Symposium 2018

JOIN GREEN BUSINESS INITIATIVE AS WE HOST OUR 11TH ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM CO-SPONSORED WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL RESOURCES LAW CENTER:

CHARGING FORWARD: THE FUTURE OF ENERGY IN OREGON

Come hear experienced speakers discuss emerging technologies and businesses, state carbon policy, and the Public Utility Commission process.

Date: April 13, 2018

Time: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Location: White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch St, Portland, OR 97209

Click here for registration.

Updated 2018 Symposium Poster

The day will consist of panel discussions and presentations, followed by a networking reception. The symposium is free and open to the public.
The symposium will also be live-streamed at the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene. Complimentary meals and refreshments will be provided throughout the day by Artemis Foods. CLE credits are pending.

Speakers:

Janine Benner, Director, Oregon Department of Energy
Janine Benner provides leadership and policy direction to the Oregon Department of Energy’s 85 employees and oversees a $40 million operating budget. She had previously served as Associate Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the largest government funder of clean energy research and development. She had also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the department’s Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs. Benner spent 12 years working for Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), first as an energy and environmental policy advisor and then as deputy chief of staff. A Portland native, she holds a degree in history from Princeton University.
Megan Decker, Commissioner, Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC)
MDeckerMegan Decker was appointed to the Oregon Public Utility Commission by Governor Kate Brown on April 1, 2017. Her expertise in energy policy and regulation comes from managing utility commission advocacy in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana as counsel for Renewable Northwest. Commissioner Decker also served as Board Chair of the NW Energy Coalition.  Her legal experience also includes work as an Assistant General Counsel with the Port of Portland and as a land use lawyer in private practice. Commissioner Decker earned a B.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from University of Washington School of Law, and served two years as a judicial clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.​
Kristen Sheeran, Carbon Policy Advisor, Office of Gov. Kate Brown
Kristen Sheeran advises Gov. Brown on carbon policy. She has served as Oregon Director of the nonprofit organization, Climate Solutions and as the Vice President of Knowledge Systems at Ecotrust, leading a 15 member team including economists, policy specialists, data analysts, software developers, and GIS analysts. Sheeran is founder and executive director of the Economics for Equity and Environment Network. Sheeran holds a Ph.D. in economics and had been a professor of economics at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

For a list of all speakers for the day, click HERE.