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Rider Spotlight: Jessica Pollitz

Emily Kern on May 24, 2016, 11:49 AM

Jessica Pollitz is “a woman of action.” Whether it’s working with Engineers Without Borders in Fiji, Thailand and Peru, visiting all 50 of California’s State Parks, or biking with Climate Ride for her first time this year, Jessica definitely lives up to her personal motto, “Be more AWESOME!”

Jessica is a civil engineer in Napa County working to help make wineries and residences more water efficient. She has worked on several rainwater harvesting projects and with the California Alternative Water Source group working to solve where California gets water and how to do it sustainably.

Since college, Jessica has volunteered with Engineers Without Borders and is preparing to travel to Peru this summer to help build the third rainwater harvesting system for a village school…

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Rider Spotlight: Alan and Hannah Wilken

Emily Kern on May 21, 2016, 7:06 PM

This father-daughter duo has biked many places together, including much of New England, New York, and even Spain! This year, they join us from all the way in Massachusetts and New York to bike in California for the first time!

Alan first joined Climate Ride last year on the Northeast Ride and knew immediately that his daughter Hannah “would love this.” He was right. Hannah takes advantage of every opportunity she can to bike with her dad.  “He’s a committed rider, and I’m very inspired by that. Any chance I have to ride with him, I do!” Hannah explains.

Hannah and Alan are biking to support Greenagers, a small nonprofit near and dear to their home of Stockbridge, MA. Greenagers connects…

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Rider Spotlight: James Reber on Climate Ride California 2016

Caeli Quinn on May 20, 2016, 5:49 PM

Meet James Reber, the Executive Director of San Jose Parks Foundation, who is taking on the challenge of his first Climate Ride on the California North Coast. James originally set a fundraising goal of $3,500 and now he has surpassed a whopping $7,000 for the cause! Here's his story.

Why are you participating in Climate Ride? 

It's a confluence of reasons. I am an avid cyclist and have always wanted to do a "big organized ride". Shiloh Ballard [the Executive Director of Silicon…

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Pre-Ride Spotlight: Stephen Stewart

Emily Kern on May 18, 2016, 4:21 PM

Meet Stephen Stewart. Climate Ride California will be Stephen’s first Climate Ride, although long distance charitable bike rides are nothing new for him. 

In 2009, Stephen rode from San Francisco to San Diego as a part of the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) Million Dollar Challenge. This year, “I wanted to see more of the northern part of California, and what a great way to see it—on a bike while supporting the environment." Stephen’s beneficiary organization is the…

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Pre-Ride Spotlight: Greg Dalton on Climate Ride California 2016

Caeli Quinn on May 17, 2016, 1:37 PM

Greg Dalton training for Climate Ride

Greg Dalton founded Climate One at The Commonwealth Club in 2007 after traveling to the Russian Arctic on a global warming symposium with climate scientists and journalists. Today Climate One produces a weekly radio show broadcast on public stations in Marin, Monterey and Sonoma counties. Greg also hosts a monthly TV show broadcast on KRCB TV 22 on Comcast and DirecTV and a monthly Climate One radio show aired on stations around the country. The 2016 California Ride is Greg's first…

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