Power Plant X fosters sustainable relationships among green leaders

Sustainability and green living doesn't all have to be about birkenstocks and hippie skirts. A decidedly hip crowd showed up to The Waldorf for the 10th installment of Power Plant, a green gathering for a dynamic crowd of sustainable business leaders, social entrepreneurs, eco-adventurers, green artists and media activists.

Power Plant X follows a trimmed down version of TED/Pecha Kucha style presentations -- speakers are challenged to tell an engaging story through 10 PowerPoint slides displayed in 20 second flashes-- a story totaling 3 minutes and 20 seconds.

Power Plant founder Lorien Henson, opened the evening by stating her motivation for creating this social gathering: "Sustainability needs to be talked about in an interesting, creative manner." 

Keeping up with the theme of sustainability, the Waldorf Hotel accepted the Go Green Challenge, taking on initiatives such as comprehensive recycling, composting, and sourcing local, organic ingredients. Another part of the challenge obliges the hotel to be audited in terms of waste management, food and beverage procurement and other sustainability actions.

"Be uniquely yourself." said Stina Brown, a graphic designer and communications producer. Growing up in the Interior, Stina struggles with her identity but eventually realized that learning to love yourself starts with a conscious decision, an intention to live a fulfilled life.

Junxion Strategy principal Mike Rowlands was one chipper fellow, keeping the crowd engaged at the gathering. 

An accomplished business strategist, entrepreneur and leader, Rowlands specializes in creating sustainability strategies and social purpose consulting with businesses. Rowlands has several projects on the go, including the Hereos Prokect, AIMIA and SVI Vancouver.

Nature's Path Foods human resources director Jyoti Stephens had a powerful message to share about sustainability. Being a third generation worker in the family business, Stephens quoted a saying from her grandfather: “Always leave the soil better than you found it.”

Stephens asked what can individuals do to remove barriers and promote organic farming in Canada. To promote organic farming, Nature’s Path purchased 2000 acres of land in Saskatchewan and provided funding for families to cultivate the land. Organic food is a $2 billion industry in the country, yet only 700,000 hectares are used--that’s only one per cent of Canada.

Lastly, Ian Mack, a filmmaker who received widespread attention when his film "One Week Job" aired on CBC. "One Week Job" is a story about a guy who worked 52 jobs to find his passion. Ian talks to the audience about Occupy Love, chronocling the global revolution of the heart. Not just love between two partners or among family members, but as Ian mentions even climate crisis can become a love story.

As the event continues to draw a vibrant crowd of green enthusiasts from business leaders to filmmakers, artists to media activists, creator Lorien Henson sees the future of Power Plant  growing beyond Vancouver. Having different city chapters across Canada with one main goal: sharing knowledge and making fruitful connections towards promoting sustainability in their community. 


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