Karen Ritland Project Assistant Sierra Business Council Karen joins CCBA from Vermont where she received her Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. Karen is working with the Sierra Business Council, based in Truckee, to promote and develop social, economic and environment capital in Sierra Nevada communities.
Karen's current projects include conducting energy audits and retrofits in small and medium sized businesses with the Sierra Nevada Energy Watch. She is also facilitating climate planning for various cities and counties and finding ways to lower their emissions levels. Both programs enable businesses and communities to improve decision making while reducing their impact on climate change. "I'm excited both to see customers doing energy retrofits see quick return on investments as well as see cities and counties begin to adopt recommendations from the climate plans," says Karen.
Sergio Costa Energy and Climate Specialist Oakland Unified School District Sergio is responsible for implementing the Oakland Unified School District emPower program, which seeks to reduce energy use by 10% at select pilot schools through behavioral changes, student engagement, and operational efficiency. Currently, Sergio is engaging principals at the highest energy use schools to participate in the program, most of which happen to have the highest percentage of at-risk youth. He is also partnering with outside groups for energy use tools and assemblies, as well as surveying all school sites to identify excess plug-load at each pilot site.
“The emPower program is an innovative approach to saving energy and money because it focuses on low to no cost behavioral changes which provide savings on top of those from having more efficient buildings. Also, by focusing on engaging students, we can encourage children to develop energy saving habits that continue into adulthood. I’m looking forward to rolling out the program with the first 3 schools this month.”
Adriana Stagnaro Climate Corps Associate
Regional Climate Protection Authority Adrianna is working in her hometown of Sebastopol to heighten awareness of climate change and implement strategic campaigns as part of the team at Sonoma County’s Regional Climate Protection Authority. Adriana is working on Climate Action 2020 (a county-wide effort to coordinate climate action plans for each of the cities) and BayREN's Energy Upgrade California building energy upgrade programs for single family and multifamily homes. Adriana is becoming skilled at marketing, community outreach, and communicating with the public.
“With an ever-growing concentration of world class environmental and climate-oriented organizations based in this county, and with global attention placed on high-profile change makers within, I expect the Authority and the residents here to rise impressively to Sonoma County’s opportunity to plan for climate action.”
CCBA News and Events
January training: Last month's project management training included Skyline Professor Carina Anttila-Saurez and communications specialist Anne-Christine Strugnell.
February training: This Friday (1/17) the training focus will be on fundraising and developing proposals.
March Retreat: This 2-day mid-program event will be held on March 21-22 at the Nature Bridge Center in the Marin Headlands.
April (Earth Month) Skyline College Presentations: Fellows will try their hand at leading a class lecture related to their current scope of service.
End of Program Symposium: This July event (details to come shortly) will spotlight CCBA Fellows and serve as a regional networking opportunity.
New Study: US Power Plant Emissions Down Power plants that use natural gas and a new technology to squeeze more energy from the fuel release far less of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide than coal-fired power plants do, according to a new analysis.
Last Friday Anais began her day at 7:30 am driving a bright orange Tesla. The car, wrapped in the company’s logo, is a part of her job. Anais (CCBA ’13) is working for the Climate Protection Campaign in Santa Rosa as a Project Coordinator. Given that transportation is biggest greenhouse gas emitter in Sonoma County, Anais’ work focuses on two transportation projects: Carma, and Go Sonoma. Carma is a carpooling application that connects people in Contra Costa, Marin, and Sonoma. So far there are over 4,000 users, and over 1,000 in Sonoma County alone. Anais is also working on Go Sonoma, educating people about what alternative transportation options exist, how to use them, and how they connect. For example, if you are interested in taking a wine bike tour, this service will help you figure out where the bike paths are and how they connect. Outside of work, Anais is planning a trip to Italy, hoping to make it to the Almafi coast this year.