PubliCalendar: Awards and Accolades

Today's picks for civic nerds.

By Ezra Parter June 11, 2014

Norman B. Rice will soon retire after an illustrious career in city politics. Image via the Seattle Foundation.

For Today

2014 First Citizen Banquet

Former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice has been selected as the 76th recipient of the Seattle-King County First Citizen Award, given annually to a prominent leader or unsung hero who has benefited the city or county and encouraged others to follow suit. 
Rice's long career in broadcasting, banking, academia, and politics will come to an end this year, when he retires from his current post as CEO and president of the Seattle Foundation. 
The black tie-optional cocktail reception and banquet begins at 6 pm at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.
2014 First Citizen Banquet, Wed, June 11, 6 pm, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University Street, $125. 

For Thursday

4 Under Forty

The Northwest Energy Coalition is honoring four young leaders in the region's efforts to find clean and affordable energy solutions.

The honorees—SustainableWorks managing director Tara Anderson, Climate Solutions' Washington state director Jessica Finn Coven, Idaho Conservation League energy associate Benjamin Otto, and Puget Sound Energy senior energy management engineer Gus Takala—were chosen from a list of 24 nominees.

More than 15 other speakers will also spend time behind the podium, delivering information on the state of Northwest energy efficiency efforts, the generation of wind and solar power in Montana, and the impact of EPA regulations in the energy industry.

All proceeds go toward the NW Energy Coalition’s work for clean and affordable energy solutions.

4 Under Forty, Thu, June 12, 5:30–7 pm, The Bullitt Center, 1501 E Madison St, $50

For Friday

The Low Cost of Good Jobs

SkillUp Washington and the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program have imported MIT Sloan professor Zeynep Ton to Seattle for a talk on how companies can offer more jobs, keep prices down, and improve service for customers all while boosting their own profits by properly investing in their employees.

Ton, whose book The Good Jobs Strategy: How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs & Boost Profits hit shelves in January, sees Costco as an example of a company that gets it. 

Costco Director, Executive VP, and CFO Richard Galanti (the man's got titles!) will be there too, offering some insights from his experience.

The Low Cost of Good Jobs, Friday, June 13, 4–6 pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1116 8th Ave, free with registration.

Advance Notice For June 18

Crosscut Community Idea Lab

Local news outlet Crosscut is looking for input from Seattlites on how best to use the tech boom to create a more equitable and engaged society. In this first installment of planned recurring "community problem-solving journalism" events, Crosscut has lit the nerd bat signal to rally folks with great ideas to put their thoughts and efforts toward this issue.

Submit your idea online (scroll to the bottom of the above link) to earn a chance to present it in mid-June before a panel of experts and an audience that will vote to determine the winner. All ideas are welcomed and the best will recieve exposure on and a chance to work with Seattle officials to make it happen.

Crosscut Community Idea Lab, Wed, June 18, 6:30–8 pm, Great Hall at Town Hall, 600 8th Ave, free to submit ideas, $5–$50 to attend.

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