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It’s Earth Month- Let’s Take Action!

April 8, 2021

The first quarter of 2021 for Social Enterprises was inspirational and impactful and leads us into Earth Month feeling restorative and driven. We started the year off with a virtual event called Sound Waters University, presented by Sound Water Stewards – a nonprofit organization focused on education, outreach, citizen science, and stewardship to sustain a healthy Puget Sound environment. We delivered a successful event providing education on how to make a difference in our fragile natural environment with 30+ classes on climate change, birds, whales, coastal geology and much more. 


This year’s action-packed virtual Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) helped us envision sustainability, resiliency, and social justice in higher education for the future. From bottom-up transformative strategies to representing and dismantling injustice – we learned to pivot away from conventional sustainability to align vision, strategy, and practice to fully embody change for future generations. We discussed important strategies to combat climate anxiety and to foster positive mental health relating to the pandemic and associated stressors of our times.


The WRISE Leadership Forum also took place virtually for the first time offering networking opportunities, professional development and industry insights to advance renewable energy. This event created space for learning, growing and advancing leadership for women with diverse perspectives throughout the industry from across the country. 


The Oregon Wine Symposium, the Northwest wine industry’s premier educational event, had a strong focus on climate impacts. The annual Climatology Report with Linfield University’s Dr. Greg Jones looked at 2020 weather patterns and the outlook and expectations for this coming year. The Viticulture and Enology Tracks focused on lessons in climate change, delving into the most pressing topics facing growers and winemakers including the 2020 wildfires’ impact on winegrowing regions and how to manage the impact of heat on grapes for wine quality.  


The Urban Ecosystem Research Consortium (UERC), a new event for the SE team, hosted attendees from educational institutions, state/federal agencies, local governments, non-profit organizations, business, and students virtually to support and share urban ecosystem research. Topics included diversity in ecology, sensitive species, restoration projects and practices, and wildlife conservation. 


The new virtual Veloz Summit Series hosted newly appointed California Air Resources Board Chair, Liane Randolph; Caroline Winn, Chief Executive Officer at SDG&E, California Governor Gavin Newsom, Tom Steyer, and other state and federal leaders for a fresh conversation about transportation electrification in 2021 and beyond. They addressed important issues that included the federal government’s vision in regulating zero emissions, automakers’ challenges and opportunities to accelerate EV charging, new EV business models, the vision and plan for charging infrastructure, and consumer response to EV educational campaigns.


Finally, we ended our Q1 virtual event run with our long-standing GoGreen Conference on April 6th to officially kick off Earth Month. We covered a variety of impact issues important to the region including Indigenous-led design, regional sports venues’ action and commitments toward their #ClimatePledge goals, how to diversify the climate movement and next steps for how to succeed in meeting decarbonization goals. We received a multitude of resources from our speakers and attendees during our sessions, which can be found here for your use and action in our GoGreen Resource Hub.


Join us in continuing our impact after these amazing Q1 events to drive action during Earth Month! Take part in Earth Day April 22nd global events, check out the Earth Day Network Education Resource Library and Act on Climate Change. We’ll see you in the next quarter with much more action to come!

Silver Lining: The Year of Going Virtual

December 15, 2020

There is no doubt about it, 2020 has been a challenging year, perhaps the most challenging of our work life so far. As a Benefit Corporation focused on in-person conferences and events (not currently allowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic), the dynamic team at Social Enterprises had to take the operating world as we know it and create a new path. The heart and soul of this company are based on gathering leaders in-person to collaborate, learn, and drive action around best practices for social causes to obtain maximum impact. Quickly, we had to figure out how to achieve the same or similar impact that we typically accomplish onsite at an event, on a new and unknown virtual platform. How do we best deliver the same program content, expert speaker learning, networking collaboration, and partner experience online?

Somehow we did it immediately, through extensive research, trial and error, and hands-on learning. Our last in-person events in 2020 were WOHESC at the University of Oregon and Veloz’s Electric Transportation 2030 meeting the first week of March. Since then, the team has brilliantly executed only virtual events encompassing full conference programs, with a similar amount of speakers and an even larger viewing audience, since travel to virtual events is not allowed/advised.

Starting with the Eco-School Network Stand With Our Children Stand for the Earth Virtual Benefit on June 5th, we help to raise over $50,000 to fund school compost programs, switching to durable silverware, school gardens, student green teams, herbicide-free schoolyards, and training parent leaders. Next up, Pac-12 Team Green organized A Future We Can All Believe In Lessons from COVID-19 on June 24th, which took the place of our normal in-person annual conference. We had the opportunity to use this shared global pandemic experience to inform a more just and sustainable world via current and former Pac-12 student-athletes turning their platform into an opportunity for activism, the NCAA forming a COVID-19 Advisory Panel focused on athletics action and academics from Pac-12 schools demonstrating the tie between the curve and climate change. 

The 10-year anniversary of the GoGreen Conference in Seattle went virtual, originally scheduled for Earth Month in April, focused on where stand in fifty years since the first Earth Day and creating a low carbon, prosperous and equitable economy. Delayed to September 8th (hoping for an in-person/hybrid event to no avail), we covered priority topics including green transportation, building decarbonization, bridging the urban/rural divide, climate action, diversity, equity, inclusion, and thinking intergenerationally. A new client in 2020, ASHA International brought us the annual Grit & Grace Conference on September 18th, which brings together women from across cultures to inspire, educate and empower each other to take charge of their mental health and cultivate resilience and well-being.

Our multi-year client and bi-annual conference Rewards NW, the only total rewards conference in the Pacific Northwest region, delivered a half-day virtual event in place of their in-person conference originally scheduled on October 6th. We look forward to welcoming everyone back in person next year at our new event venue the Hyatt at Olive 8, on October 1st, 2021. The Washington State Solar Summit organized by new client Solar Washington went virtual for the first time with our help, reaching those engaged in solar deployment, education, and advocacy in Washington state. 

October closed out with a bang featuring our second event in the Pac-12 Team Green virtual series – Amplifying Voices for Change. With this event, the Pac-12 Conference moved their commitment to social justice forward by providing information and education on the importance of voting along with promoting change by preparing students and future leaders to be involved not only this year but moving forward.

Finally, the national E-Mobility Equity Conference, produced in partnership with long-time client Forth, went virtual to explore and facilitate real conversations about strategies and best practices for engaging diverse communities.

It has been a heck of a year of ups, downs, and lots of new learning. We truly appreciate the opportunity to work with new impact-focused clients and projects to make our virtual event world a new reality moving forward. Working at our home offices on a daily basis, we appreciate the time we make to connect with clients and team members on a weekly basis so that we don’t lose our connection and communication while making it all happen in a pandemic. Here’s to a fresh start in 2021 and our continuing world of new beginnings!

Casting a Vote in a Time of Civil Unrest, Climate Crisis and Social Inequality

October 23, 2020

As we find ourselves on the brink of a historically momentous election, the general consensus around the importance of participating and voting this year can be heard echoing throughout the nation. Social media has found a new purpose in making education and voter resources available to the masses, influencers are encouraging their audience to make their voices heard at the polls, and businesses, companies and organizations alike are finding unique ways to convene in a virtual space to discuss the ramifications of our votes and the need for the U.S. to collectively work towards racial, social and climate justice. We’re sharing some of our top voting, discussion resources and events below.

Pac-12 Team Green is convening in the digital space once again on October 29, 2020 for its virtual event “Amplifying Voices for Change,” where speakers will discuss social justice, anti-racism, mental health and so much more. The Pac-12, its student-athletes, coaches, staff and member universities are committed to promoting social justice.Though sporting activities have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pac-12 continues to make the most of the situation by allocating time to address these important issues and working among all 12 universities to promote change by educating and preparing students and future leaders to be involved not only this year, but moving forward.

Vote411 is a great voter resource sharing all the election information you need to be the most well-prepared voter. With personalized voting information for every state you can see what’s on your ballot, deadlines, find local polling locations, check your voter registration and so much more.

Every Vote Counts is a student-led, nonpartisan organization committed to ensuring that the ideals of our representative democracy are fully and fairly reflected in our federal, state, and local systems of voting. On October 29th Every Vote Counts: A Celebration of Democracy will convene virtually at 9pm EST. The purpose for this special is to remind and inspire all Americans of the power of their voice and their vote. It’s a challenging time but we have the opportunity to continue to show up and shape the world we want to live in. In a democracy, every vote counts, so we want to encourage and uplift each other and remember we all have a say in the direction of our country because everyone’s participation matters.

While voting in this year’s election is critical for the earth, for marginalized people and for the future of democracy, there is still much to tackle as American’s grapple with worker exploitation under a capitalist economy, the return of land ownership to its indigenous people and the systems at play that cater to and continue a system racial inequality. While we all can and should recognize that voting is just the first step of many to work towards a more just, equitous and thriving nation, we must never forget that there is more work to be done after the polls close.

Top 5 Reasons to attend the 2020 Virtual GoGreen Conference

August 25, 2020

In today’s ever-changing world, it seems that there are hundreds of thousands of virtual events and conferences circulating, all offering amazing content, learning experiences and networking opportunities for their attendees. With so much to choose from, we know it can be difficult to nail down which conference will be the best opportunity for you to attend as an individual or an organization — that’s why we’ve gone ahead and compiled our top 5 reasons to attend this year’s Virtual GoGreen Conference!

Keynotes from top industry leaders in green technology, carbon negativity and climate activism including: 

Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Officer, Lucas Joppa

Sendle’s Chief Executive Officer, James Chin Moody

Zero Hour’s Founder and Co-Executive Director, Jamie Margolin 

Climate Voice’s Founder and Executive Director, Bill Weihl

Breakout sessions & plenaries with ample time for Q&A from industry leaders in both public and private sectors with content on topics of:

-Climate Action

-Bridging Urban Rural Divides

-Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

-Building Decarbonization

Session Highlight | Sustainable and Equitable Communities: How Sustainability Intersects with Equityequitable communitiesView the full 2020 program with session descriptions and speaker biographies here!

Virtual Event Format and Ticket Price
This year’s virtual format and ticket price make the conference more accessible than ever! With no travel barriers for interested attendees both within and outside the Pacific Northwest, the GoGreen Conference has the capacity to reach sustainability professionals on a national level. Attend programming and connect with other industry professionals from across the country from your own workspace. We know sitting in front of a Zoom screen all day isn’t always ideal when you have other work to attend to, that’s why we made the transition to a 2-day format with strategically planned content to be done by lunchtime each day!

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-All event sessions will be recorded and saved in the app following the conclusion of the event for ticket holders to return to as frequently they please. No more fretting over which breakout session you want to attend most, because you’ll have access to them all following the event!

-In-app networking allows for attendees to make connections and contacts with other industry professionals from around the country – collaborate, share ideas, drive leadership and generate solutions!

-The sponsor hub within the app will have resources, special offers and meeting opportunities for attendees to directly connect with our event sponsors.

It’s affordable!
Attend the virtual conference for just $75 (that’s $200 less than the in-person event) to:

-Receive access to over 17 sessions of content live with Q&A.

-Revisit and rewatch any content you didn’t get to join during the event with recordings of every session available for attendees in the app at the conclusion of the event.

-Participate in networking opportunities in-app and scheduled into the conference programming.

-Receive access to special offers, resources and meeting opportunities provided by our sponsors!

 

Social Enterprises on Navigating the Virtual Migration

July 22, 2020

It’s safe to say that when the clock struck midnight January 1st, no one could have predicted what was to come for the 2020 year. The impact of COVID-19, the powerful presence of the BLM movement, and tensions of the looming election have certainly impacted everyone on various levels. At Social Enterprises, we’ve been forced to reflect on the plans we had for the year, and adjust accordingly to navigate this “new normal,” which for us, has looked a lot like jumping into the digital space and finding impactful ways to take our events virtual. You can see a full breakdown of our virtual services here.

Our first virtual endeavor was a virtual fundraising event for Portland’s EcoSchool Network. After the in-person fundraiser had to be postponed, we worked with EchoSchool Network on putting together a virtual alternative bringing together guest speaker Kim Stafford, Oregon’s Poet Laureate, and student voices of hope and empowerment. The event ended with a paddle raise, and all together the fundraiser was a huge success raising $50,000 while empowering student and parent change-makers who are propelling the region toward a better future.

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Last month, we dove further into the virtual events world with great success at the Pac-12 Team Green Virtual Event Series. We were thrilled to have been able to engage in an open dialogue with leaders who are using their platforms to pave the way for discussions on climate change, sustainability, civil rights and equality. Hearing from student athletes, Pac-12 head coaches, and thought leaders in the sustainability field, the conversations that were held encouraged us all to re-evaluate our thoughts, biases and actions as we navigate our way through the world while facing three large pandemics: COVID-19, systemic racism and climate change. The event recording can be accessed here for everyone!

As we carry on further into 2020, we are continuing to navigate a constantly changing world. The Green Transportation Summit & Expo will be moving their 2020 program content to a digital space with 1-2 monthly webinars. Keep an eye out for regular updates and details on the webinars here. 

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The GoGreen Conference – Seattle will be taking the entirety of it’s program to the digital space as well. September 8th-9th there will be live broadcast and curated content accessible to virtual ticket holders, with access to all the materials discussions and presentations through the event software. “While we always look forward to the opportunity to gather community and business leaders in-person for our annual conference, we are thrilled to be able to offer the same impactful programming on a virtual platform,” said GoGreen Founder and President Ericka Nelson. “With this new two-day virtual format, GoGreen Conference will now be more accessible than ever before. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to reach more people with our program content and at the same time eliminate the carbon footprint of this year’s event.” For ten years, the GoGreen Conference has been the ultimate sustainability learning experience for business and public sector decision-makers in the Pacific Northwest. The 2020 conference program content is set and will remain the same, featuring cutting edge content and learning from recognized leaders from the community

With the prevalence of the virtual space so many of us are now living and working in now, at Social Enterprises we are looking to the future. For now that future seems to include a lot of virtual interfaces, but we are so excited to gather with our communities once again for in-person events. Until then we hope everyone is doing their best to stay healthy during these unprecedented times. 

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 Looks Back and Plans Ahead

April 3, 2019

We have had a blast the last few months supporting our clients and building and promoting social impact focused events. From education to energy management, the start of this year has brought exciting opportunities and new collaborations. We started 2019 with the Oregon Wine Symposium. This annual gathering of over 1,700 industry professionals offers those within the wine industry the opportunity to connect and learn  through four separate content tracks dedicated to Viticulture, Direct-to-Consumer Business, Executive Business and Enology.

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OR Wine Symposium Attendees Connect Over Lunch and OWA Updates

Next, we went to Denver, Colorado to support the Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy Leadership forum. This incredible event was sold out and excitement was high! Over 300 passionate energy industry professionals from across the country gathered to share best practices, gain professional development, and drive the advancement of women to achieve a strong diversified workforce and support a robust renewable energy economy. Each attendee left with the tools and motivation to take on upcoming challenges within the energy industry along with advice to moving forward their own career goals.

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We closed out the month of February at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA at the second annual Washington Oregon Higher Education and Sustainability Conference. This gathering of higher education leaders was an inspiring mix of action and discussion as 500+ attendees connected to learn about new strategies to drive climate justice, equity and work towards a unified goal of advancing a sustainable future in higher education. Each session was jam-packed with inspiration, hard truths, and collaboration. We were standing-room only for our equity and diversity track and had the opportunity to learn about the revolutionary Juliana vs. United States case, which focuses on advocating for climate justice through legal action.

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The WOHESC Opening Plenary Inspired Students, Educators, and Community Members.

What’s Up Next?

We’ve spent the month of March working together to prepare for a busy spring filled with social cause events. As a woman-owned business with a staff of strong female leaders, honoring International Women’s day is extremely important to us. We believe in advocating for equity and equality and using our position as an events management company to support organizations that do the same. We could not imagine doing this without the leadership and support of our incredible staff of women and men. We took some time on March 8th to appreciate our staff and recognize the impact that women have on our work and the world around us. Our events focus on supporting social and global betterment in a variety of ways though one common theme throughout is an appreciation for equity, diversity, and leadership. 

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This spring we will celebrate Earth Month with the Corporate Sustainability Collaborative, supporting green development and sustainable growth across the city of Portland. May will be a busy month and we can’t wait!  Beginning at the Environmental Leader and Energy Manager Conference (ELEMCON), May 13-15th where our team will support leaders from across the energy and environmental management fields at this conference dedicated to helping attendees lower their energy usage and support environmental conservation for corporate good. We will spend Sunday, May 19th at Portland State University’s Viking Pavilion for the Visiting Sage Future of the Oceans Event with Dr. Sylvia Earle and then head to the Green Transportation Summit and Expo in Tacoma,Washington, an event offering Fleet Managers and those within the transportation industry the chance to learn about the latest in premier fleet modernization and alternative fuels with like-minded industry leaders. As we close out the spring we look forward to a busy summer of events, staff connection and hopefully enjoying some gorgeous sun in the Pacific Northwest.

Be sure to check back in to see what’s next for Social Enterprises!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Enterprises Looks Back at Our Last Quarter

December 20, 2018

GoGreen.jpgSocial Enterprises worked tirelessly this past quarter to bring our clients the best in event experience. Our team hit the ground running with two back to back events and hasn’t stopped moving since. We are thankful to work with some incredible organizations to build events that strive for a better future.

We started September down in San Francisco for Carbon Smart Building Day. The event centered on decarbonization of the built environment; as architects, engineers and more focused on the tools needed to thrive in a zero net carbon future. We were delighted to see over 250 passionate attendees focus on solutions for carbon reduction.  The Shades of Green Forum in Portland, OR worked to promote a discussion of inclusivity and diversity within the energy industry. Attendees came together to find strategies to build a diverse workforce. As part of the Shades of Green Forum, we had the opportunity to organize the Van Jones Visiting Sage event where we were able to learn Van’s perspective on diversity, how his experiences throughout his career have shaped his view and much more. This week’s focus on green energy and a diverse future left attendees feeling inspired, hopeful and action-oriented.

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Shades of Green Speakers Discuss Solutions for Diversity Within The Energy Industry

The team ended September at Rewards Northwest where industry professionals came together to hear the latest in total rewards and benefits strategies. We organized this biennial event dedicated to giving individuals and organizations the opportunity to develop their management strategies while furthering their careers and creating best practices.

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Our Team Celebrates Another Successful Event at Rewards NW!

Our 11th annual Go Green Portland occurred in October, giving attendees the chance to connect with professionals in a variety of sustainability-focused roles and industries. We were so excited to connect with another passionate audience on the subject of green solutions and collaboration. From our keynote speakers to each breakout session, the day was full of action and discussion.

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Attendees Connected Over a Discussion of Climate Change and Collaboration.

Social Enterprises took a break from the Portland weather to head down to sunny Sacramento California for the NorCal Fleet Technology Forum & Expo where our team worked to bring together clean fleet professionals focused on alternative fuel solutions and clean fleet best practices.

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Event Manager Hannah Walker shows us the latest in clean fleet tech.

Our final event of the year took us to Salem Oregon for the fifth biennial Within Our Reach conference where we celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Willamette River Initiative and joined public agencies, local tribes, students and community leaders in understanding the importance of our rivers. Within Our Reach gives attendees the opportunity to discuss the broad scope of ecological protection while connecting over a shared passion for environmental restoration and preservation. We are so happy to have been a part of this event since 2010 and were delighted to see such a passionate and successful turnout.

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Within Our Reach, Attendees Learn Together

Before the holiday season was in full swing our team took some time to regroup and reconnect. We spent the day learning how to better serve our clients and collaborating on new ideas.

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Our Team Builds A Web of Connection and Appreciation 

We look forward to starting 2019 with the passion and dedication that Social Enterprises is known for, bringing optimism and a fresh perspective to decades of experience. For more info on what we have in store for the new year take a look at our calendar and be sure to visit our site for specific event details.

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