Conference aims to put SPRNG in green businesses' step

UO Net Impact co-founders Ryan Seo and Garrett Dunlavey hope to attract about 120 attendees to Thursday's SPRNG conference.

UO Net Impact co-founders Ryan Seo and Garrett Dunlavey hope to attract about 120 attendees to Thursday's SPRNG conference.

This Thursday’s Sustainable Practices Raising Net Growth program, at the University of Oregon’s downtown Portland campus, promises a bevy of information for those curious about responsible business practices.

This is the first SPRNG conference. It’ll feature insights from former UO President Dave Frohnmayer and Portland green development leader Mark Edlen, among others.

Panelists will, naturally, discuss the whole “people, planet and profit” theme that’s driven better businesses for the last couple of decades. They’ll also delve into strategies that have worked best in the field’s development, as well as forecast which movements will emerge as the sustainable world’s linchpins. (Disclosure: Sustainable Business Oregon is an event sponsor and editor Andy Giegerich is a panelist).

We caught up with Garrett Dunlavey and Ryan Seo, the conference’s hosts who are the UO Net Impact undergrad program cofounders, for a brief email interview to find out a little bit more about the event.

Sustainable Business Oregon: What are you looking forward to most about this year’s conference?

Ryan Seo: We hope we can develop some better connections between students and professionals from creating this annual conference. SPRNG’s initial goal is to make significant progress and collaboration among various industries and sectors. This is so we can create a much larger impact towards our goal of fueling change with the power of business.

As the very first SPRNG conference, this was a perfect time to collaborate outside of the confines of the campus. This also meant that we could make it as unique as we wanted- making sure we included everything we wanted from other conferences we have attended.

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