Keynote Speaker

Alan Durning

This year’s keynote speaker is renowned author and founder of Sightline Institute, Alan Durning! Alan has contributed significantly to Sightline’s effort to create a new regional index of progress, the Cascadia Scorecard, and has led many of the organization’s other successes.

Durning is author or co-author of more than ten Sightline books. His current topics of focus include carbon pricing, housing affordability, and democracy reform. In 2013 he published Sightline’s first e-book, Unlocking Home.

Prior to founding Sightline, Durning was a senior researcher at Worldwatch Institute in Washington, DC, where he studied the relationships between social and environmental issues. While at Worldwatch, Durning wrote How Much is Enough? The Consumer Society and the Future of the Earth (1992), which was translated into seven languages and given two awards. He also coauthored seven State of the World reports along with Worldwatch Papers on topics ranging from animal agriculture to indigenous peoples.

Durning’s articles have been published in over 100 periodicals, including the Washington PostLos Angeles TimesNew York TimesChristian Science MonitorInternational Herald TribuneForeign PolicySierraUtne Reader, and Technology Review. He publishes regularly in the Northwest press.

Other conference speakers will be announced as they are selected