Conference Program | Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Climate Action Innovations to Reduce Environmental Impact Bridging the Urban Rural Divide Equity and Designing for Future Generations Decarbonizing Buildings
8:00-9:00am
Registration & Networking
8:30-8:50am
Opening Segment
Sarah Severn | Principal, Severn Consulting and Strategic Advisor, Washington Business Alliance
8:50-9:15am
James Chin Moody | Chief Executive Officer, Sendle
9:15-9:30am
The IPCC has called for wide-scale decarbonization across entire industries by 2030, in order for humanity to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Dr. Lucas Joppa, Microsoft's first Chief Environmental Officer, will describe how the company is using its operations, investments, cloud and AI platforms, as well as policy, to make Microsoft carbon negative by 2030, while enabling innovative, scalable solutions for a low-carbon future.
Dr. Lucas Joppa | Chief Environmental Officer, Microsoft
9:30-10:30am

Transportation remains a conspicuous challenge -- our largest GHG emission category, notoriously price inelastic, and an emotional issue with voters. Voter interest is far higher in congestion relief than GHG, so the two issues need to be worked collectively. Is laissez faire good enough, with commercial ridesharing actually producing more congestion and emissions? Vehicle technology providing dramatic reductions in emissions are emerging, but will they be soon enough? What role should government play vs private suppliers? How should Washington state asset control over air transport emissions, which are on pace to overtake car emissions for Seattleites? How do we both expand capacity & reduce emissions? How do we pay for the significant infrastructure improvements made to modernize and replace worn out installations?
Moderator: Bruce Agnew | Director, Cascadia Center & ACES Northwest Network
Elizabeth Leavitt | Senior Director, Environment and Sustainability, Port of Seattle
Amy Shatzkin | Deputy Director, Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, Sound Transit
Sarah Spicer | Strategic Advisor / Transportation Demand Management, City of Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)
10:30-11:00am
Networking Break and Ride & Drive
10:30am-2:30pm
Bags By U, maker of zero waste bags and beeswax wraps, is offering GoGreen attendees the opportunity to make a free bag, view their current line of products and talk with the participants who make Bags By U your local resource for zero waste shopping. As seen at the Recology Store and Scoop, Bags By U is also an educational youth group who present at local venues and hold educational sewing and craft events around the Seattle area. Be sure to stop by their table to make your free bag!
11:00am-12:00pm
There are currently more than 86 million tons of plastic in the ocean, with an estimated 8 million tons of new plastic waste entering the ocean each year. Plastic breaks down in the ocean but never biodegrades, instead becoming microplastics, which are nearly impossible to remove. To help solve this crisis, NextWave Plastics has convened leading companies and market competitors to develop the first global network of ocean-bound plastics supply chains. Member companies have demonstrated the viability of integrating ocean-bound plastics into their products and packaging to keep plastics in our economy and out of the ocean. During the panel, Nextwave member companies will share innovative products that permanently lock up ocean-bound plastic, such as Trek Bicycles' water bottle holder made of 100% Nylon6 from ocean-bound fishing nets and HP Inc.'s ink cartridges and the new HP Elite and HP Pro desktop and notebook computers, which have eliminated 35 million single-use plastic bottles to date. Moderated by the Executive Director of award-winning NGO Lonely Whale, panelists will discuss the practicalities and benefits of collaborating with both market competitors and cross-industry thought leaders to work toward the same goals, as no company alone can solve the ocean plastics crisis.
Moderator: Dune Ives | Executive Director, Lonely Whale
Mikhail Davis | Director of Technical Sustainability, Interface
Ellen Jackowski | Global Head of Sustainability Strategy & Innovation at HP Inc.
Page Motes | Director, Sustainability Strategy, Dell
In 2018 the defeat of Washington's Initiative 1631, a carbon pricing initiative, sent a powerful message. Rural voters crushed it. Two thirds of WA counties voting no by more than 60%, half by more than 70%. The defeat shows clearly that competent response to the carbon crisis hinges on fundamentally dealing in people who live outside the prosperous urban centers. How can we build a future of low-carbon prosperity not just for Tesla drivers, but for folks who drive pickups because they need them? What can we learn from tribes, farmers, and remote, resource-dependent communities where leaders are successfully tackling pollution while controlling energy costs. This panel discussion will explore strategies that work, and the lessons they offer.
Moderator: Brad Warren | Executive Director, National Fisheries Conservation Center
Paul Williams | Shellfish Biologist, Suquamish Tribe
Terry Downes | Chief Operating Officer, Sealaska
Angelena Campobasso | Small Urban, Rural, and Tribal Transportation Program Manager, Eastern Washington University
Cindy Dittbrenner | Natural Resources Program Manager, Snohomish Conservation District
In this panel discussion, staff from King County Metro Transit, King County Departments of Natural Resources and Parks, and community leaders from recently created King County Equity Cabinet will showcase their work co-creating policy, using a pro-equity and climate-focused lens. Over the last two years, these two departments broke through organizational silos and partnered with 23 diverse community leaders on a King County Equity Cabinet to develop recommendations related to parks and open space funding policies and programs, as well as investments in traditional and new mobility services and programs. These efforts culminated in community-driven recommendations and legislation focused on advancing equity and climate-related outcomes that are currently under consideration by regional elected officials. This session will include a skill-building activity in which audience members work with each other to design opportunities for co-creating pro-equity policy and programs with community-leaders in their own work.
Moderator: De'Sean Quinn | Program Manager, Equity & Social Justice Implementation, King County
Sarnesha Evans | Outreach & Partnerships Manager, Friends of Waterfront Seattle
Alex Mayo | West Sound Marketing
Driving the overall carbon emission footprint of buildings to zero is achievable thanks to recent innovations in design methods, tools, materials and construction techniques. This session will define the total carbon footprint of buildings, identify the challenges to driving the carbon footprint to zero, and highlight recent technology and policy innovations that make achieving that goal possible.
Moderator: Ash Awad | Chief Market Officer, McKinstry
Davina Duerr | Representative, Washington State, 1st Legislative District
Beth Doglio | Representative, Washington State, 22nd Legislative District
Tobias Levey | Vice President of Real Estate Transactions, Forterra
Stacy Smedley | Director of Sustainability, Skanska
12:00-1:00pm
Lunch & Networking
1:00-2:00pm
With 87 percent of consumers considering a company's social and environmental commitment when making buying decisions, smart startups are building sustainability practices and strategies into the very core of their business from the very beginning. Why? Because they know that sustainable business practices produce real results: brand loyalty, rising stock values, risk mitigation, product innovations that open new markets, and more.
Moderator: Carolyn Parrs | CEO & Founder, Mind Over Markets
Kevin Wilhelm | Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Business Consulting
Katherine Cheng | Head of Global Corporate Citizenship and Community Relations, Expedia Group
Alison Booth Gribas | Worker-Owner, Equal Exchange
The Nature Conservancy is working for a complete cleanup of the water in the Puget Sound watershed over the next 20 years by activating public-private partnerships on a new scale. Panel discussion led by Jessie Israel, Puget Sound Conservation Director for The Nature Conservancy, with three visionary private sector leaders who've recognized the pollution problem and created roles for themselves in solving it. Through private projects and private public partnerships, we're solving previously unsolvable problems. The panel will explore what it takes to bring private and public sector together to overcome barriers and clean up Puget Sound.
Moderator: Jessie Israel | Puget Sound Conservation Director, The Nature Conservancy
Mark Grey | Principal, Stephen Grey & Associates
Stanley Janicki | Vice President of Business Development, Sedron Technologies
We see better outcomes when marginalized groups - women, people of color, low-income communities, etc. - are leading, because their leadership is often based on three important principles: equity, empathy, and moral courage.
Moderator: Zenobia Jeffries Warfield | Executive Editor, YES! Media
Dr. Sarah Myhre | Executive Director, Rowan Institute
Ubax Gardheere | Equity Strategies Manager, City of Seattle
Colleen Echohawk | Executive Director, Chief Seattle Club
The greenhouse gas emissions associated with building materials and construction processes are large and growing, and typically overlooked. This session will define the challenges we must overcome and opportunities we must exploit to drive embodied carbon emissions to zero. Expert practitioners will discuss the best practices we must adopt to reduce embodied carbon in construction.
Moderator: David Walsh | Director of Sustainability and Design Integration, Sellen
Baha Sadreddin | High Performance Design Specialist, ZGF
Duncan Griffin | Managing Principal, HDR
David Mead | Senior Associate, PAE
Landry Watson | Executive Director - Sustainability, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.
2:00-2:30pm
Networking Break and Ride & Drive
2:30-3:30pm
Moderator: David Giuliani | Co-Founder & Board Member, Washington Business Alliance; Co-Founder, Low Carbon Prosperity Institute
Hal Bernton | Seattle Times
Bellamy Pailthorp | Environment Beat, Seattle, KNKX Public Radio News
Liz Smith | Documentary Filmmaker
Kate Yoder | Journalist and Associate Editor, Grist
Indroneil Ganguly | Associate Professor, University of Washington
Beth Robinette | Farmer, Lazy R Ranch and Co-Founder, LINC Foods
Ara Erickson | Director Corporate Sustainability, Weyerhaeuser
Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) is a nonprofit that builds leaders to drive climate solutions. With 22 years of experience serving communities, SEI builds capacity for sustainable communities through its scalable programs and models. Its flagship programs (Energize Schools, Energize Colleges, School of Environmental Leadership) integrate climate education, training, and career development. From young students to emerging professionals to communities, SEI programs address sustainability goals by leading projects with measurable environmental, economic, and social benefits. Since 2010, SEI's Climate Corps program has worked with over 250 partners placing 400 Fellows to complete more than 800 high impact projects focused broadly on sustainability and climate change. In 2019, SEI worked to place Climate Justice Fellow at the Portland African American Leadership Forum, working in the Environmental & Climate Justice Program. The program supports policies that advance environmental protections in Oregon that provide economic and social benefit to communities of African descent. Specific near-term program objectives included building capacity in communities of African descent to advance climate solutions; environmental protections; access to the clean energy economy; shifting discourses that centralize the voices of those most impacted by environmental injustice and climate change; and strengthening relationships between environmental organizations and the black community.
Moderator: Jake Pollack | Program Manager, SEI
Sydney McCotter-Bicknell | Program and Communications Coordinator, Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF)
To decarbonize the Pacific Northwest economy, we must cut our per capita energy use by 50% and switch fuels to electricity or biofuels. Our building stock must be overhauled to make this happen. It's a massive transformation that requires a comprehensive approach. This session will describe the strategies we must pursue to decarbonize existing buildings. Expert practitioners will discuss the best practices we must pursue to eliminate the operating carbon emissions of our buildings.
Moderator: Heather Burpee | Research Associate Professor, University of Washington Integrated Design Lab
Brad Liljequist | Zero Energy Senior Program Manager, McKinstry
Duane Jonlin | Energy Code and Energy Conservation Advisor, City of Seattle, Department of Construction and Inspections
Brett Phillips | VP Sustainable and Responsible Investments, Unico Properties
3:30-3:45pm
Break
3:45-4:45pm
Seattle Public Utilities
Cities, companies, and communities are working to address the challenges posed by climate change, economic development, and social equity. The path forward must address both environmental sustainability and economic opportunity for all, and this panel will explore how public, private, and nonprofit sector leaders are working toward a more sustainable, equitable regional economy
Moderator: Laura Clise | Chief Executive Officer, Intentionalist
Michelle Connor | President & Chief Executive Officer, Forterra
Mami Hara | General Manager & Chief Executive Officer, Seattle Public Utilities
Erin Osher | Managing Director, Porter Novelli
Marilyn Strickland | former Mayor of Tacoma, WA & former Chief Executive Officer, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
4:45-5:30pm
Bill Weihl | Founder and Executive Director, ClimateVoice; Former Chief Sustainability Officer, Facebook; Board of Directors, Sierra Club Foundation
Jamie Margolin | Founder & Co-Executive Director, Zero Hour
5:30-6:30pm
Nissan
Networking Reception
With live music by Magnolia Steel

Exhibitor Passport drawing at 6pm. Must be present to win one of the following:
- Fair Trade Treats Gift Bag from Equal Exchange Coop
- "Day with Eileen Fiher Renew" experience package
- A $2,500 gift certificate towards a conference at Sleeping Lady Resort

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