2017

Economic Sustainability: Mondragón and Local Cooperatives

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

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, REV Director of Business Development and Sustainability Coach 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

Building An Economy Worthy of Our Affection

This discussion explores a disruptively novel solution to several wickedly complex problems facing us as citizens: the cruel gap in material well-being between the rich and poor; degradation and destruction of ecosystems and habitats; our inability to effectively address and reverse climate change impacts; and the continuing inability of the sustainability “movement” to consistently shift the mainstream economy. A New, Regenerative Economy can be forged from innovative use of a well-known but poorly understood and gravely under-utilized business model: the Cooperative. This traverse of Cooperatives will consider the potential for the Cooperative model to transform the material economy from one that is predominantly desperate, predatory, rapacious, and destructive. Envision instead an economy driven by; trust, not greed, well-being, not exclusively financial gain, community, not consumption and long-term vibrancy and resilience, rather than brittleness and short term growth.
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2017 Sustainable Enterprise Conference

One Planet for a Sustainable Future

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Now in its 12th year, the Sustainable Enterprise Conference has long been the North Bay's premiere convening of professionals in the fastest growing segment in the economy--green business.

One Planet Principles

This year's theme, One Planet for a Sustainable Future, is inspired by the work of Bioregional and their One Planet Principles - a framework for sustainability that makes it easy, attractive and affordable for people everywhere to lead whole sustainable lifestyles.

Keynotes will provide insights for organizations and individuals seeking the latest information on how we might prosper in a way that uses fewer resources and results in strong, healthy communities.

Participants at this year’s conference will gain real and actionable insights into how to transition their organizations to sustainability in three key areas – environmental, social, and economic.  Workshops and networking opportunities will allow participants to learn firsthand of the challenges and rewards of making this transition and will enable them to leave with tools and knowledge they can use to change their organizations. Our Sustainability in Practice track will offer hands-on training from professionals and consultants working in sustainability.

Bioregional One Planet Living

Integrated sustainability strategy
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Bioregional is an award-winning social enterprise head-quartered in London.  Having developed the BedZED eco-village in south London, Bioregional created the One Planet Living framework which is being used around the world to help companies, cities and communities create integrated sustainability strategies using the 10 One Planet Principles. One example is SOMO Village. 

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Pooran Desai
+44 7903 589503
Wallington

Beneficial State Bank

Founded in 2007 with a triple bottom-line focus of social justice, environmental resilience and financial sustainability
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Beneficial State Bank (Beneficial State) is a State Chartered Bank, regulated by the Department of Business Oversight (DBO), and the FDIC. Chartered in 2007 under a unique foundation ownership model, Beneficial State Bank has local branches in CA, OR and WA. We offer checking, saving, loans, credit cards, online and mobile banking and everything else you’d expect from a bank — but we exist to serve your prosperity and goals, not to profit from them.  

With 100% of the bank’s economic rights belonging to Beneficial State Foundation, any profits when distributed must flow into a public charity mandated by our bylaws to invest in low-income communities and the natural environment. We are also proud to be a certified B Corporation, which means we prioritize people, the planet and profit. 

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Brian Rose
707-835-4361
Santa Rosa

Clear Blue Commercial

CLEAR BLUE COMMERCIAL is a full service green real estate company.
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CLEAR BLUE COMMERCIAL is a full service management and leasing company dedicated to maximizing our clients’ investments, saving our clients’ time, and adding value to our local communities. CLEAR BLUE COMMERCIAL applies a holistic and sustainable approach to all facets of the life of your property: LeasingSalesProperty and Facility Management, and Project Management.  

If you are passionate about your community and your planet, if you believe that collaboration is the new competition, if you know that together we can create real change, we can’t wait to work with you!

Clear Blue Commercial has collaborated with Sonoma County's vibrant community and organized several turf conversions which ultimately saved over 2.6 million gallons of water annually. Over the past 3 years, this has amounted to over 7.2 million gallons of water! Watch videos here.

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Carolyn Pistone
(707) 794-8400
Petaluma

Energy Independence Program

Resources, rebates, incentives, contractors, & financing to help property owners save energy and money
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Our program provides financing strategies for home and businesses, enabling owners to apply whole house energy improvements which improve the property value, stimulate the economy, and create jobs for our community.

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Energy Independence Program
707-565-6470
Santa Rosa

Sonoma State University

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About SSU

Located in California's premier wine country 40 miles north of San Francisco, Sonoma State is a small campus with big ideas. With a tradition of promoting intellectual and personal growth, leadership opportunities and technological proficiency, SSU offers its 8,500 students a friendly, safe and informal atmosphere on a beautiful campus setting of 269 richly-landscaped acres. Currently, campus housing accommodates 2,400 students in both apartment and residential suite style facilities.

The university also owns and operates the 411-acre Fairfield Osborn Preserve nearby and the 3,200 acre Galbreath Wildland Preserve in Mendocino County. Both offer major opportunities for research in the natural sciences rare for students.

One of the most requested campuses in the CSU system and regularly named a “Best Value” College by Princeton Review, SSU has also been named one of the “most wired” campuses in the nation by Forbes magazine. It is the only California university that is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, the prestigious group of 19 universities and colleges across the nation that are often described as the “Public Ivies.”

Founded in 1960 as a teacher education center for the North Bay, Sonoma State University is now a liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to providing high-quality undergraduate education and selected professional graduate programs. Dedicated to the liberal arts and sciences and known for its active use of technology., the SSU educational experience fosters intellectual, cognitive, social and personal growth. The faculty and staff of Sonoma State provide close mentoring relationships and an education that fosters ethical exploration, civic engagement, social responsibility, and global awareness combined with a solid foundation in an academic discipline.

Sonoma State University also serves as an educational and cultural resource for its region by offering courses, lectures, workshops and programs that are open to the public and by entering into partnerships with local businesses, industries, and cultural and educational institutions to enhance the quality of life in the North Bay and beyond.

As California's premier public undergraduate institution, SSU has a commitment to graduating students who have the ability to think critically and ethically and can effectively use information technology.

Academic Profile

The SSU educational experience fosters intellectual, cognitive, social and personal growth. The faculty and staff provide close mentoring relationships and an education that fosters ethical exploration, civic engagement, social responsibility, and global awareness combined with a solid foundation in an academic discipline. Many classes average fewer than 25 students, allowing close interaction between students and faculty.

SSU has a commitment to graduating students who have the ability to think critically and ethically and can effectively use information technology. There is a strong move to develop a global perspective in much of the curriculum to prepare students for the needs of the 21st century workplace.

Degree/Program Offerings

The university is comprised of six schools: Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Education, Extended Education, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. Degrees are offered in 41 majors and 46 minors at the bachelor's level and 14 at the master's level. The university offers a joint master’s degree in mathematics with San Francisco State University and a joint doctorate in educational administration with California State University, Sacramento and the University of California, Davis. It also offers nine credential programs and eight undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. Sonoma State offers one of the only wine business programs in the country.


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Daily Acts

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Daily Acts is a sustainability non-profit that inspires action to create more nourishing, connected, and resilient communities. We offer tours, workshops, and presentations which promote ecological design solutions to environmental and social crises. We focus on hands-on, people powered solutions like greywater, rainwater harvesting, drip irrigation, food forests,  saving seeds, preserving the harvest, sheet-mulching lawns, and involving your friends and neighbors.

Grounded in the core belief that every choice you make matters, we take a heart-centered approach to personal and community transformation. Our education programs, action campaigns, and strategic alliances connect people to each other and to their own power to grow food, conserve resources and build local resilience. By partnering with local municipalities, organizations, and businesses; we educate thousands of people each year.

Come on out to an event and join us! Learn more at www.dailyacts.org

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Daily Acts Organization
707-789-9664
Petaluma

Conservation Corps North Bay

Conservation Corps North Bay (CCNB) was established in 1982 as America’s first local conservation corps and is a national leader in the local corps movement.  Our mission is to develop youth and conserve natural resources for a strong, sustainable community. For the past 28 years, our organization has helped thousands of young people break the cycle of poverty, while improving local parklands and communities, cultivating strong environmental leaders, and promoting environmental sustainability.

Each year our Corpsmember Development program provides more than 120 predominantly high-risk young adults, ages 18–28, with the job training, education, and social services needed to transform their lives, while making a difference in local communities and public lands. Our corpsmembers help reduce fire/flood hazards, construct/maintain trails, restore riparian/wildlife habitat, and collect more than 75 tons of recyclable materials annually. 

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