Past Sustainable Summits Conferences

Climbers Cutting Carbon is the 2022/23 iteration of Sustainable Summits conferences.

Information on past conferences below, or learn the complete history of the Sustainable Summits Initiative by visiting SustainableSummits.org.

The Sustainable Summits 2020 conference was intended to be held in Nepal 1-5 June 2020 to showcase the country’s mountain environment, highlight climate change issues and bring international attention to Nepal’s mountain tourism. This would have been the 5th Sustainable Summits conference. However, due to the pandemic, the Nepalese hosts produced a beautiful one-hour film instead, which was presented at the COP 26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2021.

The 4th Sustainable Summits Conference took place from 10 to 15 June 2018 in the Majestic Congress Center in Chamonix, France. It integrated French and European issues and solutions with international experience and learning.

The New Zealand Alpine Club hosted the third global Sustainable Summits conference at Mount Cook, New Zealand. In 2016 the NZAC celebrated its 125th anniversary. Hosting the 3rd global Sustainable Summits Conference was a highlight of the club’s celebrations.

The Sustainable Summits Conference in 2014 built on the success of Exit Strategies. Once again the goals was to shape and share environmentally sustainable solutions in mountain areas, including by developing global partnerships.

The original Sustainable Summits Conference was called “Exit Strategies: Managing Human Waste in the Wild” and was hosted by the American Alpine Club (AAC) at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado.