Sonoma County ‘Zero Waste’ Symposium @ Sonoma Mountain Village
May 10 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sonoma County 'Zero Waste' Symposium @ Sonoma Mountain Village | Rohnert Park | California | United States

Come hear and network with amazing speakers on cutting-edge zero waste topics and learn how you can get involved in Sonoma County’s Zero Waste movement!

Sonoma County Zero Waste Symposium engages community stakeholders by showcasing zero waste policies, programs and infrastructure that design waste out of the system wherever possible and divert discarded materials through composting, reclaiming, reducing, reusing, and recycling.  We can eliminate waste in Sonoma County with the participation of all residents and businesses.  Together, it is possible to be a model for the rest of the community and beyond.

The Sonoma County Zero Waste goal is to:

  • Educate the community on zero waste;
  • Encourage zero waste as a goal for Sonoma County residents, cities, the county, businesses, institutions, and nonprofits;
  • Support zero waste policy goals through action plans that significantly reduce waste and maximize recycling, composting and reuse;
  • Support business zero waste certification through the Green Business Certification Institute which is aligned with LEED for Buildings Operations and Maintenance; and
  • Provide a networking opportunity with like-minded organizations, businesses, institutions and residents.

ZERO WASTE INCLUDES: Source Reduction Strategies and Examples, Food Waste Prevention, Carbon Life-cycle Benefits through Composting, Commercial and Institutional Organics, Zero Waste Plans and more!

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ORGANIC vs PESTICIDES @ Napa Valley Center for Spiritual Living
May 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This is a FREE event — Donations welcome

Reservations suggested as space is limited to 100 persons


Drink the change you want to see in the world.

Be an informed consumer and support a healthy environment in Napa County.
Pam Strayer will present a guide to using publicly available information on pesticides used in Napa County and more.

Find out what is being applied on vineyards in your area and by whom.
We will look at data collected on the Pesticide Use Report and mapped by the California State Department of Public Health. The chemicals applied on wine grapes include carcinogens, neurotoxins, bird and bee toxins and developmental and reproductive toxins.

California Certified Organic Farms (CCOF) and Stellar Organic Certification (Demeter) will provide information on how to support organic and family friendly farming in Napa County and how to grow local support for the greater organic community.

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Pam Strayer is a well known wine writer, publisher of 7 apps, and a consultant focused exclusively on wines from certified organic and Biodynamic vines. Winner of the prestigious New England Press Association Award, she is now writing an ebook on organic and biodynamic wines in Napa and Sonoma counties. Based in Oakland, California, she has attended the Napa Wine Writers’ Conferences, and her work has been reviewed in the LA Times. Her blog is Organic Wines Uncorked.

Ms. Strayer holds a certificate in wine studies from U.C. Berkeley and has studied wine at the North American Sommelier Association and U.C. Davis. She is currently the Conference Program Director for Demeter USA’s first International Biodynamic Wine Conference, taking place May 6th & 7th in San Francisco. In addition to consulting with environmentalists including David Brower and Huey Johnson’s Resource Renewal Institute, she has produced dozens of films for Apple, PBS, Turner, the Dalai Lama, Jerry Garcia and the UN.

“A communicator who put health risks into perspective on many fronts, she became aware of the impacts to human, plant animal, and ecosystem health from conventional and “sustainable” vineyard farming practices and decided to focus on finding and writing about the best wines from organic or Biodynamic vines and wrote seven apps for consumers.”

Medha Chandra is Campaign Coordinator at PAN North America. Ms. Chandra has 16 years’ experience in urban design, environmental protection, international development and social justice work in India, the UK, and in the U.S. Before moving to the U.S., Medha worked on environmental conflict and justice issues in India and the UK, focusing on low income urban and peri-urban communities.

At Pesticide Action Network (PAN) North America, Medha leads a team focused on international and domestic pesticide campaigns, and is the coordinator of PAN International’s Working Group on Pesticides and Corporations. Medha has written for academic as well as NGO publications. She is trilingual in Bengali, English and Hindi.