2017

Lara Jackle Dickinson

Executive Director

Brad Baker

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Sonya Heisters

Director of Partnerships

Gourmet Mushrooms Inc / Mycopia

Growing eight varieties of organic, specialty mushrooms for fine restaurants and kitchens across the country.
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Gourmet Mushrooms Inc. grows more varieties of organic culinary and nutraceutical mushrooms than any farm in America. We grow and ship seven varieties of organic specialty mushrooms under our Mycopia brand to America's finest restaurants, specialty food wholesalers and gourmet grocers. Our mycelial biomass and tinctures are valued for nutraceutical compounding by manufacturers worldwide.

Unlike white button, crimini, and portabella, our culinary mushrooms are not grown on a manure based ‘substrate’ but rather on agricultural byproducts, such as corncob and oak shavings; utilizing materials that might otherwise be wasted. Once the mushrooms are harvested, this substrate is sold to local vineyards and farms as a rich supplement for their compost. I

n 2013 we reached production capacity at our farm in Sebastopol, California and expanded to a second facility in Michigan to better serve our customers in the eastern part of the country. This will serve the added benefit of reducing our transportation carbon footprint.

We continue to investigate ways of further expanding our sustainability efforts with possibilities including; building a greenhouse to utilize C02 generated by the developing mushrooms, utilizing the energy of steam and heat released after substrate sterilization, and increasing energy efficiencies.

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Justin
7078231743
Sebastopol

Adele Santana

Professor School of Business and Economics

Edward Quevedo, J.D.

Senior Partner, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Stan Nosek

Interim Vice President for Adminitration & Finance / CFO

Traditional Medicinals

Providing the highest quality, organic herbal teas for over 40 years
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For forty years, we’ve been passionate about connecting people with the power of plants to change lives.

Rosemary Gladstar, a third generation herbalist, was raised close to the earth in the farmlands of Northern California. In the late 1960s, while living in the coastal redwood forest, she met community activist and environmentalist Drake Sadler. The young couple was part of a movement of back-to-the-land baby boomers seeking an alternative lifestyle, including natural foods and herbal remedies. Together, they shared a vision for the rebirth of herbalism in North America and a business philosophy based on environmental stewardship and social equity, and in 1974 they co-founded Traditional Medicinals.

At Traditional Medicinals we differentiate ourselves by our investment in the quality systems, research, testing and pharmacopoeial quality herbs. We are pioneers in the herbal wellness tea category and continue to lead the way.We don’t just make formulas because they sound good. Every tea and herbal product that we make must have sufficient evidence of safety, quality and efficacy in support of our claim statements and formulation rationale.

And we’re serious about sustainability. From our certified organic and non-GMO ingredients to our commitment to renewable energy, we represent the vanguard of environmental and social responsibility. In all we do, we strive to uphold the three pillars of sustainability: environmental protection, social equity, and economic viability.

We are committed to annual sustainability reporting, which allows assessment and rating by independent sustainability organizations. Our sustainability performance is being measured using metrics and standards developed by B Lab, the California Green Business Program, the Green America Green Business Network, and the Sustainable Food Trade Association.

We don’t just talk the talk – we want to walk the sustainable walk. To be a truly responsible business, we manage and measure our environmental impact and strive to minimize our footprint. The old adage “You can’t manage what you don’t measure” is really true in our experience. Since our beginnings, we’ve been striving to minimize waste, prevent pollution and conserve resources. Working sustainably involves everyone at Traditional Medicinals®.

Here are a few of our sustainability highlights over the years:

  • 1974: Traditional Medicinals was founded in Guerneville, California
  • 1980: First U.S. manufacturer to market a range of organically and domestically grown herbal products
  • 1982: First U.S. manufacturer to market a range of herbal products packaged in cartons made from 100% recycled paperboard
  • 1992: Became a Green America Certified Business
  • 1998: Began to label herbal tea products with Fair Trade Certified™ ingredients
  • 2004: Joined a global project TRAFFIC and WWF to help develop and implement the International Standard for Sustainable Wild Collection of Medicinal Plants
  • 2008: Installed 1,450 solar panels and have since generated an average of 426,178 kWh of electricity annually
  • 2010: Became a Certified B Corporation
  • 2012: Increased the organic percentage of our botanical raw materials to 97% Achieved 100% Non-GMO Project Verification of our herbal tea products
  • 2014: Became an inaugural member of Sonoma Clean Power
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Zoe Siegel
707-283-3862
Sebastopol

Sebastopol Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center

Business and visitor resource center
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The Sebastopol Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is an organization of businesses that works to provide business tools, avenues for creating local economic vitality, opportunities for local promotion and civic advocacy in the Sebastopol Area.  It also serves as a visitor resource center for tourism and locals as well.

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Teresa Ramondo
707-823-3032 x101
Sebastopol

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

Green Mary

Event Waste Diversion and EcoEducation, advancing reuse, maximizing compost, activating the community.
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Mary Munat has been doing event waste diversion in the San Francisco Bay Area for nearly ten years now.  With over 500 events greened, from small weddings to music festivals drawing over half a million people, she and her large Green Team focus on systems in working with producers, venue operators and municipalities.  Education receives great emphasis through clear signage, Earth Tips featuring action-based lessons, training volunteers and teaching attendees how to live lighter on the planet while out at public events.  The company manages everything from bringing in containers for compost, recycling and landfill to full venue clean up, sorting every bag as they go to maximize soil making through composting and minimize trash to overflowing landfills.

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Mary Munat
707-548-7582
Santa Rosa

The Sonoma County Water Agency

Managing resources for people and the environment
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The mission of the Sonoma County Water Agency is to effectively manage the water resources in our care for the benefit of people and the environment through resource and environmental stewardship, technical innovation, and responsible fiscal management.  View the Water Agency's water policy statement.

Vision Statement

The Sonoma County Water Agency is a regional leader in water resources management. The Water Agency strives to look forward, beyond today's issues, to anticipate ways to advance its mission. Additionally, the Water Agency continues to adapt its mission in response to changing opportunities, keeping the Water Agency at the forefront of developments in the water industry.

Sustainability Achievements:

To meet the goals of the Carbon Free Water by 2015 Program, the Sonoma County Water Agency has implemented several energy production, energy efficiency, and sustainability projects.

http://www.scwa.ca.gov/energy-sustainability-projects/

Sonoma State University

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About the School of Business and Economics

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) was founded amid change in the 1960s. A group of forward-thinking professors moved north from San Francisco to challenge the status quo and establish a new campus and new approach to learning, free from the ivory tower. SBE’s mission is to create extraordinary learning experiences and advance best business practices in the North Bay and beyond. Values of community, sustainability, creativity, and progress are essential to its story and instilled in students through competitive undergraduate and graduate degree programs, professional certificates, and custom corporate partnerships.

Graduate programs include the Sonoma MBA for Professionals program, offered in part-time (two-years) or full-time (one-year) formats, and Sonoma Executive MBA program, designed with a schedule, relevance, and leadership focus for professionals at the senior manager, director, and executive levels. The Wine Business Institute is an education and research institute within SBE and offers the first professional certificates and degrees in the U.S. specializing in the business of wine. Undergraduate degree programs include a B.S. in Business, a B.A. in Economics, and a range of cross-disciplinary minors. The business degree has concentrations in accounting, finance and financial management, management, marketing, and wine business strategies.

SBE programs and degrees are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a standard of excellence earned by the world’s top business schools. To learn more, please visit www.sonoma.edu/sbe.

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.


Learn more:
www.sonoma.edu

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
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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. 

Guayaki Yerba Mate

Market Driven Restoration
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Guayakí’s mission is to steward and restore 200,000 acres of South American Atlantic rainforest and create over 1,000 living wage jobs by 2020 by leveraging our Market Driven RestorationSM business model.

Guayakí Yerba Mate is a naturally energizing and uplifting beverage that attracts both coffee drinkers and tea drinkers due to its robust flavor profile, rich medicinal qualities and strong stimulating properties without the side effects associated with coffee. In fact, yerba mate is the national drink of Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay where nearly 45 million people consume it regularly. Guayak Yerba Mate is organic, fair-trade and rainforest-grown.

Yerba Mate is traditionally shared in a gourd as the symbol of hospitality and Guayakí celebrates the traditional usage as well as providing Yerba mate in ready-to-drink bottles, cans, energy shots and tea bags.

For more information please visit www.guayaki.com

Sonoma County GO LOCAL Cooperative

Shift Happens!

The GO LOCAL Cooperative is working to reclaim our local economic power in Sonoma County.

A major part of our mission is to encourage our community to support locally-owned businesses.

Just a small shift in our daily spending toward independent, locally-owned businesses can mean millions of dollars recirculating in our local economy and result in thousands of new local jobs.  

Our motto is "GO LOCAL First"...when you join GO LOCAL, Shift Happens! 

Sonoma County Waste Management Agency

Reduce the Amount of Landfilled Waste

The Sonoma County Waste Management Agency, formed in April 1992, is the joint powers authority of the nine incorporated cities and the County of Sonoma. The mission of the agency is waste diversion required by State law AB939 to reduce the amount of landfilled waste in the following areas: municipal yard debris, wood waste, household hazardous waste, education and planning. Programs include:

  • Hazardous waste program for residents and businesses for proper disposal of items like paint, garden chemicals, automotive fluids, etc.
  • Eco-Desk 565-DESK(3375) Answering questions about recycling, hazardous waste and other disposal issues.
  • Annual Recycling Guide, English and Spanish versions.
  • Business assistance complying with California’s Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law, AB 341 (effective July 1, 2012) and California’s Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Law, AB 1826 (effective April 1, 2016). Free Agency support and resources include conducting waste audits at no cost, training on proper separation of trash, recycling  and organics and recycling containers for indoor use.
  • Sonoma County Waste Management Agency Waste Reduction Program for Carryout Bags Ordinance 2014-2.
  • Monthly electronic recycling events to make it convenient to drop off computer equipment, consumer electronics, TVs, office equipment and kitchen/household appliances.

Visit the Agency’s website at www.RecycleNow.org for details.

Solar Sonoma County

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Mission

To promote installation of solar PV and solar thermal on public facilities, homes, and private properties and to promote energy efficiency countywide through a public/private partnership.
 

About Us

Solar Sonoma County is a consortium of local governments, businesses and other local entities and individuals working collaboratively to identify and implement initiatives to promote, expand, and accelerate solar photovoltaic and solar thermal energy generation and energy efficiency throughout Sonoma County.
 

History/Overview:

Originally established in 2002 as Solar Sebastopol, Solar Sonoma County was founded by Lori Houston and Marty Roberts with a grant from the U.S. Department of energy, in partnership with the City of Santa Rosa. The program has garnered national and international media attention as one of 25 Solar America Cities, and the only countywide program.
 
In 2015, Solar Sonoma County became a program of the Center for Climate Protection. The Mission of the Center: "To inspire, align, and mobilize action in response to the climate crisis.  We work with business, government, youth, and the broader community to advance practical, science-based solutions for significant greenhouse gas emission reductions"
 
Solar Sonoma County’s goal is to reduce CO2 emissions to meet and even exceed countywide targets for climate protection which ultimately will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
 
SSC is part of an unprecedented countywide solar and environmental effort that has captured the attention of President Obama and the Department of Energy, who often refer to Sonoma County as a national model for cutting-edge clean energy programs. 
 

Four Principle Program Areas: 

-Clean Energy Workforce: Our programs include developing scholarships, training and mentoring a clean energy workforce facilitating vendor groups, supporting industry standards, and developing quality assurance.
 
-Clean Energy Advocate (CEA): CEA is designed to assist homeowners in the process of energy efficiency upgrades and solar installations and financing. Free to the public, this service has been created to demystify the process to facilitate the adoption of solar. The CEA program is a collaborative partnership between the City of Santa Rosa, Sonoma Clean Power and Solar Sonoma County.
 
-Community Resource: SSC serves as a clearinghouse for who’s who and who’s doing what with clean energy in Sonoma County. We offer a calendar of events, green job postings, aggregated RSS green news feeds, case studies, and recommended and vetted clean energy vendor lists.
 
-Advocacy: SSC has grown into a powerful local organization with a constituency of elected officials and local government staff, clean energy vendors, and other key stakeholders who allows us to quickly locate support for and to act on policy issues that will affect the future of clean energy in Sonoma County.
 

Accomplishments:

-Countywide Solar Implementation Plan: Working to streamline and standardize solar policies for all local governments.
 
-Public Installations: Assisting local governments with solar PV and thermal power installations at public facilities.
 
-Promoting efficiency and conservation by bundling with solar initiatives.
 
-Aggregating public outreach, education, and marketing for solar energy.
 
-Establishing innovative financing and incentives to make solar more easily adopted.
 

SOMO Village

The Bay Area’s Largest Solar Powered Event Center

SOMO Village, at last something different! A practical and authentic high quality lifestyle focused on the best of technology and innovation combined with beauty, comfort, food and wellness. A place to enrich and inspire mankind. Internationally recognized as the first One Planet Community in North America and home to a mix of forward-thinking industries with a focus on Food and Innovation. Powered 100% by on-site solar power and home to over 50 employers, employing approximately 800 people on-site.

Development plans are approved for a host of shops, offices, apartments, homes and neighborhoods. Convenient and walkable with interconnected streets, public places and a transportation network making a place for all ages, income levels, cultures and races. A place of innovation at home and work. A place respecting our environmental impacts and encouraging economic sustainability. A healthy, happy, high quality lifestyle in the Bay Area’s idyllic Sonoma County – we call it SOMO Living.

The first opportunity to live at SOMO Village is expected to be available in 2017.

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