Last weekend’s storm that knocked out power for 800,000 Californians drove home what climate extremes mean in real life. The storm was yet another record-breaker after a year of climate disruptions that shocked scientists — from record-high temperature averages in 77 countries to severe floods in China, Greece, India, Libya, New Zealand, and the United … Read more
Decarbonizing existing residential buildings is critical to meeting state and global climate goals. Today, buildings in California are responsible for 25 percent of our total annual greenhouse gas emissions. To have a chance at staying below 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming, California must cut building emissions by almost 70 percent over the next six years. … Read more
Kendra Harris joined The Climate Center as the Government Affairs Manager in January 2024. The Government Affairs Manager is responsible for The Climate Center’s policy advocacy in California, primarily focused on policymaking in Sacramento to realize the ambitious and urgently needed goals of our Climate-Safe California campaign.
Kendra has worked for 20 years in government relations and public policy with experience in both the government and non-profit sectors. She is especially dedicated to policy, systems change, and programmatic efforts involving educational equity, health and human services, the welfare of women and girls, and social justice movements. She has led teams, developed and executed fundraising strategies, supported executive board members, and designed and implemented strategic advocacy plans. In addition, she has represented organizations to the media, government officials, coalition partners, and the public. She is excited to use her expertise to contribute to the significant body of climate change plans and activities underway to reduce climate-driven risks to the state’s economy, environment, and human well-being.
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state legislature enacted new processes that allow Californians to participate in legislative hearings by phone. During public comment, constituents can share their support for or opposition to bills under discussion, a process known as “me too’s.” Californians across the state have an opportunity to participate in the … Read more
Lisa Whitescarver has lived in Marin County with her family since 2000. She is an owner and operator of commercial real estate at North River Company San Rafael, and formerly at Hines San Francisco. Her experience includes building design, operations, debt and equity finance, and regulatory entitlements. She is currently active in implementing building upgrades … Read more
A record-setting amount of state and federal funding is available right now to support community energy resilience projects in low-income and disadvantaged communities. Such projects include rooftop solar that can provide clean, reliable, and affordable energy for all. In this webinar, a panel of experts discussed opportunities and challenges of securing funding through the Inflation … Read more
As The Climate Center ramps up for another legislative session in California, we invite our Business Network members to join us for an update on our policy priorities. We are honored to welcome Allie Detrio, CEO and Founder of ReimaginePower, a firm focused on strategy and advocacy for microgrids and other local energy resources. Allie … Read more
Lori is an interdisciplinary advocate, educator, and organizer working strategically to empower historically marginalized communities. Prior to her current consulting work, Lori was the Director of Civic Engagement at the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF). DHF’s redistricting campaign was the most comprehensive grassroots community mapping effort ever in the history of the Central Valley and led to two bills in the state legislature to establish Independent Redistricting Commissions for Fresno and Kern Counties.
The Center for Community Energy and Environmental Justice at SDSU Research Foundation is a new EPA-funded center that aims to empower communities and provide technical assistance to community organizations who want to address environmental challenges in their communities. Loren leads project management initiatives, oversees operations, represents the project at outreach and other events, and manages day-to-day operations of the network.
Alex leads GRID GLA’s grant development and commercial solar program. Under Alex’s guidance, GLA has been awarded several large multi-million dollar government grants, including the Strategic Growth Council’s Transformative Climate Communities implementation grants (four total) and planning grants (two total); the California Energy Commission’s Advanced Energy Communities grant, The Next EPIC Challenge: Reimagining Affordable Mixed-Use Development in a Carbon-Constrained Future and the Reliable, Equitable and Accessible Charging for Multifamily Housing (REACH) grant; among others. All of these efforts are dedicated to installing solar, battery storage, electric vehicle supply equipment, and other emerging clean energy technologies for the benefit of vulnerable populations and underserved communities. For GRID GLA’s growing commercial solar program, Alex leads project development through partnerships with affordable housing operators and other nonprofits. This includes several projects over 100 kW, as well as resilience center projects that utilize solar and battery storage to provide power backup when the grid goes down.