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EcoMotion is delighted to welcome Sumin Sohn to our team. She brings experiences in project management and data analysis to EcoMotion, as well as passion and breadth of knowledge in the field of sustainability. Born in Korea, Sumin has also lived in Hong Kong, Australia, and Brazil. Sumin did undergraduate studies at University of Pennsylvania and earned two graduate degrees from Harvard University. She then worked at the Walt Disney Company for over three years, leading a cross-functional team to implement research projects in Nicaragua and Vietnam. More recently Sumin earned certificates in Sustainability and Project Management from UCLA, interned at Global Green, and earned her LEED Green Associate distinction. At EcoMotion, her primary duty will be to serve as our Prop 39 Project Manager, managing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at school districts in California… specifically in Monterey, Riverside, Orange, and San Diego counties.
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EcoMotion is pleased to announce that Jay Baldwin has joined our team as Business Development Director. A colleague of EcoMotion’s Campus Services for five years, Jay and his wife have recently moved to Los Angeles from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Jay’s professional accomplishments are many: He founded and directed City Gardens for 18 years – one of the nation’s first interior landscaping companies – until it was sold to Rentokil in 1991. He has been President of Wind River Capital Partners for 22 years, an investment and financial consulting practice. Jay was instrumental in helping to form GreenerU, a firm focused on retrofitting college campuses for energy efficiency, including the engineering of district heating systems. Currently he serves on several boards of directors including Renew Energy Partners and is a senior advisor to IRN, a innovative recycling and repurposing network for major institutions. For EcoMotion, Jay is focused on developing corporate capabilities and delivering high-quality consulting services to campus clients across the country.
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The University of Southern California has hired EcoMotion to support the development of a solar project at the Galen Center, USC’s basketball and volleyball arena. The roof is one of the best for solar that EcoMotion solar experts Strand, Ware, and Lowell-Britt have ever seen. And the view of downtown LA is to die for! We’re on a fast track to solicit suitable vendors, recommend a contractor, gain administration direction and approval, and to get under contract and built. Already a high-level interconnection analysis was completed by LADWP, USC, and EcoMotion.
So what was the impetus for solarizing this 9-year old building? USC’s Energy Manager had been approached by solar companies. Concurrently, a group of students eager to promote solar contacted EcoMotion. Through one of their professors, they found out about the “AASHE Special” whereby EcoMotion provides no-cost, initial consulting to any AASHE member. This began the discussion at USC, and soon USC’s most able Energy Manager was driving the ship. USC’s potential for solar is great… but payback thresholds have stymied any activity to date. Now with remaining incentive funds and low-cost equipment, a system may well pencil.
Meanwhile, EcoMotion has hired by University Housing to evaluate the potential for solar at each of 27, USC-owned residences.
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EcoMotion is pleased to announce that Emily Schweitzer has joined Campus Services in New England. She will be based with the team at Impact Hub Boston.
Emily Schweitzer brings a strong background in student engagement and leadership development to EcoMotion and our campus clients. As a student at Clark University, Emily founded and headed the Ecological Representatives (Eco-Reps) and Ecological Volunteers (Eco-Teers) programs and later served as the Campus Organizer for Power Shift 2009. Building off of this momentum, Emily brought the Leadership Campaign to Worcester schools, generating robust student-led movements on three universities advocating for bold climate change policy in Massachusetts, involving sleep-outs on the Boston Commons and lobbying of local officials.
At EcoMotion, Emily now serves as the Campus Sustainability Coordinator and is organizing sustainability efforts on campuses on a half dozen New England campuses, in Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and Maine. She’ll also be assisting with student engagement efforts, sustainability projects, and program development.
In her free time, Emily can be found running outside (weather permitting), shopping at farmers markets, and face timing with her brother. Emily holds a B.A. in Global Environmental Studies and an M.A. in International Development and Social Change, both from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.
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Michael Ware was doing his job, head down, analyzing all City-owned sites for solar. We’ve done the library, bus shelter, schools, etc… What other facilities make sense? Which ones have both suitable space for solar and an attractive rate offset? One site that Ware and his colleague Drew Lowell-Britt studied was the City’s water treatment plant, located outside of Santa Monica on the West Side of LA. The City of Santa Monica has been paying LADWP for power at this facility for years, and erroneously was being charged a utility user tax, something that cities are exempt from paying.
At the end of the day, Ware was successful at getting the tax lifted from the City’s accounts within the LADWP territory. This will save the City of Santa Monica $251,000 in the first year. And taxes are being lifted retroactively for 1.5 years, giving the City of Santa Monica big credit. According to a city employee,”…it was the diligence of Michael Ware from EcoMotion that has resulted so far in a savings to the Water Resources Department of $218,000 for our electric bill for Arcadia going back to Oct 2013.”
“Michael is the one that noticed we have been paying a utility tax on our DWP bills where we should be exempt. He pursued it with DWP and has gotten the status changed in our two meters at Arcadia…. He just left my office, where we went over the 3 remaining bills including Charnock where they are still charging us the utility tax of 12.5%. His intention is to go back and get the status changed for those as well and hopefully a similar credit…. Just want to give a shout out on behalf of Michael Ware!”
Over the next 20 years, assuming a 4% utility rate escalation, the City will save $7.47 million dollars thanks to this correction.
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The U.S. Conference of Mayors honored Santa Monica on June 19th in San Francisco with a U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Award for its successful Solar Santa Monica initiative. Solar Santa Monica has helped Santa Monica residents and businesses convert their homes and commercial buildings to solar power for nearly a decade. EcoMotion has served as the City’s consultant since the program’s inception nearly eight years ago. Adopting green energy sources like solar power is a key component in Santa Monica efforts to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions.
“Santa Monica is being recognized because we’ve done more than just study climate change — we’ve taken action to slow it, and to protect our community from the impacts,” said Mayor Kevin McKeown. With less than 1% of the City’s solar potential tapped, the City decided to create a program to stimulate installations, to help home and business owners, as well as the college, schools, and all others to invest in solar.
Solar Santa Monica was created by the City in 2006 to focus on energy efficiencies and growing solar energy use in the community, offers technical assistance to prospective residents and businesses by evaluating solar potential, navigating regulatory and rate changes, identifying financial mechanisms, vetting contractors and evaluating bids. The program was designed by EcoMotion. In its first year, Solar Santa Monica doubled solar capacity in the City.
Since the program’s onset, Santa Monica has seen solar capacity increase twelve-fold increase from 376 kW to 4,656 kW as of the first quarter of 2015, enough energy to power over 1,170 California homes. To date, community-installed solar has reduced annual emissions by 2,584 MTCO2e (equivalent of the average car circling the earth 267 times), helping the City of Santa Monica to achieve its 2015 target of reducing city-wide emissions by 15% from the 1990 baseline.
Solar Santa Monica exemplifies how Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment helps to connect residents and businesses with smart energy solutions. The program has helped residents, businesses and academic institutions go solar by reducing the anxiety and risk to the prospective consumer. The prevalence of solar technology throughout the community has continued to reinforce Santa Monica’s commitment to being a leader in sustainability. The result is Solar Santa Monica is a valued resource and recognizable brand in the community.
“We’re excited that this program was recognized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors because it has been wildly successful here in Santa Monica and is a great model for other cities to follow,” said Dean Kubani, who manages the Office of Sustainability and the Environment for the City. “It’s a good example of how local governments can kick-start sustainable actions in the community that provide multiple benefits for everyone.”
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EcoMotion is pleased to announce that Ben Meissner has joined our team as an intern. Ben hales from Bethesda, Maryland. In 2014, Ben graduated from University of Southern California with a degree in Business Administration from the Marshall School of Business, and a minor in screenwriting in the School of Cinematic Arts. Ben has a passion for media production as it relates to the contemporary issues of the global society. At USC, Ben was the Social Chair of the Men’s Rugby team. After graduating, he spent eight months as a scuba divemaster in Khao Lak, Thailand. Ben will now be supporting EcoMotion’s sustainability works based in the downtown Los Angeles office with an emphasis on business management and social media. Thanks to Russ Sturm of the International Finance Corporation for the introduction.
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Location: Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, 5th floor,
Cambridge, MA 02104
EcoMotion – Campus Sustainability Coordinator
EcoMotion designs and implements sustainability programs for cities, corporations and campuses. Both of EcoMotion’s offices, one located in Los Angeles, California and one located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, work with K-12 schools and higher education institutions. We provide a suite of services ranging from comprehensive sustainability coordination, sustainability planning and policy implementation, operational efficiency and renewable energy expertise, to behavior change programs and community engagement. EcoMotion’s Campus Services is looking for a skilled, entrepreneurial, and passionate individual to join the New England team in managing existing accounts (in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Maine) and expanding the business. As the business continues to develop, this position will evolve with the Campus Sustainability Coordinator aptitude and capabilities.
The Campus Sustainability Coordinator will report to the Director and the Associate Director of Campus Services in dealing with all business related activity including: project management and coordination, client relations, campus outreach and engagement, administrative tasks, scheduling, delivering presentations, writing reports and proposals. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in campus sustainability and project management and is highly motivated by their passions.
– Project management for campus accounts
– On/off campus communications with campus stakeholders, relationship management
– Campus sustainability assessment and strategy
– Student engagement and leadership
– Team building, campus coordination
– Sustainability and climate action planning
– Campus carbon calculations
– Cost-benefit analysis for various projects and initiatives
– Data visualization and support in publishing white papers
– Calendar scheduling and management
– Phone and email outreach
– Event and campaign organizing
– Partnership building
– Reporting and presentations
– Engaging with the broader field of campus sustainability through calls and emails
– Blogging and social media
– Excellent verbal and written communication
– Highly organized, attention to detail, strong time management skills
– Flexible attitude with a penchant for collaborative work
– Strong leadership capability
– Strong financial aptitude
– Familiarity with energy efficiency and renewables
– Graphic design experience preferred
– Proficiency with Microsoft office (including Excel) and social media
Send resume and a cover letter via email to Sierra Flanigan, Director of Campus Services and copy Ted Flanigan, President and Talia Arnow, Associate Director of Campus Services.
Cover letters should answer the following questions:
Why are you interested in EcoMotion’s Campus Sustainability Coordinator position?
What past experiences have you had working with or outside of the campus sustainability sector that make you a qualified candidate for this job?
What skills and qualifications do you bring to the table that set you apart from other candidates?
Ted Flanigan, President of EcoMotion
Sierra Flanigan, Director of Campus Services
Talia Arnow, Associate Director of Campus Services
(914) 260-7686 email@example.com
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Climate Smart Schools was pleased to hear the news: Garden Grove Unified School District was selected to receive a DROPS program grant of $1.99, the full amount requested. Our team, led by Seth Jacobson of Climate Resolve and Ted Flanigan of EcoMotion, were able to a) craft a winning proposal, and b) that will serve as the spearpoint for a much broader initiative in the District, linking water and energy and carbon into a nexus on campuses.
Bioswales and other forms of stormwater retention will be built into three high school campuses. Student Sustainability Councils have already been formed; subcommittees are working on a range of sustainability topics. The grant links GGUSD, Climate Smart Schools and Orange County Coastkeepers, a leading nonprofit focused on preserving the California coast in all its glory. The SWRCB grant not only provides for construction, but for student education and outreach. EcoMotion provides Technical Services for Climate Smart Schools.
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