Systemic, Place-Based Planning for a Sustainable, Resilient Future
Recent natural disasters provide stark reminders that we live, work and play in a fire ecology. As our neighbors, colleagues and friends struggle to rebuild their lives, we pause to rethink how we live in this region and envision a healthier, happier and more prosperous future for all. Originally launched by Sustainable North Bay and Sonoma State, North Bay Forward is a collaborative initiative to harness the collective talent, vision, and experience of a range of business, community, public sector and academic leaders to envision this future and engage in the systemic change and collaboration needed to usher in a sustainable, resilient North Bay community.
During our inaugural visioning charrette, we identified the four interconnected systems, upon whose health the future we envision depends: natural, structural, human and cultural. Our monthly lunch series brings together cross-sector community partners, faculty, students and staff to drive collaborations that build sustainability and resilience in the North Bay Region across these systems. Each vegetarian lunch starts with a short presentation on an existing collaboration that provides a stepping off point for attendees to share their aligned activities and informally discuss next steps needed to reach regional goals. Topics include Local Food & Food Security, Productive & Protected Landscapes, Partnerships between Large Organizations & the Local Municipalities and Cracking the Nut on Scope 3 Emission Reporting. Held on the second Wednesday of each month, these lunches are catered by local restaurants and held at the Environmental Technology Center.