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2016 Schedule

Wednesday, March 30
Green Your Workplace/Building Best Practices + Innovation Best Practices + Innovation
8:00-9:00am
Registration and Networking
9:00-9:15am
Sponsored by:
Opening Segment
Dow Constantine | King County Executive
9:15-10:15am
At the 2015 COP21 climate change conference in Paris, France, governments of the world united in action on climate change by adopting the Paris Agreement, the first universal, legally binding climate deal. The real action will take place at the local level. With strong local climate commitments to reduce emissions 80 percent by 2050, a culture of innovation, and top notch universities, Central Puget Sound is well positioned to be a model for building a clean energy economy. Our featured business and government leaders will share expertise on how we can lower emissions while creating economic opportunity and quality of life. Learn about cutting edge technologies for renewable energy production and storage being developed in our own backyard, the future of clean transportation, and how the recently updated King County Strategic Climate Action Plan provides a roadmap for action.
Moderator: Megan Smith | Director of Climate and Energy Initiatives, Office of King County Executive Dow Constantine
Brenna Davis | Director of Sustainability, Virginia Mason
Perry England | Vice President Building Performance, MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions
Ryan Popple | President and CEO, Proterra
10:15-10:45am
Networking Break
10:45am-12:00pm
High performance buildings provide a plethora of benefits to occupants, operators, and owners. Learn from our panel of experts who will showcase examples of different building types that have pursued high performance goals, what to focus on and the benefits they have achieved as a result. Energy codes are moving in a direction that allows the building owners and tenants to have a larger impact on how goals are achieved. There are many factors to consider when deciding whether high performance or deep green building goals are best for each individual building project, as well as the community at large. The "how" of the high performance design process is often energy focused with architects and engineers providing better and more cost effective solutions if engaged earlier in the discussion. The "why" of high performance design, in addition to environmental stewardship, include more qualitative and non-energy related benefits including human health impacts, additional floor area and potential user behavior, productivity and health impacts.
Moderator: Duane Jonlin | Energy Code & Conservation Advisor, City of Seattle DPD and State Building Code Council
Kati Kallins | [e]Team Environmental Design and Construction Portfolio Project Integrator, Google
Brett Phillips | Director of Sustainability, Unico
Amarpreet Sethi | Sustainability Lead Pacific Northwest, DLR Group
Stacy Smedley | Director of Sustainability, Skanska Building USA
Equity and social justice is becoming a core element in local government and private sector sustainability plans. Investments in green building, clean energy, and mobility present major opportunities to address inequities related to health, access to education and employment, and housing. Climate justice groups and community based-organizations are seeking shared leadership to define problems and solutions. Our leadership structures, particularly in the field of environmental sustainability, are slow to change. How can governments, businesses, and non-profits transition from traditional public outreach to active community engagement to understand problems and share leadership to develop solutions? What steps are and should be taken to strengthen recruitment of people of color to serve on boards of environmental organizations and corporations? How can investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean tech be used to create living-wage jobs and address broader inequities? How can employers create pathways to sustainability jobs and leadership roles for populations who have been under-represented? *Complimentary admission to this session available for community college students enrolled in sustainability-related job training and people active in climate justice organizations.
Moderator: Matias Valenzuela | Director, Office of Equity and Social Justice, King County
Dionne Foster | Policy Analyst, Puget Sound Sage
Meghann Glavin | Senior Manager Global Responsibility and Community Affairs, Starbucks
Marlon Herrera | Project Management Intern, Seattle Public Utilities
Jill Mangaliman | Executive Director, Got Green
Learn from regional business leaders on how Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) action plans improve the bottom line while changing employees travel behaviors to reduce environmental impact. Employers will talk about significant geographic or operational shifts needed to support changes in employee travel patterns. Gather the green benefits of reducing drive alone commuting and insights into what worked best; what didn't work for their employees; key management challenges in getting approvals for program implementation and most importantly the benefits they've seen from helping their employees go green getting to work.
Moderator: Carol Cooper | Metro Market Development Supervisor, King County
Jenny Martinez | Facilities Manager, MG2
Bree Moore | Transportation & Life Safety Program Administrator, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
12:00-12:30pm
Lunch & Networking
12:30-1:00pm
Ice Cream Social: Building Authentic Local Brands and Engaging Customers on Sustainability
Interviewer: Nik Blosser | Co-founder and President, Celilo Group Media
Molly Moon Neitzel | Owner, Molly Moons Homemade Ice Cream
1:00-2:15pm
District energy provides a cost-effective, reliable and environmentally-friendly heat source for use in commercial buildings. Join us and learn how several of Seattle's leading organizations in the 2030 District (members committed to reducing energy by 50% in aggregate by the year 2030) - Amazon, McKinstry, Pike Place Market and the Westin - are using district energy as a proven approach to substantially reducing a building's energy intensity. For example, the heat for Amazon's high-rise Denny Triangle campus will be recycled from the 34-story Westin Building in downtown Seattle and can potentially be expanded to other buildings nearby. The waste heat recovered by Amazon would heat about 365 homes a year.
Moderator: Susan Wickwire | Executive Director, Seattle 2030 District
Ash Awad | Vice President - Energy & Facility Services, McKinstry
Ben Franz-Knight | Executive Director, Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority
Sarah Ogier | Office of Sustainability and Innovation Supervisor, Wastewater Treatment Division, King County
Richard Stevenson | President and COO, Clise Properties, Westin Seattle
Join us for this session to explore the implementation of sustainability programs using the principles of Lean - where true innovation lies and where we will achieve the most gains in sustainability for business. Learn from leading organizations that are truly Lean, including Virginia Mason and Boeing, on how they are going "Lean and green." Find out how these organizations achieve the triple bottom line (people, planet, profits) in the continuous improvement culture of the Toyota Production System using the 4P's: Philosophy, Process, People & Partners, and Problem Solving.
Moderator: Brenna Davis | Director of Sustainability, Virginia Mason
Peter Chambers | Engineering Manager, Boeing
Wendy Korthuis-Smith | Director, Results Washington
Across the country, there is renaissance of urban manufacturing. A broad, vibrant local manufacturing sector provides a more diverse base of living wage jobs, a more fertile landscape for entrepreneurs, and enormous opportunities to reduce the environmental impact of production and distribution. The density of cities allows urban manufacturers to be more productive and facilitates opportunities for collaboration and shared infrastructure, resulting in more efficiency and a lower carbon footprint. Seattle Made, a program to grow and support a diverse ecosystem of urban manufacturers and producers that expand opportunities for local ownership and meaningful employment, was created to build our region's long-term resiliency, and celebrate Seattle's unique cultural identity. In this session, local manufacturers from the sewn-goods sector will share their stories of how they're innovating and collaborating to keep manufacturing in the city, fighting the offshore trend that has fueled the socially and environmentally disastrous dominance of fast fashion. Learn how these Seattle businesses are working to reinvent and reimagine this long-standing sector to create a next-generation industry with environmental sustainability and living-wage jobs at its core.
Moderator: Erin Nelson | Co-Director, Seattle Good Business Network and Seattle Made
Kathy Hattori | President, Botanical Colors
Soo-Rae Hong | Director of Sustainable Business Development, SOURCE Denim
Mike Schaefer | President, Soaring Heart
2:15-2:30pm
Networking Break
2:30-3:30pm
The Principles of Green Chemistry and Engineering form the basis for building and product designers to ensure that products used in materials are safe, can flow in a circular economy and have a beneficial impact on natural resources. Hear from inspiring companies about how they incorporate these principles into their visions in product development and design, and learn about available resources for including these principles in your company's design process.
Introduction: Mary Rose | Co-Director, Network for Business Innovation + Sustainability (NBIS)
Moderator: Amelia Nestler, Ph.D. | Project Manager, Northwest Green Chemistry
Zach Wilkinson | Co-founder, Tidal Vision USA
Join us and learn about steps that companies should take to operationalize their commitment to social and environmental responsibility through mission alignment. Leaders will discuss the operational advantages to becoming a certified B Corporation along with meeting the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, legal accountability, and using the power of markets to solve social and environmental problems. Learn how measuring what matters has helped companies to benchmark and baseline their social and environmental impacts and drive employee engagement.

Sponsored by:


Introduction: Anne Eskridge | UW Assistant Director for Materials Management, UW Surplus
Alana Kambury | CSO & Co-Founder, Starvation Alley Farms
Travis Bryan | Chief Operating Officer, One Energy Renewables
Kim Otto | Founder, Moon Valley Organics
Michelle Rupp | Owner, NRG Insurance
With UW Link opening and Metro restructuring in NE Seattle, private transportation services and mobile apps will become "last mile" linkages to businesses and services. With Light Rail expanding throughout the region, NE Seattle is a model for how these transportation services will integrate and change how people commute, shop, and travel. Join this session and hear from the newest innovators in transportation - uberHOP, TransitScreen, Lyft and Snap Transit - to find out how they are creating value and pushing behavior change to benefit businesses in 2016.
Moderator: Nicole Freedman | Chief of Active Transportation, City of Seattle
Ryan Croft | Co-Founder, TransitScreen
Tommy Hayes | Transportation Policy Manager, Lyft
Todd Jones | Co-Founder, Snap Transit
Brooke Steger | General Manager, Uber Seattle
3:30-3:45pm
Networking Break
3:45-4:00pm
Sponsored by:
Closing Keynote
Gifford Pinchot III | Founder & President Emeritus, Pinchot University
4:00-5:00pm
With different approaches working towards putting a price on carbon pollution in Washington, businesses can expect incentives to invest in a greener economy coming their way this year. Join our panel of public policy and corporate leaders to learn about the various initiatives currently proposed to reduce carbon pollution, why it matters to businesses, and how to thrive in this new carbon economy.
Moderator: Sarah Severn | Strategic Advisor, Washington Businesses for Climate Action
Chris Davis | Senior Advisor for Energy and Carbon Markets, The Office of Governor Jay Inslee
Colleen McAleer | President, Washington Business Alliance
5:00pm
Hosted Networking Reception

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

2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010