Community Engagement

 

Community Partnerships

Project 1:

Sonoma County Living Learning Landscapes project is a partnership between SRJC, The Habitat Corridor Project, The UC Master Gardeners of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa Water, Sonoma Marin Saving Water Partnership, and California Native Plant Society - Milo Baker Chapter. The efforts have been made possible by donations of time and expertise by participants from all the groups, as well as material donations from many nurseries, irrigation supply companies, the local waste hauler, and more.

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 overburdened facilities department. 

  

Project 2:

The Any Line, Any Time program allows SRJC students to ride free on all major transit lines including Sonoma County Transit, Petaluma Transit and Santa Rosa CityBus by simply 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 with an extension approved by City Council for another term at the expiration of the current 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 have been there before. 
Economics - There is a student transportation fee which goes to sustaining this program. 

Photo credit: Christopher Chung - Press Democrat Photo Credit: Christopher Chung - The Press Democrat

Project 3:

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.