2012 Forest Service Sustainable Operations Summit by GjnL49L


									United States        Forest         Pacific                             Regional Office, R5
Department of        Service        Southwest                           1323 Club Drive
Agriculture                         Region                              Vallejo, CA 94592
                                                                        (707) 562-8737 Voice
                                                                        (707) 562-9240 Text (TDD)

 File Code:   1310                                             Date:   December 15, 2011
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   Subject:   2012 Forest Service Sustainable Operations Summit

       To:    WO Mailroom, R5 Unit Mailrooms, PSW Station Director, Area Director, IITF
              Director, Deputy Chief and WO Chief Staff Directors, Job Corps Center Director

                               REPLY DUE JANUARY 17, 2012

The 2012 Forest Service Sustainable Operations Summit – Journey of Green Discovery – is just
around the corner! The Summit is now officially scheduled from February 14 – 16, 2012 (with
travel days on February 13th and 17th). The Summit site – Region 5’s Wildland Fire Training
and Conference Center (WFTC) in Sacramento, California – will remain the same as that stated
in previous correspondence.
Attending Virtually? Please designate a Unit-level Virtual Summit Lead. To encourage
Units to maximize “group” participation virtually in the Summit, the Planning Team created a
friendly competition. Leads will engage their Unit in a contest with other Units across the
country to organize employees into clusters, so that they participate in the same room(s). After
the Summit, Leads will provide a list of those who virtually attended the Summit “together” (See
Enclosure 1). (Yes, we will count those in multiple rooms attending plenary and/or concurrent
breakout sessions). Two (2) exciting “green” prizes will be awarded for the: 1) Unit with the
largest percentage of remote participants gathered in a single location and 2) Unit with the
largest percentage of total participants engaging remotely.
Attending in Sacramento? The opportunity to convene in-person is also important. We ask
that you designate one Sustainable Operations Representative from each Region/Station/Area to
join us at the WFTC for the onsite meeting and networking. Given travel budget reductions, we
understand that some representatives may need to participate virtually, but we strongly
encourage an in-person presence, if possible. Please complete the attached Representative
Contact Form (Enclosure 2), designating your representative, by January 17, 2012. Note:
Previously designated representatives are listed in Enclosure 2. If your name is already listed,
please confirm your participation by emailing Lara Polansky (lpolansky@fs.fed.us).
Register early, blog with fellow Sustainable Operations champions, and make this Summit
work for you. Online registration for all participants (in-person and virtual) will be announced
by mid-January 2012. Virtual Summit access is FREE and available on a first come/first served
basis. During the Summit, we encourage employees to participate as a group to promote local
cross-pollination and maximize available slots.
Full Summit details, including a draft agenda, hotel information, and online registration (mid-
Jan. 2012) are available on the 2012 Summit website:

                     America’s Working Forests - Caring Every Day in Every Way        Printed on Recycled Paper
WO Mailroom, R5 Unit Mailrooms, PSW Station Director, Area Director,                        2
IITF Director, Deputy Chief and WO Chief Staff Directors, Job Corps Center Director

For general Summit questions, please contact the 2012 Summit Co-Chairs: Renee Jewell at (707)
562-8820 or Lara Polansky at (707) 562-8937. For Virtual Services questions, please contact
2012 Summit Virtual Services Lead, Jim McGinnis, at (541) 552-1591.

/s/ Jayne Handley (for)
Regional Forester

Enclosures (2): Virtual Participant List & Representative Contact Form

cc: Lara Polansky
Renee Jewell
James P McGinnis
Maritza Huerta
Anna J Jones Crabtree
Laurie A Tippin
Scott R Tangenberg
Thomas A Contreras
Jacqueline A Emanuel
Katie D Newcomb
Ronald Ketter
Susan M Litteral
Pat Winter
Stephanie Pickern

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