Thrive E&S TAG - November 2019

Partnering to Lower Our Countywide Ecological Footprint


Collaborating with Established Organizations to Achieve Stronger Sustainability Program Results


Date - Wed November 20, 11.30a-1p (+30 min optional networking)

Location - Sobrato Center for Nonprofits, Bay Conference Room, 330 Twin Dolphin Dr, Redwood City


Could additional resources boost your reach and success? And help lower our communities’ ecological footprint?

Learn about programs you can leverage from Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE), Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), and the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability.

Identify partnership opportunities and available resources that can strengthen the results of your grass roots, grass tops, and all your green programs - panels, movies, marches, incentives, get-out-the vote, etc.

Lunch - sponsored by Peninsula Clean Energy


Speakers/Experts (bios & pictures below)

  • Kirsten Andrews-Schwind - Senior Manager of Community Relations, PCE (building & transit electrification and local energy programs)
  • Mark Medeiros - Senior Manager of Community Engagement, POST (community event programs)
  • Danielle Lee - Deputy Director, San Mateo County Office of Sustainability (public education and incentive programs)

Host - Petra Silton, Policy & Advocacy Coordinator, Thrive Alliance

Moderator - Doug Silverstein, Central Team Leader, Green County San Mateo

Format - roundtable ‘intros & info’ (15 min), expert updates (35 min), open discussion (40 min), optional networking (30 min)


Speaker Biographies

Kirsten Andrews-Schwind Kirsten previously co-founded and directed a nonprofit think tank promoting innovative local climate mitigation and adaptation policy. She authored The Community Resilience Toolkit, featured on the CAKE climate adaptation exchange and used by grassroots groups and policy makers in more than 30 countries. Kirsten also co-founded the Local Clean Energy Alliance to promote Community Choice Energy in 2008. Kirsten holds a BA in Economics and an MS in Natural Resources Management, and speaks Spanish.

Mark Medeiros Mark Medeiros is Senior Manager of Community Engagement at Peninsula Open Space Trust, also known as POST, which has protected 77,500 acres of open space and farms on the Peninsula and in the South Bay since it's founding in 1977. Mark will share about POST's work in general as well as POST's community event programs which include a variety of free events throughout the year along with their annual Wallace Stegner Lectures. 

Danielle Lee - Danielle helps create the Office of Sustainability’s strategic plan, works collaboratively with elected officials and staff from the County and cities, develops and leads multi-department collaboration, provides budget and administrative oversight, represents the County at public meetings and events, and communicates within the County workforce and to external partners. She earned an MBA and BA in Integrative Biology at University of California, Berkeley.

Photos - check back on Nov 25




Thrive Alliance was recently awarded a generous 3-year grant from Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District to build additional capacity for these Environment & Sustainability Thrive Action Group monthly meetings.

The 2019 Network and Partnership Support Grant will help build more impactful programs and meaningful results. We look forward to serving the community with additional success in 2019 through 2021. Thank you MidPen!

About Thrive Alliance

Thrive is a robust, trusted network of nonprofit organizations, businesses, government agencies, elected officials and civic leaders in San Mateo County. We help to build the capacity of nonprofits, large and small, to strengthen San Mateo County’s critical community organizations and connections. In an increasingly technology-driven world, Thrive is real people, meeting real challenges, with real collaboration – on the ground, face-to-face, 200 strong and counting. Thrive’s unique approach allows us to work across the social, public and private sectors, and facilitate and magnify outcomes through connections, collective voice, and person-to-person collaboration.

About the Environment & Sustainability Thrive Action Group

The Environmental & Sustainability (E&S) Thrive Action Group (TAG) targets leaders in the community to convene once a month to discover and discuss real-time challenges & solutions in the natural resource conservation landscape though the lens of equity and sustainability. Its goal is to identify areas and actions for members to collectively advocate for positive change by harnessing the group’s wisdom and power. Run in partnership with Green County San Mateo (GCSM).


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