"We live in a throwaway culture."

Plastic pollution affects all of us. In conjunction with the educational exhibit in the library, SRJC's Associated Students also plan to launch a district-wide plastic bag collection in order to garner support for the Single Use Bag Ordiance in Sonoma County. To find out more about the Single Use Bag Ordinance in Sonoma County and stay connected, the Associated Students invite you to Like the Ban the Bag Facebook page. You are also invited to Take the Plastic Promise.

A special thanks to the 5 Gyres Institute for making this exhibit possible and for their dedication to research and education on the effects of worldwide plastic pollution. To find out more about their amazing work, please see the 5 Gyres Institute website.

This exhibit was made possible through the collaboration with the Student Affairs Office, Students for Sustainable Communities, Hunter Share the Vice President of Sustainability for the Associated Students, and the Library staff. Thank you to everyone who contributed to its success.

Save Our Synthetic Seas

A Traveling Exhibit at Doyle Library5 Gyres Logo

Saving our Synthetic Seas is a traveling exhibit created by the 5 Gyres Institute. It tells the story about science, through art and personal experience about the lives of people impacted by plastic pollution, from scientists at sea, to waste-pickers in India, and all the way to Japan where tsunami survivors shift through mountains of debris.

Open House: January 23rd 2014, 5-6 p.m. Doyle Library, 2nd Floor, South Wing


  • Shirlee Zane, Sonoma County Supervisor, District 3
  • Carolynn Box, 5 Gyres Institute
  • David Bannister, Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation
  • Denny Rosatti, Sonoma County Conservation Action
  • Jessica Jones, Sierra Club, Redwood Chapter  
  • Exhibit Information and Hours

    Doyle Library, 2nd Floor
    Santa Rosa Junior College
    1501 Mendocino Avenue

    The exhibit is open during library hours. This exhibit is free to the public and will be available through April 2014. A $4.00 parking permit is required in campus lots. Santa Rosa Campus Map