The Sustainable Enterprise Coalition today announced its 2009 conference program. The day-long learning and networking conference, scheduled for May 8th at Sonoma Mountain Village in Rohnert Park, is dedicated to helping North Bay businesses and organizations transition to economic, environmental, and social sustainability. This year’s program will focus on opportunities in the new “Green Economy” with panels, speakers and workshops on policy, energy, funding, marketing and jobs.
The first keynote, 6th District Assemblymember, Jared Huffman, will provide a comprehensive overview of State and Federal policies now being enacted to promote sustainable business practices at the local level. Mr. Huffman has introduced significant legislation to protect public health and the environment and promote green power and has been a leader in promoting sustainable business practices in his district.
The second keynote speaker is Ian Kim, Director of the Green Jobs Campaign at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland. Mr. Kim recently launched the Oakland Green Jobs Corps to provide hands on training to Oakland residents and students in sustainable infrastructure development. Mr. Kim will speak on opportunities in the new green economy.
“Sustainability must go beyond the environment, if we are to make a true impact,” said Oren Wool of the Sustainable Enterprise Coalition. “Our goal is to provide attendees with information they can utilize in making the transition to economic, social and environmental sustainability. We are excited about this year’s conference and its focus on providing information that business leaders can use to drive positive change in their organizations – change that can position them for leadership in the new, green economy.”
This year’s conference will also include a panel discussion with North Bay business, educational and non profit leaders, who will discuss top business opportunities for driving sustainable economic growth in the area. Panel members include Bill Silver, Dean of the Sonoma State University School of Business, Cynthia Murray, President & CEO, North Bay Leadership Council, Will Sarni CEO, Domoni, and Emma Stewart, Senior Program Lead, Sustainable Business & Operations for Autodesk.
The Sustainable Enterprise Coalition is comprised of a group of Northern California business leaders, University faculty, nonprofit leaders, and entrepreneurs joined together to promote sustainable business practices. The group originated the Sustainable Enterprise Conference in 2006 to educate and work with North Bay enterprises and the local community to implement sustainable business practices and ensure a high quality of life for future generations. The event has been sold out in the past. To register, visit www.SustainableEnterpriseConference.com