Sustainable Practices

Sophia Mitchell & Associates is committed to sustainability in our business practices. This includes minimizing the use of resources, opting for recycled materials, investing in our professional development, and supporting non-profit organizations in the communities we serve.

Here are examples of how we reduce the use of resources:

  • Use of electronic submittals and electronic file transfer, when appropriate, to minimize printing and shipping
  • Use of teleconferences and video conferencing, when appropriate, to minimize travel
  • Use of recycled content paper for printing
  • Purchase products with recycled content materials
  • In-office recycling program
  • Use of EverGreen energy (100% local renewable) energy in our Northern California home office

Sustainable human capital is important at SMA and continuing education is supported. Here are examples of continuing education courses that we attend:

  • CEQA legislative update workshop
  • CEQA case law update workshops
  • LEED AP continuing education maintenance
  • Membership in several professional organizations

Finally, SMA believes in giving back to the communities in which we work and live, both financially and through hands-on support. SMA has made financial contributions to:

  • Depave (Portland)
  • Friends of READ/OC
  • Know Your City (Portland)
  • Kiva (Microloans for entrepreneurs)
  • Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers
  • Redwood Coast Humane Society
  • San Marcos Boys and Girls Club
  • San Marcos Summer Music Fest

We also volunteer our time with the following organizations:

  • Redwood Coast Medical Services (board member)
  • Sea Ranch Library
  • Sea Ranch Harbor Seal Program (docent)
  • Gualala Arts
  • Gualala Rotary Club (past board member)
  • Soroptimist’s Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls (mentor in 2016 program)

Volunteering with the Sea Ranch Harbor Seal program as a docent.