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November 12, 2013 > City of Fremont Briefs

City of Fremont Briefs

Submitted By Cheryl Golden

Fremont will welcome Thai Royalty

On Nov. 18, Princess Soamsawali Mahidol of Thailand and her royal entourage will spend the day at FremontÕs Senior Center. Princess Soamsawali is renowned for her passion for public health and social welfare and supports a multitude of Thai Red Cross Society programs. Her visit to the Senior Center will be packed with exciting activities, including a Zumba class, ballroom dancing, tai chi classes and a traditional Thai dance performance.

This is the PrincessÕs second trip to the City of Fremont. She first visited the Fremont Senior Center back in 1996, where she reportedly had such a wonderful time that she had to come back for more. Clearly, Fremont is a great place to be, for royals and residents alike. During the royal visit, Mayor Bill Harrison will present the Princess with a Key to the City as a symbol that the door to Fremont is always open for her.

Fremont Hires Sustainability Coordinator

Environmental sustainability is one of the CityÕs highest priorities. From the Climate Action Plan recently adopted by the City Council, to the newly-created Environmental Sustainability Commission, to the CityÕs recent role as host of the Western Regional Cleantech Open event for environmentally-focused entrepreneurs, Fremont is taking on a growing leadership role in the sustainability realm.

As the next step in its efforts, the City has hired Rachel DiFranco, a Fremont native, as its new Sustainability Coordinator. A graduate of American High School, Rachel obtained her bachelorÕs degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Global Studies and has a masterÕs degree in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development. She has extensive experience working on energy efficiency and solar programs in the Bay Area.

In her new role, Rachel will:
¥ Oversee implementation of the Climate Action Plan
¥ Coordinate and promote energy efficiency efforts in the community
¥ Identify and implement opportunities for emission reductions in City operations
¥ Provide staff assistance to the Environmental Sustainability Commission

If you need assistance or have questions about the CityÕs sustainability programs, contact Rachel at or (510) 494-4451.

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