Greetings Friends and Happy Holidays!
With the holiday season on our doorstep, I want to extend a sincere thank you for all your support this year. Our office sends wishes for happy holidays and New Year. In 2016, SEI staff has been able to accomplish so much.
Our Energize Schools
program has educated over 2,900 students across the state of California. Through Energize Schools’ Energy Conservation Competitions schools saved over 46,000 kWh of energy, equivalent to 32.3 tons of carbon dioxide emissions saved or 34,497 pounds of coal burned. Our Climate Corps
program expanded statewide and has partnered with AmeriCorps for 22 of the 58 total Fellowships this year. Our Sustainable Energy Roadmap Program
created the Solar PV Master Planning for Multi-Family Buildings Guidebook
. The Marin School of Environmental Leadership
graduated its second class, the Class of 2016, with a 100% acceptance and attendance to a higher learning institute. We expanded our Sustainable Energy and Economics Development Fund
into Monterey Bay this year. We introduced our new program, Energize Colleges
this year and are working with eight campuses across the state of California to develop and expand energy education and student internship offerings. We are looking forward to 2017 and expanding our programs even further.
Although 2016 has been a success for the SEI programs, we have faced some hurdles. The election results sent shockwaves through our office and many other environmental organizations across the country. However, the results have only strengthened mine and SEI’s resolve to continue to educate and fight to keep this one and only Earth, our home, from further destruction.
Not long after the election results, my world was shaken with the unexpected and sudden passing of my mother, Mildred. My mom was an outstanding member of her community and an integral team member at SEI. After I started SEI, she took on the role of Director of Education. She brought her background in psychology and behavioral science into this role and SEI, creating a culture where we think outside the box of traditional education and building a relationship between behavioral science and education. Because of her, we utilize behavior engagement to focus on the individual, but also see how we can make an impact on a larger scale. Most importantly, it was her deep sense of joy and little bit of crazy that helped me structure SEI to be the great workplace it has become. She shared her insight on how to focus on people and their personal growth to create a work atmosphere that fosters innovation. I attribute her guidance and wisdom to why SEI has such an amazing staff and creative work environment that is always pushing the boundaries on innovation. She will be missed immensely, but it comforts me to know her legacy remains as SEI continues to be a stable and successful organization.
For those interested in honoring her legacy, we have created the Mildred Church Dandridge Memorial Scholarship
for graduating students from The School of Environmental Leadership to put towards higher education. If you would like to learn more or contribute to the Mildred Church Dandridge Memorial Scholarship, please go here