What is CivicSpark?
CivicSpark is Governor Brown’s AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address climate change. Each year, in 9 regions throughout California, 48 CivicSpark members work closely with local governments to implement climate, energy, and sustainability projects, supporting over 90 cities, schools, and other public agencies.
In its first year, CivicSpark assisted over 86 local government agencies, completing mitigation and adaptation projects on topics including sustainable transportation, energy efficiency, solar procurement, urban forestry, sea level rise, climate action plan implementation, and GHG inventories.
"Climate change is a global challenge that requires strong, sustained local action. This program gets young people into the communities across California to help reduce emissions and boost energy efficiency."
Partner with CivicSpark
CivicSpark creates a delivery mechanism and infrastructure for meaningful and productive community partnerships to tackle climate change at the local level. CivicSpark members are college graduates with environmental degrees and relevant experience, who can assist state agencies to work more closely with communities on climate change. Embedded locally, members provide an exceptional means to gather insight into what works and what needs to change in order for state policy to reduce GHG emissions more effectively.
State agencies can collaborate with CivicSpark to improve their engagement with local governments and communities by:
Sponsoring a CivicSpark member, particularly in California’s traditionally underserved regions, to advance state initiatives
Using CivicSpark members to enhance communication and collaboration with local governments and communities, and to share information and gather input on local programs and activities.
Dispersing specific resources and tools through CivicSpark members to reach the communities
Supporting GHG emissions reduction and climate adaptation and preparedness to realize the goals of Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-30-15 , which establishes the most ambitious GHG reduction target in North America.
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OPR Wins Government Agency of the Year Award for CivicSpark
"This award honors an outstanding state, county, city agency or department that has demonstrated a remarkable dedication to service. As devoted public servants in the Office of Planning and Research (OPR), Ken Alex and Michael McCormick have transformed how state agencies work with local communities."