Environmental Sustainability Commission


  • Commission meets quarterly, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.  Meetings are scheduled for the first Thursday of the months of March, June, September, and December. Check agenda for any changes to the standard meeting time.
  • Development Services Center, Patterson or Niles Room (check agenda), 39550 Liberty Street
  • For meeting information call 510-494-4438

Agendas and Minutes

Agendas are available prior to meetings.
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Member Appointment Date Reappointment Date Term Expires

Business Community
Paul Kelley

Development/Construction Industry
John Rennels
05/14/13 01/13/15
Environmental Organization
Richard Godfrey, Chair
05/14/13 01/03/17 12/31/20
Public At Large
Shiva Swaminathan, Vice Chair
05/14/13 01/13/15
Public At Large
Carolyn Obata
05/14/13 01/03/17 12/31/20
Public At Large
Daniel O'Donnell
05/14/13 01/13/15


  • Rachel DiFranco, Sustainability Coordinator, Email, 510-494-4451
  • Dan Schoenholz, Deputy Director of Community Development, Email, 510-494-4438


The commission shall act in an advisory capacity to the city council and shall have the following duties and responsibilities, functions, and objectives:
  • Advise the city council on emerging policy issues related to environmental sustainability.
  • Advise the city council on updates to the Climate Action Plan, and receive periodic progress reports from staff on meeting climate action goals.
  • Advise the city council on policy for recycling, source reduction, and waste diversion.
  • Assist the city with marketing, public education, outreach, and promotion activities in order to stimulate the greatest possible participation in sustainability efforts.
  • Provide a forum to receive public comment on environmental sustainability.
  • At the request of the city council, the environmental sustainability commission may perform other advisory functions not noted above/