Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 35.40
Liaison David Liebman
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Santa Rosa Junior College
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.67 / 2.00 Robert Ethington
Senior Dean of Students
Student Life, Equity & Engage
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Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the municipal/local level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the municipal/local level, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

Members from the District Sustainability Committee have been meeting with the city of Santa Rosa to discuss logistics regarding the future Highway 101 bicycle and pedestrian bridge. Currently, there is no safe way to travel from the west side of the highway to the SRJC campus on the east side as a cyclist, and even for pedestrians, the route is undesirable. This highway over-crossing will help provide a safe and efficient way for cyclists and pedestrians to get from the SMART Train station to the Santa Rosa campus. The bridge will also serve as an important active transportation connection in the city and provide improved access for surrounding neighborhoods.

Additionally, the SRJC Senior Dean of Students and Senior Director of Capital Projects have been in regular meetings with the City of Santa Rosa to negotiate the closing of a section of Elliott Avenue to vehicles, in order to create an area reserved for bike and foot traffic only. This traffic calming measure will minimize the threat of injury from vehicles on one of the most dangerous roads for pedestrians in Santa Rosa, which runs through the campus. The closure also integrates with the bridge overcrossing, supporting a safer Elliott Avenue for non-motorized travelers in the community.

The SRJC Waste Diversion Technician is part of a county-wide group Zero-Waste Action working group, collaborating with local stakeholders and raising awareness for and advocating for solutions to waste challenges unique to Santa Rosa Junior College. The school's Energy and Sustainability manager is also part of local working groups focused on electrification and Zero Net Energy (ZNE), where he provides and receives support from participating organizations and agencies.

In 2016 the Student Government Assembly endorsed a candidate in the County Board of Supervisors race.

SRJC's Energy & Sustainability Manager is part of the Regional Climate Protection Authority Coordination Committee which works on climate action policy and planning for all of Sonoma County.

SRJC's Energy & Sustainability Manager is part of a County of Sonoma Zero Net Energy Working Group to help County, City and Special District's in Sonoma County adopt Zero Net Energy construction and Policies.


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level?:
No

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:
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Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the national level?:
No

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the national level, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:
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Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the international level?:
No

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the international level, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:
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A brief description of other political positions the institution has taken during the previous three years (if applicable):

By Board resolution the institution is officially a "Safe Haven" for undocumented students.


A brief description of political donations the institution made during the previous three years (if applicable):

The college by law cannot make political donations. Student clubs and organizations are able to donate money if approved by the voting body. However, the student government and student clubs on campus have not authorized donations to political campaigns in the past 5 years.


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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