2018 Agenda Overview

8:45 am – 9:30 am   Registration & Light Refreshments

9:30 am – 10:35 am Opening Session 

Welcome from Tom Crawford, Candace Penn, and Barb Scavezze

Jim Lazar and Abby Ruskey:
Great Promise for Clean Energy; Top Ten Climate Solutions

Keynote Address by Aji Piper, from Our Children’s Trust, Future Voters for 350 ppm, and Plant for the Planet

10:35 am – 10:45 am  Networking Break

10:45 am – 12:00 pm  Morning Concurrent Sessions

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm   Lunch and Mid-Day Plenary

Catered by Dillinger’s Cocktails and Kitchen

Raging Grannies

Parade of Sponsoring Organizations (1 minute each)

Jill MacIntyre Witt: Climate Justice
Author of Climate Justice Field Manual

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm Networking Break

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Networking Break

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm Networking Break

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm Closing Plenary

Parade of Organizations (1 minute each)

Barb Scavezze:
Communicate, Coordinate, Collaborate

Tom Crawford:
Group Participatory Session

State Rep. Beth Doglio and Stew Henderson:
What We Can Do Right Here in Thurston County

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Reception

Closing remarks by Congressman Denny Heck

Concurrent Sessions A: 10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Session Topic
Food and Climate Change

  • Adopting a Whole Food Plant-Based Lifestyle – What’s Good for You is Good for the Planet
  • Wasted Food Recovery & Prevention and the Link to Climate Change
Lynn Reveal, Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) Facilitator

Allyson Ruppenthal, Recycling & Waste Reduction Supervisor

Heather Willis, Recycling & Waste Reduction Specialist

Engaging YouthAji Piper, Future Voters for 350 ppm, Earth Guardians and Plant for the Planet

Abby Ruskey, Educator and Sustainability Specialist

Sea Level Rise: What does Olympia do About a Downtown Built on Fill?Clark Gilman, Olympia City Council Member

Brenda Snyder, Author

Moderator: Dave Peeler

Think Globally, Act Locally: Engaging Local Government for Climate ActionTom Crawford, President, Thurston Climate Action Team

Michael Burnham, Planner, Thurston Regional Planning Council

Getting to 100% Renewable EnergyVlad Gutman-Britten, Climate Solutions

Jim Lazar, Economist

Solar Energy: Practical Applications, Technological Advances and Policy PrioritiesKirk Haffner, President, South Sound Solar
Concurrent Sessions B: 1:45 – 2:30 pm
Solutionary Rail: : A Climate Crisis Solution to Electrify America’s Railroads, and Usher in a Clean Energy FutureBill Moyer, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Backbone Campaign and
Project Lead for the Solutionary Rail Campaign
Legislative Session Overview of Climate Related IssuesState Representative Beth Doglio

State Senator Sam Hunt

10 Exceptionally Good Reasons to Move Beyond Doom and Gloom to Action Here at Home!Abby Ruskey, Educator and Sustainability Specialist
Empowering Women, Family Planning, and Climate Change – Global View and Local Action

  • Population and Climate Change: The Dynamic Duo
  • Dining for Women: Your Local Action for Change
Roy C. Treadway, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Illinois State University

Amber Huffstickler, Leadership team, Consultant/Trainer, The Community Cafe Collaborative

Birds: Looming Mass Extinction Due to Climate ChangeKim Adelson, Black Hills Audubon Treasurer
Electric Vehicle Owner’s Forum:

Cars on display: new Nissan LEAF, new Chevy Bolt, Tesla Model S, Chevy Volt, Ford CMAX Energi, and a Fiat500e

Moderator: Thad Curtz, Retired Evergreen Faculty Member and VP of Electrify Thurston

EV car owners: Dick Hauser, Addie Spencer, Ingrid Gulden, Bree Anderson, Thad Curtz, Dave Watterson, and Clark Gilman

Concurrent Sessions C: 2:45 – 3:30 pm
Session Topic
Collaborative Art as a Catalyst for (Climate) ActionCarrie Ziegler, Earth Art
Carbon Tax InitiativesMike Massa, CarbonWA

Vlad Gutman-Britten, Climate Solutions, Yes on 1631

No coal, No gas, No LNG: Building a Movement to get PSE off Fossil FuelsJessica Koski, Sierra Club, Carbon-Free PSE initiative

Victoria Leistman, Sierra Club

How to Join the Educational Movement of the NEW Climate Reality Project – Thurston County
Susan Woodward, Chair, Climate Reality Project: Thurston County Chapter; Executive Communications Specialist

Rhonda Hunter, Member, Climate Reality Project: Thurston County; Former Environmental Education Manager for climate & water

Estuaries as Carbon SinksBlue Carbon, Video

Sue Patnude, Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team

Candace Penn, Climate Change Ecologist, Squaxin Island Tribe, Natural Resources Department

Active Transportation – Healthy, Wealthy and Climate-wiseKaren Messmer, Citizen Representative to Intercity Transit Authority, former Olympia City Council Member

Chris Hawkins, Community Engagement, Evidence & Partnerships Manager for Thurston County Public Health & Social Services Department

Zero Net Carbon Buildings as Climate ActionChris van Daalen, Executive Director (interim), Northwest EcoBuilding Guild