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The GoGreen Conference is a sustainability learning experience for business and government decision-makers. Featuring regionally targeted content and recognized leaders from the community, GoGreen works across industry silos to foster peer-to-peer learning and collaborative solutions. We believe sustainability in the business setting is a powerful and indispensable tool for navigating the tumultuous waters of today's global economy and solving our climate woes. Our mission is to empower attendees with the strategies, tools and connections to green their organizations with profitability in mind.
Our city-specific advisory teams ensure that GoGreen is able to build an experience that is timely and relevant to the region's economy, environmental issues, market opportunities and culture by providing guidance, connections and insights into each community we serve.
Christie True | Department Director, Department of Natural Resources and Parks, King County, Washington
Christie True was appointed by King County Executive Dow to lead King County's Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) in July 2010. True previously served as the director of DNRP's Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) and is a 25-year veteran of King County, where she started her career in 1984 as a water quality technician. Read more..
The Department of Natural Resources and Parks has four major divisions — Parks and Recreation, Solid Waste, Wastewater Treatment and Water and Land Resources — perform tasks ranging from improving water quality, to enhancing parks and trails, to protecting citizens from flooding, to restoring crucial fish and wildlife habitat, to recycling and reusing wastewater and solid waste byproducts. Its overall mission is to safeguard the environment, ensure public safety and preserve the region's quality of life. Christie has proven to be a leader in positive community engagement, managing change and being dedicated to continuous system improvement. Christie is known for her experience in establishing processes to better manage and deliver complex projects and budgets, and for her technical expertise and analytical approach to challenges. In 2006, she was named Local Official of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders for her work on the Brightwater project.
Susan Long | Environmental Impact Manager, Starbucks Coffee Company
Susan is the environmental impact manager on the Global Community Team, at Starbucks. She works with the company's global business units to incorporate sustainability into all aspects of operations, from waste reduction to energy and water efficiency and green building, as well as with external stakeholders in NGOs, government, and partner companies. Read more..
She has been with Starbucks over 17 years, working in a variety of roles within the Supply Chain manufacturing organization, prior to joining the Global Community Team. Susan has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Chemical Engineering, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Kevin Wilhelm | Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Business Consulting
Kevin Wilhelm is the pre-eminent business consultant in the field of sustainability and climate change. He is the CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting, a Seattle based consulting firm focused on practical solutions that deliver profit improvement through the use of sustainable business practices. Kevin brings over fourteen years of experience working with businesses ranging from Fortune 500 multinationals to government agencies to renewable energy start-ups. Read more..
Some of his clients include Nordstrom, REI, The North Face, Amazon.com, Drugstore.com and Brooks Sports. His firm works with companies to measure their sustainability and carbon impacts, develop successful implementation goals and strategies, engage employees through sustainability training, and help them communicate their CSR efforts both internally and externally. He has spent the last eight years demonstrating the business & bottom line benefits of sustainability locally, nationally, and internationally. He is the author of the acclaimed: Return on Sustainability: How Business Can Increase Profitability & Address Climate Change in an Uncertain Economy. He is an adjunct professor at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute where he teaches Sustainable Business.
Mary Rose | Co-Director, Network for Business Innovation + Sustainability (NBIS)
Mary Rose and her partner Karl Ostrom founded the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability (NBIS) over eight years ago with a mission of helping businesses and professionals maximize their triple bottom line (people, planet, profit) while becoming catalysts for sustainable business practices. NBIS provides strategic and relevant programs that address the needs of professionals, including sustainability training, networking, coaching and organizational assessments. Read more..
NBIS’ strategic approaches address the core practices of businesses and help companies break through the barriers of traditional business models. As a non-profit organization, NBIS bridges industries and sectors to engage business leaders in addressing crucial regional and global issues through innovative business practices.
Charlie Cunniff | Green Business Program Manager, Seattle Office of Economic Development
Since 1979 Charlie Cunniff has worked in the private sector as a designer and energy conservation consultant, the non-profit field as the Executive Director of ECOSS and now in the government arena as the Director of the Seattle Climate Partnership (SCP). The SCP, a program of the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development, is a voluntary effort among Seattle area businesses, organizations and institutions to measure and reduce their carbon footprint The SCP offers tools, guidebooks, workshops, recognition and networking opportunities to help its Partners achieve their carbon reduction goals. Mr. Cunniff holds a BA from The Evergreen State College and an MA from Seattle University.
Thomas Ranken | President & Chief Executive Officer, Washington Clean Technology Alliance
Tom is the President & CEO of the Washington Clean Technology Alliance. Under Tom's leadership, the WCTA's membership has grown by nearly a factor of 6 to over two hundred companies, research institutions, and other organizations. The WCTA has developed a value proposition that includes business service programs, events focusing on an array of industry topics, a rebuilt website and blog, an email newsletter communications system, and a database with nearly 6,000 recipients. Read more..
Prior to joining the WCTA, Tom was a Seattle-based entrepreneur and management consultant. Tom co-founded and was CEO of VizX Labs, a bioinformatics company that developed GeneSifter, the first web-based gene expression microarray analysis service now used worldwide by hundreds of labs. Tom also led a team that turned around and doubled the size of Axio Research Corporation following significant losses, which was later sold to Solutia. He directed public affairs at the states largest biotechnology company, Immunex (now Amgen), and was President of the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association. He spent seven years in banking.
In the 1990s, Tom was elected Chair of the national Council of State Bioscience Associations. He was Chair of the DC-based Biotechnology Industry Organization's State Government Committee, was instrumental in crafting the highly successful state affiliate strategy, and was elected to the Emerging Companies Section of BIO's Board. He was also a key player in the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association for many years as Chair of the Board, Chair of the Government Affairs Committee, member of the Board, and as President for three years.
Tom spent fourteen years as a Trustee of Harborview Medical Center including serving as President of the Board. He has served on the Boards of VizX Labs, Axio Research, the Technology Alliance, the University Sunrise Rotary Club (President), Seattle Mental Health (Chair), and the Crisis Clinic. He currently is Treasurer of the Washington News Council board and is Moderator of the Magnolia United Church of Christ Coordinating Council. An Eagle Scout, Tom spent five years as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 80 and now serves on the Aurora District Committee as Finance Chair. At last count, 35 of the Scouts in Tom's troop had made Eagle, including his son.
Tom has an MBA from the University of Washington and a BA in economics from the University of Virginia. His MBA thesis was "U.S. Petroleum Dependence and Energy Alternatives."
On weekends, he can often be found playing his guitar or camping with the Boy Scouts.
Dune Ives | Senior Director of Philanthropic Initiatives, Vulcan
Dune Ives joined Vulcan in 2013 and is the Senior Director of Philanthropic Initiatives. In this role Dune is responsible for catalyzing solutions that accelerate progress on our most pressing global issues and result in resilient ecosystems. Her portfolio of projects span the realms of climate, oceans, habitat, wildlife and community and includes groundbreaking efforts such as the Pan Africa Aerial Elephant Survey, which will provide an updated count of Savannah elephants towards more effective and proactive decision making to preserve the elephant population. Read more..
Advancing our understanding of the science, engaging communities and individuals towards beneficial actions and developing technologies and tools that are scalable are primary objectives of her team's investments.
Prior to joining the Vulcan team Dune was most recently the founder and President of Milepost Consulting where she led executive engagement, strategy development and team empowerment efforts with clients across multiple sectors. She is proud that Milepost earned their B Corporation certification, was twice recognized as a Best Company to Work For and as one of Washington's 50 Greenest Companies in 2013. Her work resulted in development of organizations such as the Green Sports Alliance and the Seattle 2030 District, both galvanizing entities that are engaging and inspiring their industries towards greater reduction of negative externalities. Dune holds her Ph.D. in Psychology from the Utah State University.
Karl Ostrom, PhD | Co-Executive Director, Network for Business Innovation + Sustainability (NBIS)
Karl Ostrom is founder and Co-Executive Director of NBIS. Since its founding in 2003, NBIS has provided regional leadership, professional development programs and a cross-sector collaborative community to advance sustainability through the business sector. NBIS provides meaningful, strategic tools and opportunities for companies to broaden their impact, deepen their mission and build long term success. Read more..
Karl plays an instrumental role in conceptualizing and communicating the opportunities for sustainable business on the local and global scale. As a consultant and advisor, he helps businesses develop leadership strategies and management practices that contribute to the urgent needs of our time while building profitable, sustainable companies. He has been an adjunct professor in sustainable business at Seattle University, Argosy University and the Leadership Institute of Seattle and served on the Advisory Board of the Center for Creative Change at Antioch University Seattle. Karl's PhD in Clinical Psychology, completed at the University of North Carolina, contributes to his understanding of systemic approaches to organizational change and leadership development. His publications include "Is there Hope for the City."
Molly Ray | Environmental Solutions Manager, Office Depot
Molly represents and supports the initiatives and evolution of the GreenerOffice program for the company. She works with customers and partners to make greener decisions around their supply chain as well as to utilize the various resources and tools that can help them to benchmark and monitor their progress. In addition to external engagement and visibility, she focuses on strengthening sustainability awareness with internal stakeholders through the creation of the GreenerOffice Ambassador Program. Read more..
Molly comes to Office Depot from the Hospitality industry where she developed sustainability programs for several luxury hotel brands. Her past projects include carbon footprint reporting, renewable energy and carbon offset programs, community engagement and overall environmental and social sustainability growth for the hotels. Molly was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated with a B.A. in Communications/Media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 2008, she graduated from Bainbridge Graduate Institute with a degree in Sustainable Business. She currently resides in Seattle, WA.
Markham McIntyre | Government Relations Director, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Martin Tull | Executive Director, Green Sports Alliance
As Executive Director, Martin manages the overall operations of the Green Sports Alliance. He oversees all environmental impact reduction strategies, strategic alliances and membership programs. Martin led the formation and growth of the Alliance from the founding six pro sports teams to over 100 teams and venues today. In addition to leadership roles at the Northwest Earth Institute and as a Director of Sustainable Technology, he previously served in senior leadership positions in the outdoor recreation industry and has been an elite rock climber and instructor for over 20 years. Read more..
Martin serves as a volunteer on the Oregon Global Warming Commission Communication Committee and on the National Advisory Board of Climate Solutions. He was recently recognized as a 2011 Pivotal Leader, received the Portland Business Journal 40 under 40 award, and was awarded the 2012 Better Bricks Emerging Leader award.
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