2017

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 customized for your industry. Daily Acts hosts The Community Resilience Challenge, a campaign offering resources, tools, networks, educational events, and more on your journey to sustainability. Clear Blue Commercial will join us to share how adopting best green practices has increased their success. 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. Find out 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.

Contact Information
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 three stellar Sonoma organizations who have embedded sustainable practices into their operations and culture. Through the Q & A, we will uncover the motivations, the results, and imperatives as key drivers for Bear Republic, Clover Sonoma, and Jackson Family Wines.

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

11:25 AM - 12:10 PM
Main Hall
This Big Idea studio session explores how 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. The four institutions of civil society that it is most essential to shift in order to build this NRE are Food Systems, Media, Finance, and Education. This Big Idea Studio will feature leaders from each of these sectors who will offer practical, actionable, and inspirational ideas about what the future could be, from each of their respective institutions.

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.

Our Big Idea Studio plenary session explores how 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. The four institutions of civil society that it is most essential to shift in order to build this NRE are Food Systems, Media, Finance, and Education. This Big Idea Studio will feature leaders from each of these sectors who will offer practical, actionable, and inspirational ideas about what the future could be, from each of their respective institutions.

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
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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!

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Jula Pereira
707-703-9975
Sebastopol

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

Sonoma-USA

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