Our Sustainable Business events are rich with content and leading-edge information for business people working in the Puget Sound region. These events provide 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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2015 / 2016 CALENDAR OF BUSINESS EVENTS
September 16, 2015 | 7:30 am – 5:00 pm | The PNW Resilience Challenge
We are pleased to announce the second annual gathering of regional leaders concerned about resilience. Much has been underway this past year with an increased focus on the importance of looking through the resilience lens. There are powerful implications for our development, infrastructure, and social connections, impacting how we will deal with increasing threats of major disruptions and how we, as a community will recover. We will see examples of good things underway, and get inspired by examples of more we can do. More information and registration details…
September 29, 2015 | Workshop: Reporting on What Matters: Stakeholder Engagement and Materiality for Sustainability
Cutting-edge, Northwest companies are leading the way in corporate sustainability. When it comes to sustainability reporting though, it can be difficult to know where to start.
Join us for a series of FREE workshops focused on how to effectively engage your stakeholders on sustainability and determine materiality in order to define report content and deliver business value. The final workshop of this 3-part series convenes on September 29 and will focus on external engagement and how to get stakeholders to read and care about your CSR report. Attendance at previous workshop series not required. More information and registration details…
September 30, 2015 – January 13, 2016 (5 sessions) | 8:30am – 4:30pm | Vibrant Leadership | a 5-month Innovation & Leadership Program
Sustainable Seattle is partnering with the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and Vibrant OS to bring you a 5-session series designed to accelerate your—and your team’s—ability to be more collaborative and innovative as you work toward a more sustainable future.
Conventional leadership practices are valuable, but when looking for solutions to organizational challenges, leaders need more…
effective collaboration + inspiration from nature = wildly innovative thinking
Vibrant Leadership programs embed nature’s strategies and equip leaders with the skills needed to cultivate teams where innovative ideas can flourish. Sessions are highly interactive and incorporate time outdoors in the UW Botanic Gardens. A 360 assessment is included so you know exactly where to focus your efforts to become a leader who builds teams ready to innovate.
If you are a mid- to senior-level manager in a small or large business, government or non-profit organization, this series was designed for you!
Each session provides multiple opportunities to engage in facilitated conversation with other business and sustainability leaders – a chance to develop relationships, share your ideas, and gather fresh, innovative ideas for your organization.
January 29, 2016 | Sustainability Leadership Awards Dinner
Our annual awards dinner honoring and celebrating Seattle businesses and community members for their groundbreaking work in the advancement of sustainable practices. This year’s categories and call for nominations coming soon!
PAST EVENTS 2015
Summer Bash | July 14, 2015
Join us for networking on the shore at Seattle Yacht Club. Sustianable Seattle’s business professionals, Seattle Greendrinks members, and the 2030 District will be hosting another exceptional summer evening with oysters, sausage, beer, and more. $5 at the door, no preregistration required.
GoGreen 2015 | April 30, 2015
Join us for a full day of business decision-makers coming together for workshops and panel events focused on sustainability strategies, tools, and connections. Terri Butler of Sustianable Seattle will be moderating an afternoon session, “Stakeholders Improving Our Regional Resilience: Proactive Innovation to Combat Disruption.” Participants include Bill Dewey of Taylor Shellfish, Erika Voss of Microsoft, Jameson Morrell of Averdi Group, and Dan Kohler of FreeWheel Cargo.
Sustainability Leadership Awards Dinner | January 31, 2015
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
PREVIOUS YEARS’ EVENTS
The PNW Resilience Challenge | October 2, 2014
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
Enterprise Risk Management: Prepare Your Organization to be More Resilient to Climate | November 18, 2014
Presented by: Kevin Wilhelm, Sustainable Business Consulting
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.
Sustainability Reporting Through the GRI: Unlocking the Power in the PNW and Beyond | October 20, 2014
To capitalize on the Northwest’s leadership, more than 100 participants, including key people from Microsoft, Virginia Mason, Sustainable Seattle, City of Seattle, the Washington State Department of Ecology, and the US Environmental Protection Agency would like you to join them in a workshop on measuring, reporting and using social and environmental performance data. With this workshop, we will facilitate connections between the diverse public and private organizations of the Pacific Northwest focused on measuring, reporting, and using social and environmental performance data. We will explore and find solutions to challenges like materiality, stakeholder engagement, and data mapping. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced GRI 4 user, we will increase your understanding of social and environmental performance reporting through interactive discussions and hands-on exercises.
Uncovering Companies with Long-Term Value and Responsible Corporate Practices (Invite only) | July 8, 2014
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
Seattle Greendrinks Summer Bash | July 8, 2014
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.
The Data Quagmire | May 14, 2014
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.
Copperworks Distilling & its Sustainability Story | May 1, 2014
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.)
Getting Your Story Right and Getting Your Story Read | April 15, 2014
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.
Snowpack Forum | March 27, 2014
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.
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.
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.”
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!
Operational Changes that Save Big Bucks | January 17, 2013
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.
Annual Sustainabilty Awards | November 15, 2012
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!
Six Solutions for Sustainable Business | October 4, 2012
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?”
The Good, the Bad, and the Future of Legal Frameworks for Sustainability in Business | September 20, 2012
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.
Strategies and tools for getting employees committed and involved around company sustainability goals.
Renowned 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.
Tools and innovations in energy and sustainability data management.