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Tools for Tomorrow events are rich with content and leading-edge information for business people working in the Puget Sound region.  Our events provides networking, resources, inspiration and tools for professionals working in or interested in sustainability practices in business.  Events are comprised of: Good Businss Workshops offering in-depth information relevant to advancing sustainable company practices, CSR Roundtables providing a "community of best practice" venue for those who are employed in CSR roles, Industry Innovators Forums for top leaders in sustainability to share with the wider metropolitan area their approach to leading sustainability initiatives, and Conferences, showcasing forward thinking models with highest impact for socially responsible, sustainable business.

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The 2014-15 Calendar of Business Events

 

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October 2 2014

The PNW Resilience Challenge

Join a full-day conference where Sustainable Seattle and others will launch the PNW Resilience Challenge and mobilize regional leaders to design solutions that address the vulnerabilities of our increasingly dense urban communities, our infrastructure and our businesses. More

 

November 18, 2014

Enterprise Risk Management: Prepare Your Organization to be More Resilient to Climate

Kevin Wilhelm

More and more often cities are subject to unexpected disruptions and these now include climate impacts. Preparing for these impacts can have a huge positive effect on the strength of recovery. Many businesses have not had the opportunity to take a thorough look at possible climate impacts on their buildings, supply chains, or operations. This short course will walk participants through the steps for assessing risk as well as suggesting steps for mitigating exposure. Register

 

March 2015 (date tbd)

Biomimicry: Design for the Future

Nature has been desiging by trial and error for millions of years. Smart designers are looking to nature for ideas in building design, transportation, and all sorts of devices. Biomimicry is a hot topic in the Puget Sound Region, likely because so many of us are here for the beauty of Nature. Come hear about how our regional designers and contributing to the biomimicry movement.

 

May 2015 (date TBA)

How Resilient Are Your Suppliers?

Lean training and management have become more prevalent in companies and organizations over the past few years. Because of the low inventory and tight project timelines, businesses might find themselves vulverable to short-term disruptive events like power outages, transportation interuptions, and general climate related impacts. Have you looked into these risks for your suppliers? For your own business?

 

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July 8 2014

Uncovering Companies with Long-Term Value and Responsibile Corporate Practices (Invite only)

Bennett Freeman, Senior Vice President, Sustainability Research and Policy, Calvert Investments

Our guest speaker for this private forum is Mr. Freeman, who leads Calvert's Sustainability Research Department and oversees its company research and analysis as well as its policy and advocacy work. From 2003 until early 2006, he led Burson-Marsteller's Global Corporate Responsibility practice advising multinationals on policy development, stakeholder engagement and communications strategies related to human rights, labor rights and sustainable development. More

 

 

July 8 2014

Seattle Greendrinks Summer Bash

Seattle Greendrinks and Sustainable Seattle's Tools for Tomorrow are having a summer bash at The Seattle Yacht Club! This July, we'll be celebrating Seattle's innovative sustainable businesses. Come meet over 10 local businesses, including winners of the 2014 Sustainability Leadership Awards, and hear about the inspirational sustainability initiatives making Seattle a truly Emerald City. Guest speakers include Seattle Steam and Seattle 2030 District

 

 

 

May 14 2014

The Data Quagmire

Derek Eisel, Scope 5
Cody Crawford, Vulcan
John Peters, Geoengineers
Jameson Morrell, CH2M Hill

If you are just begining your data collection or are struggling with how to manage the data you have you will be interested in hearing about the experiences of these panel members. Everything from carbon calculation to engagement of your employees and capture of soft metrics will be covered.

 

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May 1, 2014

Copperworks Distilling & its Sustainability Story

Jason Parker, Owner

CSR professionals will get a tour of this amazing new microdistillery in downtown Seattle. Hear the story of how the idea was born, the adventures of making it a reality, and the commitment along the way to making it as sustainale as can be. (CSR folks only, email us if you are a CSR professional.)

 

April 15, 2014

Getting Your Story Right and Getting Your Story Read

Josh Chaitin of Edelman and Janet DeDonato of Methodology

Sharing social, environmental and economic information from your sustainability report through your marketing can build your company's reputations. This workshop will cover how to storify your report, use visual tools for communications. In addition, how to avoid greenwashing risks in complience with the FTC rulings.

 

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March 27, 2014

Snowpack Forum

An invitation-only gathering of local leaders discussing NW regional climate resiliency, action plans to increase it, and risks posed to infrastructure and businesses due to climate impacts. If you are interested in learning more about the outcomes of this meeting please email Sustainabile Seattle for a post-event summary.

 

Annual Awards 

January 31, 2014

Sustainability Leadership Awards Dinner

Our annual awards honor businesses and community members for their groundbreaking work in advancement of sustainable practices. This year we present new categories: Change Agent, Vitalizing Local Sustainable Economies, Stewards of Healthy Ecologies and Humans, Livable Urban Communities and Sustainable Hero. All are nominated from the community and a panel of experienced judges drawn from the greater Puget Sound Region selects winners. More


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October 31, 2013

Climate Change & The Bottom Line: Factoring Climage Change into Your Business Plan

Business and community leaders met to talk about the pressing business risks of climate change. Climate change and business management experts from Seattle and beyond will discussed the imperatives for businesses to address the risks and impacts of climate change in operational and strategic business plans. Business leaders, insurers, researchers, and government experts shared expertise and perspectives on climate change forecasts, regional and global business threats, policy issues, and insurance drivers.

This event was hosted in partnership with Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, UW Foster School of Business, UW Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, Climate Solutions, and Riddell Williams P.S.

 

May 2, 2013

Mission Zero: The Power of an Outrageously Ambitious Vision

When Ray Anderson challenged his employees at Interface in 1994 to create a sustainable company the goal was more than ambitious. The magnitude of that vision would literally transform  the company's philosophy and business model George Bandy Jr, VP of Sustainability and Interface, has helped guide the journey of the Mission Zero Team, engaging employees, supply chain and customers throughout the company's global operations. In addition to his leadership at Interface, George is Chair Elect of the US Green Building Council.


We were honored to present George Bandy with NBIS (Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability) as he shares Interface's journey: "To be the first company that, by its deeds, shows the entire industrial world what sustainability is in all its dimensions: people, process, product, place and profits - by 2020 - and in doing so, become restorative through the power of influence."

March 21, 2013

Leverage Sustainability Reports to Drive Performance and Increase Brand Value

Whether you are tackling your first Sustainability Report or evolving to a world-class level, this workshop will provide you with the tools to increase the positive impact of your Sustainability Report -- improving environmental performance, increasing brand value, connecting with customers, engaging employees, and accelerating a culture of continuous improvement.

What are the emerging CSR trends? Where can I get practical CSR advice and succinct "lessons learned"? What are CSR Raters evaluating? Our Good Business Workshop panel members have answers!



January 17, 2013

Operational Changes that Save Big Bucks 

Operational efficiency is essential to remaining competitive in the global economy today. It can mean the difference between staying in business, or not. Particularly in energy-intensive industries, organizations are using sustainability as a key lever to drive near-term return on investment and establish governance frameworks to continuously improve their operating model.

 

November 15, 2012 

Annual Sustainabilty Awards

Our annual fundraising event, Sustainability Leadership Awards Dinner, will take place in a lively evening setting at Daybreak Star in Discovery Park. We'll present to the area's most inspiring individuals, businesses and organizations. Nominations are now being accepted!

 

October 4, 2012

Six Solutions for Sustainable Business

Companies that prosper in the future will be more sustainable, with new products and processes. This seminar was designed to provide an answer to three questions. “What does being sustainable mean?” “Why does it matter?” “What must we do to become sustainable?”

 

September 20, 2012

The Good, the Bad, and the Future of Legal Frameworks for Sustainability in Business

What are the legal implications of sustainability initiatives - or the lack thereof - in your business? What are the most important risks to consider? How do you address those most efficiently? A top notch team of legal advisers will converse with us about what they see as the biggest risks and where they see future requirements and regulations heading.


June 21, 2012   

Strategies and tools for getting employees committed and involved around company sustainability goals.

May 17, 2012

Reknowned leader, Hunter Lovins speaks to the implementation of smart policy and international leadership in addition to a growing commitment by individuals to create the future we want.

 

Beyond Spreadsheets, Dealing with the Energy and Sustainability Data Quagmire

April 19, 2012

Tools and innovations in energy and sustainability data management.  

 

 

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