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Sustainability TALKS | Fourth Annual Sustainability TALKS | May 18 | Renton, WA

Local experts, along with exceptional student speakers, present crisp, professional TALKS, no longer than 8 minutes (it’s an art form!) in front of a live student audience during a regular school day in the beautiful Performing Arts Center at Liberty High School in the Issaquah School District. We bring five cameras, capture great audio, and edit beautiful slides (very little text) into a low-budget, high-quality, big impact final product. See the full Video Library from previous years at

Imagine Tomorrow | May 20 | Pullman, WA

Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow challenges 9th through 12th graders to seek new ways to support the transition to sustainability. Students research complex topics related to sustainability, then innovate technologies, designs, or plans to mobilize behavior. They forge connections in their communities and create positive change. In this competition, as in life, solutions are limited only by imagination.

Seattle Chamber | Wage Gap Summit | May 23 | Seattle, WA
In 2013, women in King County who worked full time, year-round, earned just 76 cents for every dollar earned by men. Surprised? So were we – and we’re working to close the gap.
Join the Seattle Chamber on May 23 for 100% Talent’s Wage Gap Summit, a conference that will bring local employers and professionals together to examine the gender wage gap in our region. Hear from local leaders and national experts on how the gender wage gap affects our industries and regional competitiveness, and the actionable solutions that 100% Talent members and others are using to successfully tackle this issue.

Northwest Power Markets: Mapping the Road Ahead | May 24 | Portland, OR
Northwest Power Markets: Mapping the Road Ahead, co-presented by Energy NewsData and CJB Energy, will bring together leading industry experts to explore market structures, policies, resources, transmission, prices and more—today and in the future. This event will help expand your understanding of the market’s evolution in the midst of great flux: increasing renewables, changing retail electric-load patterns, low wholesale power and natural gas prices, expanding centralized markets, growing reliance on short-term transactions, and other changing circumstances. The agenda features a primer on key characteristics of the Northwest power market; a session delving into status of the markets, including transactions and prices; a dive into the growing Western Energy Imbalance Market and prospective ISO expansion; a discussion of the changing power-resource mix and the outlook for effects on regional markets, power flows and transmission; and a panel of regional energy executives on fitting the market puzzle pieces together. Larry Kellerman, managing partner of Twenty First Century Utilities, will give the luncheon keynote address.

Trade Development Alliance | Bridging the Gap in Cybersecurity Policy | Jun 2 | Seattle, WA

Join TDA, the Jackson School of International Studies and the Carnegie Corporation for an update on the state of cybersecurity today and the emerging role of cybersecurity in key industries. Panelists will address: Analysis of emerging cyber threats and the geopolitical environment; Cybersecurity insights and lessons learned from building aviation security; International cybersecurity norms and international trade; Non-state actors; Protecting critical infrastructure and cybersecurity education; Potential cyber events to watch for in 2017 and beyond.

WA Ecology | Reducing Chemical Hazards: The First Move | June 6 | Portland, OR

It is crucial to make informed decisions when choosing chemicals in products, processes and supply chains. Though it seems like an obvious step, identifying and knowing the potential hazards of chemicals is often overlooked or perceived as too complicated or costly to address. Yet companies face brand and financial risk if they are not making informed decisions about the chemicals they use. The List Translator provides a first line of defense against regrettable chemical choices while the in-person training provides you with hands-on practice and ensures you can effectively use the tool in your organization.

Toronto Stock Exchange & TSX Venture Exchange | Public Venture Capital: A Growth Path You Need To Explore | June 6 | Seattle, WA

If you have a growing business and need funding, then you should attend this event. Find out what public venture capital is and how it is different from traditional VC funding. Also see why it is a viable funding alternative for early-stage U.S. companies. Join the Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange for a breakfast seminar to learn how to access public venture capital in Canada (without needing to move there). You will meet capital providers, dealmakers, and advisors who will discuss why this is a growth path you should explore.

Trade Development Alliance | Complying with U.S. Export Controls | June 8 | Lynwood, WA

This two-day program is led by BIS professional counseling staff and provides an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The program will cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods, such as: What items and activities are subject to the EAR; Steps to take to determine the export licensing requirements for your item; How to determine your export control classification number (ECCN); When you can export or re-export without applying for a license; Export clearance procedures and record keeping requirements; Export Management Compliance Program (EMCP) concepts; Real life examples in applying this information. Presenters will conduct a number of "hands-on" exercises that will prepare you to apply the regulations to your own company's export activities. This program is well suited for those who need a comprehensive understanding of their obligations under the EAR.

Smart Grid Northwest | Transactive Energy Systems Conference & Workshop | Jun 13-15 | Portland, OR

The GridWise Architecture Council, in partnership with Smart Grid Northwest, is pleased to convene the 4th International Conference, Exhibition and Workshop on Transactive Energy in Portland, Oregon, on June 13-15, 2017. This year’s theme is “Maximizing your value: what can transactive energy systems do for you?” The 4th International Conference and Workshop on Transactive Energy brings together representatives of government, industry, utilities, vendor organizations and academia who have an interest in advancing transactive energy. The term “transactive energy” refers to techniques for managing the generation, consumption or flow of electric power within an electric power system through the use of economic or market based constructs while considering grid reliability constraints. Similar to the previous conferences, the event has a variety of activities for energy professionals, policy makers and anyone interested in the value revolution of intelligent electricity. The conference will feature keynote presentations and various interactive discussions with energy leaders on the application of transactive energy solutions to integrate and optimize various distributed resources. The show will also discuss standardization efforts to progress the market through demonstration level projects and toward commercialization.

Trade Development Alliance | Global Cookout | June 14 | Seattle, WA
The Trade Development Alliance’s Global Cookout is on June 14. Get ready for an evening of competition, inspiration, great food and networking featuring an epic cornhole tournament, TED-style talk with a local innovator, global street food and food truck, and 100 others in international business.

Vancouver Island Sustainable Technology Association | VISTA Expo | June 20 | Campbell River, BC

Vancouver Island is the largest island in the Pacific east of New Zealand. Home to the Capital of British Columbia, Vancouver Island’s vibrant technology sector is served by three universities and two multi-campus community colleges comprising of more than 50,000 students. For many years the island has focused on sustainability and the mix of university level research, government and private investment, commercialized innovation and deployed projects - including those by most of the 53 First Nations on Vancouver Island - is testimony to this. Acknowledged more and more as engaging to help lead both west coast and national decision making Vancouver Island is now planning its third-annual full day Vancouver Island Sustainable Technology Expo. The VISTA Expo rotates each year between Nanaimo, Greater Victoria and/or Campbell River and aims to present some of the best sustainable technology talent, through panel discussions, poster-boards, booth exhibitors and stakeholders with both island and regional experts in attendance.

VERGE Hawaii | June 20-22 | Honolulu, HI
In 2015, Hawaii became the first U.S. state to mandate 100% renewable energy in the electricity sector by 2045. Fulfilling this bold mandate will require enacting high-impact solutions now with unprecedented collaboration among government at all levels, military, utilities, solution providers, energy producers and global leaders. To convene the diverse stakeholders required to meet this mandate, the VERGE Hawaii — Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit will return to Honolulu, June 20-22, 2017. Produced in partnership between the Hawaii State Energy Office and GreenBiz Group, VERGE Hawaii will explore innovative clean energy policies, models, technologies, infrastructure and identify immediate actions needed to deliver on Hawaii’s ambitious mandate. The conference and expo also serves as a platform for Hawaii’s energy leaders and stakeholders from around the world to engage, learn and contribute.

Lens of the Market Training for Chemistry Researchers | June 25-28 | Corvallis, OR

Researchers who want to better understand the markets for their chemistry-related ideas and technologies can gain insights at the Lens of the Market innovation workshop, a half-day training event on June 25, 2017. It’s part of the American Chemical Society’s 2017 Regional Meeting, held at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, from June 25-28. Workshop attendees may also attend other sessions at the conference that feature chemistry and biofuels tracks. Register by May 22 for a discounted fee. You will need to register for the regional meeting and apply to attend the workshop. See the meeting program.

Sustainable Energy Coalition | 20th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum | July 11 | Washington, DC

The 20th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum will bring together over 40 organizations showcasing a cross-section of renewable energy (biofuels/biomass, geothermal, solar, water, wind) and energy efficiency technologies.

Intermountain Energy Summit | Aug 8-9 | Idaho Falls, ID

Energy security includes the availability and expansion of affordable and clean domestic energy sources and technologies, a stable and secure energy grid, and a robust cyber-security system. Nuclear, renewable, and alternative energy sources are vital to energy security, as are continued advancements in grid and cyber security. The West plays an increasingly important role in all of these areas, and that will be the focus of the Intermountain Energy Summit 2017.

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences | Transitioning to Safer Chemicals | Sept 6-7 | Seattle, WA

This course will provide participants with information about and hands-on experience with the process for transitioning to safer chemicals, as well as the key methods, tools, and databases that can assist in this process. More specifically, the course will guide participants through OSHA’s seven-step substitution planning process for understanding and evaluating chemical use, identifying and assessing alternatives, and implementing those alternatives that are safer.



Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences | Green Chemistry & Chemical Stewardship Online Certificate Program | Sept 27 | Webinar

The Green Chemistry three-course program is intended to give graduates the tools to make a difference and find success by learning to design safer chemicals and industrial processes. Businesses are facing increasing market and regulatory pressures to use less toxic chemicals in their manufacturing processes and products, and are in need of professionals who can provide innovative solutions and more sustainable substitutes. 67% of global executives agree that sustainability strategies are necessary to be competitive.


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