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Released by: Board of Supervisors
For Immediate Release

Local Forum to Highlight Energy Efficiency and
Conservation Resources for the Agricultural Community

Santa Rosa, CA  –  October 24, 2018  –  Farmers, vineyard owners, and other agricultural business owners are invited to participate in a free workshop on Tuesday, November 6 from 9 AM to 11 AM at the Farm Bureau Office to hear best practices from local farmers about energy and efficiency and water conservation. Attendees will also learn about the financing, grants, and incentives available to help business owners fund their projects.

"Sonoma County continues to lead the way in sustainable winemaking and agricultural practices," said Board Chair James Gore. “As a public official and being from a family with deep agricultural roots in Sonoma County, I am encouraged to see both public and private organizations working together to increase the resiliency of our businesses, community, and environment."

The keynote speaker will be Joseph Button, the Sustainability Director at Straus Family Creamery. Button will describe the efficiency measures the Straus Family Creamery has implemented and their strong beliefs in sustainability as a core value.

The workshop is provided by the County of Sonoma, General Services Department (GSD) Energy and Sustainability Division in partnership with the Farm Bureau and representatives from the County, USDA, and other programs will be on hand to meet with participants.

This event is the first in a series of workshops that will explore in-depth topics on sustainability and efficiency and marks the strength of the partnership between the GSD Energy and Sustainability Division and the Farm Bureau to support local change. “Bringing forums to a community level allows a greater focus on the programs and issues in a specific area,” commented Farm Bureau Director, Tawny Tesconi. “While many resources are available, it’s not always clear which will be applicable.”

Attendees are encouraged to pre-register for the event by contacting the Energy and Sustainability Division by calling (707) 565-6470 or by emailing Though geared toward farms and small businesses, the event is free and open to the public.

For questions, please contact: Brianne McClure or (707) 292-4268



Contact Information

County Administrator's Office
County of Sonoma
575 Administration Drive
Room 104A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464626, -122.725441