Centers & Preserves

The Environmental Technology Center (ETC)

A model for sustainable building techniques and technologies, this center includes extensive energy management control technologies, environmentally-sensitive materials, passive solar heating and cooling, daylighting technologies, and a roof-integrated photovoltaic system. It serves as a training facility for building professionals and teachers as well as an educational and research site.

As a "building that teaches," the Center's mission is focused on solutions to the effects of buildings on the environment, economy and people. The ETC provides educational resources and technical assistance to design/construction professionals, students, local government, businesses and community members.


Fairfield Osborn Preserve

Fairfield Osborn Preserve was established by The Nature Conservancy in 1972 through the generosity of William and Joan Roth in honor of Joan's father, Fairfield Osborn. The Preserve was donated to Sonoma State University in 1997 for use as an educational and research site. In 2004, William and Joan Roth donated an additional 190 acres to the Preserve, nearly doubling its size, and including the scenic ridgeline of Sonoma Mountain.

The Preserve is dedicated to protecting and restoring natural communities and to fostering ecological understanding through education and research. It is administered by the School of Science and Technology at Sonoma State University.

Fairfield Osborn Preserve is owned and managed by Sonoma State University. Full time staff includes a director who is a facuty member at the University, and a Site Manager who also serves as coordinator of education programs. Part time staff includes an Education Assistant, a Land Steward, and a Web Site Manager. Between 45-60 dedicated volunteers serve as Naturalists, Classroom Presenters, and Trail Crew members. Financial support is provided by the Friends of the Preserve, a loyal group of individuals who donate regularly to support our programs.

Galbreath Wildlands Preserve

Sonoma State University's Galbreath Wildlands Preserve (GWP) is nestled in the Coast Range of northern California and is 3,670 acres in size (1486 hectares). Located approximately 17 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean in southern Mendocino County, this topographically diverse landscape ranges from 900 to 2,200 feet in elevation and offers a wealth of habitat types, including coniferous forests (Douglas-fir and redwood), mixed hardwood-conifer forests (Douglas-fir, tanoak, madrone), oak woodlands (mostly black and Oregon white oaks), annual grasslands and riparian corridors. The Rancheria Creek flows north through the preserve, along with numerous seasonal tributaries, and drains into the Navarro River.

This spectacular land was donated to Sonoma State University in October 2004 to honor the memory of Fred Burckhalter Galbreath (1901-2000). Galbreath purchased this property in 1944 and loved to explore it on foot and horseback. He enjoyed hunting wild boar and black-tailed deer, raised Merino sheep, and sold wool produced on the land to Pendleton Mills. Professionally, Galbreath made his mark in the marine insurance business in San Francisco and spent decades working with some of the biggest names in the industry. When he retired in 1998, San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown declared a day in his honor. Galbreath died in April 2000 at the age of 98 and is survived by his two daughters, Nancy and Sue, and their families.

Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC)

About the CSC

The Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC) is a research and community service center sponsored by the Sonoma State’s Department of Environmental Studies and Planning. It is located in Rachel Carson Hall 20-A.

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.

For More Information

The Director of the CSC is Thomas Jacobson, J.D., MCP, AICP; phone number: 707/ 664-3145; fax: 707/664-4202; e-mail: tom.jacobson@sonoma.edu

The Copeland Creek Gardens including the Kenneth M. Stocking Native Plant Botanical Garden and the Butterfly Garden

A showcase of diverse California plant communities and a quiet place for education and relaxation. Located near the campus lakes, the gardens include a guided trail through woodland, marsh and riparian ecosystems.