Creating a Culture of Sustainability
How SRJC helps you be sustainable.
Goal: Reduce your reliance on single-use products
Water Bottle Refill Station
Did you know Americans use 89 billion plastic water bottles a year? Of those, only one in six is recycled. The recycled plastic is degraded during the recycling process making it only usable for composite materials such as fleece and plastic composite wood - so it's not actually removed from the waste stream; it's just delayed.
In November 2014, with the support of SRJC Student Government, SRJC installed its first water bottle refill station. The refill station is located on the first floor of the Bertolini Student Center on the north side of the breezeway. The refill station diverts, on average, fills over 1,500 bottles/month with cool, filtered, tap water. Carry a reusable bottle with you and reduce your waste output.
The SRJC Bookstore stocks a wide array of eco-friendly products including: reusable SRJC water bottles, travel mugs and bags as well as locally made products (including organic Shone Farm goods) and products made of post-consumer content . Go green while showing off your BearCub pride!
Bring your own mug
Fresh and Natural (campus food services) will give you $.25 off your drink for bringing your own mug. It is estimated that 14 billion coffee cups are thrown away each year and due to the polystyrene lining that is used to make them waterproof, they're not easily recyclable or compostable.
Goal: Reduce your carbon footprint
Do you want to ride your bike to campus but are concerned you need to carry a tool kit and bike pump with you? The bicycle repair station has you covered. In May 2015, with the support of SRJC Student Government, SRJC installed its first bicycle repair station located on the north side of Pioneer Hall.
SRJC has over 600 bike parking space including several BikeLink lockers.
The SRJC Bookstore has tire patches, locks and BikeLink cards available for purchase.
Priority Carpool Parking
Don't ride alone! The Quinn (swim center) parking lot is a designated carpool parking lot and gives you a better chance of finding a parking spot quickly. If you need help finding a carpool check out Carma, a ride sharing application partnered with the Sonoma County Transit Agency.
Santa Rosa Junior College students can ride Sonoma County Transit free, anytime and anywhere, by showing their valid CubCard upon boarding. Sonoma County Transit provides daily service between the Santa Rosa Campus and north county, west county, east county and south county. Schedules and maps are available at sctransit.com. The Petaluma Campus is served by various trips on Route 44. With the start of SMART rail service later this year, Sonoma County Transit’s Route 44 will be a “free” link to and from the Petaluma SMART Depot for SRJC students with their current CubCard.
City of Santa Rosa bus passes are available for purchase at the SRJC Bookstore's Santa Rosa location and Petaluma Transit bus passes are available for purchase at the SRJC Bookstore's Petaluma location.
Goal: Divert waste from a landfill
When you recycle at SRJC, you help to support SRJC! The water bottle refill station and the bicycle repair station wouldn't have been made possible without you recycling! CRV funds are collected and go to fund. Over 90 recycling receptacles are positioned at convenient locations around campus.