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Labcon

Sustainable Labware Solutions
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Labcon was founded in Marin County, California in 1959 as Ways and Means, Inc. The name given to the company then reflected the newness of the plastics industry where the company literally had to find the "ways and means" to make plastic products including small toys, vials for salt tablets, contact lens cases, cassette tape cartridges and cigarette filters. Labcon developed some of the first plastic pipet tips for research liquid handling in the early 1980’s and soon became a major global supplier of plastic laboratory products for industries such as biomedical research, pharmaceutical and environmental studies. This focus helped Labcon grow at a time when the use of disposables exploded over fears of contamination from even minute traces of chemicals left over from the washing of glassware.

Although Labcon is a major supplier of disposable products to laboratories, there had been growing concern inside and outside the company that disposable plastics are too wasteful. From this understanding Labcon began to develop products in 1994 that were unlike anything else the laboratory industry had seen. These innovative products incorporate concepts of "eco-efficiency" using less packaging, recycled plastics, plant-based bioplastics and refillable products. A particularly good example is the Pagoda® pipet tip refill system which eliminates 90% of the packaging and waste in typical products of this kind and has spawned a multitude of imitations. Labcon also began looking at its manufacturing processes for areas to cut waste and lessen its environmental impact. Starting in 2003, a tremendous investment was devoted toward a new manufacturing facility in Petaluma, CA with high-efficiency electric molding machines, solvent (VOC) free printers for product marking, a chemical-free water treatment system, an internal scrap recycling program and numerous other enhancements which resulted in zero plastic waste and an over 50% reduction in the energy to produce our products. In 2010 Labcon made the largest single equipment investment in company history by installing a $3.3M 800kW rooftop solar array to produce 30% of the company’s electricity. We now scrutinize a full spectrum of environmental impacts including the greenhouse gas/carbon footprint to produce our products which we’re proud to say has been cut by 70% in the past 10 years.

Labcon has taken significant steps over the years to address the environmental concerns we share with our customers and community in order to develop an earth friendly manufacturing business.

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Labcon
707-766-2100
Petaluma

Bay Area Green Tours

Providing experiential field trips so participants to taste, touch, smell & see innovative, sustainable solutions.
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Bay Area Green Tours (BAGT) shines the spotlight on the real life pioneering and innovating models that are creating a positive, productive and sustainable future.  We help revitalize local economies by inspiring people to make conscious choices about the things they consume, and to be aware of the economic and environmental impacts of their actions. 

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Marissa LaMagna
(510) 704-0379
Berkeley

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

Michaels Green Upholstery

Michael’s Custom Built Inc. is a progressive upholstery shop, We build
new furniture and Reupholster, Recycle, Restyle, Reduce, Reuse, Redesign,
Recover and Redecorate your Residence and Commercial offices, hotel, wineries
and restaurants. We have the resources to make any upholstered piece more earth
friendly. We carry unique natural fiber fillers and fabrics such as silk, wool,
cork, linen, and cotton.

Michael’s offers clients an environmentally conscience product without
compromising on design or style. Either a new piece of furniture or the reworking
of an old treasured piece we are committed meeting every client’s individual
needs and desires.

In the past few years Michael’s has researched and located sources
from around the world to supply us with natural and organic materials for our
Green Furniture clients.

When creating a piece of new environmentally friendly furniture we use
organic cotton and hemp for our batting, ticking, and webbing. Our frames are
made from recycled wood or F.S.C. (Forest Steward Council) certified wood. We
use low V.O.C. glues and adhesives and latex rubber.

In our small way we feel
proud that we are encouraging the reduction of furniture waste in our
overcrowded landfills. By reupholstering furniture and building new furniture
using the most renewable resources we are helping to protect our soil, water,
and air.

GreenUpHub

GreenUpHub™ is the premier green business directory list and resource that connects green-minded consumers with sustainability-focused green business providers, products, resources and services. Find green here...anywhere and anytime.

FARM Creative/Alana Jelinek Design

FARM Creative is the green design firm for socially responsible business leaders who want values-based strategic marketing communications, corporate identity, and graphic design that boosts their quadruple-bottom line (profit, people, environment, culture) and builds brand awareness across media platforms.

Our mission is to use the power of graphic design to make the world a greener place, to form collaborative relationships for new ways of doing business, and to connect businesses to consumers in a way that fosters a regenerative economy.

Sonoma Compost Company

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Sonoma Compost Company is the regional compost operator for all of Sonoma County. They produce quality organic compost and mulches that are favored by farmers, gardeners, and landscapers throughout the North Bay. 

Since 1993, Sonoma Compost has diverted over 1,500,000 tons of yard debris and organic matter from the landfill and turned it into valuable soil amendments allowed for use in organic food production. In addition, they play an important role in helping the County meet waste diversion goals.

Sonoma Compost Company is a community partner, working with local non profits and schools to promote school and community gardens throughout Sonoma County. 

Their commitment to the community is to produce the highest quality compost and mulches in the industry, with the intent of returning it to local soils to rebuild and enrich depleted soils.

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707.664.9113
Petaluma
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