In Alameda County, we know powerful and lasting change comes from the ground up. That’s why we’re showcasing leaders in our community that are passionate about cleaner energy and choose to support EBCE as the county’s community choice energy provider. The opportunity for change has never been brighter and it starts with us.
Share a fun fact about you. I am a SCUBA diving instructor (inactive).
Why is clean energy important to you? In California I used to dive beautiful, lush, and sometimes treacherous kelp forests. They are disappearing. It scares me. How long can earth survive under this kind of stress? What am I leaving to my grand kids, niece, and nephew?
What about EBCE’s program interests you the most and why? I opted up to Renewable 100 because I want to promote building more renewable energy, and it costs me only $4 extra a month. Our roof is shaded by ten Sycamore trees, and not the best roof for solar, so Renewable 100 is what I had been waiting for!
What kind of future do you imagine for our communities? All the energy produced within or close to our own communities could eliminate expensive and high risk high voltage transmission. Fossil free energy is much more earth friendly and cost effective. With renewable energy cost dropping it is no longer a dream, and EBCE gives me hope that day might come sooner than we imagine.
This interview has been condensed for clarity.
Organizations and Businesses
Owner, Pacific Ring Sports
Pacific Ring Sports has been a local martial arts gym since 2004, specializing in Muay Thai, Boxing, Jiu Jitsu, and MMA. They enjoy being in Alameda County because of the diversity of culture and great weather.
Sustainable Program Manager, Schnitzer Steel (Pick-n-Pull)
Schnitzer and Pick-n-pull have been proudly serving the City of Oakland and Alameda County for over 60 years. They believe that similar to EBCE, their business contributes to local benefits and a sustainable future.
Owner, Five Little Monkeys
Five Little Monkeys is a toy store with locations in both Albany and Berkeley. They also have locations in Walnut Creek, Novato, and Burlingame.
Stephanie says, “We feel very connected to the local East Bay community. We try to choose practices that are sustainable, such as using energy efficient light bulbs and equipment to selling eco-friendly toys.”
Five Little Monkeys has high hopes about the East Bay’s future and wants to encourage children about sustainable living.
Founder, House Kombucha, San Leandro
House Kombucha is a family-run, community business dedicated to bringing the ancient tradition of fermenting living, probiotic teas into modern light. Founded by Rana Lehmer-Chang in 2009, it’s become an integral part of the San Francisco Bay Area’s thriving food economy.
Beyond just making a great tasting and healthy beverage, they are a young, owner-operated, social enterprise. They value quality craftsmanship, health and safety, local economic development, and environmental stewardship. They distribute their kombucha in bottles and kegs through a growing network of coops, neighborhood cafes, offices, popular grocery outlets, and natural food stores.