Embracing Sustainability as a Business and Economic Strategy

Registration opens at 8:00 am.

Note: each session will include audience Q&A with panelists. 

9:00 – Conference Opening

Welcome by Tina Neuhausel – President, Sustainable Contra Costa

9:05 – Introductions

Everyone: Name and Affiliation (only)

9:15 – The One Planet Living Principles:
A Framework for Sustainability

Mark Westwind – Sustainable Contra Costa

9:45 – Contra Costa Sustainability Report – 2017

Jody London – Contra Costa’s Sustainability Coordinator

10:30 – Break, Networking, Exhibits

10:45 – The Business of Sustainability in Contra Costa

Renee Pierce – Economic Development Analyst, Employment Training Panel

Chris Dundon – Water Conservation Supervisor, Contra Costa Water District

11:45 – Lunch, More Networking and Exhibits

Buffet lunch provided by the Sustainable Hospitality Academy @ Mt. Diablo High School

12:30 – Chad Frischmann – VP & Research Director, Project Drawdown:
Drawdown – Making the Economic Case for Reversing Global Warming

1:15 – Sustainable Transportation:
The Electric Vehicle Revolution is Here!

The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Revolution
Maureen Blanc – Executive Director, Charge Across Town

       Our Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
       Cal Silcox – Expert Analyst – Electric Vehicles, PG&E

2:15 – Break, Networking, Exhibits

2:30 – Decentralized Financial Systems:
The Impacts and Opportunities of Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology

Caterina Rindi – International Consultant/Speaker, Rindi Consulting

Zane Witherspoon – Chief Technology Officer, Dispatch Labs

 3:15 – Sustainable Business Showcase

Oscar Dominguez – Director, Contra Costa Small Business Development Center

Susan Psara – Director, Contra Costa Green Business Program

Sustainable Food Systems:
First Generation Farms – Alli Cecchini
, Founder and Executive Director

Sustainable Facilities Management:
Crestwood Behavioral Health – Travis Curran
, Campus Administrator

Sustainable Landscape Management:
Gardeners’ Guild – Suzanne Harris
, Sales & Marketing Manager

4:15 – Innovation Spotlight

CCTA’s SAV Project:
Kasra Behbahani – Senior Systems Engineering Consultant, Stantec

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!