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Marin County & the Global Goals Event Series

Alternating months, September 2020 – July 2022

Does Marin County have healthy, sustainable Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure? Is the world on track to meet SDG #9?

Saturday, January 15th, 2022

3:00 – 4:30 PM PDT Online

(Login information provided upon registration)


Local View Speaker: Chris Yalonis

Chris Yalonis

Chris Yalonis, President and Co-founder of VenturePad, is a longtime Marin entrepreneur with 30 years in software development, marketing research and customer development. VenturePad, located in downtown San Rafael, supports and promotes a dynamic cross-section of for-profits, nonprofits, gov’t agencies and academia. It serves as a coworking space and meeting center, as well as an incubator, launching 15 to 25 new businesses per year, all within a context of sustainability. Chris will speak about his work with VenturePad, reaching Marin’s Economic Development goals guided with sustainability values, local green business activities, and more.

Global View Speaker: Herb Behrstock

Herb Behrstock: During a 32 year career with the UN Development Program, Herb had increasing responsibilities in 8 countries, including as the UN’s Resident Coordinator for economic development, as well as two senior assignments for policy and programs in the African and Asia departments. Since retiring from the UN in 2002, Herb’s held leadership positions in the UNA-USA: as member of the National Council from 2010-2016, chair of the advocacy committee; a director and chapter president; and currently President of the UNA’s Northern California Division.

About This Event

The work of the United Nations has been pivotal in spurring international industrial development and infrastructure. We will discuss the pros as well of the cons, including asking questions about what constitutes socially and ecologically sustainable industry.

Further, how does this relate to Marin County? Do we take part in the innovation of nearby Silicon Valley? What is our role in the future of industry and innovation? And how are we doing in terms of our current infrastructure?

Is Marin County on track to reach SDG #9? How do we know? What about the rest of the world?

Bring your insights and questions to this free, online event.

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Learn more about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of 2030.

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Past Event: #9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, January 15, 2022

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Chris Yalonis, Slide Deck (Marin County perspective)

Herb Behrstock, Slide Deck (United Nations and global perspective)

SDG #8 3D Cube with full text and development substituted for growth

Past Event: #8 Decent Work and Economic Development, November 13, 2021

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SDG 7 3D Cube Image

Past Event: #7 Affordable & Clean Energy, September 12, 2021

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Felicia Chavez, Slide Deck (global perspective)

Sebastian Conn, Slide Deck (MCE, state and local perspective)

3D SDG 6 Cube

Past Event: #6 Clean Water And Sanitation, July 10, 2021

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Jenny Rempel, Speaker

SDG Number 5 3D Image with all genders text addition

Past Event: #5 Gender Equality, May 15, 2021

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Pri Bertucci, Diversity BBox, Slide Deck

SDG #4 Quality Education 3D blocl

Past Event: #4 Quality Education, March 13, 2021

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Sasha Mizenin, Slide Deck

UN SDG #3 Good Health and Well-Being 3D image with Text

Past Event: #3 Good Health & Well-Being, January 9, 2021

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Paul Clarke, Slide Deck

Elaini Negussie, Slide Deck

UN SDG #2 Zero Hunger 3D image with Text

Past Event: #2 Zero Hunger, November 14, 2020

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Past Event: #1 No Poverty, September 12, 2020

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