Self Sustaining Communities

aka Self-Sustaining Communities   |   San Pablo, CA   |  http://www.self-sustainingcommunities.org

Mission

Addressing the needs of the economically disadvantaged and high crime areas of the SF East Bay, predominantly Richmond, CA, while simultaneously working comprehensively to create sustainable food, energy, and housing, within an environment that includes media, local city government, community organizations and neighborhoods.

Ruling year info

1996

Principal Officer

Ms. Linda Schneider

Board Member

Mr. Seth Wachtel

Main address

1251 E. Victoria Court

San Pablo, CA 94806 USA

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EIN

94-3221196

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

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Wide-scale systemic sustainability

This program, spread out over 6 cities in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, utilizes the introduction of materials, predominantly in under-served areas, to create sustainability on basic survival levels of food, transportation, energy and housing.

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Awards

Juliette Anthony Award for Environmental Stewardship 2011

Rose Foundation for Environmental Values

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 2013

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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We would like to begin to create sustainable housing out of local and natural materials, i.e., straw bale, local cob, bamboo, all built in sound, durable ways, by and for the community. The community has lack of housing, and an excess of formerly incarcerated, homeless and no income residents, all of whom can benefit from these efforts. The housing would be part of the urban farm environments so that food, housing and energy are created comprehensively, providing for the overall well-being of community members, and created by and for them, so as to provide long term skill building and sustainability.

As a result of our current successes, which continue to grow exponentially and rapidly, ongoing and substantive partnerships have forged and been maintained to move us into these sustainable neighborhoods. We have partnerships with the city staff, with fruit tree growers, seed companies, small local businesses, Safeway corporation for irrigation, and many more.

Oh my gosh, the ability to forge partnerships, networking, the training and education of the participants, all lead to an innovative and successful model, probably one that hasn't been done before. The proof is in the success that has so rapidly been achieved, and which continues through the communication and establishment of new projects and goals.

More than 13000 fruit, nut and olive trees distributed;
More land being donated by city for urban farms; three completed, one in process
Demonstration cob greenhouse on one urban farm
Beehives in three locations
Rainwater collection set up on private resident for community urban farm
More projects in current collaboration and creation stages

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Self Sustaining Communities

Board of directors
as of 6/6/2016
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Board co-chair

Ms. Linda Schneider

Executive Director


Board co-chair

Mr. Seth Wachtel

Unviersity of San Francisco

Term: Jan 2011 - Dec

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