2019-20 Projects

2019-20 CivicSpark Projects

Below is the list of CivicSpark projects for the 2019-20 service year.

To help identify where specific projects are located, they are grouped by region, roughly following California’s Fourth Climate Assessment geographical regions. Listed under the region are the counties included within their area. To the right is a map that shows the general regions for the program.

*This map is for general reference – some projects may not necessarily fall within the regional distributions shown here.

**As positions begin to be filled, the “Openings” section will indicate the amount of spots available within that project (e.g. 1 of 2 means 1 spot of 2 is left, 0 of 1 means the position has already been filled).**

Each project section includes the project name, organization name, the placement city, the number of Fellows that will be serving in the project, the focus areas (primary focus listed first), and desired skills (primary skill listed first) for the project. To view a full description of the project, click on the “Project Description” under the projects you are interested in.

Sierra Nevada

Counties Included: Nevada, El Dorado, & Eastern Placer

Energy Action Planning and Regional Resilience Building in the Sierra Nevada

Organization: Sierra Business Council
Location: Truckee, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Action Planning, General Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Outreach/Community Engagement, Research

Lake Tahoe and Truckee Regional Climate Assessment and Inventory

Organization: Sierra Nevada Alliance
Location: South Lake Tahoe, CA and/or Truckee, CA
Openings: 0 of 2
Project Focus: Climate Action Planning, Energy Efficiency
Desired Skills: Technical Writing, Outreach/Community Engagement

Keep Truckee Green

Organization: Town of Truckee
Location: Truckee, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Community Outreach/Education, General Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Outreach/Community Engagement, Project Management

Sacramento Valley

Counties Included: Sacramento, Yolo, Butte, western Placer, Lake, Siskiyou

Cooling the Community through Urban Heat Island Solutions and Zero-Emissions Mobility

Organization: Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
Location: Sacramento, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation Planning, Alternative/Multimodal Transportation
Desired Skills: GIS/Mapping, Environmental Justice/Equity

Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan

Organization: City of Winters
Location: Winters, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Action Plan Implementation, General Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Collection/Analysis

CAP 2.0 – Taking the Effort to the Next Level

Organization: City of Chico – Community Development Resources
Location: Chico, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Action Planning, General GHG Mitigation
Desired Skills: Research, Facilitation

Promoting Energy Equity in California Communities

Organization: California Energy Commission
Location: Sacramento, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Environmental Justice
Desired Skills: Outreach/Community Engagement, Environmental Justice/Equity

Community-Scale CAP Implementation

Organization: City of Woodland
Location: Woodland, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Action Plan Implementation
Desired Skills: Outreach/Community Engagement, Project Management

Risk and Vulnerability Assessment and Sustainability Action Plan for Carbon Neutrality

Organization: City of Sacramento – Department of Utilities
Location: Sacramento, CA
Openings: 0 of 2
Project Focus: Climate Risk/Vulnerability, Water Supply Reliability
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Collection/Analysis

Delta Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

Organization: Delta Stewardship Council
Location: Sacramento, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation Planning
Desired Skills: Outreach/Community Engagement, Research

Post-Camp Fire Climate Change Sustainability and Adaptation Updates

Organization: County of Butte
Location: Oroville, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation Planning, Land-Use Changes
Desired Skills: Facilitation, Research

Moving Toward Implementation of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plans

Organization: County of Placer
Location: Auburn, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Active Transportation, Land-Use Changes
Desired Skills: Research, Outreach/Community Engagement

Resiliency Planners’ Toolbox Development and Outreach

Organization: Yolo Resiliency Collaborative
Location: Woodland, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation Planning, General Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Research, Outreach/Community Engagement

Surface and Groundwater Management in Yolo County using Policy and Technology Tools

Organization: Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District
Location: Woodland, CA
Openings: 0 of 2
Project Focus: Land Use Planning for Water Resources, Groundwater
Desired Skills: Project Management, Technical Writing

ArcGIS-based Asset Management System Development

Organization: Lake County Special Districts
Location: Lakeport, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Infrastructure, Disaster Response/Emergency Management
Desired Skills: GIS/Mapping, Data Collection/Analysis

Conservation and Hazard Mitigation Plan

Organization: Hidden Valley Lake Community Services District
Location: Hidden Valley Lake, CA
Openings: 0 of 2
Project Focus: Wastewater Quality, Hazard Mitigation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Collection/Analysis

Stormflow Analysis and Capacity Assessment

Organization: City of Lakeport
Location: Lakeport, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Water Conservation/Water Use Efficiency, Energy Efficiency
Desired Skills: Data Collection/Analysis, Technical Writing

Stormwater Master Plan and Vulnerability Assessment

Organization: City of Mt. Shasta
Location: Mt. Shasta, CA
Openings: 0 of 2
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation Planning, Stormwater Quality/Green Infrastructure/LID
Desired Skills: GIS/Mapping, Project Management

Building Capacity and Water Resiliency for Tribal Governments and Disadvantaged Communities in California

Organization: CA Department of Water Resources – Office of the Tribal Policy Advisor – Executive Division
Location: Sacramento, CA
This project has two placements; one in Sacramento and another in the San Joaquin Valley region.
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Environmental Justice, Water Supply Reliability
Desired Skills: Research, Outreach/Community Engagement

Energy Benchmarking and Vehicle Electrification

Organization: City of Sacramento – Public Works
Location: Sacramento, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Energy Efficiency / Zero Net Energy, Alternative or Multimodal Transportation
Desired Skills: Data Collection / Analysis, Technical Writing

Outreach and Planning to Promote Equitable and Affordable Housing Supply

Organization: California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)
Location: Sacramento, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Affordable Housing, Equity
Desired Skills: Outreach / Community Engagement, Data Collection / Analysis

Addressing Housing Insecurity for California’s Community College Students

Organization: California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
Location: Sacramento, CA
This project has two placements; one in Sacramento and another in the LA Region.
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Affordable Housing, Education
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Collection / Analysis

Placer County Housing Strategy and Development Plan

Organization: California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), in partnership with the County of Placer
Location: Auburn, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Affordable Housing, Land-Use Changes
Desired Skills: Technical Writing, Outreach / Community Engagement

Addressing Children and Youth in Disaster

Organization: California Office of Emergency Services – Youth
Location: Oroville, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Public Health, Disaster Response / Emergency Management
Desired Skills: Outreach / Community Engagement, Project Management

Linking Climate Mitigation and Adaptation to Emergency Management Services

Organization: California Office of Emergency Services – Adaptation
Location: Mather, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Action Plan Implementation, General Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Outreach / Community Engagement, Data Collection / Analysis

Fighting Fire with Tech – Support the Development of Californias Wildfire Watch Capabilities

Organization: California Office of Emergency Services – Warning Center
Location: Mather, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Risk / Vulnerability, Risk Communication
Desired Skills: Project Management, Research

Groundwater Sustainability Planning for Vulnerable Communities and Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems

Organization: The Freshwater Trust
Location: Sacramento, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Human Right to Water / Water & Equity, Groundwater
Desired Skills: Outreach / Community Engagement, Marketing / Communication

Accelerating Design Thinking and Innovative Project Planning into Sacramento Regional Projects

Organization: Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG)
Location: Sacramento, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Technical Assistance, Multimodal / Autonomous Transportation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Research

Climate Resiliency and Outreach

Organization: City of Davis
Location: Davis, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Action Planning, Environmental Justice
Desired Skills: Outreach / Community Engagement, Project

San Joaquin Valley

Counties Included: Fresno, Tulare

Building Capacity and Water Resiliency for Tribal Governments and Disadvantaged Communities in California

Organization: CA Department of Water Resources: Financial Assistance Branch – Division of Regional Assistance; and the Office of the Tribal Policy Advisor – Executive Division
Location: Visalia, CA
This project has two placements; one in the San Joaquin Valley (focused mainly on Disadvantaged Communities) and another in the Sacramento region (focused mainly on Tribal Governments).
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Environmental Justice, Water Supply Reliability
Desired Skills: Research, Outreach / Community Engagement

Promoting Safe Communities through Development of an Environmental Justice Element

Organization: California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), in partnership with the Tulare County Resource Management Agency
Location: Visalia, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation Planning, Environmental Justice
Desired Skills: Data Collection / Analysis, Technical Writing

San Francisco Bay Area

Counties Included: San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Sonoma, San Mateo, Marin

San Francisco Climate Action Strategy

Organization: San Francisco Department of the Environment – CAP
Location: San Francisco, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Action Planning, General Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Data Collection/Analysis, Research

Building Materials Management and Embodied Carbon Reductions

Organization: San Francisco Department of the Environment – Materials
Location: San Francisco, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Green Building, Waste Reduction/Composting
Desired Skills: Data Collection/Analysis, Project Management

Advancing Equitable Climate Solutions

Organization: City of Berkeley – Office of Energy and Sustainable Development
Location: Berkeley, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Community Outreach/Education, General GHG Mitigation
Desired Skills: Outreach/Community Engagement, Project Management

Climate Action Plan Update and Community Engagement for Mobility Hubs and Affordable Housing Projects

Organization: City of Walnut Creek
Location: Walnut Creek, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Action Plan Implementation, Affordable Housing & Alternative/Multimodal Transportation
Desired Skills: Outreach/Community Engagement, Data Collection/Analysis

Recovery and Resiliency Framework Implementation

Organization: County of Sonoma – Office of Recovery and Resiliency
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Community Outreach/Education, Disaster Response/Emergency Management
Desired Skills: Outreach/Community Engagement, Marketing/Communication

Climate Action Plan 2.0 Implementation

Organization: City of Piedmont
Location: Piedmont, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Action Plan Implementation, Energy Efficiency
Desired Skills: Project Management, Outreach/Community Engagement

Getting to Zero – Carbon Neutrality and Community Resilience

Organization: City of Albany
Location: Albany, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Action Plan Implementation, Disaster Response/Emergency Management
Desired Skills: Outreach/Community Engagement, Project Management

Local Innovation in Water Quality, Solid Waste and Community Outreach

Organization: City of San Pablo
Location: San Pablo, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Stormwater Quality, Solid Waste
Desired Skills: Outreach/Community Engagement, Project Management

Flood Hazard Management Through Natural Resource Conservation

Organization: City of Livermore
Location: Livermore, CA
Openings: 0 of 2
Project Focus: Flood Risk/Mitigation, Public Health
Desired Skills: Data Collection/Analysis, Outreach/Community Engagement

Commercial Composting Program Engagement

Organization: RecycleMore
Location: San Pablo, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Waste, Waste Reduction/Composting
Desired Skills: Data Collection/Analysis, Outreach/Community Engagement

Bay Area Adaptation Atlas – Implementing Regional Adoption of Nature-Based Climate Adaptation Guidelines

Organization: San Francisco Estuary Institute
Location: Richmond, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation Planning, Natural Infrastructure
Desired Skills: Project Management, Marketing/Communication

Equity in Access to Government Services

Organization: City of Antioch
Location: Antioch, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Affordable Housing, Environmental Justice
Desired Skills: Data Collection/Analysis, Outreach/Community Engagement

Climate Action Plan and Water Resource Recovery Program Implementation

Organization: City of Richmond
Location: Richmond, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Action Plan Implementation
Desired Skills: Data Collection/Analysis, Technical Writing

Developing BCDC Climate Change Policy Guidance

Organization: San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
Location: San Francisco, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation Planning, Land-Use Changes
Desired Skills: Research, Technical Writing

CAP Community Outreach and Energy Data Management

Organization: City of Cupertino
Location: Cupertino, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Water Conservation / Water Use Efficiency, Water Supply Reliability
Desired Skills: Outreach/Community Engagement, Data Collection/Analysis

Generating Community Leadership Capacity for Climate Action

Organization: City of San José
Location: San José, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Action Plan Implementation, Equity
Desired Skills: Outreach/Community Engagement, Marketing/Communication

Shift Sonoma County: Mobility Initiatives

Organization: Sonoma County Transportation Authority
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Active Transportation, Alternative or Multimodal Transportation
Desired Skills: Outreach/Community Engagement, Marketing/Communication

Integrating Agricultural Mitigation and Adaptation into Local Climate Planning and Implementation

Organization: Carbon Cycle Institute
Location: Petaluma, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Action Planning, Agricultural Improvements
Desired Skills: Project Management, Outreach/Community Engagement

Action Planning for Equitable Water and Land-Use Integration in the Silicon Valley Region

Organization: Youth United for Community Action, in partnership with the Local Government Commission
Location: East Palo Alto, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Environmental Justice, Land-Use Changes
Desired Skills: Environmental Justice / Equity, Project Management

Action Planning for Equitable Water and Land-Use Integration in the San Francisco Region

Organization: ClimatePlan, in partnership with the Local Government Commission
Location: Oakland, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Human Right to Water/Water & Equity, Land-Use Changes
Desired Skills: Research, Facilitation

Novato Climate Action Plan and Sustainability Programs

Organization: City of Novato
Location: Novato, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Action Planning, General GHG Mitigation
Desired Skills: Outreach/Community Engagement, Data Collection/Analysis

Drawdown Marin – Community Engagement

Organization: County of Marin
Location: San Rafael, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Community Outreach / Education, Collective Impact Initiative
Desired Skills: Environmental Justice / Equity, Marketing / Communication

Central Coast

Counties Included: Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Ventura

Santa Barbara Climate Collaborative

Organization: County of Santa Barbara
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Action Planning, General GHG Mitigation
Desired Skills: Research, Outreach/Community Engagement

Strategic Energy Plan Implementation and Regional Climate Collaborative Support

Organization: City of Goleta
Location: Goleta, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Renewable Energy, Alternative/Multimodal Transportation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Outreach/Community Engagement

Laying the Foundation: Implementing Priority Carbon Neutrality and Community Resilience Actions

Organization: City of San Luis Obispo
Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
Openings: 0 of 2
Project Focus: Climate Action Plan Implementation, General Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Technical Writing

Tri-County Regional Energy Network Launch and Energy Efficiency Programs

Organization: County of Ventura
Location: Ventura, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Community Outreach/Education, Energy Efficiency
Desired Skills: Outreach/Community Engagement, Data Collection/Analysis

Ventura Housing Element Update

Organization: County of Ventura Planning Division
Location: Ventura, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Affordable Housing
Desired Skills: Research, Data Collection/Analysis

Electric Vehicle Implementation Project

Organization: County of Santa Barbara – General Services
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Electric/Autonomous Vehicles, Air Quality Improvements
Desired Skills: Project Management, Research

SLO Regional Bus Electric Vehicle Charging Plan

Organization: San Luis Obispo Council of Governments
Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Public Transit, General GHG Mitigation
Desired Skills: Research, Technical Writing

Ventura General Plan and Program Environmental Impact Report

Organization: County of Ventura
Location: Ventura, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Community Outreach / Education, Energy Efficiency
Desired Skills: Outreach / Community Engagement, Data Collection / Analysis

Water Sustainability Planning – Drought Development Infrastructure and Data Driven Water Programs

Organization: County of San Luis Obispo – Public Works
Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Community Outreach / Education, Energy Efficiency
Desired Skills: Project Management, Outreach / Community Engagement

Strategic Energy Plan Implementation

Organization: City of Carpinteria
Location: Carpinteria, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Renewable Energy, General Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Research, Outreach/Community Engagement

Greater Los Angeles

Counties Included: Los Angeles, San Bernardino

Climate Adaptation Planning and Implementation in the South Bay

Organization: South Bay Cities Council of Governments
Location: Torrance, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation Planning, Disaster Response/Emergency Management
Desired Skills: Project Management, Technical Writing

Regional Adaptation and Resiliency Program

Organization: Southern California Association of Governments
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Openings: 0 of 3
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation Planning, Ecosystem or Habitat Conservation
Desired Skills: Research, GIS/Mapping

Stormwater Quality Management Program Training

Organization: City of Fontana
Location: Fontana, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM), Stormwater Quality / Green infrastructure / LID Stormwater capture and (re)use
Desired Skills: Facilitation, Education

Resource Management Plan and Community Messaging

Organization: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Openings: 0 of 2
Project Focus: Waste, Energy Efficiency
Desired Skills: Project Management, Outreach/Community Engagement

Climate Change and Public Health Stakeholder Engagement

Organization: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Openings: 0 of 2
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation Planning, Public Health
Desired Skills: Project Management, Outreach/Community Engagement

CSU Low-Carbon Sustainable Mobility and On-Campus Housing

Organization: California State University
Location: Long Beach, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Active Transportation, Land-Use Changes
Desired Skills: Technical Writing, GIS/Mapping

Ballona Creek Revitalization Project

Organization: City of Culver City
Location: Culver City, CA
Openings: 0 of 2
Project Focus: Stormwater Quality, Alternative of Multimodal Transportation
Desired Skills: Data Collection/Analysis, Research

Addressing Housing Insecurity for California’s Community College Students

Organization: California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
Location: Los Angeles, CA
This project has two placements; one in LA and another in the Sacramento region.
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Affordable Housing, Education
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Collection / Analysis

Housing and Transportation Planning Policy Implementation

Organization: San Bernardino Council of Governments
Location: San Bernardino, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Community Outreach/Education, Affordable Housing
Desired Skills: Outreach/Community Engagement, Research

Disadvantaged Community Involvement Program

Organization: Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority
Location: Riverside, CA
Openings: 0 of 2
Project Focus: Flood Risk / Mitigation, Environmental Justice
Desired Skills: Environmental Justice / Equity, Project Management

Equitable Water/Land-Use Integration in the Los Angeles Region

Organization: Nature for All, in partnership with the Local Government Commission
Location: San Gabriel, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Stormwater Capture and (Re)Use, Environmental Justice
Desired Skills: Data Collection / Analysis, Environmental Justice / Equity

San Diego Area

Counties Included: San Diego

CAP Public Outreach, Reporting and Internal Greening

Organization: City of Encinitas
Location: Encinitas, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Public Engagement, Monitoring/Metrics, Waste Reduction/Composting
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Research

CAP Community Engagement and Sustainability Initiatives

Organization: City of Del Mar
Location: Del Mar, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation Planning, Waste Reduction/Composting
Desired Skills: Outreach/Community Engagement, Research

Action Planning for Equitable Water and Land-Use Integration in the San Diego Region

Organization: Borrego Water District, in partnership with the Local Government Commission
Location: Borrego Springs, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Human Right to Water / Water Equity, Land-Use Changes
Desired Skills: Research, Facilitation

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