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Join us in Seattle on May 16 - 19, 2017 for the 11th annual Living Future unConference! Learn more and register here: http://www.livingfutureunconference.org/.
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Thursday, May 18 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Between the First & Last Mile: Challenges & Opportunities Facing Oregon’s Regional Food System
TRACK: Water and Food

The Redd on Salmon Street offers a new approach to food aggregation, processing, distribution, and education infrastructure to grow a robust sustainable regional food economy. An initiative of Ecotrust in Portland, OR, the Redd is the result of a unique group of collaborators, including a farmer from Eastern Oregon, the CEO of an urban delivery company utilizing electric assist freight tricycles, and the Coquille Indian Tribe. The session concludes with a systems-thinking group exercise "Build a More Sustainable Burger" with the goal of making the process of growing, processing, selling, and consuming the ingredients increasingly sustainable.

Want to learn more about this session? Read our interview with speaker Amanda Oborne here!


Speakers
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Heather DeGrella

Sustainability Design Leader, Opsis Architecture LLP
Heather leverages a diversity of skills gained over 16 years in architectural project management, construction administration, building science research, and sustainability consulting to enable all Opsis project teams to establish and optimize sustainability goals. As the full-time Sustainability Team Leader at Opsis, Heather is involved throughout the full project life cycle from planning and design, through construction, and into operations... Read More →
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Jim Kalvelage

Partner, Opsis Architecture LLP
Jim Kalvelage is a founding partner of Opsis Architecture with a 35-year career distinguished by award-winning projects focused on building community within higher education and civic contexts. These projects include community centers, libraries, parks, plazas, arts facilities, and campus planning. Jim's thoughtful and collaborative design approach is rooted in the culture of placemaking, programmatic expression, and environmental performance... Read More →
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John Neumeister

Owner, Cattail Creek Lamb
CATTAIL CREEK LAMB began in 1984 on a small farm near Junction City, Oregon and has grown into a vertically integrated food business linking three Western Oregon Sheep Enterprises with over 100 food service customers in the Pacific North West and beyond.  CATTAIL CREEK LAMB is well known for the progressive raising standards of the production partners and the superior quality of the meat.   John’s primary roles... Read More →
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Amanda Oborne

VP, Food & Farms, Ecotrust
As Vice President of Food & Farms at Ecotrust, Amanda leads a team seeking to revolutionize and re-regionalize our food system. By harnessing the purchasing power of schools and institutions, empowering local farmers and ranchers, and developing infrastructure to connect the two, Ecotrust is helping build a resilient regional food economy that nourishes communities and renews the resources on which we depend. Named one of the "Most... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Westin: Vashon (San Juan Level)