Business and government sustainability leaders will convene in Portland next week for the annual Go Green conference.

The conference takes place Thursday, Oct. 16, at Providence Park KeyBank Club.

There also are related activities the day before and after the conference.

The agenda includes presentations and panel discussions on: Oregon businesses calling for action on climate change; diversity in environmental organizations; and other topics.

Featured speakers include: Mara Zepeda, cofounder of Switchboard; Adam Werback, cofounder of Yerdle; Marsha Willard, founder of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals; Natalie Reitman-White, director of organizational development, sustainability and trade advocacy, Organically Grown Co.; Renee Lertzman, author, consultant and director of insight for Brand Cool; Jon Blumenauer, CEO of The Joinery; Lisa Spicka, education director of the Sustainable Food Trade Association; Mike Mercer, executive director of the NW Earth Institute; Ozzie Gonzalez, sustainable design technologist for CH2MHill; Matthew Landkamer, principal of the Corragio Group; Portland Mayor Charlie Hales; and Susan Anderson, director of the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

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