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How the region is looking to GoGreen

Climate change will force new strategies from citizens groups, government and business. This year’s GoGreen conference, which takes place Wednesday in Seattle, will offer the exciting chance to look at some of the newest and smartest approaches to minimizing and adapting to the effects of global warming by leaders in public policy, nonprofits and businesses.

Seattle’s annual sustainability conference for business and government will take place at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle. King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will kick off the event with keynote speeches in the morning. Other keynote speeches later in the day will be by Molly Moon Neitzel of Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream and Gifford Pinchot III, founder and president emeritus of Pinchot University. Plus, our very own Editor-in-Chief Greg Hanscom will be the afternoon emcee.

Day-of-event registration begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday, with a full day of programs starting at 9 a.m. Advance registration and ticket information is here. Crosscut is a media partner and will have a table at the event. We hope you will stop by to say hi and win prizes!

It’s a wide-ranging event with more than a dozen separate sessions and speeches. Among other speakers, panelists and panel moderators will be K.C. Golden of Climate Solutions; Nicole Freedman, Seattle’s active transportation director; Wendy Korthuis-Smith, head of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Results Washington program; and Matias Valenzuela, director of King County’s Office of Equity and Social Justice. The full program is here.

Whether or not you can attend, here’s a quick guide to keep you well informed to some of the topics under discussion.

King County sets ambitious new climate goals yesterday. Here’s what that means,” The Stranger

Four of the ‘greenest’ hospitals in the U.S. are in Seattle,” Puget Sound Business Journal

Five ways climate change will make the Puget Sound less healthy,” Crosscut

Adoption of biofuel to slow climate change ‘urgent’ for Boeing,” Puget Sound Business Journal

Gentrification and climate change are totally related, says report,” Seattle Weekly

State withdraws Inslee’s proposed carbon-emissions rule,” Seattle Times

How Inslee change the script on climate change,” Crosscut

First the Olympics, then Seattle Transportation: Meet Nicole Freedman,” Crosscut

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