The City of Fremont has strong sustainability commitments, including an award-winning General Plan adopted in December 2011 that includes sustainability as its opening chapter and central theme. The City’s first Climate Action Plan, adopted in 2012, enumerates specific actions for achieving a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 25% by 2020 from a 2005 baseline year. With 2020 fast approaching, Fremont is now working to update its Climate Action Plan to align with a 2045 carbon neutrality goal and “Post-Carbon Community Framework” established by Fremont City Council (Resolution 2019-03) in February of 2019. Over the next year, the Sustainability Manager will work with a team of consultants to manage the CAP 2.0 update process.
In addition to the CAP update, the City has a number of new and ongoing sustainability initiatives to implement over the coming year. These efforts include adopting and implementing energy and green building reach codes, supporting sustainable and affordable housing developments, encouraging net zero energy commercial and industrial retrofits, conducting a municipal fleet and building electrification study, launching a community-wide dockless bikeshare program, conducting a citywide tree inventory, developing an urban forestry master plan, considering a single-use plastic foodware policy, and implementing food waste reduction and diversion efforts.
Fremont’s Climate Corps Fellow will work closely with the City’s Sustainability Manager and team to deliver community-facing sustainability and climate communications and engagement initiatives across the sectors of energy, housing, green building, clean transportation, green business, urban forestry, and solid waste.
Specific responsibilities include:
• Implementation of the City’s climate action initiatives, including marketing, education, and outreach efforts to influence behavior change around energy, waste, water, transportation, and consumption.
• Collaboration with community-based organizations and youth groups (including the FIERCE student sustainability club) to develop and deliver environmental programs and promote community climate literacy.
• Coordination with City staff across multiple departments to help integrate messaging on the co-benefits of sustainability projects, programs, and policies as they relate to the City's Post-Carbon Community Framework.
• Oversight, management, and utilization of the Fremont Green Challenge web-based climate action engagement platform to encourage sustainable residential consumption habits.
• Content creation for email, social media, print media, and marketing campaigns including news articles, Facebook/ Twitter/LinkedIn/Instagram posts, memes, videos, print ads, and other materials as appropriate.
• Development, delivery, and promotion of the monthly Fremont Green Challenge e-newsletter to a growing base of local subscribers.
• Representation of Fremont in regional sustainability and climate-related agencies and networks.
• Event planning, facilitation, and presentation at community events, workshops, meetings, town halls, etc.
Throughout the Service Year, the Fellow will be encouraged to participate in professional development opportunities, including attendance at regional conferences, trainings, and other networking opportunities. Examples of regional, statewide, and national organizations and networks in which the City of Fremont participates include the StopWaste Energy Council, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), East Bay Energy Watch (EBEW), Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN), Joint Venture Silicon Valley (JVSV) Climate Task Force, Bay Area EV Coordinating Council, Adapting to Rising Tides (ART) Bay Area, Institute for Local Government (CA-ILG) Beacon Program, Green Cities California (GCC), Building Decarbonization Coalition, Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Due to the nature of this role, the Fellow may be required to work occasional evening and weekend hours for community meetings and events; work outside of standard office hours can be flexed or banked for time off later. The Fellow will be encouraged to utilize the City-sponsored Clipper (BART) card, bikeshare, and/or fleet vehicles for work-related travel as needed.
The ideal Fellow will have knowledge of, skills in, and enthusiasm for stakeholder engagement, marketing and communications, public speaking, professional writing, and research and reporting. Experience specifically with the principles of Community Based Social Marketing (CBSM) and sustainable behavior change practices are highly desirable. Subject area knowledge in renewable energy, electric vehicles, active transportation, pollution prevention, food waste, urban forestry, green building design, housing, and/or economic development is a plus, but can be acquired on the job.