Welcome to Sonoma's Sustainability Hub!

We are dedicated to fostering environmental awareness and responsibility among our students. Through engaging activities and initiatives, we strive to empower young learners to become stewards of the planet, making positive contributions to their community and beyond!

Real-time outdoor air quality at the Transportation Yard! (Placeholder until Sonoma's monitor is installed)

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Upcoming Events

Campus Projects!

4th Grade Recycling Club - Sonoma 4th graders collect recycling on campus and analyze how much they collect, what items are more prominent, and how much liquid is tossed out as well. Contact Kim Resso to learn more!

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4th Grade Recycling Club🌎🌈🌞

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Sonoma's 4th Grade Recycling Club is all smiles!

Teacher Coordinator

In March 2023, the Board approved "Sustainability Teacher Champions" funding at all 34 school sites to establish and lead environmental initiatives. At Sonoma Elementary, teacher Kim Resso took on the challenge in addition to leading a recycling program with her students and other campus roles. Sustainability Leads will form environmental clubs and guide students through projects focusing on: energy conservation, waste reduction, and air monitoring.

Contact: Kim Resso

💡Energy Conservation

A full-time Energy Education Specialist contracted through Cenergistic monitors Sonoma's utility bills and conducts in-person audits to verify HVAC run times and proper lighting usage. The specialist also helps optimize systems to ensure they run efficiently.

Cenergistic provides ongoing training and support, including student engagement opportunities such as "Energy Audits" and "Utility Bill Review." Visit the District Energy Conservation page to learn more!

If you would like more information about this program, contact the Director of Sustainability, Gilbert Blue Feather Rosas, at Rosas.G@mcs4kids.com.

🗑Waste Program!

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sonoma students collecting recycling

Air Quality and Health

UC Merced and CCAC Study📚Purple Air Monitor Program

An air quality monitoring project partnership is underway with UC Merced professor Dr. Asa Bradman and the Central California Asthma Collaborative (CCAC)! MCS received 35 Purple Air Monitors from UC Merced in the fall of 2023 and installed a monitor at all 34 school sites, plus the Transportation Yard.  To learn more about the UC Merced air quality research programs, visit: https://healthyair.ucmerced.edu.672elmp01.blackmesh.com/

Through its SJVAir project, CCAC has deployed over 400 air monitors across the San Joaquin Valley. All of our Purple Air Monitors were calibrated by CCAC, and through its network, you can sign up for text alerts or use its mobile app to receive alerts about the air quality around your school! 

What do the Monitors Measure???

The air monitors determine the air quality based on tiny particles called particulate matter (PM) 2.5, which means that it is particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or smaller! Although PM 2.5 is not visible, when there is a lot of it in the air, it becomes a problem because we can inhale them deep into our lungs, which can cause or exacerbate asthma and other health problems in children, the elderly, and those with other respiratory (breathing) and heart conditions. The Central Valley has some of the highest PM 2.5 levels in the United States!

We hope to initiate after-school programs and involve environmental clubs and classes in the monitoring and tracking process.

Through consistent tracking, the air monitors will develop a baseline for emissions and local air quality. Students can use software like Excel to find correlations in air quality due to site location and surroundings, weather, time of year, and even time of day.  Air monitors will gauge the annual difference in air quality levels from the baseline. Those results will be posted on the district’s Sustainability webpage as data is collected.

No Idling Campaign

Idling vehicles create unnecessary, harmful pollution that affect students’ health. The message is simple: While you wait for your child, please turn off your engine. Idling for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel than turning off the engine and restarting it.

Resource: Healthy Air Living Schools Program Additional Materials

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District: Real-Time Air Advisory Network

RAAN uses actual, real-time air-quality data taken directly from the nearest air monitor to help you evaluate air quality and determine the right time for outdoor activities. It also provides Real-Time Outdoor Activity Risk (ROAR) guidelines based on five different air-quality levels.

Placeholder: Outdoor air monitoring at Sonoma Elementary!

*This AQI reading has a longer lag time in reporting since it receives its updates from the Purple Air Readings.


Sonoma participated in Love Modesto in conjunction with One Church and beautified our two garden areas! Participants donated their time on a Saturday to weed the area, add new soil and plants, stain the wood on the boxes, and even write "dolphins" in solo cups on the fence! The younger volunteers used their artistic skills to create teacher appreciation signs for our staff! It was an incredible group, and Sonoma's students and staff were thrilled when they returned on Monday to colorful planters! This was a great opportunity for our school to work with our community partners, specifically in the area of environmental education and sustainability.

District-Wide Sustainability