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Interest Groups

Interest groups will explore and discuss given topics and an expert in the field will be present to begin the discussion.

These groups will be asked to give an update on progress at next year’s conference. Use the comment section below to express your sustainability-related facts, experiences or concerns.

Sustainable Food Systems

Sustainable Agriculture for the North Bay and Beyond

Joseph McIntyre
Executive Director, Ag Innovations Network

Sustainable agriculture is one of the cornerstones of a sustainable economy. This group will focus on strategies we can use in the North Bay region to create a truly sustainable food system. McIntyre is a leader in the sustainable agriculture movement and Executive Director of Ag Innovations.

Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Sustainable Local Enterprise Development

John Stayton
Co-Founder, Faculty and Director, Green MBA program

This group will explore how local enterprises can be created and networked to participate in major initiatives as a solution for stable, sustainable, local economic development. In 2000, Stayton co-founded a groundbreaking graduate program in sustainable business that, in 2002, became the Green MBA. He and his wife run an organic fruit farm in Sonoma County that has been selected as a demonstration site for sustainable tourism.

Sustainable Product Design and Manufacturing

Intelligent Sequential Product Design & Manufacturing

Gary Barker
President and Chief Creative Officer, GreenHeart Global

The importance of an integrated product concept and what good design truly is will be illustrated with examples of sustainable industrial design, materials and manufacturing. Gary Barker is co-founder and president of GreenHeart Global, a firm that conceives, designs, manufactures and sells environmentally-preferable, sustainably manufactured consumer products and packaging solutions.

Sustainable Health Care

Sustainable Health Care: Meeting the Triple Bottom Line

Dr. Joel Kreisberg, DC, MA
Executive Director, Teleosis Institute

This hands-on interactive workshop will introduce the principles of Green Health Care by providing a clear map on how to integrate sustainability into the health care system. In 2001 Dr. Kreisberg founded the Teleosis Institute, which is devoted to green health care and the principles of ecologically sustainable medicine.

Sustainable Education

How Education Can Climb Mount Sustainability

Robert H. Girling, Professor in the School of Business and Economics, Sonoma State University

This group will explore what universities, professional schools, departments, students, staff and faculty can do in order to include sustainability in their work.

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