Emcee 2011

Jill Bamburg | Dean of Academic Affairs and Founding Faculty Member, Bainbridge Graduate Institute | Emcee

Jill Bamburg

Jill Bamburg is Dean of Academic Affairs, a core faculty, and a member of the founding team at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI), a pioneer in sustainable business education. Prior to BGI, Jill served as a member of the core faculty at Antioch University/Seattle; a senior marketing manager Aldus Corporation, creators of PageMaker software and architects of the desktop publishing revolution; and a community journalist in Wyoming. She holds a BA from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and an MBA from Stanford.

Keynote Speaker 2011

Ben Packard | Vice President of Global Responsibility, Starbucks Coffee Company

Ben Packard

Ben Packard joined Starbucks Coffee Company in April 1998 as the Environmental affairs manager after receiving his Master of Business Administration and Certificate in Environmental Management from the University of Washington in Seattle. Prior to Starbucks, Ben worked for six years in the environmental field for a non-profit, a governmental policy agency, and then privately with a start-up in the recycling industry. Ben is responsible for designing the strategy and developing programs in support of the Company’s commitment to global responsibility. He was responsible for completing an environmental footprint analysis for the Company using the Natural Step Framework. From the footprint, Starbucks has established focus areas and performance metrics that are woven into the strategic planning process. Ben was part of the initial team of Starbucks partners in the precursor to Global Responsibility, the Corporate Social Responsibility department, which was established in November 2000.

Opening Speakers 2011

Jay Inslee | United States Congressman, Washington State 1st Congressional District

Jay Inslee

Congressman Inslee has represented Washington state at the federal level for more than a decade – as representative for the 4th Congressional District from 1992-1994 and the 1st Congressional District since 1999 – writing and sponsoring legislation to create jobs in the new clean energy economy, reform health care, protect our environment, and expand access to high speed communications. Jay fought to restore protections for national forests and led a successful campaign in the House to keep limits on oil-tanker traffic in Puget Sound. Since 2005, Jay has used his seat on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee to promote his vision for a clean energy future, the New Apollo Energy Act, and to advance other legislation that would reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. In March 2007, he was appointed to the 15-member Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. In 2008 Jay co-authored, with Bracken Hendricks, Apollo’s Fire, Igniting America’s Clean-Energy Economy.

Richard Conlin | Council President, Seattle City Hall

Richard Conlin

Richard Conlin was first elected to the Seattle City Council in November 1997 after many years of public service with Seattle-based community organizations. In 2007 the Council elected Richard to serve as Council President for 2008-2009, and at the end of 2009 reelected him for a second term through the end of 2011. Over the past 12 years, Richard has focused on making Seattle a more sustainable city, reducing waste, strengthening neighborhoods, improving pedestrian mobility and transportation infrastructure, and making government more transparent. During his first term (1998-2001), Conlin successfully moved 37 neighborhood plans through Council approval as the Chair of the Neighborhoods, Sustainability, and Community Development Committee. The completion of the Neighborhood Planning Program was a key step in Seattle’s implementation of Washington’s Growth Management Act.

2011 Featured Speakers

Scott Jenkins | Vice President, Ballpark Operations, Seattle Mariners

Scott Jenkins

Scott Jenkins recently completed his fourth season as the Vice President of Ballpark Operations for the Seattle Mariners where he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of operating and managing Safeco Field. Prior to joining the Mariners, Jenkins spent three years with the Philadelphia Eagles where he opened and managed Lincoln Financial Field. From 1997-2002, Scott served as V.P. of Stadium Operations for the Milwaukee Brewers, where he opened Miller Park in 2002. Scott was the Director of Facilities and Events for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Wisconsin and was involved in the design and construction of the Kohl Center that opened in1997.   A native of Kenosha, WI, Jenkins graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1986 with a degree in Construction Administration and is a 2009 graduate of the University of Washington Executive MBA program. While at Wisconsin, Scott was a five-time All-American in cross country and track and was a member of the1982 and 1985 NCAA National Champion Cross Country teams.

Leslie Helm | Editor, Seattle Business Magazine

Leslie Helm

Helm is a twenty-year veteran of business journalism. He spent seven years with Business Week, first as Tokyo correspondent, where he covered many environmental issues, and later as Boston bureau chief. He worked briefly for the Seattle Post Intelligencer before joining The Los Angeles Times, reporting at various times out of Japan, South Korea and the Pacific Northwest. In 2006, Helm was appointed editor of Washington CEO where he launched the Green Washington Awards program to recognize the state’s business leaders in sustainability. Helm was appointed editor of Seattle Business Magazine in 2009, soon after the publication acquired Washington CEO. Helm has a BA in Political Science and an MA in Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and an MS in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Mary Rose | Co-Director, NBIS

Mary Rose

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.

Yale Wong | Founder, Chairman & CEO General Biodiesel

Yale Wong

A successful entrepreneur, Mr. Wong started his first business in 1985 and has over 20 years of experience starting, leading, and growing businesses. He has expertise and practical knowledge in building a successful business from the ground up, first-hand experience and competency in a highly competitive technology-driven industry, and strong business insight and instinct. Mr. Wong was the Founder and CEO of Compass Communications, Inc. and for 11 years guided Compass to becoming one of the largest Internet service providers (ISP) in Washington State and on the West Coast. He was directly responsible for leading the company from a small startup to a multi-million dollar corporation. Compass was one of the first pioneers in developing and selling suite-to-suite fiber optics, offering HDTV over the Internet, and selling dedicated international transmissions. The company was profitable within its first year of business and continued to be profitable post-dotcom boom. In 2006 Mr. Wong founded, and is the current CEO of, General Biodiesel. General Biodiesel is the only company in Washington State to refine and transform used cooking oil and grease into low carbon, sustainable, on-road use biodiesel. General Biodiesel collects this oil through partnerships with over 1,000 local businesses as a part of its GreenPartner program.

Jamie Bainbridge | Advisory Council, Outdoor Eco-Index and Director of Fabric and Product Development, Nau Inc

Jamie Bainbridge

Jamie has been in the product design and development field for the last 25 years working for companies that intrigued her because of the potential for innovation. Nike led Jamie to Portland 20 years ago where she led the apparel advanced innovation group. Jamie has since been at Nau from the beginning in 2006, surviving a bankruptcy, an economic collapse, a buyout and a rebirth all within the first three years of the company. As the person responsible for Nau’s sustainable materials development, Jamie became involved with the newly formed Outdoor Eco-Index effort within the Outdoor Industry Association to develop a consumer product index to help the companies in the outdoor industry to learn about the real impact of the products they were wanted to label as green.

Phil Bussey | President & CEO, Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce

Phil Bussey

Phil is President and CEO of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, a regional business association that represents nearly 2,400 small, medium and large companies located throughout the Puget Sound area. Phil joined the Chamber in May 2009, bringing nearly 29 years of leadership experience in government affairs, community relations and communications for corporations and business associations. He is responsible for all Chamber operations, including local, regional and statewide government relations, community relations, member services and programs. Phil's involvement with the Chamber stretches back nearly 20 years and he most recently served as a member of the Chamber's executive committee as well as the board of trustees. Prior to the Chamber, Phil was senior vice president of Corporate Affairs for Puget Sound Energy, Washington state's largest and oldest energy utility. In this role, he oversaw the company's major business accounts, community relations, state government relations, corporate real estate and facilities. He also acted as chairman and president of the Puget Sound Energy Foundation.

Burt Hammer | CEO, Hydrovolts Inc.

Burt Hamner

Burt is a marine biologist turned cleantech business consultant and founder of Hydrovolts, making portable renewable energy generators powered by water. He has MBA and Master of Marine Affairs degrees from the University of Washington and has worked in 15 countries promoting clean technologies to industries.

Callie Ridolfi | P.E., LEEDAP Managing Director, ecoFAB

Callie Ridolfi

Callie is a civil/environmental engineer and entrepreneur. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Business and founded ecoFAB (www.ecofab.net), a social enterprise in sustainable housing, in 2006. ECOFAB focuses on providing a career pathway for under-employed workers by partnering with work force development organizations. Callie is a founding Board member of the Washington Clean Technology Alliance (www.wacleantech.org) and intends to make neighborhoods stronger through energy retrofits and providing green jobs.

Kevin Wilhelm | CEO, Sustainable Business Consulting

Kevin Wilhelm

Kevin Wilhelm is the pre-eminent business consultant in the field of sustainability and corporate climate response. 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 a breadth of business knowledge and experience to the field of profitable sustainability with over fifteen years of experience working with businesses ranging from Fortune 500 multinationals to renewable energy start-ups. He brings a strong background in climate issues, strategy, sustainability implementation, & financial analysis and has spent the last five years demonstrating the business & bottom line benefits of sustainability locally, nationally, and internationally. He is also the author of the acclaimed: Return on Sustainability: How Business Can Increase Profitability & Address Climate Change in an Uncertain Economy.

Charlie Cunniff | Director, Seattle Climate Partnership

Charlie Cunniff

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). Mr. Cunniff started his career at the City of Seattle in the Office of Sustainability & Environment. He now runs the SCP as a program of the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development. The SCP 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.

Joel Sisolak | Washington State Director, Cascadia Green Building Council

Joel Sisolak

Joel joined Cascadia in October 2008 where he continues his work of 15 years in the non-profit sector promoting social and environmental sustainability. Prior to joining Cascadia, Joel directed an environmental organization that partnered with local public and private agencies to protect King County, Washington’s primary drinking water supply. He's also served in various consulting and leadership roles with organizations promoting affordable housing, habitat conservation, and the arts. Joel brings rich experience with and a strong commitment to collaboration with public and private organizations in the stewardship of the region’s natural capital. Joel holds a masters of urban planning from the University of Washington with an emphasis on sustainable land use and infrastructure.

Brian Geller | Sustainable Designer, ZGF Architects

Brian Geller

Brian has worked for ZGF architects as a sustainable designer since 2008, overseeing sustainable design of major projects at the Seattle office, including Seattle’s King Street Station and Nintendo of America’s new corporate headquarters in Redmond, WA. He recently won the national Natural Talent Design Competition hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council. Brian currently serves on three technical advisory committees for the City of Seattle: Living Buildings, Energy Policy, and Land Use Planning. Brian has a Masters Degree in Architecture from Parsons School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Skidmore College.

Rob Bernard | Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft

Rob Bernard

Rob Bernard is the Chief Environmental Strategist for Microsoft and is responsible for defining and implementing the global strategy for the company’s environmental efforts. In this role he oversees the company’s environmental impact at all levels including: working with product groups to create technology innovations in software and hardware that can help enable customers to minimize their impact on the environment, helping accelerate scientific breakthrough on environmental issues, assuring responsible business practices that work to reduce the company’s direct and indirect environmental impact, and working with partners in industry, government and non-government to engage on global environmental issues.

Molly Phillips | Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle

Molly Phillips

After completing a sustainability degree, Molly was named Manager of Sustainable Partnerships for all three Seattle Kimpton hotels where she worked on many sustainable initiatives for the hotels. She created a pilot program to set companywide standards and metrics for monitoring the hotel’s environmental footprint and represented the company on panels, roundtable discussions and press interviews. The pilot program was then adopted company-wide to provide footprint analysis for guest rooms and meetings. Molly recently joined Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle as Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility. She is currently expanding their ‘PanEarth Program’ to explore and improve upon all aspects of their environmental and social sustainability.

Keith Cotton | Urban Programs Manager, Washington State Department of Transportation

Keith Cotton

Keith Cotton works in the Public Transportation Division of the Washington State Department of Transportation in Olympia, Washington. As the Urban Programs Manager, Keith leads statewide programs and projects focused on reducing drive-alone commuting by giving people more and better transportation options. His programs' public-private partnerships between large and small employers, local governments, and transit agencies provide access to commute options programs for more than 765,000 commuters around the state.

Ruth Johnston, Ph.D. | Associate Vice President, Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Office, University of Washington

Ruth Johnston

Ruth Johnston, Ph.D. works at the University of Washington as Associate Vice President for F2 Administration/Strategy Management in Finance & Facilities. In this role, Dr. Johnston leads the development of strategy and metrics for the organization, for process improvement (currently using LEAN), and is responsible for leadership and staff development. Additionally, Ruth is responsible for the administratively-focused UW Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Office and for the UW’s Business Diversity Program. Ruth is also working as Special Assistant to the Provost, leading a UW wide initiative to improve Organizational Effectiveness in central administrative units.

Lynn Frosch | Puget Sound Transportation Services Manager, Microsoft

Lynn Frosch

Lynn is the Puget Sound Transportation Services Manager at Microsoft in Redmond. In overseeing the Commute, Intra-campus Shuttle, and Connector Bus programs for Microsoft (Puget Sound), Lynn is involved in company, local and regional transportation matters. These Microsoft programs are in place in order to meet public, corporate, and social responsibilities, as well as help Microsoft meet trip reduction goals specified by the State of Washington CTR Law and the City of Redmond Transportation Management Program. Lynn currently serves on the Washington State Commute Trip Reduction board, and as Vice President on the Greater Redmond Transportation Management Association board.

Lewis Rudd | President/Co-Founder, Ezells Famous Chicken

Lewis Rudd

Under Mr. Rudds leadership as President/CEO, Ezells Famous Chicken has grown to six units, a thriving catering business and has built a brand that is recognized nationally. Lewis is very active in the Seattle community supporting various organizations. He volunteers to speak with students at various schools about career options and opportunities. Other institutions have invited him to provide motivational speeches and help design and develop incentive programs to increase GPAs. Lewis was elected as Vice President for the Tabor 100 and currently serves on the Board of Directors. He is also an active member of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and past member of the Board of Trustees.

Kevin Daniels | President of Nitze-Stagen & Co., Inc. and Daniels Development Co. LLC

Kevin Daniels

Kevin Daniels has over 30 years of real estate experience, including leasing, development and property management, and is the President of Nitze-Stagen &Co., Inc. and Daniels Development Co. LLC. Nitze-Stagen focuses on the investment into and Daniels Development the redevelopment of, historic structures and community redevelopment projects in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Daniels is recognized as a leading voice for historic preservation in his community and is nationally recognized on the issue of stimulating economic development through preservation efforts. Over the last few years his development team has received two National Preservation Awards and numerous local & state awards for their work. Recently he was named as the first recipient of the Urban Hero award from International Sustainability Institute, and received the Washington State Special Achievement Award and the Judge’s Choice Award from the National Association of Office & Industrial Properties for his work to save the historic First United Methodist Church in Seattle.

Kathleen Judd | Sustainability Lead, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Kathleen Judd

Kathleen Judd is a Senior Research Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), which she joined in 2000. Her professional experience and research interests include greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting and management, sustainable development, technology planning and assessment, and stakeholder involvement. Kathleen has provided technical leadership in developing PNNL’s sustainability strategy and assessing its sustainability performance, including leading the development of PNNL’s sustainability reports. She also provides technical assistance to Federal agencies responding to Executive Order 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance, including supporting the development of Federal GHG accounting and reporting guidance and assessing the government-wide impact of adopting different GHG mitigation strategies.

David Allen | Executive Vice President, McKinstry

David Allen

David E. Allen is Principal and Executive Vice President of McKinstry, a Seattle based construction, engineering and facility services firm. McKinstry, with sales in the $400 million range, is the market leader in the Pacific Northwest for design-build mechanical construction, energy services and facility operation and management. In his position David is responsible for the company’s Brand development through managing its strategic positioning and overseeing its business development, community relations and client service activities. David is widely respected for his contributions to creating McKinstry positioning strategy that has resulted in the firm’s national reputation as a leader in integrated, facility services delivery and engineered solutions in the clean technology sector.

Steve Klein | General Manager, Snohomish County PUD

Steve Klein

Steve Klein was appointed General Manager of Snohomish County PUD on April 10, 2006. Before joining the PUD, he headed Tacoma Power. Mr. Klein is recognized for his expertise and vision with smart grid and the integration of advanced telecommunications technology with the electric delivery system. He is also a leader in the study and development of renewable energy, having been instrumental in the filing of the first permits for the study of tidal and geothermal power systems in the Puget Sound area.

Valerie Bone | Director, Corporate Responsibility, Pacific Market International (PMI)

Valerie Bone

Valerie joined PMI in 1995 with 16 years of experience in design, product development, quality and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). In 1997, Valerie initiated PMI’s first CSR program. Today, she is responsible for overseeing global CSR, Liability, Philanthropy and Quality functions at PMI. Valerie’s work at PMI in CSR has enabled PMI to be recognized in its field for its work in this area. Most notably are the 2006 & 2008 American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai Corporate Social Responsibility Awards for CSR program excellence in China. Since, 1998, Valerie has worked closely with PMI factories to enable continuous improvement on both social and environmental initiatives.  Valerie was part of the 2005 PMI Environmental Task Force that researched and mapped out environmental initiatives for PMI.

Sarah H. Patterson | Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Virginia Mason Medical Center

Sarah Patterson

Sarah Patterson has been a member of the leadership team at Virginia Mason Medical Center for more than 27 years and currently serves as the executive vice president and Chief operating officer. She has responsibility for all operations of the clinic and hospital along with the Kaizen Promotion Office, Human Resources, Quality and Compliance, Facilities and Pharmaceutical Services. Over the past five years she has received extensive training in the Virginia Mason Production System (VMPS). VMPS is a management method based on manufacturing principles that seeks to continually improve how work is done. The training has included four study missions to Japan. As part of the executive leadership team, she has responsibility for leading the implementation of the Virginia Mason Production System throughout the VM system. She maintains certification in Lean methodology.

Greg Smith | Founder and CEO, Urban Visions

Greg Smith

Greg Smith, founder and CEO of Urban Visions, controls strategic and creative direction for the company. As a fifth-generation Seattleite, Greg is dedicated to preserving Seattle’s rich history and distinctive culture. By integrating sustainable development practices into all of his projects, Greg directly addresses density, traffic reduction, sprawl, and other activities which negatively impact the environment. Greg is passionate about sustainable real estate, and his forward-thinking approach to development helped elevate Seattle on the list of our nation's top green cities. Thanks to the success of his Seattle South Downtown Vision Project, Greg aided in the rezone of the City Center and South Downtown districts. Smith was formerly a principal of Martin Smith Inc, which was founded by his father in 1948; he was also president and founder of MSI’s subsidiary, Martin Smith Development Corporation.

Eli Reich | Leader, Alchemy Goods

Eli Reich

Eli Reich is a sustainable business entrepreneur who leads Alchemy Goods, a six-year-old, Seattle-based company whose mission is simple: "Turning useless in useful." Collecting waste material from companies across North America, Eli and his staff innovate novel designs that turn useless items such as bicycle inner tubes into beautiful, durable handbags and other accessories. Prior to starting Alchemy Goods, Eli worked as a wind energy consultant specializing in turbine testing and wind resource assessment. With a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, Eli has a strong background in the numerical analysis of wide-ranging problems. He now applies these skills to product costing, financing and operations at Alchemy Goods. In his spare time, Eli is an avid bicyclist and Ultimate Frisbee player.

Rae Anne Rushing | President and CEO, Rushing Company

Rae Anne Rushing

Is many things; a natural leader, an engineer, an entrepreneur and a visionary. With this toolbox of traits, starting Rushing Company was the obvious next step to continuing her vision of strong, creative, sustainable engineering. The way she sees it, there is no creativity without diversity; more than one way of thinking is critical in the development of a successful solution. It is her passion for this that led to the evolution of Rushing Company into a diverse, multi-disciplinary firm, constantly seeking new innovative approaches to engineering and sustainability. In 1988 Rae Anne graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. She worked for as a design engineer and then a Project Director at leading Design Build Mechanical Contractors.

Janice Boman | Community Conservation Manager, Seattle City Light

Janice Boman

Janice Boman currently serves as Community Conservation Manager for Seattle City Light, the City of Seattle’s municipal electric utility. Her twenty-nine year career spans a broad scope of experience in energy-use analysis, market transformation, and the development of innovative marketing and communication campaigns. Her inspiration for protecting natural resources was attendance at the first Earth Day celebration in Seattle back in 1970. She channeled that passion into a focus on energy conservation and renewable energy supporting Seattle’s leadership in this arena. In 1995, Janice received the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) National End-Use Leadership Award for her early development of market initiatives for efficient appliances.

Joanie Parsons | President, Parsons Public Relations

Joanie Parsons

Joanie Parsons is the President of Parsons Public Relations, a Seattle-based, full-service strategic communications firm that serves a select roster of forward-thinking clients, both local and national. With a deep history of leading and facilitating the complex and fast-evolving green conversation, Joanie and her company have won several awards for their commitment to social and environmental sustainability. In addition, Joanie is a noted speaker on green communications as well as emerging trends in marketing and public relations. The firm has established a company giving program, GoodWorks, through which over one percent of the firms gross profit is donated annually to a variety of organizations and causes.

Joe Mc Swiney | President, Cascade Designs Inc

Joe Mc Swiney

Joe Mc Swiney is President of Cascade Designs Inc. owners of the Therm-a-Rest, MSR, Platypus and SealLine outdoor gear brands. He previously served as General Manager of European operations. Joe if of Irish nationality and an Engineer by training. He was a founder board member of the European Outdoor Conservation Association and has served on the management committee of the Outdoor Industry Association's (OIA) Eco Working Group, creators of the Eco Index. He currently sits on the OIA Trade Advisory Committee and was formerly Vice President of the Irish Exporters Association.

Steve Grose | Administrative Director of Support Services, Virginia Mason Medical Center

Steve Grose

Stephen is the Administrative Director of Support Services at Virginia Mason Medical Center. In 2006, Stephen was asked to develop Virginia Mason Medical Center’s organizational sustainability program, which has been named EnviroMason. In 2010, Virginia Mason Medical Center became a founding member to the Seattle 2030 District and was awarded the Green Washington Award for Healthcare. Stephen has recently been chosen for the BetterBricks Award, which celebrates the achievements of standout leaders whose work supports the design and operations of high performance buildings throughout the Northwest.

Chase Mueller | Footwear Operations Manager, Brooks Sports, Inc.

Chase Mueller

Chase Mueller is responsible for developing and implementing sustainable supply chain initiatives internally and externally to manage capacity constraints, minimize inventory investment, develop suppliers understanding of environmental considerations, enhance planning processes, and reduce waste in the supply chain. His interest in seeking a common approach to measuring the sustainable position of a product or process led to his involvement in the Outdoor Industry Association Eco Working Group. He has been actively engaged in the development of the guidelines and indicator tools that ground the framework for the Eco Index.

Dave Cook | Principal, GeoEngineers, Inc.

Dave Cook

Dave has a broad environmental and geological consulting background spanning 20 years with GeoEngineers. He currently leads GeoEngineers’ sustainability initiatives, with responsibility for internal green team initiatives and external solutions based on new innovations in earth science and engineering practices as they relate to low impact development such as: land recycling through brownfields redevelopment, land revitalization through a natural systems approach, construction waste, surface and rainwater recycling and reuse, and other innovative water resource impact mitigation strategies. In addition to managing hundreds of contaminated site cleanups in his career, he currently oversees energy reduction strategies such as directing ground source heat pump pilot studies, feasibility analyses and ground loop design. Dave is responsible for GeoEngineers’ Ground Source Heat Pump Research and Development group which is leading the industry in ground loop design and efficiency. The objective of the R&D is to use GeoEngineers’ geologic and hydrogeologic knowledge and thermal modeling expertise to optimize designs so that first costs are reduced and long-term performance is enhanced.

Nicole Trimble | Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Coinstar, Inc.

Nicole Trimble

Nicole Trimble is Coinstar, Inc.’s first Director of Corporate Social Responsibility. She is responsible for designing the CSR strategy and developing programs in support of the company’s community engagement, philanthropy and environmental sustainability initiatives. She is a visionary leader with diverse experiences in the national service, nonprofit and philanthropy arenas including her most recent position as a Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation making grants to address the needs of vulnerable children, youth and families with a special focus on improving the college completion rate of low-income young adults. Nicole earned her undergraduate degree in business from Miami University and a graduate degree in education policy from Harvard University. She lives in Seattle, Washington and is the mother of two young sons.

Jayson Antonoff | Sustainable Infrastructure and Energy Climate Change Policy Advisor, City of Seattle Department of Planning & Development

Jayson Antonoff

Jayson is the Energy and Climate Change Advisor for the City of Seattle's Green Building Team. He is lead for the Dept. of Planning and Development on several of the city's most important initiatives including the Building Performance Scorecard, the analysis and revision of existing building codes which inhibit energy efficiency, and cross-departmental development of an electric car infrastructure. Through Aalborg University in Denmark, he received a Master's degree in Renewable Energy Planning, one of the few such programs in the world at the time.

Sarita Schaffer | Founder, Viva Farms

Sarita Schaffer

Sarita Role Schaffer is the regional director of Washington State University's Latino Farming Program and director of Viva Farms, a farm business school, incubator and non-profit distribution company that helps beginning and immigrant farmers become farm owners. Prior to launching Viva Farms, Sarita co-founded GrowFood, an international non-profit that connects new farmers to internships, apprenticeships and hands-on education on more than 2,500 sustainable farms and food projects in the U.S. and 54 other countries. In 2007 Sarita was awarded a Fulbright to help the microfinance leader Fundación Paraguaya develop the world's first Financially Self-Sufficient Organic Farm School. Sarita has advanced organic farming and agricultural education in New Zealand, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Peru, and Cuba.

Terry Mutter | Director Enterprise Strategy and Risk Analysis Environment Health & Safety, The Boeing Company

Terry Mutter

Terry Mutter serves as the Director of Enterprise Strategy and Risk Analysis for the Boeing Environment, Health and Safety Group. In this role Mutter is responsible for enterprise strategy development, policy and risk analysis that integrates enterprise efforts targeted at reducing the environmental foot print of the Boeing Company, sustainability, and improving the health and safety of its employees. He has more than 25 years of experience with broad leadership experience in Environment, Finance, e-Business, Supplier Management, Facilities, Program Management and Strategy. Terry earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Washington State University and a master's in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University. He has attended executive programs at Wharton and Kellogg Schools of Business, is a graduate of the Columbia University graduate school of business Senior Executive Program and attended the Climate Leaders Program at the University of Cambridge.

Daniel Malarkey | Deputy Director, Washington State Department of Commerce

Danial Malarkey

Daniel Malarkey was named Deputy Director for the Washington State Department of Commerce in September 2009. He serves as the department’s primary liaison to the private sector with responsibility for policy development to grow and improve jobs in the state. Malarkey has recently worked as a clean energy consultant to private companies and public entities.  He brings over twenty five years of experience working on public policy issues as a consultant, business owner, and public employee.  He was the founder and CEO of Washington Biodiesel, which developed an oil-seed processing and renewable fuels project in eastern Washington.  He served as General Manager of On-line Marketing at Amazon.com where he managed the group responsible for Amazon’s marketing relationships with other websites.

Kevin Hagen | Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Recreational Equipment Inc (REI)

Kevin Hagen

Kevin Hagen is Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Recreational Equipment Inc (REI) where his responsibilities include the development and implementation of the co-op’s strategy for sustainable business and corporate philanthropy. Founded in Seattle in 1938, REI is a national retail cooperative providing quality outdoor gear and clothing and is the nation’s largest consumer co-op with over $1.6B in sales and over 4 million active members. The co-op’s core purpose is to inspire, educate and outfit for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. For REI, a mission to get people outdoors carries with it an obligation to operate a responsible business, reducing environmental and social consequences while seeking business solutions that contribute positively to the health of the environment and the well being of their communities. Kevin joined REI in 2005. Immediately preceding he was principal of Shuksan Energy Consulting, a leading corporate advisor on renewable energy strategy. Over a 25 year career he has held leadership roles in Product Development, Marketing & Sales and Business Strategy with various size businesses in the US and Europe from the Fortune 500 to successful entrepreneurial efforts.

Matt O'Laughlin | Green Team Chair, K2 Skis

Matt O'Laughlin

Matt O’Laughlin is a Sr. Design Engineer at K2 Skis, the ski industry’s #1 brand and leading innovator, and Chair of the Sustainability Action Team at K2 Sports. He has 9 years of experience in product development, including the areas of research, design, prototyping, testing and production, among others. Despite his busy career creating and testing skis, Matt combines his problem solving skills and love for the outdoors by leading the cross-functional Sustainability Action Team at K2. The team focuses on K2’s business processes and product designs to improve the company’s impact on the environment that fosters its business. K2 recently finished its benchmark Seattle carbon footprint, global shipping carbon footprint, beta testing of the Eco Index and will soon complete its first corporate sustainability report. Matt recently joined the Outdoor Industry Association’s Eco Working Group to further his education and drive sustainability within the outdoor industry.

Dan Corum | Woodland Park Zoo

Dan Corum

Dan Corum is the Woodland Park Zoo’s Compost/Recycling Coordinator a.k.a.”dr.doo”. He manages the recovery of recyclable materials from the zoo’s annual one million guests, zoo staff and zoo animals which includes transforming animal “end products” into craft compost. Dan leads the zoo’s Green Team, an interdepartmental committee advancing sustainable daily practices within the organization.

Gretchen Benzin | Director or Corporate Services, Russell Investments

Gretchen Benzin

Gretchen Benzin is director of corporate services for Russell Investments. Gretchen is responsible for the corporate administration functions that help Russell’s teams work and travel to serve clients around the world. Her responsibilities include corporate real estate planning, facility management, sourcing and business support services, and she manages a team that oversees global leasing, occupancy planning, design and construction, security and incident management, mail and print services, corporate travel and meeting services for the firm. Gretchen has led several major corporate initiatives, including Russell’s headquarters relocation project, the out-sourcing of non-core business functions and other cost reduction efforts. She has also held a number of leadership and program management roles for various special joint venture projects for Russell’s president and CEO. Additionally, Gretchen participates in various corporate administration steering committees at Russell, including those focused on the firm’s global security policy, workplace standards and sourcing and vendor management best practices. Gretchen brings to her current role a deep understanding of Russell’s business and extensive insight into clients’ needs.

Norman Sigler | Community Advocacy + Outreach Chair, Urban Enterprise Center, Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce

Norman Sigler

Norman Sigler has over 20 years experience working in finance and business development roles at Fortune 500 companies as well as currently coaching and recruiting high level executives for companies in the Healthcare, Life Sciences, and Clean Tech industries. He moved to Seattle in 2003 to be the Manager of Finance and Contracts for the Maintenance division of Alaska Airlines. In January 2010, he joined the UEC as the Community Advocacy & Engagement Chair where he builds relationships between multicultural business, organizations, and owners and the Greater Seattle business community; organizes community events; and cosponsors events with multicultural business development organizations to strengthen the mission of the UEC and its partners; recruits new partners for the UEC; and represents the UEC at community and organizational events throughout the Puget Sound Region. Immediately prior to assuming the Chairmanship with the UEC, Norman was a 2009 candidate for Seattle mayor running on a platform of pragmatic leadership focusing on cross institution partnerships.

Charles Rider | Director of Purchasing, Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Charles Rider

Charles Rider began his career at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in 1980 and has been the Director of Purchasing for the hotel and its restaurants since 2005. His passion for eco-friendly purchasing and for taking on green initiatives in his personal life landed him the Co-President role on the hotels’ Green Committee. On this committee, Charles leads a team of department heads in a structured audit and initiative process known, companywide, as the Green Partnership Program. Together the Green Committee of the hotel works together to find areas of improvement or areas of opportunity to continue “Greening” the hotel and it’s processes. Charles and The Olympic’s Green Committee received huge recognition for their hard work this winter when it was announced that The Fairmont Olympic Hotel received the Evergreen Hotel of the Year Award for 2010. This is based off a strict audit process and makes The Olympic the most eco-savvy hotel in the Fairmont Hotel’s and Resorts brand.

Mike Rimoin | Commute Seattle

Mike Rimoin

Mike Rimoin is a transportation consultant with Commute Seattle: a partnership between the City of Seattle, King County Metro, and the Downtown Seattle Association whose mission is to reduce single occupancy vehicle commuter trips in downtown Seattle. Mike provides consultative services to downtown property owners and employers to help develop commuter programs and implement business strategies that save money, green business practices, and improve tenant amenities and employee benefits. Mike is also a member of the Downtown Seattle Association’s Green Team, which is working to measure and improve the organizations’ environmental impact while serving as a role model for DSA members and other downtown businesses. Mike holds an MBA in Sustainability and Marketing from the University of British Columbia.

Brant Williams | Chief Marketing Officer, ReBinder

Brant Williams

Brant Williams is Chief Marketing Officer at ReBinder, the maker of zero-waste office products. Brant believes sustainability only exists when it helps a CFO's spreadsheet look better, not worse. Previously, Brant was Managing Partner of Atlas Accelerator, the largest accelerator on the west coast. In that role, he launched and advised new companies in addition to working in executive capacities for over over 20 high-tech startups. Prior to Atlas, Brant was CEO of Tenacious Offense, Director of Business Development at Amazon.com and on the corporate sales teams at RealNetworks and Best Buy.

Amity Lumper | Senior Associate, Cascadia Consulting Group

Amity Lumper

Amity Lumper is a senior associate with Cascadia Consulting Group. Since 2000, she has been providing strategic guidance and solutions for business and institutional clients to minimize waste, conserve resources, and become more sustainable. Amity currently manages the Resource Venture consulting team. Since 2005, Seattle Public Utilities Resource Venture program has served over 3,300 businesses, saved 5 million sheets of paper, diverted more than 6,000 tons of waste, and conserved almost 188,000 gallons of water per day.

Leslie Stanton | Lead, Clean Transportation Systems, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

Leslie Stanton

Leslie Stanton manages the Clean Transportation Systems Program for the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. She works with stakeholders across the region, from local governments to businesses and environmental groups, to reduce greenhouse gases in the Puget Sound area. Leslie led a coalition of partners and team members in developing the Evergreen Fleets Initiative, a voluntary certification program for public and private vehicle fleets. She also served on the City of Tacoma’s Green Ribbon Task Force and the Transportation Working Group of Governor Gregoire’s Washington State Climate Action Team. Prior to her work in climate protection, she was Senior Toxicologist for the Washington Department of Ecology’s Air Quality Program.

Stephen Lambo | President, American Strategic Group/Vista Natural Gas

Stephen Lambo

Stephen Lambo is President of American Strategic Group and co-founder of Vista Natural Gas, a Seattle-based energy company specializing in the mobile distribution of compressed natural gas and renewable biogas for transportation and off-grid electrical power generation. Vista Natural Gas owns an integrated suite of world-class modular technologies that make it economical to deliver large quantities of natural gas directly to networks of fueling stations. Stephen leads a multinational team with success in all facets of natural gas fueling projects in the most challenging environments around the world. He is responsible for several pending joint-ventures with established corporations seeking to diversify into the US transportation fuels market. With two decades experience in Asian strategic affairs, energy markets and international technology transfer, Stephen works extensively on all of ASG’s international partnerships and projects.

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