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The Portland Sports & Sustainability Symposium at the Portland Trail Blazers’ Moda Center will convene regional professional and collegiate sports teams and venues, concessionaires, business and public leaders, and athletes to explore how the industry can make plays to advance healthier, more sustainable communities.

Programming will focus on five of our key program areas: Venues, Food, Waste, Water, and Procurement. The day will be a combination of keynotes and panels, with ample time for networking and engaging with other event attendees. We will also have a small ‘Vendor Showcase’ for our sponsors with some select services/products on display.

Speakers are being confirmed every day! To view the full list click here.

As part of the registration cost, you receive access to our post-event reception and a ticket to the Blazers vs. Grizzlies game that evening.

Panels topics include:

  • Local Leadership featuring the Blazers and other team leaders in the PNW
  • Innovations in the Built Environment: Venues & Stadiums
  • The Story of Food in a Sports Venue
  • Utilizing Procurement to Reduce Waste
  • Fan Engagement Campaigns


Member discounts are available. Contact Garrett Wong for more information.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please review our Sponsorship Overview. For information about sponsoring this event or to confirm your participation, please contact Savannah Mallo.


Thank you to our Presenting Host Sponsor, the Portland Trail Blazers!

Thank you to our Supporting Sponsors!

Thank you to our Community Partners!

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8:00 am – Registration, Coffee & Networking

8:30am – Welcome & Introductory Remarks

  • Roger McClendon | Executive Director, Green Sports Alliance
  • Chris McGowan | President & CEO, Vulcan Sports & Entertainment

8:40am – Local Leadership Panel

  • Moderator: Garrett Wong | Member Services Manager, Green Sports Alliance
  • Trevor Gooby | Senior Vice President of Ballpark Operations, Seattle Mariners
  • Keoki Kakigi | Sustainability Operations Manager, Portland Trail Blazers
  • Kevin Wilhelm | CEO, Sustainable Business Consulting

9:45am – Innovations in the Built Environment: Venues & Stadiums Panel

  • Moderator: Elaine Aye | Regional Manager, RWDI
  • Ryan Harvey | Sustainability Manager, Oregon Convention Center
  • Adam Holguin | Director of Facilities & Project Development, CenturyLink Field
  • Evan Ramsey | Senior Director, Renewable Energy Group, Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF)

10:45am – Networking Break

11:00am – Sustainable Food in a Stadium Environment Panel

  • ModeratorChrista Stout | VP Social Responsibility, Portland Trail Blazers
  • Jessica Barnes Helms | Senior Executive Chef, RoseQuarter and Providence Park
  • Lara Hermanson | Principal, Farmscape
  • Danny Metcalf | Director of Business Operations, Brew Dr. Kombucha
  • Kevin Scribner | Salmon Safe & Slow Food Nation

12:00pm – Keynote Speakers

  • Domenic Calabro | Materials Management and Stewardship Team, Office of Air, Waste, and Toxics (OAWT), U.S. EPA, Region 10
  • Karen Morgan | President & CEO, Dynamic Energy Networks

12:30pm – Lunch & Networking

2:00pm – Moda Center – Court of Dreams Tour

2:30pm – Utilizing Procurement to Reduce Waste Panel

  • ModeratorJohana Anderson | Member Success Manager, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC)
  • Bob Akers | Enterprise Director, e-Stewards
  • Doug Kunnemann | Business Development Leader, NatureWorks
  • Anne Pernick | Reducing Consumption Coordinator, Environmental Paper Network (EPN)
  • Lyle Peters | Vice President of Sales, GreenDrop

3:30pm – Fan Engagement Panel

  • Moderator: Sara Hoversten | Director, Corporate Partnerships, BEF
  • Scott Hamlin | Founder & CEO, Looptworks
  • Keoki Kakigi | Sustainability Operations Manager, Portland Trail Blazers
  • Matt Watson | President, Watson Creative

4:30pm – Closing Remarks & Summary

  • Elaine Aye | Regional Manager, RWDI
  • Roger McClendon | Executive Director, Green Sports Alliance

5:00pm – Pre-Game Reception

7:00pm – Blazers vs. Grizzlies tipoff

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