Region: Sacramento and Sierra
Project(s): Building Climate Resilience Through Urban Heat Island Reduction and Zero-Emissions Vehicle Deployment
Joseph Santiago II grew up in Orlando, Florida. Following high school, he completed his Bachelors of Science in Sustainable Urban Environments with a minor in Business Technology Management at New York University. While enrolled there, he was an active member of Delta Lambda Phi, the nations first fraternity founded by gay men for all, male-identifying and progressive men regardless of sexual orientation. During his time in college Joseph also interned at two environmentally conscious organizations, Sustainable South Bronx and Build it Green NYC. Joseph spent much of his childhood on the beaches of Cape Canaveral, Florida, awed by the juxtaposition of undisturbed sand dunes at Playalinda Beach, and the remarkable human achievements happening at Kennedy Space Center. Joseph hopes to build upon his experiences serving as a CivicSpark Fellow for the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District to launch a career in Urban Planning with a desire to help cities adapt for the realities of climate change. In his free time you”ll find Joseph riding his bicycle (or motorcycle), hiking, or enjoying a drag show in the city.