Tiburon’s Romberg Campus a real value to marine studies – Marin Independent Journal

This isn’t the first time state officials have wondered about the future of San Francisco State University’s Romberg Tiburon Campus.

Financially, the center has been a costly asset for the university, which says the current model “isn’t financially sustainable.”

The center has 53 acres of bayfront property, much of it dotted with older and shuttered buildings.

But amid that challenge, as an environmental education campus and the study of our bay, the center is invaluable.

The university took over the surplused naval defense station and turned it into a research center that has not only provided opportunities for the university’s students, but the center has also opened its doors to younger students, stimulating their interest in the bay and the environment.

The university has formed a special task force to weigh the center’s future and make recommendations to SFSU President Lynn Mahoney.

We hope its work fairly weighs the educational and environmental value and opportunities the center has to offer, possibly creating a new model that can address the costs and challenges facing the maintenance of the property.

It might be through the creation of partnerships or new funding sources.

Certainly, its educational role and research value need to be maintained as the core of a new model.

For years, the center had worked to establish itself as a conference center, but obviously that initiative has not kept up with the costs and challenges of maintaining the property, including many buildings that are candidates for repair or demolition.

The center’s bayside laboratory is not easily replaced, providing teaching and research opportunities into the environmental dynamics of the bay, from its wetlands to its marine ecology. In fact, while there are several ocean-based labs up and down the coast, Romberg is the only marine lab on the bay.

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