THE ELECTRIC TIMES
PAGE 5• NOVEMBER 2013
Alan M. Petrillo
Go Green Conference comes to Phoenix in December
Business, government and environmental
representatives will converge at the Phoenix
Convention Center West Building on Dec. 3
for the Go Green Conference, a day-long
meeting designed to bring together decision
makers to participate in a sustainability learning
Bethany Waggoner, director of communications
for the Go Green Conference, said the
event is aimed at attracting attendees from
different industries to seek common solutions
at the Phoenix conference, which is themed,
“Phoenix is a great market that needs collaborative
solutions where people can meet
and come together for a common goal,” Waggoner
said. “It’s the place where people from
government, the private sector, non-profits
and academia can meet to talk about solutions
and move forward together.”
This is the third year the organization has
hosted a Go Green Conference in Phoenix.
The first Go Green Conference was held in
Portland, Ore., in 2008.
T The conference will kick off at 9 a.m.,
uesday, Dec. 3 with a welcome message
delivered by Greg Stanton, City of Phoenix
mayor. At 9:15 a.m., the opening plenary
session entitled “Resilience in the Face of
the Change in Climate” will be presented
with Ann Becker, chief sustainability officer
for Arizona Public Service (APS), as
moderator. Plenary participants include Phil
Allsopp, founder of Transpolis Global;
Sandy Bahr, executive director of the Sierra
Club of Arizona; Stephen Etsitty, executive
director of the Navajo Nation EPA; and
Diana Liverman, director of the Institute of
the Environment at the University of Arizona.
officer for the city of Flagstaff.
1:45 to 2:45 p.m. time period. “The Fore-Two presentations will be given in the
front: Cutting Edge Renewable Development
in the Valley/Arizona” will be a workshop
presented by Chad Campbell, District 14 representative
in the Arizona State Legislature;
while the “Start-Up and Stay-Up: A Guide for
Social Entrepreneurs” panel discussion will
be presented by Talonya Adams, board chair
of Project Rising Phoenix, and Carol Poore,
PhD, president and executive producer for
Phoenix Phabulous Experience.
From 3 to 4 p.m., Jon Ford, director of St.
Attendees walk the exhibitor table
hall (above) and attend sessions
(right) during the 2012 GoGreen
Conference in Phoenix.
At 10:45 a.m., the conference will offer
two concurrent presentations. The first is a
panel discussion on “Regional Water Innovation:
Forecasting Solutions for an EverThirsty
Region,” moderated by Kelly Mott
Lacroix, research analyst for the Water
Research Center at the University of Arizona,
and presented by Todd Brady, director of
Global Environmental Intl.; Guy Carpenter,
member of the board of directors of the Central
Arizona Water Conservation District; and
Jim Holway, program director of Western
Lands and Communities, for the Sonoran
Institute on board member of the Central Arizona
Water Conservation District.
At the same time the “Technology Leaders
Solving Sustainability Challenges” workshop
will be presented by Robert Roth, chief execLuke’s
Health Initiatives will moderate a discussion
on “Intersections of Health and Sustainability,”
while a panel discussion on
“Strategic Marketing Campaigns That Reach
Beyond the Choir” will be moderated by
Robin Raj, founder and executive creative
director of Citizen Group. Participants will
include Park Howell, president of Park &
Co., and Tim O’Neal, chief operating officer
of Goodwill of Central Arizona.
utive officer for BGZ Inc. and Energy Action,
Wand Gary Steinback, partner in Clean Greenorld.
The luncheon presentation, “Arizona
Cities Forum: Building Blocks and Best
Practices for Greener Cities,” will be moderated
by Anne Reichman, director of Sustainable
Cities Network. Presenters will include
Leslie Ethen, director of the Office of Conservation
and Sustainable Development for
the city of Tucson; Phil McNeeley, manager
of the Office of Environment Programs for
the city of Phoenix; and Nicole Woodman,
The closing plenary session, “Sports
Industry Showcase: Cross Collaboration for
Enhanced Performance,” will be presented at
4:15 p.m. by Justin Zuelner, a member of the
board of directors for the Green Sports
Alliance, and Tim Landis, director of operations
for the Arizona Cardinals and University
of Phoenix Stadium.A hosted networking reception will round
out the day at 5:15 p.m.Waggoner pointed out that the various
learning formats—keynotes, plenaries, panel
discussions and workshops, allow participants
“to dive deeply into topics, develop dialogue,
ask questions and work through solutions
with the folks around them. We want to
be sure that everyone gets something positive
out of their experience.”
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