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Named Internship Profile Summary - Katherine Crane (McSpadden)

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  • 1. Katherine Crane ’16 graduated from the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT. She was on the honor roll all four years as well as on the board of Students for Environmental Awareness and Kucetekela Foundation. She was chosen to be a delegate for her school in the International Round Square Conference on service in Thailand. At Dartmouth, Katherine is majoring in geography and environmental studies. She is teacher for Growing Change, an interviewer for Friday Night Rock, and a club hockey player. She has interned for Light For Children, a nonprofit working on community development in Ghana, as well as VeloCityNYC, an organization that teaches underprivileged children about urban planning. She is working with the Neukom Institute’s DALI Lab to start an organization called ArtxChange Marketplace, a marketplace for art and platform for fundraising. She hopes to pursue a career in sustainable urban planning. Katherine was funded by the Rockefeller Center for a Spring 2014 internship, with generous support from the McSpadden Public Affairs Internship Fund. Executive Summary from Katherine’s final report: My internship was at the San Francisco Planning Department, which works on developing the city’s General Plan, creating neighborhood plans, improving urban design, and shaping the overall future of the city. There are two main sections of the Department: Current Planning, which works with zoning and permits, and Long-Term Citywide Planning, which works on big-picture plans for city growth in future decades. I was working for Citywide Planning in the Sustainable Development subgroup. This was a group of planners who worked on making San Francisco more sustainable, including environmental sustainability, with biodiversity plans, urban forest plans, bike transportation, and economic and social sustainability. I felt very lucky to be part of a group that was so dedicated to urban sustainability, which allowed me to see how they approach issues from many different angles. I focused on the Eco-Districts program, which aims to advance the city’s sustainability goals by approaching them from the neighborhood scale. There are four types of Eco-Districts that differ by the levels of development in the neighborhood. I worked on Type 3 Eco-Districts - neighborhoods that are already “I felt very lucky to be a part of a group that was so dedicated to urban sustainability, which allowed me to see how they approach issues from many different angles.” [MCSPADDEN PUBLIC AFFAIRS FUND INTERN PROFILE]
  • 2. developed, largely residential, and don’t have much room for growth. This included most of the neighborhoods in the city, many of which are especially challenging for sustainability projects since their infrastructure and lifestyles are already well established. The Type 3 program works bottom-up, letting the community members work together to decide their sustainability action plan. My responsibilities expanded as I became acquainted with the program and realized that we needed to solidify our goals and mission in addition to making a public outreach plan. After I realized that we hadn’t actually consulted with community members about what they wanted this program to be, I decided to do interviews with neighborhood leaders and sustainability activists. I wanted to see what work they were already doing and ask them how to make this program relevant to them. I also pushed to change the language and messaging when communicating the program to communities, for example, avoiding the use of meaningless buzzwords. My final report was based on my research and interviews, and it made recommendations about the goals, development, and public outreach strategy for the Type 3 program. In addition to this report, I worked on researching and designing a booklet containing possible sustainability projects and resources organized around the city’s Sustainable Systems Framework - a type of menu of project options for communities to choose from. I have learned an incredible amount about the planning world during this internship, which would not have been possible without the support of the Rockefeller Center and the McSpadden Public Affairs Fund. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity. I also would not have been as comfortable or prepared for my work without the experience of going through Rocky’s Management and Leadership Development Program, which gave me many useful workplace skills that are not taught in classes. Catherine on the first day of her internship at the San Francisco Planning Department in Spring 2014. 2