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Maddie Dolan joined FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS) as an Environmental Services Intern in May 2019. She is a rising senior at the University of California, Berkeley, double majoring in Environmental Economics & Policy and Society & Environment. Before interning at FirstCarbon Solutions, she worked for Bay Area Green Tours and Global Green Economic Forum in Singapore. She currently holds positions as UC Berkeley Panhellenic Vice President of Sustainability and Co-President of “Greening the Greeks.” Maddie is particularly passionate about Environmental Justice issues and hopes to continue her education with a Master’s in Public Policy or a related field.

Recent Posts

How is COVID-19 Impacting CEQA Litigation and Statutes of Limitations?

In response to COVID-19’s impact on the California legal system, the Judicial Council of California adopted emergency regulations that significantly extend the time individuals have to file lawsuits challenging the approval of development projects.

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Resources for California Jurisdictional and Regulatory Updates

As counties have begun to reopen and there are new updates every day, California local and statewide COVID-19 response measures are changing the way businesses and communities engage in regulatory and environmental compliance.

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Webinar Recap: Bringing Together ESG and Municipal Financing

In this webinar, we present ESG in the context of private investing for local governments, what ESG factors and risks are used by bond raters, and climate resiliency during the current pandemic. 

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Five Steps for Noise Monitoring during COVID-19 Shelter in Place Orders

Do you have a project moving through the discretionary approval process that requires noise impact analysis? As many project proponents are finding out, the economic disruption caused by COVID-19 has fundamentally altered ambient noise conditions. 

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How to Conduct a Successful Virtual Meeting

Many people have suddenly found themselves in the world of working remotely. In measures to protect employees, countless companies have implemented travel restrictions and remote work arrangements indefinitely. 

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Resilient Cities: Adaptation and Municipal Financing in the COVID-19 Era

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors have become key considerations in the private sector when investors and companies are evaluating, disclosing, and mitigating risk. In the public sector, local governments face similar risks and many of the same ESG criteria are used by bond rating agencies to evaluate municipal credit ratings.

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Breaking Down California’s New Executive Order on CEQA Public Notice Requirements

The Governor of California has issued a new Executive Order which suspends certain posting, filing, and notice requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) until June 21st. 

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FCS Gets Green Business Certified

Every day, organizations around the world take steps to reduce their environmental impact and ensure that their operations are sustainable. In 2019, the team at FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS) felt it was about time to pursue a Green Business Certification from the California Green Business Network (CGBN). 

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Staying Safe While Conducting Essential Fieldwork During the COVID-19 Pandemic

With the rise of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and globally, we at FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS) are working hard to ensure the health and safety of our staff and clients, and remain committed to helping mitigate the risk and spread of COVID-19 in the communities in which we live and work.

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Five Best Practices for Preparing and Releasing EIRs During COVID-19 Restrictions

The outbreak of COVID-19 has driven businesses, government agencies, and other organizations to rapidly develop plans to ensure the health and safety of workers while mitigating financial risk and continuing to conduct essential operations.

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COVID-19 Update: Reaffirming Our Dedication To You

As more COVID-19 cases are confirmed in the U.S. and globally, we at FirstCarbon Solutions are taking extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of our staff. During this time of uncertainty and change I want to assure you of our continual commitment to you, our customer, and to the reliable, excellent service you have come to expect from FirstCarbon Solutions.

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What Are Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, and Why Are They in Our Oceans?

Sunscreens are amazing. They shield us from harmful UV rays, keep us from getting sunburned, and help prevent skin cancer. So why, in summer of last year, did the state of Hawaii ban more than 3,500 sunscreens from even entering the islands?

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What are Mangrove Forests?

Mangrove forests play a vital role in maintaining healthy ecosystems both locally and globally, and they are coming more and more into the international spotlight. Threatened by climate change, pollution, overfishing, and human expansion, mangroves need our protection to survive. But why are these forests under threat, and why are so many organizations now prioritizing their preservation?

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What is the Blue Economy?

The Blue Economy was first introduced by Prof. Gunter Pauli in 2004 when he published his book, The Blue Economy, which featured a plan on how to connect seemingly disparate environmental concerns to turn “scarcity to abundance.”

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Planting Seeds for Culture Change: Greek Life at UC Berkeley

As a member of a sorority at UC Berkeley, I notice that institutional barriers cause inaction across several issues that pervade the Greek* system, including the issue of sustainability. In an effort to disrupt this stagnation and attack issues of waste generation, food security, lack of sustainability education, etc., I revamped a long lost club called “Greening the Greeks.” Our mission is to make sweeping cultural, infrastructural, and educational change within fraternities and sororities at UC Berkeley in ways that improve our treatment of the environment.

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