Qualifications

Environmental Innovations provides environmental consulting services to businesses, local governments, and non-profit organizations in the areas of green business, environmental awareness, public outreach, and sustainable management.

List of Current Clients:

  • City of Capitola
  • City of Scotts Valley
  • City of Watsonville
  • County of San Benito
  • County of Santa Cruz
  • Ecology Action of Santa Cruz

Josephine Fleming, Principal Scientist and Owner

Skills Summary:

  • Environmental Scientist with multi-media experience in soil, wastewater, storm water, air, and solid waste resource management
  • Experience with regulatory compliance, resource conservation, and sustainability
  • Training and work ethic from the private sector with experience in the public sector
  • Significant supervisory experience with a track record of only hiring and maintaining the best employees
  • Rational, analytically-minded, mathematical thinker
  • Strong collaboration abilities, never confrontational
  • Ability to understand complicated industrial and corporate processes and recognize cost-saving pollution prevention opportunities
  • Practice resource conservation and pollution prevention techniques at home and in life to afford a sustainable future to the next generation

Awards:

Western Regional Pollution Prevention Network Pollution Prevention Champion 2003.

County of Santa Cruz “Gold” Employee of the Year Award 2004.

California Water Environment Association Pretreatment, Pollution Prevention and Stormwater Person of the Year 2003.

Department of Toxic Substances Control Office of Pollution Prevention recognition for exemplary work in promoting pollution prevention 2003 and 2006.

CWEA Certified Environmental Compliance Inspector.

Education:

University of California at Riverside: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Minor in Spanish Literature.

Universidad de Granada, España: Educational year abroad, emphasis on ecology in Hispanic cultures.

University of New England, Australia:  First year toward a full scholarship Ph.D. in Resource Engineering.

Experience:

Experience:

Environmental Programs Coordinator: Amy Gross, City of Santa Cruz Department of Public Works.  Performed public outreach duties as they pertain to the Santa Cruz County Sanitation District, presented pollution prevention opportunities to businesses in the District, and advocated sustainable behavioral changes to businesses.  Additional duties were to supervise work necessary to achieve certification of governmental facilities. (March 2006 to April 2007)

Environmental Programs Coordinator: Russell Bateson, County of Santa Cruz Department of Public Works.  This environmental regulatory position included all of the work noted above for the City of Santa Cruz Department of Public Works.  In addition, initiated and coordinated the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program to provide an incentive for businesses to go above and beyond regulations.  Oversaw an Environmental Compliance Inspection Program and a Federally-mandated Industrial Wastewater Pretreatment Program. (May 2002 to February 2006)

Senior Environmental Engineer:  Cherryl McDougall, Seagate Technology LLC.  Performed duties related to environmental health and safety including developing, managing and administering the following programs: hazardous waste management, hazardous waste minimization, air emissions management, industrial wastewater management, chemical management, chemical hygiene, emergency response planning, hazardous energies management, and numerous health and safety programs. (January 2001 to April 2002)

Environmental Scientist:  Amanda Aldersley, Earth Tech, Inc. Environmental consulting involving Phase I, II, and III Environmental Site Assessments, on-site environmental consulting for construction/excavation projects, and environmental health and safety outsourcing.  Provided EH&S compliance support to microelectronics companies in the Silicon Valley including Apple Computers, PE Biosystems, and Applied Materials. (April 1998 to September 2000)

Laboratory Research Assistant:  Dr. David Crohn, Solid Waste Management, University of California, Riverside.  Assisted in constructing a mathematical computer model for the treatment of municipal wastewater through an artificial wetlands and its effects on the ecological system.  Determined nutrient cycling patterns in water and benthos.  Additional experiments included determining nutrient cycles in farm soils treated with biosolids and in composts. (October 1995 to August 1996)

Radiation Safety Technician:  Environmental Health and Safety, University of California, Riverside.  Radioactive and hazardous waste pickup, analysis, and disposal for proper storage to comply with EPA regulations.  (August 1994 to October 1995)

Lab Assistant and Field Crew:  USDA Soils and Pesticide Research, University of California, Riverside.  Analysed soil, water and atmospheric samples for pesticide volatility and mobility.  Installed field experiments, collected samples.  (October 1990 to June 1992, September 1992 to June 1993)

Lab Assistant: Borax España.  Performed services related to the maintenance and operation of an Atomic Absorption Spectrometer to analyze Boron products. (June to September 1992)

Leadership & Community Experience:

Director:  Ecology Action of Santa Cruz Board of Directors. As a board member, responsibilities were to oversee and govern the actions of the organization.  Ecology Action is a nonprofit environmental consultancy delivering cutting edge education services, technical assistance, and program implementation for initiatives that assist individuals, business and government to maximize environmental quality and community well-being.

Director:  Neighborhood Childcare Center Board of Directors.  As a board member, responsibilities were to oversee and govern the actions of the organization.  NCC is a preschool for children of working parents committed to economic and social justice (sliding pay scale), with a focus on conflict resolution, cultural diversity, and Spanish language enrichment.

Thomas Pickering, Environmental Programs Specialist

Skills Summary:

  • Research and technical analysis of program and policy elements
  • Training and experience commensurate with Assistant Environmental Economist
  • Proficient with multiple computer environments and applications: Win2k, WinXP, Mac OS9, Mac OSX, Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, ESRI ArcView, AutoCAD, HTML, CSS, & Joomla Content Management System (CMS)
  • Ability to quickly comprehend and analyze complex technical and computer related problems
  • Experience defining and coordinating incentive based environmental programs for business and general public
  • Non-confrontational ethic
  • Problem-solving skills informed by a multi-disciplinary training in economics, mathematics, history, and the natural sciences

Awards:

  • Certificate of Appreciation, JPL/Raytheon Pasadena, 2001.
  • California Governor’s Scholarship, 2001.
  • Pasadena City College President’s Scholarship, 2001.

Education:

 

  • University of California, Santa Cruz: Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Economics, combined with coursework focused in sustainable economic development.
  • Pasadena City College: Associate of Arts, various coursework in humanities, social sciences, engineering, and computer sciences.
  • Pasadena City College: Certificate in Technical Modeling and Animation, coursework in CAD, 3D technical animation, and engineering drawing.

 

Experience:

Environmental Programs Specialist:  Josephine Fleming, Environmental Innovations.  Coordinate assistance and recognition program for businesses that meet and exceed environmental regulations and targets for County of Santa Cruz, City of Watsonville, City of Scotts Valley, and City of Capitola.   Assist with developing and executing program to increase locally derived sustainable biodiesel.  Additional duties include general administrative and IT support for small office.  (July 2008 to Present)Tomra Consulting Services:  Self-Employed.  Contract with various private and non-profit businesses groups on environmental and ecological programs. Consult with UC Santa Cruz students on various projects that included defining and implementing 2007/2008 Strategic Plan, and coordinate implementation of new application procedures for sustainable projects grants through the Campus Sustainability Council at UC Santa Cruz.  Provide user training, technical assistance and web administration tasks for Ecology Action of Santa Cruz’s www.EcoCruz.org collaboration tool.  Contract with Environmental Innovations (above) on various projects and programs. (July 2007 to Present)

Environmental Compliance Unit Intern:  Amy Gross, County of Santa Cruz Department of Public Works.  Performed research and analysis necessary to make recommendations for using biodiesel in vehicle fleet.  Worked on environmental indicators and metrics for best practices in pollution prevention, waste prevention, and resource conservation.  Performed various administrative and outreach tasks as assigned. (September 2006 to June 2007)

Accounting Intern, Residuals:  Paramount Pictures Corporation.  Maintained the Developing Program filing system, formatted monthly and quarterly reports, assisted with monthly and quarterly disbursement of checks in excess of $4M per disbursement.  Performed calculations for reimbursement billings for major television networks in excess of $1M per disbursement.  Oversaw and maintained minor trust account database, and issued and disbursed checks to minor accounts. (March 2004 to December 2004)

Associate Data Technician: Raytheon Pasadena, Scientific Data Systems Implementation and Operations.  Under supervision of computer and aerospace engineers, wrote bash scripts and routines for automating SAR digital image processing.  Performed tests to identify anomalies and identify solution.  Proof read and formatted technical user manual for navigation software package developed with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. (June 2001 to September 2002)

Leadership & Community Experience:

Director of Planning and Development:  Campus Sustainability Council (CSC) at UC Santa Cruz.  The CSC is a student-run grantmaking body with responsibility for allocating funds to student-led projects that work in collaboration with the administration and achieve greater campus sustainability.  With ~$250K annually, the CSC is the sole funding source for many student-led projects at UC Santa Cruz.  As the Director of Planning and Development, oversaw the implementation of a new application procedure, developed a robust set of evaluation criteria, defined and guided organizational restructuring efforts including organizational management and partnerships with various campus units, and trained incoming council members and applicants.  (October 2007 to Present)

Research Project Team Lead: Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP) at UC Santa Cruz.  ELSP is the student-led seminar series offered to undergraduate and graduate students and the community.  Research included surveys of Marketing Claims Analysis, Product Life Cycle Analyses, Global Commodity Chain Analysis, and Eco-Product Certifications.  Action steps were taken to increase the availability and awareness of green products at multiple levels of the UC Santa Cruz community, including students, departments, and administration.

Volunteer: Various Animal Shelters.  Volunteered with Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA and at various other shelters in and around Pasadena, California.  In addition to general operations and maintenance help, played and was a companion to many rescued or injured domestic and exotic animals: llamas, alpacas, African crowned cranes, cats, dogs, pigs, various tropical birds, and various water fowl.

Leadership & Community Experience:

Director of Planning and Development:  Campus Sustainability Council (CSC) at UC Santa Cruz.  The CSC is a student-run grantmaking body with responsibility for allocating funds to student-led projects that work in collaboration with the administration and achieve greater campus sustainability.  With ~$250K annually, the CSC is the sole funding source for many student-led projects at UC Santa Cruz.  As the Director of Planning and Development, oversaw the implementation of a new application procedure, developed a robust set of evaluation criteria, defined and guided organizational restructuring efforts including organizational management and partnerships with various campus units, and trained incoming council members and applicants.  (October 2007 to Present)

Research Project Team Lead: Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP) at UC Santa Cruz.  ELSP is the student-led seminar series offered to undergraduate and graduate students and the community.  Research included surveys of Marketing Claims Analysis, Product Life Cycle Analyses, Global Commodity Chain Analysis, and Eco-Product Certifications.  Action steps were taken to increase the availability and awareness of green products at multiple levels of the UC Santa Cruz community, including students, departments, and administration.

Volunteer: Various Animal Shelters.  Volunteered with Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA and at various other shelters in and around Pasadena, California.  In addition to general operations and maintenance help, played and was a companion to many rescued or injured domestic and exotic animals: llamas, alpacas, African crowned cranes, cats, dogs, pigs, various tropical birds, and various water fowl.

Sheila Peck, Environmental Programs Specialist

Skills Summary:

  • Excellent writer
  • Background in environmental planning, biodiversity conservation, conservation biology and landscape ecology
  • Ability to work well with all types of people
  • Ability to understand the needs of a diverse range of clients, including businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and homeowners
  • Strong interest in developing local solutions to larger environmental problems
  • Proficient in Spanish

Awards:

Charles Lathrop Pack Forestry Essay Prize, University of California, Berkeley, 1994.

College of Environmental Design Alumni Association Award for Professional Promise, University of California, Berkeley, 1992.

Scholarship, California Native Plant Society, East Bay Chapter, 1992.

Education:

University of California at Berkeley: Master of Science in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.

University of California at Berkeley: Master of Landscape Architecture, environmental planning focus.

Wesleyan University: Bachelor of Arts in Religion.

Publications:

Peck, S.  Planning for Biodiversity:  Issues and Examples.  Washington, D. C.:  Island Press, 1998.

Peck, S.  “Ecological Principles of Landscape Conservation.”  On the Ground 1,2 (1995):  11-12.

Peck, S.  Landscape Conservation Planning:  Preserving Ecosystems in Open Space Networks.  Berkeley, CA:  Integrated Hardwood Range Management Program, 1993.

Experience:

Environmental Consultant: Josephine Fleming, Environmental Innovations. Responsible for establishing and implementing the Sharp Solutions for Home Medicines Program, which provides free sites for the public to dispose of household medicines and sharps in Santa Cruz County.

Biodiversity Writer/Researcher, Self-employed. Researched and wrote Planning for Biodiversity: Issues and Examples, a 222-page book published by Island Press in 1998. The book synthesizes ecological concepts, primarily from landscape ecology and conservation biology, for conservation planners without strong ecological backgrounds. It also includes twelve case studies. Planning for Biodiversity received favorable reviews in such journals as Conservation Biology and the American Planning Association Journal. (1994 to 1997)

Landscape Ecology Consultant, Strategic Planning Program, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Sacramento, CA. Represented the Department of Forestry in the Northern Sacramento Valley Sustainable Landscapes Project. Designed and presented oak woodland conservation alternatives using a geographic information system, and helped facilitate discussions among landowners, agency personnel, and local government officials. Gave presentations on landscape ecology, landscape monitoring, and urban forestry. Reviewed SPP-sponsored manuscripts prior to publication. (1994-1995)

Planning Coordinator, Integrated Hardwood Range Management Program, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. Gave presentations on landscape ecology at planning workshops around California. Developed and wrote Quercus, a newsletter geared towards planning and preserving oak woodlands. (1993-1994)

Community Outreach Assistant, USDA Forest Service, Berkeley, CA. Created poster presentation of urban forestry issues for the Sierra Nevada community of Bear Valley. Initiated and wrote the newsletter Trees in Trust to follow up on these themes. (1991)

Environmental Education Instructor, The Headlands Institute, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Sausalito, CA. Developed and led 1-5 day environmental education programs for children from a range of ages (kindergarten through high school) and backgrounds (rural, suburban, urban, and inner city). (1988-1990)

Diana Dakik, Environmental Programs Specialist

Skills Summary:

  • Ability to work in diverse teams and communicate well with others.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills with special attention to time management.
  • Highly motivated and eager to meet new challenges.
  • Experience reviewing and preparing documents related to CEQA and NEPA.
  • Experience analyzing Environmental Impact Reports, Statements and Initial Studies.
  • Fluent in Hebrew, Spanish and Farsi
  • Proficiency with ArcView GIS, STATA, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Adobe PageMaker

Education:

University of California, Santa Cruz: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Economics, combined with coursework focused in Planning and Development.

Experience:

Recycling Technician: City of Monterey Plans and Public Works. Promoted recycling programs and education to businesses and residential communities. Special projects included solid waste audits for various hotels, and recycling program development and training at the Post Navel Graduate School in Monterey, California.

Land Use Planning Intern: Santa Cruz Department of Planning and Community Development. Assisted with various projects within Current Planning, Future Planning, Building Code Inspections and the Green Building Program. Duties also included researching and assessing future development for the Santa Cruz 2030 General Plan. Assisted with the writing of a Smoking Lounge Ordinance, and the writing of an informational Green Building Catalog.

Marketing Intern: Friends of the Community Agroecology Network, Santa Cruz. Promoted community awareness of fair trade coffee production, and coordinated events and educational workshops.

Leadership & Community Experience:

Campaign Coordinator: Santa Cruz County Third District Supervisor Campaign 2006. Organized meetings and events to promote the candidate.