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SSU and Marc Levine Connect Entrepreneurship and Sustainability

Rohnert Park, California - On April 26th, State Assemblymember Marc Levine will join Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics dean William Silver and newly appointed Codding Entrepreneur-in-Residence Mark Nelson for a panel discussion on the critical role sustainable enterprises play in a thriving economy and the ways the North Bay can encourage, build, and support strong sustainable organizations.  

"The sustainability effort is, in fact, an entrepreneurial effort with a leading edge right here in northern California," says Nelson.  "California is at the forefront of the sustainable enterprise movement on a business, philosophic, geographic, and political level.  We see our role at Sonoma State as being the educational nucleus for that movement."

"As sustainability becomes a part of our common lexicon, we can move away from the historic juxtaposition of business versus green interests," notes Silver.  "More than ever, we're reaching a shared vision of best practice that is becoming broad actual practice, in particular here in the North Bay.  It's what we teach in our programs and how we see our alums running their businesses."    

Assembleymember Levine, who will also present the keynote for the popular annual conference, emphasizes the opportunities government has to support this convergence.  "Adding environmental considerations to bidding for state contracts can make sustainability the way we do business in California," he says. 

Together, the three will discuss current legislative policy, sustainable and entrepreneurial trends in education, and highlight how entrepreneurs can and will lead a growing green economy.  Brad Bollinger, Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of the North Bay Business Journal will moderate the discussion.

To join the panelists and determine how you can help drive "triple bottom line" results for your local community, register for the conference 



For more information, please contact:
Annemarie Brown, 707-664-2221,

About Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics
Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics' vision is to be the educational nucleus of a thriving North Bay economy.  Its mission is to create extraordinary learning experiences for our students and to advance best business practices in the North Bay and beyond.  Creating a vibrant community, developing a sustainable business model for entrepreneurship in higher education, and developing and delivering innovative programs and processes are express goals for its campus-wide, community-reaching entrepreneurship initiative.  With undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs serving over 1500 students each year and concentrations in Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, Wine Business, and Economics, the School offers the most in-demand degree on the Sonoma State campus. The School of Business and Economics is accredited by AACSB (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), making it one of 15% of all business schools in the world to meet these standards of excellence. For more information, visit

About the Sustainable Enterprise Conference
The Sustainable Enterprise Conference is an annual day-long learning and networking conference dedicated to helping North Bay business, academic, government, and non-profit organizations transition to economic, environmental, and social sustainability.  The 2013 Conference program features more than 20 sessions and 30 speakers and will be held Friday, April 26 at Sonoma Mountain Village in Rohnert Park, CA.  The Sustainable Enterprise Conference operates under the fiscal sponsorship of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy, a 501(c)(3) public charity based in Sonoma County that is dedicated to ensuring a sustainable future for California's North Coast. To learn about other aspects of the conference, visit