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We Need Your Input!

Drawdown: Marin is becoming a nonprofit organization. This new nonprofit will partner with the County to effectively implement the Drawdown: Marin Strategic Plan.

We’ve formed a working group made up of Drawdown: Marin Executive Steering Committee members and a member of our Equity Task Force. They will assist County Staff to develop necessary documents and those documents will be posted for public review. See below for important milestones and opportunities to engage in our process!

We are currently seeking public input on our Board Member Selection Criteria. We are also working to recruit diverse individuals to serve on our new Board. Join Drawdown: Marin’s “office hours” every Tuesday from 10:30-11:30a and learn more about the organization and how you can get involved. Go to the Drawdown: Marin Community Calendar for scheduled office hour sessions and sign-ups.

You can also nominate an individual to serve on the new nonprofit Board of Directors.

Key Milestones

  • Launch nonprofit working group [complete]
  • Seek community input on Board Member Selection Criteria [in process]
  • Seek Board of Supervisors approval to form nonprofit, allocate additional County staff time for support, and fund the nonprofit and implementation of the Strategic Plan [complete]
  • Community Board Member Recruitment: Call for applicants! Key Responsibilities and Board Member Application posted online [not started]
  • Select 9 community members to serve as Board members; begin recruitment for 8 remaining Board Members (Agency/Local Government/Elected Officials) [not started]
  • Select 8 remaining Board Members [not started]
  • Finalize legal formation of nonprofit with Federal and State governments [not started]
  • Hold first Drawdown: Marin Board Meeting [not started]

Board of Directors

We are in the process of recruiting new Board Members to sit on the first Board of Directors. The Board will be made up of 19 individuals representing the Marin County community.

Who are the Board Members?

We are starting with the community and will select 10 community members. After they are selected, we will recruit 9 additional members from various local agencies, organizations, and local governments.

How will we select Board Members?

The working group developed draft selection criteria. The criteria was developed after review of similar criteria from a variety of Bay Area and U.S. nonprofits. The working group and County Staff will evaluate all applications received using this criteria.

Persons interested in serving on the Board of Directors should review the selection criteria, key responsibilities, vision and values, and bylaws before applying.

Documents for Review and/or Input

  • Board Member Selection Criteria [draft]
    Share your thoughts on the selection criteria we will use when selecting the new Drawdown: Marin Board of Directors. Review the Draft Selection Criteria and submit your comments to Drawdown: Marin. If you have accessibility needs, please contact us by email.
  • Board Member Application [coming soon]
  • Board Member Key Responsibilities [coming soon]
  • Drawdown: Marin Bylaws [coming soon]

Legal Formation

Drawdown: Marin is working with independent legal counsel to form the nonprofit.

Funding

Drawdown: Marin continues to seek grants and other funding sources to support implementation of the Drawdown: Marin solutions, equity initiatives, and community engagement around climate change and implementation of the solutions.

Questions?

Contact Drawdown: Marin.

General

Strategic Plan

The Drawdown: Marin Strategic Plan summarizes all 29 solutions, necessary equity work and initiatives, community empowerment and engagement priorities, and governance and funding frameworks and needs for 2021-2030. The Marin County Board of Supervisors received and endorsed the Strategic Plan on December 8, 2020.

If you have any questions regarding the Strategic Plan, please contact Alex Porteshawver.

Drawdown: Marin Strategic Plan
Appendix A - What is Drawdown: Marin?
Appendix B - Equity in Practice
Appendix C - Year 1 Survey Results and Analysis
Appendix D - Drawdown: Marin Guiding Principles and Solutions Evaluation Criteria
Appendix E - Drawdown: Marin Solutions - Detailed Solutions Information and Comparison
Appendix F - Responses to Public Comments on the July 2020 Public Draft Strategic Plan

Events/Marketing Resources

Sponsorship Criteria
Partner Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Background Reading Materials for All Groups

A New Book on the Climate Crisis Makes the Persuasive Case That We're Not Doomed (The Nation)
This Article Won't Change Your Mind (The Atlantic)
Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

Collective Impact Workshop

Powerpoint
TRIZ Exercise Handout
TRIZ Notes
About Collective Impact Handout
Workshop Photos
Posters

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training - May 2020

Session 1, 2, and 3 Materials, Homework, and Handouts

Academic Partnership/Research

Berkeley Law, University of California, Project Climate, Sadie Frank, Drawdown Marin: Governance Challenges and Opportunities

Executive Steering Committee

Executive Steering Committee

Roster

Community Outreach Partnership

Community Outreach Partnership

Roster

Stakeholder Collaboratives

Stakeholder Collaboratives

Equity

Community Ambassador Program

The Community Ambassador Program is made possible by a Marin Community Foundation grant ($126,451) that funds internal and external equity initiatives and supports Drawdown: Marin as it works towards meaningfully including communities of color.

The Ambassador Program recognizes existing community leaders, offers storytelling, climate change, and advocacy training, stipends for participation, and assistance to develop projects that implement existing community priorities, address climate change, and improve quality of life for Marin County’s most undeserved communities.

Project Development Process

The Drawdown: Marin Community Ambassador Program seeks to acknowledge and support existing community leaders from underserved populations and communities of color to advocate for community priorities, learn about climate change, and share information about Drawdown: Marin with friends, neighbors, and family members. Ambassadors identified community priorities and practiced critical thinking to invent solutions through the lens of Drawdown: Marin’s 6 Focus Areas. Ambassadors learned about the climate crisis and explored and evaluated Drawdown: Marin’s endorsed solutions. Working in groups facilitated by volunteers from the Drawdown: Marin Equity Task Force, Ambassadors adopted a rhythm of continuous growth and inclusive decision-making as they developed their project proposals.

Grant Review Committee

12 Ambassadors worked to develop and submit community project proposals to Drawdown: Marin for review and potential grant funding. Funding is available through a Marin Community Foundation (MCF) awarded to Drawdown: Marin in June 2019 to “more deeply engage communities of color” in the initiative. In the spirit of inclusion, a grant review committee composed of 6 members: Drawdown: Marin staff, the Multicultural Center of Marin staff, the Environmental Forum of Marin staff, and Canal Alliance’s “Voces del Canal” program volunteers reviewed the community project proposals. On May 21, 2021, the committee shared their evaluation and thoughts on each community project. At the culmination of the initial committee review, members took a democratic vote to elect projects to receive grant funds.

Selected Projects

Projects selected for implementation are as follows:

  • Empowered Women Cleaning Marin by Fátima Piña
  • Expanding Trash Disposals in the Canal Community by Linh and Mai Thach
  • Community Greening Project by Ha Lu, Alida Calderon, and Sebastiana Gomez

Next Steps

Awardees will convene for a kick-off meeting to discuss logistics related to funding distribution and grant reporting, how best to connect with project partners that will assist with implementation, and on-going technical assistance, which will be provided by the Multicultural Center of Marin staff. Projects must be implemented in 1 year.

Equity Task Force

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training - May 2020

Meetings