The Sustainable Systems Research Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit green think tank and project incubator based in Santa Cruz, California. SSRF seeks to:
- Address complex and wicked environmental and sustainability problems that confound communities, defy singular technical or social solutions and cannot be addressed successfully at a global scale.
- Bring together numerous stakeholders with competing interests, capacities and approaches while addressing the critical importance of equity and justice.
- Collaborate with partner organizations to incubate and develop local projects and programs that promote community sustainability and development.
- Pursue projects that are replicable and scalable, based on best practices and insights drawn from successful projects.
Our philosophy is that a project or program implemented successfully at one site can be replicated in many other places, with appropriate adjustments to local conditions. To learn more about SSRF’s work and projects, please go to the “What We Do” page.
SSRF was founded in 2015 by Ronnie D. Lipschutz, Kevin W. Bell and Thomas Rettenwender, instructors in the Sustainability Studies minor at UC Santa Cruz’s Rachel Carson College. All three wanted to develop projects that seemed unlikely to be approved or supported by the University, and small, independent non-profit appeared to be a more feasible and attractive vehicle for these projects. You can learn more about the founders, staff and volunteers who sustain the organization on the “People” page and about our work on the “What We Do” page. You can also click on the Project icons on the landing page.