April 26, 2010

SSU Professors Address 2010 Sustainable Enterprise Conference - Economic, Environmental and Social Concerns

Two Sonoma State University professors are speakers at the upcoming fifth annual Sustainable Enterprise Conference on Friday, May 7 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Sonoma Mountain Village in Rohnert Park. Sustainable Enterprise 2010: Tools for the Transition is a day-long learning and networking conference which provides the tools needed by North Bay businesses and organizations to transition to economic, environmental and social sustainability.

Participants will realize opportunities to network with over 300 other North Bay professionals who have made positive change in the areas of social, economic and environmental responsibility, and have benefitted from it.

Dr. Robert Girling, a founder and organizer of the Sustainable Enterprise Conferences on Tools for Sustainable Businesses and Communities series, opens the conference with the topic "A Word on Good Companies." Girling is an business professor and a pioneer in social entrepreneurship studies at SSU. Recently he served as a consultant to the Caribbean Development Bank on sustainable development strategies for the island of Dominican.

Dr. Alexandra "Sascha" von Meier, Professor of Environmental Studies and Planning, offers "Sustainability and Equity from a Scientific Vantage Point," exploring how a physical, systemic perspective of energy flows informs ideas of resource allocation. What, specifically, are the constraints on "sustainable growth," and what are the implications for how present and future civilizations share what we have? The best outcomes for any members of society, wealthy or poor, will be attainable only by way of a sober and realistic view of sustainability. Von Meier directs the Energy Management and Design program. Her teaching, research and publications have addressed diverse aspects of sustainable energy, with a special emphasis on the electric grid and the integration of renewable resources.

The conference offers a number of workshops and presentations focused on innovative and sustainable opportunities and practices for the North Bay Enterprise. Participants will be presented with the necessary tools for driving positive change in their organizations, better positioning them for success in the new economy.

Workshops available through the conference include "Seven Steps to Accelerating Your Business Growth," "Leveraging Social Media Marketing for Sustainable Enterprises," "Finding Funding and Financing in the New Green Economy" and many more.

Registration ends May 4. For more information and to register online, visit www.SustainableEnterpriseConference.com or phone (888) 497-3222.

Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057