Power Plant is a unique and sociable networking event in Vancouver for a dynamic crowd of sustainable business leaders, social entrepreneurs, eco-adventurers, green artists and media activists.

Power Plant offers an innovative and casual approach to networking with the aim of celebrating success, sharing ideas and knowledge, creating strategic partnerships and gathering to promote the growth of Vancouver’s green economy – while enjoying a bevy or two!

The event features quick presentations from green community leaders. Presenters have exactly 10 PowerPoint slides displayed for 20 seconds each - that's only 3 minutes and 20 seconds - to reveal their engaging story in a nutshell. This could be anything from sharing about their company and acknowledging achievements to launching a new program and raising interest for partnerships. This presentation style is a trimmed down version of the popular TED Talks or Pecha Kucha presentations.

Power Plant Connectors help introduce guests and make purposeful connections (perfect for wallflowers). On top of that event greening solutions are included to reduce Power Plant’s environmental footprint.

Power Plant is produced by LimeLight Event Marketing in a hip, green location in Vancouver.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Movers, Shakers & Change Makers at Power Plant XI

The eleventh Power Plant event was a special edition powered by 1% For The Planet. It was hosted at Vancity Theatre for a lively crowd of 175 Power Planters on Monday, November 5th, 2012.  Thank you to our guest presenters,  connectors and sponsors.  Here are some photos of the evening from photographer Jonathan Evans.   
Power Plant XI was hosted at Vancity Theatre - largest venue for our event so far.
Power Plant XI Special Edition sold out three weeks in advance!
Full House! 
Power Plant Connector for the 10th time - Stina Brown!
L - R Melody Badgett, Flip Brown, Brodie O'Brien
Power Plant Connector in action Sara Blenkhorn
Happy Power Planters!
Power Plant XI Presenters
L - R Kris Holm, Monica Pearson, Devon Page, Michael Ableman, Melody Badgett
Power Planters start the night with Jazzy Hands!
Melody Badgett - 1% For The Planet

All the photos from the evening can be viewed on the Power Plant Facebook page.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Meet the presenters for Power Plant XI

Get ready for Power Plant XI. The four speakers for this special edition of Power Plant are green leaders and all of whom are 1% for the Planet members or the organizations they support. In exactly 3 minutes and 20 seconds each speaker will deliver their story. 

Monica Pearson
Monica Pearson, Principal, Balance Ecological

Monica Pearson is the principal of Balance Ecological, an environmental consulting firm that works with a wide range of partners to preserve and restore wetland habitats in the Fraser Valley. She is also a graduate student at UBC and serves on the board of the Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition to improve watershed health through stewardship outreach and active restoration. While much of her work focuses on endangered amphibians, wetland restoration projects also improve habitat for bugs, fishes, birds, mammals and humans. 

Kris Holm  @KHUnicycles
Kris Holm, unicyclist, geoscientist and 1% For The Planet ambassador 

Kris Holm is one of the early mountain and trials unicycling pioneers, and was the first rider to bring mountain unicycling to a mainstream audience through film, television and magazine features. Kris played a key role in the innovation of modern unicycling equipment through his brand, Kris Holm Unicycles, which was the first company in Canada and internationally the first cycling brand to join 1% for the Planet. Kris' main interest is independent, exploratory riding, which has taken him down mountains in North and South America, across remote regions in Bhutan and Mongolia, and through the beautiful trails closer to his home in Vancouver, British Columbia. Follow Kris on Twitter @KHUnicycles.

Devon Page @devonpage5
Devon Page, Executive Director, Ecojustice

In 2001 Devon Page joined Ecojustice, first as a staff lawyer, and in 2009 he took the reins as Executive Director. He contributed to some of the earliest lawsuits launched under Canada’s Species at Risk Act, and a precedent-setting victory at the Supreme Court of Canada that forced the full recognition of the economic value of natural resources in cases of environmental harm. Besides providing strategic leadership for lawsuits and legal action, Devon is also building Ecojustice's presence across the country to prepare for emerging environmental challenges, such as Alberta's tar sands. He lives in Vancouver with his wife Paula and their golden retriever Willow. Follow Devon on Twitter @DevonPage5

Michael Ableman
Michael Ableman, farmer, author and founder/director SOLEfood Farm

Michael Ableman is a farmer and author. He is the founder and co-director of SOLEfood, a city wide urban agriculture enterprise established to provide employment to individuals in Vancouver British Columbia who are dealing with poverty and addiction.  The project has received widespread attention both for it’s social success and for it’s innovative production methods and economic modeling. Ableman lives and farms at the historic 120 acre Foxglove Farm where he also directs the Center For Arts, Ecology, andAgriculture.

See you November 5th at 6.30pm at Vancity Theatre.With only 20 tickets left our groovy green event for sustainability leaders will sell out in advance. Get your tickets here

Friday, October 5, 2012

Speakers Announced for Power Plant XI

It is with great pleasure to announce the speakers selected for Power Plant XI Special Edition powered by 1% for the PlanetPower Plant XI features four green community leaders, all of whom are 1% for the Planet members or the organizations they support. Each speaker has exactly 3 minutes and 20 seconds to deliver their story.  

Three social sustainability butterflies will be Power Plant Connectors for the evening. They help introduce guests and make strategic connections, so there no wallflowers.  

Enjoy an afterwork bevy or two and rub shoulders with plenty of folks in Vancouver's sustainability community.  Tickets are selling fast, so don't wait to get your ticket because Power Plant XI will sell out.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Power Plant XI Special Edition on November 5th

After a Summer hiatus, Power Plant is back with a Special Edition powered by 1% For The Planet on November 5th at Vancity Theatre.

Power Plant XI will feature 1% For The Planet members and their non-profit partners. The speakers will present in the same format you've come to love...Power Plant style - only 3 minutes + 20 seconds.

Join us for a casual afterwork gathering for a night of purposeful connections and interesting presentations by local sustainability leaders.

Tickets available now Eventbrite - Power Plant XI Special Edition - Gathering For Green Leaders

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Power Plant X Under The Palms In East Van

On Tuesday night under the palms trees of East Vancouver's Tiki Bar over 125 green leaders gathered for a social mixer. Thank you to our presenters, connectors, sponsors and green challenge partners and especially our guests. More photos are on the Power Plant Facebook Page.
Sold Out!
Funky Tiki Bar
Lisa Princic, Hilary Mandel, Bernice Paul
Palm Trees!
Groovy green gathering
Ian Mackenzie
Filmmaker + Media Activist
Jyoti Stephens
Natures Path 
Mike Rowlands
Junxion Strategy
Stina Brown
Happy Power Planters

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

PPVan X is Sold Out

Tickets for the 10th edition of Power Plant on February 21, 2012 are sold out. There are no tickets available at the door.

Next Power Plant is April 24, 2012. The best way to stay connected with Power Plant events is to follow us on Twitter @PowerPlantVan and Facebook.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Waldorf Hotel Accepts The Go Green Challenge

 Once you know, it’s hard to pretend you don’t know. This is the notion behind Power Plant’s Go Green Challenge.

Power Plant events are hosted in green venues, which means the venue incorporates sustainability initiatives such as comprehensive recycling, composting, local and organic suppliers or membership to Green Table Network.

In partnership with local recycling company, Recycling Alternative and green restaurant program, Green Table Network Power Plant created the Go Green Challenge to demonstrate sustainability in action with a Power Plant venue.

East Vancouver’s famous Waldorf Hotel advertises the fact that it can do just about anything as an event venue - so why not improve its overall sustainability? The Waldorf Hotel accepted the Go Green Challenge, which coincides with the 10th edition of Power Plant on February 21, 2012.

 “I personally hope that the Waldorf Hotel can become a green leader in Vancouver's event hosting scene - but it goes a little further than that,” said Hunter Moyes of the Waldorf Hotel. “With some hard work and dedication the Waldorf Hotel’s environmental systems could be tightened. Changing will involve changing the habits of over 50 employees. Changing the attitudes and habits of those 50 people will be the real challenge, and the best possible positive outcome - taking "the cool kids" off the proverbial fence.”

As part of the Go Green Challenge the hotel will be audited in terms of its waste management, food and beverage procurement and other sustainability practices. Recycling Alternative will install composting bins strategically throughout the hotel and will measure the waste diverted from the landfill from one full day of the hotel’s entire operations. 

Louise Schwarz, co-founder of Recycling Alternative said “Since Recycling Alternative has a reputation for jumping at innovative opportunities to trash-bust with community partners looking to green their events and operations, we just couldn’t resist the opportunity to work with Power Plant and the Waldorf on the Go Green Challenge. Together we have tailored a user friendly model that will maximize waste diversion and composting at the site on February 21st and serve as a benchmark for the Waldorf as they move forward in their efforts to go green.”

Green Table Network will support the Go Green Challenge by helping the hotel to procure more local ingredients and products for the menu served at Power Plant X event. To recognize the Waldorf Hotel for their active participation in the Go Green Challenge, they will be rewarded with membership to Green Table Network’s innovative online toolkit, which is a step-by-step guide to greening operations and business goals.

The Green Table Network lives for good challenges, especially green ones,” said Andre LaRiviere, founder of Green Table Network. “For the past five years, we've been helping restaurants across BC (and beyond) to design their own 'roadmap' to sustainable operations, so we know how important it is to find a place and way to get started. We're hoping that, by supporting this challenge for PowerPlant, the food and beverage team at The Waldorf will be inspired to keep going down the road to a deliciously greener future.”

The results from the Go Green Challenge will be posted here shortly after the event and announced at the next Power Plant event. Ultimately the goal is to support the Waldorf Hotel to green their operations and inspire and motivate them to take action to permanently implement positive changes to their operations.

Purchase tickets to Power Plant X here.