Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Pkwy, San Rafael, CA 94903

Exhibition program: 8a - 5:30p
Reception: 5:30p — 7p

The all-day Sustainable Enterprise Conference Marin promotes sustainable business practices in the North Bay, provides tools for companies in transition, showcases best practices and best companies, and connects business and community leaders to work on creating more sustainable, resilient organizations and communities. This year's conference builds upon last year's successful inaugural. Attendees will learn and collaborate on:

  • The latest in green economic development trends and opportunities within the North Bay

  • What it takes to win business and brand loyalty from sustainability-minded customers

  • Compelling case studies featuring bottom-line and market advantages

  • Solution workshops – connecting business and community leaders

  • Climate change, local sustainable food systems, traffic congestion, affordable housing

  • Reducing income disparities, homelessness, serving Marin’s exploding senior population

With Marin’s rich history of environmental action it’s not surprising that a sustainability conference was successful. The VenturePad team brought together an inspiring list of prominent speakers and local leaders to discuss some of our community’s toughest problems, that’s the point of the conference. What was remarkable was the sense of community and the focus on solutions. If applause and enthusiasm are part of the solution, I was cured before lunch.
— Oren Wool, Founder, Sustainable Enterprise Conference Sonoma


Over 300 business, government and impact leaders convened to address the North Bay's top social and environmental challenges. 79 speakers, 35 sponsors, 40 volunteers, 35 students were present and cross-pollinating. Keynotes included climate activist Tom Steyer, MCE CEO Dawn Weisz, Albert Straus of Straus Family Creamery, EO Products CEO Brad Black and filmmaker James Redford.