2017 Conference Program

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Climate and Energy
Room: Tahoma 3,4
Green Building, Green Workplace
Room: Tahoma 2
Equity and Social Justice
Room: Tahoma 1
Registration and Networking
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Morning Emcee: Megan Smith | Director of Climate and Energy Initiatives, Office of King County Executive Dow Constantine
Introduction: Shaunta Hyde | Managing Director, Community Relations, Alaska Airlines
Dow Constantine | King County Executive
Opening Keynote
Dave Soike | CEO, Port of Seattle
Local action on climate change, clean energy, and green building is now more important than ever, with local governments and businesses large and small acting as key partners and leaders in our sustainable future. Learn how regional business leaders are driving sustainable economic development including examples from REI and their first net zero energy distribution facility; Renewable Buyers Alliance (REBA) - showcasing commitments of national corporations to purchase renewable energy and Weyerhaeuser, who contributed to the Seattle Chamber of Commerce's Bright Green in an Emerald City report focusing on what local businesses are doing in the key areas of Innovation, Design, Re-use, Resilience, Efficiency and Renewables.
Moderator: Dow Constantine | King County Executive
Laura Clise | Director of Sustainability, Weyerhaeuser
Markham McIntyre | Chief of Staff, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Kirk Myers | Senior Manager of Sustainability, REI
Letha Tawney | Director Of Utility Innovation and Polsky Chair For Renewable Energy, World Resources Institute, Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance
Networking Break // Advanced Vehicle Ride & Drive
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Do you know where the biggest environmental, social, and economic risks are within your organizational purchasing? The first step of managing environmental impacts is measuring them. The greatest environmental, social, and economic impacts are often embedded within an organizations supply chain. Using robust scientific data and life cycle assessment principles, sustainability-related spend analysis is an efficient solution for quickly and accurately measuring environmental performance, enabling organizations to make rapid decisions to improve their triple bottom line. Mini Session participants will learn how to conduct a spend analysis within budgetary constraints and how to best communicate the spend analysis results to buyers, suppliers, and other stakeholders. Location: Sponsor Foyer Mini Session Theater
Speakers: Shivira Tomar Choudhary | Senior Analyst & Summer S. Broeckx-Smith, LEED GA | Data Analyst, VitalMetrics
The State of Washington, King County, and the City of Seattle are working hard to build climate resilience into their planning. With the large business risk associated with climate change, you would think businesses would be doing the same. The typical 5-year strategic plan and short term financial goals put a damper on that effort. One shining light in business resilience is the healthcare industry, which was named as a key pillar of President Obama's Climate Action Plan. Come learn more about how healthcare is collaborating across borders in the Pacific Northwest to build industry resilience. Learn how they used publicly available tools and industry-wide organizing to start down the path of climate resilience planning to ensure operations continuity and the health of their communities.
Moderator: Brenna Davis | Director of Sustainability, Virginia Mason
Colleen Groll | Manager of Sustainability Programs, Seattle Children's Hospital
Ngozi Oleru | Division Director, Environmental Health, Public Health Seattle & King County
Angie Woo | Climate Resiliency and Adaptation Lead, Fraser Health
The average person will spend 90,000 hours of their lives at work. As a result, it is important that the workspaces employees inhabit are designed and constructed to be healthy for their bodies and minds along with the environment. This session will focus on how emerging research on the effects of mindful lighting and connections to nature, material choice, and active design can positively impact the workplace. The formation of mindful MATERIALS, an initiative developed within the design industry to provide a common way for manufacturers to clearly communicate transparency and optimization information for their building products, helps to identify if products are LEED compliant. Learn from experts instrumental in the creation and growth of mindful MATERIALS about tools that will work to improve the average workspace.

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Introduction: Teresa Seyfried | UW Program Manager, UW Moving & Surplus
Moderator: Ed Clark | Associate Partner, ZGF Architects LLP
Jeff Frost | Project Manager, Brightworks Sustainability
Judith Heerwagen, Ph.D. | Research Psychologist, Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings
Eileen Quigley | Sustainability Manager, Natural Resources Defense Council
Women make up 47 percent of the U.S. workforce. Despite that, gender equity falls woefully short in most companies - especially in the clean energy and technology sector. The equity issue grows within leadership teams. Women account for only 13 percent of senior management teams in the power and utility sectors. Why is gender equity important beyond the importance of fair and equal opportunity? Gender diversity is a competitive advantage that increases business performance. Companies in the top quartile for gender diversity are 15 percent more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry means. Learn from women business leaders across the clean energy landscape to explore the gender equity gap within clean energy and gain insights into what it takes to change traditional behavior to enable women leaders and entrepreneurs.

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Jennifer Barnes | Vice President, Operations and Communications, OneEnergy Renewables
Annette Gardiner | Vice President of Gas Strategic Development, Itron
Marla Mellies | Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Puget Sound Energy
Malin Young | Deputy Director for Science and Technology, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
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Afternoon Emcee: Susan Wickwire | Executive Director, Seattle 2030 District
Hosted Lunch & Networking // Advanced Vehicle Ride & Drive
Join us for compelling success stories from public and private sectors; learn how different industries have developed and implemented best practices around impactful energy and climate work with bottom line benefits. We will explore how organizations and cities are addressing the issue of driving a sustainable future through innovations in energy management, energy efficiency, biofuels, solar energy, and smart city initiatives like Urban Smart Bellevue. Gain actionable takeaways on how to implement effective climate and energy practices to influence your triple bottom line to maximize economic and environmental benefits.
Moderator: Jacqueline Drumheller | Manager of Sustainability, Alaska Air Group
Brian Heather | President and CEO, SolTerra
Jimmy Jia | CEO and Co-Founder, Distributed Energy Management
Emma Johnson | Resource Conservation Manager, City of Bellevue
Join this panel session to learn about mass timber, its opportunities, and its potential economic and environmental benefits through the lens of demand-drivers: an architect, a builder, and an academic specializing in structural and architectural design and performance. Speakers will discuss their experience designing and building with mass timber, and its potential environmental benefits when compared to conventional building materials.
Moderator: Leda Chahim | Government Affairs Director, Forterra
Brian Hatfield | Director of Economic Development, Department of Commerce Forest Products Sector
Susan Jones, FAIA LEED BD+C | Architect, atelierjones
Kate Simonen, AIA, SE | Associate Professor, University of Washington
Afton Walsh | Project Manager, Walsh Construction
With passage of Sound Transit 3, a 25-year mass transit expansion plan that adds 62 new miles of light rail with stations serving 37 additional areas for a regional system reaching 116 miles in Washington, how do we optimize the benefits of focused development of housing, employment, and commerce around transit hubs? This session will examine case studies of the City of Shoreline transit oriented development initiatives and the Capitol Hill Station as examples of community and economic development, job creation and a shift in community values with a focus on mobility and accessibility. Join us for a discussion on how transit oriented development is not only environmentally beneficial but also a social justice benefit.
Moderator: M.A. Leonard | Vice President and Market Leader, Enterprise Community Partners, Redi Fund
Claudia Balducci | King County Councilmember & Sound Transit Board Member
Will Hall | City of Shoreline Councilmember
Rob Johnson | Seattle City Councilmember & Sound Transit Board Member
Grace Kim | Principal, Schemata Workshop
Jake McKinstry | Principal, Spectrum Development Solutions
Networking Break // Advanced Vehicle Ride & Drive
Would Henry Ford believe his eyes if he saw a self-driving car roll by? Who imagined you could call an electric taxi with the push of a button? What's a Hyperloop? We live in an exciting time for transportation. Right before our eyes, impressive advances in technology, on-demand mobility, car sharing, and car and bus electrification are changing our mobility landscape. This discussion engages experts from around our region and state to talk candidly about the challenges and opportunities we face today and to predict what our transportation network will look like in the future.

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Moderator: Harold Taniguchi | Director, Department of Transportation, King County
Chris Brandon | CEO, Wingz
Matt Horton | Chief Commercial Officer, Proterra
Charles Knutson | Governors Senior Policy Advisor on Transportation and Economic Development
Shefali Ranganathan | Executive Director, Transportation Choices Coalition
Seattle's construction market is booming, yet the great majority of buildings were constructed before 2000. The right mix of collaboration, creative financing, adaptive regulations, and technology can unlock tremendous value for building owners, tenants, and the entire city. Pacific Tower in Seattle is a shining example of what can happen in existing buildings. The City of Seattle's bold performance-based energy code paved the way for a renovation that both honors the building's design and delivers performance better than most new buildings. This session will provide key insights into the vision and execution of the Pac Tower revitalization. Focus areas will include the role of performance-based regulations, design, and operations in optimizing building performance. We can now use building intelligence to cost-effectively optimize human and building performance, meet building codes, and maximize utility rebates.
Moderator: Dan McConnon | Director, Washington State Office of State Efficiency and Environmental Performance
Ash Awad | Chief Market Officer, McKinstry
Duane Jonlin | Energy Code & Conservation Advisor, City of Seattle DPD and State Building Code Council
Stan Price | Executive Director, Smart Buildings Center and Northwest Energy Efficiency Council
Kristin Ryan | Partner, Barrientos + RYAN LLC
As our communities grow more diverse, our region's continued prosperity depends on our ability to create conditions under which each person can have a fair shot - not a long shot - at success, regardless of race or wealth or place of residence. Recent passage of Sound Transit 3 and growing public and private sector investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy, will bring billions of dollars of investments to this region. How will employers - including businesses, community-based organizations, local governments and philanthropy - leverage these green investments to create pathways to education, employment and leadership, and reduce inequities based on race, zip code and income? How will employers apply diversity and inclusion practices that attract top talent, foster higher levels of employee engagement and better serve the needs of an increasingly diverse clientele and community?
Moderator: Arundhati (Arun) Sambataro | Program Manager, King County Equity and Social Justice
Perry England | Vice President, Building Performance, MacDonald-Miller
Ubax Gardheere | Equitable Strategies Manager, City of Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development
De'Sean Quinn | Board Member, Front and Centered, Forterra, and One America
Networking Break // Advanced Vehicle Ride & Drive
Gwen Migita | Vice President Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship, Caesars Entertainment
This very special Closing Plenary will examine the current status of state, national and international business coalition efforts to price carbon and reduce GHG emissions. It will feature panelists from the American Sustainable Business Council, Washington Business for Climate Action and private sector sustainability leaders to discuss the ways to engage the business community and the role that business is increasingly playing in advocating for policy that secures a transition to clean, fossil free energy.
Moderator: Sarah Severn | Strategic Advisor, Washington Business for Climate Action
Rob Bernard | Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft
Richard Eidlin | Co-Founder and Vice President, Policy and Campaigns, American Sustainable Business Council
Christina Page | Sustainability Tech Strategist
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Hosted Networking Reception

Alaska Airlines will host a Ticket Giveaway during the Hosted Networking Reception where we will be raffling off (2) coach round trip tickets anywhere Alaska flies* ($1,250 value per ticket). Tickets will be raffled off individually.

Book Your Advanced Vehicle Ride and Drive Onsite!

GoGreen Conference partners Nissan and MC Electric Vehicles will be onsite with advanced vehicles for you to check out and drive:

Nissan Leaf - America's best-selling electric car with an 8 year/100 mile battery warranty and 3 years of roadside assistance included.

Firefly ESV by MC Electric Vehicles - a zero-emission, high-performance, low-cost, low-maintenance, affordable electric vehicle. MC Electric Vehicles, in collaboration with the City of Seattle, were significant contributors to the vehicle's original unique design.

Ride and Drives will take place during program breaks. Please visit the Nissan and MC Electric Vehicles exhibit tables to schedule your drive.

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

2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010