SUSTAINABLE SONOMA UNITES SONOMA VALLEY'S EFFORTS TO IMPROVE OUR COMMUNITY UNDER ONE SET OF SHARED GOALS. THIS COMMON AGENDA WILL ALIGN AND SUPPORT ACTIVITIES THAT COLLECTIVELY BUILD A SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY.
 

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After 25 years of working with our community to take care of this remarkable place, we realized that we cannot accomplish our mission of ecological health in Sonoma Valley without systemic change that’s supported by the whole community.
— RICHARD DALE, SONOMA ECOLOGY CENTER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
 

Sustainable Sonoma was conceived by Sonoma Ecology Center to achieve a common agenda for the Valley that most of the community can support. In the early stages, Sonoma Ecology Center led in building the Sustainable Sonoma partnerships, primarily with the Chamber of Commerce and La Luz. Over time, the founding partners have become just a few of the many interests at the table. As Sustainable Sonoma matures, it will take on its own identity—a standalone staff, independent funding—so that it belongs to the whole community, not any particular organization.

 
We can’t solve the challenges our Latino community is facing by only working inside the Latino community. It takes everyone pushing in the same direction for change to happen. This initiative is a foundation for this push.
— Juan Hernandez, Executive Director, La Luz Center

Sustainable Sonoma Council

The Sustainable Sonoma Council represents all the interests in the Sonoma Valley community, and identifies areas of shared agreement among those interests. Agreements could include priority issues to work together on, or shared intentions for the future of the community. The learning and trust developed among the Sustainable Sonoma  Council should, over time, produce multiple alignments around community needs. These areas of agreement will then produce tangible positive change in the community by creating allies and solutions that involve multiple sectors—solutions that could not have been achieved without aligning diverse interests.

See the roster of Sustainable Sonoma Council members and alternates here.

You will find Sustainable Sonoma Council meeting agendas, minutes and materials here


STEERING COMMITTEE

The Steering Committee governs the operations of Sustainable Sonoma, including directing staff. The Steering Committee is charged with operational oversight, including budget, HR, and driving the strategic planning for growth and success of Sustainable Sonoma. Its members make decisions using practical consensus, promote Sustainable Sonoma, and keep Sustainable Sonoma true to its mission, vision, and values.

  • Cynthia Scarborough, Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council, Sonoma Valley Health Roundtable, Vintage House, retired ED. Interests represented: Senior services, health. 

  • Tim Zahner, Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau, Director Interests represented: tourism, business. 

  • Kimberly Blattner, CSCC, La Luz Center, Board, Sonoma Valley Fund Grants Committee, Valley of the Moon Music Festival, Board. Interests represented: Education, legacy giving, economic equality, political activism.

  • Betzy Chavez, Director of Strategic Partnerships, La Luz Center. Interests represented: Latino, Spanish-speaking community members. 

  • Richard Dale, Executive Director, Sonoma Ecology Center.. Interests represented: Environment, economy health. Affiliations: Chamber of Commerce, Sonoma Valley Health Round Table, SDC Coalition.n


STAFF

 

 

Caitlin Cornwall
Sustainable Sonoma Project Director
caitlin@sustainablesonoma.net

Kim Jones
Sustainable Sonoma Coordinator
kim@sustainablesonoma.net     


Read the full purpose, governance and charter of Sustainable Sonoma here. 


Timeline

January 2015:  Concept creation
August 2015: Focus groups start
October 2017: Sustainable Sonoma Council forms
March-August 2018: Listening sessions, including public meetings
August-January 2019: Council prioritizes 5-8 shared goals & values
January 2019: Work Groups form