The Northwest’s Largest Environmental Conference & Expo!

December 11-12, 2018

Portland, Oregon

Keynote Speakers

Susan Sokol Blosser


Sokol Blosser Winery

Susan Sokol Blosser, wine industry pioneer, community leader, environmental advocate, and author, is a contemporary Oregon icon. When women were rarely decision makers in business or agriculture, Susan distinguished herself in both. Sokol Blosser Winery under her presidency became known as one of the most innovative and respected Oregon wineries.

Susan holds a B.A. from Stanford University, an M.A.T. from Reed College, and an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of Portland, citing her entrepreneurship within the context of environmental and social responsibility. She holds a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oregon Wine Board and was the first non-Californian woman inducted into the national Women for WineSense Hall of Fame.

She and her husband, Russ Rosner, Sokol Blosser’s Winemaker Emeritus, live at the vineyard.

Sophia Danenberg

EHS Policy Analysis and Strategy, International Policy

The Boeing Group

Sophia Danenberg joined Boeing in 2009 to develop the international environment, health and safety (EHS) policy analysis program. In this role, she is responsible for monitoring, analyzing, developing strategy and coordinating advocacy input for emerging national, regional and multilateral EHS issues outside the United States. She came to Boeing from Pratt & Whitney (P&W) where she was most recently led Global EHS legislative and regulatory affairs. Sophia joined EH&S in 2005 after many years in green technology programs at P&W and United Technologies Research Center. She began her career in Japan and China, managing energy and indoor air quality projects with universities and government ministries in Europe and Asia. Before joining United Technologies, Sophia was a Fulbright Fellow at Keio University in Tokyo. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University in environmental sciences and public policy. Outside of work, Sophia is an avid rock climber and mountaineer. In 2006 she became the first African-American to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Alex Johnson

Freshwater Fund Director

The Freshwater Trust

Alex directs fundraising and revenue generation to support The Freshwater Trust’s work in Oregon, Idaho and California. He has led the analysis, development and implementation of some of the first water quality trading programs in the Pacific Northwest and has deep experience working directly with private and public entities to develop watershed restoration solutions for Clean Water Act compliance or to achieve voluntary conservation goals. Alex holds a BS in Economics and a Certificate of Markets & Management from Duke University, is a partner in sustainable farming projects in Ecuador and Hood River County, and is also a member of a family farming operation that produces wheat, barley and timber.

Keynote Panel

Anthony Barber

Director, Oregon Operations Office

US EPA Region 10

Anthony Barber has been with the US EPA for 22 years, where he has worked in Air Quality, then site remediation and emergency response. For the last 10 he has been the Director of the EPA’s Oregon Operations Office in Portland,. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a professional engineer’s license in environmental engineering, among other education and credentials. Prior to EPA, he served for 7 years in the U.S. Navy and worked at a cancer research center.

Heather Bartlett

Water Quality Program Manager

Washington State Dept. of Ecology

Heather Bartlett leads the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Water Quality Program. Heather has over 25 years of natural resource and public health experience and a degree in biology from Washington State University. She has a track record of working through complex and controversial issues. She came to Ecology in March 2014 from the state Department of Health, where she was deputy director of field operations for the state drinking water program.

Richard Whitman


Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality

In February 2017, the Environmental Quality Commission appointed Richard as the Agency’s Director after having served as the Acting Director since October 2016. Before joining DEQ, Richard worked in the Oregon’s Governor’s Natural Resources Office as Policy Director from 2011-2016, managing staff working on the Governor and State of Oregon’s environmental policies aimed at protecting the state’s environment and natural resources.


Designed by environmental professionals from across the region’s consulting, legal, regulatory, policy, and regulated industries, the four track, twenty-eight session agenda covers a wide range of topics addressing the issues and challenges you face in the fast changing environmental landscape. Business & The Environment is the largest environmental trade show in the Northwest, with 75+ exhibitors showcasing technical and service solutions. We’ve built in breaks for visiting with exhibitors and networking.








Conference Venue

Red Lion Hotel on the River – Jantzen Beach
909 N. Hayden Island Drive
Portland, OR 97217
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