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Seattle Climate Tech: Sep 25 - Oct 2
PNW Climate Week, regenerative agriculture films, green buildings, corporate sustainability, and more with 27 events this week.
It’s official — the inaugural PNW Climate Week is finally here! With 27 events coming up this week (over a dozen alone from PNW Climate Week), you’ll have no shortage of events to choose from. Here are a few events we’re really excited about:
🥕 Food & Regen Agri Talk (PNW Climate Week): Today in Seattle
⚡ Lightning Talks (PNW Climate Week): Tomorrow in Capitol Hill
🖼️ Design for a Better World: On Wednesday in North Seattle
🏢 Clean Buildings Symposium: On Thursday in Bellevue
💼 Green Jobs, Green Futures Summit: On Friday in Fremont
As always, scroll down for the full list of upcoming events.
Maya and Alec
🪑Community Shoutouts: Furniture Repair Bank
The Furniture Repair Bank in SoDo is a new and inspiring program of local non-profit Zero Waste Washington. FRB rescues worn and broken furniture from the landfill, restores its value, and provides it to people and families in need. They welcome individual and group volunteers to get hands on with the actual furniture repair (take it from me, it’s such a fun time! - Maya).
🌎 Climate Tech Cities and Streetlife Ventures Startup and Talent Platforms
Climate Tech Cities and Streetlife Ventures are launching new platforms to support climate founders, funders, and career transitioners! There is no shortage of great companies raising money for their groundbreaking ideas, great investors looking to support with capital, and great talent living the mantra that every job is a climate job. We can’t wait to hear from you!
Events This Week
🥕 Food & Regen Agri Talk (PNW Climate Week): Mon, Sep 25
🔥 2023 International Emissions Inventory Conference: Tue, Sep 26
⚡ Lightning Talks (PNW Climate Week): Tue, Sep 26
💼 PNW Climate Week X Terra.do Job Fair: Wed, Sep 27
🛋️ CEU Design Sprint: Wed, Sep 27
🎥 Covenant of the Salmon People: Wed, Sep 27
🖼️ Design for a Better World: Wed, Sep 27
🌾 Common Ground - Seattle Premier: Wed, Sep 27
🏢 Clean Buildings Symposium: Thu, Sep 28
🎬 Documentaries, Drinks, & Discussion: Thu, Sep 28
⚙️ Career Panel (PNW Climate Week): Thu, Sep 28
🍻 Climate Happy Hour (PNW Climate Week): Thu, Sep 28
💼 Green Jobs, Green Futures Summit: Fri, Sep 29
🎤 Green Jobs Talent Jam: Fri, Sep 29
🎨 2023 Sustainable Ballard Festival: Sat, Sep 30
🎲 Climate Fresk (PNW Climate Week): Sat, Sep 30
🌲 Neighborhood Walk: Tree Policy and Urban Design: Sat, Sep 30
Read on for more details about this week’s happenings
Events This Week
When: Mon, Sep 25th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: 999 3rd Ave Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Join us for a short panel featuring investors and founders discussing the bubbling climate tech scene in PNW and how to supercharge it. Panel will be followed by light refreshments and networking.
When: Mon, Sep 25th from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Where: Register to See Address
Our food system is complex. To activate food as climate action, we need intervention and solutions at various points in this system: from funding farmland transition, to technology that enables chemical free growing & soil health measurement, marketplaces that incentivize and reward regenerative growers, from policy advocacy to scaling demand for more plant-based and regeneratively grown food. Come hear from a panel of folks (Rebellyous Foods, Tilth Alliance, Aigen, Nori) working on different aspects of creating climate-resilient food systems on a rapidly warming planet.
When: Tue, Sep 26th at 12:00 AM to Fri, Sep 29th at 12:00 AM
Where: Grand Hyatt Seattle
The 2023 conference theme is: The Nexus of Climate, Air Quality, and Health: Smoke and Other Emissions Challenges The Emissions Inventory and Analysis Group in EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards is excited to invite you to the 2023 International Emissions Inventory Conference (IEIC). on September 26th – September 29th, 2023, in Seattle, WA. The IEIC is a biennial conference that connects offices across EPA, researchers, the International community, regional organizations, and students who work on various aspects of emissions inventory development.
When: Tue, Sep 26th from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Olmstead, 314 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102, USA
What happens when you give 10 inspiring speakers 5 minutes to share their passion for solving the climate emergency? We'll be featuring a diverse set of lightning talks that cover everything from promising technologies, critical policies, and moonshot visions. Hosted by Jacob Caggiano (The Climate Tech Handbook) and Nancy Wang (Work on Climate)
When: Wed, Sep 27th from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Dive into the green jobs landscape by meeting Pacific Northwest companies working byte by byte and acre by acre on the climate crisis. We host action-packed job fairs each month, giving candidates upfront access to hear from companies about their climate solutions and why you should join them. Hear about dozens of open roles in a single event and engage directly with CXOs and hiring managers.
When: Wed, Sep 27th from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Where: Virtual (Zoom)
Join Drew Wilkinson for this one-hour webinar on how to make sustainability part of everybody’s job in large organizations – across all functions and levels. Drew is a climate activist, community organizer, and co-founder of Microsoft’s 10,000-member employee sustainability community. He works for Planet Earth but provides consulting services on the people side of sustainability: employee engagement, culture and change management, community building, green skilling, and leadership development.
When: Wed, Sep 27th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Where: Armorie, Armoire, 83 S King St #100, Seattle, WA 98104
Join us at the Pioneer Square headquarters of fashion rental startup Armoire for a networking event for sustainable fashion professionals! This event is for anyone who is passionate about driving positive change in fashion and sustainable consumerism, at any stage in your career. We will have a light “speed dating” structure in place to help you make meaningful connections and create collaboration opportunities over drinks. We hope you’ll join us!
When: Wed, Sep 27th from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Where: PeopleSpace, 821 2nd Avenue #Suite 400 Seattle, WA 98104
Join Nora Fenlon, the CCO & Head of Sales at Via Seating, and Ashley Blevins, the VP of Sales at Via Seating for an interactive session on Demystifying Furniture's Role in Sustainability.
When: Wed, Sep 27th from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: Center for Spiritual Living, Tacoma WA
Meaningful Movies Tacoma is excited to present a screening and community conversation highlighting this powerful documentary, serving as a portrait of the Nez Perce Tribe’s ancient covenant with salmon. The film follows their efforts to uphold this ancient relationship as dams and climate impacts threaten one of the cornerstones of their culture. “Genetically salmon has imprinted on our DNA,” said Nakia Williamson, Nez Perce Tribe Cultural Resources Director. “Now we are only left with a handful of places that have the numbers of salmon that we can actually fish and continue that way of life.”
When: Wed, Sep 27th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE #A101, Lake Forest Park, WA
Let's read and discuss "Design for a Better World: Meaningful, Sustainable, Humanity Centered." he key to change, says Don Norman, is human behavior, covered in the book’s three major themes: meaning, sustainability, and humanity-centeredness. Emphasize quality of life, not monetary rewards; restructure how we live to better protect the environment; and focus on all of humanity. Design for a Better World presents an eye-opening diagnosis of where we’ve gone wrong and a clear prescription for making things better.
When: Wed, Sep 27th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: The Great Hall, 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
Big Picture Ranch and Area 23a present the Seattle premiere screening of the film “Common Ground,” a hopeful and uplifting story of the pioneers of the “Regenerative Movement” who produce tremendous quantities of nutritionally dense food and are working to balance the climate – all while bringing our entire ecosystem back to life. The film investigates the power of “regenerative” farming systems – from large to small-scale farmers who are the champions of soil health as the key to unlocking more (and healthier) food to feed America and the world. The cast includes Laura Dern, Rosario Dawson, Jason Momoa, Woody Harrelson, Ian Somerhalder, and Donald Glover.
When: Thu, Sep 28th from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Where: 7700 Sand Point Way NE Seattle, WA
The conference will highlight water challenges throughout the four corners of Washington State and the innovative ways that individuals are dealing with those issues. The conference will feature speakers from each of the four corners of Washington with varying perspectives, including agriculture, government, and tribal nations. Speakers will cover topics including municipal water law, adjudication, fish reintroduction, the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan, and climate change.
When: Thu, Sep 28th from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Where: Meydenbauer Center, 11100 Northeast 6th Street Bellevue, WA 98004
Join us for the Clean Buildings Symposium, a half-day event for building owners and managers on the latest advancements and best practices in creating energy-efficient and sustainable buildings. At the symposium, you will have the opportunity to connect with community leaders, representatives, industry experts, and other professionals on a variety of sustainability initiatives. As a building owner or manager, you will gain valuable insights on how to improve the performance of your buildings, reduce energy consumption, and comply with the Clean Buildings Act.
When: Thu, Sep 28th from 10:45 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: 7 S Idaho St, Seattle, WA 98134
Curious about where that empty coffee cup you put in the recycle can ended up? Wonder if it's really worth segregating your trash and how (and if at all) recycling takes place? Join us on this tour of the Recology Recycling facility to not only learn about how Seattle recycles, but also learn best practices so you and your community could reduce stuff ending up in landfills. As a bonus, you might also get a sneak peek into their art from waste program.
When: Thu, Sep 28th from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: Swedish Club, Swedish Club 1920 Dexter Avenue North Seattle, WA 98109
Join the Swedish Club for a showing of the inaugural film, Stitches for Sápmi: A Sámi Artist’s Fight Against Climate Change, which follows the life and work of world-renowned Sámi artist and activist Britta Marakatt-Labba. Bar open from 5 PM, film starts at 6:30 PM followed by a discussion. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase.
When: Thu, Sep 28th from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Where: University of Washington
This will be an in-person event at UW for the climate community to come together and talk about roles, skills and trends in climate hiring. We will have a mix of speakers, including Mel Clark, the CEO of the Clean Tech Alliance, Manav Goel, the Tech Lead for the Climate Team at Meta, and Dana Reinert, a sustainability and circular design product and strategy consultant, who will talk about their climate careers, the current pulse of hiring within the climate space, relevant skills and roles needed, followed by Q&A. Come mingle, listen and learn with your local community.
When: Thu, Sep 28th from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Where: Friday Harbor Labs Commons and streamed over Zoom
Join Chuck Greene from Friday Harbor Labs as he discusses climate adaptation through marine sequestration and algal/seaweed solutions. Also hear from Paul Cereghino from NOAA Restoration Center about federal programs that are supporting local resiliency and adaptability.This talk is a part of the Madrona Institute's exciting four-part Climate Action Speaker Series in collaboration with Friday Harbor Labs, taking place on September 14 & 28, and October 12 & 26, 2023.
When: Thu, Sep 28th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Register to See Address
Come out to Stoup Capitol Hill (formerly Optimism) to close out Climate Week with casual conversation among other folks that are energized about climate action now. This event is geared towards discussing the week's activities, talking about exciting areas in climate tech, and anything else that may be of interest. We will have a light structure to help you mingle. We hope you'll join us!
When: Fri, Sep 29th from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Where: Fremont Foundry 154 North 35th Street Seattle, WA 98103
Join us on September 29th, 2023 for our first annual Green Jobs, Green Futures Summit at the Fremont Foundry in Seattle! King County, in collaboration with the Port of Seattle, City of Seattle, Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, and Seattle Good Business Network, is bringing you an interactive, one-day event geared towards creating community connections and highlighting businesses in the local green economy contributing to a more sustainable future. We are re-envisioning the traditional job fair model to embrace experiential learning by bringing together tangible real-world demonstrations of the work taking place in the sectors vital to a climate-informed future.
When: Fri, Sep 29th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Fremont Foundry, 154 North 35th Street Seattle, WA 98103
Calling all clean energy industry professionals and government and non-profit leaders! Join us for the first-of-its-kind Green Jobs Talent Jam, as part of the Green Jobs, Green Futures Summit 2023! Inspired by the Talent Jam and Green Building Slam movements, this event connects industry professionals and non-profit and government clean energy leaders to BIPOC and women-owned contractors, local businesses, and job seekers invested in the clean energy sector. The Green Jobs Talent Jam will provide a creative and fun space for contractors, companies, and job seekers to showcase their unique talents or talent requirements to you through live, open-mic pitches.
When: Sat, Sep 30th from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: Loyal Heights Community Center Lawn
Join Sustainable Ballard for a day of creativity, passion and community-building at the 2023 Sustainable Ballard Festival. It's eclectic, artsy, playful fun aimed at creating a better future. This year's theme is "More Life," focusing our hands-on exhibits and demos on actions big and small that give "more life" to ourselves, our goods and our planet. Visit food trucks and enjoy live music. The apple cider press will be up and running. Do chalk art, learn to make a solar oven, try the veggie toss or build a bird house or candleholder.
When: Sat, Sep 30th from 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Where: 425 Harvard Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102
Join us, and bring your friends, to play this game on climate change. Want to help tackle climate change but don’t have the time to become a climate scientist? In just 3 hours, the collaborative Climate Fresk workshop will teach you the fundamental science behind climate change and empower you to take action.
When: Sat, Sep 30th from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Where: Sumner Library, Sumner Meeting Room
We know it’s happening, and we know why: carbon pollution from fossil fuels is warming our planet and throwing natural systems out of balance. This class will have a brief introduction on climate change and look at what’s going on in Pierce County and why.
When: Sat, Sep 30th from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Where: S. 74TH ST and D ST Tacoma, WA 98408
Join the Tacoma Tree Foundation, Tacoma Climate Leadership Cohort members, and partners on a short walk where we will explore opportunities to get involved with civic engagement on policy and planning issues related to trees, climate resiliency, and urban design, including the the Picture Pac Ave project, and neighborhood greening activities like the kind happening on Green Tacoma Day.
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We are expanding! We started as an 8-person dinner and now have over 4,000 members in our community. We’ve had people across the world reach out to us to start their own chapters - so we’re launching a new Climate Tech Cities organization this year! If you have friends who are interested in becoming chapter leads, please share the word. Here’s to a global network of local communities making a positive impact!