Benefits of Sustainability

Sustainability is defined as meeting existing needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.  When thinking about implementing improvements to our homes and buildings there are many benefits of sustainability that we experience as a result. 

The Energy and Sustainability office can assist you in assessing your situation and help with developing a plan to make improvements.

At Home or Work

  1. Economic Benefits: Durable materials last a long time — not only are they sustainable, but they save the cost of replacement and regular maintenance which also provide long-term savings. Sustainable buildings utilize less energy, resulting in cheaper utility bills. 
  2. Environmental Impacts: The natural environment is positively impacted. Using renewable and clean energy sources lessens our reliance on fossil fuels and other depleting sources. The construction process of a traditional buildings alone emits much construction waste. Recyclability of materials therefore lessens negative emission on environment.
  3. Health: Sustainable buildings take advantage of non-toxic materials. During construction, less toxic waste is emitted into the air. Over 90 percent of greenhouse gas emissions are derived from fossil fuel combustion! Such combustion produces other air pollutants as well. 

Healthy and Comfortable Homes and Buildings

Though often taken for granted, healthy and comfortable indoor environments are in the interest of everyone.  Energy efficiency upgrades to building envelopes and heating systems can improve indoor environmental conditions and create healthier living and working conditions.  Studies have shown that upgrades are directly result in more consistent temperatures, fewer indoor air pollutants resulting in an improvement of affected health conditions such as asthma or headaches.

Energy Independence or Net Zero

There are both environmental and financial benefits for installing renewable energy like solar for your home or business.

  • No emissions
  • Reduce your carbon footprint
  • Stabilizes energy costs over time
  • Adds value to your property
  • Reduces your electric bill
  • Leverages financial incentives and tax credits

Receive Recognition as a Certified Green Business

Established in 1996, the California Green Business Program is a network of local programs run by cities and counties throughout California, allied in promoting a green economy through partnerships with small to medium size businesses.

Businesses receive advice and technical assistance from the Green Business Program coordinators and their public agency during the certification process. Many businesses discover financial benefits from improving their water and energy efficiency.

Furthermore, Certified Green Businesses receive marketing benefits, including a Green Business logo to place in your window and on your website, a listing on the Green Business online directory, and promotional events and media coverage get your business recognized.

Contact Information

Jane Elias

Division Manager

Energy and Sustainability Division

General Services Department

Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Address
La Plaza A
2300 County Center Drive
Suite A105
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.46242, -122.725426

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Sonoma County Energy Independence Program

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For Contractors and Energy Professionals

Borrow over 100 energy-related tools from our Tool Lending Library

Tool Lending Library

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The Tool Lending Library is a unique program that loans building measurement and diagnostic equipment free of charge to qualified Sonoma County professionals working on short term energy efficiency and demand reduction projects.