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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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Thank you to our series sponsors!

 

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Upcoming Events:

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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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Sustainabile Seattle for a post-event summary.


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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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, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are a CSR professional.)

 

May 2014 (date TBA)

Uncovering Companies with Long-Term Value and Responsibile Corporate Practices

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

Mr. Freeman 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.

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.

 

July 10 2014

Summer Bash

The Summer Bash is a celebration of sustainability innovation. We’re throwing a big party to showcase the many CSR accomplishments from businesses in our region. It’ll be an inspirational night, with networking, local food, drinks and fun! Location tbd.

 

Sept 2014 (date TBA)

Your Sustainability Report as a Decision-making Tool

Andrea Ramage, CH2M Hill

Have you looked at the value to you and your business of using your sustainability report as a forward-looking decisionmaking tool? The information you have gathered can help you prioritize improvements and justify change recommendations. Learn how to use your report's data for more than just reporting.

 

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October 2014 (date TBA)

Climate Resiliency in the Northwest

Community, utility, and business leaders will present the actions that are underway in the region to address aniticipated climate impacts in the Pacific NW.

 

November 2014 (date TBA)

Using Lean to go Green

Lean training and management have become more prevalent in companies and organizations over the past few years. Because of the continuous improvement mindset lean thinking can be highly effective at bringing sustainability into the process. Hear our experienced panelists talk about the approaches they are taking in their businesses.

 

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Past Events:

 

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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