About Michele Rolph
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The EcoMotion team led a SDG&E spring initiative to educate elementary school students about peak power periods in 2001. The project involved developing an activity book for third grade students on demand reductions – called “California’s Electricity Traffic Jam” – and then successfully delivering it to 135,000 third grade students within four months of concept. A classic “direct response” piece, the book drew hundreds of responses from students and their families.
Some years ago and as Director of The Energy Coalition, EcoMotion President Ted Flanigan redesigned and was responsible for the implementation of the PEAK Student Energy Actions program. It was, and still is, a comprehensive, standards-based smart energy management curriculum for elementary and middle school students. During his management of the program, the PEAK program concept was revamped and the program was provided to 50,000 students in five years with participating schools throughout California, and pilot initiatives in Illinois and Sweden. PEAK teaches the concepts of smart energy management, and how to take action.
EcoMotion’s campus service was born at Wheaton College. In addition to a fostering sustainability on campus through inter-dormitory contests and student government, there, Sierra Flanigan, Ally Andrews, Chad Mirmelli, and others conceived and developed the Murphy Apple Orchard initiative as a potent symbol of both education (Newton) and sustainability as an edible landscape. Now six years old, the Orchard has become a vibrant living-learning laboratory and sustainability is built into the campus fabric. EcoMotion continues to foster the Orchard and its legacy while urging the College to greater and greater sustainability gains.
One of EcoMotion’s fondest memories is the work we did with high school and college-age, solar enthusiasts in Santa Monica. EcoMotion’s Tiffany Tay fielded a 12-student “Solar Squad” in Santa Monica that went door-to-door promoting solar in the summer of 2009, especially for those homes with the most advantageous roofs. A list of “good solar roofs” was developed by our team, for potential further use, such as a letter from the Mayor asking, “Do you know that your roof has been rated high for its solar potential?” The Squad visited over 5,000 homes, had over 1,500 solar conversations, and mapped the best roofs in town.
EcoMotion had the privilege to develop greenhouse gas inventories, energy action plans, and climate action plans for six desert cities and a tribe in the Coachella Valley in Southern California. A colorful and highly successful component of the initiative was the creation and deployment of Green for Life project interns, known as “the Climate Action Crew.” Managed by EcoMotion, the crew was made up of 18 interns, many from College of the Desert in Palm Desert. With training and organization that we provided, the Crew played an important outreach role in its members’ own and neighboring communities. They were the “human shield” at council meetings. In addition to supporting EcoMotion data collection, crew members developed an Energy Action Pledge to capture the interest and commitment of the individuals they met. And they had a large display for some events, EcoMotion’s Emissions Time Bomb.
In 2015, EcoMotion was hired by two community college districts to carry our their shared vision of promoting careers in the green space. To so so, we would feature advanced technologies, and some advanced thinkers! Four workshops were held on emerging energy technologies… from solar to storage. One of the highlights of the series was a session that included the perspectives Joe Desmond, now with Brightsource and former chair of the California Energy Commission.
EcoMotion’s “Eco-Rep” program is strong and vibrant, harnessing and directing the power of youth toward environmental responsibility and action. Self-selected, voluntary Eco-Reps have outlet for their activism, and comrades. At Bryant, the EcoMotion-led “Sustainability Ambassadors” have been active on campus for several years, with growing numbers of students interested and committed. At St Mark’s the “Students for Sustainability” take action on a number of fronts, including recycling at the school’s recent centennial. In Maine, at Saint Joseph’s College, EcoMotion-managed Eco-Reps are organizing events, raising awareness, and advocating environmental responsibility on campus.