credits for Interior Designers.

Presenters will be assisted in obtaining AIA and GBCI credits for these presentations. LEED-Specific presentations are encouraged. A LEED-Specific presentation needs 75% or more of the content related directly to the current versions of the LEED Rating Systems and Reference Guides, LEED certification process and/or LEED Online. Education sessions are scheduled for 60 minutes in length, allowing time for questions.

Presenter benefits: The presenters for each session selected to be part of DesignColumbus 2019 will receive a complimentary registration to the conference with lunch provided.

How to submit a proposal:If you are interested in presenting, please go to and click SUBMIT A PRESENTATION at the top of the page or complete the attached application form and return it to one of the e-mail address listed below.

Submission and Review Timeline:

August 27, 2018:            Call for Proposals Open
December 7, 2018:          Proposals submission deadline
December 21, 2018:       Selected speakers notified
March 8, 2019:               Presentations in PDF format due for credit submittal

Equipment provided: Each presentation room will be equipped with a microphone, projector and screen.

What to bring:  Presenters will need to bring their own laptop (and cables if using a Mac), presentation and handouts (if desired).

Advertising of presentation topics:Advertising of selected topics will be done throughout the five states in the Heartland and Great Lakes Region: Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.

Feel free to pass this invite on to anyone that may be interested in presenting. If you have any questions or need additional information, contact:

Jim McDonald
CSI Columbus Chapter

Tammie Wareham
USGBC Central Ohio Chapter



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