Overview

Environment & Sustainability Thrive Action Group

The Environment & Sustainability (E&S) Thrive Action Group (TAG) is a program by Thrive Alliance, in partnership with Green County San Mateo.

The E&S TAG’s mission is to convene cross-sector community leaders – from business, government, nonprofit, & youth – once a month to discuss real-time resource conservation challenges and solutions through the lens of equity and sustainability.

Our Goal – Identify areas and actions for members to collectively drive change by harnessing the group’s wisdom and power.

Supporters Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District's Network & Partnership Support grant helps build the TAGs capacity. Peninsula Clean Energy provides meeting food and drinks.

3 Tracks - monthly meetings now rotate amongst the following:

  1. Policy Track - Meetings focused on sustainability policy & advocacy within one or more of our seven target topics - climate, energy, food, land, transit, waste, & water.
  2. Programs Track - Meetings focused on organizations’ ongoing public education and time limited incentive-based programs.
  3. Community Building – Informal gatherings with structured and unstructured networking.

Upcoming TAG Meetings

Wed Nov 20, 2019 - Partnering to Lower Our Countywide Ecological Footprint (Programs Track)

Thu Dec 5, 2019 - 2019 Year-End Celebration (Community Building)

Thu Jan 16, 2020* - 2020 Kickoff: Exploring our Potential for Collective Impact (Community Building)

Feb-Jun 2020* - TBD

July 2020* - no meeting

Aug-Nov 2020* - TBD

* - more info coming soon


Recent TAG Meetings

Wed Oct 16, 2019 - Food Waste Fiasco: Dealing with Packaging & Surplus Disposal (Policy Track)

September 2019 - Public Education on Green Topics: Goals, Reach, & Impact (Programs Track)

August 2019 - Land & Water Policy: Backing our Coastside Neighbors (Policy Track)

June 2019 - Climate & Energy Policy: Carbon Cutbacks in SMC (Policy Track)

March 2019Food & Footprint: Sustainability in San Mateo County (Policy Track)

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Thrive E&S TAG - December 2019

2019 Year-End Celebration

Network, nosh and celebrate our success!


Details

Date - Thu December 5, 6-8p

Location

  • Coconut Bay Restaurant - Private Party Room
  • 1107 Howard Ave, Burlingame (1 block from Caltrain)

Description

Come join us for great company, delicious Thai food, and holiday spirit. Let's celebrate our success in 2019:

  • 6 great E&S TAG events
  • 200+ total & 150+ unique attendees, 140+ orgs
  • Great survey feedback to further improve 2020 programs

Started by few Bay Area friends looking for a place to call their own, Coconut Bay expertly combines the atmosphere of San Francisco dining, the excitement of contemporary Asian cuisine and the coziness of a family eatery. Situated on the corner of Howard and Park, it is next to ample parking and a block away from Burlingame’s shopping district.

*** Event supported by Peninsula Clean Energy and Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

RSVP HERE

Public Transit Options

  • Caltrain - Burlingame Station 1 block away
  • SamTrans bus 292 - 200 ft away
  • SamTrans bus 397 & ECR - 4 blocks away

Additional Sponsors Include:

 

 

 


NEW 3-YEAR GRANT AWARDED

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. https://www.thrivealliance.org

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. https://www.thrivealliance.org/thrive-policy-advocacy-initiative. Run in partnership with Green County San Mateo (GCSM).

 

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Thrive E&S TAG - November 2019

Partnering to Lower Our Countywide Ecological Footprint

 

Collaborating with Established Organizations to Achieve Stronger Sustainability Program Results


Details

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

Description

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

RSVP


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)

RSVP


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.


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NEW 3-YEAR GRANT AWARDED

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. https://www.thrivealliance.org

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. https://www.thrivealliance.org/thrive-policy-advocacy-initiative. Run in partnership with Green County San Mateo (GCSM).

 

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Thrive E&S TAG - October 2019

Food Waste Fiasco: Dealing with Packaging & Surplus Disposal

 

Near-term policy solutions to address plastics, pollution and hunger


POST-EVENT SUMMARY

Our wonderful speakers discussed policy options and scalable programs to redistribute unused food and reduce plastic packaging.

The open discussion that followed focused on how advocacy and leadership could accelerate existing solutions and waste reduction results.

  • Date - Wed October 16, 11.30a-1p
  • Location - Redwood Shores Branch Library, 399 Marine Pkwy, Redwood City
  • Attendees - 38 people representing 35 organizations; attendee mix = 66% nonprofit, 18% government, 8% business, 8% education
  • Presentation - link
  • Blog - see below

Speakers/Experts (bios & pictures below)

  • Eun-Soo Lim - Sr. Sustainability Coordinator, SMC Office of Sustainability
  • Maria Yap - Founder & Executive Director, Peninsula Food Runners 
  • Zia MacWilliams - Federal Nutrition Programs Manager, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley
  • Unable to attend - Lilian Chang - Student Leader, Mills High School 

Survey Comments

  • The speakers were passionate and helpful
  • Valuable information shared by community members
  • Great variety of interests in the audience
  • Learned tremendous on a subject I prior had limited knowledge
  • It’s so important to have representatives of different sectors

BLOG

Coming soon


Speaker Biographies

Eun-Soo Lim - Eun-Soo has over 12 years’ experience in sustainability as an environmental non-profit consultant, auditor for mandatory and voluntary greenhouse gas reporting programs in California and Massachusetts, and supporting local governments and schools in climate change efforts. In the last four years with the County of San Mateo’s Office of Sustainability, Eun-Soo has led the development and implementation of waste reduction programs, including the County’s disposable food service ware ordinance and the 4Rs Grants Program. She holds a Bachelors in Environmental Science from Barnard College and a Masters in Climate & Society from Columbia University.

Lilian Chang - Lilian is a junior at Mills High School and the president of Mills' National Green Schools Society Chapter. Since last year she has tackled the issue of waste contamination her school, and has spoken to administration and community leaders about the harms of single use plastic. Recently, she presented at the Schools for a Sustainable Future Conference hosted by San Mateo County Office of Education where she was recognized as a Standout Leader.

Maria Yap - Under Maria’s leadership, the 600 volunteers of Peninsula Food Runners divert 45,000 lbs. of food per week from landfills. This avoids 3,500 lbs. of CO2 emissions and provides 38,000 meals to surrounding communities. Previous experience includes sous chef, cancer patient advocate, and web app developer of Chow Match which tracks and streamlines the food recovery process between donors, recipients and drivers. Maria studied Food Service Management and Nutrition at the University of Arizona.

Zia MacWilliams - Zia MacWilliams is the Senior Manager of Federal Children’s Nutrition Programs at Second Harvest Food Bank of Silicon Valley, a member of Second Harvest Sustainability Committee, and as a former homeless and refugee services employee, is a strong community advocate for increasing food security. Zia has a MA degree in International Policy Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, and is currently pursuing an MBA at UC Berkeley. Zia was selected as a Knight Foundation K-880 City Champion in 2017 and is a Leadership Palo Alto Fellow.


 

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Thrive E&S TAG - September 2019

 

Public Education on Green Topics: Goals, Reach, & Impact

 

A Community Discussion on Program Effectiveness to Build Relations & Optimize Results

 


POST-EVENT SUMMARY

This moderated discussion, with whiteboarding, drew expertise from dozens of program managers that plan and run community education events on green topics in SMC -- lectures, panels, movies, courses, tabling, & others.

Through open discourse, we identified existing programs and resources, and examined ideas and partner to improve results.

  • Date - Wed September 18, 11.30a-1p (+30 min optional networking)
  • Location - Redwood Shores Branch Library, 399 Marine Pkwy, Redwood City (NEW)
  • Attendees - 33 people representing 23 organizations; attendee mix = 67% nonprofit, 18% government, 6% business, 9% education
  • Blog - see below

Speakers/Experts 

  • 350 Silicon Valley - Nicole Kemeny, President
  • Citizens' Climate Lobby - Doug Silverstein, Volunteer
  • Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame - Terry Nagel, Board Member
  • The City of Burlingame - Andrea Pappajohn, Sustainability Fellow
  • Committee for Green Foothills - Helen Wolter, Legislative Advocate
  • Elkus Ranch - Dr. Maggie La Rochelle Gunn, 4-H Youth Development Advisor & Acting Ranch Director
  • Friends of Edgewood Park - Kathy Goforth, Board Member
  • The HEAL Project - Naomi Stern, Programs Manager
  • Peninsula Open Space Trust - Mark Medeiros, Senior Manager of Community Engagement
  • SMC Office of Education - Andra Yeghoian, Environmental Literacy Leader
  • SMC Office of Sustainability - Avana Andrade, Sustainability Academy Program Manager
  • SunWork - Tom Kabat, Volunteer
  • Sustainable San Mateo County - Terry Nagel, Board Member

Survey comments

  • "Good broad overview to spark many potential ideas."
  • "Great group of people assembled. I liked the diversity of topics represented."
  • "I really enjoyed hearing about the work being done across the county & having the opportunity to network."
  • "Learned more about groups – possible partners."

BLOG - September E&S TAG review: Four Ideas to Advance ‘Public Education on Green Topics’

Doug Silverstein, Green County San Mateo & Petra Silton, Thrive Alliance. 10/1/19

At the monthly Environment & Sustainability (E&S) Thrive Action Group (TAG) meeting on Wednesday September 18 in Redwood City, 33 individuals from 23 local organizations met for a community discussion on public education program effectiveness - to build relations & optimize results.

Of these attendees, 67% were from nonprofits, 20% from government, and the rest from youth groups and small businesses. Thirteen presented their challenges, successes, and growth strategies in 5-minute reports (slides) including:

350 Silicon Valley, Citizens' Climate Lobby, Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame, the City of Burlingame, Committee for Green Foothills, Elkus Ranch, Friends of Edgewood Park, the HEAL Project, Peninsula Open Space Trust, SMC Office of Education, SMC Office of Sustainability, SunWork, & Sustainable San Mateo County.

From presentations and comments, 3 themes stood out:

  1. Participating groups have overlapping goals and needs
  2. Multi-group collaboration could yield stronger results
  3. Public Ed programs must target diverse audiences

‘Public Education on Green Topics’ Goals & Reach

Overarching goals for all organizations:

  • reach a broad audience to encourage sustainable behavior
  • lower the communities’ ecological footprints
  • inspire happy and healthy living

Goals for individual organizations:

  1. Educate attendees
  2. Attract new members & volunteers
  3. Identify new donors

Audiences for public education:

  1. All local residents
  2. Nature/outdoor enthusiasts
  3. Youth and/or teachers
  4. Underserved communities
  5. Opinion leaders & decision makers

Overlapping Resource Needs

Attending organizations identified overlapping resource needs and communicated the benefits of working together. In sharing resources and leveraging common tools, attendees inferred they could do more with existing assets.

Identified resources that could be shared included:

  • Unified community directory & calendar
  • Event locations
  • Event content including speakers & media
  • E-marketing systems for outreach & registration
  • Common pre-event planning & post-event summaries templates

One innovative idea and possible path to shared success is a high-profile, county-wide event series with one or a few large sponsors, plus a handful of smaller co-sponsors, that is run in multiple locations such as Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, and Redwood City.

Working together, could we provide broader sustainability education as well as identify more members, volunteers, and donors?

Four Ideas to Advance ‘Public Education on Green Topics’

The September and previous E&S TAG meetings’ post-event surveys showed attendees gained substantially from learning about of a breadth similar organizations’ policy initiatives and programs -- hearing success stories and considering partnerships.

September respondents rated the event as 4.3 on a scale 5.0, and likely to attend again as 4.4. Still, attendees want more time for open discussion and networking.

As such the E&S TAG, will continue to bring the environmental sustainability community together with a desire to unify and enable broad success.

To further advance this success, our 2 organizations are also collectively working on the following:

  1. Unified community directory & calendar
  2. Locations & content – pairing help needed & offered
  3. Pre-event planning & post-event summary templates
  4. High-profile, county-wide event series – Thrive Alliance and Green County San Mateo are exploring this idea with a handful of organizations

If you’d like to be a part of any of these four initiatives, or others like them, please email Petra and Doug.


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Thrive E&S TAG - August 2019

Land & Water Policy: Backing our Coastside Neighbors
 

Supporting the Protection, Management and Access of Western County’s Amazing Natural Resources


Recap Details

Date - Wed August 28, 11.30a-1p (+30 min optional networking)

Location - Redwood Shores Branch Library, 399 Marine Pkwy, Redwood City (NEW)

Description - From four west county leaders, expect to gain a stronger appreciation for our Pacific Coasters’ land and water policy challenges and how they relate to our county-wide ecosystem. Open discussion will focus on cross-organization collaboration to advocate for and preserve valuable coastside resources.

Lunch - sponsored by Peninsula Clean Energy


Speakers/Experts (bios & pictures below)

  • Shay Barton - Pescadero HS student; leader of Heirs to Our Oceans - Pescadero chapter 
  • Aaron HébertWater Resources Specialist, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District 
  • Daniel Olstein, Director Land Programs & Stewardship, Peninsula Open Space Trust
  • Deborah Hirst, Legislative Aide, San Mateo County Supervisor Horsley's Office 
  • Kellyx Nelson, Executive Director, San Mateo Resource Conservation District 

Hosts 

  • Petra Silton, Policy & Advocacy Coordinator, Thrive Alliance
  • Christine Zaugg, Executive Director, Sustainable San Mateo County

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

Format - roundtable ‘intros & info’ (15 min), expert updates (45 min), open discussion (30 min), optional networking (30 min)


Post Event Summary 

Attendees - 45 people representing 32 organizations; attendee mix = 56% nonprofit, 31% government, 7% business, 7% education

Presentation - download HERE

Key takeaways

  • Ongoing coastside challenges – The coast’s unique beauty and ecology make it a hot bed of agriculture and recreation. Constant new challenges require continuously balancing the resource needs of residents, farmers, and at-risk species.
  • Success through partnerships – Leveraging decades of experience, coastside leaders in government, nonprofit, and community are partnering successfully to identify challenges, locate funding, implement solutions, and realize results.
  • Community engagement – Success requires early community inclusion in master planning workshops and advisory committees.
  • Community advocacy and persistence… now - The community must show up and advocate for what we want. Our voices will be heard, but we must take action now.
  • Community inclusion and equity – Conversations must reach beyond privileged voices. Empathetic leaders need to engage the most affected and underserved communities.
  • K-12 education– Sustainability needs to be integrated in mainstream K-12 classrooms. 
  • Time to increase urgency – While some projects take years to complete, targeting 2030 and 2040 results is too late. We must move faster. Permitting and oversight proliferation is a strong area for streamlining.

Survey comments

  • “Great panel, eye opening discussion.”
  • “Wide range of organizations participating.”
  • “Appreciate the coastside focus and youth perspective.”
  • “Discussion of disadvantaged communities and youth – we need this”
  • “Many thanks for this terrify and informative TAG session!”

Speaker Biographies

Shay Barton - Octavia “Shay” Barton, age 15, leads the Pescadero chapter of Heirs to Our Oceans. Shay is committed to understanding the impacts of climate change on our planet, especially on the communities most at risk. Her research on these issues, coupled with outreach to local and national experts, have deepened her perspective on the crisis that ocean waters face. Shay has spoken locally, nationally, and internationally on the subjects of plastic pollution, climate change, and vulnerable communities. The Pescadero Heirs have been successful in phasing out single use plastic in district cafeterias and school events and have been working towards educating the local community about plastic pollution solutions.

Aaron Hébert - Aaron has 12 years of natural resources management with State Parks, Sempervirens Fund, and has spent the last 5 years working at Midpen, managing planning, construction, and natural resources projects. The focus of the water resources program at Midpen is on pond and stream habitat restoration, water rights, water quality, sustainable rural water supplies, and environmental permitting. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bennington College in Literature and Natural History and a Master of Science degree from University of San Francisco in Environmental Management with a concentration in ecology.

Daniel Olstein - Daniel previously served for two years as the executive director of the River Exchange, a non-profit that promotes healthy watersheds in the headwaters of the Sacramento River. Before that he spent a decade with The Nature Conservancy in Florida, North Carolina and here in California, where he was the project director of the Conservancy's 1.5 million-acre Mount Hamilton Project. He joined POST as Director of Land Stewardship in 2013 and has a Brown University Neuroscience Bachelor's degree and a Duke University Environmental Management Master's.

Deborah Hirst - Deborah has worked with state and local government on coastal resources for over 15 years, including seven years developing projects in Northern California with the State Coastal Conservancy and most recently representing Supervisor Don Horsley as a Senior Legislative Aide focusing on the South Coast of San Mateo and climate resiliency. Previously, she spent three years in nonprofit refugee resettlement work with the International Rescue Committee and two years teaching in Japan. She holds a Master's Degree in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor's Degree in Urban Studies from the College of Wooster.

Kellyx Nelson - Kellyx has spent 30 years in non-profits, government, and the private sector developing, implementing programs for environmental benefit and other public good. This work includes environmental education for underserved communities in NYC and SF, long-haul trucking, and local land trust conservation management. She's served as the RCD's ED since 2006 during which time it received the 2017 Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award, 2016 Sustainable San Mateo County Sustainability Award, and 2012 District of the Year from the California Association of RCDs. She has a Columbia University Political Science and Environmental Science bachelors degree and a UC Berkeley Public Policy Master’s. In 2015, Kellyx was inducted into the San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame in recognition of her contributions to the overall well-being of the County.


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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. https://www.thrivealliance.org

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. https://www.thrivealliance.org/thrive-policy-advocacy-initiative. Run in partnership with Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC) and Green County San Mateo (GCSM).

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Thrive E&S TAG Summary - June 2019

Climate & Energy Policy: Carbon Cutbacks in SMC

 

Optimizing advocacy of county building codes, state clean energy & federal carbon taxes


Recap Details

Date - Wed June 19, 11.30a-1p (+30 min optional networking)

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

Description - From 5 local experts (below), expect to gain stronger knowledge of existing advocacy efforts and opportunities for action that address big climate & energy challenges.

Open discussion will focus on cross-organization collaboration and near-term collective action to appreciably cut GHG emissions.


Speakers/Experts (bios & pictures below)

  • Dulce Ceballos Arias, HS senior / leader, Youth vs. Apocalypse (education) – Green New Deal
  • Diane Bailey, Executive Director, Menlo Spark (nonprofit) – Silicon Valley fossil free buildings
  • Charlsie Chang, Legislative Analyst, Peninsula Clean Energy (government) – CA clean energy policy
  • Rachael Londer, Energy Specialist, San Mateo County (government) – county green building codes
  • Robert Steele, Public Outreach Volunteer, Citizens’ Climate Lobby (nonprofit) – federal carbon tax

Host Petra Silton, Policy & Advocacy Coordinator, Thrive Alliance

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

Format - roundtable ‘intros & info’ (15 min), expert updates (45 min), open discussion (30 min), optional networking (30 min)


Event Summary

Total attendees - 53

Presentation - download here

Key takeaways

  • County Reach Codes & Silicon Valley Fossil Free Buildings - check on your city’s Reach Code adoption efforts by August 1 to drive safer, cost-effective, climate-friendly green buildings … ask a councilmember; and make sure to ask about plans for 100% fossil free buildings (reach code info)
  • California Clean Energy Policy – ask your state assembly members and senators to actively support Peninsula Clean Energy’s progress towards 100% clean electricity; and to support community choice aggregate (CCA) energy agencies across California; conduct outreach (grant funding)
  • Green New Deal (GND) & Federal Carbon Taxes – ask your congressperson how they are supporting the green new deal, what policies they want to include, and of their support for a national price on carbon
  • Climate Action Plans - Check your city’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) document update efforts (check city website or ask a councilmember) and get involved; read how in this Wed Jun 19 San Mateo Daily Journal Guest Opinion by Doug Silverstein (download)

Survey comments

  • "Wow, terrific line-up of speakers."
  • "What a group of knowledgeable activists."
  • "Appreciate the proof points accompanying this talk."
  • "It’s always good to get updates on what’s going on."
  • "Practical advocacy ideas."
  • "I liked the diversity of the panel and they were all well informed, making this a super educational event."

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Dulce Ceballos Arias, leader, Youth vs. Apocalypse

Diane Bailey, Executive Director, Menlo Spark

Charlsie Chang, Legislative Analyst, Peninsula Clean Energy

Rachael Londer, Energy Specialist, San Mateo County Office of Sustainability

Robert Steele, Public Outreach Volunteer, Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Petra Silton, Policy & Advocacy Coordinator, Thrive Alliance

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

Audience - Carol Cross

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Speaker Biographies

Dulce Arias - Dulce is a senior at Redwood HS in Redwood City and former Woodside HS Green Academy Forestry Clubpresident. She helped organize the youth Green New Deal press conference outside Diane Feinstein’s office after the February viral video, and coordinated fundraising, communications, and live social-media streamingfor the March 15 San Francisco Youth Climate Strike. She’s spoken at the Laney College Poor People’s Campaign, S4SF summit, and Youth vs. Apocalypse block parties at Oakland’s Fruitvale Plaza.

Diane Bailey - Diane is a climate and clean air advocate with a background in environmental science. She comes from the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she spent almost 14 years working at the local, state, federal and international level promoting improved air quality and public health through reduced fossil fuel use, advances in clean transportation, and pollution prevention in industry. Previously, Diane worked at Citizens for a Better Environment in Chicago and a local transportation planning agency in Houston. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Washington University and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Rice University.

Charlsie Chang - As the public affairs associate at Peninsula Clean Energy, Charlsie works with local organizations and coordinates outreach to ensure San Mateo County residents and businesses are informed about PCE and PCE programs. Charlsie majored in Political Science at UC Santa Cruz and received her MPA from Tsinghua University in Beijing. Prior to joining PCE, Charlsie worked at Lenovo, Edelman, and the German International Cooperation (GIZ) in Sustainable Finance and Infrastructure.

Rachael Londer - As a San Mateo County native, Rachael Londer is excited to be a part of her community’s efforts in achieving sustainability to keep the people and environment of the Bay Area thriving. Rachael Londer earned a B.S. in Environmental Science with a focus on Policy from Humboldt State University. She currently works for the County of San Mateo’s Office of Sustainability where she implements energy efficiency incentive programs for residential, commercial, and municipal customers. Beyond energy efficiency, Rachael’s work includes leading the County’s electric vehicle initiative and facilitating the Countywide adoption of renewable energy.

Robert Steele – Since 2017, Robert has helped the Citizens’ Climate Lobby - San Mateo County Chapter educate the public on climate change and carbon fee and dividend policy that reduces greenhouse gas emissions. From 1994 to 2010, Robert was the LED Practice Director at Mountain View-based Strategies Unlimited market research and consulting firm, responsible for LEDs and high-efficiency lighting activities. In 2000, he founded the Strategies in Light conference on LEDs and has co-chaired it since.  Prior to his work on LEDs he did extensive market research and consulting on solar power and wind energy and conducted energy and environmental policy analyses for the US government.  He received his B.S. in chemistry from MIT and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from UC Berkeley.


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. https://www.thrivealliance.org

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. https://www.thrivealliance.org/thrive-policy-advocacy-initiative. Run in partnership with Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC) and Green County San Mateo (GCSM).

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Thrive Alliance E&S TAG Meeting - March 2019

Food & Footprint: Sustainability in San Mateo County

Date - Wed March 20, 11:30a-1p

Location - Sobrato Center for Non Profits, Shoreway Conference Room, 330 Twin Dolphin Dr, Redwood City

Description - Food & Footprint: Sustainability in San Mateo County – How food leaders across the county are practicing sustainable & humane farming, decreasing our ecological footprint, and promoting healthy diets high in local, seasonal organic agriculture. Six fantastic featured speakers, all experts and leaders in their disciplines. Excellent discussion followed.


Speakers (6)

  1. Claire Felong - President, Incredible Edible Mid-Peninsula
  2. Jayne Battey - Owner, Miramar Farms
  3. Kellyx Nelson - Executive Director, San Mateo Resource Conservation District
  4. Nickie Irvine - Bee Legal Coordinator, Beekeepers’ Guild of San Mateo County
  5. Peter Ruddock - Coordinator, California Food Policy Council
  6. Zia MacWilliams - Federal Children’s Nutrition Programs, Second Harvest Food Bank

Moderator - Doug Silverstein - Board Treasurer, Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame

Additional Attendees (26)

  1. Alan Mattlage - Citizens' Climate Lobby
  2. Amy Wilkins - Loma Mar Store
  3. Avana Andrade - San Mateo County Office of Sustainability
  4. Barbara Erny - Acterra, Physicians for Social Responsibility
  5. Bryan Chen - Sustainable San Mateo County
  6. Catherine Perry - Sustainable Pescadero
  7. David Crabbe - Sierra Club, Sustainable San Mateo County
  8. Diane Meyer - Acterra
  9. Esther Conrad - Stanford Haas Center for Public Service
  10. Gary White - Citizens Climate Lobby
  11. Georgia Antonopolous - Thrive Alliance
  12. Helen Wolter - Committee for Green Foothills
  13. Herb Moore - none
  14. Jamie Tan - self
  15. Janet Kay - UC Master Gardeners & Food Preparedness Santa Clara County
  16. Jay Bergman - Fossil Free Mid-Peninsula
  17. Joan Donovan - Citizens' Climate Lobby
  18. Kasey Butler - UC Master Gardeners & Food Preparedness San Mateo County
  19. Krysla Groshe - UC Master Gardeners & Food Preparedness Santa Clara County
  20. Larry Staley - Foster City Citizens Sustainability Advisory Committee
  21. Marty Jordan - Citizens' Climate Lobby
  22. Mike Brownrigg - City of Burlingame
  23. Samir Doshi - World Wildlife Fund
  24. Tiffany Tedosco - Second Harvest Food Bank
  25. +1
  26. +1

Quick Recap

The March 2019 E&S TAG convened six sustainable food experts to share their challenges and success with the audience of 27. Titled Food & Footprint, the program’s topics covered sustainable and humane farming, urban agriculture, and equitable consumption.

Notably, expertise spanned the entire food lifecycle -- healthy land preparation, responsible farming, transportation & preparation, thoughtful consumption, and leftover & recovery -- and exposed the complexity of collaboration necessary to reach a shared set of goals.


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