CLEAN Teleconference Call November 6th, 2018

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Strategic Energy Innovations Case Study Community Transformation through Youth Leadership

Abstract: Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI), a nonprofit organization, advances solutions for a thriving planet. With over 20 years serving communities, SEI continues to focus on building capacity for sustainable communities through its scalable programs and models. Focusing efforts on hard-to-reach and often underserved sectors, SEI projects have at their core climate education, training, and career development. From young students to professionals in transition, SEI programs engage, inspire, and empower local talent to directly address their community's ambitious sustainability goals and needs by leading projects with measurable environmental, economic, and social benefits.

In this presentation, we will look at the case study of the City of San Rafael, where SEI engages and supports local K-College students and Climate Corps Fellows who are working with local school districts, the county office of education, and local community colleges. SEI coordinates an expansive network of community members to support the transition to a sustainable community, while developing youth leadership and green career skills in San Rafael and many other communities. Through SEI's various programs, students are engaged starting in elementary school through their early workforce experiences.

Bio: Cyane Dandridge is the Founder and Executive Director of Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI), as well as the School of the Environmental Leadership (SEL). Over her 30 plus years of experience, Cyane has seen the big picture of how communities lack access to energy efficiency services, clean technology, and real-world sustainability pathways. After receiving her M.S. in Building Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cyane utilized her entrepreneurship and knowledge of innovation in the built environment to bring climate solutions to the community level. By connecting students, residents, government officials, and the workforce in the design process of sustainability programs, she believes we can better pinpoint opportunities for communities to reach their goals. With so many groups working toward our climate future, Cyane is excited for the potential our youth and communities have to create an environmentally responsible world.

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