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Jeff Young

Maestro of CollaborAction

Wheelhouse Wine Cellars

We have long-term relationships with growers and vineyards, sourcing wine from California’s best coastal growing areas.

We have a no-holds-barred approach to winemaking, stemming from our passion for wine and a desire to make wines that exceed expectations.

We respect time-honored traditional winemaking techniques, meshed with new world savvy about wine blending.

We strive to be good citizens of the planet and our community, producing our wines in a sustainable manner.

Our Graton, California-based eco-friendly winery is a Sonoma County Green Business, EPA Energy-Star Award Winner, Climate Protection Campaign member and a leader in water conservation.

We work with eco-friendly vendors and packaging materials.

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Aaron Fein
707 827-4555

The Massage Guy

Corporate Massage

Chair massage specialist for Corporate "People Maintenance". Including: employee reward and incentive programs; conference-booth draw; parties and special events; employee health and welfare.  Individual therapist or teams available on occasional or regular basis, at your location and your convenience.  Discounts available according to the booking.

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Gary Tharler
707 544 6711
Sata Rosa

WM EarthCare

Sustainable, locally sourced and produced, 100% recycled compost and mulch creating healthy gardens & a healthier planet

About WM EarthCareTM

The WM EarthCare family of products is a sustainable, closed-loop solution for Bay Area landscapers who want to reduce their carbon footprint while enriching local soil.  Our 100% recycled, locally sourced and produced compost and mulch closes the loop on Bay Area yard trimmings, food scraps and lumber debris, diverting them from landfills to restore our community.  Compost and mulch return nourishment and structure to local soil.  Our products are made with strict quality controls to ensure excellence and come with the backing of Waste Management, the nation’s leading resource recovery company.

Commitment to Sustainability

Choosing WM EarthCare for your landscaping needs fosters a healthier environment, local green jobs and long-term savings for you.  Replacing commercial fertilizers and herbicides with WM EarthCare compost and mulch reduces pollution run-off into local watersheds and decreases water usage through moisture retention.  In addition, use of our 100% recycled products may earn LEEDTM certification points.

We minimize the carbon emissions associated with production and distribution by relying on our existing trucking infrastructure to back-haul feedstock and finished product between our production facilities in Marin and Alameda counties and our retail landscape centers in Livermore, Novato, San Leandro, and  San Jose.

Quality Assurance

WM EarthCare Homegrown Compost follows a rigorous quality control process resulting in US Composting Council Seal of Testing Assurance (STA) and Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)-listing, the industry standards for excellence.  It is processed to be stable and mature, providing slow release nutrients that contribute to soil structure, moisture retention, aeration, drainage and tilth.

WM EarthCare mulch is made from 100% recycled, clean, untreated lumber.  It is hand inspected prior to being coarsely ground to 2” minus, screened and dyed.  The colorfast mulch, dyed with naturally occurring water-based colorants, is safe for children and animals and is guaranteed to retain its color for one year.  Custom sizing and colors are also available.

Community Involvement

Recover – Repurpose – Reuse – Restore – is how WM EarthCare is closing the loop on organic waste in Bay Area communities.  We are committed to building stronger communities and soil.  Through our donation program, we also Return compost and mulch to school and community gardens and urban beautification projects.  We work closely with our customers, including the California Academy of Sciences, CSU East Bay and more, to ensure on-time delivery, quality products and excellent service. 

For more information about WM EarthCare as well as tools to help you create a healthy landscape and healthier planet, visit www.wmearthcare.com

 

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Carrie Castro
510-507-1569
Oakland

Northern California Recycling Association (NCRA) and LITE Initiatives (LITE)

Leading the way to zero waste - at home, work and play! Want to join in?
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NCRA, www.ncrarecycles.org, is a non-profit trade organization of recycling businesses, community groups, municipalities and individuals. We promote waste reduction, reuse, salvaging, recycling and composting as vital tools for resource and energy conservation and as cost-effective, environmentally sound methods of disposing of discarded materials.

NCRA vice president Portia Sinnott is a Zero Waste Consultant and ED of LITE Initiatives, www.liteinitiatives.org. LITE is a Sonoma County based activist group that promotes simple, sustainable practices with significant consequences. Our four programs - Car-Lite, Community Bikes, Living Green and Zero Waste Sonoma County, all promote safety, sharing and the development of DIY - Do It Your Self, skills.

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Portia M. Sinnott
707 824-9931
Sebastopol

Traditional Medicinals

Providing the highest quality, organic herbal teas for over 40 years
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For forty years, we’ve been passionate about connecting people with the power of plants to change lives.

Rosemary Gladstar, a third generation herbalist, was raised close to the earth in the farmlands of Northern California. In the late 1960s, while living in the coastal redwood forest, she met community activist and environmentalist Drake Sadler. The young couple was part of a movement of back-to-the-land baby boomers seeking an alternative lifestyle, including natural foods and herbal remedies. Together, they shared a vision for the rebirth of herbalism in North America and a business philosophy based on environmental stewardship and social equity, and in 1974 they co-founded Traditional Medicinals.

At Traditional Medicinals we differentiate ourselves by our investment in the quality systems, research, testing and pharmacopoeial quality herbs. We are pioneers in the herbal wellness tea category and continue to lead the way.We don’t just make formulas because they sound good. Every tea and herbal product that we make must have sufficient evidence of safety, quality and efficacy in support of our claim statements and formulation rationale.

And we’re serious about sustainability. From our certified organic and non-GMO ingredients to our commitment to renewable energy, we represent the vanguard of environmental and social responsibility. In all we do, we strive to uphold the three pillars of sustainability: environmental protection, social equity, and economic viability.

We are committed to annual sustainability reporting, which allows assessment and rating by independent sustainability organizations. Our sustainability performance is being measured using metrics and standards developed by B Lab, the California Green Business Program, the Green America Green Business Network, and the Sustainable Food Trade Association.

We don’t just talk the talk – we want to walk the sustainable walk. To be a truly responsible business, we manage and measure our environmental impact and strive to minimize our footprint. The old adage “You can’t manage what you don’t measure” is really true in our experience. Since our beginnings, we’ve been striving to minimize waste, prevent pollution and conserve resources. Working sustainably involves everyone at Traditional Medicinals®.

Here are a few of our sustainability highlights over the years:

  • 1974: Traditional Medicinals was founded in Guerneville, California
  • 1980: First U.S. manufacturer to market a range of organically and domestically grown herbal products
  • 1982: First U.S. manufacturer to market a range of herbal products packaged in cartons made from 100% recycled paperboard
  • 1992: Became a Green America Certified Business
  • 1998: Began to label herbal tea products with Fair Trade Certified™ ingredients
  • 2004: Joined a global project TRAFFIC and WWF to help develop and implement the International Standard for Sustainable Wild Collection of Medicinal Plants
  • 2008: Installed 1,450 solar panels and have since generated an average of 426,178 kWh of electricity annually
  • 2010: Became a Certified B Corporation
  • 2012: Increased the organic percentage of our botanical raw materials to 97% Achieved 100% Non-GMO Project Verification of our herbal tea products
  • 2014: Became an inaugural member of Sonoma Clean Power
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Zoe Siegel
707-283-3862
Sebastopol

KRCB Radio

KRCB FM 91 is a National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate and airs NPR programming such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered. During the day, 9am-3pm, KRCB broadcasts classical music. The evening and weekend programming showcases Roots-Americana, Sonoma County singer-songwriters, and an array of folk and acoustic music. Local essayists, food writers, film reviewers, and haiku creators all contribute to Radio 91’s eclectic mix. Public affairs programming includes Bruce Robinson’s North Bay Report, North Bay Stock Report,and Sonoma Spotlight daily.

Building Partnerships for Change from KRCB TV22 on Vimeo.

 

Quivira Vineyards & Winery

Quivira’s vineyard crew to capture the truest expression of each varietal from Quivira's vineyards.
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Founded in 1981 by Holly and Henry Wendt, Quivira was established six years later. Attracted by Quivira’s strong tradition of sustainability, Pete and Terri Kight purchased the winery from the Wendts in 2006 with the goal of creating a balanced estate capable of producing genuinely world-class wines.

Quivira has been a Demeter certified Biodynamic® and organic winery since 2005. A 55kW solar electric system has supplied 100% of Quivira's energy needs since 2005.

The Quivira estate comprises four distinct vineyards within the Dry Creek AVA: Wine Creek Ranch, Goat Trek Vineyard, Katz/Absner Ranch and Anderson Ranch, with 93 acres of vines in total. In addition to Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc, Quivira grows several Rhône varieties and a small amount of rare varieties, such as Counoise and Montepulciano.

Quivira is guided by a deeply-held principle of careful stewardship of the land and all its creatures. Since 1998 Quivira has been actively engaged in restoring Wine Creek, the Coho salmon and Steelhead trout spawning stream that winds through the center of the estate.

Quivira’s estate includes a lush Biodynamic and organic garden designed to educate visitors on farming and viticultural practices as well as supply local markets with fresh produce. The garden includes 120 raised beds, growing a wide variety of produce, a Biodynamic prep tower, pond, greenhouse and chicken coop.

Quivira offers estate-grown, estate-bottled olive oil and estate honey for sale in its tasting room.

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Nancy Bailey
707-431-8333
Healdsburg

ZAP Jonway

ZAP Jonway is a new automotive company combining ZAP’s 17 year experience in EV design with Jonway Auto’s volume manufac
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ZAP Jonway is a new automotive company combining ZAP’s 17 year experience in EV design with Jonway Auto’s volume manufacturing in China. ZAP Jonway supplies electric trucks and vans to the military, government and corporate fleets and is one of the early pioneers of electric motorcycles, scooters and ATVs. ZAP Jonway offers a product line of all-electric trucks, vans, sedans, and motorcycles in production today.

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Alex Campbell
707-525-8658 x 241
Santa Rosa

Sebastopol Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center

Business and visitor resource center
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The Sebastopol Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is an organization of businesses that works to provide business tools, avenues for creating local economic vitality, opportunities for local promotion and civic advocacy in the Sebastopol Area.  It also serves as a visitor resource center for tourism and locals as well.

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Teresa Ramondo
707-823-3032 x101
Sebastopol

Organic India

ORGANIC INDIA works with thousands of family farmers in India, cultivating tens of thousands of acres of farmland that h
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Penny Cole
510-862-5657
Boulder

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

Social Media is the Tipping Point for Sustainable Business: How to leverage social media for your sustainable enterprise

Social Media is translating sustainability principles into business practice through radical transparency, networked collaboration and optimized efficiency. In this workshop, Joey Shepp will lead you through world-changing trends, new-paradigm principles and real-world applications in leveraging social media for your sustainable enterprise. Go beyond marketing in applying social media to all areas of your business. Gain practical digital business skills to drive sales, cut costs, engage customers and reduce your carbon footprint.
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New Leaf Paper

Our mission is the inspire, through our success, a fundamental shift toward sustainability in the paper industry.
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Harmoni Mangat
415-830-4559
San Francisco

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

Napa Chamber of Commerce

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Mission Statement

As the membership organization for business, we promote our community's economic vitality and quality of life through leadership development, advocacy, facilitation and education.

WE FOCUS ON BUSINESS.

CREATING A STRONG LOCAL ECONOMY
The Napa Chamber of Commerce promotes the local economy by encouraging Napa Chamber of Commerce members and Napa residents to shop locally. All referrals given out by the Napa Chamber of Commerce are members. The Chamber of Commerce website has detailed information about local businesses in the community. The Napa Chamber also provides many educational opportunities throughout the year such as Good Morning Napa Seminars, Napa County Economic Outlook and a Labor Law Workshop. To showcase local businesses, the Chamber also sponsors the annual Napa Valley Business Expo.  

PROMOTING THE COMMUNITY
The Napa Chamber of Commerce promotes the local community in a variety of ways. We provide lists of community events and local non-profits as well as visitor, relocation and wedding information about the Napa Valley. This information is available in Napa Valley packages. The Napa Chamber also holds an annual benefit golf tournament each year, which helps support several local non-profit community organizations. The Chamber’s Annual Dinner promotes local residents with awards that are presented to the Citizen of the Year, Healthcare Professional of the Year and Public Safety Employees, among others. 
 
PROVIDING NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES 
The Napa Chamber of Commerce promotes networking by sponsoring monthly After Business Hours Mixers at local businesses. The mixers are an excellent opportunity to meet other Chamber members and learn about their businesses. Other special events such as the Napa Valley Business Expo, the Economic Outlook and our Good Morning Napa's also provide great opportunities for members to network with other business professionals. 
 
REPRESENTING BUSINESS TO GOVERNMENT
The Napa Chamber of Commerce represents business concerns to local, regional, state and federal entities. While you keep your business running, the Chamber watches your back on issues like Workers’ Comp, Healthcare, and job killer anti-business bills. Action Alerts and other legislative information is available on the Chamber’s website and is sent to members via e-mail throughout the year.

POLITICAL ACTION
The Napa Chamber of Commerce influences public policy on behalf of business. The Chamber also identifies, encourages and endorses business-friendly candidates in local, county, state and federal elections. A new program that is being unveiled is a Candidate Workshop, designed to help educate potential leaders on what it takes to run a campaign and what is expected of elected officials

JOIN NOW!

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Lisa Batto
707.226.7455
Napa

The Gertonson Institute

As sustainability consultants, we apply the same principles of environmental sustainability to people in the workplace.
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Sustain Well System

The same principles you apply for environmental sustainability, we apply to the people in your organization. We believe that people are the most renewable and sustainable resource in business. If not addressed sustainably, people are also the greatest potential waste of time and energy in your business. We call it people sustainability. 

Systems and tools to assess and optimize the link between the people in your organization and sustainability. Assessment of leadership, employee, and organization-wide orientation towards well being. Identification of organizational lifestyle to optimize the sustainability of  people in the workplace.

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Marcel Allbritton, PhD
415-200-9825
Albany

Solar Living Institute

Promoting sustainable living through inspirational environmental education.
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Founded in 1998, the Solar Living Institute (SLI) is a 501c3 non-profit institution with a national reputation for solar training and sustainable living education. The mission of the SLI is to promote sustainable living through inspirational environmental education.Our programs include onsite solar photovoltaic (NABCEP approved) and sustainable living classes, online solar PV courses (NABCEP approved), Kid's Education Program, Intern Program, and educational tours.  The Institute manages the Solar Living Center, a 12-acre renewable energy and sustainable living demonstration site in Hopland , CA, that is visited by 150,000 people annually.

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Ross Beck
707-472-2460
Hopland

Green Key Real Estate

We are a Bay Area Real Estate Company dedicated to Healthy Homes, Sustainable Communities and Smart Investments.
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The Emerging Edge of Real Estate

We at Green Key Real Estate support your intentions to live an ever more connected, responsible and happy life. We are committed to neighborhoods and communities thriving.

Together with our clients and business partners we are creating livable solutions centered on healthy homes and embedded in sustainable communities. We believe this is the best investment you can make.

What this means to you:

  • You can expect exceptional service from our experienced agents, helping you find, buy or sell your healthy home. And if the home is not already healthy, we’ll help you make it so.
  • We are uniquely qualified and trained to understand how the home works as a system, guiding you through choices that positively affect your bottom line.
  • We offer you programs and ongoing support to help you "green" your home and community.
  • If you are looking to sell a green property, we understand and can market the benefits to potential buyers, prompting shorter days on market, and more greater net proceeds.
  • Through us you have access to green building professionals, and preferred partner discounts to help you take that next step toward home ownership, renovation or sale.

We are a Bay Area based real estate company with agents working in San Francisco, the East Bay, Burlingame - San Mateo County, North Bay and Marin counties.

If you or anyone you know needs a real estate agent who "gets it," call us. Our agents are skilled negotiators, easy-to-work with and on fire to create the highest and best value for your dollar!

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Cassandra Ferrera
707-228-8400
Sebastopol

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

Sonoma County Energy Leadership: Investing in a Sustainable Future

In 2009, the County of Sonoma was selected by NACo (National Association of Counties) to receive national recognition for its climate and energy initiatives. Learn firsthand about Sonoma County’s exciting sustainability and energy conservation programs. Take away practical, universal best practices that can be used in public or private sectors. Topics will include: 1) SCEIP (Sonoma County Energy Independence Program), the first and most successful county-wide PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program in the U.S. 2) $21 million capital improvement energy project financed completely by energy savings, cash neutral from day one! 3) County-wide electric vehicle partnership and the transformation of the standard county fleet into a hybrid/electric fleet. 4) Green purchasing and real estate leasing programs. 5) Local government partnerships.
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Creating GreenQuest Vocational High School

There is a profound need for a comprehensive vocational high school that would give all students in the opportunity to train for careers in the emerging green economy. In this working session, Len Greenwood and Joseph Kennedy will share their experience developing GreenQuest, a proposed vocation high school in Sonoma County, and lead a working session dedicated to utilizing the gathered wisdom of conference attendees to help manifest it. Through partnering with local business and other experts, GreenQuest students would study and contribute to “real world” issues such as climate change, building efficiency, environmental protection, etc. through practical service-learning projects, while also undergoing exceptional academic preparation for further studies. Through profound engagement of student, teacher and community members, dropout rates would be reduced, remediation needs eliminated, and emerging students will be nurtured through ongoing mentorships into satisfying career paths. The goal is whole human beings, ready to take on the profound challenges of our day in a positive and practical fashion. This session will give participants the opportunity to contribute to furthering this endeavor through a “design charette” approach to key components of the project, including fundraising, site, public-vs-private, curriculum, business engagement, etc.

Whole Foods Market

Natural and Organic Grocer
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Mimi Figlin
707-55-7915
Santa Rosa
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