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Posted on: February 22, 2022

[ARCHIVED] City Manager Appoints Sustainability Coordinator

Sara Letton

City Manager Appoints Sustainability Coordinator



SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA, February 22, 2022 – South Lake Tahoe City Manager, Joe Irvin, has appointed Sara Letton to the newly created position of Sustainability Coordinator, effective February 28. Mr. Irvin stated, “The addition of the Sustainability Coordinator to my team is a significant advancement toward achieving our Climate Action Plan (CAP) initiatives. Implementation of the CAP is a top priority for the City, so I’m excited to see this move forward with even greater intention and speed.” 


As the primary liaison responsible for implementing the City Council-approved CAP, Sara will work toward developing and maintaining a sustainable environment in coordination with partner entities around the Tahoe Basin. Ms. Letton stated, “I’m excited and humbled to join the stellar team at the City to help lead them on their sustainability commitments, including the new resolution to achieve 100% renewable, carbon-free electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week by 2030. I’ve been a member of the 100% Renewable Committee advising the City on meeting its previous renewable goal for the last three years, and am ready to hit the ground running.” 


Sara brings significant experience in conservation management and environmental science to her role as Sustainability Coordinator. Most recently, she served as a Program Manager for the statewide environmental nonprofit California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD), where she wrote and managed large grants and budgets that funded on-the-ground climate resilience throughout the state. Before this, Sara served as the Project Coordinator at the CARCD and at the Western Shasta Resource Conservation District. As evidenced by her time at the RCDs, Sara’s career has focused on service, beginning as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa in forestry after college and then as a middle school science educator.


Sara currently holds a Professional Science Master's in Environmental Science with an emphasis in climate change from Oregon State University and a Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology and Management from UC Davis. She has also been active in the community, having served on various boards, including the 100% Renewable Committee and the Tahoe Climate Change Action Network.


Sara and her husband, Ben, have two sons at South Tahoe Middle School and can be found supporting them by coaching soccer and basketball.


Photo: Sara Letton



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