SEI Awarded Solar Planning Grant

The Marin Community Foundation has awarded SEI a planning grant to support Marin schools, nonprofits and other public sector entities interested in solar energy.

Under this grant, SEI staff and its partners will research innovative models used by other communities to encourage solar and offer attractive financing for new systems.

By spring 2008, SEI will provide Marin Community Foundation with findings and draft recommendations and guidelines for structuring a Marin-focused solar partnership and related set of services.

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.