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Welcome Michele!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Since becoming the Sustainability Manager for Palm Springs Michele has worked diligently to improve sustainability in the City. This includes adding over 40 electric vehicle charging stations, introducing desert landscape programs, creating an urban forestry inventory and local food production programs. The City has won numerous awards and designations since Michele began the sustainability department’s programs including the California Center for Sustainable Energy’s state award for sustainable cities.

Michele is an active philanthropist and enjoys volunteering for local community organizations. As a Chi Omega she is delighted to be involved in the local Alumni Chapter and the Tampa chapter. Michele was also a member of the 2010 class of Leadership Coachella Valley.

Michele attended American University in Washington D.C. and continued her studies at the University of South Florida completing a BA in Technical Writing, a certificate in Latin American Studies and a Masters in Environmental Science. Michele also attended La Suerta Biological Field School to study Rainforest Ecology. Michele worked as an editor for the University of South Florida newspaper, the Oracle and was the editorial assistant for several academic journals including Organization and Environment. After graduate school Michele worked as a cartographer and GIS analyst. Mician still pursues academia by serving as Adjunct Faculty in the Women Studies department and teaches Eco-feminism and Intro to Women’s Studies via the internet.

For fun, Michele enjoys athletic activities such as swimming, running, biking, singing and dancing. She also enjoys cooking, making pottery and gardening. She has a certificate in permaculture design from Cazadero California’s acclaimed Earth Activist Training course, has many years of experience educating children at schools and working on organic farms and has spent over 20 years educating the public about pesticides, recycling and protecting our forests.

She received a designation as one of Rotary’s Global Study Exchange team members to Japan and was honored to serve as a Rotary Peace Fellow at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand for the 2012 program. Ms. Mician is a marathoner and yoga teacher and practitioner.