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Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) Announces Industry Lunches & Key Discussion Panels at Outdoor Retailer Snow Show

January 23, 2019

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Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) Announces Industry Lunches & Key Discussion Panels at Outdoor Retailer Snow Show

OIA, the title sponsor and education provider of Outdoor Retailer, offers engaging Industry Lunches & Panels with topics covering sustainable business practices, climate change strategy, equity in the workplace and how to tackle getting more kids and families outside.

BOULDER, Colo. (January 23, 2019)– Today Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), the nonprofit trade association for the outdoor industry, announced the OIA Industry Lunches for Outdoor Retailer Snow Show, presented in partnership with Snowsports Industries of America (SIA). Come for a free lunch and in-depth discussion on topics ranging from climate change, outdoor recreation and conservation on public lands and energy development, building a sustainable business and how to support kids and families access the ongoing benefits of getting outside.

“The OIA Industry Lunches are free to all Outdoor Retailer Snow Show attendees and credentialed media – I encourage everyone to come learn about vital issues in the outdoor industry. For our industry to remain a force, we need to stay plugged into the issues and the community dedicated to solving them,” said Amy Roberts, OIA’s executive director. “I hope all Outdoor Retailer Snow Show attendees will come to our free education sessions to engage, discuss and connect with fellow outdoor industry colleagues.”

Check out the schedule of OIA Industry Lunches and sustainability session. Credentialed media, please contact Cody Wertz at 303-518-2112 or cody@freestone-strategies.com for additional information.

OIA INDUSTRY LUNCHES
Presented in partnership with Snowsports Industries of America (SIA)
Day 1-3, 12-1:30pm, January 30-February 1, Colorado Convention Center, Room 401 & 405

ADVANCING YOUR CLIMATE STRATEGY: EMERGING BEST PRACTICES FOR EMISSIONS REDUCTION IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN
Day 1, Wednesday, January 30 from 12:00p-1:30p, Colorado Convention Center, Room 401

For organizations striving to be leaders on climate, the foundation of a solid climate strategy includes setting transparent goals and implementing an array of practical emissions reduction strategies. As manufacturers, the bulk of our emissions are deep in the supply chain where we have less leverage and challenges with measurement. How do we work together to address the impact of our materials, invest in emerging renewable energy markets in the areas we source from, and engage with our consumers? This session will look at emerging practices to assess and reduce scope 3 emissions, including industry collaboration around energy efficiency, renewable energy procurement and investment, land use strategies, and examples of how a few outdoor industry companies are working to better understand and reduce their own impact.

Speakers: Carol Shu, The North Face; Carolina Leonhardt, Clif Bar

Sponsored by Rolland Paper and Fjallraven

Stick around after lunch for “Must-Haves for a Successful Sustainability Strategy” and learn what every brand needs in order to establish or evolve its sustainability strategy.

STATE OF THE ROCKIES AND CONSERVATION IN THE WEST: A DISCUSSION OF BIPARTISAN ISSUES AND OPINIONS IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN WEST
Day 2, Thursday, January 31 from 12:00p to 1:30p, Colorado Convention Center, Room 405

Debate about outdoor recreation, conservation on public lands and energy development and the trade-offs of each is ongoing across the nation. Join Outdoor Industry Association, Colorado College, the Center for Western Priorities and two of the nation’s leading pollsters for the release of the renowned 2019 Conservation in the West Poll and a discussion of the evolving opinions and priorities in the land management conversation in the West.

Speakers: Lori Weigel, Public Opinion Strategies; Dave Metz, FM3; Jennifer Rokala, Center for Western Priorities; Jon Goldin-Dubois, Western Resource Advocates; Maite Arce, Hispanic Access Foundation; Corina McKendry, Colorado College; Amy Roberts, OIA

Sponsored by Business for Water Stewardship

THE THRIVE OUTSIDE IMPERATIVE: WHY INVESTING IN OUTDOOR PARTICIPATION NOW WILL PAY OFF LATER
Day 3, Friday, February 1 from 12:00p to 1:00p, Colorado Convention Center Room 405

Are you concerned about the future of outdoor participation? Come to the Outdoor Industry Association Industry Lunch to hear from the Outdoor Foundation and SIA about current participation research and data; the challenges and opportunities organizations like Environmental Learning for Kids, the Share Winter Foundation (SWF) and local Colorado SWF grantee SOS Outreach face in getting more kids and families outside; and what your company can do to support the industry’s future.

The Outdoor Foundation, the philanthropic arm of OIA, will also describe their new approach for investing in local nonprofits to increase participation through Thrive Outside Communities. The Outdoor Foundation’s Thrive Outside Communities are local collectives of regional nonprofits, neighborhoods, national organizations and outdoor industry brands and retailers that will be selected from cities across the country.

Speakers: Lise Aangeenbrug, The Outdoor Foundation; Constance Beverly, Share Winter Foundation; Seth Ehrlich, SOS Outreach; Loretta Pineda, Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK)

Thank you to our generous OIA Industry Lunch partners: Business for Water Stewardship, Rolland Paper and Fjallraven.

Key Discussion Panels:

MUST-HAVES FOR A SUCCESSFUL SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY
Day 1, Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 1:00p to 3:00p, Colorado Convention Center, Room 405

Do you know what it takes to make true progress on your company’s sustainability efforts? Come and learn what every brand needs in order to establish or evolve its sustainability strategy. Leave with a better understanding of the tools available to help you identify the issues that matter most to your business, gain deeper transparency into your supply chain and materials, and plan for action. Plus, we’ll share our favorite hacks for designing and executing your sustainability game-plan for small to mid-sized brands.

Speaker: Nikki Hodgson, OIA

CAMBER OUTDOORS THOUGHT LEADER KEYNOTE
Day 3, Friday, February 01, 2019 from 7:00a to 9:00a, Colorado Convention Center Room 401

Join us for a conversation with leaders in the outdoor industry sharing their insights, lessons learned and information on the Camber Outdoors CEO Outdoor Equity Pledge. The active-outdoor industries are at the leading-edge of prioritizing workplace equity as a strategic business imperative.

Speakers: Amy Roberts, OIA; Wendy Yang, Hoka One One, Teva, Sanuk; Kim Miller, Scarpa; Jim Weber, Brooks Running.

Click here to see more details about the OIA Industry Lunches and sustainability session.

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About Outdoor Industry Association
Based in Boulder, Colo., with offices in Washington, D.C., Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the leading trade association for the outdoor industry and the title sponsor of Outdoor Retailer. OIA unites and serves over 1300 manufacturer, supplier, sales representative, and retailer members through its focus on trade and recreation policy, sustainable business innovation and outdoor participation. For more information, visit outdoorindustry.org or call 303.444.3353.

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