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SEATTLE - (March 1, 2011) - Virginia Mason Medical Center is the title sponsor of GoGreen '11 Seattle, a one-day conference designed to connect business leaders across industries with some of the area's most inspiring "eco-entrepreneurs."

The GoGreen Conference takes place April 20 in Seattle, and it will feature more than 60 speakers and moderated panel discussions covering a host of sustainability issues, from building a company "green team" to transportation strategies. Exhibitors at the event will represent some of the best ideas and tools available for businesses in all stages of developing a greener corporate culture.

Through its EnviroMason initiative, Virginia Mason has made significant progress toward reducing its carbon footprint. Joining with GoGreen is an excellent opportunity to share Virginia Mason's successes and learn from other businesses that are developing a stronger environmental focus.

"By successfully reducing waste, and conserving water and energy, we have proven that medical centers can be leaders in adopting sustainable practices," said Sarah Patterson, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Virginia Mason. "Partnering with the GoGreen Conference is a way to not only tell that story but to strengthen our ongoing commitment to environmental goals."

Started in 2008, the GoGreen Conference was created by business owner Ericka Dickey-Nelson to help other companies like hers become more sustainable. With a supporting advisory board comprised of experts in environmental policy, economics and sustainability, GoGreen Conferences are now established in Portland, Ore., and Austin, Texas, in addition to Seattle.

Organizations participating in the GoGreen Conference in Seattle include the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Seattle City Light, Snohomish PUD, Starbucks,, Microsoft, and Seattle Climate Partnership, among others.

The GoGreen '11 Seattle Conference is Wednesday, April 20, at The Conference Center in the Washington State Convention Center, located at Eighth Avenue and Pike Street. For program details, visit For more information about Virginia Mason's EnviroMason program and initiatives, visit

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit comprehensive regional health care system in Seattle that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 440 physicians with a 336-bed acute-care hospital. Virginia Mason operates a network of clinics throughout the Puget Sound area, and Bailey-Boushay House, a skilled-nursing facility and chronic care management program for people with HIV/AIDS. The medical center is affiliated with Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, internationally recognized in autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason is known for applying manufacturing principles to health care to improve quality and patient safety. For more information, visit or Facebook/VMcares or follow @VirginiaMason on Twitter.

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