Embracing Sustainability as a Business and Economic Strategy


Wednesday, May 22 2019

Registration opens at 8:00 am.

Note: session topics and timing are subject to change. 

9:00 – Conference Opening

Welcome by Tina Neuhausel – President, Sustainable Contra Costa

9:15 – Introductions

Everyone: Name and Affiliation (only)

9:30 – Introduction to SEC:
From Action to Emergency

Mark Westwind, Sustainable Contra Costa

10:00 – Sustainable Living:
The Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge

Jacenda Davis, Sustainable Contra Costa

10:15 – Break

10:45 – The Business of Sustainability:
Sustainability and Risk Management

Ed Morales, Senior Vice President, Marsh Risk & Insurance Service

11:15 – Sustainable Infrastructure:
Smart Waste Monitoring Technology

Nik BalachandranZabble, Inc.

11:45 – Lunch


12:30 – Keynote Presentation
Our Waste Crisis: What Do We Do Now? 

Kish Rajan, Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery

1:15 – Sustainable Business Showcase:
Meet the Innovators, Pioneers & Leaders

Blair Abee, Business Advisor
Contra Costa Small Business Development Center

Susan Psara, Director
Contra Costa Green Business Program

David Wolfgram – Amy’s Drive Thru

Nik BalachandranZabble, Inc.


2:15 – Break


2:30 – Contra Costa Sustainability Report – 2019

Jody London – Contra Costa’s Sustainability Coordinator


3:00 – Public Policy:
Rethinking Disposable Plastics

Samantha SommerReThink Disposable

Carlyn Obringer, Mayor, City of Concord

4:00 – Innovation Spotlight

Tina Neuhausel, The Cleaner Contra Costa Online Platform


4:30 to 5:30-ish – Networking/Reception hosted by Calicraft

Join us for a networking reception featuring a selection of handcrafted beers from Calicraft Brewing Company in Walnut Creek.
Taste the best of California in a bottle of Calicraft beer!