Mutual admiration society |

Mutual admiration society

Melinda Booth of South Yuba River Citizens League praises Cal Solar for their commitment to maintaining and protecting the Yuba and Bear River watersheds.
Photo by Josh Miller

When a business mission and culture is that of environmentalism, it is a way of life for the entire team. Immersing the team in the broader environmental community is a philosophy of California Solar Electric Company (Cal Solar).

“We are a values-driven company and we put worker and community benefit at the core of our purpose,” said Cal Solar’s Senior Project Manager Angelica Niblock.

One such community benefit is the South Yuba River Citizens League’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

“We have been buying passes for our employees for the past several years to attend the Wild & Scenic Film Festival,” Niblock said. “It’s one of the best things that happens in this community all year round. It’s where activists go to get inspired.”

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival website states that the festival inspires people to heal the earth. It is a call to action. Festival goers are transformed into activists dedicated to saving our threatened planet. The environmental and adventure films illustrate the Earth’s beauty. They also show the challenges facing our planet and the communities working to protect it. The festival is also a means of raising resources for South Yuba River Citizens League to recover California’s wild salmon and protect the Yuba River.

Melinda Booth is the league’s director.

“Cal Solar has been a very generous sponsor of the organization as a whole,” said Booth. “They provide monetary support, but they engage, as well. They purchase tickets and they encourage proactive participation. They are at the parties, films, they have a general presence, as well as attendees.”

Yuba River cleanup

Cal Solar’s Casey Tomasi is a solar installer. He has enjoyed free passes and volunteering at the festival. He speaks highly of Cal Solar’s involvement with South Yuba River Citizens League, including the Yuba River cleanup. He says it’s one of the reasons he joined the staff at Cal Solar.

“Volunteering with the river cleanup with (the league), and all the involvement in the community, these speak very loudly to me,” Tomasi said. “Cal Solar built a remote power station for Standing Rock, too. We have multiple electric vehicles, and an electric golf cart. The genuine commitment to the environment is a big part of why I work here.”

“Cal Solar not only provides financial support for the Yuba River Cleanup, they pull together a Cal Solar team,” said Booth. “They ask all their employees to help clean up the river, and to help beautify the community. They even had matching Cal Solar river cleanup T-shirts made, which was cute. They were a large presence at the picnic and the volunteer appreciation party.”

Cal Solar’s Angelica Niblock said, “As part of our mission, we try to invest and engage in other organizations that enhance our values of the three Ps as they are commonly known: people, profit, planet, by encouraging our employees to get out of the office, and into the volunteer space.

“We like to learn about our employees on a more personal level, break down traditional hierarchical walls and assist in projects that provide a better future for our planet and community. Also, as part of that, we hope to inspire individuals to participate in whatever gets them going.”

“We are really very grateful,” Booth said. “For their support and the work they do for the environment.”

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