Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 35.40
Liaison David Liebman
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Santa Rosa Junior College
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 David Liebman
Energy & Sustainability Manager
Facilities Planning and Operations
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Sonoma County Water Agency, Santa Rosa Water, Master Gardener's, & Habitat Corridor Project

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
No

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above:

The Sonoma County Water Agency funding the Master Gardener's and the Habitat Corridor Project to design firewise demonstration gardens to be planted on the Santa Rosa Junior College campus. These designs would already pass MWELO for the rebuilding for Sonoma County residents.

How it addresses 3 pillars:
Environmental - This partnership removed water intensive non-native plant species and replaces them with water-wise landscapes.
Equity - These gardens are using plants that will work for different areas of Sonoma County and different skill sets. During the installation of the gardens, we will be providing some workforce development.
Economics - Since the plans will be available online for free anyone who is interested in using them to transform their gardens can without having to hire a landscape architect. Additionally, the maintenance of a native landscape is significantly less which will benefit our stretched facilities department.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Sonoma County Transit, Santa Rosa CityBus, Petaluma Transit

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (2nd partnership):

Santa Rosa Junior College has partnered with Santa Rosa City Bus, Petaluma Transit, and Sonoma County Transit to allow students to ride on these buses for free by showing their current SRJC ID. The transit providers have agreed to subsidize the cost per ride, and the SRJC is currently in a 3-year contract.

How it addresses 3 pillars:
Environmental - Transportation is a large contributor to our GHGs and the use of public transportation can help reduce transportation GHG impacts.
Equity - Free transportation throughout Sonoma County along with to and from school makes opportunities available that might not of been there before.
Economics - There is a student transportation fee which goes to sustaining this program.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Daily Acts, Sonoma County Water Agency, Conservation Corps North Bay

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
Short-term project or event

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (3rd partnership):

Funded by the Coastal Conservancy and Prop 1, Daily Acts partnered with the Sonoma County Water Agency, Conservation Corps North Bay (CCNB) and three Sonoma County schools to convert 20,000 square feet of lawn and asphalt into water conscious habitat gardens. Beginning October 17th 2017 and continuing through spring 2018, Daily Acts worked with crews from CCNB at the Santa Rosa Junior College, El Molino High School and Guerneville Elementary to sheet mulch, dig rain gardens, and install irrigation and plant water-wise species.

For each site, Daily Acts provided training and program management to the CCNB crews as well as green job skills for sustainable landscaping practices such as sheet mulching, water-wise native plants, drip irrigation and rainwater catchment where appropriate. Crew members had the opportunity to learn more about native plants and their uses as well as appropriate handling as they support the garden installation based on the approved planting plan. After installation, crew members built a drip irrigation system to ensure the survival of each plant, gaining an understanding of the main components and how to assemble. At certain sites, crew members helped to install in-ground water catchment features such as swales and rain gardens in addition to above ground water storage tanks.

By converting a total of 20,000 square feet of irrigated lawn and impervious surface into a permeable, water-wise garden, about 500,000 gallons of water will be saved annually. Daily Acts developed a maintenance plan for each site, and ongoing meetings with the school facilities department will help ensure that the landscape lives up to its full potential in the years to come.

How it addresses 3 pillars:
Environmental - This partnership removed water intensive non-natives and replaces them with water-wise landscapes.
Equity - The installation of this project involved the Conservation Corp which focuses on workforce education.
Economics - Maintenance of a native landscape is significantly less which will benefit our stretched facilities department.


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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