V-Day

April Great Story by Kelly Ryan, Southern California Fellow I ran through the options as to why my alarm was blaring loudly while it was still dark outside. Work? My second Job? Practice? (Still a habit from my college days). I then realized the day that I had spent hours and hours stressing about and…

Snowy Endeavors Continue in the Sierra Nevada

Story by Kriselda Bautista, 2014-15 CivicSpark Alumna, Sierra Nevada Region I’m Kriselda Bautista, and I served last year in the Sierra Nevada region with the Sierra Business Council. I am still with the SBC, and the work my partner Evan Pierce and I started last year with writing and developing Energy Action Plans for 7 different jurisdictions…

Perspectives

March Great Story by Alex Economou, Central Coast Fellow Ever since I was little I’ve been a runner. I don’t know why it started, but I like running. I remember being the kid growing up that would wake up before school in 5th grade and go for morning jogs. It started out being a trend…

A Tale of Two Offices

March Great Story by Margot Stert, Bay Area North Fellow When I first joined CivicSpark, the program had already started for other fellows, so I needed a place to live in the Bay Area ASAP. Fortunately, a friend’s family in the East Bay offered to house me rent-free (since living in the Bay Area is…

Drought Tolerance and Climate Resilience in Street Trees

Blog post by Fei Mok, 2016-17 Bay Area Fellow When the City of Emeryville was developing our Sustainability Action Plan, one of the major issues we looked into was the climate resilience of the city street trees. The idea was spurred by Ruth Akins, one of the City Council members, who was interested in whether…

Hope

  Story by Laura Moser, 2014-15 CivicSpark Alumna, Sacramento Region I’m Laura Moser, a CivicSpark alumna from last year’s Sacramento team. I worked with Melanie Chu to write a Climate Adaptation Plan that was adopted by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments to help build capacity for the regional transportation system to adapt to climate change.…

The Whole Picture is Coming Together

February Great Story by Megan Hines, Los Angeles Fellow There I stood looking out into a sea of inmates in blue and yellow jumpsuits. Many thoughts went through my mind including, “what the heck did you get yourself into Megan” “don`t make eye contact” and “it`s like I`m in one of those criminal shows on TV!”…

The Charge of the Sparks Brigade

February Great Story by Amaury Berteaud, Bay Area North Fellow The goal of this poem was twofold. First, to find a collective name for members of the CivicSpark program (beyond Sparkies). Second, to remake a tragic poem by Lord Tennyson (The Charge of the Light brigade) into a hopeful and hopefully humorous poem about what…

Knowledge is Power

December 2015 Great Story Alex Economou, Central Coast CivicSpark Fellow This month’s great story tells about the blessings and curses of knowledge.  Since moving to California and becoming a CivicSpark fellow, I have learned tons about climate change and ways of addressing it, especially in regards to energy efficiency and water conservation.  I have learned…
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