2010 Best Practices Awards winners announced

SANTA ROSA -- The Business Environmental Alliance will be holding its ninth annual Business Leaders’ Breakfast on Feb. 26.

The keynote speaker this year will be Andy Hoffman, professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, talking about trends for businesses based on use of petroleum.

“Don’t think of climate change as an environmental issue,” Mr. Hoffman said. “Think about it as a market issue.”

Discussing economical strategies on the business leader panel will be Iver Skavdal, president, chief executive officer and chairman of Winzler & Kelly; Blair Kellison, CEO of Traditional Medicinals; Doug Rackerby, facilities supervisor of Exchange Bank; and David Proctor, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Friedman’s Home Improvement.

Winners of 2010 Best Practices Awards, which go to businesses that have bolstered their bottom lines in an environmentally friendly way, are the Exchange Bank branch in Cotati, Oliver & Company, Truett Hurst, Kaiser Permanente, California-American Water, Medtronic, Nature’s Best Cleaners, City Hall Project, Agilent Technologies, Bamboo Sourcery, Infostor, Pozzi Livestock & Wool, Vintners Inn, Simi Winery, Murphy Vineyards, Sonoma Market and Glen Ellen Village Market, dentist William T. Conklin, Labcon North America and Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary.

The breakfast meeting will be held from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel. Registration is $35 a person and must be completed by 5 p.m. Feb. 19 at www.sonomabea.org/events.