My name is Michael Mayfield and I am a new student intern at The Climate Center working on community outreach in the greater Fresno area. Specifically, I have been working with Destiny Rodriguez to build a strong coalition of those in support of forming a Community Choice agency (CCA) in Fresno.
By connecting with community organizations and activist groups in the area, we are able to best understand how to coordinate efforts in order achieve our shared climate goals. Moreover, by engaging with many stakeholders, we can effectively elevate the discussion of Community Choice Energy in the area.
I first became interested in climate resiliency as a student at Fresno State. As an undergrad, I studied environmental science and served as president of the campus Sustainability Club. In fact, I first found out about The Climate Center when Destiny Rodriguez gave an overview of the organization at one of our club’s meetings.
Since then, I have leveraged students and others to become civically engaged both on campus and in the Fresno Community. Representing The Climate Center, I have met with officials from city government, spoke at city hall, and worked to continue the discussion of a need for clean, resilient, and sustainable energy in the city of Fresno.
I recently obtained a B.S. in Environmental Science from Fresno State. I am proud to announce that I will continue on with my studies to achieve an M.S. in Environmental Policy from The University of Johns Hopkins.