2020 Agenda Details

Track A


Sessions designed as an introduction or refresher.



Track B


Technical sessions for those wanting to “go deep.”



Track C

Cross-cutting Issues

Trending topics that range from the complex to the controversial.



Track D

Sustainability & More

Sustainable business issues on Day One with a Day Two focus on advanced environmental topics.



Track E

Agency Focus

Featuring sessions presented by Oregon DEQ and Washington State Dept. of Ecology.


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

HAZWOPER 8-Hour Refresher

Designed to provide participants with general information in relation to the OSHA requirements for those who work at hazardous waste operation sites. This course meets the training requirements specified in 29 CFR 1910.120 for workers who need the annual 8-hour refresher training. The course content emphasizes the health and safety requirements and procedures for those who work cleaning up waste sites, handling hazardous waste at treatment, storage, or disposal facilities, or responding to major spills or releases of hazardous substances.

Prerequisite: 24- or 40- Hour Initial HAZWOPER Training Course

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Virtual Event

Cost: $95



Susan Kimball
Senior Industrial Hygienist

Ms. Susan Kimball is a Senior Industrial Hygienist with Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions, Inc. (Wood). With over 30 years of experience in instruction, industrial hygiene, safety, and environmental consulting, Ms. Kimball specializes in health and safety program support throughout the US and Canada for both private and public sector clients. Ms. Kimball has developed and presented health & safety training programs under OSHA HAZWOPER and construction regulations, regulated building materials such as Asbestos Hazards Emergency Response Act (AHERA) courses and EPA Lead Abatement courses. Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) waste management and Department of Transportation requirements are another area of specialty for training and consulting she has done. Ms. Kimball also provides first responder training such as First Aid and CPR, AED use, and oxygen administration for Wood personnel and commercial/Federal clients.

Meet the Regulators

Richard Whitman

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Anthony L. Barber, PE
Director, Oregon Operations Office

US EPA Region 10

Rich Doenges
Southwest Region Director

Washington State Department of Ecology

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.