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Sustainable Events, All Summer Long.

July 21, 2017

As summer came to fruition in Portland, the Social Enterprises team geared up for three sizable events. The EV Roadmap 10 Conference, Pac-12 Sustainability Conference and The Green Sports Alliance Summit kept us busy throughout June, and we wound down in July at our annual summer retreat.

An overwhelming success, The EV Roadmap 10 Conference presented by Forth is an event our team looks forward to working on year after year. Over the past five years we have witnessed it grow into a ‘must-attend’ event in the Electric Vehicle industry. The conference sold out with over 600 attendees. The well rounded program incorporated sessions on trending topics such as autonomous vehicles and fast charging.

“As always, EV Roadmap is one of the single most valuable events I attend all year. Attendees are the people who are actually doing the work of bringing electric cars into broader usage, and the information exchange and general networking is unparalleled. Highly recommended!”

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Keeping momentum from the EV Roadmap 10 Conference going, our team headed to Sacramento in late June to the Golden 1 Center, home of the Sacramento Kings. The venue was home to our next two events, the first being the Pac-12 Sustainability Conference held on June 26th in conjunction with The Green Sports Alliance Summit which unfolded throughout the remainder of the week. Golden 1 Center is the first LEED platinum certified venue in the world and served as an excellent setting showcasing new heights reached in sustainable sports venues.

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The majority of our team being Pac-12 alumni, we were eager to work on the inaugural Pac-12 Sustainability Conference to bring together sustainability and athletics professionals from all 12 Pac-12 schools. The sold out 1-day event included content on everything from marketing and sponsorship to student engagement. The program also boasted a keynote from basketball legend and environmentalist Bill Walton.

http://pac-12.com/videos/pac-12-campuses-collaborate-working-toward-total-environmental-sustainability-athletics

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Conversation around sustainability in sports progressed as the 7th annual Green Sports Alliance Summit presented by The Green Sports Alliance began Tuesday morning. The theme for the 2017 Summit was “PLAY GREENER™ : Engaging Fans, Athletes & Communities”, focused on mobilizing our members and partners to bring about positive environmental and social impact across their fan-base and surrounding communities.  A panel featuring speakers from Lonely Whale Foundation and Sailors for the Sea explored how sports are championing ocean health. The 7th annual Summit marked yet another advantageous year advancing sustainability in the sports industry. We look forward to returning to this meaningful and purpose driven event in 2018. 
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A much deserved day of relaxation was enjoyed at our annual summer retreat at Nelson Farms. Feeling refreshed, we are back to work on our upcoming events including the 

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10th anniversary of the GoGreen 

Conference in Portland October 17, 2017 at Gerding Theater at the Armory. To see what else we have in store, view our 2017-2018 events here.

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Walk the Talk: Sustainable SE

April 26, 2017

We do sustainable events – but how is Social Enterprises working to become an increasingly sustainable company itself? We specialize in sustainability and social impact conferences and summits, and we hold ourselves to the same standards we recommend to our clients and assure our stakeholders that we mean business when it comes to implementing the triple bottom line across all aspects of our enterprise.


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Centrally located in Old Town, our office is conveniently located on the Green and Yellow Max lines , 4 blocks from the Portland Streetcar Central Loop Line and several Tri-met bus lines. Our location and indoor bike parking make biking a synch for employees and clients. Over 80% of our employees commute using alternative transportation and are eligible for alternative transportation reimbursement.


Workplace Health

We value workplace health at Social Enterprises, and believe that healthy workers have increased workplace morale and productivity levels. Our office was recently outfitted with all new adjustable-height standing desks. Our office fitness challenge is set to kick off in May, where we will track our exercise and compete for points to win a Fitbit! Quarterly retreats set aside time for team bonding. In celebration of Spring, our team embarked on an urban wine tour through Portland.

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B Corp Certified

b-corp-logo-lg.pngWe have entered our third year as a certified B Corp and we continue to apply the triple bottom line to all facets of our business. View the highlights of our certification below and our B Corp Impact Report.  

  • Environment: >50% of office supplies from recycled/sustainable materials; >50% of
    GHG emissions from corporate headquarters are offset by certified carbon credits; Actively aids development of solutions to major environmental problems
  • Employees: >50% of health insurance premiums paid for individuals and families; >80% of employees are employed in low-income communities; Majority of managerial positions held by women/minorities
  • Community: >40% of customers/beneficiaries are nonprofits; majority (>50%) of
    business targeted at low-income areas

Reaching New Heights

We are consistently striving to heighten our sustainable practices at Social Enterprises. This year’s goal is to achieve Green Business certification via The City of Portland’s  Sustainability at Work.  

 

View the comprehensive Social Enterprises Sustainability Policy.

February Recap: Wine & WAHESC

March 4, 2017

February was an exciting month for the Social Enterprises team, as we were busy with two incredibly successful sustainable events.


Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference 

WAHESC17_EmailHeaderFirst we headed Spokane, Washington for the Washington 16991617_10154713457379342_8466497003933360384_oHigher Education Sustainability Conference (WAHESC) hosted by Gonzaga University. WAHESC is a regionally focused event for those teaching, working, or studying within higher education to come together and learn about sustainability in academics, operations, and research.

The event had over 200 students, 400 attendees and nearly 100 speakers, including 25 students speakers, who offered insights on current issues facing college institutions.

We were blown away by the ideas shared and collaborations sparked around advancing sustainability on our campuses and in our communities!
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For the second year, our team collaborated with the Oregon Wine Board to present the
2017 Oregon Wine Symposium here in Portland. Once again, it was the premier educational and trade show
event for the Northwest wine community, with over 1,300 attendees and more than 170 exhibitors.

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At the Oregon Wine Soiree, attendees ate, drank and mingled with speakers sponsor and peers while they tasted wines from around Oregon.

Our team loved putting together this event and are proud to announce that it was an overwhelming success!

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Our team worked strategically to infuse sustainability into these two events, it was considered at every stage of the process.


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We are looking forward to our upcoming  GoGreen Conference in Seattle on Thursday, March 16th. Join us for a day of sustainability learning for business and public sector decision-makers!  


Press

Gen X and Distinctive Style Aid Oregon Wines via Wines & Vines

Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference Recap via Oregon State University Ecologue