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Local STEM - Mar 10, 2019
Fellowship Sparks Local Progress Toward Climate Resilience

The CivicSpark fellowship program has engaged over 200 fellows and some 35,000 California residents on projects concerning sea level rise, affordable housing, climate action planning, and sustainable transportation. Scheuer told ESAL about the program’s new “resilience” focus as they prepare to select their latest cohort of fellows.

Other - Mar 2, 2019
AAAS Annual Meeting - Becoming "Scientist Citizens"

Arti Garg, ESAL Founder & Chair, recently spoke on a panel entitled "Influencing Policy: Opportunities for Scientists and Engineers" at the 2019 Annual AAAS Meeting. Here are her thoughts on becoming better "scientist citizens".

Stories from the Field - Feb 24, 2019
Audrey Lee Reflects on the Arc of Her Career in Energy Policy

Audrey Lee, a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, has helped translate energy policy at the highest levels of US government, advised the president of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and served on the BART Environmental Justice Commission. At Sunrun, she continues to work closely with policymakers, bringing residential energy solutions like solar and batteries to market to meet environmental and policy goals.

Local STEM - Feb 10, 2019
DemocracyLab: Empowering the Civic Tech Movement

DemocracyLab is an open-source platform shaping the field of civic tech, or technology for the public good. They match skilled volunteers with projects to take advantage the untapped potential of the civic tech movement.

Stories from the Field - Jan 28, 2019
Addressing Climate Change through City Government

Alex Luce, a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering, volunteers his expertise on Berkeley’s Energy Commission. The Commission is focused on helping the city achieve its climate and energy goals.

Local STEM - Jan 13, 2019
A Force for Good: City Innovate and a Novel Government-Startup Matching Program

Based in San Francisco, City Innovate has a novel premise: they match start-ups with local government via a startup in residence program to form technologically savvy collaborations. Their mission is to show that “government can be a force for good, and that the best way to address the challenges we face in our communities is by working together across government, sectors, and cities.”

Other - Dec 31, 2018
A Playbook for Engaging Locally

We are thrilled to announce our Local Engagement Playbook, curated resources and step-by-step guides to help you make a difference in your community

Other - Dec 23, 2018
October 2018 Happy Hour: Engagement Tips from Scientists and Engineers

On October 25 2018, six scientists and engineers shared their insights on community engagement at an ESAL happy hour in Oakland, California. Here are their top suggestions for getting involved in your community.

Other - Dec 23, 2018
Policy's Last Mile

On October 25, five scientists and engineers shared their insights on community engagement at an ESAL happy hour in Oakland, California. The event brought together leaders from across the San Francisco Bay Area who apply their expertise toward pressing problems in their neighborhoods.

Stories from the Field - Dec 23, 2018
Developing Climate Policy on a Municipal Advisory Board

Robert G. Kennedy III, PE, has long viewed civic engagement and technical expertise as balanced components in a well-rounded career. Since 2008, he has served on the Environmental Quality Advisory Board for Oak Ridge, Tennessee and is currently the board’s chair.

Postcards - Dec 17, 2018
Fish Passage in Alaska

Frankie Barker talks about how she helped write an ordinance that would require anyone building roads in Alaska's Matanuska-Susitna Borough to adhere to US Fish and Wildlife Service standards for fish passage when installing culverts.

Local STEM - Dec 9, 2018
Eagleton Science and Politics Fellowship Program

The Eagleton Institute of Politics – part of Rutgers University-New Brunswick – recently launched a science and politics fellowship that will allow PhD-level scientists and engineers to work on policy problems in New Jersey’s state government. Leaders from the Institute talk with ESAL about how fellows will support state policy-making efforts.

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