Agenda 2018

8:45 am – 9:30 am

Registration & Light Refreshments

9:30 am – 10:35 am

Opening Session

Welcome from Tom Crawford, Candace Penn, and Barb Scavezze

Jim Lazar and Abby Ruskey:
Great Promise for Clean Energy; Top Ten Climate Solutions

Keynote Address by Aji Piper, from Our Children’s Trust, Future Voters for 350 ppm, and Plant for the Planet

10:35 am – 10:45 am

Networking Break

10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Morning Concurrent Sessions

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch and Mid-Day Plenary

Catered by Dillinger’s Cocktails and Kitchen

Raging Grannies

Parade of Sponsoring Organizations (1 minute each)

Jill MacIntyre Witt: Climate Justice
Author of Climate Justice Field Manual

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Networking Break

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Networking Break

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Networking Break

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Closing Plenary

Parade of Organizations (1 minute each)

Barb Scavezze:
Communicate, Coordinate, Collaborate

Tom Crawford:
Group Participatory Session

State Rep. Beth Doglio and Stew Henderson:
What We Can Do Right Here in Thurston County

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Closing remarks by Congressman Denny Heck

Concurrent Sessions A: 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Session Topic

Food and Climate Change

  • Adopting a Whole Food Plant-Based Lifestyle - What's Good for You is Good for the Planet
  • Wasted Food Recovery & Prevention and the Link to Climate Change

Lynn Reveal, Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) Facilitator

Allyson Ruppenthal, Recycling & Waste Reduction Supervisor

Heather Willis, Recycling & Waste Reduction Specialist

Engaging Youth

Aji Piper, Future Voters for 350 ppm, Earth Guardians and Plant for the Planet

Abby Ruskey, Educator and Sustainability Specialist

Sea Level Rise: What does Olympia do About a Downtown Built on Fill?

Clark Gilman, Olympia City Council Member

Brenda Snyder, Author

Moderator: Dave Peeler

Think Globally, Act Locally: Engaging Local Government for Climate Action

Tom Crawford, President, Thurston Climate Action Team

Michael Burnham, Planner, Thurston Regional Planning Council

Getting to 100% Renewable Energy

Vlad Gutman-Britten, Climate Solutions

Jim Lazar, Economist

Solar Energy: Practical Applications, Technological Advances and Policy Priorities

Kirk Haffner, President, South Sound Solar

Skookumchuck Wind (invited)

Concurrent Sessions B: 1:45 - 2:30 pm
Solutionary Rail: : A Climate Crisis Solution to Electrify America’s Railroads, and Usher in a Clean Energy Future

Bill Moyer, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Backbone Campaign and
Project Lead for the Solutionary Rail Campaign

Legislative Session Overview of Climate Related Issues

State Representative Beth Doglio

State Senator Sam Hunt

10 Exceptionally Good Reasons to Move Beyond Doom and Gloom to Action Here at Home!

Abby Ruskey, Educator and Sustainability Specialist

Empowering Women, Family Planning, and Climate Change - Global View and Local Action

  • Population and Climate Change: The Dynamic Duo
  • Dining for Women: Your Local Action for Change

Roy C. Treadway, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Illinois State University

Amber Huffstickler, Leadership team, Consultant/Trainer, The Community Cafe Collaborative

Birds: Looming Mass Extinction Due to Climate Change

Kim Adelson, Black Hills Audubon Treasurer

Electric Vehicle Owner’s Forum:

Cars on display: new Nissan LEAF, new Chevy Bolt, Tesla Model S, Chevy Volt, Ford CMAX Energi, and a Fiat500e

Moderator: Thad Curtz, Retired Evergreen Faculty Member and VP of Electrify Thurston

EV car owners: Dick Hauser, Addie Spencer, Ingrid Gulden, Bree Anderson, Thad Curtz, Dave Watterson, and Clark Gilman

Concurrent Sessions C: 2:45 - 3:30 pm
Session Topic

Collaborative Art as a Catalyst for (Climate) Action

Carrie Ziegler, Earth Art

Carbon Tax Initiatives

Mike Massa, CarbonWA

Vlad Gutman-Britten, Climate Solutions, Yes on 1631

No coal, No gas, No LNG: Building a Movement to get PSE off Fossil Fuels

Jessica Koski, Sierra Club, Carbon-Free PSE initiative

Victoria Leistman, Sierra Club

How to Join the Educational Movement of the NEW Climate Reality Project - Thurston County

Susan Woodward, Chair, Climate Reality Project: Thurston County Chapter; Executive Communications Specialist

Rhonda Hunter, Member, Climate Reality Project: Thurston County; Former Environmental Education Manager for climate & water

Estuaries as Carbon Sinks

Blue Carbon, Video

Sue Patnude, Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team

Candace Penn, Climate Change Ecologist, Squaxin Island Tribe, Natural Resources Department

Active Transportation - Healthy, Wealthy and Climate-wise

Karen Messmer, Citizen Representative to Intercity Transit Authority, former Olympia City Council Member

Chris Hawkins, Community Engagement, Evidence & Partnerships Manager for Thurston County Public Health & Social Services Department

Zero Net Carbon Buildings as Climate Action

Chris van Daalen, Executive Director (interim), Northwest EcoBuilding Guild