Sustainability Experts from Sonoma State University Offer Insight at April 7 Conference

April 6, 2016

Rohnert Park, California - The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced the involvement of six faculty and administrators in the Sustainable Enterprise Conference taking place April 7 at Sonoma Mountain Village in Rohnert Park. In addition to SBE faculty and administration, members of SSU's Department of Environmental Studies and Center for Environmental Inquiry will also facilitate workshop sessions. SBE offers undergraduate and graduate courses focused on sustainability issues.

"Our students are taught core values of social equity, environmental stewardship, and economic prosperity from a triple bottom line perspective. Business environments rarely measure success in terms of long‐term profitability and sustainable use of natural resources. That's why our graduates have the tools to build a business case for adopting environmental and community-based practices. Support of this conference and the dialogue it generates is key to preparing leaders for a sustainable future," William S. Silver, Dean of the School of Business and Economics said.

Recent SBE faculty publications on the topic of sustainability include The Good Company by Dr. Robert Girling, Professor of Business, and Crafting Sustainable Wine Businesses by Dr. Armand Gilinsky, Korbel Professor of Wine Business, both of whom will be facilitating workshop sessions during the conference.  

WHO: Sonoma State University faculty and administration

WHAT: 11th Annual Sustainable Enterprise Conference

WHERE: Sonoma Mountain Village Event Center, 1100 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

WHEN: April 7, 2016

MEDIA: Complimentary passes are available with registration: Press kit is available here:

A schedule of sessions featuring thought leaders from the School of Business and Economics and Sonoma State University follows here:

  • William S. Silver, Ph.D
    Dean of the School of Business and Economics
    8:10 a.m. Session: Our Next Leaders
  • Rocky Rohwedder, Ph.D.
    Professor Emeritus, Environmental Studies and Planning
    9:10 a.m. Session: Ecological Handprints - Lifting Humanity While Lowering Our Footprint
  • Chris Yalonis
    Professional Faculty in Business
    10:15 a.m. Session: Sustainability in Practice - Beyond Recycling and Solar Panels
  • John Stayton
    Executive Director of Graduate & Executive Business Programs
    11:20 a.m. Session: Blue/Green Alliance for Jobs and the Environment
  • Robert Girling, Ph.D.
    Professor of Business and Social Entrepreneurship
    11:20 a.m. Session: Sustainable Hospitality and Tourism
  • Rashmi Singh, Ph.D.
    Professor Emerita, Sonoma State University
    1:20 p.m. Session: Sustainability in Practice - Green Your Organization by Greening Your Staff
  • Adele Santana, Ph.D.
    Professor of Business
    2:25 p.m. Session: Sustainability in Practice - Cases Studies and Best Practices
  • Claudia Luke, Ph.D.
    Director of SSU Preserves, Center for Environmental Inquiry
    3:40 p.m. Session: Sustainable Water
  • Armand Gilinsky, Ph.D.
    Korbel Professor of Wine Business
    3:40 p.m. Session: Sustainability in the Beverage Industries

    A full event schedule may be viewed here: