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2016 Program

Wednesday, October 5
Equity & Diversity Clean Innovation Productivity & Growth
Emcee: Terry Starbucker St. Marie | Publisher, Built Oregon
9:00-9:45am Energy Trust of OregonIntelPacific Power
Introduction by Michael Colgrove | Executive Director of Energy Trust of Oregon

KEYNOTE: Ted Wheeler | Mayor-Elect, City of Portland

KEYNOTE: Christine Boles | Director of Smart Building Solutions, Intel
KEYNOTE:Stefan Bird | CEO, Pacific Power
Learn from three local business owners-leaders and innovators on the forefront of the clean tech economy-as they discuss the challenges of developing and piloting their products. What are the obstacles they faced when trying to bring them to market? And how did they work with the community and private sector to make their ideas a success? Listen to their stories and learn how you can get your own ideas off the ground.
Moderator: Josh Alpert | Director of Special Projects, C40
Sce Pike | CEO and Founder, IOTAS
Erik Larson | Co-Founder, Building Energy
Robin Cook | CEO, PermaMatrix Inc.
Sam Blackman | CEO, Elemental Technologies
10:45-11:15amNorthwest Earth Institute
EcoChallenge 2.0 gives you the tools and inspiration to reduce your impact on the planet and contribute to a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable future - while engaging the people in your life and having fun in the process. We invite you to choose a Challenge that stretches your comfort zone, stick with it for two weeks, and make a difference for you, your community and the planet! Attend this mini-session to get all the details on how you can contribute to the collective impact of EcoChallenge!
Rob Nathan | Director of Digital Engagement at Northwest Earth Institute
Liz Zavodsky | Director of Membership & Engagement at Northwest Earth Institute
When it comes to reaching multicultural audiences and encouraging environmentally friendly actions whether it's riding public transit, recycling or switching to energy-saving light bulbs transcreation, not translation, will help you do so in a powerful, culturally relevant way.
Moderator: Ha Na Park | Creative & Multicultural Strategist, C+C
Lauren Parker | Manager Of Marketing & Outreach, TriMet Public Affairs
Marne Duke | Senior Public Affairs Specialist, Metro
Oregon is one of the most energy-efficient states, with a population that includes some of the most innovative and sustainably minded designers and engineers in the country. For many of these professionals, Net Zero energy is the ultimate goal - but is this too far-fetched or impractical for business? How can Net Zero design be put to work to enhance affordable housing and community revitalization? Hear from a panel of energy experts, designers and business owners who are aiming for zero, and learn how high-performance buildings can fit into your business plan as an owner or lessee.
Moderator: Betsy Kauffman | Sector Lead, Renewables, Energy Trust of Oregon
Ralph DiNola | CEO, New Buildings Institute
Nathan Young | President, Willamette MODS
Brian Heather | Founder & President, SolTerra
Local experts and rideshare company executives weigh in on trends, share predictions and discuss triple bottom line impacts as the Metro region welcomes over 700,000 new residents in the next 20 years.
Moderator: Steve Hoyt-McBeth | Program Manager, Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)
Steve Gutmann | Co-Founder, Stuffstr
Laura Bisesto | Public Policy Manager, Lyft
Jeff Allen | Executive Director, Drive Oregon
Lunch & Networking
Mercatus is an online platform founded in Portland, Oregon to highlight entrepreneurs of color in the City of Roses through storytelling and a comprehensive inventory. Join us to hear from a few of these sustainably minded entrepreneurs as they share their struggles, anthems, and best practices, and hear how Mercatus is helping to elevate their unique and universal narratives. You'll leave with a new perspective on the ever evolving landscape of entrepreneurship in Portland, and the means to connect with a broader, more diverse cross section of the local business community.
Moderator: Tory Campbell | Senior Business Development Coordinator, Portland Development Commission
Ben Berry | Chief Executive Officer and Chief Digital Officer, Airship Technologies Group
Jamaal Hale | Founder, Good Green LLC
Yesenia Gallardo | CEO, Poda Foods
How can entrepreneurs give back, bridge underserved communities and commit to sustainability? Hear from leaders in various local industries, as they discuss ways to make a positive impact through business.
Moderator: Heather Stafford | Director of Innovation, Business Oregon
Augusto Carneiro | Founder and CEO, Nossa Familia Coffee
Richard Koehler | Founder, Folk Furniture
Stuart Phillips | Founder, Red Wagon Creamery
This session will outline the case for energy and the benefits of energy efficiency optimization to your organization's bottom line. Our outstanding line-up of speakers will show how energy and emission inventory, energy conservation evaluation tools and implementation, energy usage monitoring and projected energy growth all factor in to driving optimization for energy and your bottom line energy costs.
Moderator: Danny Grady | Sr. Energy Specialist, City of Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability
Christa Stout | Vice President, Social Responsibility, Portland Trailblazers
Mia Yang | Project Engineer, Port of Portland
Most companies recognize that their employees are their most valuable asset-but how does leadership create a healthy and sustainable workplace that is rooted in shared values? When addressing sustainability, how do they message effectively, create relevant and useful initiatives, and connect with employees in a meaningful and authentic manner? Regional leaders will present how they used strategic program choices to connect with employees and grow a green culture throughout their companies.
Moderator: Mary Moerlins | Community Affairs and Environmental Programs Manager, NW Natural
Jami Haaning | Program Manager, CLEAResult
Kristen Connor | Senior Vice President & Relationship Banking Officer, Pacific Continental Bank
Justin Yuen | President, FMYI
Networking Break
Join three local organizational leaders as they share their perspective on equity and discuss the opportunities and challenges of creating equitable conditions in contemporary environmentalism, urban design, and social entrepreneurship. Join a pragmatic and hopeful discussion about the blind spots that make us uncomfortable and the bright spots that motivate change. Learn how to define equity; how an organization can shift cultures and mindsets internally to create better conditions for equity; what role social change organizations have in lowering institutional barriers to access; and what resources are available to help organizations interested in prioritizing equity.
Introduction by: Linda Baker | Editor, Oregon Business Magazine
Moderator: Abby Chroman | Project Manager, Impact Entrepreneurs, Portland State University
Juan Barraza | Founder, VDO Interpreters and Organizer, Startup Weekend Latino
Joy Alise Davis | Founder and Principal, Design and Culture Lab
Mike Green | Co-founder, ScaleUp Partners
In order for clean energy to expand its reach and replace less environmentally friendly sources of energy, it is imperative that we train the next generation of clean energy leaders and bring together the many stakeholders that are invested in renewable energy deployment. Learn about one such partnership and the way in which it has brought together utilities, solar developers, public school systems and non-profits in an effort to empower educators to integrate the latest renewable energy science and technology into their classrooms.
Introduction by: John Hobbs | ODOE Project Development Officer, ODOE
Moderator: Chaun MacQueen | Program Director, Solar 4R Schools, Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Aaron Presberg | Energy Program Manager, Portland Public Schools
Bill Eddie | Chief Executive Officer, OneEnergy Renewables
Josh Halley | Renewable Power Program Manager, Portland General Electric
Sponsored by:
Over the next 20 years, about a quarter million more people will join the roughly 620,000 Portlanders who are already here. But where will they live and work? Find out how Portland's blueprint for managing this growth can actually help us meet our ambitious climate, equity and prosperity goals.
Moderator: Joe Zehnder | Chief Planner, City of Portland BPS
Art Pearce | Transportation Systems Manager, City of Portland PBOT
Katherine Schultz AIA, LEED AP | Architect, GBD Architects
Marisa Zapata, PhD | Assistant Professor, Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University
Networking Break
Join us as we discuss the equity lens, multi-culturalism, and their intersection with decision making across sectors. How can equity and empowerment become deeply embedded values in an organization? And how can these values shift the way companies and agencies engage with their communities? Panelists will discuss their own experiences while giving their perspective on the equity lens tool as a national model.
Moderator: Carmen Suarez | Chief Diversity Officer, Portland State University
Jill Fuglister | Healthy Environment Portfolio Director, Meyer Memorial Trust
Ben Duncan | Chief Diversity Officer, Multnomah County
Carmen Rubio | Executive Director, Latino Network
Hosted Networking Reception

Introduction By: Franklin Jones | CEO/Founder, B-Line Urban Delivery
Introduction By: April Minister | IKEA Portland Spokesperson
Sponsored by:
BLine Ikea
Full Sail A to Z Eastside Distilling Finn River

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