AT A GLANCE
This is our opportunity to exercise leadership and build a model of true sustainability for others to emulate. If not here, Where? If not now, when?
Act locally to replicate globally!
A VISION FOR 2030
Sonoma Valley is a thriving, just, sustainable community — a model for Sonoma County, the state, and the nation.
How do we preserve what’s great about Sonoma while adapting to new pressures and solving the chronic problems facing us?
We Aren’t Sustainable, Equitable, or Thriving. Yet.
- Local groundwater, our largest source of water, is being depleted rapidly. 1
- Households in our poorest neighborhoods have median earnings less than $20,000, far less than the poverty threshold in this high-cost region. 2
- About 1,000 new parcels were created since 2005, most with development rights. 3
- 43+ kinds of animals and plants are listed as rare, threatened or endangered.
- Nearly 40% of households spend over 40% of their income on rent. 4
- 69% of businesses surveyed are concerned about the shortage of housing. 5
Our problems, and their solutions, cross over multiple sectors. For example:
Reduce Firerisk and economic loss
Employ and engage young people
Increase water supply
COMPACT, INFILL, AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Safe, decent housing for all
Access to services and community life
- Protect open space, agriculture and our water supply
- Support our workforce backbone
- Better either and education outcomes
Why Do We Need Sustainable Sonoma?
Over 100 nonprofits and agencies work to make Sonoma Valley a better place. Most share a similar vision of a better Sonoma Valley. But we lack a coordinated workplan, common goals, and shared, measurable outcomes that would lead to efficiencies and greater success.
Sustainable Sonoma is an ongoing group of partners that craft a common agenda, promote a shared vision, measure shared performance objectives such as those in the STAR Communities rating system, coordinate actions by multiple actors with multiple benefits, continuously communicate among trusted partners, and are backed by a neutral party with resources and capacity to convene and coordinate.
Process design principles
No single organization has the ability to solve any major social problem by itself. Sustainable Sonoma takes a Collective Impact approach — a cross-sector approach to collaboration that achieves measurable effects on social issues.
Hearing from community members, through multiple channels, on their goals and strategies for making Sonoma Valley a better place — add your voice here!
A public goal-setting event that answers the questions: What do you want to see in Sonoma Valley’s future? What do you NOT want to see?
- Adopt a strategic plan written by a broad partnership of community interests.
- Recruit influential community champions. Suggestions welcome!
- Use best practices from “collective impact” and “place-making” processes.
Establish an independent financial home for Sustainable Sonoma
Capacity-building and fundraising
Set priorities for 2018