Since 1993, Sustainable Conservation has made it easier for California landowners to steward the resources we all depend on, partnered with farmers on ways to enhance natural resources while saving money, and helped diverse industries become better stewards of the environment.
California’s waterways are in trouble: over 90% of our riparian forest is gone, two-thirds of assessed waterways are polluted, and ten species of salmon and steelhead are listed as threatened or endangered. The good news is that both public and private landowners can do a lot to restore these damaged habitats. Sustainable Conservation is working to incentivize landowners to implement vital restoration projects on their land and simplify the process for restoration permitting, so California landowners can become part of the solution.
Accelerating Restoration Initiatives
California dairy farmers need a partner who understands their day-to-day challenges and can help them find practical solutions that make environmental and economic sense. Sustainable Conservation partners with the dairy industry to evaluate and share new practices and technologies that promote natural resources like clean air and water – while ensuring the long-term viability of the industry.
Waste Not Initiatives
Cow PowerTransforming greenhouse gases into renewable energy
Clean-Air FarmingCutting on-farm air pollution, improving public health and saving money
Wastewater TreatmentHelping California's dairy industry promote clean water naturally
Dairies & Clean WaterPartnering with dairies to boost clean water
Water for the Future
California is finding itself with intensifying water supply problems. Our supply of fresh water – from rivers, streams and underground aquifers – is diminishing due to overuse, inadequate storage and a lack of infrastructure needed to move water where it is needed.
Sustainable Conservation continues to partner with industry, government and conservation leaders to promote practices, technologies and incentives that conserve and protect our water in priority areas across California. These efforts will establish effective approaches to managing water that will sustain rural and urban communities, prevent water-related conflicts and maximize local water supplies.
Water for the Future Initiatives
Invasive plants damage California’s land and impact people. They reproduce quickly—outcompeting native plants and animals, increasing flooding risk, and escalating fire danger. Nearly 50% of all known invasive plants are of horticultural origin. That’s why collaborating with nursery professionals is key to solving this costly problem.
PlantRight unites a diverse alliance of horticultural industry leaders—including The Home Depot in California, Lowe’s, Orchard Supply Hardware, and local, independent garden centers—to protect our state’s unique biodiversity by promoting non-invasive alternatives.
Leopold Conservation Award
The Leopold Conservation Award celebrates the extraordinary efforts of California farmers, ranchers and foresters to protect and restore the natural resources under their care. Because more than half of California is privately owned, and how landowners manage their properties has a dramatic and lasting effect on the environment – from clean air and water, to wildlife, to climate change.
Since 1993, Sustainable Conservation has built an impressive track record of uniting people with diverse interests for conservation success. By listening deeply and honoring all perspectives, we’ve found common ground on which to forge a better path forward for our Golden State.
Find out more about our past successes.
Partners in RestorationSimplifying restoration on private and public lands
Brake Pad PartnershipEliminating copper in automobile brake pads to boost clean water and wildlife
Tricolored BlackbirdKeeping the tricolored off the Endangered Species List
Safe Harbor AgreementsImproving conditions for endangered species on private property in California
Auto RecyclingPreventing used vehicles from polluting waterways
Manure InjectionCrop fertilization that protects clean air and water, and cuts greenhouse gases
Abandoned MinesInvestigating how voluntary mine cleanups can benefit the environment and people