Embracing Sustainability as a Business and Economic Strategy

Registration opens at 8:00 am.

Note: session topics and timing are subject to change. 

9:00 – Conference Opening

Welcome by Tina Neuhausel – President, Sustainable Contra Costa

9:05 – Introductions

Everyone: Name and Affiliation (only)


9:30 – The Business of Sustainability:
Sustainability and Risk Management

Ed Morales, Senior Vice President, Marsh Risk & Insurance Service


10:15 – Break, Networking, Exhibits


10:45 – Sustainable Infrastructure:
Our Waste Crisis – Now What?

[Speakers TBD]


11:45 – Lunch, More Networking and Exhibits


12:30 -Keynote Presentation
Circular Economics:
Strategies for a Creating a Truly Sustainable Economy

Woodrow W. Clark, II, MA3 , PhD
Research Professor in Economics
at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School
and Qualitative Economist and Managing Director
for Clark Strategic Partners


1:15 – Public Policy:
Rethinking Disposable Plastics

Samantha SommerReThink Disposable


2:15 – Break, Networking, Exhibits


2:30 – Contra Costa Sustainability Report – 2019

Jody London – Contra Costa’s Sustainability Coordinator


3:00 – Sustainable Business Showcase:
Meet the Innovators, Pioneers & Leaders

Oscar Dominguez, Director
Contra Costa Small Business Development Center

Susan Psara, Director
Contra Costa Green Business Program

Featured Businesses (TBD)


4:00 – Innovation Spotlight


4:30 to 5:30-ish – Networking/Reception

Join us for a networking reception featuring a selection of handcrafted beers from Calicraft Brewing Company in Walnut Creek.
Taste the best of California in a bottle of Calicraft beer!