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Winter 2014

Meet LGC’s new Climate Change Program Director

kif scheuerBy Kif Scheuer

Kif Scheuer joined LGC in November as the new Climate Change Program Director. Kif Joins LGC from Strategic Energy Innovations where he led development of a number of new climate change programs. In 2009 he partnered with the cities of El Cerrito, San Pablo, Albany, and Piedmont to launch the Small Cities Climate Action Partnership. This was expanded to include the cities of Moraga, Benicia, and and Orinda in 2011. Kif also developed and managed Climate Corps Bay Area, a unique AmeriCorps program that matched up AmeriCorps service volunteers with local governments and nonprofits to implement emissions reduction projects. Kif was also a lead on the Sustainable Energy and Economic Development or SEED Fund program - a model for collaborative procurement of solar technologies for public sector facilities.

revivalKif has a masters of science in architectural technologies, and a PhD in environmental psychology from the University of Michigan. During graduate school, Kif was involved in a wide range of sustainability research projects. He had the opportunity to conduct a Life Cycle Assessment of the LEED Green building rating system. He also studied what motivates home builders to adopt green building practices. In his earlier life, Kif was a partner and the director of design and Production at Resource Revival where he created unusual home furnishings out of recycled bicycle parts.

Kif and his wife Jamie live in San Rafael with their three kids (Espen, Sadie and Simon), and two dogs (Milo and Jasper). At LGC Kif will focus on developing innovative but pragmatic strategies that help local governments address their climate change mitigation and adaptation needs. Kif is currently heading up the first annual California Adaptation Forum and coordinating development of a new Local Government-focused AmeriCorps program scheduled to start in 2014, as well as supporting the work of the Alliance for Regional Collaboratives for Climate Change.