Santa Rosa City Schools Sustainability Management Plan
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The Santa Rosa City Schools Sustainability Management Plan intends to identify areas for improvement within school district operations through a utility management approach. This is accomplished by identifying ways in which Santa Rosa City Schools can reduce its resource use and, in turn, its overhead costs. The project takes an in-depth look at three areas where resource reduction and efficiency techniques may be utilized: energy, water, and waste. The sustainability management strategies discussed throughout this paper take into consideration the many limitations that are faced in a school district setting, including a lack of available funding and personnel. With these considerations in mind, this paper seeks to identify methods for overcoming the limitations, including identifying potential financial assistance opportunities. The ultimate purpose of the Santa Rosa City Schools Sustainability Management Plan is to find ways to 1) reduce operating costs, 2) encourage pro-environmental behavior/practices at the student and staff levels, and 3) reduce the district’s reliance on natural resources and, in turn, decrease the district’s environmental footprint. The recommended sustainability strategies discussed throughout this paper are based on both government and peer-reviewed sources. By adopting a whole sustainability management approach, this project aims to serve as a blueprint for outside schools and organizations, who are looking to implement their own Sustainability Management Plan.