Sustainable Communities

The Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC) is a research and community service center sponsored by the Sonoma State’s Department of Geography, Environment, and Planning. It is located in Stevenson 1032.

The CSC’s predecessor institution, the Institute for Community Planning Assistance, was established in 1984 to meet the needs of public agencies seeking planning studies, community surveys, public outreach efforts, and other projects well suited to the skills and interests of ENSP’s students and faculty.  ICPA also offered training programs to local governments on a variety of planning topics. 

In 2009, the Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC) emerged as a program of ICPA, utilizing faculty, students, and CSC staff to support a range of state, regional, and local sustainability efforts.

In 2013, ICPA was officially renamed the Center for Sustainable Communities.  Its activities are focused on an array of sustainability topics, such as:

  • Local and regional government approaches to reducing green house gas emissions
  • Land use planning and public health
  • Integrating water resources and land use planning

The CSC works with a mix of government agencies to develop sustainability policy documents and implementation programs, and provides training on sustainability topics for local governments and other organizations.

The Director of the CSC is Thomas Jacobson, J.D., MCP, FAICP;

phone number: 707/ 664-3145;

fax: 707/664-3333;

e-mail: tom.jacobson@sonoma.edu