Speaker Topics 2016 Conference

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0815 | Main Hall
Elizabeth Gore, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Dell, and is interviewed by Matt Villano about scaling sustainable solutions at Dell. She gives thoughts on sustainability for entrepreneurs and how women and minorities can capitalize on new business opportunities.
0815 | Main Hall
Brad Baker, CEO, SOMO Living talks about recent accomplishments and the vision for SOMO Village.
0815 | Main Hall
Pooran Desai, Co-founder, Bioregional One Planet Living speaks about ecovillage projects around the world.
0815 | Main Hall
Dr. William S. Silver, Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University, speaks about our next leaders.
0815 | Main Hall
Jake MacKenzie & Lucas Oshun: Offsetting the Conference Impact. Jake Mackenzie has served over 20 years on the Rohnert Park City Council and has been Mayor four times. He chairs and serves on regional water, transportation, open space, sustainable growth and climate protection bodies. Lucas Oshun has four years of experience as Global Student Embassy’s Executive Director and Co-founder. GSE works in three global communities engaging local students in year-round education and action to address climate change, food security and ecological degradation. https://globalstudentembassy.org/
Ecological Handprint
0845 | Main Hall
As a paradigm, the Ecological Handprint reframes the notion of sustainability. It expands on the Footprint by bringing together the interrelated goals of planetary and human well-being. This presentation will focus on ecologically-sound models for combating poverty in the arenas of lighting, water, and cooking. With photographs from the Ecological Handprints interactive eBook, this presentation offers practical solutions for turning the UN Sustainable Development Goals into daily reality.
0845 | Main Hall
In this session we will explore examples and ideas how engage as a Zero Waste Hero or Shero in life, work and envisioning the world we want to see. If we truly are to Be the Change we wish to see...how are we stronger, more resilient and bold in our words, actions and influence.
0845 | Main Hall
GSE works in three global communities engaging local students in year-round education and action to address climate change, food security and ecological degradation. Reciprocal exchanges connect our students to collaborate on sustainable garden and reforestation projects. Lucas will present on youth leadership in environmental movements focusing on organic food production in Nicaragua and USA and reforestation in Ecuador.
Zero Waste
1015 | Main Hall
Zero Waste is a whole systems approach that emphasizes waste prevention as opposed to end of pipe waste management. Zero waste encompasses eliminating waste through recycling and reuse as well as restructuring production and distribution systems to reduce waste to systematically eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials.
1015 | Boardroom
A sustainable local economy produces and exchanges locally as many products needed by their citizens as they reasonably can. Sustainable communities value their unique character and encourage cooperation and trade policies benefiting local economies, and stewardship of the natural environment. Businesses work with suppliers to establish a fair exchange, cooperate with other businesses in ways that balance their self-interest with their obligation to the community and future generations and use their business practices to support an inclusive and healthy community, and to protect our natural environment and yield a "living return" to owners and investors. One important aspect of sustainable business is the reduction of carbon emissions; SB 375 of 2008 requires each region in California to create a “Sustainable Communities Strategy” that outlines the transportation, land use, and housing policies and investments that will achieve their CO2 emissions targets.
1015 | meeting
What does sustainability really mean and how do we get it accomplished in our organizations and communities? The term can be vague and cover a large agenda. The most effective champions focus on a few key principles, frameworks, and tools. What is the core of sustainability literacy? How do we influence the views and decisions of others with a business case to adopt these principles and best practices? Important principles and concepts include building value, cost savings, employee and customer loyalty, brand enhancement, and risk reduction. The session concludes with some ways to best communicate these efforts to stakeholders with authenticity and without greenwashing.
11:20 AM - 12:15 PM | Main Hall
Tourism is one of the North Bay’s key industries generating more than $3 billion for the economies of Sonoma County and the Napa Valley and employing approximately 35,000 people or about 15 percent of all jobs. Demand for sustainable tourism practices is rising as consumers, government, hotels and tourism operators recognize the importance of protecting our natural and cultural resources. This workshop will involve participants working in groups to identify issues and opportunities for a North Bay Sustainable Tourism Strategic Plan.
11:20 AM - 12:15 PM | Boardroom
Social Equity is the cornerstone of a democratic society, which cannot be maintained for a few at the expense of the many; it implies fair access to livelihood, education, health and housing in meeting human needs. Too often, Americans are asked to choose between good jobs and environmental protection. But as we face increasingly severe impacts of climate change and other environmental hazards—and as we adapt to an interconnected global economy—we can no longer choose one or the other. We can and must choose both; can we identify ways today’s environmental challenges can create and maintain quality jobs and build a stronger, fairer economy? The BlueGreen Alliance’s efforts center on the immediate need to develop common sense solutions to our environmental challenges in a way that creates and maintains quality, family-sustaining jobs across the economy. As Martin Luther King observed, "where there is injustice for one, there is injustice for all."
11:20 AM - 12:15 PM | cowork
Since my senior year of high school, I have been active in trying to educate both myself and those around me about the impacts every single decision we make has on the world. Whether you are fighting for social justice, funding for higher education, environmental justice and protection, or raising the minimum wage, there are simple things that you can do TODAY to take control of what your money supports and what kind of society you want to live in. Alone the choices we make may feel insignificant, but together we are ultimately who determines the market, the priorities of the country, and the state of our environment. You do not have to be overwhelmed by the issues we face today, rather you can be inspired by the power and ability you have as an individual to create change. To start you on that path, through research and compilation I have come up with the Top Ten Tips to living a more sustainable lifestyle. These habits are by no means the only ways that you can make a difference, but they will certainly help you determine which aspects of your life you are willing to adjust. I am honored to have my posters featured at this event and I hope that these tips will encourage you to do one thing differently today.
11:20 AM - 12:15 PM | cowork
A look at Gourmet Mushrooms Inc/Mycopia Mushrooms, an overview of the mushroom industry and the growing trend toward specialty mushrooms, and the coming Mycorevolution; helping feed the word’s burgeoning population, rethinking the connections between nature, agriculture, industry and technology, and unleashing the potential of the fungal kingdom.
11:20 AM - 12:15 PM | cowork
Carbon can be stored long-term (decades to centuries or more) in soils in a process called "soil carbon sequestration." Carbon Farming involves implementing practices that are known to improve the rate at which CO2 is removed from the atmosphere and converted to plant material and/or soil organic matter. The Straus Dairy is working with the Marin Carbon Project to implement a 20-year Carbon Farm Plan, designed to measure and optimize carbon capture. This session will explore carbon farming as a regenerative agriculture practice to help mitigate climate change.
11:20 AM - 12:15 PM | meeting
B Corps are a global movement of companies-—including Patagonia, Ben & Jerry's, World Centric, Fetzer Vineyards, Traditional Medicinals, Guayaki, McEvoy Ranch, Hog Island Oyster Co., and EO Products—that are dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. This session will be a discussion about what B Corps are, why they matter, and how you can use business as a force for good.
Sustainable Food and Agriculture
1320 | Main Hall
How can we feed our people without damaging the environment or threatening human health? Local, sustainably run farms can help protect our health and the health of our communities while stimulating local economies. While industrial farming can negatively impact the environment in myriad ways (e.g., by polluting the groundwater), adversely affects the health of farm workers, and degrades the socioeconomic fabric of surrounding communities, small family farms are more likely to spend their dollars in the community, and local processing and distribution generates jobs and helps stimulate local economies.
Sick Buildings
1320 | Boardroom
We spend more than 80% of our time indoors. Some buildings support our health and productivity, but others hinder our performance. Our panel will explore those qualities of the indoor environment that can nurture and support our working and living activities and those qualities that can be detrimental. Attendees will learn how indoor environments can be tested and repaired as well as some of the health issues that can arise.
1320 | cowork
Divert. Design. Deliver. Sonoma-USA diverts material from the local landfill to be transformed into unique, purposeful products. Let’s change the way we look at the lifecycle of used materials, fabrics, and manufacturing scraps. We love the beautiful rolling hills and vineyards of Sonoma County and don’t want to see them replaced by growing mountains of trash. Learn more about our recent partnerships with Sonoma Raceway and Jubilee Jumps -- and find out how we can help your business reduce and repurpose waste materials.
1320 | cowork
Rachel has introduced and helped to establish new code in Marin creating a simple and inexpensive permitting track for small second units made specifically from repurposing spare bedrooms in homes. She calls this model flexible housing. Junior second units, as they are known in local code, are the only new housing option that make both renting and owning a home in the Bay Area more affordable. Rachel is taking her model to the state to expedite the adoption of this new housing option, as more and more people struggle to remain in their homes, in the state that they love.
1320 | cowork
The Mondragón Cooperatives in the Basque region of Spain comprise the largest and most successful consortium of worker-owned businesses in the world. The Mondragón complex includes manufacturing, IT, Research and Development centers, a university system, social services, and the third largest bank in Spain with branches throughout the country. Georgia will talk about the culture and economic priorities that sustain this extraordinary complex of worker-owned businesses. Georgia Kelly has led six groups for week-long seminar/tour of the Mondragón Cooperatives through Praxis Peace Institute. She will take a 7th group next month (May 22 - 28, 2016).
1320 | cowork
Description: Learn Clear Blue Commercial's approach to saving our planet one building at a time through sustainable property management, collaboration and community building.
1320 | meeting
The focus is on you and your people because what people know and what people do are what really make the difference. Northern California Earth Institute (NCEI), an affiliate of the Northwest Earth Institute, offers eleven different model programs designed to jumpstart environmental awareness and action in our lives and in the workplace. The models have worked successfully for tens of thousands in schools, businesses, faith-based organizations, and community groups across the country. Small groups meet in self-run sessions, for just one hour each week (for 4 to 7 weeks), anchored in exciting articles, all of which are brief, easy to read, and geared toward action…even in the first week. NCEI will demonstrate the model and programs, help kick off discussion and action groups, help groups work together, and offer ideas for those important next steps unique to your organization.
1425 | Main Hall
Cannabis production for medical uses has been a significant part of the North Bay’s economy since 2006. The economic impact of cannabis production for recreational use is unknown, but estimates place it considerably higher than production for medical use. What do we really know about this industry and how might the legalization of marijuana cultivation and sale affect the North Bay region? With the likely legalization for recreational use on the horizon, it is past time to begin the dialogue about not only the cannabis industry’s economic impact but its effects on the social, physical, and environmental health of individuals and communities.
1425 | Boardroom
Transportation is the largest and fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in Sonoma County. Nearly four out of five trips in Sonoma County are made by single occupant, fossil fuel powered automobiles and approximately $850 million leaves the County annually to pay for gasoline and diesel. Sonoma Clean Power is preparing to change that by redirecting that money back into the County to build renewable energy sources that power our electric cars.
1425 | cowork
The Baby Boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, are the largest expansion in population ever known and they will all be 65 years or older by 2030. This aging boom is being called the "Silver Tsunami" because of the rapid impact these large numbers of aging adults will have on global social, financial, political, health and environment institutions. The amount of resources, money and human capital needed to meet these needs will greatly affect humanities ability to balance itself on the confines of living on one planet. In our time together we will begin to propose the challenge as a source of inquiry into how we will adapt to include the impact of this demographic on our ability to create a sustainable future.
1425 | Expo Hall
A Self Assessment session for Enterprises and Households through One Planet Market Making, i.e. matching who has needs with those who have relevant skills, knowledge and expertise. The 10 One Planet Principles provide a common language from which to proceed to common goals and initiatives. Markets are made and then grow when people come looking for expertise to address the felt needs of their enterprise or household. Complementing the digital One Planet Gadget at www.oneplanet.net, is the ‘Paper Gadget’ – A One Planet Enterprise Self Assessment Scorecard that functions excellently as our roadmap for creating a fast and effective map of the whole enterprise or household ecosystem contribution levels. Walking rapidly through the Scorecard self-assessment documents an enterprise’s (or household’s) potential needs and offers toward a One Planet (vs. a 3-5 Planet) work and lifestyle. The Scorecard self-assessment results present back on a one-page, color-coded report in three dimensions – Outputs (products and services), Operations, and Inputs (suppliers). The Scorecard report makes it easy to start considering and discussing potential matches for either needs or offers. The session finale will use each color-coded scores to create overall Scoreboards that visually present the results as a whole.
Sustainability in Practice
1425 | meeting
This workshop is a primer on the basics of sustainability in practice. Professors Santana and Princen will engage participants in a set of real-life cases of sustainability practice, ranging from farming and timbering to manufacturing to e-commerce. Participants should come away with a set of practical principles to apply to their own settings.
1540
Today, more than ever, commitment to delivering safe, high quality beverage products carries with it a responsibility to sustain the natural resources used to create them. Operational strategies must assume a proactive approach that seeks to reduce impacts to the environment and mitigate risk across the supply chain from grower to manufacturer to consumer. This includes identifying and evaluating water risks and opportunities and expanding water stewardship efforts beyond the four walls of production facilities and into the supply chain. Being more productive while using less energy has never been a greater priority given the opportunities to use energy management to make a facility and company more resilient to rising energy costs, supply shortages, and potential disruptions as well as the shared responsibility to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Representatives of three companies—Lagunitas, Jackson Family Wines, and Guayaki—will discuss what they are doing to bring about positive change in the beverage industry.
Sustainable Water
1540 | Main Hall
The North Bay faces continuing challenges to ensure the availability of water for present and future generations. We are hard pressed to balance the needs of our economy, natural ecosystems, and human health and safety. With the predicted changes in climate, this challenge will increase as water becomes more scarce and rainfall more erratic. We need new solutions that increase water storage capacity and reduce water use. Innovative new approaches are emerging, including groundwater recharge and storage and new technologies that recycle and generate electricity from wastewater.
1540 | Expo Hall
Shared question for each participant: What market(s) can I be a part of making? The purpose of this session is to create an environment that pro-actively supports the matching of who has needs with those who have relevant skills, knowledge, resources and expertise. Markets are made and then grow when people come looking for expertise to address the felt needs of their enterprise or household. Our common language is the 10 One Planet Principles and the measures that anchor to objective reality, providing the foundation from which to proceed to common goals and initiatives.
1640 | Main Hall
On April 2nd, 2016, a group of 70 people- grades 6-12 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. 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. Two schools in attendance will be given a $500 seed grant to take their One Planet Living projects and school communities to the next level in the 2016-2017 school year.
KPFA Flashpoints - Encore Broadcast From The Sustainable Enterprise Conference
1700 | Main Hall
Flashpoints: 5:00 PM PACIFIC TIME: MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS - An award winning front-line investigative news magazine focusing on human, civil and workers rights, issues of war and peace, Global Warming, racism and poverty, and other issues. Hosted by Dennis J. Bernstein. https://kpfa.org/program/flashpoints/