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2016 Call for Speakers and Session Proposals

Planning is in full swing for GoGreen Seattle on a new date this year March 30, 2016! We invite all members of our regional community to help shape the theme, topics covered and speakers showcased at the seventh annual conference through our open Call for Speakers and Session Proposal.

Submit your cutting edge ideas and best practice examples and case studies for GoGreen Conference 2016 in Seattle. The deadline for program proposal submissions is Friday, November 6, 2015.

View the Call for Proposal Guidelines here.

Review and Selection Process Timeline

  • Call for proposals issued | September 28, 2015
  • Deadline for proposal submissions | November 6, 2015
  • Selection decisions announced to proposers | December 6, 2015
  • GoGreen Seattle 2016: Event Day | March 30, 2016

2015 Schedule

Pre-Conference Event | Wednesday, April 29
Step into the past and learn about the future of two distinct areas in Seattle. Participants will walk away with more information about the First Hill Public Realm Action Plan, a unique partnership with Seattle Parks, Department of Planning and Development, Department of Neighborhoods, and the Department of Transportation. The First Hill Public Realm Action Plan is being developed to address a long-term park deficiency. This would highlight the connection of parks and walking and the network of public spaces including the re-purposing of the right of way. From First Hill, participants will walk through the heart of downtown to the city's historic Pike Place Market, which draws millions of visitors and residents each year to its fresh produce, flower and fish stalls. Participants will learn about the exciting transformation planned for this area providing an expansion and facelift, the largest undertaken in 50 years for the market. This includes turning a nearby parking lot into a 30,000-square-foot public plaza with a walkway that connects the market to the waterfront. Feet First will discuss the city's recently adopted Vision Zero Plan and what this means for people walking in Seattle. Participants will learn about unique programs to increase the number of people walking including the new Washington Walks to Work Program being piloted to the employers in First Hill. This interactive walking tour is limited to 35 people.
Chip Nevins | Acquisition Planner, Seattle Parks and Recreation
Susan McLaughlin AICP, LEED AP | Transportation Planning & Urban Design Strategic Advisor, City of Seattle
Lillian Hochstein | Executive Director, Pike Place Market
*RSVP to attend during full conference registration
GoGreen Seattle Conference Schedule | Thursday, April 30
Breakout Sessions | Rm 303-304 Breakout Sessions | Rm 301 Clean Mobility & Transportation
Rm 302
Sponsored by:
Registration and Networking
Emcee: Mary Bruno | Editor-in-Chief, Crosscut Public Media

Stop by our Washington Transportation Innovation Showcase at the front of the GoGreen Sponsor Foyer to learn more about the latest and upcoming advancements in sustainable transportation in Washington State featuring: Pronto Bike Share, Transit Screen Partnership, Hack the Commute & Move Seattle.
Opening Segment
Introduction: Larry Phillips | Chair, King County Council
  Dow Constantine | King County Executive
  History Shaping Our Future: Leonard Garfield | Executive Director, Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)  
  Clean Mobility & Transportation: Joe Sprague | Executive Vice President, Alaska Airlines  
Our region is making a transition to a low-carbon economy and investing in climate-ready communities. Many businesses are already seeing benefits from these investments. Is your business ready to join them? Hear from regional leaders who are increasing demand for their products and services, attracting talent and managing risk through actions to reduce carbon emissions. Join our featured business leaders and a growing list of businesses who support climate action by signing the Washington Climate Declaration. Your participation will be showcased during the event and championed across the state.
Introduction: Larry Phillips | Chair, King County Council
  Moderator: Dow Constantine | King County Executive
  Katerie Chapman | Senior Vice President and Hospital Administrator, Virginia Mason Medical Center
  Mark Tabbutt | Chairman, Saltchuk
  Rob Bernard | Chief Environmental and Cities Strategist, Microsoft Corporation
  A-P Hurd | President, Touchstone
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Networking Break & Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive
Keeney's Mini Session: Applying Ergonomic Principles to the Workplace
Best practices for seated posture, equipment location, layout of desk accessories
Benefits of standing for the workday
Options and incorporative items that support standing at work.
The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations report is billed as "the most comprehensive report on diversity in the environmental movement". Compiled by a working group of environment and equity thought leaders, Green 2.0. investigates the disconnect between green activism and social equity across the country. Join regional exports as they discuss the report's findings, their experiences and recommendations for creating meaningful change in the Pacific Northwest.

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Moderator: Matias Valenzuela | Director, Office of Equity and Social Justice, King County
Jill Mangaliman | Executive Director, Got Green
Sudha Nandagopal | Strategic Policy Advisor, Environmental Justice & Service Equity Division, Seattle Public Utilities
Julie Nelson | Director, Government Alliance for Race and Equity
Todd Vogel | Co-founder and Managing Director, Loom
Discover how leading businesses from the region are driving energy productivity here and across the nation. Join the discussion as these expert panelists tell their clean energy leadership stories. Gain insights on cutting edge solutions deployed at the Bullitt Center, Starbucks, Harley Marine and more.
Moderator: Sephir Hamilton | Chief of Staff, Seattle City Light
Daniel Alhadeff | Property and Facilities Manager, Harley Marine Services    
Rob Harmon | President & CEO, EnergyRM  
Suzanne Tedrow | Manager, Energy and Resource Conservation, Facilities & Environmental Performance Management, Starbucks Coffee Company  
Transportation is the source of over 40% of greenhouse gas emissions in the Puget Sound region with commuting to work a big part of this activity. The 1991 Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Act, focused on reducing congestion in order to maximize through-put on area roadways, annually prevents over 69,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere (the weight of eight space needles!). Join us and learn from employers who have found success implementing strategies to meet CTR goals. These employers will provide examples of and insights into what they have found that works (and doesn't work) for their employees, the challenges getting approval for program implementation, technical solutions supporting transportation plans, and the benefits they've seen by helping their employees go green getting to work.
Moderator: Tyler Simpson | Chief Technology Officer, Luum
Jamie Cheney | Director, Transportation Department, Seattle Children's Hospital
Celeste Gilman | Commute Options Manager, University of Washington
Jessica Szelag | Executive Director, Commute Seattle
Sponsored by:
Lunch & Networking

Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive

Experience the latest in cutting edge sustainable advance vehicles during GoGreen Seattle this year. Mitsubishi Motors will be showcasing their brand new 2016 i-MiEV — a 100 percent electric-powered vehicle — which will arrive at Mitsubishi dealers across the United States in late March 2015. While VIA Motors will be back for the second year showcasing the eREV Truck. We are looking forward to having both these cars available for test drive, take a spin during the conference to see how they could work for you and your business.
Mid-Day Keynote
  Edward Murray | Mayor of Seattle
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The City of Seattle has a diverse set of services that encourage businesses to conserve resources, prevent pollution and reduce negative climate impacts. Through a vibrant panel discussion, leading businesses will walk through their experience working with the different departments and the services the City of Seattle provides. Panelists will use case studies to communicate how direct services have benefited them from program start to finish and will provide you with next steps in building a more cohesive pipeline to reduce operating costs, gain community recognition, have safer work places, gain a competitive edge and be more environmentally-friendly.
Moderator: Stephanie Thomas | Seattle Green Business Program Manager and Senior Associate, Cascadia Consulting Group
Tim Croll | Community Services Director, Seattle Public Utilities
Matt Galvin | CEO and Co-owner, Pagliacci Pizza and Macrina Bakery
Stephanie Gowing | Green Business Advocate, Office of Economic Development, City of Seattle
Sara Nelson | Co-founder and Special Ops, Fremont Brewing
Many of today's growing economic centers are adopting Smart/ EcoCity principles and technologies to balance economic growth with sustainable development. Experts from the Puget Sound, Los Angeles and Portland come together to share innovative measures centered around clean mobility and transportation moving forward into 2020. Join us in this exploration of the Competitive City - a financially sound community that promotes the use of new technologies and innovation to foster a vibrant, functional, livable, and modern society of sustainable growth.
Moderator: Harold Taniguchi | Director, King County Department of Transportation
Paulo Nunes-Ueno | Director of Transit and Mobility Division, Seattle Department of Transportation  
Seleta Reynolds | General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation  
Leah Treat | Director, Portland Bureau of Transportation
Networking Break & Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive
The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) is dedicated to using the power of sustainable procurement to advance local and global quality of life. SPLC has recently developed Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0, which will guide organizations in starting and running a strategic sustainable purchasing program, and offers purchasing category guidance in eight commodity areas. Join us to adopt the principles of leadership in sustainable purchasing - a consistent, practical definition of enabling the entire purchasing community to share in and accelerate progress on addressing the most significant environmental, social, and economic impacts of purchasing.

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Introduction: Molly Ray | Environmental Solutions Manager, Office Depot, Inc.
Introduction: Anne Eskridge | Assistant Director for Materials Management, University of Washington
Moderator: Mark Rossolo | Director, UL Environment; Board of Directors, Sustainable Purchase Leadership Council (SPLC)  
Karen Hamilton | Environmental Purchasing Program Manager, King County
Ted Lucas | Director, Procurement & Contracts, Sound Transit  
We live in an interconnected world where disruption and dramatic shocks are a fact of life. Wind storms, floods, mudslides, rising seas, changing bio-systems, and wildfires are the most recent systemic disturbances here in the Pacific Northwest. How will these disruptions continue to affect our businesses and communities? Taking action in anticipation of disruption will put us in a proactive mode and make the difference between bouncing back stronger and thriving or failing completely. A large stakeholder map of organizations involved in improving our regional resilience will be presented. Is your organization on it? Our region will be adding 1 million more people by 2030, up from 3.5 million today. Resilience is essential to the economic health of the region. Join this session and learn how to be ready for disruptions and create economic advantages for communities that make resilience a priority.

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Introduction: Ryan Crosby | Community Relations Manager, Pan Pacific Seattle Hotel
Moderator: Terri Butler | Executive Director, Sustainable Seattle  
Bill Dewey | Director of Public Policy and Communications, Taylor Shellfish Farms  
Dan Kohler | CEO, Freewheel Carbon Free Cargo
Jameson Morrell | Strategic Consultant CH2M HILL and Founder Averdi Group, LLC.
Meet the public and private sector players who control the roadways and transportation systems serving millions in the Puget Sound. Speakers shed light on the major challenges facing their agencies and the intersection of public and private transportation initiatives affecting our future. Learn how developing policies impact public expenditure priorities and policy objectives, along with new innovations happening now and coming soon.

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Introduction: Brian Lagerberg | Public Transportation Division Director, Washington State Department of Transportation
Moderator: Kevin Desmond | General Manager, King County Metro Transit
Bryce Bennett | Senior Operations Manager, Uber
Tonia Buell | Public-Private Partnerships Director, WSDOT
Holly Houser | Executive Director, Pronto! Cycle Share
Break & Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive
  Washington Innovators: Vikram Jandhyala | Vice Provost for Innovation, University of Washington  
The EPA Executive Forum at GoGreen Seattle demonstrates the successful cross-sector collaboration of the business and public sector with a panel of "Outstanding Participants" who have achieved exemplary status in the EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership, Food Recovery Challenge, EnergyStar and Green Power Partnership programs from Washington State. Leading organizations from the region will share their best practices and discuss how free EPA tools and resources helped them achieve the next level of sustainability.

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Introduction + Moderator: Michelle Pirzadeh | Deputy Regional Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10
Food Recovery Challenge: Cindy Spiry | Director, Environmental & Natural Resources Department, Snoqualmie Tribe  
SmartWay Transport: Loren VandenBerghe | Director of Transportation, Nordstrom  
Green Power Partnership: Alex Michalko | Sustainability Senior Program Manager, REI
Are tobacco and algae the alternative fuels of the future? Are existing businesses the catalyst we need to bring momentum to electric vehicle charging infrastructure? Hear from Industry Leaders on the forefront of transportation innovation, alternative fuel breakthroughs and electric vehicle fleet adoption.
Moderator: Andrew Green | Air Quality Programs Division Director, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
Amy Bann | Strategy and Engagement Leader, Environment, The Boeing Company
David McCreadie | Manager, EV Infrastructure and Smart Grid Technology, Ford  
Alex Schroeder | Transportation Technology Deployment Manager, National Renewable Energy Labs  
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Hosted Networking Reception featuring Snoqualmie Wines Elliott Bay Beer and Finn River Hard Cider
Introduction: Shaunta Hyde | Managing Director of Community Relations, Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines Tickets Giveaway
We are thrilled to announce the Alaska Airlines Ticket Giveaway during the hosted networking reception in our Sponsor Foyer. We will be raffling off (4) coach roundtrip tickets anywhere Alaska flies* ($1,250 value per ticket) raffled off in pairs. Must be present to win.

*Flights are completely unrestricted, good on Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air. No blackout dates. Roundtrip tickets are valid systemwide on flights numbered 1-999, 2000-2999 & 3450-3499. Authorization forms are good for one year from the date of issue.

Learn more about the GoGreen Conference in Seattle and see topics we've covered over the years. View our past programs:

2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010