Posts Tagged ‘conference’

2015: A Year of Sustainability and Social Cause

December 30, 2015

SE Team Photo 2015.pngOur team has kept busy this year with a variety of events geared at advancing sustainability and social cause. Combined, over 4,000 attendees and change-makers came together to champion the green movement through our 14 events in 2015.

We are thankful for our continued partnerships and were elated to work on several new events in 2015. Here are some highlights:

The Green Sports Alliance brought us to Chicago this year for their annual Summit. Along with keynotes, breakout sessions and workshops, the event had venue tours, a special performance by spoken-word artist Prince EA, and a reception that kicked-off with a Chicago Bears drum line!

We got to B the Change at B’Corporation’s B Inspired event in October. As a registered B Corporation, it was an honor to share the organization’s values with over 1,000 attendees through TED-style talks, an outdoor festival at Pioneer Square, and a concert at the historic Crystal Ballroom. B Inspired’s motto was: sometimes to make a change you have to throw a party. We couldn’t agree more. Attendees from all over the world got a true slice of Portlandia: tasting beer & ice cream floats, jamming out to Ural  Thomas and the Pain and even getting to stop by our own Social Enterprises booth for a game of cornhole!

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So what’s next? We are looking forward to a full schedule for 2016.

Check out some of the 2016 events we have lined up:

Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference | February  4-5, 2016

Oregon Wine Symposium | February 23-24, 2016

GoGreen Seattle |  March 30, 2016

Living Future |  May 11-13, 2016

Oregon Wildlife Dinner and Auction | June 11, 2016

Green Sports Alliance Summit | June 28-30, 2016

EV Roadmap 9  | July 20-21, 2016

Oregon BEST FEST | September 2016

Rewards NW | September 13, 2016

Getting to Zero National Forum | October 12-14, 2016

Cheers to 2016 from the Social Enterprises, Inc. team and we hope to see you at some of our upcoming events!

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Event Overview: EV Roadmap 7

August 11, 2014

The 7th annual EV Roadmap Conference took place in Portland, OR July 24-25, 2014.

The EV Roadmap conference has established itself as the Pacific Northwest’s premier electric vehicle gathering and one of the leading electric vehicle conferences in the United States. EV Roadmap brings together Oregon’s early adopters with national and international experts to inform transportation electrification efforts across the nation. EV Roadmap 7 is produced by Portland State University, Portland General Electric, and Drive Oregon.

 

Photo Gallery

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Click here to view select photos in the 2014 Conference Image Gallery. Photos courtesy of Becky Fajardo.

Produced By

Drive Oregon

Drive Oregon‘s mission is to promote, support, and grow the electric mobility industry in Oregon. We envision Oregon as a leader in the rapidly growing electric vehicle industry, providing thousands of family wage jobs in a range of businesses delivering infrastructure, components, specialized vehicles, and support services.

Portland General Electric

Portland General Electric is a recognized leader in the utility industry and has safely and dependably powered northwest Oregon since 1889. The focus today is on providing reliable electricity supplies at reasonable prices while continuing to be good stewards of Oregon’s environment. In part, that means supporting customers who are choosing electricity as a transportation fuel, running the most popular renewable power program in the nation and using smart grid technology to serve our customers efficiently.

Portland State University

Portland State University‘s motto is its mission: Let Knowledge Serve the City. Portland State offers more than 220 undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degree options, as well as graduate certificates and continuing education programs. PSU is Oregon’s largest and most diverse university, with some 30,000 students who come from all 50 states and from nearly 100 nations around the world. Located on a 50-acre campus in downtown Portland, the University is a nationally acclaimed leader in sustainability and community-based learning, and its position in the heart of Oregon’s economic and cultural center enables PSU students and faculty to apply scholarly theory to the real-world problems of business and community organizations. PSU is also the home of OTREC, Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium, a national university transportation center focusing on stimulating and conducting research on surface transportation, educating current and future transportation leaders and encouraging the real-world use of research results.

Social Enterprises Involvement

For the 2nd consecutive year, our team was responsible for assisting Drive Oregon, PGE and Portland State University in the following:

Production

Branding & Marketing

Partnership

Program Development & Management

Sustainable Meetings Conference 2014 | Recap

May 29, 2014

On April 15-17, the Annual Sustainable Meetings Conference — hosted by the Green Meeting Industry Council brought together professionals from all corners of the meetings and events industry — planners, suppliers, service providers, and destination representatives — around a single mission: transforming an industry by integrating sustainability into the entire life-cycle of event planning and execution. The event is an opportunity to gain new tools, share best practices and transferable lessons, network with peers and leaders in the industry, and get inspired to continue your efforts alongside like-minded professionals in the community.

This was our first year working with GMIC on the event and they wanted a new spin on the event logo, branding and overall identity. Our first step was taking the existing SMC logo, toning it down a bit and tying it together with the GMIC brand. Working with GMIC, we were able to develop a brand that connects directly to GMIC and that can be reused consistently in upcoming years, with only slight modifications to the date.

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Event Highlights

  1. Select conference sessions/content were made available to a virtual audience with facilitation through Plan Your Meetings and live steaming YouTube + SnappyTV videos.
  2. Collectively packaged 29,808 meals in one hour for Stop Hunger Now.
  3. Attendees experienced sustainability in action with 11 different tours around the city of San Francisco.

Click the image below to view select photos from the 2014 event. Photos courtesy of Bay Area Event Photography.

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The Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (OHESC)

March 13, 2013

The Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (formerly the Oregon University System Sustainability Conference) concluded on February 1, 2013 at Portland State University’s Smith Memorial Student Union. Co-Hosted by Portland State University, Oregon State University and Oregon University System, OHESC is a platform to facilitate information sharing, networking, and collaboration related to innovative sustainability practice and research among Oregon’s higher education institutions. The conference featured two days of workshops, plenary discussions, and peer-to-peer learning for professionals, faculty, and students serving in a variety of roles around sustainability in Oregon’s campuses.

Given that the conference was being renamed, we were contracted to develop an event logo and identity. Care was taken to develop a distinct, modern brand highlighting OHESC’s identity rooted in the state of Oregon, higher education and collaborative endeavors.

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From an event management perspective, below are a few of the many successful aspects of the conference:

  • VENUE: Smith Memorial Student Union –  The layout of space was good, accommodating exhibitors, student summit and all breakout sessions on one floor.
  • AUDIO VISUAL: PSU AV – The equipment was excellent quality and offered at a very low cost,  along with responsive and proactive technicians.
  • CATERING: Aramark – The food quality was amazing, especially the custom lunch with the local vendors. We received many positive comments from organizers and attendees and the use of real dishes and glassware contributed to the value of a sustainable event.
  • REGISTRATION: The registration process ran smoothly with help from volunteer and dedicated SE staff onsite and the check-in rate was extremely high at 88%
Attendee feedback:
  • “Staff were able to answer all questions and never seemed unable to find the information we were looking for.”
  • “Professional and very supportive” “The event team was phenomenal!”
  • “Friendly, efficient staff. Passionate attendees, great mission. Good food.”

View select photos from the 2013 event below. A full portfolio of images is available here, courtesy of Andrew Paul Photography.

Within Our Reach Conference: A Great Ending to a Successful 2012

December 28, 2012

The 2nd Biennial Within Our Reach Conference concluded on December 12, 2012 at Oregon State University’s CH2M Hill Alumni Center in Corvallis, Oregon. Presented by the Meyer Memorial Trust and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board Within Our Reach is a two-day conference designed to connect funders, river restoration professionals, landowners, public agencies, scientists and students across the basin who are working to protect and restore the health of the Willamette River.

As the event managers of the conference we had a great time coordinating and assisting such a dedicated group of people working toward the same goals. The experience started December 10th at Oregon State Universities LaSells Stewart Center for a special pre-conference screening of Willamette Through Film. The following two days of the conference turned out spectacularly with three inspiring keynotes, seven plenaries + reports and nine informative break-out sessions.

On the technical side of things one of our favorite logistical aspects of this event was the OSU venue. Between the LaSells Stewart Center and the CH2M Hill Alumni Center, the facility provided everything that we needed and then some. The staff, AV technicians, and catering team were all on their game and definitely left us with a great impression.

The conference was filled with liveliness, great connections and lasting conversations; check out the photos from the conference below.