SEC 2018 Program Detail

Panel Moderator — Robert Gould

CONTEXT for TRACK ONE: Drawdown Marin proposes a bold goal of being carbon neutral, and ultimately being a net remover of atmospheric carbon, which will require local energy providers to almost double RE generation locally just to meet current demand, electrify space and water heating in buildings, and power as many as 50,000 EV’s with clean energy. All new buildings must be zero net energy starting in 2020, (as early as 2019 in Marin) and all new homes must have solar energy or an approval alternative. The challenge is great, the problems complex, and the opportunities considerable as 100’s of additional renewable capacity will be needed, enabled by distributed resources like storage, EV’s and demand management. How does a community like Marin, and businesses in and outside the energy industry, help shape the conversation, seize opportunities and find a way forward that is socially and economically compelling?

SESSION A: Higher Value, Greener, Smarter Buildings: Retrofitting with Clean Energy Solutions
Time: 1:00 - 2:50 (110 minutes)

Purpose: To highlight major opportunities to turn existing buildings into truly clean energy buildings and communities, outlining the latest in technology, strategies, policies, incentives, and resources that save money, greatly improve operating income and property value, and significantly increase health and wellness.

Ann Edminster, Design AVE Consulting & Rebuild North Bay Retrofitting and creating zero net energy, resilient homes
—Alice Zanmiller, Sustainability Planner, County of Marin, Easy, low cost steps to saving money & reducing energy use, from LEDs to heat pumps
—Ted Tiffany, Guttman & Blaevoet Engineering Bold steps & pathways to clean and zero-net energy buildings and homes

SESSION B 3:10 – 5:00 (Total time: 110 minutes) — Creating Advanced Energy Communities: Net-Positive Buildings and Infrastructure

Introduction to Session B: John Bernhardt (key points)

—Bruce King, architect and author, “The New Carbon Architecture”
Bill Kelley, Building Inspector, County of Marin
WRNS Studios, architect
Scott Shell, EHDD or Kenner King, Arch/Nexus
Alice Zanmiller, author of Marin County’s Green Building ordinance (key points)

(DRAWDOWN: Marin Strategy TWO: Low/Zero-Carbon Transportation)
Panel Moderator — Leslie Alden

CONTEXT for TRACK TWO: 62% of Marin’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the vehicles on our roads. Traffic not only affects the climate, it impacts our daily lives. While there are several large employers in Marin (Autodesk, Kaiser, BioMarin, etc.), 90% of Marin’s businesses have 10 employees or less, and many employees drive daily from outside the County. What is transportation’s future, and what are the opportunities for businesses as we rethink transportation in the 21st century? How is transportation changing and how will that affect local businesses, employees, customers, the supply chain, the community? How can a business make the most of the changes that are needed, and take advantage of the innovations that are coming?

SESSION A: Making the Most of New Approaches to Transportation
1:00 - 2:50 (Total Time: 110 minutes)

Learn about the technologies and incentives that businesses can use now, such as apps and other tools that incentivize employees, EV fleet purchases and leases, alternative modes of transit, as well as the trends and innovations that businesses, even small ones, should consider as a benefit to their bottom line as well as their employees. We’ll explore how businesses can encourage and support the shift from single-occupancy vehicles to all-electric fleets, shared mobility, bike-friendly offices, live-work and coworking solutions.

Introduction to Session A:
John Boesel, CalStart (mostly confirmed)

Carleen Cullen, Drive Clean Marin
Michael Jones, Alta Planning and Design
Doron Amiran, EV Program Manager, Center for Climate Protection
Mollie D’Agostino, 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program, UC Davis

SESSION B: “Transit-Smart Planning and Economic Growth
3:10 – 4:50 (Total time: 100 minutes)

What are the economic multipliers and social benefits of increased density, especially in transit corridors and hubs? What can businesses do now and how can they plan for a more collaborative and innovative future for their business and the businesses around them, as well as their employees and customers? Dive into the broader discussion of community and transportation planning: infrastructure, community design, business partnerships, and the innovations that are on the horizon — but will be here before we know it.

Introduction to Session B:
Gia Brazil Vacin, ZEV Infrastructure Project Manager – Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development and GoBiz

Bob Brown, Director of Community Development, City of Novato
Brett Wiley, MCE Clean Energy, EV and Charging Incentives
Derek McGill, Transportation Authority of Marin
Bernadette Austin, Associate Director of the Center for Regional Change at UC Davis

TRACK THREE: Thriving in the 21st Century: Food, Health & Community Well-being (DRAWDOWN: Marin Strategies Four, Five & Six: Local, Regenerative Ag & Food Systems (#4), Carbon Sequestration (#5), and Climate-Resilient Communities (#6))

Context for TRACK THREE: Despite Marin’s natural beauty and overall affluence, the economic pressures and housing costs force many to live outside the county or to have limited time to cultivate activities proven to promote well-being and satisfaction. We see that growing climate and ecological threats also threaten our personal health. It’s time to redefine what thriving, health and well-being — “the good life” in short — means in a time of great disruption and change. This is a time to see business meet this rapidly growing set of needs in new and compelling ways that are better for people and communities, and in the same stroke strengthen the economy and ecosystems.

SESSION A: Redefining the “Good Life”: How Businesses Support Community Health, Well-being and Resilience
What are customers and employees looking for in terms of health, well-being, and sustainability? What are some of the market trends and opportunities to attract, retain, and serve customers? How does our personal and family health relate to healthy communities and ecosystems?

Time: 1:00 - 2:50 (110 minutes)

—Kevin Bayuk, LIFT Economy
Courtney Cochran or Nayelli Gonzalez
Matt Willis, MD, Dept of Health and Human Services, County of Marin
Lon Petersen, Marin Municipal Water District

Clarifying Q’s only (5’)
Discussion on implementation and applications: Small-group breakouts – with facilitated questions & groups (20’)
Large group – with facilitated questions (30’)
Potential small group facilitators include:

SESSION B: From Healthy Soil to Healthy Food Systems: Growing Greater Sources of Health, Economic Value and Community Well-being.

How can Marin continue to build on its history of agricultural innovation with organic and regenerative practices that nurture local ecosystems, sequester carbon, increase productivity and resilience? Further, how do we do it on a much larger scale that grows business, boosts the economy and society and creates jobs?

—Mark Squire, Good Earth Natural Foods
Heather Podoll, Fibershed
Jeff Creque, Carbon Cycle Institute
Loren Poncia, Stemple Creek Ranch
Will Bakx, Renewable Sonoma

Clarifying Q’s only (5’)

Discussion on implementation and applications:
Small-group breakouts, with facilitated questions & groups (20’)
Large group — with facilitated questions (30’)
Potential group facilitators include (6-8 needed):

Panel Moderator — Larry Tackett

Context for Track 4
Given the uncertainty and challenges before us in Marin and the broader reaches of society, brought on by climate change, sea level rise, technological disruption and an expanding aging society, business today must play a bigger role in creating a future we all want to live into. In order to meet these challenges, we must have an engaged workforce. Worker malaise cost employers $500 billion dollars a year in lost productivity. Organizations that have introduced mindfulness practices into the workplace are seeing improved focus and productivity, enhanced creativity and better emotional intelligence. We will discuss reinventing our organizations’ cultures to be more transparent, engaging and inspiring for our employees and stakeholders so that they will be more resilient in the face of future uncertainties and to embrace opportunities as they arise.

Session A: Mindfulness and Purpose
Time 1:00 – 2:50 (110 minutes)

To move the participant’s awareness from outer focus to inner focus, to experience a deeper presence, a higher purpose and a greater possibility for transforming themselves and their organizations so that they begin to see their role in co-creating an integral vision for building a thriving future for themselves and for Marin.

Key points: Mindfulness is about creating the space in our lives to cultivate self-awareness, compassion and authenticity. Doing this, we can transform our own lives, our organizations, our communities — and the world. Higher Purpose is recognizing that every business has a purpose that includes, but is more than, making money. By focusing on its Higher Purpose, a business inspires, engages and energizes its stakeholders.

Speaker (25’): Marc Lesser, CEO ZBA Associates, Founder Search Inside Yourself, Leadership Institute
Speaker (25’): Marian Baker, Coach, Founder, Inspired Leadership Institute, Author, Wake up Inspired.

Clarifying Q’s only (5’) each speaker

Discussion on implementation and applications:
Small-group breakouts – with facilitated questions & groups (20’)
Large group – with facilitated questions (30’)

Session B: Creating a Conscious Organizational Culture

Purpose: To engage in exploring the possibilities and benefits that a reinvention of their organization’s culture could create as an opening for more success, resiliency, and better performance.

Speaker (25’): Edward L. Quevedo, JD, Founder and Director, Regenerative Design, The Foresight Lab
Speaker (25’): Sara M. Olsen, MBA, Founder and CEO, SVT ( Social Value Technologies) Group

5p | CLOSING KEYNOTE: Inspiring solutions for a greener future in Marin.
Kat Taylor
, CEO of Beneficial State Bank (co-founded with spouse Tom Steyer)

5:30 – 7p | NETWORKING RECEPTION, on the patio off the foyer. EXHIBITOR SHOWCASE. Don't miss our amazing exhibitors!

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