2015 Program

Monday, October 5
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Opening Night Reception
*Invite only
Tuesday, October 6
Big Picture Equity & Diversity Forward Thinking
Registration and Networking
The Greek playwright Aeschylus wrote "from a small seed a mighty trunk may grow." Join the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability in celebrating three local small business leaders who have planted the seeds for social and economic change in our community. Get an inside look at how their green business models integrate employee empowerment and community service - and see how this stands to transform our economy one business at a time. This special session is presented in partnership with the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs, Microenterprise Services of Oregon and the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.
Introduction: Susan Anderson | Director, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Moderator: Megan Shuler | Program Manager, Sustainability at Work, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Rachel Hestmark | Founder & Designer, Hestmark Designs
Alando Simpson | Vice President, City of Roses Disposal & Recycling
Mark Lopez | Chef, Farmer & Owner, Crave Catering
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Introduction: Margie Harris | Executive Director, Energy Trust of Oregon, Inc.
Kate Brown | Oregon Governor
In this unique gathering of mayors from across the region, our local city leaders come together to discuss the impact being made in their cities to solve environmental challenges and improve the quality of life for all citizens. With rapidly changing policies and initiatives in the environmental movement, learn how city leaders are working around constraints and collaborating to maximize development of their sustainable and equitable communities.
Moderator: Kitty Piercy | Mayor, City of Eugene
Shane Bemis | Mayor, City of Gresham
Tim Leavitt | Mayor, City of Vancouver 
Don Williams | Mayor, Lincoln City 
Networking Break | EcoCab Tesla Ride Along
Portland Business Journal | Meet New Lead Reporter for Sustainable Business Oregon, Jim Cronin
Come meet Jim Cronin, the new Sustainable Business Oregon reporter for the Portland Business Journal. Learn what he'll be reporting on, best ways to contact him for coverage and ask any questions you may have. Also, learn how to best navigate the online content of the Portland Business Journal.
Building owners often lack access to capital to pay for substantial energy improvements on their buildings. CPACE leverages the stability of the property tax system to increase access to capital for commercial energy projects where loans are secured by a benefit assessment on the real property. This innovative approach helps overcome several barriers to investing in energy projects. Multnomah County, in partnership with the PDC, is piloting this innovative financing model and is currently enrolling participants. This session will cover how the program works, how businesses can get involved, and how industry and government partners see the program growing.
Moderator: John Wasiutynski | Director, Multnomah County Office of Sustainability
David Heslam | Executive Director, Earth Advantage
Amy Nagy | Clean Tech Business Development Coordinator, Portland Development Commission
Peter White | Area Sales Manager, Johnson Controls, Inc.
Adam Zimmerman | Executive Vice President, Craft3
Learn how, when and why to add an Equity Lens to your organizational planning process. This facilitated panel discussion will feature equity experts and organizational leaders sharing their recent experiences in adding this important viewpoint to their planning processes. Panelists will discuss the mechanics of setting up the lens, the successes and pitfalls they encountered in the process, and how their planning outcomes were changed as a result of the Equity Lens work.
Moderator: Jackie Yerby | Faith Organizer, Renew Oregon
Dr. Ann Curry Stevens | Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Portland State University, and Founding Director, Center to Advance Racial Equity
Kurt Jun | Diversity and Inclusion Director, Portland General Electric
Sonali Balajee | Senior Policy Advisor on the Equity and Empowerment Lens, Office of Diversity and Equity, Multnomah County
Create new thinking to further your sustainability initiatives. Roll up your sleeves and try out some design thinking tools. Attendees of this hands-on workshop will get the chance to help one of their fellow conference attendees wrestle with one of their current business challenges, and will experiment with three different design thinking tools to gain fresh insights into how this challenge might be addressed.
Matthew Landkamer | Principal, Coraggio Group
Craig Trames | Principal, Coraggio Group
Lynette Xanders | Chief Executive Officer, Wild Alchemy

Sign up to attend the workshop is full. Indicate your interest to be added to the wait list during registration should a spot open up.
Lunch & Networking | EcoCab Tesla Ride Along
EcoChallenge: Engaging Your Team on Sustainability
In this interactive session you will learn how to use NWEI's EcoChallenge to achieve your employee engagement goals. We'll cover best practices when initiating employee engagement, and explore of how the EcoChallenge can fit with your existing efforts or provide a foundation for new initiatives.
Rob Nathan | Director of Digital Engagement, Northwest Earth Institute
Liz Zavodsky, Director of Membership & Engagement, Northwest Earth Institute
Documentary Trailer Showing: Red, White & Black: An Oregon Wine Story
Introduction: Bertony Faustin | Partner and Manager, Abbey Creek Vineyard
Mid-Day Keynote
Ibrahim Abdul-Matin | Author, Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet and Director of Community Affairs, NYC Department of Environmental Protection
With increasing frequency, media stories are underscoring the speed and severity of climate change. Delegations from around the world come to Portland to speak with business and government leaders to understand how we have lowered emissions while creating jobs, welcoming new residents and creating a more livable community. Learn what we have accomplished and what great opportunities lie ahead, as identified in the recently adopted Portland and Multnomah County Climate Action Plan. Then hear industry leaders discuss the economic opportunities and risks they face and their ideas for collaboratively achieving an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.
Moderator: Ozzie Gonzalez | Global Sustainability Director for Industrial & Advanced Technology, CH2M HILL
Susan Anderson | Director, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability 
Beth Brett | Architect, Mahlum Architects 
Steve Clem | Vice President of Pre-Construction, Skanska 
#BlackLivesMatter, #AllLivesMatter, #MarriageEquality, the hashtags appear in your timeline, your feeds and inboxes and with them, a tremendous amount of social and cultural capital is exchanged. This session will explore the ways in which marketing, advertising and communications agencies can support various social and cultural movements in our society. Through thoughtful partnerships and cutting edge social practices, communications firms and ultimately corporate business can increase their marketshare, maximize advertising potential and grow their audiences, all while supporting positive social growth. The session will explore a brief history of successes, the limitations and the areas and the new frontier of American markets of creative and cultural capital.
Ifanyi Bell | Founder and CCO, Brushfire Creative Partners
Tyler Ahn | Strategist
Ryan Linstrom | Principal, Land & Sea
Natalie Sundeleaf Sept | Account Manager, Quinn Thomas Public Affairs
Join us and learn about the steps that companies should take to operationalize their commitment to social and environmental responsibility through mission alignment. Leaders will discuss the legal framework of becoming a Benefit Company in the state of Oregon as well as the mission alignment and operational advantages to becoming a certified B Corporation. Learn how measuring what matters has helped companies to benchmark and baseline their social and environmental impacts and drive employee engagement.
Moderator: Stephanie Ryan | Director, Pacific Northwest, B Corporation
Kipp Baratoff | Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Fish People
Renee Loveland | Sustainability Manager, Gerding Edlen
Tom Wrosch | Notary and Business Outreach, Secretary of State Corporation Division, State of Oregon
Nate Young | Sustainability Manager, Hopworks Urban Brewery
Networking Break | EcoCab Tesla Ride Along
Gifford Pinchot III | Founder & President Emeritus, Pinchot University 

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To avoid confusion with those starting a new venture, entrepreneurs working inside an existing organization are known as "intrapreneurs." In a fast-changing world, where entrepreneurial skills can drive social impact, "social intrapreneurs" are becoming an essential ingredient for social change organizations. Their contributions benefit their organization while tackling some of the most pressing social and environmental problems. Employers and changemakers alike have noticed the potential of the social intrapreneur, and practitioners and institutions ranging from global corporations to local co-ops and universities are seeking skilled intrapreneurs to lead teams and initiatives in their organizations. Join this session to uncover the gaps, share solutions, and kick-start the intrapreneurship movement for the green economy.
Moderator: Abby Chroman | Project Manager, PSU Impact Entrepreneurs
Kazi Huque | CEO, Grameen Intel, Intel Corporation
David Griswold | President & Founder, Sustainable Harvest
Gifford Pinchot III | Founder & President Emeritus, Pinchot University
For the projects featured in this session, equity has been at the core of how the project was designed and implemented. The projects were developed with an Equity and Empowerment Framework that provides insight on how to evaluate equity; how to incorporate equity into your inputs, activities, and outcomes and how to evaluate whether your outcomes strengthen organizational and personal capacity around equity. This session will share the project's logic model, evaluation indicators, and discuss results from the evaluation that are lessons learned for any project hoping to incorporate equity into the "how" of its project.
Moderator: Kari Lyons-Eubanks | Senior Program Specialist, Multnomah County Environmental Health
Rey Espana | Director of Community Development, Native American Youth and Family Center
Kelly Haines | Equity Strategies Manager, Enhabit
Berenice Lopez-Dorsey | Founder & Owner, H.E.L.P. Home Energy Life Performance Group and Move In Ready, LLC
Stakeholders in the regional food system are brought together to discuss the challenges that institutional buyers (including schools, hospitals, corporate cafeterias, and retail chains) face when sourcing local food. From small and mid-scale Oregon producers to domestic wholesale food buyers, this session will dig into the aggregation, processing, and distribution infrastructure gaps that inhibit the flow of whole and minimally processed agricultural and food products.
Moderator: Amanda Oborne | Vice President, Food & Farms, Ecotrust
Sydney DeLuna | General Manager, The Redd Project, Ecotrust
Jeff Harvey | President & CEO, Burgerville
Reid Ten Kley | Co-founder, Iliamna Fish Company
Andre Uribe | Café Chef and Bon Appetit Management, Intel Corporation
Networking Break | EcoCab Tesla Ride Along
Closing Keynote
Deborah Kafoury | Chair, Multnomah County
Leading Oregon wineries and vineyards are implementing sustainability and environmental practices in the areas of pesticide and fertilizer management, energy management, water conservation, waste reduction and more. Join us in discussing how climate change is affecting the industry, how leaders in wine production are practicing resiliency, and how third party certification has created and maintained such high industry standards.
Moderator: Deb Hatcher | Founder, A to Z Wineworks
Greg Jones | Climatologist and Professor of Geography, Department of Environmental Studies at Southern Oregon University 
Gary Mortensen | President, Stoller Family Estates
Chris Serra | Executive Director, LIVE 
Alison Sokol Blosser | Co-President, CEO & Second Generation Winegrower, Sokol Blosser
Jason Tosch | Director of Viticulture, Anne Amie Vineyards 
Hosted Networking Reception

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