Conference Schedule

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.Unita

Workshop Sign Up

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Unita

Intrapraneurship Workshop:  Making Stuff Happen at Work

Kinde Nebeker Principal Intus Associates

Stormy Sweitzer Principal  Intus Associates

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Some people get frustrated when they bump into issues that hinder their ability to make a difference at work; others wait for big things to happen and then wonder why their job isn’t going the direction they hoped it would.  Whether you want to make more of an impact at work and/or carve out more-meaningful work for yourself, this workshop is for you.

During the workshop, you will be introduced to the concept of intrapreneurship and learn how to develop a road map for understanding how your organization ticks so you are in the best position to make stuff happen – from big ideas to small but significant changes – that benefits both you and your employer.

By the end of the workshop, you will:

  • Know how to map the territory of your organization
  • Be able to identify and navigate leverage points for and barriers to putting forth ideas at work
  • Understand how competency in the above areas will enable you to present your ideas at work in a way that ensures they will be heard


11:30 – noonEscalante

GreenX Sign Up

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

GreenX Green Team Lunch

Karren Nichols Sustainability Coordinator University of Utah J Willard Marriott Library

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This agenda has been designed to take this breakthrough learning event to a new level.  Experienced as well as new green team members and organizations considering launching a green team will benefit from this interaction-rich session.  Core activities:

Challenge 1:  Each table works on solving an assigned typical project:  buy in, transportation, purchasing, energy, etc. and answers shared with all participants.

Mini Presentation, Q & A.     How Employee Engagement Software can Support Green Team Success:  The Case of Varian Medical Systems and Sustain Quest.

Challenge 2.  Each table works on the same strategic question:  What would an effective support community for green team success in Utah look like:  more meetings like this, toolkits, virtual forums, mentor matching or ?  Answer sharing and prioritization by all participants.

This GreenX is being generously sponsored by
Sustain 3 and Varian Medical Systems

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.Uinta

Workshop Sign Up

2:00 – 4:30 p.m.Uinta

Launching a Social Enterprise Workshop

Jacob Allen Social Impact Practice Director Cicero Group

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Whether you’re just starting to think about how you can do good or you’re already well underway with your new endeavor, this interactive, hands-on session will help you turn your entrepreneurial passion into social change!

Being a successful entrepreneur certainly isn’t easy. Neither is solving society’s toughest problems. But to truly change the world, it’s going to take more people who are willing and able to do both. While social entrepreneurship is definitely a trendy topic, few truly understand what it really means much less how to pursue it successfully. But even though we won’t always have all the answers, there are a few clear guidelines that successful social entrepreneurs follow to have an impact. The workshop instructor, Jacob Allen, has deep experience helping dozens of organizations increase their impact—from nonprofit start-ups to corporate philanthropy, from domestic to global initiatives, and from grant-based to investment-driven programs. From this experience, Jacob will identify the most important decisions you need to make, and the actions that must follow, in order to truly have an impact (which goes way beyond being involved in a “good cause”).  Answers you will take away include:

What does it mean to be a social entrepreneur?
How will I define success? How will I know when I’ve achieve it?
What are the ways in which I can engage in a high-impact social enterprise?
Is it possible to make money while having an impact? Is that appropriate?
Where can I go for help along the way?



8:00 a.m.Escalante


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Tabling opens, Continental Self-Serve Breakfast and Onsite Conference Registration begins

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.Wasatch

Kickoff Panel

René Oehlerking Marketing Director Garbett Homes

Mark Miller Owner Mark Miller Toyota

Christina Oliver Director of Economic and Business Development  Salt Lake County

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Risks and Rewards Managing the Triple Bottom Line

10 – 11:00 a.m.La Sal 1

Case Study Panel:  PEOPLE

Kenner Kingston Director of Sustainability Architectural Nexus

Bruce Reed Owner Intermountain Plantings

Ryan Henrie Facility Services Manager Salt Lake County

Heather Rivera Owner Ace Cleaning

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Buildings, even LEED Platinum ones, don’t manage themselves.  It really takes a collaborative village of professionals, including supportive vendors, to maintain a sustainable building.  Owners of two such support services and a government facility manager talk about the big and little things that keep buildings energy efficient.

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.La Sal 2

Big Idea Discussion:  PROFIT

Ben Mates Advisor Wasatch Cooperative Market

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Mr. Mates will draw out a range of voices on the question of whether profit and capitalism as we know it, has run its course.  Can we envision a world with an alternatives to GDP and unending growth in per capita consumption OR can capitalism be reinvented?  Maybe it is already evolving and we need to help shape and surf the wave of the future.  Bring your most challenging concepts and your biggest doubts to this highly interactive session.

10 – 11:00 a.m.Uintah

Action Workshop:  PROFIT

Robert Bell Executive Director Energy Commercialization Center

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Robert Bell will assist participants in forming groups that will develop action plans for further collaboration after the Conference. Issues can include triple bottom line certifications like B Corps; developing more robust technical assistance bartering systems; monetizing externalized costs; alternative valuations of social and environmental impacts of businesses; and ANY topics around which participants can rally their passions!

11 – 11:30 a.m.Escalante

Networking and visiting exhibitors

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.Wasatch

Lunch and Keynote Address

George Bandy Vice President for Sustainability Interface

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Mission Zero:   Reaching a positive net impact in YOUR business 

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.La Sal 1

Case Study Panel:  PLANET

Mike Bernier Director of Sustainability Swire Coca-Cola, Inc.

Poppy Benavides Owner Spa Secrets 4 You

Peter Nelson Sustainability Coordinator Salt Lake City e2 Program

Jon Nepstad Principal-in-Charge for Rocky Mountains Fehr and Peers

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How should businesses measure the environmental impact of their operations?  Are there different perspectives to consider or is their only one right way?  Several business leaders with different responsibilities, size of organization and type of industry share how they go about understanding their impact and will help participants tailor plans that work in their own unique circumstances.

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.La Sal 2

Big Idea Discussion:  PLANET

Ryan Dupont Professor of Environmental Engineering Utah State University

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Dr. Ryan Dupont will summarize his view of some of the big challenges we face in creating more positive environmental impacts through business.  Participants should bring their ideas about what they have seen and heard as possible solutions in areas such as energy use, water conservation, pollution prevention, recycling.  Participants will work together to identify key barriers to overcome in implementing promising solution and set the stage for further collaboration together to make the breakthroughs we all seek.

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.Unita

Action Workshop:  PEOPLE

Kimberly Barnett Senior Advisor Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office

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Ms. Barnett will assist participants in forming groups that will develop action plans for further collaboration after the Conference. Issues can include projects to engage neighborhoods and community stakeholders: employees and suppliers; expand corporate philanthropy and volunteerism; and focus on a single company or collaborate on a larger initiative. ANY topics around which participants can rally their passions around social impacts are fair game!

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.La Sal 2

Big Idea Discussion:  PEOPLE

Ellie Gates Director, Management Effectiveness Adobe

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How do you engage employees in the things that matter?  Adobe is focused heavily on Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and supporting employee’s desires to contribute back to the community which impacts their engagement and sustainability with the organization.  Ellie Gates, Director of Management Effectiveness & Engagement will be kick-starting this discussion by sharing more about these key initiatives and inviting participants into a deeper discussion on how they can leverage the passion, intellect, and power of employees to increase business and employee sustainability.

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.La Sal 1

Case Study Panel:  PROFIT

Nonda Diamant HR and Risk Manager Nicholas and Company, Inc.

Rich Young Sustainability Director SWCA Environmental Consultants

Maura Olivos Sustainability Coordinator Alta Ski Resort

Michael Johnson Director of Sustainability 3form

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In making the business case for sustainability, we are often asked to “show me the money!”  The panelists in this session are pleased to show how taking care of people and taking care of environmental impacts contributes directly to cost savings and the financial bottom line in their companies.

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.Uinta

Action Workshop:  PLANET

Ryan Evans Vice President of Business and Community Relations Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce

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Mr. Evans will assist participants in forming groups that will develop action plans for further collaboration after the Conference. Issues can include projects to clean the air, increase alternative energy, recycle, conserve water, demonstrate lean manufacturing or ANY other topic that taps into participants’ passions for action!

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.Wasatch

Networking and visiting exhibitors

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.Wasatch

Send-Off Address

Brent Goddard Managing Director of Humanitarian Operations Nu Skin

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Saving the world Through Business

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.HUB Salt Lake (1 ½ blocks away)

Tour and Refreshments:  Hug the HUB

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Walk over to celebrate new social enterprise collaborative community workspace, the birthplace of new triple bottom line businesses.  Appetizers, adult beverages andinspiration.