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It Starts with You: Reversing Climate Change Through Climate Action Planning

February 14, 2019, 9:30 AM – 5 PM PT
Hilton Downtown Hotel, Portland, OR

The need to take action on climate change is clear, and while many companies would like to incorporate climate change action into their companies, it can be challenging to know where to start, how to balance efforts with limited resources, and the extent to which climate efforts might stretch across the globe.

It Starts with You is focused on helping natural product companies understand in which areas they can make the most climate impact, how they support business operations, and how to incorporate these efforts into a system-based climate action plan. This intensive will balance delivery of information with real-life case studies from companies that represent a spectrum of organic industry sectors with varying degrees of progress (i.e., beginners, advanced) in their formalized climate action. Throughout the day, presenters will introduce tools and exercises to help attendees assess the priorities, goals, and tactics that their companies’ climate plans could include. Participants will walk away with a strong knowledge of what other peers are doing to address climate action, and the goals and tactics that are most relevant and realistic for their companies to implement.

Please note: In order to provide actionable information, this intensive will focus on Manufacturers, Retailers, Distributors, and Brands. While the manners in which the agricultural supply chain can be engaged will be addressed, a deep discussion on farm practices will not be the focus of this intensive.

Lisa Spicka, Associate Director, Sustainable Food Trade Association (SFTA)
Justin Overdevest, Associate, Good Company
Gretchen Grani, Regeneration & Sustainability Cebadora, Guayaki
Shauna Sadowski, Head of Sustainability, Natural & Organic Operating Unit at General Mills
Athena Petty, Sustainability Program Manager, New Seasons

This intensive workshop takes place at Organicology, a bi-annual conference hosted by SFTA, Organically Grown Company, Oregon Tilth and Organic Seed Alliance. Conference registration is available for one-day, two-days or for the full conference. Intensive workshops and all conference days include an organic lunch. Register here.

SFTA Sustainability Workshops 

SFTA’s “Going Sustainable” sustainability workshops are designed to deliver skills and information for sustainability practioners in the organic food trade. The core of our work is rooted in the Natural Step Framework and then each workshop delivers fun, interactive learning opportunities to help attendees further their sustainability programs.

SFTA offers these workshops for both individual companies and for any interested parties in a particular region.  Please contact us at if you would like to request a workshop at your office or location.


Sustainability 101

Workshop overview: Building the capacity for sustainability within the organic food trade through understanding, implementation, and reporting.

Who should attend: This hands-on workshop is designed for professionals who are newly developing a formal sustainability program as well as those who want deepen their skills in sustainability and report writing.

What attendees will come away with: This workshop is aimed at providing attendees the ability to apply The Natural Step Framework, presenting the business case for sustainability, sustainability report writing skills as well as the opportunity to network with peers in the industry focused on sustainability and reporting.

Sustainability 201

Creative Leadership, Collaboration and Co-creation for Sustainability: For many sustainability practitioners your job requires skills beyond scientific knowledge, analysis, data management and reporting.  In fact, what most practitioners face is a need to manage people, tell a story, cast a vision and drive change within their organization.

In this workshop we will address the following questions: How do we transfer ideas, co-create expectations, spread vision, and inspire action, effectively and exponentially?  How do we get other people to do what we want or need them to do?  We don’t and we can’t.  However, we can help people do what they want to do, and invite them to share, participate, and contribute in the sustainability work of your organization.

The soft skills workshop is a blend of key offerings from change management and creative leadership, which is an important framework for understanding your role as a sustainability practitioner and how to inspire and excite those you work with to share in the work around sustainability.

Hard Skills – There is a lot of technical expertise required for understanding and managing sustainability. This workshop brings together experts in various fields to share some practical advice and a sharpening of skills we need daily. Be it excel for managing data, carbon and energy calculations, waste management, and even public speaking or presentation skills.

If you are interested in receiving information about our workshops and other training please feel free to email us at


For more educational programs, please visit the Sustainable Food Trade Association Webinar Series.