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Community Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty

May 22, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve all watched as the uncertainty around us grows. Families have faced hardship, countless individuals have struggled with losing jobs, businesses have opened and closed their doors, but amid the presence of all this ambiguity we have been encouraged again and again by all the local organizations, businesses and individuals we see offering aid in their communities. This month, we thought we would share a few we would like to highlight:

 
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Our parent company, Social Enterprises, is a Certified B Corporation and we’re reminded that our work toward an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economic system for all has never been more important. B Corporation has put together a list of Business and Worker Resources to help navigate this challenging time. You can view it here.

 

The Rose Quarter put together this comprehensive list of organizations in our community providing food, mental health services, and activities for kids. The list is regularly updated, and they’re always accepting submissions of organizations or services you think should be included.

 
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Portland’s Nossa Familia Coffee implemented the Nossa Cares giveback program this month. Through the program, Nossa Familia has partnered with p:ear, an organization located in downtown Portland dedicated to creatively mentoring homeless youth. During the crisis, p:ear has served thousands of meals to the Portland homeless community and through the Nossa Cares Giveback Program, they are making sure for every pound of Delicia sold, they will donate a pound to p:ear.

 

For food services, pantries and food assistance sites throughout the state are still open with precautions in place to help minimize contact among groups of people. The Oregon Food Bank’s Food Finder has a map of local pantries that are providing groceries, meals, produce and other free food services.

 

Shine Distillery made a splash in headlines everywhere when they transitioned to use their excess alcohol to make hand sanitizer. They took it a step further, by making it available to everyone. Need a few ounces? Stop by their store front and they will give it to you as long as they have some bottles. Need more? The sanitizer is priced per ounce for everyone who wishes to purchase a little extra.

 

howtotalkIn their new book How to Talk to the Other Side – Finding Common Ground in a Time of Coronavirus, Recession, and Climate Change, authors Kevin Wilhelm and Natalie Hoffman provide guidance on how to engage with others by showing patience, kindness and empathy — regardless of political affiliation or beliefs. Interviewed in the book is Social Enterprises’ own founder, Ericka Dickey-Nelson, speaking on her business model.  

“We have to allow space to not only showcase those businesses who are walking the talk but also those who are turning the ship around.”

Kevin Wilhelm will be speaking at GoGreen Conference in Seattle this September. Consider joining us! 

 

This is far from a comprehensive list of what Oregon businesses are doing to aid during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are so grateful to all the businesses and individuals in our community who are taking this opportunity to use their platform for good, to offer assistance to those in need, and to helping our communities continue to thrive even in the face of adversity. 

 

Social Enterprises Celebrates 50 Years of Earth Day!

April 22, 2020

Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day. Earth Day 2020 is being marked by two crises. One is the COVID-19 pandemic, and the other is a slowly building disaster for our climate.⁣⁣ We can, will and must solve both challenges. The world was not prepared for the novel coronavirus, but we still have time to prepare — in every part of the world — for the climate crisis.⁣⁣

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We have undoubtedly entered a different climate this year as we navigate coming together digitally in an effort to protect and safeguard the health and safety of everyone around us. But today, the entire world unites under a shared fear, shared hope, shared unknown, and shared planet. 


As a certified BCorp, sustainability is at the core of how we operate at Social Enterprises. From incorporating zero-waste initiatives at our events to encouraging vegetarian and vegan meal options, the work we do with our clients ultimately reflects our BCorp model of balancing purpose with profit.  This year, our team took the #MyPlanetMyPledge and came up with our own ways and small steps we can take towards a healthier planet. Here’s some of what our team has pledged:

SE_Team_MyPlanetMyPledgeI will plant a vegetable garden

I will vote for the environment

I will stop purchasing single use plastic 

I will eat less meat

I will buy local to support my community 

I will pick up trash on my daily walks

 

Join us in mobilizing digitally for our planet! 

Take the #MyPlanetMyPledge 

Find digital Earth Day events with Earth Day Live 

Download and share your window artwork for Earth Day 

Write a love letter to the Earth

Share your favorite eco-friendly habits

 

A Social End to 2019!

September 19, 2019

This summer has been a whirlwind here at Social Enterprises. With events in sustainable athletics, smart mobility and clean fleet technology, we had a well-rounded set of events last quarter and look forward to continuing that to close out the year!

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We kicked off our summer events in May with Green Transportation Summit & Expo. As the region’s premier fleet modernization and alternative fuels event, GTSE boasts the strongest gathering of fleet professionals in the clean fuels industry, with half the conference attendees representing fleet management, operations, and maintenance from corporate, municipal and other fleets. GTSE puts attendees directly in front of influencers and decision makers in the fleet industry, with ample time for networking with peers and colleagues. You can check out the 2019 program here.

We then started our busy month of June with the largest and most influential gathering GSAS19_banner_igel-01for the sports community to unite around sustainability, the Green Sports Alliance Summit. The summit brought together hundreds of industry stakeholders to learn and share better practices and the latest innovations in greening operations, advancing the supply chain and engaging fans. Throughout the two-day Summit, attendees gained insights and inspiration as they joined hundreds of sports, sustainability, and brand professionals in a collaborative settings to engage in problem-solving, skill-building workshops to reduce our overall impacts.  They heard from top speakers – including athletes, team leaders, and sponsors – on everything from how to transform our supply chains to engaging fans and communities in being part of the many solutions alongside their favorite teams. The summit featured 4 keynotes, 12 breakout panels, 6 plenaries, green sports celebration, 3 tours (Eagle’s stadium included) and a vendor showcase. You can view the 2019 program here.

Roadmap Conference, the leading electric and smart mobility conference in the United f-0115States was our next June venture. Held each summer in the Pacific Northwest, the Roadmap includes over 120 national and international speakers, dozens of exhibits, regional smart mobility tours, and high-energy interactive breakout sessions. With over 1100 participants in 2019, the Roadmap Conference continues to be the premier forum to explore emerging industry trends and best practices with a diverse mix of industry, utility, and government leaders. Thank you Roadmap-12 attendees, sponsors and speakers! With nearly 1200 attendees we are thrilled to have hosted the largest Roadmap Conference yet. The presentations and video footage of the keynote speakers, opening plenaries, and focus group are now live on the Program Page. The Roadmap photo album can be viewed here.

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To close out our June events, we traveled to the University of Washington for the
Pac-12 Sustainability ConferenceConsistent with its reputation as the Conference of Champions, the Pac-12 is the first collegiate sports conference to convene a high level symposium focused entirely on integrating sustainability into college athletics and across college campuses. The Pac-12 Sustainability Conference signals an elevated approach to enhancing sustainability efforts within collegiate athletics departments, designing new collective initiatives, and sharing best practices to transform college sports into a platform for environmental progress. See the 2019 conference program here.

Coming up, we’re heading to Sacramento for the Norcal Clean Fleet Technology Conference & Expo October 15-17.  We’ll follow that up and close out 2019 with the 10th annual EcoDistricts Summit in Pittsburgh, PA November 4-5!

Keep an eye out for our next blog post to see what we have plugged in for 2020!

Social Enterprises – Certifiably Sustainable

June 20, 2018

Social Enterprises is proud to have recently achieved Silver Level certification from Sustainability at Work! This certification recognizes our positive impact on our environment and our community through sustainable practices in our office environment.

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In order to be certified, we were asked to demonstrate a minimum of 25 examples of sustainable practices at the Social Enterprises offices. Some of our action items include:

  • Using recycled materials whenever we can, and making recycling & composting bins easily labeled and monitored
  • Twenty percent or more of our employees walk, bike, carpool, or take transit as their primary commute method
  • Track and spot lighting use LEDs or CFLs, and lighting is dimmed or turned off when adequate sunlight is available
  • Kitchen faucet aerators have a flow rate of 1.5 gallons per minute or less
  • Employees are allowed to volunteer in the community on paid work time

We are proud of the environmental, economic and social sustainability actions that we’ve taken as a business and are working towards ramping up our efforts in the months to come! If you are interested in getting certified with Sustainability at Work you can visit their website

Social Enterprises Inc. has re-certified as a B Corporation for another term!

We are committed to the movement to use business as a force for good here at Social Enterprises, so we recently went through the process to re-certify as a B Corporation.

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B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

We are proud to be a part of  a growing community of more than 2,100 Certified B Corps from 50 countries and over 130 industries working together toward 1 unifying goal: to redefine success in business. Your business can join the movement here.

SE Spotlight: Cory Griffin

November 28, 2017

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Hometown: Redmond, OR

Job Title: Design & Web Manager

 

What that means that I do every day: I create and curate all aspects of our events visual presence. Can include advertisements, email graphics, on-site event signage and programs. In addition to the graphic design work, I build and update our event websites.

What is your favorite aspect of your job? The freedom to try new things and continually improve different elements of my design. In some cases I am creating an entire event brand and I have the ability to steer that in many different directions. Have to keep things fresh and new to keep attendees interested in what they are looking at. I also love seeing a project come to completion on-site at an event – all the hard work coming together and seeing designs of my own all over the event space is a good feeling.

What has been your favorite event to work on at SE? This is actually a pretty tough question. I just counted and I have in some way been involved in ~83 events since starting at SE. Some of those haven’t been completed yet, but just for facts and figures sake. In reflecting upon all of those, I have different events that come to mind for different reasons. Up front is all of our GoGreen Conferences – those alone account for a huge chunk of my creative evolution. Someone else was responsible for the original branding of those events, but I took them on and year over year molded them into something new and the scope of work on those events had me creating so many different kinds of things that I don’t necessarily get to do with client events. Another event that comes to mind is Within Our Reach – I find that event very soothing and I can count on it not stressing me out. Lastly I have to give mention to the Green Sports Alliance Summit 2013, because it took me to NYC for the first time and they had a bomb reception overlooking the statue of liberty… I mean c’mon.

Favorite thing to do in Portland? Probably attending any and all of the various types of festivals. Any excuse to stand in a line with a drink token or eat overpriced yakisoba and I’m there.

Spirit Animal? Giraffe. They are just so tall and goofy and enjoyable! I mean who would dislike a Giraffe?? Just minding their own business, eating leaves and checking things out.

Favorite place you have traveled? Italy for sure – it was my first time out of the Country and I loved every part; Rome, Florence & Venice. Bellisimo!

Favorite Cocktail? Vodka soda, because I don’t mess around.

 

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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.

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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