CivicSpark Climate

Our Organization

The Local Government Commission (LGC) is a non-profit based in Sacramento that works to build livable communities and local leadership by connecting leaders via innovative programs and network opportunities, advancing policies through participation at the local and state level, and implementing solutions as a technical assistance provider and advisor to local jurisdictions.

Our Program

CivicSpark is a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address climate change in California.  CivicSpark offers recent college graduates the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the sustainability field, attend regular trainings for technical skills-building and professional development, and develop a strong network, all while creating a lasting difference in local communities.  Members serve for 11 months, implementing critical climate change mitigation and adaptation projects throughout the state of California on a range of tasks from data collection and analysis, to community outreach, to report writing and presenting.

personally feel that CivicSpark has opened an endless collection of doors into many different sectors of societytruly feel like we are strengthening communities–not singlehandedly, but as a collective group of passionate people working to get things done.”

– Kriselda Bautista, 2014-15 Sierra Nevada Fellow

Our AmeriCorps Members

Each service year, CivicSpark recruits 50 members that will serve for an 11-month term. Through the program, members receive hands-on experience in the field of sustainability by working with local governments, and they receive professional development skills. For their service, members are giving a living allowance of $16,00 spread evenly over the 11 months, as well as an Ed Award of  $5,815 upon completion of service.

Service Locations

North Coast, Sierra Nevada, San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley, Central Coast, Southern California/Los Angeles

Member Qualifications

Members must:

  • Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
  • Have a 4-year degree from an accredited college or university
  • Ability to pass FBI, CA DOJ, out-of-state (if applicable), and NSOPR background checks prior to service
  • Commitment to the full term of service (11 months)
  • Strong communication (both verbal and written) and teamwork skills


Program Contact

Kristen Wraith

916-448-1198 x 309

Our Impact since 2016

Community members engaged, including residents and business owners

Energy Assessment reports completed

Community workshops held

Inventories completed

Climate or Energy Action Plans completed

Vulnerability Assessments completed


Administered by CaliforniaVolunteers and sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service