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The GoGreen Conference, created and organized by Social Enterprises, is a sustainability learning experience for business and public sector 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.
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Our regionally focused 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. 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.
Brenna Davis is an environmental scientist and sustainability expert working in the nexus of health, environment and business for nearly 20 years. She is recognized as one of the nation's authorities on health care sustainability, and a thought leader on climate change business engagement. Brenna began her sustainability career in a Northwest oil refinery in 1995. She worked with oil, gas and utility companies on Environmental Management Systems for more than 15 years. In 2012, she began work as the inaugural Director of Sustainability at Virginia Mason. Under her leadership, Virginia Mason has improved its performance and grown into an industry leader on sustainability. Virginia Mason is now recognized as one of the Top 25 Sustainable Hospitals in the US by Practice Green Health, their highest honor. In 2015, Virginia Mason received three gold medals in the Global 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge at COP21, the highest achievement of any organization globally. ▼
Brenna's reach and commitment extends beyond Virginia Mason's facilities. In 2013, she founded the Pacific Northwest Health Care Sustainability Roundtable, in order to create a collaborative dialogue in the local Health Care industry. In 2014, she facilitated and led the process that created the Washington Climate Declaration. The same year, she co-founded and became chair of the Washington Business for Climate Action, a group of businesses collaborating to act on climate. Also in 2014, she was invited to advise the Obama Administration on climate resilience during the White House Health Care Climate Resiliency Roundtable facilitated by John Podesta. In 2015, she presented on health care climate action at the White House Summit on Climate and Health, urging other health care organizations to engage in climate advocacy. In the end of 2015, she presented at the French Health Care Federation's Low Carbon Conference at COP21 in Paris.
Sephir Hamilton, Chief of Staff, joined the General Manager's Office in 2013. Prior to this position, he was Director of Operational Excellence at Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. in New York. He also worked as an engineer and investment officer at the utility. Sephir began his career with Arthur D. Little, Inc. in Cambridge, Mass. where he worked on energy-efficiency standards for the U.S. Department of Energy. He holds a master's degree in Business Administration from Cornell University, a master of science in Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a bachelor of science in Engineering from Clarkson University.
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. 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 | CEO, 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. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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 | Director of Global Sustainability, Office Depot
Molly Ray is the Director of Global Sustainability for Office Depot, Inc. She 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 Champion Program. 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 environmental and social sustainability growth for the hotels. Molly hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated with a B.A. in Communications/Media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 2008, she graduated from Bainbridge Graduate Institute (now Pinchot University) with a degree in Sustainable Business. She currently resides in Seattle, WA.
Scott Kubly | Director, Seattle Department of Transportation
Scott Kubly was appointed SDOT director in July 2014 by Mayor Edward Murray. Before joining SDOT, Scott served as Deputy Director of the Chicago Department of Transportation and, before that, as the Associate Director for the District Department of Transportation in Washington, DC. Scott led the development of a new streetcar system and major expansion of bike share in Washington, DC. In Chicago, he led the development of a new bus rapid transit system, construction of 65 miles of protected bike lanes and the launch of a new bike share system. In these roles, Scott also managed agency operations, resource management, finance and development of major capital projects, as well as traffic management and signal operations. Scott grew up in Chicago and holds graduate degrees in business administration and community/regional planning. He looks forward to working with the community on the transportation challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of our growing city.
Megan Smith | Director of Climate and Energy Initiatives, King County
Megan Smith is the Director of Climate and Energy Initiatives for King County, Washington, the 13th largest county in the United States. She is responsible for coordinating climate change and energy initiatives across King County’s diverse lines of business. She develops partnerships with cities, businesses, and community-based organizations to accelerate progress in meeting the county’s ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change impacts. Prior to this appointment, she served as Environmental Policy Advisor to the King County Executive for 5 years on a wide range of issues, from stormwater management to climate change policy. She has over 20 years of experience supporting policy makers as they use science and performance data to inform decisions and manage natural resource programs.
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