2016 Sustainable Enterprise Conference Summary

2016 Conference Mural

2016 Sustainable Enterprise Conference Graphice Recording by Christine Walker
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The 2016 Sustainable Enterprise Conference set new records with 456 attendees registered and over 60 speakers presented. Session topics included Zero Carbon Energy, Sustainable Water, Zero Waste, Eco-Tourism, Beverage Production, Building Health, Carbon Farming, Cannabis Policy, Green Jobs, Aging, One Planet Living and much more. Our attendees came mostly from the North Bay and nearly half from the business sector..

2016 Conference Main Hall

2016 Event Partners

The Sustainable Enterprise Conference is a community effort with over 50 organizations supporting our 2016 event. The Sustainable Enterprise Conference is presented to our community by Sustainable North Bay in partnership with Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics, Bioregional One Planet Living, Beneficial State Bank, and with the thoughtful support of our hosts at SOMO Living. The Sustainable Enterprise Conference would not be possible without the support of our vibrant North Bay sustainability community. Thank you to those that made this event possible including our sponsors, organizers, speakers, and volunteers.

Our event is designed to be low impact, including hosting the conference in the solar powered SOMO Village Event Center, serving vegetarian and local foods, and encouraging carpooling to the event. In addition to working toward a low carbon event, we donated $750 to support youth programs as an offset our remaining impact. Global Student Embassy is inspiring next generation leaders to action.

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This year we introduced Bioregional's One Planet Principles to help organizations identify their areas of opportunity and leverage their strengths. We scheduled our sessions to include each of the One Plant Living principles and crafted sessions to explore One Planet as a framework for sustainable living.

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Beyond the Conference for 2016

As organizers of the Sustainable Enterprise Conference, members of Sustainable North Bay increased community impact this year by hosting multiple events during the week of the conference.

Sustainable North Bay Youth Summit

On April 2nd, 2016, a group of 70 people - grades 6-12 including student-teacher teams from 11 schools, Sonoma State University students, staff and faculty, and 10 environmentally-focused community organizations came together to showcase school projects and educational initiatives related to sustainability.

Claudia at the Youth Summit

The purpose of this year's Youth Summit was to introduce the One Planet Living framework to students and teachers, as an entry point for adding depth to school projects inside and outside the classroom. Throughout the day, participants assessed themselves and their school communities in alignment with One Planet Living, strengthening projects and generating new ideas.

Jackson Family Wines Tour and Tasting

We heard from Jackson Family Wines on their sustainability efforts and be treated to a tasting of the results. We were introduced to the amazing work of Global Student Embassy and Oren Wool provided an update on Sustainable North Bay's activities including the development of a One Planet Community Engagement Tool.

Public Banking

Following the Sustainable Enterprise Conference, on April 8th, Tom Sgouros, public policy analyst, writer and author of “Checking the Banks: The Nuts and Bolts of Banking for People Who Want to Fix it”, joined us from Rhode Island for an informative discussion on Public Banking. Tom described the steps required to establish a Public Bank in Sonoma County, and the importance of coming together as an economic community to define our greatest financial needs and where we would like our tax dollars invested locally.