Bay Area CivicSpark members are supported by partner Bay Conservation and Development Commission. Members are completing a variety of projects in the San Francisco Bay Area region, focusing on resiliency, energy efficiency, water conservation, and climate action plan implementation.
Member Shannon Rivers is working with the City of Benicia’s Business Resource Incentive Program, working with nineteen businesses to increase sustainability and reduce GHG emissions, while also preparing the program for expansion. ‘I am excited about connecting with these businesses and others to introduce them to the impressive incentives the City of Benicia offers to aid businesses in implementing sustainability measures.’
Team members Aldrin Carreon, Eric Cohen, Hannah Cha, Jonathan Kwan, Michelle Nelson, Kyle Ramey, and Shannon Rivers, volunteered with the Exploratorium museum for MLK Jr Day, spending a beautiful day on the San Francisco Piers.
CivicSpark Bay Area Projects
|South Bay Climate Action Collaboration
Collaboration with multiple South Bay cities for support of GHG tracking / inventory and Development of resources for community engagement on climate action.
|San Mateo County Water/Energy Nexus
Support for water and energy efficiency projects in San Mateo County public buildings and schools
Beneficiaries: C/CAG, BAWSCA
|Resilient Shorelines in the Bay Area
Resilient Shorelines project implementation support in Contra Costa County, as well as regional analysis of shoreline vulnerabilities
Beneficiaries: Contra Costa County, Joint Policy Committee, Oakland, San Rafael
|City of Benicia Business Resource Incentive Program & BECAT
Support the Business Resource Incentive Program (BRIP)-The first phase of BRIP was extremely sucessful, completing 19 business assessments and reducing 188 MT CO2 annually. The Member will work closely with these 19 businesses while also looking at expanding the program in future years.
Beneficiary: City of Benicia
|Marin County Adaptation Readiness
Increase county department readiness for climate change by looking at other models that other jurisdictions have adopted to create inter-departmental protocols to improve actions “on-the-ground” with department staff.
Beneficiaries: Marin County-DPW, Marin County-CD, Marin County-Parks & Open Space
It is exciting to learn outside of the classroom environment that I have been so accustomed to over the majority of my life. I have learned new skills through these experiences that I would not have the opportunity to experience without this program.
– Jonathan Kwan, Bay Area CivicSpark Member
Meet our Team
|Julie Allingham – Regional Supervisor
Building upon a long-term career in IT Software and Project Management at Hewlett-Packard, Julie Allingham felt compelled to study Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School and transition her career to focus on environmental efforts. Recent professional experience has centered on non-profit projects related to California’s climate policy, clean economy, and local government climate actions, as an independent consultant and while working for Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). Julie earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Central Michigan University, and an M.B.A. in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, California.
Aldrin Carreon graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with Bachelor of Arts degrees in South and Southeast Asian Studies and Political Economy with a concentration in urbanization. Aldrin aspires to work on the federal level, directing change on a macro scale while promoting sustainable urban living and uplifting underserved, low-income communities, which are often the most affected by environmental issues.
Hannah Cha graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Systems. She served as National Park Service Fellow in Dallas, Texas where she assisted a green education program and an urban trail planning process. Hannah recently completed a Master of City & Regional Planning from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Eric Cohen received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from the University of California, Davis in September 2013. While an undergraduate, he received extensive training in the areas of environmental impact assessment, environmental policy, and research and data analysis.
Jonathan Kwan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining CivicSpark, he was an intern for the Cityof Goleta, Planning and Environmental Review Department.
Michelle Nelson is a recent graduate from the University of California, Davis, with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy, Analysis, and Planning with an emphasis in Water Quality. After CivicSpark, Michelle intends to use her experience with CivicSpark to stay within the sustainability field and apply for graduate school to earn her Masters in Environmental Policy.
Kyle Ramey obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies at San Francisco State University where his primary focus has been in sustainability, especially within the urban environment. He has worked with Greenaction, a non-profit organization located in San Francisco, and was part of a student run sustainability initiative on campus.
Shannon Rivers graduated from San Diego State University (SDSU) with a BA in Social Science and a minor in Spanish in 2007, and completed her masters program at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UC Santa Barbara. She has working as the Management Intern with the City of Poway’s Public Works Department and as the Climate Action Planning Intern at DNV GL, an international energy and sustainability consulting firm.