Zero Waste Programs Assistant
City of San Rafael
With a background in ecological conservation and environmental outreach, Cassidy finds joy in educating people how to be better stewards of the planet. As Zero Waste Programs Assistant in San Rafael Cassidy is helping the community reach their ambitious zero waste goals by reducing plastic bag waste, increasing recycling participation, and introducing new recycling services.
One zero waste strategy Cassidy leads is recycling workshops. He has seen an impressive growth in recycling participation rates from 20-50% at tenants properties that only began a recycling program a month ago. In addition, he has successfully started material recycling services and is now prepared to roll out the new organics recycling service to over 100 tenants in multi-family dwellings. “Legislation and sustainability goals across the nation are driving haulers to start recycling food scraps in multi-family dwellings, so I’m thrilled to be on the ground floor of designing the outreach for this new service,” says Cassidy.
Cassidy aspires to excel in a career of leading environmental projects, and believes the skills he has gained in turning education into behavioral change and managing multiple projects simultaneously are invaluable additions to his repertoire.
Green Home & Solar Advisor
Community Energy Services Corporation
Jenn graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Environmental Engineering Science. As a CCBA fellow, Jenn is partnered with Community Energy Services Corporation, a non-profit based out of Berkeley, where she is working with the SmartSolar and SmartLights programs to build sustainable communities through education on solar and energy efficiency technologies.
For the SmartSolar program, Jenn has provided numerous East Bay residents with free solar assessments and education on the feasibly of solar as a renewable energy source for their home. “I love being an unbiased and independent source of information to help support homeowners to understand their solar potential without trying to push a sale. It is very rewarding to help the community become more sustainable and understand the benefits of solar,” says Jenn.
As the CCBA fellowship program moves forward, Jenn is excited to assume the leadership role with the SmartSolar program as her supervisor goes on a three month sabbatical. After CCBA comes to a close, she hopes to secure a position with a firm that will further her experience in developing sustainable communities and promoting energy efficiency technologies.
Climate Corps is a program of Strategic Energy Innovations, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.