Sustainability Summit Schedule

June 4-5, 2024, Minneapolis

The 2024 Sustainability Summit will take place in Minneapolis on June 4-5. Check back often for speaker and session updates!

In 2023, the NAR Sustainability Summit took place in Austin, Texas. Review last year’s sessions and topics in the 2023 digital program.

Times are subject to change.

Monday, June 3

2:00pm - 3:30pm
Optional Field Experience: Bringing Home Building Science - Behind the Scenes of Sustainability at Minneapolis Convention Center
*Advanced signup required

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Optional Walking Tour: Exploring Sustainability at Hilton Minneapolis
*Advanced signup required

6:00pm - 7:30pm
Welcome Networking Reception at the Hilton Minneapolis

Kick off conversation ahead of the formal programming with your fellow attendees from around the country at this welcome reception in the Hilton Minneapolis! Appetizers and drinks will be served.

Tuesday, June 4

8:00am - 11:00am
Learning Lab – The Journey to Sustainability through The Power of Preparedness
*Advanced signup required

Cost: $50.00/person
Speaker: Coni Meyers, Founder & CEO, CKM Preparedness Foundation

In this dynamic and engaging course, we will embark on the journey towards sustainability by harnessing the principles of preparedness. Sustainability is a pressing global issue, and preparedness is key to addressing its challenges effectively. Attendees will receive the knowledge and skills needed to help their communities be more resilient and at the same time embrace how to make this beneficial to their business by "Doing Well by Doing Good."

9:30am - 11:00am
Optional Field Experience: U.S. Bank Stadium Tour
*Advanced signup required


1:00pm - 1:15pm
Welcome Address

1:15pm - 2:00pm
Opening Keynote

Speaker: Rohit Bhargava

2:00pm - 2:45pm
Education Session

2:45pm - 3:15pm
Fundamentals of Sustainability

Speaker: Jessica Lautz, Deputy Chief Economist and Vice President of Research, National Association of REALTORS®

Take a look at how consumers are thinking about sustainability in their home purchase decisions and how REALTORS® are embracing sustainability.

3:15pm - 5:00pm
Education Sessions and Networking Break

6:00pm - 8:00 pm 
Celebration Reception at Orchestra Hall 

Celebrate, relax, and recharge after the first day of Sustainability Summit sessions with fellow attendees at the visually stunning Orchestra Hall. The first performing arts center in the U.S. to be awarded LEED v4 O+M Silver certification, this modern, efficient venue is one of Minnesota’s cultural and architectural touchstones. Mix and mingle with fellow attendees, enjoying food, cocktails and live music fit for a night to remember!

Conveniently located across from the Hilton Minneapolis, this venue places attendees in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, an easy walk to both nightlife and the host hotel.

Wednesday, June 5


9:00am - 10:45am
Education Sessions and Networking Break

10:45am - 11:15am
Building for Climate Resilience and Building Science Innovation

Speaker: Aaron Smith, CEO, Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA)

11:15am - 12:00pm
Education Session

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 1:45pm
Prevent, Prepare, Prosper: Getting on Path to Low-Carbon, Resilient Housing

Speaker: Steve Winkelman, Executive Director, Ottawa Climate Action Fund

Explore compelling solutions and gain useful insights to some of the industry’s biggest questions. How can we cut carbon pollution, keep the lights on, lower energy bills and protect our homes from worsening climate change impacts? Can we do all that and increase housing supply and affordability? What is the economic case for "beyond-the-building" community solutions on energy and travel efficiency? What are the roles and responsibilities of the real estate agent and the homeowner? How can government, industry, and community work together to multi-solve? Leave this session inspired to act with more urgency and collaborative impact.

1:45pm - 3:00pm
Education Sessions

The 2024 Sustainability Summit agenda includes real estate sustainability sessions on:

Rebates & Incentives

Discover opportunities to help clients offset costs and increase access to green improvements via the Inflation Reduction Act

The 15-Minute City

Delve into the factors maximizing investments today for vibrant, healthy communities tomorrow and why they’re attractive to buyers

Sustainability at the Association

Gain case-study insights to integrating sustainability throughout your state and local associations

Home Performance Data & the MLS

Learn the ins and outs of green fields on the MLS to help clients recognize the value of their sustainable home improvements

Sustainability Market Trends

Get an inside look at the current trends guiding the market and growing consumer preferences on the horizon.

Building for Efficiency & Resilience

Explore building science and innovation designed to improve homes’ efficiencies and resilience to extreme weather

What a Buyer Wants

Learn from leading REALTORS® who have made their name in green real estate on how to attract and uplift buyers looking to make healthy, happy homes

The Future Normal

Join a deep dive investigation to the innovative ideas and fantastic hypotheses that may one day be the new normal of the built environment