CivicSpark is a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local governments to prepare for climate disruption. The program provides high-quality, technical support for the planning, research and implementation of local climate action. By connecting state resources and tools with local leaders, CivicSpark is helping achieve California’s clean energy goals.

CivicSpark is managed by the Local Government Commission in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. 48 AmeriCorps Fellows are placed with partner organizations in nine regions across California. The North Coast regional partner is Redwood Coast Energy Authority which will be hosting CivicSpark through 2017.


Zero Emissions Vehicles Streamline the permitting process for Electric Vehicle (EV) infrastructure to facilitate the rapid development of EV charging equipment and promote EV uptake on the North Coast by conducting public outreach and education campaigns.

North Coast Regional Alternative Fuels Planning Engage with fuel distributors, fleet managers and other stakeholders to accelerate the adoption of non-fossil fuel alternatives in Del Norte, Siskiyou, Humboldt, Trinity and Mendocino County.

Energy Assurance Planning Develop technical guidance to assist local governments with advancing their energy assurance planning initiatives accross the county.

Greenhouse Gas Inventory Updates Calculate community greenhouse gas emissions and write reports to aid decision makers in emissions reduction planning.

Proposition 39 Assist in the development of a logic model and educate key staff on legal, technical, and programmatic needs specific to Public Works bidding in the Local Educational Agency sector.


The following Local Governments are beneficiaries of North Coast CivicSpark projects:
Redwood Coast Energy Authority, Humboldt County, Eureka, Arcata, Fortuna, Rio Dell, Blue Lake, Ferndale, Trinidad, North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District, Del Norte County, Trinity County, and Mendocino Council of Governments.

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