Our Projects

2020-21 CivicSpark Projects

Below is a list of projects for the 2020-21 service year. All projects have currently been filled.

**NOTE: These projects are for the CivicSpark program. If you are interested in the Climate Action Corps program, you can view projects via this link.**

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.

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

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

North Coast

Counties Included: Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino

Broadband Deployment, and COVID Recovery

Organization: County of Mendocino
Location: Ukiah, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Broadband, COVID Recovery
Desired Skills: Research, GIS/Mapping, Self Motivated

Ukiah Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Plan Development

Organization: Mendocino County Water Agency
Location: Ukiah, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Water Management
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Analysis, Communication

Regional Sea Level Rise Feasibility Planning

Organization: Humboldt County Planning and Building Department
Location: Eureka, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation, Urban/Rural Planning
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Technical Writing, Big Picture Thinking

Clear Lake Shoreline Assessment and Inventory

Organization: Lake County Water Resources Department
Location: Lakeport, CA
Openings: 0 of 2
Project Focus: Water Management, Ecosystem/Habitat Conservation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Collection, Teamwork

Locating and Identifying Utility Assets and GIS Mapping

Organization: City of Lakeport
Location: Lakeport, CA
Openings: 0 of 2
Project Focus: Infrastructure Development, Water Management
Desired Skills: Research, Data Collection, Self Motivated

GIS-based Fire Resiliency Prioritization Plan for Lake County

Organization: Clear Lake Environmental Research Center
Location: Lakeport, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation, Ecosystem/ Habitat Conservation
Desired Skills: Project Management, GIS / Mapping, Flexibility / Adaptability

ArcGIS-Based Asset Management System

Organization: Lake County Special Districts
Location: Lakeport, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Infrastructure Development, Disaster Response / Emergency Management
Desired Skills: Research, GIS / Mapping, Self Motivated

Sierra Nevada

Counties Included: Nevada, El Dorado, & Eastern Placer

Catalyzing Local Government Action on Energy Resilience and Climate Adaptation

Organization: Sierra Business Council
Location: Truckee, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Data Analysis, Flexibility/ Adaptability

Sustainable Tahoe & Truckee

Organization: Sierra Nevada Alliance
Location: South Lake Tahoe, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Energy Efficiency
Desired Skills: Project Management, Technical Writing, Flexibility / Adaptability

Keep Truckee Green – CAP and Waste Reduction Programs

Organization: Town of Truckee
Location: Truckee, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Waste Management
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Marketing, Communication

Sacramento Valley

Counties Included: Butte, Western Placer, Sacramento, Yolo

Urban Heat and Resiliency Support

Organization: City of Sacramento – Department of Public Works
Location: Sacramento, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Research, Data Collection, Self-Motivated

Climate Planning and Equitable Clean Mobility

Organization: Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
Location: Sacramento, CA
Openings: 0 of 2
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation, Climate Mitigation, Transportation / Mobility, Urban Planning
Desired Skills: Research, GIS / Mapping, Critical Thinking

Exploring GHG Reduction Through Land Use Planning for Placer County

Organization: County of Placer
Location: Auburn, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Urban Planning, Transportation / Mobility
Desired Skills: Research, GIS / Mapping, Big Picture-Oriented

Breaking Ground: Building Resilience, and Community Scale CAP Implementation in Chico

Organization: City of Chico
Location: Chico, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation, Climate Mitigation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Technical Writing, Detail-Oriented

Climate and Local Sea Level Resilience

Organization: California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
Location: Mather, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation, Climate Mitigation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Collection, Flexibility/Adaptability

Affordable Housing in Placer

Organization: Placer County – Community Development Resource Agency
Location: Auburn, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Affordable Housing, Urban Planning
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Marketing, Flexibility/Adaptability

Butte County General Plan 2040 – Building a Resilient Future

Organization: Butte County Department of Development Services
Location: Oroville, CA
Openings: 0 of 2
Project Focus: Urban Planning, Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Comprehensive Planning, Communication

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

Organization: California Department of Water Resources – Office of the Tribal Policy Advisor, Executive Division, and Financial Assistance Branch, Division of Regional Assistance
Location: Sacramento, CA
Openings: 0 of 2
Project Focus: Water Management, Environmental Justice
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Environmental Justice/Equity, Teamwork

Drought Resilience for Small and Disadvantaged Communities

Organization: California Department of Water Resources – Water Use Efficiency Implementation Branch
Location: Sacramento, CA
Openings: 0 of 2
Project Focus: Water Management, Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Graphic Design, Teamwork

Creating a Climate Resilient Future

Organization: Delta Stewardship Council
Location: Sacramento, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation, Vulnerable Community Outreach
Desired Skills: Research, Data Analysis, Communication

Advancing Equity For Tribes, Low-Income Households, and People Experiencing Homelessness Through Data

Organization: California State Water Resources Control Board
Location: Sacramento, CA
Openings: 0 of 2
Project Focus: Water Management, Climate Adaptation / Mitigation
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Data Collection / Analysis, Communication

San Francisco Bay Area

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

Sustainability Open Data Analysis

Organization: City of Richmond
Location: Richmond, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Analysis, Communication

Community Engagement on Climate Action Implementation

Organization: City of Dublin
Location: Dublin, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Waste Management
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Marketing, Flexibility / Adaptability

Water Management & Climate Change Implementation

Organization: Santa Clara Valley Water District
Location: San Jose, CA
Openings: 0 of 2
Project Focus: Waste Management, Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Marketing, Flexibility/Adaptability

Sea Level Rise in the Bay Area: Building Capacity to Support Regional Planning

Organization: San Francisco Estuary Institute
Location: Richmond, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation, Ecosystem/Habitat Conservation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Graphic Design, Communication

Balancing the Needs of the Urban and Agricultural Sectors

Organization: Solano County Water Agency
Location: Vacaville, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Water Management, Energy Efficiency
Desired Skills: Project Management, Technical Skills, Self Motivated

Building a More Resilient and Sustainable Milpitas

Organization: City of Milpitas
Location: Milpitas, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Technical Writing, Communication

Climate Action Plan Implementation, Electrification and Community Engagement

Organization: City of Piedmont
Location: Piedmont, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Energy Efficiency, Residential Building, Consumption Based Emissions
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Data Collection, Self Motivated

Promoting Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion on the California Coast

Organization: California State Coastal Conservancy
Location: Oakland, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Water Adaptation, Public Access
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Environmental Justice/Equity, Self Motivated

Organic and Recyclable Materials – Data and Monitoring

Organization: RecycleMore
Location: Richmond, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Waste Management
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Collection, Teamwork

Housing and Equity in Antioch

Organization: City of Antioch
Location: Antioch, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Affordable Housing, Climate Mitigation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Collection, Flexibility / Adaptability

Climate Action Plan Community Outreach and Zero Waste Plan Support

Organization: City of Cupertino
Location: Cupertino, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Waste Management
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Environmental Justice / Equity, Critical Thinking

Implementing Bay Area Resilience and Affordable Housing Strategies

Organization: Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Location: San Francisco, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation, Affordable Housing
Desired Skills: Research, Technical Writing, Teamwork

Wildfire Awareness and Emergency Outreach in Sonoma

Organization: Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District
Location: Sebastopol, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation, Disaster Response / Emergency Management
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Marketing, Communication

Transitioning Toward Circularity in the Economy and Built Environment

Organization: StopWaste
Location: Oakland, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Circular Economy
Desired Skills: Project Management, Technical Writing, Flexibility / Adaptability

Expanding Community Leadership Capacity for Climate Action in San José

Organization: City of San José
Location: San José, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation, Energy Efficiency
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Collection, Communication

Climate Program Data Analysis

Organization: San Francisco Department of the Environment
Location: San Francisco, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Collection, Communication

Building Materials Management and Embodied Carbon Reduction

Organization: San Francisco Department of the Environment
Location: San Francisco, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Waste Management, Climate Mitigation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Collection, Communication

Central Valley

Counties Included: Kern, San Joaquin, Tulare

Housing in Tulare with SB 2 Implementation

Organization: County of Tulare – Resource Management Agency
Location: Visalia, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Affordable Housing, Community Plan
Desired Skills: Research, Technical Writing, Teamwork

Building Community Leadership in the South Stockton Promise Zone

Organization: Reinvent South Stockton Coalition
Location: Stockton, CA
Openings: 0 of 2
Project Focus: Affordable Housing, Public Health
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Marketing, Flexibility / Adaptability

Catalyzing Community Resiliency through Housing, Economics, and Energy Efficiency

Organization: City of Arvin
Location: Arvin, CA
Openings: 1 of 1
Project Focus: Affordable Housing, Energy Efficiency
Desired Skills: Research, Environmental Justice / Equity, Teamwork

Central Coast

Counties Included: Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Ventura

Climate Action Plan Update and Progress Report

Organization: County of Santa Barbara
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Energy Efficiency
Desired Skills: Research, Technical Writing, Communication

Sustainable SLO

Organization: City of San Luis Obispo
Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
Openings: 0 of 2
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Analysis, Critical Thinking

Sustainability Initiatives and Community Engagement

Organization: City of Goleta
Location: Goleta, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation, Renewable Energy, Emergency Management, Transportation/Mobility
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Environmental Justice/Equity, Flexibility/Adaptability

Climate and Energy Planning and Implementation in Santa Cruz

Organization: City of Santa Cruz
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Infrastructure Development
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Analysis, Critical Thinking

Promoting Stormwater Capture for Groundwater Sustainability Planning Efforts

Organization: County of San Luis Obispo – Public Works
Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Water Management, Stakeholder Engagement Plan
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Technical Skills, Self Motivated

Local Public Policy Development, Analysis, Implementation, and Public Engagement Assistance

Organization: County of Ventura, Resource Management Agency (Planning Division)
Location: Ventura, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Housing and Land Use Policy, Social Equity & Civic Participation
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Data Analysis, Team Work

Resilience and Rebuilding Film Production in the COVID Era

Organization: Economic Development Collaborative
Location: Camarillo, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Infrastructure Development, Urban Planning
Desired Skills: Research, Data Analysis, Detail Oriented

Greater Los Angeles

Counties Included: Los Angeles, San Bernardino

Electric Vehicle Upgrades

Organization: City of Rancho Cucamonga
Location: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Transportation / Mobility
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Collection, Communication

Decarbonizing Buildings, the Transportation Sector, and Food Systems

Organization: City of Santa Monica
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Openings: 0 of 2
Project Focus: Energy Efficiency, Climate Mitigation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Analysis, Self Motivated

Inland Southern California Climate Collaborative

Organization: Climate Resolve
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation, Policy Agenda
Desired Skills: Project Management, Marketing, Communication

Moving Southern California Toward a Green Region

Organization: Southern California Association of Governments
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Openings: 0 of 3
Project Focus: Public Health, Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Collection, Teamwork

Regional Affordable Housing Initiative

Organization: Southern California Association of Governments
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Openings: 0 of 3
Project Focus: Affordable Housing, Transportation / Mobility
Desired Skills: Research, Data Collection, Flexibility / Adaptability

Advancing Climate Adaptation and Resilience in the Southern California Desert

Organization: Coachella Valley Association of Governments
Location: Palm Desert, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Ecosystem/Habitat Conservation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Collection, Self Motivated

Beverly Hills Sustainability Program Initiative

Organization: City of Beverly Hills
Location: Beverly Hills, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Climate Adaptation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Analysis, Self Motivated

Recovery and Sustainability Initiatives

Organization: City of Riverside
Location: Riverside, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Climate Adaptation, Disaster Response / Emergency Management
Desired Skills: Project Management, Technical Writing, Communication

Energy Efficiency and Urban Canopy Support

Organization: Gateway Cities Council of Governments
Location: Paramount, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Energy Efficiency, Climate Mitigation
Desired Skills: Research, Data Collection, Flexibility / Adaptability

Organics Recycling and Energy Efficiency Community Engagement

Organization: City of Signal Hill
Location: Signal Hill, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Waste Management, Energy Efficiency
Desired Skills: Research, Data Analysis, Critical Thinking

Pandemic Response and Recovery for Affordable Housing Supply

Organization: California Department of Housing and Community Development in partnership with Gateway Cities Council of Governments
Location: Paramount, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Affordable Housing, Disaster Response / Emergency Management
Desired Skills: Research, Data Collection, Flexibility / Adaptability

Community and Economic Development Policy Toolbox

Organization: City of Garden Grove
Location: Garden Grove, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Energy Efficiency, Sustainability Best Practices & Green Building Code Implementation
Desired Skills: Research, Data Collection / Analysis, Communication

Zero Emissions Vehicles – Equitable Market Development

Organization: California Energy Commission
Location: TBD – specific locations are somewhat flexible. One Fellow will be focused in Imperial Valley, and the other in Inland Empire.
Openings: 0 of 2
Project Focus: Transportation / Mobility, Economic Development
Desired Skills: Research, Data Collection, Flexibility / Adaptability

Racial & Environmental Justice Capacity Building

Organization: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Sustainability
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Environmental Justice, Climate Mitigation
Desired Skills: Project Management, Data Analysis, Critical Thinking

San Diego Area

Counties Included: San Diego

San Diego’s Smart City Open Urban Platform (SCOUP)

Organization: City of San Diego
Location: San Diego, CA
Openings: 0 of 1
Project Focus: Energy Efficiency, Infrastructure Development
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Data Collection, Communication

CAP & Zero Waste Outreach & Reporting

Organization: City of Encinitas
Location: Encinitas, CA
Openings: 0 of 2
Project Focus: Climate Mitigation, Waste Management
Desired Skills: Community Engagement, Data Analysis, Self Motivated

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