Ross Clark, an environmental scientist for the local office of the California Coastal Commission, will work part time as Santa Cruz's first ever climate change coordinator.
"I came to the conclusion a year ago that climate change is one of the most important environmental issues to be tackling," Clark
Planning Director Greg Larson said Clark was chosen from 28 applicants because of his "strong scientific background" and extensive knowledge of coastal and river issues.
Kaitilin Gaffney of the Ocean Conservancy and a former Santa Cruz planning commissioner, believes Clark
is "an excellent choice."
very capable of pulling together the puzzle pieces of science, public policy and community input necessary to come up with an effective plan," she
At the Coastal Commission, Clark is a principal investigator responsible for water quality and wetland restoration program development.
works on projects designed to expand the state's capacity to improve water quality and wetland habitat.
, who drives a Honda CRV, has lived in Santa Cruz
for eight years with his
wife and two young daughters.
He'll split his
time between the Coastal Commission
and the city.
begins Nov. 4.