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, the Ecology Center has led in building the Sustainable Sonoma partnerships, primarily with the Chamber of Commerce and with the Sonoma Valley Health Roundtable. 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. Over time, the founding partners will become just a few of the many interests at the table.


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.

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.

 
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  • Patricia Shults, Executive Director, Chamber of Commerce. Interests represented: business, particularly locally owned businesses

  • Juan Hernandez, Executive Director, La Luz Center. Interests represented: Latino, Spanish-speaking community members. Other affiliations: Health Action, Sonoma Valley Fund.

  • Richard Dale, Executive Director, Sonoma Ecology Center.. Interests represented: long-term ecological health for Sonoma Valley. Other affiliations: Chamber of Commerce, Sonoma Valley Health Roundtable, Transition SDC.


Staff

Kim Jones
Sustainable Sonoma, Coordinator
kim@sustainablesonoma.net
                                    

Caitlin Cornwall
Sustainable Sonoma, Project Manager
caitlin@sonomaecologycenter.org

 

Beth Dadko
Community Engagement Manager, Health Action
beth@sonoma-county.org


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