President Obama Calls on Northern California Sustainability Leaders to Share Their Insights
In mid-March, Albert Straus was invited to a White House sponsored Energy, Environment and Conservation Roundtable, one of a series of talks initiated by President Obama and organized by USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service. Assistant Chief of NRCS, James Gore, invited sustainability leaders from Marin, Sonoma and adjacent counties to share their insights, stories and challenges.
Participants included local wineries such as Kendall Jackson and Fetzer, representatives from regional Resource Conservation Districts, Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carillo and local dairy and produce farmers.
James Gore grew up in Healdsburg and Windsor and strives to “see his home with different eyes” now that he works for the federal government. Mr. Gore repeatedly emphasized the vibrant leadership role Marin and Sonoma Counties have taken with their extensive sustainability efforts.
The meeting was presented as an opportunity to put valuable knowledge on the record for Gore to bring back to Washington, DC. Albert Straus had several requests, including that the USDA fund efforts to improve metrics to measure the carbon footprint of farms; conduct more research on standards of care for organic livestock; and create additional funding for the implementation of renewable energy systems, such as methane digesters.