2018 Program

Tuesday, October 9
Craft brewers in general are thrifty by nature and are always looking at ways to save, recycle and re-use all materials and utilities within their facilities. BridgePort is no exception and we have taken full advantage of opportunities to re-claim energy through heat exchangers, to save energy through smart technology, and to recycle any waste materials that we can in order to keep our environmental footprint as small as possible. On our tour your attendees will see lights on motion sensors, dry-lube conveyors, secondary water usage, collection of spent brewing ingredients for animal feed, heat exchangers, our recycling program, and high efficiency equipment such as our steam generator and our multi-stage air compressor.

Please wear closed-toe shoes.

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Tour Leader: Jeff Edgerton | Brewmaster, BridgePort Brewing
Tour Leader: Genevieve Joplin | Sustainability Advisor, Sustainability at Work
Wednesday, October 10
Main Stage Auditorium Rehearsal Studio The Ellyn Bye Studio
Registration & Sponsor Foyer Open
Sponsored by:
Cory Scott | Director of Customer Solutions, Pacific Power
Keoki Kakigi | Sustainability Operations Manager, Portland Trailblazers
Emcee: Megan Shuler | Program Manager, City of Portland, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Sponsored by:
Mayor Mark Gamba | City of Milwaukie
Megan Shuler | Program Manager, City of Portland, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
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A different kind of hope for living in these turbulent times. Climate disruption. Growing social inequality. Pollution. We are living in an era of unprecedented crises, resulting in widespread feelings of fear, despair, and grief. Now, more than ever, maintaining hope for the future is a monumental task. Kate Davies will offer a powerful antidote to these feelings. She will show how conventional ideas of hope are rooted in the belief that life will conform to our wishes and how this leads to disappointment, despair, and a dismal view of the future. As an alternative, she will describe "intrinsic hope," a powerful and positive approach to life based on having a deep trust in whatever happens. Kate, a hopeful survivor, will show how to cultivate intrinsic hope through practical tips and six mindful habits for living a positive, courageous life in these troubled times.
Kate Davies, MA DPhil
Author, Senior Fellow, Whidbey Institute, Professor Emerita, Antioch University and Clinical Associate Professor, University of Washington
Networking Break
Equity can't be addressed when you're ready to launch a new product, service or policy. It has to be integrated into the design itself. But how do we apply the context of race and ethnicity to our existing design strategies and tools? Join us for a panel discussion with representatives from government, philanthropic, and corporate sectors. Designers, strategists, consultants, social impact advocates, and business community members who strive to lead with equity, you'll gain insight into the current conversation, best practices, and challenges of equity-based design.
Moderator: Erin Stevanus | Owner, studio b:ask
Marcelino Alvarez | Founder & CEO, Uncorked Studios
Lauren Johnson | Senior Vice President for Community Impact, Social Venture Partners Portland
Mary Li | Director, Multnomah Idea Lab
Smaller sized socially minded businesses are capitalizing on the benefits and significant opportunity of the "three legged stool" of sustainability with efforts in carbon reduction, policy advocacy work, community engagement and more. It is imperative for companies to move the work of their sustainability efforts beyond the walls of the office and into the real world. Similarly, we see limitless opportunities for companies to operationalize their commitment to social, environmental and economic justice through policy engagement. Business For A Better Portland provides a "civic engagement on ramp" for companies wishing to demonstrate their commitment to community but lacking the time to navigate the complex world of public policy. This session will examine small business case studies that have put this to work within their own communities.
Moderator: Ashley Henry | Chief Collaboration Officer, Business for a Better Portland
Maria García | Owner, Revolución Coffee House
Kristofor Lofgren | Founder & CEO, Bamboo Sushi
Laura Whipple | Co-Founder & CEO, Scout Books
One only needs to look at daily headlines to understand that the topic of resiliency, as it pertains to the built environment, is timely, urgent, and should be top of mind for owners and building managers responsible for the safekeeping of their buildings or campuses, and the lives and wellbeing of their occupants. Changing climate conditions are expected to significantly affect infrastructure and operations, and in many locations across the country these impacts are already being experienced (e.g., flooding and roof collapses from extreme rain/snow events). Climate preparedness is critical to manage risk, and should be part of the strategic and master planning process. To develop a plan, an in-depth understanding of the changing local and regional climate conditions is applied to perform a resilience assessment of infrastructure and operations. This assessment evaluates overall vulnerability to property damage, and disruption of systems such as energy/power, transportation, food and water. Results are applied in a risk analysis framework to identify areas most at risk, with a focus on economic loss and human safety, and to determine an effective strategy for adaptation. This session provides an overview of future climate forecasting models and a climate resilience assessment tool for identifying areas of vulnerability to changing climate conditions.
Moderator: Elaine Aye, IIDA, LEED Fellow, WELL AP, USGBC Faculty, WELL Faculty | Associate, Regional Manager, RWDI USA LLC
Joel Good, P.Eng., M.A.Sc., LEED AP | Senior Consultant, Associate, RWDI USA LLC
Jessica Iplikci | Senior Program Manager - Commercial Sector, Energy Trust of Oregon
Lunch & Networking
The City of Portland defines "Smart Cities" as the use of existing and innovative technologies, data collection and data management tools to enhance community engagement, improve delivery of public services, and address City goals around equity, mobility, affordability, sustainability, community health and safety, workforce development, and resiliency. This session will present three projects/case studies, advancing under the umbrella of Portland's new Smart City PDX Initiative, that address these goals, with a specific focus on improving the lives of those in underserved communities.
Moderator: Christine Kendrick | Smart City PDX Coordinator, City of Portland
Hector Dominguez | Smart City PDX Open Data Coordinator, City of Portland
Ingrid Fish | Emerging Mobility Policy and Programs, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
What if you could harness the best ideas from an organization or project team in record time, hear everyone's perspective, and increase engagement in the decision outcomes? The field of collaborative intelligence is helping organizations of all kinds do just that. While most jobs today require us to work in team environments there is rarely discussion about how to create highly functioning teams that achieve complex goals. With a focus applicable to all business models, this session will explore the why and how of creating integrated teams with strong, healthy communication and the ability to overcome the difficulties and roadblocks commonly seen in the pursuit of sustainable goals. Join us for an in-depth discussion around each step in the framework and the tools and strategies that can be used to create an environment that nurtures healthy, successful teamwork and to explore the business case for collaboration from a business owner's perspective. Using storytelling, concrete exercises and a tailored, take-home cheat sheet, this session can change the way participants work immediately.
Lena Ashby | Senior Project Manager, Brightworks Sustainability
Alex Boetzel | Director of Operations and Sustainability, Green Hammer
Erica Dunn | Director of Design, Green Hammer
Julie Huffaker | Consultant, Deeper Funner Change
New mobility technologies and business models are rapidly changing the way we get around, and your daily commute is no exception. Employer organizations have a growing amount of options to select from to encourage smart, active, and green commuting options for their employees and lower their overall carbon footprint. Learn how major employers are improving business performance by adopting new software platforms that reward smarter commuting options every month and every day. There are also a growing number of electric options for their own fleets to select from and now with Oregon's Clean Car Rebate, and Clean Fuels Program financial subsidies can help make the case. Today's organization leaders need to navigate and stay attuned to the many new opportunities in transportation and we can share the latest and best options to consider.

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Moderator: Zach Henkin | Deputy Director, Forth
Olga Aulet-Leon | Sustainability Champion, Daimler Trucks North America
Caitlin Horsley | Sustainability Manager, Portland General Electric
Kelly Hostetler | Customer Success Manager, Luum
Networking Break
The value of natural and working lands to Oregon's environment, economy, and communities cannot be overstated. Not only are they the economic engine for Oregon's rural communities and the state, but they can also make a significant contribution to reducing and mitigating climate change. Furthermore, rural and tribal communities are some of the first groups to feel the effects of climate change and the resulting impact on their livelihoods. Extreme weather, reduced snowpack and stream flow, and abnormal wildfires exacerbated by climate change are already having wide-spread impacts. An Oregon focused cap-and-invest program can, and should, provide strategic investments in rural communities and the state's diverse natural and working lands to promote climate change adaptation, develop clean energy, support local economies, and generate new revenue streams. The most recent version of the Clean Energy Jobs Bill recognizes these needs and circumstances, and proposes an operating structure that provides significant economic and environmental benefit to Oregon's rural communities.
Moderator: Tera Hurst | Executive Director, Renew Oregon
Dylan Kruse | Director of Government Affairs & Program Strategy, Sustainable Northwest
Don Sampson | Climate Change Project Director, Affiliate Tribes of Northwest Indians
Companies and communities alike are coming together to end the widespread use of single use plastic and its pollution of our global commons. Now, with China's new restrictions on accepting recyclables, more than ever, ending the common distribution of plastic bags and straws and banning single use plastic as a whole is an imperative. Additionally, creating systems change and contributing to the circular economy through responsible materials management and new methods of reuse will be paramount. Hear about what companies like New Seasons are doing to ditch their usage of various plastic products and find new and innovative ways to reuse them.
Moderator: Minal Mistry | Business Initiatives and Partnerships, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Athena Petty | Sustainability Manager, New Seasons Market Inc.
Amy Rathfelder | Policy Advisor, Mayor Wheeler's Office, City of Portland
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Businesses from across the globe are at various stages of integrating these goals into their business strategies and operationalizing them into their day-to-day business practices. The SDGs provide a comprehensive framework for understanding and practically addressing the most critical challenges we face at a global level. This session will provide an overview of the 17 goals and how they came about, why they are so important and how businesses are applying them. We will cover how big multinational firms are integrating the goals and how medium and small businesses are actively using the goals. We will also talk about how the SDGs fit into the bigger picture of sustainability reporting and other trends. We will then break out into small groups and allow participants to explore the goals in detail, where the goals align with their current business strategy and where they should focus.

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Moderator: Jami Haaning | Corporate Responsibility Manager, ENGIE Insight and Corporate Sustainability Collaborative
Michele Machado | Community Engagement & Sustainable Systems Manager, Hawthorne Hostel
Mike Wallace | Partner, BrownFlynn
Networking Break
Nwamaka Agbo
Restorative Economics Practitioner, Nwamaka Agbo Consulting
Four local voices share how climate change impacts our generation. This session harnesses the power of stories to broaden our worldview. We'll look at the intersections between climate, health, economic opportunity and displacement and ask, "What is the role for Portland business in taking just and equitable climate action?"
Moderator: Michele Crim | Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Camille Elmore-Trummer | Account Manager, BRINK
Rose High Bear | Senior Consultant, Wisdom of the Elders, Inc.
Khanh Pham | Manager of Immigrant Organizing, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
Justin Yuen | CEO, FMYI
Networking Reception

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