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2021 Virtual Program

Recordings will be available one week post-event via the Socio App. Each video link will be within the corresponding session in the Socio Agenda tab.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Emcee Intro & Announcements
Molly Ray | Puget Sound Director, Salmon-Safe
Colleen Echohawk | Executive Director, Chief Seattle Club
Seattle Public Utilities
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 dont 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
Join this open-forum Zoom session to ask all of your recycling and composting questions! Get answers for how compost is processed or where to put that pesky soup can lid? Seattle Public Utilities solid waste outreach and education team members Becca Fong and Pat Kaufman (also the hosts of the hit Instagram Live series "Ask Evelyn Live") will host the session to answer all of your most challenging recycling and composting questions.
Pat Kaufman | Commercial Recycling Program Manager
Becca Fong | Solid Waste Residential Outreach Program Manager
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.
Moderator: 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
Paula Sardinas | President/CEO, FMS Global Strategies, Washington Building Back Black Alliance
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.
Moderator: Heather Trim | Executive Director, Zero Waste Washington
Stephanie Prufer | Oceans Campaigner, Center for Biological Diversity
Brent Kawamura | Sustainability Manager, 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

bp America
Washington state is leading the charge with decarbonization action in a number of high-impact sectors including buildings, transportation and the energy grid taking place in both the public and private sector. Learn about interesting new legislation reinforcing decarbonization action with Governor Inslee's Climate Commitment Act and the many components Washington sees as a path forward. Hear from experts at California Air Resources Board, Building Transparency and Skanska, Center for Resource Solutions, bp America and Senator Liz Lovelett on the innovative ways we are working to meet our decarbonization goals.
Moderator: Sarah Severn | Principal, Severn Consulting and Strategic Advisor, Washington Business Alliance
Rajinder Sahota | Division Chief, Climate and Energy Programs, California Air Resources Board
Stacy 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