Sustainability Manager for the City of Palm Springs. Added over 30 electric vehicle charging stations in the City utilizing grant money for all projects. Specializes in climate adaptation with a focus on water conservation, waste reduction and local food production. Under Michele’s leadership the City has adopted a plastic bag ordinance, enacted over 200 desert landscape conversions, coordinated sustainability and health and wellness events raising over $1.5 million in funds for local charities and won several awards including the California Center for Sustainable Energy’s local government sustainability award.
Political Science major at American University, Washington D.C.; BA in Technical Writing, a certificate in Latin American Studies and Masters of Environmental Science from the University of South Florida; Graduate Certificate from USF in Women’s Studies and Adjunct Faculty member; Studied Rainforest Ecology at La Suerta Biological Field School. Cartographer and GIS analyst for Hillsborough County. Certificate in permaculture design from Cazadero California’s acclaimed Earth Activist Training course, years of experience educating children at schools and working on organic farms, 17 years educating the public about pesticides, recycling and protecting our forests. Rotary Global Study Exchange team member to Japan in 2006, Friendship Exchange for Peace in Thailand in 2008. Rotary Peace Fellow at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand in 2012.