Category Archives: T4CI News

T4CI welcomes new staff member

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Please welcome the newest member of our T4CI team: Kristin Fischer, as the human resources director.

In this newly-created position, she not only fulfills the traditional HR role for the organization, but also works as T4CI’s talent developer, capacity-builder, and executive steward of our most important resources – our team members.

Kristin was formerly the director of people operations at Villarreal Hutner PC and oversaw human resources, and support staff management.  Prior to this role, she was the director of implementation services at Eatec Corporation.

Kristin holds a Bachelors of Arts in History from Kenyon College as well as a Grande Diploma in Culinary Arts at Ecole Ritz Escoffier.

A self-proclaimed “Gilmore Girls “addict, she also enjoys hiking, travel, and Wii “Just Dance” competitions with her family.

Bay Area Resilient by Design is hiring!

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The Bay Area Resilient by Design Challenge (RbD) is an international design competition that will propose innovative, scalable, and financeable resilience projects on 10 sites along the San Francisco Bay shoreline.

Over the course of 15 months, RbD will invite Bay Area, national, and international designers, architects, developers, and financiers to create and implement visionary, realistic, and replicable solutions that enable neighborhoods and communities to adapt now to the future effects of rising sea levels, increasing storms and flooding, and seismic vulnerabilities. These solutions will be developed in partnership with residents, businesses, and community-based organizations, and with local and regional political leaders. Just as important, they will bring multiple benefits to those communities and the region, e.g., protecting at-risk populations, enhancing the natural environment, and bolstering critical infrastructure.

Currently the organization is hiring for two positions.

Communications Manager – who will work with the Managing Director to develop and execute all communications strategies, outreach, and materials.

Administrative Project Assistant – who will support the rest of the RbD team, including the Managing Director and Program Managers. The assistant role includes coordinating agendas, meeting and event planning, travel, and supporting the Executive Board and other committee work.

Find out more details about these two positions here:  http://t4ci.org/about/jobs.php

Black History Month: Honoring Marjorie Richard

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T4CI is saluting some of the most influential African-American environmentalists and sustainability professionals during Black History Month.

Today we honor Marjorie Richard.

Richard is the first African-American to win the esteemed Goldman Environmental Prize, after her nonstop battle with Shell Chemical whose refinery emissions were slowly killing her community members Norco, Louisiana.

Due to her outspoken advocacy,  Shell Chemical agreed to reduce its toxic emissions by 20 percent, contribute $5 million to a community development fund, and voluntarily finance the relocation of the area’s residents away from the refinery by buying the 225 lots at a minimum price of $80,000 per lot.

 

Forget the Academy Awards: Check out T4CI’s picks

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The 89th Academy Awards are this Sunday.  And although few will take home the coveted Oscar, T4CI wanted to salute some of our favorite movies that meet our mission:

to accelerate impact for initiatives focused on protecting and fostering a healthy, sustainable, resilient and equitable world

And surprise!  Many are not documentaries.  All are chosen by the T4CI staff. So grab some popcorn and take a look:

Are any of these on your top pick list?  What other movies would you add?

We would love to hear your thoughts in our comment section!

T4CI is growing: now hiring a human resources director

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With incredible growth the past three years, T4CI is currently looking for an experienced and forward-thinking human resources director to join our downtown Oakland-based team. This is a newly created position and we are poised to hire immediately.

Check out the complete job description and application process at http://T4CI.org/about/pdf/HRDirector01272017.pdf

Rockefeller Foundation gives $4.6 million grant to T4CI project, Bay Area: Resilient by Design

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Excited to announce a new $4.6M grant from The Rockefeller Foundation to help the Bay Area with our new project, Bay Area: Resilient by Design Challenge. This new competition seeks to tackle the very real threat of climate change by bringing together top innovators, policymakers, designers, architects, developers, and others to create long-lasting infrastructure solutions for the San Francisco Bay Area.

Most importantly, this challenge will bring together communities and in turn solutions that will yield multiple benefits to both today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.

This innovative challenge is the first-ever to be modeled after the award-winning Rebuild by Design Hurricane Sandy Design Competition, which was pioneered by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation.

Resilient by Design will be divided into two phases:

  1. In the first phase, teams will participate in a three to six month research and community engagement period to develop and propose design solutions for specific
    sites.
  2. Phase two of the challenge will be a collaborative design phase with teams working in partnership with residents, businesses, community-based organizations, and political leaders to develop implementable infrastructure projects.

Beginning in April 2017, Resilient by Design will invite designers, architects, developers, and financial supporters to create and begin implementing 10 visionary, realistic, and replicable design solutions.

Find out more here:  http://www.resilientbayarea.org/

Creativity through activism

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Can sustainability be artistic?  Of course!  And since January is National Creativity Month, it’s time to highlight a few of our creative projects.

Imagine powerful art experiences when it comes to healthy food systems. That’s what AgArts does.  After all, artists have always been deeply inspired by nature, but now the passion of the food movement gives this enthusiasm tremendous relevance. At the same time, creative aspects of food-related activities are enjoying new recognition and value as sustainable agriculture encourages a more personal relationship with food sources.  And they cover all forms of art: from symphonies to photography exhibits, from plays to books.

Change Food uses the popular TEDx-style talks for “Changing the Way We Eat”, which creates awareness and begins a dialogue about innovative sustainable food and farming ideas. The event, which began in 2014, is complemented by a full menu of related networking and education events including post event Adventures, videos of all talks, discussion guides/teaching materials to go with videos of the talks,  and salons that address needs within the food movement.

How can we accelerate change in the food movement? Root Solutions addresses this through decision science, a collection of scientific disciplines aimed at understanding cognition, decision-making, and behavior.  Working on a training manual to help environmental organizations and practitioner have access to powerful tools which tap into what motivates and matters to people to effect positive change in the environmental movement.

And remember:

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” — Albert Einstein

Please pass on this post to someone you think would be interested.

Two new faces at T4CI

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We’re excited to let you know T4CI has added two new members to our team.

Tenzin Sherpa has been named accounting associate, where he provides critical support for our finance team.  Originally from Kathmandu, Nepal. he now calls Richmond, CA his home, where he enjoys hiking and camping, as well as the occasional bacon cheeseburger with the works.  He has been working in the accounting industry since 2002 and has earned a BA in International Business and Management from Dickinson College.

ShannonShannon Cherry is the director of communications and outreach. In this newly created position, she will  develop a myriad of communications program for both T4CI and its projects. Prior to her appointment, she has worked with progressive nonprofit organizations for more than 15 years. She earned a BA in Communications from SUNY Geneseo and a MA in Communications Administration from University of Memphis. She is also accredited in public relation by PRSA. In addition to her marketing background, Shannon has helped to create numerous fundraising programs, including the largest charitable wine auction in New York State. Originally from the Empire State, Shannon misses NY-style pizza and authentic Buffalo wings.