One Planet Cafe Table Talks

Inspired by the work of Bioregional and their One Planet Principles, we're hosting a One Planet Cafe that incorporates features of World Cafe, Open Space and Un-conference.  During the day participants will move from table to table finding new collaborators and sharing resources. You'll have an opportunity at the event to host your own conversation.


Greening Your Organization from Within

Workplace sustainability initiatives are most successful when employees are inspired to take action, together. NCEI offers ready-made employee engagement programs from the Northwest Earth Institute, designed to foster education, create and deepen green workplace culture and inspire staff to find solutions that support your organizational sustainability goals and initiatives.

Dr. Elaine Wellin


Sustainable Tourism Observatory Cafe

Brainstorming the key reporting points on sustainability in Sonoma County tourism. If you are in any facet of the tourism industry, we would love your input. This will be a community-focused discussion of tourism topics.

Pamela Lanier


The Resilient Start-up

“The Resilient Start-up”, presents lessons from N. Bay start-ups who have strong social and environmental missions and the practices and models they are using to be resilient and economically viable.

Chris Yalonis


Our Historic Moment: Addressing Barriers to Our Progress

Our Historic Moment presents a vision of global resilience, and dives into why we haven't made more progress, given how much of he vision has been known for decades. The result? 7 Key Barriers emerge. How should our understanding of the barriers be adjusted. Most important, what pathways do we see to productively and effectively nullify the Barriers to move forward? 

David Jaber


Houseless in Sonoma

Homelessness in general and homelessness in Sonoma County specifically is a issue we all must shoulder if we strive to live in a healthy, vibrant community.  A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.  Housing, community integration and spiritual belief are all aspects are some of the elements which need to be addressed to make inroads into this issue. 

Steven Sheldon


Empowering Sustainably Responsible Purchasing Decisions

Our consumption of products and services represents a significant source of impacts on our economy, society and environment with substantially more impacts "hidden" in the production, distribution, use and disposal processes. While we would hope that providing consumers with accurate and objective information about the "sustainability" of the products they buy, research has shown that information alone does not alter consumer behavior to the extent we would expect. What's it take? Join Mark Westwind in a lively discussion about how we can develop strategies for engaging consumers in buying green. Mark recently participated in two national sustainable business conferences and will share his insights about how Corporate America is addressing this challenge.

Mark Westwind


Leadership for a Sustainable, Socially Just Future

What type of Leadership is needed as we face a climate crisis, growing inequality, and economic disempowerment within the challenges of an increasingly interdependent world? How do we best leverage shared leadership models to enhance the capacity of groups to collectively “listen” to what is wanting to emerge in the world, and have the courage to do what is required? In this discussion, we explore what skills and practices are essential to inspire, empower, and equip leaders who can facilitate the co-creation of a sustainable, socially just future.

Kerry Fugett


Food Rescue First: Methane Reduction through Social Innovation

In Sonoma County, food waste is the largest individual component of our overall waste composition and presents a key opportunity to further align our local climate action goals. Food rescue is the idea of capturing edible food that is currently being put in the landfill and getting it into the hands of people who can use or distribute it to those in need. This discussion will focus on education, outreach and policy innovation to help address the problem of edible food waste at relevant businesses.

Carolyn Glanton


How can the One Planet Principles support the Age Friendly Community Initiative

The North Bay's population over 60 is expanding. The County of Sonoma launched the Age Friendly Community Initiative to make the area more liveable for this demographic. Many of the issues being addressed are the same as the One Planet Principles. The inquiry is how can the environmental movement using the One Planet Principles work with the Age Friendly Communities to fulfill both agendas.

Larry Tackett


Woodagedon: Let's Prevent Wood Waste

The Bay Area is experiencing what has been dubbed "Woodagedon" in the wood waste industry. This presents an amazing opportunity to reshape how our C&D waste is handled and processed, and to lead the state in creating a model where wood waste is prevented, and where valuable lumber and timber remains in usable condition for building and woodworking instead of chipped for mulch, compost, or incineration. Let's think outside the debris box to prioritize source reduction and reuse over recycling, incineration and landfilling and determine how we can develop the infrastructure to do so at a high volume scale. This discussion needs forward thinkers to help create a new paradigm for C&D waste.

Nicole Tai