Sonoma County has long been at the front of the pack when it comes to sustainability issues: urban development is kept to urban growth boundaries and encourages infill development, the Sonoma County Energy Independence Program was one of the first property assessed clean energy programs in California, and agricultural lands are protected and encouraged by open space programs. Of course these programs didn’t just come to fruition on their own, but are rather part of the environmental ethos that has long pervaded Northern California.

Whether the issues are growth, resource allocation or greenhouse gas emissions, the residents of Sonoma County are willing to engage in productive and vigorous debate about how to act locally while thinking globally.