SEC Marin Programming

Speaker Proposals
**interested speakers that address the topics below are invited to propose here**

Program Purpose

Marin’s first Sustainable Enterprise Conference, October 26, at the Embassy Suites in San Rafael, bringing together government, business and non-profit leaders to collaborate on solutions for social and environmental challenges.


  1. Cultivate your conscious and values-driven leadership skills
  2. Discover best practices for being a more sustainable business and making the triple bottom line a reality
  3. Collaborate on impacting issues such as climate change, clean energy, social equity, and affordable housing, sustainable food systems.
  4. Explore what it means to be truly inclusive, diverse, and open as a company with a thriving culture and active employee engagement.
  5. Work across generations, industries, and regions to harness innovative ideas
  6. Determine how we can best collaborate and unite as a movement to effect greater impact and change for good in the world.


  • Keynote: Policy and Politics: State of Sustainability in Marin and North Bay: A Regional, State and National Perspective
  • Keynote: Holding our own and progressing the sustainability agenda in the age of Trump
  • Keynote: Climate Business Opportunities
  • The business case for lowering our carbon footprints in our homes, neighborhoods, organizations and communities.
  • How Marin enterprises are lowering their GHG emissions and cutting costs, increasing sales and enhancing their brands.

Solutions Tracks

(Marin Government focal points-workshops, task forces, linkups with existing groups)

Affordable Housing

It’s no mystery Marin County is one of the most expensive places to live in the United States. As of October 2016, the average Marin apartment rent is $2,600 per month, up 75 percent since 2005. The median rent for a single family home is $5,000 per month. With no new affordable housing developments under constructions in unincorporated Marin, the County’s focus has turned to preserving the existing stock of affordable homes.   
More information:  Deeper Dive  |  County Housing Program  |   Housing Authority


At the latest count, there were 1,100 citizens in Marin without a place to call home.  The County is maximizing its resources and collaborating with cities, towns and public agencies make more help available to people living without permanent shelter and identify permanent solutions.  The Homeless Outreach Team focuses on aid and stability for people experiencing chronic homelessness. This work reduces the amount of time individuals and families spend in support programs before becoming self-sufficient, resulting in less tax payer costs. Once a homeless person finds a home, it often leads to employment and better health.
More information: Homeless Outreach Team  |  VIDEO: An Option to End Homelessness


Income disparity in Marin is on the rise, negatively affecting quality of life and even life expectancy for the low socioeconomic groups.  The County is dedicated to delivering services to the people who need the help the most.  Six County departments -- including the Marin Free Library, Parks and Open Space, Health and Human Services, Probation, Human Resources, and the County Administrator’s Office -- are part of a Countywide Pilot Program designed to increase fair inclusion and ensure individuals have access to the services that will support them. Efforts include increasing food parity, removing artificial barriers to job recruitment, promoting civil rights, and making open space preserves and parks more accessible to all.
More information: Racial Equity Alliance  |  VIDEO: A Conversation About Equity in the Community

Transportation Solutions

Emerging Technology • Environmental Stewardship • Efficient Transportation Systems. 
Along with public safety, road maintenance is one of the most basic and necessary components of local government service in any jurisdiction. With the rise of fuel efficient vehicles, State and Federal gas tax revenue has declined, yet vehicle miles traveled our roads has increased. This means the County must maximize resources to maintain our roads network. Over the next 3-5 years, the County is leveraging its road funding to get $31 million in federal grants for major road and bridge infrastructure improvements. In addition, the County is utilizing resources for local streets and roads through careful planning, innovative design, and the use of cost-effective paving technologies.  
More information:  Deeper Dive  |  Traffic and Roads Information  |  Sir Francis Drake Blvd Project

Sea Level Rise and Climate Change

Scientists have proven that the environment is changing. Gradual sea level rise is already affecting lives throughout Marin, not just the waterfront communities. Marin can expect billions in financial losses as bay and ocean waters rise a predicted 3 feet by the year 2100 and overflow the existing levee structure.  The County recognizes that the slow-moving emergency needs to be addressed now and is aggressively promoting public education and adaptation measures.  In addition to addressing sea-level rise, the Marin County Climate Action Plan reduces greenhouse gas emissions and encourages all forms of sustainability, such as zero waste, energy efficiency, water-saving features and more.
More information: Climate Action Plan  |  VIDEO: Addressing the Risk of Sea Level Rise Together

Sustainable Best Practices, Innovations and Opportunities

(local and regional leaders, examples, and lessons that showcase scalable, high ROI opportunities for enterprises to reduce costs, build their brands, open up new customer markets, reduce their water, waste and carbon footprints, drive positive social impact)

The Sustainable Enterprise

(Potential session topics)

  • The business case for sustainable practices and High ROI opportunities
  • New business models
  • Working with your suppliers and designing new products and services to reduce your footprint and lifecycle costs.
  • Top Innovations and latest updates in waste management, recycling, composting (How do we increase the rate of waste diversion from landfills among enterprises)
  • Financing company energy, water and waste projects
  • Measuring success and reporting your sustainability projects
  • Enhance your brand by promoting your green successes (without greenwashing)
  • Building Value thru Certifications: County Green Business Program; Benefit Corporations and Certified B Corps-defined, benefits, process

Local Heroes and Leading Innovations

  • Sustainable Ag and Food Systems (organics, GMOs, farm to table innovations, permaculture innovations)
  • Local distributed renewable energy: solar farms, Feed in Tariff sources.
  • West Marin Farming and our National Park System: coexistence and conflicts. 
  • The Explosion of Community Choice Aggregation, Local Clean Energy supply, and MCE
  • Project Drawdown: The world’s top solutions to reverse global warming 

The Conscious Company and Leadership

An intimate, curated group of leaders discussing what matters most to each of their journeys, their companies, and the greater good of the world. Expect to see cause-based councils and coalitions form right in front of you — and maybe even make some friends for life. Topics that this track will cover:

  • Foundations of Mindful Leadership
  • How Purpose Drives Workplace Performance
  • Making an Impact: The "How to" Behind Using Your Company or Your Position as Tool for Good
  • Uniting the Tribes: How We Can Work Together to Create Greater Change
  • Best Practices and insights on Defining Your Corporate Values, creating cohesive company culture and attracting and retaining talent in the new economy
  • Peer group collaboration to collectively make a larger impact in cause areas such as climate change, housing, transportation solutions, and economic inclusion.