Convening of Washington State, 11th-14th April, 2016


i-SUSTAIN presents a Convening of Washington state and Scandinavian Climate and Energy Professionals 11-14 April 2016

Invitation-only events in multiple cities in Washington State including presentations, meetings, and site visits and one public event in both Seattle and Olympia.


Since 2003, i-SUSTAIN has brought over 400 politicians, policy makers, and business leaders from Washington state and Oregon to Denmark and Sweden for them to experience, among other things, how energy and climate policy in these countries are part of a larger set of policies, including land use, transportation, solid waste management, architecture, economic development, forest management, and environmental protection. The purpose of this convening is to build upon the knowledge gained through our many delegations by bringing together the business, public and NGO sector leaders from Washington State and Scandinavia, which are two of the leading regions in the world, to share ideas, build relationships and facilitate potential areas of collaboration.

Recently, in September 2015, i-SUSTAIN brought a delegation of Washington state legislators and senior administrators from Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), utilities and Gov. Inslee’s office to Denmark and Sweden. The programme included meetings and site visits about the economic impacts in both countries of both carbon taxes and cap and trade, sustainable transport plans, new neighborhood development using smart grids, building energy policies, the role of utilities in managing distributed energy, waste to energy plants, biomass, community wind and solar power. There were also breakout tours to 100% renewable energy self-sufficient Samsø Island and to Växjo, Sweden, to learn about the use of forest residue for bioenergy.

Knowledge center – Sept 2015 Delegation to Denmark/Sweden

Moving forward

Climate Neutral 2050: Convening between Washington state and Scandinavia

Climate and Energy Convening

11-14 April 2016

Seattle and Olympia, WA

The momentum from this successful delegation is continuing via several i-SUSTAIN programmes in 2016. The delegation participants have advocated that we organize a convening 11-14 April 2016 in Washington state that includes Danish, Swedish and Washington state participants to continue to share the knowledge between the two regions as well as potentially contribute to future collaborations between public and private entities within Washington state and their counterparts within Denmark and Sweden.

Issues and solutions covered at the Convening will include:

  • Green economic growth while reducing carbon emissions
  • Carbon policy (Danish and WA models)
  • Smart energy grids, upgrading to district energy
  • Compressed laminated timber construction in tall structures
  • Fossil-fuel free communities
  • Biomass and waste-to-energy systems
  • Climate change strategies
  • Mobile transport and electric vehicles
  • Leading energy technology (batteries, heat pumps, interconnections)

Get involved

We are reaching out to a select group of organizations who believe that this convening will help them further their own goals and aspirations with regard to climate and energy. Almost all events are invitation only with the exception of one public event in Seattle and one in Olympia.

For information on partnership in the Convening – Individual, Organizational

US contact, Patricia Chase: patricia@i-sustain.com

Scandinavian contact, Sandy Neale: sandy@i-sustain.com



Arts, Architecture and More in Cuba, March 25-31, 2016


i-SUSTAIN is leading an Arts and Architecture tour to Havana and the Viñales Valley, Cuba, March 25-31, 2016.  The program includes an architectural bike tour of Havana, private tours of artist studios and workshops, art schools and museums, tours of neighborhoods, urban rehabilitation projects, and a classic car cooperative. We will also go to the fishing village of Cojímar, made famous by Ernest Hemingway, as well as Finca Yoandra, a farm located in the neighborhood of Mantilla that produces more than a 100 varieties of organic fruits, vegetables, and medicinal plants. The farm also serves as a community center, providing social programs and leisurely activities for the local elderly. To top it off, we will visit Viñales Valley, the most beautiful place in Cuba and another organic farm cooperative, Finca Confianza.  Excellent food, music and dance will be enjoyed every day.

For more information, click here.

For registration forms click here.

Cuban car guys star in first U.S. show shot entirely on the forbidden island – The Washington Post

Photos of past events:

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Climate and Energy Delegation to Sweden and Denmark, Sept. 18-23, 2016

Gågader i Købmagergade, her nær Runde Tårn. Arkitektur og byplanlægning. Foto: © Michael Bo Rasmussen / Baghuset. Dato: 14.06.11
Foto: © Michael Bo Rasmussen / Baghuset. Dato: 14.06.11

i-SUSTAIN has led over 25 urban sustainability study tours to Denmark and Sweden and is leading two more in 2016.

  • Our 2nd delegation specifically about Climate and Energy will highlight how energy policy in Denmark and Sweden is part of a larger set of policies, including land use, transportation, solid waste management, architecture, economic development (both local and national), forest management, and environmental protection. We will also experience the strength of having an aligned commitment between government and industry to achieve defined goals, and the economic development benefits from a clean energy economy.  Sept. 18-23, 2016
  • Sustainability in Suburban Cities: Many suburban cities that have lagged behind their bigger city counterparts in improving bicycling, pedestrian and public transit infrastructure, developing vibrant areas in which to both live and work, adopting clean energy technologies and more are realizing the negative economic development ramifications of their former choices as corporations and people choose to locate in cities that have these amenities.  This delegation will bring suburban public and business sector leaders to suburban cities in Denmark and Sweden to see how they have redefined themselves and become more relevant to what millennial and others are looking for today. Dates in 2016, to be determined.

Cycling the Wine Country of Portugal, Sept. 25 – Oct. 2, 2016


New at i-SUSTAIN:  i-SUSTAIN Adventures.  Although we like to think of all our trips as being adventures, they have been oriented exclusively toward professionals interested in making cities better for people while reducing greenhouse gasses and resource consumption.  i-SUSTAIN Adventures is for anyone who wants to explore a place in a sustainable manner. Our first foray into this is a bike tour of the Alentejo wine region of Portugal.  Cycling past castles under dazzling blue skies, rolling through fields of wildflowers, olive and cork trees, this delightful bike tour celebrates the Alentejo wine region, an area of Portugal that many consider to be the last vestige of old Iberia. Medieval walled villages, white-washed and trimmed in blue, dot the hilltops while plains of wheat and oats spread out below, freckled with small flocks of sheep and goats. We’ll experience the majestic tranquility of Alentejo towns and villages; from the graceful town of Evora with its Roman and Moorish heritage to delightful Castelo de Vide with its picturesque medieval Jewish quarter and tiny synagogue – the oldest in Portugal.

Date: late Sept/early Oct. 2016