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SEI: Building Leaders for a Resilient World
In This Newsletter:
Tackling the Climate Crisis: A Message from SEI's Executive Director
Get Sustainability Support at Your Organization
The Virtual Earth Day Challenge Goes Bilingual this Spring (Spanish/English)
Bringing the Garden to Students: Thousands of Garden Kits Distributed by Climate Corps Education Outside
Board Spotlight Shines on Sustainability Leader, Debbie Raphael
We're Hiring

Tackling the Climate Crisis: A Message from SEI's Executive Director

Dear SEI Community,

This is our time. Amidst the myriad challenges of the last year, hope has emerged.  The new administration announced plans to “tackle the climate crisis at home and abroad, create jobs, and restore scientific integrity across the federal government.” Now it’s our job to make sure this happens. 

SEI has awaited this moment for nearly 25 years. We saw some climate action begin to emerge under the Obama administration, but the strong commitment we’re hearing this time around is unprecedented. We must remain vigilant to ensure we see real results. 

We’ve learned an enormous amount about implementing the kind of environmental programs Biden is planning to launch, and here’s what we know: Every community in this country is going to need a flexible, tailored approach - there’s no “one size fits all.” Programs must not only be community-centered, but designed to usher in equity, lifting people out of poverty and into high-paying green careers. 

Largely thanks to the virtual connections being made during this global pandemic, communities are being redefined. Ours, for instance, has expanded by leaps and bounds. Without the limitations of a physical presence, we’ve been able to offer our education and workforce development services nationally and internationally. It’s a new frontier, and it’s exciting.  

While the pandemic has hugely impacted all of us, the redefining of community, geography, and how we work is an everlasting silver lining.  Incredible opportunities have emerged alongside rapid innovation, and my belief is that we’re going to emerge from this stronger and more resilient. 

If you’re part of a school, college, government agency, or business that could use a partner in creating this resilient future, we’d love to connect to share the lessons we’ve learned and, together, envision what’s possible. Please get in touch.

With hopefulness,

Cyane
Cyane Dandridge
Executive Director, SEI

Get Sustainability Support at Your Organization

Climate Corps fellows working from home and in the field with PPE

Does your organization need help with environmental reporting and sustainability initiatives? SEI’s Climate Corps program places bright, passionate, early-career professionals at businesses, nonprofits, and local governments to provide full-time project support on-site or virtually for 10 months.

SEI does the recruiting, hiring, and HR for you. It’s a great way to test out new talent. If you have questions or would like additional information, get in touch with Nathan McKenzie at nathan@seiinc.org. Learn more about becoming a Climate Corps partner here.
Fill Out Climate Corps Partner Interest Form

The Virtual Earth Day Challenge Goes Bilingual this Spring (Spanish/English)

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Únete al Reto del Día de la Tierra

Escuelas secundarias en California: ¡Actúa para proteger nuestro planeta y nuestras comunidades uniéndose al Reto del Día de la Tierra 2021 de Energize Schools! A partir del 8 de marzo, estamos lanzando retos semanales bilingües que exploran las áreas de sostenibilidad de residuos, agua, transporte y energía.

Con juegos interactivos en línea y planificación de acciones, se anima a los estudiantes de secundaria de California a reducir su propio impacto ambiental y crear campañas de cambio de comportamiento sostenible para inspirar a otros. 

Las actividades del reto son accesibles en inglés y español y se pueden adaptar para el aprendizaje a distancia, híbrido o en persona.

¿Conoces a alguien que pueda estar interesado en el Reto del Día de la Tierra? ¡Diríjalos a nuestra página de registro! energizeschools.org/diadelatierra

Aprende más y regístrate

Join the Earth Day Challenge

High schools in California: Take action to protect our planet and communities by joining the 2021 Earth Day Challenge, from Energize Schools! Starting March 8th, we are launching weekly bilingual challenges that explore the sustainability areas of waste, water, transportation, and energy.


Through interactive online games and action planning, California high school students are encouraged to reduce their own environmental impact and create sustainable behavior change campaigns to inspire others. 


Challenge activities are accessible in English and Spanish and adaptable for distance, hybrid or in-person learning.


Do you know someone who might be interested in the Earth Day Challenge? Direct them to our registration page! energizeschools.org/earthday

Learn more and register

Bringing the Garden to Students: Thousands of Garden Kits Distributed by Climate Corps Education Outside

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George with garden kits
Seed kits
Gardens kits in bags

The Climate Corps Education Outside (CCEO) program brought a little bit of the outdoors into the home learning spaces of students at 25 elementary schools in January by packing and distributing 9,700 garden kits! Each kit contains soil, biodegradable pots, seeds, science notebooks, and magnifying glasses, so students can grow their own plants and record observations. CCEO educators are connecting garden kits to their virtual lessons, even planting seeds together with students on Zoom.

Learn more about the garden kit project

"Putting together garden kits for all 530 elementary students at my school was no small feat of time or physical endurance, but it was worth it to hear the excitement in the students' voices as they shared with me that their seeds have started to sprout!"

-Elexis Padron, CCEO Fellow at Roosevelt Elementary School in Redwood City, CA

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Board Spotlight Shines on Sustainability Leader, Debbie Raphael

SEI is spotlighting the incredible and inspiring sustainability leaders who serve on our board through a series of interviews. We are kicking off the board spotlight series with Debbie Raphael, Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment
Debbie
Debbie Raphael
Director, San Francisco Department of the Environment
Board Member, SEI

Why do you serve on SEI’s board? I believe in the mission of SEI – to build the capacity of our youth and young professionals to work in the environmental field and to create the solutions needed to heal this planet.  I serve on the Board because I believe in the importance of “paying it forward”.  I believe it is my responsibility, as an environmental professional, to support organizations like SEI to be the best they can be.

What do you think is the most important quality in a sustainability or environmental leader? The most important qualities are really a combination of skills: humility, willingness to listen, and personal initiative. None of us have all the answers – no matter how long we’ve been in our positions. Everyone brings value to a conversation – especially those who aren’t usually at the table. No one is going to tell you what you need to do next to make things happen – it’s up to you to discover what is truly possible.

What advice do you have for anyone interested in entering the climate workforce? Don’t be afraid to try something new. Raise your hand, volunteer to participate or to lead.  You never know what you are capable of until you put yourself out there.

Read more on Debbie’s spotlight

We're Hiring

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Our team “cheersing” to SEI at our virtual staff retreat.

Join our team and help us build leaders for a resilient world. Positions are based out of the Bay Area and Los Angeles (remote for now). Persons of color, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.
 

San Rafael, CA:
Executive Assistant 
Development Coordinator

Los Angeles Area:
Associate Project Coordinator

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