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…

Kate Meis: CivicSpark Plug

Originally posted in the Chronicle of Philanthropy Kate Meis, 34 Executive Director, Local Government Commission Sacramento, Calif. SACRAMENTO–California is in the grip of a record-breaking drought, leaving many in the Golden State wondering how to deal with climate change. Kate Meis is coming up with answers, one community at a time. She startedCivicSpark, a program that…

California Fires Up A “Civic Spark” On Global Warming

Originally posted on Jefferson Public Radio NORTH COAST — Nobody’s in a position to wave a magic wand and make global warming stop. One of the frustrating things about dealing with the issue is its vastness. But many people have pointed out the need for action within our communities, and that’s what CivicSpark is about. It is an…

Students raising climate consciousness, funds for Paris trip

Originally posted on Times Standard ARCATA — A group of Arcata students hoping to travel in Paris in December for the United Nations Climate Change Summit is in the meantime seeking to spread awareness of climbing temperatures and rising oceans through performance art. On Friday at the Arcata Creamery District on Ninth Street, nearly 20 students from the…
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