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SustainableSSU

Sustainability, education, students
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Sustainable SSU

Sonoma State University recognizes sustainability as among the most critical

 global and ethical challenges of our time and for future generations.

 

VISION

We see our campus as a living laboratory where students come together with faculty, staff and administrators to build, learn and work in a campus environment that continually focuses on the environmental, economic and cultural implications of sustainability.

Through sustainable development of the physical campus and operational infrastructure, the University administration is a key partner with students and faculty on sustainability projects and modeling best practices.

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Paul Draper, Director of Sustainbility
Rohnert Park

Community Resilience Challenge (Daily Acts)

Community Resilience Challenge
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The Community Resilience Challenge is our chance to show the world that our daily actions matter and that WE are part of the solution. From mid-March through the end of May each year, our community comes together to accomplish awe-inspiring feats of sustainability, which tell the story of community resilience and paints a picture of our movement. YOU can play a vital role in this story’s success and participation is easy. Just visit our website and register your commitment to take action (we’ve even created a suggested list of actions to choose from, or you can create your own!). By joining the Challenge, not only are you helping to grow the movement, but you get great incentives and coupons just for signing up. There’s never been a better time to Stand Up and Be Counted!

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Susan Price
707-789-9664
Petaluma

Sustainable World Coalition

We provide programs and materials to clarify the big picture with sustainability — issues and solutions
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We publish the Sustainable World Sourcebook, an award-winning, magazine-style summary of the big issues, best solutions, and actions to take. We also host online programs and events. Our recent initiative, Planet Earth Arts, uses eco-arts to foster inspiration and engagement (planeteartharts.org).  

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Vinit Allen
4157170422
Hidden Valley Lake

Schools of Sustainability

Working with youth to inspire and strengthen sustainability in education locally and around the world.

What should we be educating about for the future?

SOS is an organization devoted to exploring this question and how it pertains to our ability to sustain ourselves on this planet. We are making a feature length documentary film, offering sustainability/filmmaking workshops and curriculum to schools, and creating a sustainability-themed youth-based social network for kids to share their ideas and visions for the future of the planet.

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Marika Ramsden

Sonoma County Conservation Action

Environmental Policy, Civic Engagement and Issue Campaigns
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Sonoma County Conservation Action's mission is to better our quality of life in Sonoma County for all generations, through educating and directly engaging the public on local environmental issues and policies using grassroots organizing. 

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Dennis Rosatti
707-571-8566
Santa Rosa

Meridian University

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At Meridian University the term creative enterprise is used to embrace pioneering actions, or next practices, that enable enterprises of many forms to blend financial viability with transformative innovation.

Creative enterprise takes place in domains of action within which transformative change can be catalyzed to more effectively address critical needs of our time. Needs such as ecological responsibility, community building, right livelihood, personal empowerment, and business ethics.

The Creative Enterprise MBA at Meridian is centered at the intersection of three primary emphases:

  • Transformative Innovation
  • Business and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Applied Wisdom and Sustainability

These emphases inform and infuse every course in the Meridian MBA curriculum, so understanding what we mean by each reveals the education we deliver.

Transformative Innovation delivers solutions fundamentally superior to those currently available to meet the deepest needs of individuals or society. Such innovations are fueled by visionary shifts in thinking, new business models, cooperative alliances, entrepreneurial insight and persistence. We aim to cultivate entrepreneurs and executives capable of imagining transformative innovations then making them happen.

Meridian’s second core area of emphasis is Business and Social Entrepreneurship. This supports our MBAs in launching or running a viable business, non-profit, or hybrid organization that results in positive social outcomes. These outcomes can spring from business innovation in a range of areas including policy and governance, organizational structure, and product or service evolution. Positive outcomes can also be derived via social creativity, such as building unique coalitions that blend efforts of private business, citizens, government, education, NGO’s, and other organizations.

The third area of emphasis within the Creative Enterprise MBA is Applied Wisdom and Sustainability. A meaningful understanding of sustainability and green principles of conducting business are now requirements for any creative enterprise. At Meridian we pay close attention to deepening the process of integrating this foundation into all of our thinking.

The Creative Enterprise MBA integrates perspectives from the major wisdom and spiritual traditions, neuroscience, and deep ecology to explore possibilities for how wisdom can be applied in social entrepreneurship and executive action. The program promotes no particular school of wisdom, but present a banquet of offerings from which you choose what empowers you most, grounding your actions in a context of being connected to a larger universe.

Diverse Learning Formats
Meridian MBA students spend half of their class time in sessions at Meridian’s San Francisco Center, located within the Hub SoMa inside the San Francisco Chronicle building. The Hub is an international network of workspaces and communication platforms for engaged social entrepreneurs. Class sessions at our San Francisco Center foster student interaction with social entrepreneurs acting at the “intersection of money and meaning”.

MBA students spend the other half of their class time at Meridian’s scenic campus in the hilltops of Marin County, 25 miles north of San Francisco, providing a more contemplative view.

Our MBA program utilizes Learning Communities and is offered in two learning formats: monthly weekends or hybrid online. The blended online format substitutes internet based learning for weekend sessions. Both formats include immersion learning during two weeklong sessions spent in residence each academic year.

Now accepting applications for Fall 2012. 

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Rob Gall
707-765-1836
Petaluma

Environmental Forum of Marin

Environmental Forum of Marin. Education for Action.
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The Environmental Forum of Marin is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the quality of our environment through education. Established in 1972, EFM is a leader in environmental education and public service.

Education for Action. We provide an intensive training program and public educational services that increase understanding of ecology, environmental issues and the planning process. We support and advocate citizen action for the environment. Graduates of the program become members of the Forum.

 

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Joan Gallagher
415.479.7814
San Rafael

RSF Social Finance

Transforming the way the world works with money
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RSF Social Finance is a nonprofit financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money. Inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner, RSF offers investing, lending, and giving services that generate positive social and environmental impact while fostering community and collaboration among participants. In partnership with our investors and donors, RSF has made $275 million in loans and over $130 million in grants since 1984 to for-profit and nonprofit social enterprises working in the areas of Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship. Underlying all our work is a spirited conversation about the role that money can play in the development of humanity.

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Mark Herrera
(415) 561-6160
San Francisco

Presidio Graduate School

MBA, MPA, Dual Degree and Certificate Programs in Sustainable Management
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Presidio Graduate School educates and inspires a new generation of skilled, visionary and enterprising leaders to transform business and public policy and create a more just, prosperous and sustainable world. Through innovative MBA, MPA, Dual Degree and Certificate programs in Sustainable Management, PGS activates students and professionals across a range of disciplines, industries and sectors to bridge the gap between commerce and the common good. To learn more, visit www.presidio.edu

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Kari Dorth
415-655-8912
San Francisco

SSU School of Extended Education

Our Vision

The School of Extended Education is a 21st century organization dedicated to serving diverse learners by providing access to Sonoma State University's intellectual, cultural, and educational resources.

Our Mission

The mission of the School of Extended Education is to support and complement the overarching institutional goals of Sonoma State University. The rapidly changing educational needs of lifelong learners has focused the mission of Extended Education on three critical elements:

1) develop sustainable infrastructure and relevant inventory of programs that will serve and support the needs of the diverse SSU student population;
 
2) enhance collaborative relationships with the local communities, the region, and internationally to foster educational, social, cultural, and economic development; and

3) provide essential services to extended education students and our academic partners.

International Green Industry Hall of Fame

The mission of the International Green Industry Hall of Fame is to recognize individuals and organizations for outstanding achievement(s) in the Green Industry and provide an educational forum for the international public.

Find Your Path or Build Your Path - Education, Entrepreneurship, and Green Careers

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How do we foster innovation and sustainable economic opportunities in our region? How do we re-think education to prepare people for a quickly changing economy? What can you do to find your path or build your path? Start with a sense of place, add some personal exploration, churn in some hands-on skills, mix in some entrepreneurship principles and productivity practices, toss in some social media skills, add a healthy dose of sustainability perspective, mix with community, and voila!
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