Stoel Rives - Business & the Environment Conference & Expo



The Northwest’s Largest Environmental Conference & Expo

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December 1-2, 2021

An NEBC Virtual Event

Keynote Speaker

Roger McClendon

Executive Director
Green Sports Alliance

Roger McClendon is the Executive Director of the Green Sports Alliance. In his role, he leads the Alliance of international sports and stadium executives, as well as sustainability experts, to use sports as a vehicle to promote healthy, sustainability communities throughout the world McClendon is a results-driven executive with deep global experience in the development and deployment of engineering innovation and sustainability/supply-chain management strategies for domestic and international operations.

Prior to this role, he was the first-ever Chief Sustainability Officer for Yum! Brands, Inc. Roger created corporate social responsibility strategies, global environmental policies and restaurant sustainability development standards and implemented them company-wide, making the company the second largest developer of green restaurants in the world. He ensured all brand restaurants operated efficiently and minimized environmental impact through innovation, helping the company be named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index and among the Top 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine (2017). Earlier at Yum!, Roger was Senior Director YUM Global Engineering and Facilities, Restaurant Excellence for Yum Restaurants Global – A&W, KFC, Long John Silvers, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, responsible for developing the standards, strategies and tactics to ensure global quality standards, engineering standards and operational standards.

Plenary Sessions

How Digital Advocacy Can Support Environmental Permitting and Community Relations

For 30 years, Gallatin has helped Pacific Northwest clients successfully navigate the intersection of business, government, politics and media. Gallatin and partner PLUS Communications will share how digital technologies have revolutionized and can be applied to public affairs and public engagement.

Dan Lavey
Partner, President & Shareholder
Gallatin Public Affairs

Michelle Cole
Partner & Shareholder
Gallatin Public Affairs

Joe Mansour
PLUS Communications

Utility System Resiliency: Meeting customer demand and armoring infrastructure for a changing time.

Utility resiliency has a number of dimensions which differ for natural gas and electric utilities. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) defines “Resilience” as the “capacity of social, economic, and environmental systems to cope with a hazardous event, trend, or disturbance, responding or reorganizing in ways that maintain systems’ essential function, identity, and structure while also maintaining the capacity for adaptation, learning, and transformation.” This panel engages three major Northwest utilities in a forward-focused discussion of how electric and natural gas utilities are anticipating the future and planning to continue delivering essential robust power resources to our growing region in a sustainable way.

Timothy L. McMahan

Stoel Rives LLP

JD Podlesnik, PE
Senior Director - Utility Programs, Operations Support, & Construction
Portland General Electric

Allen Berreth

Managing Director of T&D Operations
Pacific Power

Mary Moerlins
Director of Environmental Policy and Corporate Responsibility
NW Natural

Meet the Regulators

The Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Washington State Department of Ecology will kick off Business & The Environment with the opening keynote panel on Day 1. Come hear the latest information in a lively discussion, moderated by Geoff Tichenor, Stoel Rives LLP.

Closing Plenary Session

Portland’s Waterfront Cleanup

Zidell Waterfront Remediation, presented by Maul Foster Alongi

Maul Foster and Alongi’s award-winning remediation work for the Zidell Yards property on the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon is featured in a film by local filmmaker David Bee. Beginning its operation in the early 1900s, the Zidell Yards property is a former scrap metal and shipbuilding and dismantling facility owned by the Zidell family. After decades of heavy industry, the site required extensive environmental remediation efforts before the Zidell family could achieve their vision for the next phase of their family’s business—to develop the property into a network of open spaces, plazas, housing, and businesses.

The challenges of remediating the site were numerous: a geotechnically unstable riverbank, historical contamination, and changing fluvial environments. Additionally, the historic ship dismantling practices at the site had resulted in harmful chemicals contaminating the river and its bank. Zidell assembled a project team, including key staff members from MFA, to complete remediation and develop the property.

Join the session to watch this 30-minute film for an understanding of the site at Zidell Yards, its past use, and its potential for future development.

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