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ORGANIZATION: Climate Action Pathways for Schools

Climate Action Pathways for Schools (CAPS) is looking for a web development programming volunteer to assist and monitor a high school student intern working on developing a website using Google Firestore for CAPS (for more info see below brief from student). The website will have a dashboard that will assist CAPS in distilling and analyzing data related to building heating, ventilation, and air conditioning as part of a campaign to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in school buildings.

Climate Action Pathways for Schools is a nonprofit that partners with school districts in lower income cities across California to accomplish three main goals:

  1. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% in ten years
  2. Reduce operating costs
  3. Advance educational opportunities for students

CAPS offers paid internship opportunities to high school students that focus on project-based learning through introducing students to job opportunities in the green economy. This project was pitched to CAPS staff by a high school student as a method to clean and better organize our data. This student has already done preliminary work on the development of the database.

Scope of Work:

  • Timeframe: from 5-10 hours a month for a minimum of three months with possibility to extend (depends on growth needs of website). Since this student is still in high school any virtual meetings will need to be outside of school hours (after 3:40 pm PT M,Tu,Th,F and after 3:00 pm PT on Wednesdays).
  • Assist this student in the creation of the website.
  • Check for any errors and efficiency issues that may arise in implementation.
  • Check-in with the Energy and Sustainability Program Manager about issues and status of the website.

Final Website Deliverables:

  • Ability to upload .csv files containing building data
  • Run energy efficiency calculations based on that data
  • Display the energy efficiency and building data in an engaging manner

If interested:

If you are interested in this position or have further questions about the website please send a resume and a couple of sentences on why you are interested to Jennifer Garvin at .

Website Development Information

Video Demo (1:30) :

Current Features : Upload lighting .csv files to the website with validation View the lighting/HVAC data Calculate the energy efficiency of a school site lighting system Technical Details: Frontend is built on Vue and Firebase Backend is purely run through Firebase User authentication Database Hosting Future Goals: HVAC Data upload/Efficiency Calculations Visualize efficiency data Show how much improvements like LED lights would save money and reduce energy usage Make it pretty Optimize the website About Me: Hello! My name is Elijah Garcia. I have worked for this internship for around a year and a half, primarily on the Zero Net Energy buildings project. I began making this website around 6 months ago to replace the excel sheets we used to use to process our data. Since then, I have been working on the website for a couple of hours a week. This is my first major web development project, so I would love to learn from someone with experience in order to make the website as good as possible! If you have any questions, feel free to email Jenn!

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About Climate Action Pathways for Schools


3630 High Street, #19103, Oakland, CA 94619, US

Mission Statement

Climate Action Pathways for Schools partners with schools to provide inspiring climate education programs and implement projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while saving money for the school district. We provide pain internships that help prepare students for highly skilled college and career pathways and support them in the development of projects that mitigate climate change. At the same time, these projects reduce operating costs for school districts. We aim our climate action program primarily under-resourced schools.


The CAPS programs go beyond classroom education by harnessing the interest and commitment of students to learn about climate science and apply that knowledge to solving real world problems at their schools and contribute to growing global efforts to reduce greenhouse gases in local communities.


Computers & Technology
Education & Literacy
Computers & Technology, Education & Literacy, Environment


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Environmental Education
  • Website Programming
  • Database Administration
  • Google Apps




  • Must be at least 20
  • 5-10 hours a month
  • You will be working directly with a high school student this means being available after school hours.

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