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Sustainable Operations Summit 2008

Walking the Talk: Reducing our Environmental Footprint Agenda

November 18-20, 2008
Forest Products Laboratory
Madison, WI


  • To tackle climate change by connecting sustainable operations and sustainable resource management
  • To share stories, ideas and resources that will help us reduce our environmental footprint and identify areas for further work
  • To open dialogue on policy issues in sustainable operations across geographic, organizational, and agency boundaries, and link policy to practice
  • To support local or regional involvement in place-based sustainable partnerships
  • To model green meeting practices, including the use of technology to reduce the environmental impacts of travel

In addition to all the valuable information shared and learned, the Forest Service also generated some serious emissions savings by using video conferencing and webinars. This year’s summit had 76 in-person and over 380 virtual participants at 25 sites. If we compare this to last year’s summit, we saved at least 133 tons of CO2-equivalent from being emitted due to travel. Furthermore, this year’s virtual summit enabled us to connect with many more Forest Service employees than a conventional summit would have, and we saved some serious green ($$) by being so green!

Tuesday, November 18: The National Perspective

9:00 am Welcome from Eastern Leadership
  • Chris Risbrudt, Director, Forest Products Laboratory
  • Kathryn Maloney, Director, Northeastern Area State & Private Forestry
  • Kent Connaughton, Regional Forester, USFS Eastern Region
9:30 am National Sustainability Vision of the Forest Service
  • Abigail Kimbell, Chief, US Forest Service
10:15 am Keynote Speaker
  • Social Innovation: an agency based approach to managing for resilience, Frances Westley, J.W. McConnell Chair in Social Innovation, University of Waterloo
11:15 am National Sustainability Leadership Panel

(Video conference)
Moderators: Anna Jones Crabtree and Glenda Wilson, Forest Service Region 2

  • Boyd Rutherford, Assistant Secretary for Administration, USDA
    USDA Sustainable Operations Council: First Year Accomplishments [ppt, 1.16 MB]
  • David Cleaves, Associate Deputy Chief, Research & Development, USFS
  • Jacque Myers, Associate Deputy Chief for Business Operations, USFS
  • Ann Bartuska. Deputy Chief, Research and Development, USFS
1:00 pm Concurrent Sessions I: Reducing our Footprint

Energy I : Reducing Energy Consumption


Waste & Recycling

2:30 pm Concurrent Sessions I: Reducing our Footprint (repeat of above sessions)
3:45 pm Local events



Wednesday, November 19: Local and Regional Perspectives

8:30 am Keynote speaker: Steady State Sustainability

Paul DeLong, Wisconsin State Forester

9:30 am Concurrent Sessions II: Reducing our Footprint

Energy II: Renewable Energy


Green Purchasing

11:00 am Concurrent Sessions II: Reducing our Footprint (repeat of above sessions)
2:00 pm Plenary Speaker
3:00 pm Plenary Speaker
4:00 pm Question & Answers with plenary speakers
7:00 pm Awards Ceremony



Thursday, November 20: Working Together for Sustainable Communities

9:00 am Concurrent Sessions III: Walking the Talk Together

Sustainable Building Design: LEED Certification
Panel Discussion of FS LEED Buildings, what LEED points FS goes after, and lessons learned

  • Kurt Kretvix, Technical Services Team Leader/Project Manager, US Forest Service Region 9
  • Randy Warbington, Facilities Program Manager, US Forest Service Region 8
  • Todd Michael, Engineer, US Forest Service Region 2

Climate Policy

Engaging Youth and Communities

10:45 am Concurrent Sessions IV: Walking the Talk Together

The Science of Sustainability

Tribal Perspectives on Sustainability

Sustainable Sites: Linking Landscapes and Communities

1:30 pm Extreme Environmental Footprint Makeover Premiere
  • Joe Alexander, Deer River Ranger District, Chippewa National Forest
2:30 pm Keynote speaker, Aldo Leopold and the Politics of Place
  • Dan Shilling, Director of The Civic Tourism Project
3:30 pm Closing Message
  • Kent Connaughton, Regional Forester, Eastern Region
3:45 pm Summary of Summit Highlights
4:30 pm End of Official Summit Activities

Last Modified: 12/30/2008