Claire Kasinadhuni

CivicSpark Climate Fellow, 2020-2021

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Claire Kasinadhuni is a CivicSpark Climate Fellow at Sierra Business Council for the 2020-2021 service year. CivicSpark is an AmeriCorps service program under the Local Government Commission dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address climate change and other issues facing the state of California. Over the course of 11 months, Claire will assist SBC activities in building climate and energy resilience for rural communities in the Sierra Nevadas. Claire moved to Truckee from Seattle Washington. She graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Washington. During college, Claire spent her time working in the dirt, starting off as a University of Washington Farm intern and then becoming a farm lead. She also worked in a hydroponics lab, the first on campus, where she grew vegetables indoors. Later on, she became interested in politics and interned for a Seattle Congresswoman, assisting with environmental policy and later with a political consulting firm. Her interest in public policy grew out of her background in environmental issues which eventually landed her in the beautiful Sierra working with SBC.

Born and raised in Washington, Claire has grown up around mountains and has grown accustomed to a life centered around the outdoors. Moving to the Sierra was an easy choice, and she continues participating in the things she loves whether it’s running, biking, climbing, skiing or wildlife watching. On the weekends you’ll find her out of the house exploring her new home or cooking/painting/watching movies in the evenings.

Blogs by Claire Kasinadhuni

Beyond land acknowledgements: Decolonization in the Sierra

we’d be poor advocates of the region if we failed to acknowledge the history and current role of the original stewards of the Sierra Nevada. From the Maidu to the Miwok, the Niesenan to the Shoshone, the Paiute to the Washoe, and all the other diverse cultures throughout the region, the Indigenous peoples of Sierra Nevada were the original caretakers of this landscape, and they are critical partners that should be respected and involved in this region’s future. 

Lessons in Capacity: How Bold Climate Policy Plays Out at a Local Level

For fear of sounding like a broken record, I will skip over the detailed account of how my fellowship/life is not exactly as I expected it to be, thanks to the pandemic. It’s 2021 but you could also call it December 56th, 2020. It didn’t become a brand new world January 1st, we are still wearing masks, working from home in our sweatpants, and trying to avoid refreshing the news. At the same time, I have been pondering the beauty of my unexpected journey to CivicSpark and SBC.

Introducing Claire Kasinadhuni, SBC’s new CivicSpark Climate Fellow

I entered college knowing I would major in environmental studies. This interest in the environment was the constant in my ever-changing adolescence (and involved many phases, including when I only wore green, yikes!) and it helped direct me when I arrived on campus as one of the 45,000 students at the University of Washington. I started taking environmental classes right off the bat and didn’t have to flounder around, searching for some deep unstoked passion. It was already there.

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, I have grown up with the luxury of beautiful mountains, trails, rivers, and beaches. I spent most of my free time recreating outdoors and waited for any opportunity to venture to new places. Studying the environment seemed like an extension of the things I love. I could learn about the birds, trees, and rocks that I saw. I could learn about the tides and the rivers that I know. I could become an expert on my home.

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