Sponsors & Exhibitors

ORGANIZING SPONSOR

VENTUREPAD — Marin's largest, most accessible coworking space, meeting center and event venue in a professional space. We offer local entrepreneurs and large employers shared office space, private offices, meeting rooms and event space. VenturePad is committed to building a supportive and sustainable community with a positive social impact.

ENTERPRISE SPONSORS

MCE is California’s first Community Choice Aggregation Program, a not-for-profit, public agency that began service in 2010 with the goals of providing cleaner power at stable rates to its customers, reducing greenhouse emissions, and investing in targeted energy programs that support communities' energy needs. MCE is a load-serving entity supporting ~1,000 MW peak load. MCE provides electricity service to approximately 470,000 customer accounts and over 1M residents and businesses in 34 member communities across 4 Bay Area counties: Napa, Marin, Contra Costa, and Solano. For more information about MCE, visit mceCleanEnergy.org.

COUNTY OF MARIN

Drawdown: Marin is a community-driven campaign to do our part to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, sequester carbon, and prepare for climate change impacts. Drawdown: Marin is aligned with the solutions-oriented approach of Paul Hawken’s “Project Drawdown.” Drawdown will work to “draw down” carbon emissions by designing and implementing solutions in 6 Focus Areas: Renewable Energy, Transportation, Buildings + Infrastructure, Carbon Sequestration, Local Food + Food Waste, and Climate Resilient Communities

SAN RAFAEL AIRPORT
We call the experience "Enjoy Private Sky" because we know you're going to love the level of privacy, personal attention, lack of stress, and sheer fun that comes with flying with us.

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Established in 1926, College of Marin has remained committed to educational excellence, providing equitable opportunities, and fostering success in all members of our diverse community.

 

VENTURE SPONSORS

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Our mission is not only to change how we get around, but to bring good things and fresh ideas into the lives of people in our community and California as a whole. We uphold our commitment to our customers through careful selection of technology, top-notch service and an unwavering optimism for the future of transportation and electric bikes in the Bay Area. Come visit our electric bike shops in San Francisco and Marin County.

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Featured as the best moving company in the "2018 Best of San Francisco Magazine" for our superior moving services in SF and the greater Bay Area, not only are we the best at the regular moving services of packing, hauling, and unloading your belongings, we also got rid of our gas-guzzling moving trucks and reduced our carbon footprint with our vegetable oil powered trucks! We’ve completed over 1,000 commercial moves too, so both residential AND business owners trust us to complete their moves. We'll have your new home, office or building ready for operation on schedule so that you can occupy it as planned without losing revenue or incurring extra expenses.

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Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) is the SF Bay Area’s newest transportation option for travel, offering passenger rail service in Sonoma and Marin counties. SMART’s initial 43 miles of rail corridor includes 10 stations, from the Sonoma Airport to Downtown San Rafael. Future extensions include: Larkspur, which is scheduled to be completed in 2019; Windsor; Healdsburg; and Cloverdale. The full project will provide 70 miles of passenger rail service, connecting SMART passengers with jobs, education centers, retail hubs and housing along the Sonoma-Marin corridor, and a bicycle-pedestrian pathway.

The Recology mission represents a fundamental shift from traditional waste management to resource recovery. Our vision at Recology is to create a world without waste by developing and discovering sustainable resource recovery practices that can be implemented globally.

This begins by building an exceptional Resource Ecosystem – one that both protects the environment and sustains the local community. It’s a ‘closed loop’ ecosystem that makes it possible for the communities Recology serves to achieve high landfill diversion and meet sustainability goals.

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At Bank of Marin, you’ll find experts whose knowledge of the local markets is yours to tap into. Whether you’re a sole proprietor forging your first company or the CEO of a well-established corporation, we’ll work side-by-side with you to help you reach your financial goals.

SONOMA USA

We founded Sonoma-USA with the goal to create a brand that reflects who we are, what we believe in and tells the world where all of our products are made: right here in our Santa Rosa factory in the heart of sunny Sonoma County. Sonoma-USA is owned by TekTailor Inc., a Benefit Corporation and soon to be certified B-Corp, with the goal to bring more sustainable textile and apparel manufacturing to the United States.

DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY

Dominican educates and prepares students to be ethical leaders and socially responsible global citizens who incorporate the Dominican values of study, reflection, community and service into their lives. The University is committed to diversity, sustainability and the integration of the liberal arts, the sciences and professional programs.

PACIFIC SUN

Our goal is to cover this unique community—to inform, and be informed by, our readers in a thoughtful, provocative, literate, witty and honest manner. The Pacific Sun publishes every Wednesday, delivering 22,000 copies to more than 560 locations throughout Marin County.

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Desire to Inspire Studios, LLC is committed to telling stories of people helping people through amazing visuals of photography and videography, regardless of whether an organization has budget or not. We are people helping people.

TABLE SPONSORS

CITY OF NOVATO

The City of Novato respects the environment and plans for a sustainable future. Being "green" or sustainable not only benefits the environment, but also the community's health and economy. One of the City Council's priorities is to ensure that the City is doing everything it can to reduce its impact on the environment and improve Novatans quality of life.

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Jeff and Kate Colin

Kate Colin joined the San Rafael City Council in January 2013. Kate has focused on homelessness, improving resident engagement, sustainability and local transportation. She is co-chair of the County’s Homeless Policy Steering Committee and is San Rafael’s representative on the County’s BayWave project as well as MCCMC’s Sea Level Rise Committee. Kate also serves as a Director for Marin Transit and is San Rafael’s representative to Safe Routes to School. She is also the Council’s liaison to the City’s Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Kate’s goals for the City include maintaining a strong economic base in order to provide high quality public safety services as well as a solid infrastructure. Kate recognizes the diverse population of San Rafael and the importance of ensuring that all neighborhoods are represented and their voices heard. She has lived in the Sun Valley neighborhood since 1996 with her husband Jeff and two children.

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April Philips Design Works, as architects of the land, we believe that Designers must act as Change Agents to shift the paradigm towards a regenerative landscape ideology for a beautiful, resilient and climate positive future. An environmental and socially responsible approach is incorporated into all aspects of our designs.

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Presidio Graduate School’s innovative MBA, MPA, Dual Degree, and Certificate programs bridge the gap between commerce and the common good. PGS is deeply committed to ecological and social sustainability, which infuses our pedagogy, curriculum, and community. We prepare our learners to advance sustainability in businesses and organizations. As a leader in higher education, we seek to influence other universities to integrate sustainability into their program design. While at PGS, learners experience a parallel journey of transformational leadership development and personal growth. Students understand theory, develop skills, and gain the personal mastery needed to be instruments of the change they wish to see in the world.

CITY OF SAN RAFAEL

The City of San Rafael’s mission is to enhance the quality of life and provide for a safe, healthy, prosperous and livable environment in partnership with the community. It was the first-ever recipient of the statewide Beacon Award for Sustainability and has a robust climate action program. Click to learn more.

MARIN SANITARY SERVICE

MSS has grown philosophically with our customers, and we believe in recycling to preserve our natural resources. We're on our way to achieving zero waste. Our 3 divisions work together to provide comprehensive collection, recycling and education services.

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Green Galaxy Homes specializes in Private Property Development Projects including Multi-Family and Single Family Development, Backyard Homes, Manufactured & Modular Homes, and Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). We pride ourselves on using sustainable building materials that not only benefit the earth but save owners money. With California's New Construction Residential Regulations, i.e. Assembly Bill 32, this new legislation will require that all New Construction Residential Homes to be built to Net-Zero Energy Standards by 2020.


As a part of the California Green Business Network, the Marin Green Business Program recognizes and promotes environmental leaders in the local small- and medium-sized business community. Since 2002, we have certified over 350 businesses, providing technical assistance and connecting businesses with the resources they need to comply with program standards.

SUSTAINABLE MARIN

Sustainable Marin is a non-profit organization of volunteers who advocate and educate on sustainability at the County level, aiming at tangible, measurable results, and interacting constructively with County, cities and agencies. It is also the parent to Sustainable San Rafael and Sustainable Novato.

SUSTAINABLE SAN RAFAEL

Sustainable San Rafael is an all-volunteer group of folks dedicated to advocacy and education to help bring about a healthy and aware society. We are organized around the idea that we can-and must-do more to fight climate change and encourage sustainable living.

SAN RAFAEL CHAMBER

Become a member of the Chamber’s vibrant community of business collaborators. Together, we’ll help you grow, thrive and profit.

STRATEGIC ENERGY INNOVATIONS

Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) is a non-profit that develops and delivers solutions customized to help communities accomplish their sustainability goals. As we support our clients to reduce their consumption of natural resources, we also help them save money. SEI’s creative team of problem solvers encourages communities to adopt clean and efficient energy technologies and practices, while we facilitate valuable training people need to find work in the green economy.

CONSERVATION CORPS NORTH BAY

Conservation Corps North Bay is the oldest local youth conservation corps in the country. Serving Marin and Sonoma Counties since 1982, CCNB has helped more than 12,000 young men and women break the cycle of poverty through education and job skills, while serving the environment and community.

The UN-Marin promotes the work of the United Nations, including international peace efforts, human rights, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of 2030. Felicia Chavez, PhD, MBA is Director of Systems Thinking Marin and President of UNA-Marin. Felicia is promoting a systems thinking approach to local adoption of the SDGs.

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CTE’s mission is to engage the public in climate change by motivating them to take measurable actions to reduce their carbon footprint. A grassroots organization, CTE believes personal action is essential to reducing carbon emissions. CTE’s focus is on educating and inspiring Marin residents and employees to drive electric. EVs are about 40- 50% of a driver’s personal footprint and switching to an EV can practically erase the emissions. CTE was founded in 2007 by Marin County parents Carleen and Jeff Cullen, who were inspired to take action after seeing the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth." CTE’s program has had far reaching results, reaching over 250,000 families in 40 states and catalyzing 300,000 carbon saving actions.

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MCL's mission is to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural assets of Marin County for the public. MCL ensures that Marin’s natural assets and resources are protected through prudent action, including acquisition, advocacy, and conservation. By serving as the countywide authority on environmental policy, MCL studies and analyzes issues, proposes policies, educates and mobilizes citizens and monitors outcomes. Issues are tracked by MCL's Issues Committees, which make recommendations to the Board of Directors.

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COMMON GROUND

Common Ground magazine since 1974 has helped pioneer the Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) and prides itself on reaching a sophisticated and strategic audience of Bay Area thought leaders.

IN-KIND SPONSORS

GOOD EARTH

Good Earth has been dedicated to the health & sustainability of our community since 1969. We believe that organic foods offer us the best opportunity to heal our bodies and the earth, we “Go Organic” with over 95% of our groceries organic and 99% of our extensive prepared foods, bakery and cafe organic as well.

STRAUS FAMILY CREAMERY

Our mission is to help sustain family farms in Marin and Sonoma Counties by providing high quality, minimally processed organic dairy products; to support family farming and revitalize rural communities everywhere through advocacy and education.

GUAYAKI

We are working to make organic, fair-trade yerba mate the mainstream energy source of choice, and prove that a company can be profitable while operating sustainably.

LOTUS

Lotus Cuisine of India in San Rafael is now a certified green business serving the finest organic Indian Food. LOTUS GOES GREEN, with our state-of-the-art energy-efficient kitchen and our environmentally friendly appliances, we serve our award-winning Indian Cuisine.

EQUATOR COFFEES AND TEAS

We’ve always taken a holistic approach to our business by considering the impact of our decisions— not just the bottom line— on our employees, suppliers, community, farmers, and the environment. B Corporation certification is a third party certification for companies like us that want to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.

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Lagunitas beers started right here in Marin County before moving to Petaluma, and are now available in 20-ish countries and growing. And whether supporting local communities by turning beer into money for the cause, or simply fueling stories and songs with IPA and other fine ales, we’ve learned one thing… Wherever you go: beer speaks, people mumble.

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"BEST TASTING ROOM & BEST TOUR" SONOMA PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS 2018

At Benziger, we're about three things: family, great wine and healthy vineyards. For more than thirty years, we've farmed our ranch on Sonoma Mountain and searched Sonoma County for the most distinctive and expressive vineyards. Once found, we tend these sites using certified Biodynamic, organic and sustainable farming methods. The result is a portfolio of authentic and memorable wines.