The Business Journal has a nice summary article on the presentation on sustainability, so I won’t detail it myself, other than an analogy made by Allen Alley, chair of the plan’s steering committee.
He likened sustainability to the quality movement in business in the ’80s. People initially thought quality would just be an added expense. Instead, as they started practicing quality as a discipline, they found it improved their costs and their total operation. He thinks sustainability will provide similar benefits.
The surprise announcement of the conference is that Gov. Kulongoski named Alley (until recently the CEO of Pixelworks) as a Deputy Chief of Staff. Transportation will be one of Alley’s topic areas.
No mention of sustainability in the transportation breakout, except, as previously mentioned, for sustainable funding.
I may have some further thoughts on the summit later after I sort through my notes.