Through our Climate and Energy Convening of Washington state, Danish and Swedish professionals i-SUSTAIN is providing an opportunity to do something different and meaningful — a bi-directional sharing of actionable knowledge between influential public, business and NGO leaders from Washington state, Denmark and Sweden who are pursuing climate and energy goals. Our approach is collaborative and interactive in which everyone who participates is a partner and the content reflects tangible real-life experience that is meaningful in comparison. (Add here: We would like to thank our partner, the Scan/Design Foundation, and our other key supporters, the District Energy Alliance, UMC, Daniels Real Estatet, ZGF, Enwave, Washington State UTC, Snohomish PUD, and Emerge Leadership.


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The April 11-12, 2016, convening theme is:

Combined Heat and Power and District Energy—Overcoming the Obstacles, Realizing the Benefits

There is a great deal of interest in Washington state to utilize the efficiencies inherent in modern district energy systems—however, several hurdles have to be overcome in going from concept to implementation. i-SUSTAIN is organizing a series of “roll up the sleeves” invitation-only workshops and site visits from April 11-12, 2016, in which high-level, influential professionals from Washington state, Denmark, Sweden, and other regions come together to work through issues related to financing, management of the conversion of steam to hot water, system expansion, and operations. Our efforts during these days will be based on projects under serious consideration, including the University of Washington campus and the redevelopment of the Washington state capitol campus, along with district energy for smaller communities.

Two free open-to-the-public events will also be offered—see below.

 Workshop Content (invitation-only)

A series of workshops in Olympia (April 11), Seattle (April 12), and possibly other Washington state cities will include the following:

  • Making the case—how to explain cost/benefits of district energy
  • Understanding financing options, including public/private partnerships
  • Modernizing existing systems to utilize water instead of steam
  • Policy and technical aspects of integration of district energy into the grid
  • Expanding campus systems into nearby neighborhoods
  • Converting combined heat and power plants from fossil fuels to biofuels
  • The impacts of using natural water sources in district energy
  • Community economic development through PUD ownership of district energy systems

Public Events in Olympia/April 11 and Seattle/April 12

Event details and RSVP here. 




Site Visits (Invitation Only)


  • Amazon-Westin Building data center heat exchange
  • The Washington state capitol campus


Without the contributions of our partners, participants and supporters, this convening would not be possible.  We thank you for your input and assistance.

Partial list of Participants

  • Danfoss
  • Embassy of Denmark
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Washington
  • UMC Energy & EnvironmentCity of Olympia
  • Vulcan Inc.
  • Isoplus Piping Systems

Please express your interest to partner or participate to sandy@i-sustain.com and CC patricia@i-sustain.com


-For background information, click here
Convening of Washington State, Danish and Swedish Climate and Energy Professionals April 11-12, 2016