Margot Stert, a recent college graduate, started at Sustainable Napa County this week 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.