Here in Sonoma County, we believe that being good stewards of the Earth, our natural resources, our beautiful spaces, and the people of Sonoma County is vital to our thriving community as well as to visitors. We invite you to learn more about the tenets of sustainability, discover how Sonoma County is leading the way in sustainability and climate action, and access responsible travel resources to help maximize the positive impacts of your visit to our beautiful destination. Together, we can protect and preserve this special corner of the world for generations to come.

Understanding Sustainability

Leading the way in Sustainability and Climate Action

Sonoma County has long been a pioneer in sustainability and climate action, from a landmark climate resolution to the innovative formation of a Regional Climate Protection Authority, to the groundbreaking ban on new gas stations and fossil fuel infrastructure, to its extraordinary production of clean energy, Sonoma County is an indisputable leader in the development and adoption of initiatives for a healthier planet.

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First in the Nation to Unite in Acknowledging the Climate Emergency

Sonoma County was the first county in the U.S. in which all its cities (plus the County itself) passed a Climate Emergency Resolution.



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First in the Nation to Ban New Gas Station Development

Sonoma County’s second largest city, Petaluma, was first in the nation to ban the development of new gas stations. The Sonoma County cities of Rohnert Park, Sebastopol, Cotati, Santa Rosa, and the town of Windsor, along with all unincorporated areas of the county, have since enacted their own bans. Santa Rosa currently stands as the largest city in the U.S. to prohibit new gas stations and related fossil fuel infrastructure.


Sonoma County Clean Power BuildingProduction of Locally Produced 100% Renewable Power

Sonoma Clean Power is currently the only utility in the State of California to offer its customers the option of 100% renewable, locally produced, solar and geothermal energy for homes and businesses through its EverGreen program – effectively eliminating all greenhouse gas emissions from electricity use. This is made possible in part by our Geysers, which represent the largest geothermal field in the world, and Sonoma Clean Power’s floating solar project (among the largest in the U.S.).


Sonoma County Sustainable Winegrowing Logo Sustainable Winegrowing

Sonoma County is not only celebrated for producing some of the finest wines in the world, but also some of the most sustainably produced. 99% of the vineyard acreage in Sonoma County has been certified sustainable by a third-party program. Sonoma County Winegrowers releases annual reports with updates regarding its sustainability initiatives and its ongoing efforts to be innovators in this realm.


Regional Climate Protection Authority LogoTaking Action for Carbon Neutrality by 2030

Sonoma County’s Five-Year Strategic Plan outlines its plans for reaching carbon neutrality by 2030 – fifteen years ahead of the statewide goal, and well ahead of the timeline set by the Paris Agreement. Sonoma County currently represents the only county in the U.S. to create a Regional Climate Protection Authority to coordinate and support climate action countywide.


Sonoma County Transit’s bus fleet is electrically poweredShift to Zero-Emission Transit Fleet

Approximately 40% of Sonoma County Transit’s bus fleet is electrically powered. The county intends to spend more than $50 million to replace its remaining coaches in the coming years. Sonoma County Transit deployed its first all-electric bus in 2018.



Kaiser Permanente’s Santa Rosa medical facilityFirst Net-Zero Health Care Facility in the United States

Kaiser Permanente’s Santa Rosa medical facility is the first net-zero health care facility in the United States, producing enough renewable energy to meet its own annual consumption without emitting greenhouse gasses.



Sonoma County redwood and coast landscapeCommitment to Green Destination Certification

Sonoma County was the first destination in California to complete a destination assessment from the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, and is the first in the state to begin the process of becoming a certified destination through Green Destinations, a GTSC-accredited certification body.

Responsible Travel Resources

Travelers are empowered to make a positive impact to the local community and the environment when visiting Sonoma County through Kind Traveler, the first socially conscious “Give and Get” hotel...

At the core of Responsible Travel is a commitment to maximizing positive impacts to a destination you visit. One powerful means of doing so is through “voluntourism” or volunteer tourism. The act of...

Slow Food in Sonoma County awards the Snail of Approval to local restaurants, farms/ranches and producers that are making a significant contribution to improving the food system. By celebrating these...

Here in Sonoma County, laid-back luxury meets a deep commitment to the tenets of sustainability — supporting a healthy economy, society, and planet. We encourage you to fly to Sonoma County more...

In Sonoma County, the word “sustainable” is more than an eco-friendly catchphrase—it’s a big-picture approach to caring for land, people, and wine. Most of Sonoma County’s 425 wineries, and 99% of its...

Experiencing our destination through the Sonoma County Leave No Trace Seven Principles gives travelers an opportunity to make a difference. Together, we can protect and preserve this special corner of...

Help our destination in its mission to reach carbon neutrality by offsetting the carbon emissions from your Sonoma County experience.


We invite you to pledge your support to traveling with consideration across Sonoma County and take action.