2016: Well-Executed Social Impact Events that Drive Sustainable Practices



The Social Enterprises team was busy this year advancing sustainability through our 13 events in 2016 that aimed to further sustainability and social impact. Overall, our events gathered over 4,000 attendees and influential leaders to advance the environmental movement.

Our team is grateful for our continued partnerships, as well as the opportunity to work on various new events in 2016.

2016 Project Highlights


winesymposiumThe Oregon Wine Symposium continues to be the premier platform on wine industry research and education in Oregon. The Symposium delivered relevant content to wine and wine grape industry professionals, and brought wine industry members from around the Northwest together to discuss issues, discover new tools and techniques, and network with industry suppliers – along with a full dedicated track devoted to sustainability. The 2016 Symposium was the Northwest’s largest trade show with over 170 exhibitors!

gogreen_general_nodateThe GoGreen Conference, hosted in both Seattle and Portland in 2016, hosted over 500 regional leaders, 57 speakers and over 50 partners focused on the theme of Greening Your Workplace and Green Building. This year’s theme delivered a track of content dedicated to the business case for high performance and deep green buildings; the importance of district and cooperative energy and applying the principles of green chemistry and engineering to sustainable building and product design. Other important issues addressed included putting a price on carbon pollution and how the updated 2015 Climate Action Plan works to drive private sector and regional economic development forward.

PrintThe 2016 Green Sports Alliance Summit marked the beginning of a new tradition: hosting the event at a sustainable sporting venue that is a member of the  Green Sports Alliance. Attendees were able to experience the Summit program at Houston’s Minute Maid Park, home of the Astros. Built on the theme “Power of Partnerships”, sports and sustainability industry leaders gathered to engage in advancing the greening of the sports industry. Check out our outstanding 2016 Summit Program here.

schoolfoodfocus_redSchool Food Focus brought us to Georgia this year for their  2016 National Gathering where change-makers gathered to ignite change in our 42 largest school districts and their school food systems. The National Gathering included influential keynotes, breakout sessions and an impressive vendor showcase, along with four onsite tours that highlighted local initiatives to improve school food.

2016 National Gathering Highlight Reel:


In early December, our team travelled to Oregon State University to manage Within Our Reach presented by client Meyer Memorial Trust. The event brought together over 200 attendees and regional leaders focused on improving the health of the wor-logo_horizWillamette River. The 2016 conference featured breakout sessions, a sustainable lunch sourced from Willamette Floodplain Farmers and businesses convened in support of watershed restoration.The two day conference concluded with a moving presentation by Chad Brown, a U.S. Navy Veteran and founder of Soul River, Inc, a nonprofit that joins inner city youth and veterans to become leaders in environmental justice.

Ready for 2017

We are looking forward to another full schedule of social impact events in 2017. Check out some of our events coming up this year:


Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference | February 16 – 17, 2017

winesymposiumOregon Wine Symposium | February 20 – 21, 2017

gogreen_general_nodateGoGreen Conference – Seattle  | March 16, 2017

evroadmapbannerEV Roadmap 10 | June 20 – 21, 2017

PrintGreen Sports Alliance Summit | June 26 – 29, 2017

We’d love to see you at any of our 2017 events. To book your own event with Social Enterprises, please contact us to discuss further at info@socialenteprises.net.

Here’s to another year of making an impact!


The Social Enterprises Team


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