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Sustainable Operations Summit 2007

Collectively Changing Lightbulbs in the Service of Ecosystems

Meeting Objectives

November 13-17, 2007
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO

  • To officially launch the Forest Service (FS) National Sustainable Operations effort
  • To bring together employees and partners to explore opportunities and ways to support and learn from pragmatic application of sustainable operations efforts
  • To share stories, ideas and resources in support of finding solutions and innovative ways to reduce our environment footprint

NOTE: The documents below are in Adobe PDF format unless otherwise noted. Some of these documents are quite large, so be prepared for long downloads depending on your connection.

Tuesday, November 13

 1:00 pm  Meeting Introduction and Opening

 1:15 pm  Setting the Stage—Growing Our Sustainable Operations Effort Together: The Past, Present and Future (3.96 MB)

 2:00 pm  Welcome to the Rockies

 2:15 pm  Welcome to Denver—Green City USA

  • Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper

 2:45 pm  Break

 3:15 pm  Launching the National Sustainable Operation Effort

 5:15 pm  Evening Social (Cash Bar) and Keynote:

  • The Business Case for Sustainability
    Nicolas Theisen, Sustainability Specialist, New Belgium Brewing Company

Wednesday, November 14

 8:00 am  Logistics

 8:30 am  Keynote

 9:15 am  Break—Networking and Display Browsing

 9:45 am  Concurrent Tracks: Session 1

 10:45 am  Break—switch sessions

 11:00 am  Concurrent Tracks: Session 1 (Repeated)

 12:15 pm  Luncheon Keynotes

 1:45 pm  Participants Depart for Field Trips

  1. National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)
  2. EPA’s LEED Certified Building/ Alliance for Sustainable Colorado Partnerships Building
  3. City of Denver Water Recycling Plant
  4. GRX-E-Waste Recycling
  5. Denver Zoo (proposal to be a zero-waste zoo)
  6. The Stapleton Project (Sustainable Community)

Thursday, November 15

 8:00 am  Logistics

 8:15 am  Concurrent Tracks: Session 2

10:00 am   Break—Networking and Display Browsing

10:30 am   Concurrent Tracks: Session 2 (Repeated)

12:30 pm   Luncheon Keynotes

 2:00 pm  Video Interlude: Ranger Station Extreme Makeover; New Employee Orientation Sustainable Operations Primer (wmv, 7.25 MB)

 2:10 pm  The Balance between Going National and What Can I Do?

  • Roundtable session that garners feedback for national effort and allows attendees to commit to specific actions they can take when they get back home

 3:15 pm  Break—Networking and Display Browsing

 3:45 pm  Keynotes: Intergenerational Learning: Perceptions and Possibilities

 4:45 pm  Meeting Wrap-Up and Transfer of 2008 Summit Duties

 5:15 pm  Adjourn

Friday, November 16

 8:00 am – 12:00 pm    Related Events held at the Hyatt Regency Denver and the EPA Building

  • Federal Network for Sustainability Meeting (EPA)
  • Sustainable Operations Board of Directors Meeting (Hyatt)

Additional Information


[Photo] Western Oregon Zone Engineer Jonathan Heyl (Region 6) interviews Management Analyst Jennifer Hayes (Rocky Mountain Research Station) for the Sustainable Ops 2007 Round-up in Denver, Colo., November 14.
Photo by Janelle Smith, Communications and Legislative Affairs, Rocky Mountain Region.

Last Modified: 08/05/2008