Intertwine Summit 2021
What does it mean to be a coalition advancing nature in 2021?
Wed, Nov. 10, from 1:30 to 5 p.m.
with a social hour from noon to 1 p.m.
Register by Oct. 20 for early bird pricing.
Thank you to our sponsors!
Portland General Electric
East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District
Tree for All
The Nature Conservancy
Visit the Summit video booth to share what it means to you to be a coalition advancing nature.
~Summit session recordings available here~
noon to 1 p.m. - Social hour: Join us for a powerful and fun-filled summit kick-off to connect, engage and be inspired. Hosted by Nicole Johnson, community engagement manager at 1000 Friends of Oregon, and Karen Foster, experience curator at KFCurates.
1 to 1:30 p.m. - Break
1:30 to 2 p.m. - Welcome - including brief remarks from City of Portland Commissioner Carmen Rubio
2 to 2:30 p.m. - Keynote Speaker: Leander Lacy on "Advancing the Intersections of Climate and Social Justice"
2:30 to 2:40 p.m. - Break
2:40 to 3:40 p.m. -- Session #1. Participants choose one.
- Houselessness and the environment - panel discussion
- Houselessness is a social crisis, and we all have a role to play in finding solutions and a compassionate response. This panel will provide a quick overview of the current situation, including root causes of houselessness and its long-term solutions. It will focus on the unique character of our regional crisis and recognize its impact on the environment and the environmental sector. Most importantly, it will share ideas, tools and resources for how we can handle complex situations on the job right now.
Moderator: Hannah Buehler, Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Panelists: Punneh Abdolhosseini, Metro; Roy Iwai, Multnomah County; Barbie Weber, Ground Score; and Nili Yosha, Outside the Frame
- Regional adaptation for climate change - panel discussion
- What are the unique effects of climate change in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region? What are the equity-focused adaptations needed, and how can we collectively move the needle for positive climate impact? How can we advance the need in local public discourse?
Moderator: Theresa Huang, Urban Greenspaces Institute
Panelists: Rose Graves, The Nature Conservancy; Oriana Magnera, Verde; Dr. Vivek Shandas, Portland State University; Amira Streeter, Office of Governor Kate Brown
- Creating safe and welcoming parks & greenspaces - panel discussion
- This panel will present local case studies about how culture change is being implemented to create safer and more welcoming natural spaces for all. It will look at how our coalition can amplify and build capacity for the many people and organizations doing this work.
Moderator: Mauricio Valadrian, Northwest Family Daycation and Valadrian Creative & Consulting
Panelists: Chad Brown, Love is King and Soul River; Will Cortez, BikePOCPNW and Metro; Kimberly Howard Wade, PGE Project Zero; Darryl Ramsey, Outdoor Afro
3:40 to 3:50 p.m. - 10-minute break
3:50 to 4:50 p.m. - Session #2. Participants choose one.
- Launching an Intertwine Alliance houselessness working group - workshop
- Let's develop a plan for ongoing work together as a coalition. How can we support each other and develop joint tools/resources as we respond to houselessness in our daily work? How often will we meet, in what format, and what will the goals be?
Facilitated by Katie Gavares, The Intertwine Alliance; Steph Noll, Oregon Trails Coalition; and Barbie Weber, Ground Score
- Regional climate case studies - panel discussion
- What local projects are currently advancing climate adaptation and resilient communities? How can Intertwine Alliance partners plug in/support this work for maximum regional impact?
Moderator: Dr. Rebecca McLain, PSU National Policy Consensus Center
Case studies: Connecting Canopies, plus two more to come
Panelists: Dr. Derron Coles, The Blueprint Foundation and DRC Learning Solutions; Mary Kyle McCurdy, 1000 Friends of Oregon; Brett Morgan, 1000 Friends of Oregon
- Envisioning a new way to invest in nature - workshop
- Government budgets can be confusing and hard to understand. Existing ways that people can influence budgets range from nonexistent to tokenistic, making it extremely difficult for community members to effectively advocate for nature and other priorities. But there is a different way. This session will explore participatory budgeting, a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend public funds, including possible uses and implications for parks and nature throughout our region.
Facilitated by Amanda Hudson, Participatory Budgeting Oregon
- Access for all abilities - panel discussion
- This panel of experts will equip us to take incremental steps that radically improve access to nature for people of all abilities.
Moderator: Taryn Lenert, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Access Recreation
Panelists: Jaspreet Chahal, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District; West Livaudais, Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection; Georgena Moran, Access Recreation; Ashley Schahfer, Empowering Access; Jennifer Wilde, Adventures Without Limits
4:50 to 5 p.m. - Celebratory closing & prizes give-away!