SEI Awarded Climate Planning Grant

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) has awarded SEI a grant to facilitate climate policy development in an under served community in the Bay Area.

Under this grant, SEI staff will develop a toolkit of resources for general plan policy development related to climate change, recruit a partner community who will work with SEI staff to examine existing policies and programs and develop new policies that address climate change. By the summer of 2009, SEI will distill the pilot outcomes into a package of resources to share with other communities throughout the Bay Area and beyond. If you work with a local government in the Bay Area that is in one of BAAQMD's air quality impact areas, and are interested in working with SEI to develop climate policies please contact Kif Scheuer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

4th & 5th Grade Teacher Opportunity!

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is recruiting 4th and 5th grade teachers to teach Protect Your Climate in the 2008-2009 school year.

Teach Protect Your Climate Science-based lesson plans on climate change for 4th and 5th grades.

Protect Your Climate will help you:

  • Connect your teaching to current events by investigating the science, causes, and impacts of climate change and how to take action to protect our climate
  • Use hands-on activities to explore air quality, energy, waste, and transportation issues related to climate change
  • Address Science and other State Content Standards for 4th and 5th grade The curriculum program includes:
  • Curriculum training session with lesson modeling
  • Tool kit with teacher manual, visual materials, and supplies for experiments
  • Ongoing support including help with: planning, additional activities to meet multiple teaching goals, and a one year membership to Community Resources for Science (a support service for science teaching)
  • $100 Stipend To sign-up, or for any questions, contact Annie Sexton at Strategic Energy Innovations: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 415-507-2187. Space is limited. Please sign up by May 30, 2008. Bay Area Air Quality Management District is responsible for maintaining air quality in the San Francisco Bay Area. As part of its climate protection program, the Air District developed the Protect Your Climate curriculum to offer climate protection education to elementary school grade levels.
  • Fresno Neighborhood Earns Award for Master Plan

    The California Avenue Neighborhood Master Plan in Fresno--a master plan that Strategic Energy Innovations helped to develop--won an Award of Excellence from the American Planning Association's California chapter. Winners are eligible to submit their project to the National APA Planning Awards.

    The California Avenue Neighborhood Master Plan sets a vision for the area along California Avenue from West to Martin Luther King Blvd in West Fresno. The Housing Authority of the City of Fresno, in association with Design, Community & Environment, Pyatok Architects, Kimley-Horn, Strategic Energy Innovations, Fresno West Coalition for Economic Development, and the Fresno Council of County Governments, along with significant community input, developed the Master Plan as a tool to steer future growth, development, and investment.

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    Farming Clean Energy Conference a Success

    SEI co-presented a first-of-its kind forum to support clean energy in the San Joaquin Valley.

    At the November 5 conference co-presented with the San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization (SJVCEO), attendees explored opportunities and challenges for supporting clean energy (energy efficiency and renewable energy) for San Joaquin Valley farmers and agribusinesses. The first full day of this conference focused on teeing-up the broader discussion on clean energy's potential and barriers within the Valley's Ag Sector. The second half-day focused on actual farm-based clean energy project case studies, and the pragmatic considerations for making these ventures a success. Technology focus areas included: energy efficiency, bioenergy (e.g.: biogas, biomass and biofuels) and solar/turnkey renewables. The conference was attended by Valley farmers and industry representatives, agribusiness owners, public agency staff policymakers, utility representatives, clean energy providers/advocates and students. Check the website for more information.

    Green Works Broadcast

    SEI's Campus Housing Energy Efficiency Retrofit (CHEER) Green Demonstration at the University of Redlands is featured on KVCR (San Bernardino Public Television) program "Green Works" SEI Program Manager Kif Scheuer is a guest along with University of Redlands Green Demonstration Stakeholders, Leslie Datchuk and Andrea Blue.