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The Center is Growing

The Climate Center recently brought on two new
employees, one new Board of Director, and is benefiting from a surge of
productivity from four summer interns.


In May, Niki Woodard
joined the Center as its Communications & Marketing Director. For the past four years, Niki has been running her own
business, Spiral PR & Communications. Previously, she worked as the
Communications Director for a land trust in the San Joaquin Valley and a
researcher/writer for the Pew Research Center in Washington, DC.

In June, Tim Holmes, a professional engineer, joined the Center for
Climate Protection as a new board member. Tim previously served on
the board of Solar Sonoma County, which just merged with the
Center. Tim is the President of Kenwood Energy, an energy management
consulting business, and has more than 30 years of experience in energy
efficiency, distributed generation, greenhouse gas management, and project
development and implementation.

In July, Geoffrey Smith
joined the Center to coordinate its new solar program, an extension of Solar
Sonoma County, which has now merged with the Center. Geoffrey was an
applications software engineer before shifting his professional aspirations to
the non-profit sector, serving leadership roles at two San Diego area land
trusts, coordinating conservation programs for the Sierra Club, and working as
a water conservation policy advocate. Geoffrey is a biking advocate and owns

This summer, the Center is benefiting from the skills of four bright and motivated interns:

: Andrea
is a junior at Oberlin College double majoring in Mathematics and Creative
Writing. At Oberlin, she works for the Resource Conservation Team, a group dedicated
to improving on-campus sustainability. At the Center, Andrea is working on
video content, social media, website updates, and press relations. This is
her second summer interning for the Center.

: Meghan
is a senior year at Western Washington University, where she’s double-majoring
in Environmental Economics and French with a minor in Energy Policy. At the
Center, Meghan is working on projects related to carbon cap and dividend,
including gathering support for the Healthy Climate and Family Security Act,
currently in the House. She is also researching California’s current cap and
dividend system to explore the ramifications of an “invisible

: Noah is a senior
year at Sonoma State University. His major is Environmental Studies &
Planning. At the Center, he helps out in the Renewable Energy program, conducting research on a
variety of topics involving energy efficiency/renewable energies, including the
increasing interest for Community Choice Energy programs, and the development
of those programs across the state. 

: Milo attends Occidental College and will
be entering his sophomore year. Currently, he is undeclared. At Occidental, he is active in the ACLU club. At the Center, he is researching the Theory of Change and working on the Cap
and Dividend program.