SBO Networking event: Electric Boogaloo
By Andy Giegerich
Digital Managing Editor
Some 120 green industry champions turned out for last Thursday's SBO networking event at the Oregon Historical Society.
With the neon lights from a historical NECA/IBEW retrospective as a backdrop, more than 120 green-industry enthusiasts dropped into Sustainable Business Oregon’s networking event last Thursday in Portland.
The event was held at the Oregon Historical Society, which is hosting the exhibit marking 100 years of the Oregon-Columbia National Electrical Contractors Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 48 chapter. The exhibit features reams of educational materials along with vintage pictures and interactive displays.
During the hobnobbing, I met up with several sustainability world figures from whom you’ll be hearing soon, in one form or another, in our pages. They include:
- Martin Barrett, a Portland Roasting sales rep whose company has devised a way to gauge sustainability among not just coffee roasters but all businesses.
- Nick Baldwin-Sayre and Russell Rotondi, a pair of Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP attorneys who are part of Portland’s contingent of environmental law.
- Keith Lee, president of Chin’s Import Export Co. Inc., whose company’s innovative packaging techniques are taking the city by storm.
- Tim Gauthier, the local NECA/IBEW chief who detailed how his group's revamped headquarters is a testament to energy efficiency.
Again, you’ll hear more about these green sector innovators in coming weeks. In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for our next networking event, which is Sept. 17 at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. These gatherings are a stellar way to meet like-minded souls who are committed to operating their businesses in ways that serve the greater good.
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