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Jeri Gill

CEO, Sustainable Napa County
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Jeri Gill

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In her role as CEO, Jeri actively engages the community in issues related to energy—exploring opportunities and finding practical solutions to our challenges. She believes that together we can make our economy stronger, our environment healthier, and our communities more connected.

Jeri is experienced in nonprofit and trade association management, community relations, and public policy. Before taking the reins of Sustainable Napa County, she was public affairs manager for the Napa Valley Vintners.

Other professional and management experience includes serving as founding executive director of the Lodi Conference and Visitors Bureau, a public-private partnership between the City of Lodi and the Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission; and program director for the San Joaquin Farm Bureau.

She was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the Napa Town and Country Fair (25th District Agricultural Association) Board of Directors and is a member of the Napa County Planning Commission. Jeri is the current chair of the Workforce Alliance of the North Bay (formerly the Workforce Investment Board) and past chair of the Napa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She is a graduate of Leadership Napa Valley (LNV) Class 15.

Jeri is past state president of California Women for Agriculture, and served for six years as a member of the University of California President’s Advisory Commission for the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. She studied agriculture business management at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) San Luis Obispo with a concentration in agriculture policy.

Jeri and her husband Jim live in Napa with their two dogs, Sadie and Zoey.


 

  1. What does “sustainability” mean to you?
    Less of a definition and more a way of life, sustainability is being aware of the choices we make and trying our best (some days this is easier than others) to find the right balance. If something I’m doing, or not doing, conserves natural and financial resources it’s probably the right thing.
  2. What’s one thing you’ve done to decrease your own carbon footprint at home or at work?
    Getting up to speed on what is recyclable, what is compostable, and reducing our trash. We made significant energy efficiency upgrades to our home, including a smart thermostat, and have seen a real change in savings and comfort levels. Since we are on a well at home, we are always mindful of our water consumption and have made big changes to our landscaping so it uses little or no water.
  3. In your opinion, what is the most valuable role in the community that SNC plays or can play?
    Everyday we work with partners locally and around the state to find resources, tools, and information that inspire people to take action in whatever way that makes the most sense for them. We take broad policies taking shape outside of our community and translate those into practical actions and strategies that are tailored to Napa County.
  4. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
    Reading, gardening, walking the dogs, going to concerts and plays, spending time with good friends over a glass of wine/lunch/dinner, and hanging out with my family playing games or doing nothing at all.

Sally Seymour

Project Manager
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Sally Seymour

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Whether it’s managing the Napa County Energy Watch program, organizing a workshop to help share information about current topics, or finding the answers to questions about electric vehicles, water conservation, and everything in between, Sally keeps the proverbial trains running on time for SNC.

A transplant from the East Coast, Sally has lived in Napa with her husband Jim McIntosh and an assorted posse of rescue cats since 1994. She worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. before moving west, and was the public affairs director for EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region until 2007. She and her husband have a photography partnership, specializing in landscape, creature, and “street” images.


 

  1. What does “sustainability” mean to you?
    It means balance, in the sense of finding an alignment of economic, environmental, and equity priorities that works across the board. And it means continuing to work on living that balance on a personal level.
  2. What’s one thing you’ve done to decrease your own carbon footprint at home or at work?
    Continued being a vegetarian. Just have to figure out how to relinquish dairy products. Oh – and continued to drive my 1992 Honda with its embodied energy and 39 MPG.
  3. In your opinion, what is the most valuable role in the community that SNC plays or can play?
    Two pieces: first, finding and decoding the significant opportunities to move toward that E3 balance and second, bringing the community together to understand and act on those opportunities.
  4. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
    Working with animal welfare groups, knitting, reading, staying connected with friends, learning French, jogging.

Bill Bennett

Project Engineer
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Bill Bennett

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Bill works with local businesses and nonprofits, jurisdiction staff, and other community stakeholders to find answers, connect people to the right resources, and solve problems. He also conducts field audits to identify energy usage practices, and makes recommendations to reduce consumption and utilize PG&E rebates to effect changes.

Bill has an extensive background and experience in engineering and operations, having worked at Anheuser-Busch InBev, Fairfield Brewery for nearly 30 years, after spending a couple years as an assistant civil engineer with Napa County’s Department of Public Works. Bill spent his first 10 years at Anheuser Busch as the plant engineer, then area manager of brewing and utilities maintenance, then manager of engineer and maintenance for his last 16 years.

Bill has served on the board of Health Clinic Ole and American Society of Civil Engineers, and as president of River School of Napa’s Charter Council, Active 20-30 Club, and North Napa Rotary Club. He is currently vice president of AOAO Kaanapali Shores Maui and a technical advisory panel member for the Napa County Flood Control Project.


 

  1. What does “sustainability” mean to you?
    Creating projects and solutions that can be self-sustaining and minimize the impact on resources. It is more than being “green.” It uses best practices to assure the best outcome, like good maintenance, good quality construction, and follow-up.
  2. What’s one thing you’ve done to decrease your own carbon footprint at home or at work?
    Do the majority of in-town commuting by bike, converted most home lighting to LED or CFL, reduced water consumption significantly, employ composting for food waste, and utilize recycling.
  3. In your opinion, what is the most valuable role in the community that SNC plays or can play?
    As the go-to resource for resource/energy conservation practices and collaboration to get things done.
  4. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
    Cycling, scuba diving, underwater photography, community service, and being in Maui.

Chuck Reed

Energy Advisor
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Chuck Reed

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Performing energy assessments and offering recommendations to small businesses owners through Napa County Energy Watch is Chuck’s key role. At SNC, he interacts one-on-one with local utility customers and helps identify low-or no-cost upgrades that save energy and save money.

Chuck has nearly 30 years’ experience as an architect, construction manager and energy consultant. He has primarily worked on projects for the retail and restaurant sectors throughout the U.S. and Canada. Locally, he has operated his own energy consulting business working with both residential and commercial clients on energy efficiency issues.

Chuck holds degrees from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in both architecture and construction management. He also studied at the University of Copenhagen, and has multiple certifications in the energy efficiency field.


 

  1. What does “sustainability” mean to you?
    Being aware that almost everything we do in our lives has some impact on the environment, and by making better choices we can substantially reduce that impact.
  2. What’s one thing you’ve done to decrease your own carbon footprint at home or at work?
    Not purchasing unnecessary food and consumer goods that have a high inherent carbon footprint.
  3. In your opinion, what is the most valuable role in the community that SNC plays or can play?
    Public awareness and education of the programs available to the community.
  4. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
    What free time?

Margot Stert

CivicSpark Fellow
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Margot Stert

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Margot Stert, a recent college graduate, works at Sustainable Napa County as part of CivicSpark’s new program to build capacity for local governments to address climate change.

From Upland, CA, Margot graduated this year from UCLA where she earned a B.S. in Environmental Science witha concentration in Geography /Environmental Studies. As a CivicSpark fellow working with SNC, she will support the Solar Mapping Project, to build an understanding of what opportunities exist in Napa County for solar energy projects and to evaluate and communicate economic and environmental opportunities for solar energy. She will also conduct research and outreach for the Electric Vehicle Research Project, in an effort to significantly increase the number of EVs in use in Napa County.

Margot intends to use her experience with CivicSpark and Sustainable Napa County to further her career in the sustainability field with a focus on renewable energy resources. “I'm excited to gain some valuable work experience in the field of sustainability through the CivicSpark fellowship with Sustainable Napa County,” said Margot. “I hope my time at UCLA, particularly my work with GIS mapping, will prove useful in helping Napa County increase its use of electric vehicles and solar as a renewable energy resource.”

Margot is one of 48 fellows that CivicSpark will recruit in its first year. Together, the fellows will contribute over 50,000 hours to help California communities respond to climate change. In collaboration with local government staff and nonprofits like Sustainable Napa County, the CivicSpark teams will implement a needed climate-change project while also building long-term capacity to ensure the work is sustained after the project is completed. Communities will receive dedicated project support from a focused team of enthusiastic emerging professionals, supervised by a trained project manager.


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