Sustainable Conservation

Solving the toughest challenges facing California's land, air and water.

San Francisco, CA   |  http://www.suscon.org

Mission

Sustainable Conservation advances the collaborative stewardship of California’s land, air, and water for the benefit of nature and people.

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For more information please visit: www.suscon.org

Ruling year info

1996

Chief Executive Officer

Ashley Boren

Main address

98 Battery Street, Suite 302

San Francisco, CA 94111 USA

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EIN

94-3232437

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Conservation is promoting sustainable farming methods that help dairies manage their manure in ways that benefit the environment and their businesses.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We launched Simplified Permitting for Restoration nearly 20 years ago because we saw the vital role individuals play in protecting California’s natural resources. Through the program, Sustainable Conservation develops "pre-approved” permits for small-scale restoration efforts to eliminate the need for landowners to gain case-by-case approval from multiple regulatory agencies, making it faster and easier for stewardship-minded landowners to keep farms from eroding into waterways, clean up murky water and protect wildlife like imperiled fish.

Because more than 50% of California is privately owned and a vast majority of California’s rivers and streams flow through or along private property, engaging these individuals is of vital importance. Because public land managers have limited staff and budget resources and important biological protection mandates to fulfill – enabling voluntary restoration is a crucial strategy toward promoting clean water and healthy wildlife habitat.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Through PlantRight, Sustainable Conservation works with the nursery industry to find cost-effective ways to stop the sale of known invasive plants and prevent the introduction of new ones to protect California’s unique biodiversity and its natural beauty.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

California Trout Streamkeeper Award Winner 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Accelerating Adoption of Groundwater Recharge Practices in Central Valley

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Sustainable Agriculture

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of Recharge partners (representing hundreds of farms) reflects only one of many success indicators related to our groundwater recharge program. See Strategy/Goals sections for more.

Accelerated Permitting Pathways

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Accelerating Restoration

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of times accelerated permitting pathways developed by Sustainable Conservation and our partners have been used reflects one of many success indicators. See Strategy/Goals sections for more.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Sustainable Conservation advances the collaborative stewardship of California’s land, air, and water for the benefit of nature and people. Below are the 5-year goals we have set for our Sustainable Agriculture and Accelerating Restoration programs.
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE:
Central Valley Region
*15 Groundwater Sustainability Agencies are partnering with Sustainable Conservation to promote best available management practices for recharge.
*500 farm fields applying at least 20% more water than crop demand in wet years at monitoring sites, demonstration sites, and through our partner Groundwater Sustainability Agencies. 
*Volume of water captured for recharge in wet years as a result of our partnerships is 3x our total impact in 2017 (7,330 acre feet increased to 22,000 acre feet)
* At least one project or plan in development where flood and groundwater management are integrated.

Central Coast Region
*Within 5 years (2027), 10% of agricultural acres across San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties have cover crops applied during winter period.
*Three specialty crop partners (packer-shippers, vendors) are promoting the use of performance metrics within their grower supply chain, offering technical support, and tracking efficiency improvements.
*Growers on at least 2,000 acres have improved their average irrigation water and nutrient use efficiency by 20% and are achieving at least an average of 110% efficiency by using performance metrics
*Ag Order 4.0 is adopted and includes soil health practices that can drive farm management change and survive likely petition/lawsuit process.

STATEWIDE ACCELERATING RESTORATION:
*All major state and federal regulatory permits needed to implement aquatic restoration and multi-benefit projects whose primary purpose is restoration have been simplified and are being widely used.
*Additional policy and financial incentives for restoration, water quality, and multi-benefit floodplain projects have been identified and are beginning to be implemented.

Please see our uploaded (to Guidestar/Candid) Strategic Plan. Thank you.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    All Californians.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In 2020 we worked with diverse stakeholders, including community-based organizations, to create guidance documents for groundwater recharge practitioners to be mindful of community drinking water quality, while replenishing aquifers. We started working with Self-Help Enterprises (SHE) to make these materials more accessible, and hired a trusted community translator to offer a Spanish version to increase community access and engagement. With SHE we will lead bi-lingual, in-person workshops as part of their Leadership Institute. Following SHE’s recommendations, we are incorporating activities for communities to learn how to review proposed projects and engage in local government agency discussions so communities can be empowered to self-advocate. Materials are free for these communities.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    The experience has been a true team effort. Asking for feedback from collaborators such as Self-Help Enterprises (SHE, see above answer) has helped us be better informed, more effective in communicating and a more valued resource for local communities. Following SHE’s recommendations, we are incorporating activities for communities to learn how to review proposed projects and engage in local government agency discussions so communities can be empowered to self-advocate. All materials will be made available (free) to community-based organizations to help with their individual outreach efforts, and on Sustainable Conservation's website (technical resources section).

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Sustainable Conservation

Board of directors
as of 06/20/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dan Dooley

New Current Water and Land, LLC

Term: 2020 - 2025

Kim Delfino

Defenders of Wildlife

Dan Dooley

New Current Water and Land, LLC

Steve McCormick

Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Laura Beaudin

Bain & Company

Adán Ortega

Ortega Strategies Group

Jennifer Hernandez

Holland & Knight

Jon Reiter

Cavalrei

Miles Reiter

Driscoll's

Michael Frantz

Frantz Wholesale Nursery

Lauren Dachs

Laural Foundation

Leslie Friedman Johnson

Conservation and Natural Resources Group

Charlene Harvey

Civic Leader

Peter Karieva

The Aquarium of the Pacific

Sally Liu

Environmental Philanthropist & Scientist

Ginger Scheer Oros

MFT

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/10/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/29/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.