If you care about energy conservation, clean air, walkable communities, bicycle salvation and sustainable urban development, you ought to be signing up for some of the sessions at the upcoming international Congress for the New Urbanism conference in SLC beginning May 29.

Much of confab is dedicated to Utah's home-grown efforts to spawn roots-up urban planning. One noteworthy example is a demonstration site in SLC's downtown Granary DistrictUrbanists, including the UofU's Reid Ewing and Arthur C. Nelson will speak and lead workshops and CNU is offering guided tours of Utah's challenging and somewhat successful urbanist initiatives, including Daybreak, Main Street Salt Lake City and, of course, the Granary District. 

If you sign up by midnight tonight (Wednesday)—you'll get an $80 discount.

I have to admit I'm a bit baffled at CNU's choise of headquarters for discussions on the future of urbanism in Salt Lake. The Grand America Hotel? You've got to wonder about the LEED rating of this behemoth—complete with "soaring ceilings," 17th century Flemish tapestries, Richelieu furniture, and Italian-marble bathrooms. Presumably, being on the TRAX line makes it cutting-edge New Urbanism.

Congress for the New Urbanism's CNU21: May 29-June 1.