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Claremont’s Sustainable City Plan, adopted in 2008, included the concept of establishing a community organization to work closely with the city on sustainability education and implementation. The Sustainable City Plan delegated more than fifty responsibilities to what became Sustainable Claremont, incorporated in 2009 for the stated purposes of promoting environmental, social, and economic sustainability in Claremont and beyond.

Sustainable Claremont has done quite well. Among many accomplishments are the annual Claremont Earth Day celebration; a Water Action Group that has been leading strategies such as the recent Low-Water Landscape Expos to combat our drought; an active Energy Group including the expansion of the CHERP program, creation of the Claremont Energy Challenge, and leading the competition for the Cool California Challenge; a Schools Group that established school gardens and reclamation/reuse centers, led by School Green Teams in sustainability curriculum and labs; a Claremont Garden Club that emphasizes water-wise landscaping appropriate for our area, and; a Tree Action Group that has championed Heritage Tree preservation and an Urban Forest Master Plan.

Sustainable Claremont maintains an active social presence as well with these monthly Demystifying Sustainability articles, monthly Sustainability Dialog presentations and discussions, an active website, monthly e-newsletters, and regular updates on social media. Sustainable Claremont was recognized as the Outstanding Community Organization of the year by the 2012 Independence Day Committee.

This past year Sustainable Claremont - with generous donations from the City of Claremont, Public Utilities, as well as extensive fund-raising – opened the Sustainability Resource Center in space donated by the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. The Center has supported sustainability initiatives throughout the city by providing energy and environmental information, answering questions, making referrals, facilitating public outreach, interacting with other sustainability-oriented entities, in addition to providing support for Sustainable Claremont’s programs.

These donations also provided for a landmark change— for the first time in its existence Sustainable Claremont was able to hire an employee to support The Center as well as the operations of Sustainable Claremont. Though working only part-time, Alexis Reyes, as the newly hired Sustainability Coordinator did an exemplary job helping shepherd the various Action Group projects, keeping the Board Activities moving, and building the Sustainability Resource Center, literally from nothing.

In fact she was so fantastic at her job that she was recently hired as the full-time Sustainability Program Manager for Harvey Mudd College, necessitating another search for a Sustainability Coordinator.

If you have a keen interest in sustainability, enjoy working with volunteers passionate about all things sustainable, would enjoy helping plan and grow the Sustainability Center, and have the energy and excitement necessary to help grow our organization in Claremont, then this currently part-time position may be the opportunity you have been looking for.

Requirements: BA or BS preferred; demonstrated organizational skills; an ability to interact effectively with the public and in public speaking; media and computer proficiency: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as online media tools. Some knowledge of accounting and QuickBooks desirable.

Responsibilities: Preparing and managing outreach and public interest information; responding to public inquiries; support of Sustainable Claremont activities; fundraising; staffing the Sustainability Resource Center, and; operational support to the Sustainable Claremont Board including Meeting preparations, agendas, minutes, and documentation.

There will be an applicant review on September 14 and applications will be accepted until September 26. Please provide a current resume and cover letter sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For further information contact Barnabas Path, Chairperson, Sustainable Claremont, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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