2021 Virtual Program

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Emcee Intro & Announcements
Colleen Echohawk | Executive Director, Chief Seattle Club
This session will examine the role of local sports venues as climate commitment leaders and how they can support the community and create positive long lasting environmental change. Learn how this group will create transparency and public reporting on initiatives progress, host arena events that celebrate the environment and commitment to green operations and the importance of partnerships with regional institutions to utilize arenas as a classroom for environmental education. From green facility operations and carbon neutrality to zero single use plastic, and water conservation to zero waste, learn from these experts how they did it and why pledging to commit to the climate is now more important than ever.
Moderator: Mami Hara | General Manager/CEO, Seattle Public Utilities
Christy Briggs | Logistics and Sustainability Manager, Lumen Field
Garry Gilliam | Former Player, Seattle Seahawks and Founder, The Bridge: Eco Village
Rob Johnson | VP - Sustainability and Transportation, Climate Pledge Arena
Networking Breakout Rooms
Join this session to find out how companies can become part of the movement to advance an equitable and just clean energy, low carbon future. Learn from our panelists how they have integrated Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) into sustainable business practices through meaningful partnerships that advance energy, economic and equity goals. Explore case studies with entrepreneurs who founded social enterprises and companies and representative(s) from the Quinault Indian Nation who are implementing clean energy projects that deliver environmental, economic, and social benefits such as workforce development, energy education, and climate resiliency.
Moderator: Chaun MacQueen | Senior Director, Clean Energy, Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Kelsey Moldenke, AICP, LEED AP BD+C | Senior Planner, Quinault Indian Nation
Dana Clare Redden | Founder, Solar Stewards
Laura Zapata | Co-Founder, Clearloop Corporation
Being more sustainable goes far beyond recycling better. The real goal is for you to send less waste to both landfill and recycling. Zero waste solutions belong in every industry and can fit businesses of any size, but they don’t all look identical. Join Julia Goldstein and Moji Igun as they provide you with a roadmap to zero waste. This interactive workshop will provide you with a step-by-step process to follow, and you will leave having committed to specific actions tailored to the needs of your business.
Julia Goldstein | Owner, JLFG Communications
Moji Igun | Founder, Blue Daisi Consulting
Lunch Break
GoGreen recognizes how historically white the environmental space is and the necessity for diverse voices to be centered in the work that we do now and moving forward. For the deep environmental and social justice problems and the societal structures that cause them both, we seek positive change and a move away from existing inequalities. This session will focus on initiatives for just and equitable economies, healthy and clean environments, and inclusive and fair societies, and WHY these are imperative.
Leslie Short | Founder, President & CEO, The Cavu Group
Harry Johnson II | Government Affairs and Policy Manager, Dream Corps Green For All
Andres Jimenez | Executive Director, Green 2.0
This session features speakers that are doing the boots on the ground work to move forward on turning the tides with the plastics problem. Hear from leaders of the Presidential Plastic Action Plan, private sector businesses and non-profit activists about what real solutions look like.
Stephanie Prufer | Oceans Campaigner, Center for Biological Diversity
Brent Kawamura | Senior Sustainability Specialist, PCC Community Markets
Rachael Coccia | Plastic Pollution Manager, Surfrider Foundation
Olga Kachook | Senior Manager, GreenBlue
Focusing on the lessons learned during the first net zero energy commercial renovation in Washington, D.C., this presentation describes a design strategy that shrinks a building's carbon footprint. Hear from the first recipient of the Clean Energy D.C. Award and the team that developed systems and partnerships for a renovation strategy that can be replicated across urban settings. When the AGU building's mechanical and electrical systems had reached the end of their useful lives, the organization undertook a major renovation in Washington, D.C. As an organization supporting 130,000 in the Earth and space sciences, AGU wanted the project to live its values by reducing the facility's environmental impact while improving employees' well-being. Leaders from AGU's renovation project will describe how utilizing reduction, reclamation, absorption and generation methodologies helped reduce AGU's energy use to attain a net zero energy goal. AGU implemented DC power distribution, stormwater reclamation, a green wall to enhance air quality and one of the first municipal sewer heat exchange systems in the U.S. AGU engaged with stakeholders, from public agencies to neighborhood groups. Finally, AGU's multimedia displays communicate its energy utilization to promote research and replication. AGU hopes their building will serve as an example and inspiration.
Janice Lachance | Executive Vice President, Strategic Leadership and Global Outreach, AGU
Yolanda Cole | Senior Principal and Owner, Hickok Cole Architects
Roger Frechette PE, LEED AP | Managing Principal, Interface Engineering

Moderator: Sarah Severn | Principal, Severn Consulting and Strategic Advisor, Washington Business Alliance
Rajinder Sahota | Chief, Industrial Strategies Division, California Air Resources Board
Stacey Smedley | Executive Director, Building Transparency; Director of Sustainability, Skanska
Rachael Terada | Director of Technical Projects, Center for Resource Solutions
Tom Wolf | Director, Communications & Advocacy, bp America
Senator Liz Lovelett | 40th Legislative District

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

2020, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010