2017

Paul Draper

Director of Sustainability

Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority

Efficient buildings, clean energy, alternative transportation and conservation/adaptation.
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The Regional Climate Protection Authority, RCPA, was formed in 2009 to coordinate countywide climate protection efforts among Sonoma County’s nine cities and multiple agencies. The RCPA fosters collaboration, helps to set goals, pools resources, formalizes partnerships, and works across silos. The RCPA aims to create local solutions to complement State, Federal, and private sector actions – all showing that a better future with lower emissions is possible.

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Brant Arthur
7075656420
Santa Rosa

Zero Net Energy: Self-Powered Properties

1:00 - 1:50 PM
2nd Floor - Alexander
Buildings that consume net zero energy (and the codes which requires them to) are closer than you might think. The California Energy Commission adopted the goal to achieve zero net energy building standards by 2020 for homes and 2030 for commercial buildings in its 2007 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR). Join us to learn what to expect and discuss how these changes may impact your business.

Sustainability as a Mainstream Objective of Industries and Associations

9:30 - 10:20 AM
2nd Floor - Sonoma
Sustainability as a best practice is no longer only embraced by individual companies and organizations, it has become a mainstream objective of entire industries and associations. Some entities have developed comprehensive workbooks with criteria, technical guidance and oversight requirements to help make sustainability a uniform standard and ensure compliance through self assessment and third-party audits. At the same time, collaboration has increased among those wanting to expand their understanding and application of ways to implement a sustainable business strategy and incorporate it into their mission, vision and core values. Finally, Investors and those in the financial community are looking for sustainable businesses to fund knowing that the more and more consumers favor, endorse and advocate for enterprises that adhere to sustainable operations and support them with their dollars leading to higher profitability and ROI. This panel will explore all of these trends through the eyes of a trio of subject matter experts working in these fields.

Claudia Sisomphou

Activist in Residence/Senator of Sustainability

VenturePad

Marin's Premier Cowork Space and Entrepreneurship Center in downtown San Rafael, newly opened in March.
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VenturePad is Marin’s premier cowork community and business incubator, opened in March.  Located at 1020 B Street in downtown San Rafael, VenturePad fills a need in Marin County for affordable, accessible and professional coworking space and entrepreneur support services for start-ups, solopreneurs, creatives, freelancers & telecommuters to help them reach their professional & personal goals. Our impact oriented, values-driven community supports you with affordable shared office space, training & expert mentoring.

Get out of the home office when you need to. Upgrade from the coffee shop.  Don't get into a sublet or office lease by yourself, come share our office space, join our coworking community and work around others in a workspace with an open desk or private desk, and meeting rooms. Be a part of something bigger with a mission and a vision that aligns with your values!

Why VenturePad?

•   Professional upgrade from the home office. Get away from distractions, interruptions and the entertainment temptations. Reduce the entrepreneur isolation and loneliness.

•   Time to move beyond the café.  Feeling like a space parasite at your local cafe? Work with a comfortable table & chair optimized for productive work and professional meetings. Get away from the din of food service and constant people traffic. 

•   Have business meetings in a professional setting with conference rooms, private office settings with supper fast Wi Fi, big screens, ergonomic chairs, wonderful natural and task lighting.

•   Wake up with purpose and have a place to go working side by side with driven, smart peers and advisors who will inspire you, help you become more effective and reach your goals faster.

•   Work in a buzzing, friendly downtown neighborhood filled with the best of San Rafael’s restaurants, shops, business and amenities. VenturePad is a short walk to the San Rafael transit center and the new SMART train station, and under 5 minutes to I-101. Parking is plentiful. Walking and biking are do-able and encouraged!

Memberships start at $95/mth. Go to www.venturepad.works

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Chris Yalonis
415-309-0331
San Rafael

Setting and Achieving SMART Sustainability Goals:

3:10 - 4:00 PM
2nd Floor - Russian
How to use the power of SMART goal setting to help your team and organization set sustainability goals, track performance metrics, assign owners and allocate resources. The session demonstrates, through local examples and best practices, how SMART goals work for sustainability strategy execution. (S - specific, M - measurable, A - agreed upon, R - realistic, T - time-based). Participants will learn: What does sustainability really mean? How do we measure sustainability? How do we get it accomplished in our organizations and communities? How do we influence the views and decisions of others with a business case to adopt these principles and best practices? Always a SEC favorite session, the speaker is Chris Yalonis, a Sonoma State Professor of Sustainability, SEC co-organizer, and founder of VenturePad, Marin’s new cowork community and entrepreneurship center, a carbon neutral and zero waste operation.
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Silver Tsunami: Crisis or Opportunity

Silver Tsunami: Crisis or Opportunity
1:00 - 1:50 PM
2nd Floor - Russian
It is projected that by the year 2020, about 25% of the U.S. workforce will be composed of older workers (ages 55 and over). Will our rapidly expanding aging population undermine our ability to reduce our ecological footprint to one planet or will we be able to use the rapid social changes it will bring about to meet both challenges and create a better future for all?

Business and Government Efforts to Generate Sustainable Energy

3:10 - 4:00 PM
2nd Floor - Bennett
Technologies promote sustainable energy including renewable energy sources, technologies designed to improve energy efficiency and technologies to transform waste into energy. Costs have fallen dramatically in recent years, and today most of these technologies are either economically competitive or close to being so. Increasingly, effective government policies in California support investor confidence and these markets are expanding supporting the energy transition from fossil fuels to ecologically sustainable systems.

How does Sonoma County Achieve Economic Sustainability?

1:00 - 1:50 PM
2nd Floor - Sonoma
This panel will explore how local businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and residents work together, cooperative-style, to shift hundreds of millions of dollars in buying to locally owned businesses. GO LOCAL has entered its 9th year leading this movement in the North Bay. Three GO LOCAL members; a credit union, solar energy company and a new cannabis company will provide insight into this local economic development mission makes progress.

The Leading Edge of Climate Resilience: Sonoma County in Context

2:00 - 2:50 PM
2nd Floor - Bennett
Presentation or Workshop Description (50-100 words): The North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative (NBCAI) is a cross-sector coalition of Sonoma County environmental non-profits and governmental agencies working to promote community resilience in the face of a changing climate. Join us for an update on some of the key projects that have established our region as a national leader in preparing for climate risks.

Community and Collaboration to Build Equity and Resilience in Sonoma County

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1:00 - 1:50 PM
Main Hall
We live in a big moment with both significant challenges and inspiring local initiatives galore. How can we connect the dots between efforts and groups to create more healthy, just and resilient communities? Join the conversation! After a panel discussion with government, media and grassroots leaders, we will break into groups to connect and discuss the challenges and opportunities of this big planetary moment.

Quantifying Sustainability - Beyond Footprint Calculators

Quantifying Sustainability - Beyond Footprint Calculators
9:15 - 10:15 AM
2nd Floor - Bennett
Sustainability is a numbers game ... increase what needs to be increased and decrease what needs to be decreased. So how sustainable is your lifestyle? How sustainable are the products you buy? Increasingly customers want to know. Unfortunately, sustainability metrics can be very hard to come by and footprint calculators are often too abstract. As a business owner, manufacturer or retailer, how does your business/product rate on a truly comprehensive sustainability rating scale? It's time we mainstreamed sustainability as a purchase criteria. Join Mark Westwind to look at the challenge of quantifying sustainability and explore how the convergence of consumer demand, Big Data and intelligent technologies can be leveraged to influence markets to sustainable choices. Then participate in an interactive "focus group" conversation about his latest project: the One Planet Sustainability Rating System powered by ImpactTrackr, an AI-driven platform for creating impact profiles and sustainability ratings for every product, every purchase, every place.
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Leadership in the Business Community through Environmental Action

9:15 - 10:15 AM
2nd Floor - Alexander
Businesses have many opportunities to green our practices by implementing projects and operating policies that build toward a more sustainable future. Local non-profit Daily Acts and the County of Sonoma’s Energy and Sustainability Division have resources to help your business lead the way in saving water, conserving energy, diverting waste and preventing pollution while also strengthening our community. Sonoma County’s Green Business Program offers a certification program customized for your industry. Daily Acts hosts The Community Resilience Challenge, a campaign offering resources, tools, and more on your journey to sustainability. Learn about simple solutions your business can adopt to lighten your environmental footprint while also increasing profits, leading by example, and engaging your employees and customers with your values. Hear some success stories and how easy it is to get started!

KRCB North Bay Public Media

Public media non-profit organization providing public television, public radio and digital media to the Bay Area.
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KRCB North Bay Public Media brings you the stories that are unique to our region, including environmentalism, alternative energy, water conservation, land preservation and agriculture. Here you'll learn about our food system, and our way of life:  stories about our rich legacy of family farming and the new methods that are emerging for growing and distributing food; stories about the people who make the most of what this area has to offer, contributing to our economy, arts, and culture; and stories about the very real concerns that threaten the quality and sustainability of what we hold dear.

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Darren LaShelle
707-584-2017
Rohnert Park

DIRTT Environmental Solutions

Softare-driven, highly custom, long-lifecycle, interior construction systems: walls, doors, electrical, millwork.

DIRTT is a leading technology-driven manufacturer of highly customized interiors. DIRTT combines its proprietary ICE® 3D design, configuration and manufacturing software with integrated in-house manufacturing of its innovative prefabricated interior construction solutions and an extensive Distribution Partner network across two continents. DIRTT is underpinned by a strong entrepreneurial culture and provides a unique, end-to-end customer solution for the inefficient and fragmented construction industry.

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Lewis Buchner, LEED AP ID+C
707-861-8020
Calgary, Alberta; Phoenix AZ, Savannah, GA

County of Sonoma Energy and Sustainability Division

The Division promotes and delivers solutions necessary to mitigate environmental impacts and prepare for climate change.

The Division implements policy direction to achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions through “buildings and behaviors”, and serves as a community clearinghouse for information, tools, services, programs, financing information, and resources to the general public, contractor communities, and other public entities engaged in pursing energy and water efficiency and renewable energy initiatives. We assist customers with initiating and completing building efficiency upgrades, installation of renewable energy systems and storage, implementing sustainable practices, and retiring fossil fuel vehicles.

 

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Jane Elias
707-565-6470
Santa Rosa

Economic Sustainability: Mondragón and Local Cooperatives

Economic Sustainability: Mondragón and Local Cooperatives
2:00 - 2:50 PM
2nd Floor - Russian
Cooperatives are an economic hybrid that transcends capitalism and socialism but embodies qualities of both systems. Successful cooperatives are grounded in business acumen and entrepreneurship, but include a respectful and egalitarian culture that values people before profit. The Mondragón Cooperatives in Spain, the world's largest consortium of worker-owned businesses, is the best example of how cooperatives can succeed on a larger scale while maintaining an empathic, socially just, and environmentally sustainable culture.
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Sustainable Practices and Decision-Making as key Business Strategy and Differentiator / The Business Case for Sustainability

The Business Case for Sustainability
2:00 - 2:50 PM
Main Hall
Sustainability is a key strategy for all organizations. Not only is it a driver for success whether for financial reasons, competitive differentiation, risk analysis, or stakeholder mandate, it is an imperative to meet the needs and challenges of our times. Fortunately, making the business case for sustainability is not difficult. Susan Hopp will interview representatives of organizations who have embedded sustainable practices into their operations and culture. Through the Q & A, we will uncover their motivations, their results, and imperatives as key drivers.

Inspired Events

Events for Social Change

Inspired Events helps foundations, non-profits and social enterprises produce inspiring events that wow their constituents, advance their mission, and reduce the stress of planning an event! Contact Jenna at jenna@inspiredevents.info to ask how Inspired Events can help with your fundraisers, conferences and events for social change.

 

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Jenna Carlsson
(925) 984-1821
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