The first ever Fab Planet Summit was a triumph. The half-day conference pioneered the emerging integration of LGBTQ identity and sustainability values. Hosted by OUT for Sustainability, Fab Planet gathered 42 people from across the country (Seattle, Boston, Portland, San Francisco, Berkeley, Los Angeles, Washington DC), all actively working in social and environmental sustainability in areas ranging from renewable energy to co-op management.
Fab Planet’s 14 speakers represented organizations like the Natural Resources Defense Council, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, The Pachamama Alliance, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Heal the Bay and Casey Trees. Panels and workshops delved into topics like Intersectionality, Community Building, Queer and Present Danger, and Coming Out Green, to name a few. Check out a full list of speakers and panels.
Fab Planet (aka #FabPlanet) was held at 220 and Change, a restored warehouse now home to organizations Impact Hub, an international social enterprise focused co-working network, and Pinchot University, best known sustainable business graduate education. Our catering needs were met by Fig Tree, a local queer chef who used locally sourced ingredients to nourish our guests throughout the day, as well as local beer, wine and sodas for the closing reception.
With creative ways to reduce costs and the generosity of our four sponsors International Living Future Institute, 1st Security Bank, Greater Seattle Business Association and Pride Foundation, we were able to offer nearly half the attendees a reduced or free entry to the event while keeping our cost of fundraising at 87% to ensure our operational expenses outside of that equation are met.
With the services of Tino Tran Photography (a few photos are up on Facebook, the rest posted later in the week), and audio recordings we managed ourselves and intend to turn into podcasts and slideshares in the coming months, the rich content and spirit of Fab Planet will live on into the future for the world to absorb.
As we renew our drive to carry on this work, looking at the possibility of a second conference in early spring of 2016, your support has been and will continue to be inspirational. Thank you for doing the great work you do, proving that LGBTQ inclusion and sustainability values are indeed an intersection with potential to shift our individual, social and global paradigms for good.
I look forward to continued opportunities to collaborate, please be in touch with any questions and have a fabulous day.