Beautiful Nowhere Place

April Great Story by Ayelet Zamek, 2018-19 Central Coast Water Fellow Yellow. Orange. Another kind of orange. After a wet winter, driving down Highway 58 in April turns into an elementary-style exercise in knowing one’s colors. Purple. Blue. More yellow.  Even the most responsible divers, AAA cards tucked in the sun visor, would be distracted…

Katie Webster

Katie Webster joined the Local Government Commission (LGC) in 2019 as a Project Coordinator with the CivicSpark™ Operations Team. CivicSpark™ is a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program, which provides capacity-building support for local governments throughout California to address climate change. Prior to joining LGC, Katie was an Outreach Coordinator at GRID Alternatives, a nonprofit solar installer.…

Big Small Town

January Great Story by Andrew Wakelee, 2018-19 Central Coast Climate Fellow My hometown of Ventura is a big small town. When both sets of my Grandparents arrived here in the early 1960s from upstate New York and Ohio to find better weather and opportunities, Ventura was a rural town of a mere 20,000 people. Today…

Molly Marcussen

Molly Marcussen graduated from California State University, Chico with a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences with a concentration in Environmental Planning and Environmental Studies. She minored in Geography and earned a certificate in Land Use and Environmental Planning. Molly began her career as a CivicSpark Climate Fellow in Butte County & the City of Chico…

Danielle V. Dolan

Danielle V. Dolan has been working in environmental education, engagement, and advocacy for the last 14 years, with the latter half in California water issues. Ms. Dolan was hired by the Local Government Commission in 2014 to lead LGC’s water programs — engaging on statewide policy initiatives and implementing projects at the local level. LGC’s…

CivicSpark Recognized on National Service Day

On April 5, 2016, the fourth annual nationwide Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service recognized the collective powers of AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and citizens’ programs as cost-effective strategies to overcome local challenges and address solutions to transform our cities and counties into thriving and safe communities. As of 2016, 3,539 mayor and county…

CivicSpark’s Inaugural Cohort Graduates!

Sacramento, California – September 15, 2015 – The inaugural cohort of Governor Jerry Brown’s Initiative AmeriCorps program, CivicSpark, graduated yesterday. 35 CivicSpark fellows provided over 60,000 hours of service to California’s communities, helping 88 local governments build capacity to address and respond to climate change. Secretary John Laird for Natural Resources provided a keynote speech…

New Partnership to Advance Climate Action in the Bay Area

Sacramento, California – August 17, 2015 – The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) has partnered with CivicSpark, a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program, to help build capacity for local governments in the Bay Area to address climate change. This exciting new partnership will help advance climate action in the region, providing broad support to the…
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