2017

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

Building An Economy Worthy of Our Affection

11:20 AM - 12:15 PM
Main Hall
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.

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.

Brian Bauer

President and Co-Founder

Create Peace Project

Empowering Youth Through Creative Collaboration - Peace Building Through Art
Social Media

Create Peace Project (CPP) raises the voices and visions of youth to stand for an environmentally sustainable, socially just and spirtually fulfilling human presence on the planet.  An innovative, cutting-edge program, CPP has empowered 40,000 young people from 50 countries through creative collaboration to become peace leaders.  The Singing Tree Project is one of its signature programs.

Contact Information
Laurie Marshall
4156120401
Novato

On Time Social

Social media marketing for sustainable businesses.
Social Media

Does social media for your business overwhelm you? On Time Social is a social media marketing agency devoted to helping mid-sized businesses who are doing good things in the world - whether it is saving the planet or providing services to our community. We help you gain followers and create engaging content so that you can spend more time on your mission. We also assist change oriented entrepreneurs who need social media coaching and help with strategy for their social media platforms. We are a women owned business and support entrepreneurship amoung young women in our local community. If you are interested in scheduling a free social media consultation, please click on this link: http://www.meetme.so/JulaPereira. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Contact Information
Jula Pereira
707-703-9975
Sebastopol

Bioregional One Planet Living

Integrated sustainability strategy
Social Media

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

Sonoma-USA

Sonoma-USA creates unique and useful upcycled products out of recovered materials diverted from local landfills.
Social Media

Sonoma-USA is a new consumer brand for sustainable, locally manufactured products made from recovered and recycled materials diverted from landfills.

At Sonoma-USA we live and breathe the innovative culture and spirit of sustainability in Sonoma County and are dedicated to preserving our beautiful rolling hills and vineyards by preventing growing mountains of trash. We work with local businesses and individuals to divert materials from the landfill and transform them into stylish and useful products. Every product we design and create is unique and evokes the material’s previous purpose.

When customers purchase a Sonoma-USA product they help prevent waste from going to the landfills while also supporting our local workforce and the awesome local charities we partner with.

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Steffen Kuehr, Founder/CEO
Santa Rosa

Sonoma County Growers Alliance

Educate, collaborate and advocate for the responsible development of a regulated cannabis industry.
Social Media

The mission of SCGA is to educate, collaborate, advocate cannabis patients, cultivators and the community.

SCGA works cooperatively with all individuals, businesses, and regulatory bodies to ensure that reasonable environmental, social and economic standards are set in place, helping cultivators within the community to participate and thrive responsibly.

Contact Information
Tawnie Logan
(707) 861-0050
Sebastopol

Jackson Family Wines

Crafting high-quality wines with distinct characteristics, sourced from premier coastal vineyards

Jackson Family Wines is a family-owned company head quartered in Santa Rosa, California that crafts award-winning wines of distinct character and quality. With a focus on sustainable viticulture practices, responsible vineyard and natural resource management and unparalleled winemaking, the family's portfolio comprises more than 30 renowned wineries. In addition to its acclaimed California producers, JFW includes fine wines from France, Chile, Italy and Australia. Founded in 1982 by wine pioneer, entrepreneur and philanthropist Jess Jackson, JFW and its various wineries are led by chairman & proprietor Barbara Banke and the Jackson family. Learn more online at www.jacksonfamilywines.com.

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Julien Gervreau
Santa Rosa

Beneficial State Bank

Founded in 2007 with a triple bottom-line focus of social justice, environmental resilience and financial sustainability
Social Media

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. 

Contact Information
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.

Contact Information
Carolyn Pistone
(707) 794-8400
Petaluma

Global Student Embassy (GSE)

Global Student Embassy is a youth leadership and environmental education organization founded in Sonoma County.
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Global Student Embassy (GSE) was founded by brothers Lucas and Jasper Oshun in 2008 in Sebastopol to inspire young people to become environmental stewards, social innovators, and community leaders. In collaboration with international peers, students generate and implement powerful community-based solutions to shared ecological concerns.

GSE offers a comprehensive program of cultural exchange and project-based learning rooted in solving urgent ecological problems while building sustainable local and international communities. Across Northern California (Sonoma, Marin, Contra Costa & Santa Cruz), Ecuador and Nicaragua, GSE works with over 2,500 high school, university and middle school students as well as the educators and communities supporting their schools.

Organic school gardens and nature preserves serve as outdoor classrooms to develop students’ environmental literacy and project management skills. Through inquiry-based workshops, students gain an understanding of complex issues related to environmental justice, preservation/restoration, and sustainable agriculture as they relate to the local and global communities.

 GSE’s annual reciprocal exchanges between the US and Latin America bring together young leaders to build relationships and represent their year round leadership programs. Our programs powerfully connect youth from different cultures to share values, strategies, and skills as they partner on local projects. Through collaboration students inspire one another by seeing that there are many other motivated young changemakers across the globe.

GSE programs catalyze individuals to become social entrepreneurs, grow the network of champions for environmental and social justice, and take action to restore our eco-systems.

Contact Information
Lucas Oshun
7077998709
Sebastopol

Sonoma Clean Power

Sonoma County’s Official Electricity Provider

Sonoma Clean Power is a not-for-profit pubic agency, and is the official electricity provider for Sonoma County, offering cleaner electricity to residential and commercial customers in all participating Sonoma County cities and the unincorporated areas of the county. The formation of Sonoma Clean Power is the single, largest action undertaken by Sonoma County to positively affect greenhouse gas emissions. 

Join us in powering a clean energy future today!

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