What is Sustainable Sonoma?

Sustainable Sonoma unites Sonoma Valley’s many efforts to improve our community under one set of shared goals and measurable targets. This common agenda will align our activities and accelerate success in achieving a sustainable community. Our mission is for Sonoma Valley to be a thriving, just, sustainable community, a model for Sonoma County, the state, and the nation.

Sustainable Sonoma was founded by The Sonoma Ecology Center to address the challenge of preserving what is great about Sonoma while adapting to the new pressures and solving the chronic problems facing our community. Over 100 non-profits and agencies work to make Sonoma Valley a better place. Though most share a common vision of a better Sonoma Valley, we lack a coordinated workplan, common goals and a shared, measurable outcomes that lead to efficiencies and greater success. 

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Process Design Principals


  • Avoid duplication
  • Search for integrated coordinated solutions that move beyond current silos 
  • Transparency
  • Focus on longer-term solutions
  • Include all community constituencies
  • Learn from diverse views and voices

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Role of The Sonoma Ecology Center

"After years of working with our community to identify and lead actions that achieve and sustain ecological health in Sonoma Valley, we are loosing ground. We cannot accomplish our mission without systematic change. Our aim in launching Sustainable Sonoma is to get the table set, the be a major participant."

People Engaged So Far


  • SEC, Chamber, Health Dep’t, climate, La Luz
  • Two diverse interest group meetings
  • Many individual conversations

Other Stake Holders

  • Youth
  • Latino
  • Business
  • Agriculture
  • Long-timers
  • Water
  • City
  • County supervisor
  • Philanthropy
  • Environment
  • Faith
  • Seniors
  • Tourism



Sonoma Valley partners

√  SV Chamber of Commerce

√  SV Health Care District

√  SV Health Roundtable

√  Economic Vitality Partnership

√  Sonoma Valley Fund

√  La Luz


Vintners & Growers Alliance

Sonoma County partners

√  Sonoma Health Action

√  Sonoma County Water Agency

Leadership Institute

Economic Development Board

WinegrowersWinegrape Commission

Sonoma Co Food System Alliance

Community Foundation So Co

North Bay Organizing Project