2012

Len Greenwood

Green Academy Teacher & Coordinator

Brad Baker

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Ann Hancock

Executive Director and Co-Founder

Round Valley Inter-Tribal Community Sovereignty Initiative

Community Resiliency through Sustainable Practices
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Our vision is to co-create and facilitate the conditions for self-sufficiency, economic independence, community togetherness, and cultural revitalization amongst the Round Valley Indian Tribes of the Round Valley Reservation through sustainable initiatives that inspire community togetherness.  

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Ronald Lincoln, Sr.
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Singing Frogs Farm

Providing Fresh, Organically Grown Produce direct to our local community
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Singing Frogs Farm is a local farm supplying produce through their CSA memberships and Farmers' Markets.

Singing Frogs Farm is unique in that they farm FOR Mother Nature. Unlike typical organic and conventional farm operations, Singing Frogs Farm encourages and celebrates the vast diversity of life in its fields. Singing Frogs Farm has expanded riparian areas, established wildlife habitat, and planted native hedgerows in and throughout the fields. By increasing the strength and vitality of Mother Nature on our property, we have increased the abundance and resilience of our crop production systems allowing us to grow far more food than any other type of agricultural system while producing fresh vegetables, berries, herbs and fruits that are substantially healthier and more nutrient dense for our friends and community.

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Paul Kaiser
707 8291389
Sebastopol

Community First Credit Union

We are the second-largest financial cooperative in the North Bay and have helped to grow the local economy for 50+ years

Every day we deliver on our mission statement by “providing the best value in banking services with direct benefits to the Sonoma County economy.”

Like you, we live here, raise our families here, educate ourselves and our children here, and recreate here. All of us at Community First think and act as stewards of Sonoma County –– economically and environmentally.

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Dave Williams
(707) 543-2623

Sage Principles

Green business certification
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Sage Principles provides sustainability consulting services to small and medium size businesses in Sonoma County.

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Julie Montgomery
(707) 328-5905

Frates Consulting

Sustainability Consulting
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Frates Consulting started with a mission to help businesses reduce their environmental impact while lowering operating costs. Accordingly, we realized that companies are better served using a consultant who provides ZERO COST services. This means you will never pay out of pocket for Frates Consulting services. Frates Consulting makes money, if and only if, it saves your company money. This business model allows our clients to embark on their sustainable path without monetary concerns, allowing both the company and the community to benefit. 

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Jude Frates
707-303-7009
Santa Rosa

Ruthy's Real Meals Home Delivery

Local, organic, high quality home delivery meals

Ruthy's Real Meals are delicious meals made and delivered with care to your home or office, for your convenience and well-being.

We only use high quality ingredients prepared from scratch in new and old combinations. Organic and local sourcing, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals too!

Convenient--Order by Friday for delivery the following Tuesday!

Great for busy working adults, retired persons, new moms and dads, folks recuperating from surgery, or for anyone who's just wants a break from the kitchen.

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Ruth Lefkowitz
707-888-0128
Rohnert Park

Merlin M. Hanauer

Assistant Professor of Economics

SAFE-BIDCO

Financing Small Business For Over 35 Years
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SAFE-BIDCO is a catalyst for economic development. Created by the Legislature to offer state and federal loan and guarantee programs, SAFE-BIDCO assists all types of small businesses at almost every stage of their development.   SAFE-BIDCO serves as a non-traditional financing source for existing and start-up businesses, whose financing needs are underserved by traditional lending institutions.

Energy Efficiency Loan Program

Financing projects that CONSERVE, PRODUCE, or CONTROL energy use in new or existing commercial facilities

Eligible Projects include:

  • Energy load management
  • Photovoltaic
  • HVAC installation or upgrade
  • Refrigeration or Pump improvement
  • Lighting retrofit
  • Cogeneration
  • Weatherization

Call our friendly, experienced business development officers to discuss your financing options.  SAFE-BIDCO 1-800-273-8637

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800-273-8637

Real Books

Real Books is a successful, independent, mobile bookstore providing books for conferences, events, school book fairs and other places that need books. Our staff collectively has hosted over 2,000 author signings and specialize in handling large, high-volume events.

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Angela Cozad
707.631.4508

Earth in Concert

Music, audio and web production, visual art, media and design for positive change
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Earth in Concert originates artistic products and provides creative services. We express vision and harmonize purpose for enterprises and individuals working toward positive change. The core creative team of Christine Walker & Dennis Hysom work in collaboration with other creative professionals on a range of projects and also independently as consultants.

Strategic visualization, which Christine will demonstrate during the conference, helps organizations and individuals see thought, shape vision, and focus action to discover, articulate, and realize goals. The combination of visual and narrative speaks to the whole brain, stimulates creative thinking, and encourages innovation and collaboration. To learn more about visual thinking, visit http://seeshape.com

Dennis is a musician, sound recordist, and audio and web producer who has composed eight albums of instrumental music with nature sounds. 

In 2015, Earth in Concert launched a family of iOS apps called Nature Maestro to empower environmental education through sound. Dennis recorded all the sounds on location in Costa Rican rainforests and Alaska's Glacier Bay. Christine created original art depicting the animals and their habitats. They worked with developer Krishna Narayan of Island Innovation. The Nature Maestro apps are available in the iTunes App Store. Find out more at http://naturemaestro.com

Dennis and Christine are also the creators of the award-winning Wooleycat children's series of songs, video, and “Wooleycat's Musical Theater” book with CD.

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Christine Walker
707.824.0652
Sebastopol

North Bay Initiatives in Greenhouse Gas Reduction: What are we doing about Climate Change?

The North Bay enjoys national recognition for having some of the most bold and innovative efforts for reducing GHG emissions. These include Marin Clean Energy, the City of San Rafael’s award winning Climate Action Plan and execution efforts, Sonoma’s SCEIP, the ground breaking PACE financing program, SMART train, innovative land use policies and the planned Sonoma Clean Power start-up. What have these initiatives and others accomplished so far and what do they promise in the future? A panel of leading practitioners and policy makers summarize impacts and plans, as well as translate how business leaders can become successful “climate capitalists”.

Oliver's Market

Our Roots Are In Fresh Produce
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Our mission is to provide the communities we serve with the finest grocery store in the marketplace.

To this end, we seek out our customers' specific needs and tailor our products and services to meet those needs.

We carry the largest possible selection of natural, conventional and gourmet products. We carry only the highest quality meat, produce and deli products, buying locally whenever possible.

We strive to procure merchandise at the lowest possible cost so that we can offer value to our customer like a guest in our home and we strive to exceed our customers' expectations every time they shop with us.

We believe that our employees work to live, not live to work. We believe that each employee’s talents and creativity contribute to making Oliver’s successful. We also support employees in their life goals by offering competitive wage and benefit packages and special scheduling whenever possible.

Oliver’s is committed to playing an active role in the communities we serve. We support local schools and non-profit groups. Whenever possible, we fill staffing needs from our local neighborhoods.

Collaborative Entrepreneurship: Toward a Vision of a Sustainable Economy

With a global economy that is still so far from operating in a sustainable way, can we even imagine a world in which 10 billion humans can live within the means of our planet to support? Entrepreneurship is regarded as an answer to many of the world’s economic, social and environmental woes, from poverty alleviation and regional economic development to reduction of dependence on fossil fuels and the way out of recession for developed countries. Can we innovate our way to sustainability? As a teacher of sustainable business, a scholar of entrepreneurship and a practitioner of venture acceleration, John Stayton will explore the wild, rapidly transforming world of business creation and the emerging model of collaborative entrepreneurship, in which small companies collaborate to achieve continuous breakthrough innovations.

Benefit Corporations Protect Family Businesses

Robert Girling Ph.D.

Sol-Solutions

SolSolutions' designs and builds clean portable solar power generators and custom solar options.
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SolSolutions is a manufacturer of clean portable solar power generators.   We are fully committed to helping customers to integrate their ideas with practical solutions to achieve energy independence and efficiency using quality, well-built products.

SolSolutions strives to educate the community, transform thinking and create new plans for the push towards sustainability.  It is our goal to help both residential and business customers to incorporate alternative energy sources into their operations in order to increase sustainability, while lowering long-term monetary and environmental costs.

Reducing the footprint of energy consumers will be a key factor in the sustainability movement.  Therefore, SolSolutions is dedicated to advancing the concepts of personal empowerment and responsibility as we shift away from old, inefficient fossil-fuel-based power generation towards new, efficient and localized alternative energy-based solutions.

SolSolutions strives to educate the community, transform thinking and create new plans for the push towards sustainability.  It is our goal to help both residential and business customers to incorporate alternative energy sources into their operations in order to increase sustainability, while lowering long-term monetary and environmental costs.  Reducing the footprint of energy consumers will be a key factor in the sustainability movement. 

Therefore, SolSolutions is dedicated to advancing the concepts of personal empowerment and responsibility as we shift away from old, inefficient fossil-fuel-based power generation towards new, efficient and localized alternative energy-based solutions.

 


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Zephyr Peling
707 526-3657
Santa Rosa
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