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The 2020 Sustainable Enterprise Conference will be May 7, 2020 at SOMO Village.

We've deployed a new webite for the Sustainable Enterprise Conference at www.SustainableEnterpriseConference.org.

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Sustainable Restaurant: A Day in the Life of an Independent Operator

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What is the vision of sustainability for the local restaurateur? One part hospitality, two parts light industry, restaurants offer a near-perfect assortment of top-shelf sustainability issues: from food systems and energy efficiency to water, waste and composting--nearly every major sustainability challenge exists in the restaurant industry. Attendant each of these challenges are sustainability solutions specifically customized to the needs of the restaurateur and yet… This lively iHub talk explores the forces at play that keep restaurateurs from developing an inspired, integrated and profitable sustainability vision for the future.
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Kaiser Permanente

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From the Kaiser Website:
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 8.6 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.

350 Home + Garden Challenge

Grow Food, Save Water, Conserve Energy, Build Community!
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Overview

On May 18th and 19th, thousands of people across Sonoma County will rise to the challenge of creating a more sustainable community. Building upon the incredible success of 628 garden actions in 2010, 1044 actions in 2011 and 2,304 in 2012, our goal this year is to inspire 3,500 registered actions.

Please join! You can start a garden, transform your lawn, hang a clothesline, transfer your money to a local bank or credit union, go car-free…or take action in your own way! Small or large, every action counts. Together, we can become more food and energy independent, and build our communities stronger, healthier, more beautiful, and more resilient! Join this community-wide effort by registering your action or multiple actions today! Doing a lot already? Help others. Inspire a neighbor and help them transform their lawn. Plant extra food and share the bounty.

Why 350?
It is possibly the most important number in the world and so we want to draw attention to it. Top climate scientists say this is the safe upper limit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to keep a stable climate. Together our actions and alliances add up and create real solutions to the climate crisis.

Stand up and be counted!
Big challenges require inspired vision and bold action. Spread the word; engage your friends, neighbors and coworkers; and REGISTER! Go to www.dailyacts.org/350-challenge.

Get involved!
Join this amazing community-wide effort by registering your action or multiple actions today! Doing a lot already? Help others. Inspire a neighbor and help them transform their lawn. Plant extra food and share the bounty. As lead organizers for the 350 Home and Garden Challenge, Daily Acts and iGrow will provide ideas, educational opportunities, community connections, and resources to inspire and support your efforts!

Grow Food...

  • plant fruit trees
  • join or start a community garden
  • grow a row for a local food bank

Conserve Water...

  • transform your thirsty lawn by sheet mulching it!
  • switch to drip irrigation
  • install a greywater system (yes! it’s legal) or a rainwater garden
  • install water conserving appliances (toilet, shower heads, faucets)

Save Energy...

  • unplug energy-zapping appliances, computers, games
  • pledge to “line-dry”
  • weatherize your home, apartment or office

We can make Sonoma County more sustainable and locally self-reliant. It’s our community and WE make a difference ... especially when we work and play together. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors – inspire and invite them to join the 350 Home & Garden Challenge!

REGISTER TODAY at

http://www.dailyacts.org/campaigns

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707.789.9664

Trope Group

Workplace Business Solutions
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Trope Group is a provider of workplace business solutions and services to the North Bay communities of Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Mendocino, Lake and Solano counties. Trope Group represents some of the most innovative manufacturers of open plan and conventional furniture, and is the sole authorized Herman Miller dealer located in the North Bay.

Trope Group's range of services includes professional consulting, planning specification services, certified installers and asset management. These components ensure that Trope Group offers one point of contact for their customers' workplace solutions.

Innovation meets Environmental: whether you are looking for a chair with green features or working to meet the requirements for a LEED certified interior, Trope Group can help. We offer many products that are made with recycled content and sustainable materials. As an authorized Herman Miller dealer, we work with the manufacturer with the longest and most impressive track record of environmental stewardship and leadership.

Visit our green pages - http://www.tropegroup.com/resources/green/.

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707.636.2712
Santa Rosa

Find Your Path or Build Your Path - Education, Entrepreneurship, and Green Careers

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How do we foster innovation and sustainable economic opportunities in our region? How do we re-think education to prepare people for a quickly changing economy? What can you do to find your path or build your path? Start with a sense of place, add some personal exploration, churn in some hands-on skills, mix in some entrepreneurship principles and productivity practices, toss in some social media skills, add a healthy dose of sustainability perspective, mix with community, and voila!
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Storytelling for Sustainable Brands

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Mischa will present examples of how sustainable brands are telling stories about their people, practices and offerings that help them connect with their customers and supporters in a meaningful way. Stories are how humans connect with one another. Sustainable brands can utilize storytelling to make human connections with their customers and supporters and gain their trust and support, which ultimately leads to increased market share, sales and success. Using documentary stories ensures that brand communications are authentic, engaging and impactful.
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The Sustainable Adam Smith

We examine successful green leadership and environmental sustainability through the lens of Adam Smith's seminal work, The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759), where he writes, "they are lead by an invisible hand to make nearly the same distribution of the necessaries of life...and thus without intending it, without knowing it, advance the interest of the society." Learn how modern leaders use the three forms of capital (natural, human and financial) as central tenets of a redefined "invisible hand" to lead successful sustainability initiatives in the workplace, change attitudes and enhance the effectiveness of green business models.

Indigenous

style with artisan handmade quality
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A leader in the Fair Trade fashion industry, Indigenous designs has been working with producers in Peru for 15 years to produce a stunning line of men's and women's apparel, providing an example for best practices in the industry and enriching the path for eco-fashion and sustainability trends today.

Indigenous designs is committed to:
  • Supporting and preserving Fair Trade wages and artisan cooperative
  • Investing in natural and organic fibers and environmentally-friendly dyes
  • Spreading the beauty of handmade, eco fashion

Sustainability Metrics: Measuring what Matters

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How does an organization track and report on performance using economic, social and environmental indicators? Which ones should they use to satisfy and inform management, employees, customers, suppliers, and industry watchdogs/analysts? How can an organization use performance reporting to change behavior and affect policy and strategy? Participants will learn the top 10 metrics including energy, waste, water, GHG, community engagement, employee and customer satisfaction/perception/retention, supplier green practices, product footprints, eco-certifications.
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Natural Investments LLC

 

Natural Investments LLC has been at the forefront of the socially responsible investment world for over 20 years. We literally wrote the book (books really) on socially responsible investing: Investing From the Heart in 1992 and Investing with your Values in 2000. For seventeen years, we've published the only rating system that monitors the social performance of mutual funds, the NI Social RatingSM .

Natural Investments is a national portfolio management firm, with six offices throughout the West. We're an innovative, client-focused company, with a high level of personal attention and individualized service. We combine our progressive passion with fiscal prudence.

As an independent investment adviser registered with the SEC, we work on a fee-only basis. With no commissions and no allegiance to large financial services companies, we have no conflicts of interest; our interest is in giving you the best possible advice for your situation.

We walk our talk and live our progressive passions. We volunteer in our communities. We donate a portion of our income to progressive non-profits. And most important: we invest in the same ways that we suggest for you, so we bring special rigor to every decision.

 

Small Business Development Center at Santa Rosa Junior College

The Small Business Development Center at Santa Rosa Junior College, is a valuable resource for the small business communities in Marin and Sonoma counties. Funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Humboldt State University, and the Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges, the center assists small business by providing:

 

  1. One-on-one, no-cost, professional business counseling in many areas such as business planning, loans and capital acquisition, marketing, taxes and bookkeeping, and other areas of small business operations.
  2. Low-cost workshops and seminars customized to local business issues and industry clusters.
  3. A resource library providing information on small business issues; referrals; and Internet access with links to small business resources.

Specialized programs include The Sawyer Center — one-on-one counseling and informational assistance on new product development and intellectual property including patents, trademarks and copyrights; NxLeveL Training — NxLeveL for Entrepreneurs – a practical, hands-on business development course designed to help entrepreneurs advance their skills in starting growing and managing their business; Online Classes - Six week online classes start on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, choose from career & professional, computers & technology, writing & publishing, and personal development.

Our mission is to provide quality management and technical assistance for existing and potential small businesses, resulting in success for the entrepreneur, sustainable economic growth, and prosperity for our local communities.

 

Calistoga Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center

The Calistoga Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center serves the local business community by promoting Calistoga as a unique destination within Napa Valley.  We are proud to have a growing number of green and environmentally responsible businesses among our members, including resorts, lodgings, wineries, spas and retail businesses. Calistoga's scenic beauty make it an ideal location for eco-tourism.

Whole Foods Market

We love sell the highest quality natural and organic foods available, are committed to building healthier communities and setting the standard for local sourcing and environmental stewardship.

Sonoma Compost Company

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Sonoma Compost Company is the regional compost operator for all of Sonoma County. They produce quality organic compost and mulches that are favored by farmers, gardeners, and landscapers throughout the North Bay. 

Since 1993, Sonoma Compost has diverted over 1,500,000 tons of yard debris and organic matter from the landfill and turned it into valuable soil amendments allowed for use in organic food production. In addition, they play an important role in helping the County meet waste diversion goals.

Sonoma Compost Company is a community partner, working with local non profits and schools to promote school and community gardens throughout Sonoma County. 

Their commitment to the community is to produce the highest quality compost and mulches in the industry, with the intent of returning it to local soils to rebuild and enrich depleted soils.

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707.664.9113
Petaluma

WaccoBB.net

WaccoBB.net is a Bulletin Board for the progessive community of the North Bay with over 11,000 registered members. It host many listings each day for events, services offerred, referrals wanted, help wanted and other classified sections as well as thoughtful discussion.

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Barry Chertov
707-206-2009

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! 

US Hydrotech Environmental Solutions

Washing vehicles, parts, equipment and machinery or using water in a manufacturing process generates water that must be captured and treated prior to reuse and eventually discharge to sewer systems. US HydroTech Environmental Solutions provides answers to businesses, industry or governmental operations in meeting local, state, and federal regulations for discharge of wash or process water.

US HydroTech Environmental Solutions can reduce liability and add value to any establishment that uses water in their operation. US HydroTech Environmental Solutions offers customized evaluation of the appropriate technology for wash water treatment. We also offer equipment installation, maintenance services along with employee training in Best Management Practices (BMPs) designed to reduce water usage, reduce costs and reduce liability.

The combination of experience and expertise allows US HydroTech Environmental Solutions to be a single source Provider of answers to any size business, from those who use a single pressure washer for equipment to a manufacturing plant washing thousands of parts each day.

Ph# (707) 793-4800 Fx# (888) 473-3650

www.UsHydroTech.com

e-mail: info@Ushydrotech.com

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(707) 793-4800
Santa Rosa

Steve Page

President & General Manager

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. 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.

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SOMO Village Event Center
1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

 

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Thriving in Turbulent Times: for Social Entrepreneurs

How do you make the change that you want to make in the world? How do you expand your business in a climate where everyone else is contracting? Articulating your powerful vision galvanizes both employees and customers into action. This presentation will discuss the seven critical things you need to do grow your business. In this presentation you will learn about: 1.) How to articulate your powerful, big vision 2.) 7 secrets of increasing market share now 3.) 3 strategies that will attract new clients
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