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Go Green ’08 Cultivating Sustainable Business

Go Green 08
Cultivating sustainable business

GoGreen’08 was held at the Gerding Theater at The Armory in The Pearl District Portland, Oregon on October 1, 2008. The Armory has been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as exceeding the requirements for designation as a LEED Platinum building.

The only conference of its kind, Go Green ‘08 gave tactical steps on how to “green” your business and build sustainability enlightenment amongst business owners. Attendees participated in panel discussions geared to provide solid takeaways and next steps to make any size of business sustainable. Conference topics included a showcase of Portland’s Best Sustainable Businesses featuring Best Business Award Winners, Green Marketing and Branding, Green Incentives Available to your Business and How to Win Media Coverage with Your Sustainability Initiatives. Event Sponsors included Metro (Recycle at Work and Drive Less, Save More), City of Portland’s Office of Sustainable Development, Portland Development Commission, Portland Tribune, Travel Portland and Sustainable Industries.

The GoGreen ‘08 mission is to bring the business community together to inspire and educate about the importance of sustainability in business while offering concrete next steps to make these new initiatives a reality.

The keynote speaker mayor elect Sam Adams kicked off the event by giving an inspiring state of green address. Noting that once again Portland has been declared the most Sustainable city in the US. Also noting that we have a long way to go to becoming truly sustainable especially if being compared to the Global community.
He talked about current infrastructure and its need for growth. Especially embracing electric vehicles and having charging stations throughout the area. The future must contain solutions to the current fuel crisis and that will come in the form of bio-fuels and electric vehicles.

Sam also announced the all new Portland Sustainability Institute. Located near the Rose Quarter just on East Broadway, and is set to open in early 2009.

The conference left me with many insights as well as MUCH more to ad to my ever growing to-do list. Never the less I am glad to have been a part of such an event.

I know as a company, Crave Catering has a long way to go as we go further down the Sustainable road, but at least we are on it and heading in the right direction. A few immediate actions we will be taking will be to discuss our energy consumption and look into renewable energy through PGE, also auditing our carbon footprint and looking at carbon offsets, as well as evaluating our “Food Miles.”

Pat Reiten, President of Pacific Power
Sam Adams, Mayor-Elect of Portland

Portland’s BEST Business Award Winners
Susan Anderson/Director, City of Portland’s Office of Sustainable Development
Lisa Sedlar/President, New Seasons (Large Business Winner)
Bob Lauron/Vice President, Full Sail Brewing (Medium Business Winner)
Jason McMillan/Owner, Mint Dental (Small Business Winner)

David Weigel, Vice President of Marketing, Ecos
Justin Yuen/President, FMYI
Stephanie Swanson/Principal, MarketShift Strategies
Craig Trames/Principal, Corragio Group
Grace Pae/Founder, Artemis Foods

Derek Smith/Former Director, YOLO Colorhouse
Jack Graves/Chief Cultural Officer,
The Holland Inc. (Burgerville)
Monty Moore/Vice President, Neil Kelly
David Yudkin/Co-Owner, Hot Lips Pizza

Megan Stein/Recycle at Work Program Manager, Office of Sustainable Development
Richard Satnick/CEO, Laughing Planet
Josh Halley/Manager, Green Mountain Energy
Bill Scott/General Manager, Zipcar

Erik Weeman/Weiden+Kennedy
Curt Mudd/Founder, Emergent
Renee Spears/Founder, Rose City Mortgage
Mitch Rofsky/Founder, Better World Club

Green Giant Awards Ceremony
Presented by Portland Tribune’s Sustainable Life
Awards Host: Steve Clark, President, Portland Tribune
& Community Newspapers

Activistas | www.activistas.us
Clean Tech Alliance | www.cleantechnologyalliance.org
Green Drinks | www.biothinking.com/greendrinks
Greener Good | www.greenergood.com
NW Earth Institute | www.nwei.org
PDX Mindshare | www.pdxmindshare.org
Small Business Administration Green Guides | www.sba.gov
Springboard Innovation | www.springboardinnovation.org
Sustainable Business Network of Portland | www.sbnportland.org
Young Women Social Entrepreneurs | www.ywse.org

Featured Door Prizes:
Artemis Foods, Inc. ~ Artemis Meals to Go gift certificates from Artemis Café at SE 12th & Division
Crave Catering ~ Chef’s Seasonal Lunch for Six
McCormick and Schmick’s Harborside at the Marina ~ Dining Gift Certificates
The Original McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant ~ Dining Gift Certificates
Hotel Vintage Plaza ~ One night stay with Romance Package

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