The Building Decarbonization Outreach Fellow will lead education and outreach campaigns to raise awareness of the benefits of zero-emissions buildings and promote efficient electric alternatives such as heat pump water heaters and induction cooktops among Palo Alto residents. The Fellow will learn about Palo Alto's sustainability policies and programs, gain expertise in residential energy efficiency and zero-emission building technologies, then develop outreach materials for Palo Alto residents to promote building decarbonization. The Fellow will develop and implement a social media campaign, plan community workshops, and participate in neighborhood meetings. Where appropriate, the Fellow will coordinate with other environmental advocacy groups and other neighboring cities in outreach efforts. The Fellow may also assist City staff with conducting a survey of participants in the Palo Alto Heat Pump Water Heater rebate pilot, and with organizing stakeholder workshops to explore the development of a Zero-Emissions Building Roadmap for the city.
The Fellow will work closely with City staff in the Utilities and Development Services (buildings) departments, and will also have the opportunity to work with consultants working on Palo Alto's sustainability initiatives.
The City of Palo Alto is fully committed to all necessary pathways to a sustainable future, with an aggressive goal of reducing 80% of the community's GHG emissions by 2030 . The City owns, operates and maintains a full-service utilities department that provides electric, gas, water and wastewater services to residents and businesses in Palo Alto. Since 2013, the Utilities Department has sourced a 100% carbon-free electric supply portfolios electricity to meet its Carbon Neutral Electric Portfolio standard. To further reduce the City’s greenhouse gas emissions, the City has been looking at ways to convert natural gas end uses in buildings to efficient electric alternatives. Palo Alto currently has a number of voluntary programs to encourage building electrification.
The ideal candidate is passionate about addressing climate change and is creative with messaging. The candidate should be experienced with a number of social media tools; experience with developing web content such as videos and images is a plus. The candidate is a good communicator and a good team player. The candidate needs to be flexible with work schedule, in order to occasionally work outside of normal work hours to attend/organize workshops in the evenings and weekends.