STEM-trained Professionals Engaging in their Local Communities


Thank you for visiting Engineers & Scientists Acting Locally! ESAL is an organization dedicated to increasing local civic engagement by STEM-trained (science, technology, engineering, and math) professionals. We are a nonpartisan, non-advocacy group. Our goal is to help you become more involved in your communities by sharing opportunities, organizing events, and providing you with practical information and a forum for sharing ideas and seeking advice.

Stories from the Field: An Engineer’s Path to City Council


Our “Stories from the Field” series shares the experiences of engineers and scientists who are making a difference in their communities. by Chris Spitzer, ESAL Content Lead Is it possible to balance a technical career with a life of public service? Al Mendall is proof you can, and that science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) … Continued

Stories from the Field: Shaping State Policy with Science


This is the first post in our “Stories from the Field” series to share the experiences of engineers and scientists who are making a difference in their local communities. by Josh Lawler, Ph.D. Professor of Environmental and Forest Sciences and Co-Director, Center for Creative Conservation, University of Washington In November 2016, I got a call … Continued

Stories from the Field: Engineers & Scientists Acting Locally


by Melanie Roberts, ESAL Partnerships Lead Engineers & Scientists Acting Locally (ESAL) is dedicated to increasing local government and community engagement by professionals with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) backgrounds. We believe you can make important contributions in your communities and that local engagement is critical to addressing problems that affect us all. However, … Continued

Global Solutions Start at Home

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A version of this post appeared on August 30, 2017 in the Union of Concerned Scientists‘ blog. The original post can be viewed here. The post is reprinted here with permission. by Arti Garg “Think globally, act locally.” I first heard this phrase as a child who had just learned about Earth Day at school. … Continued

Launch of New Group to Boost Community Involvement


The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) featured an interview with ESAL Founder & Chair, Arti Garg, in the Mar-Apr issue of Fellowship Focus, the newsletter of the Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF). The interview is reprinted below with permission.   by Kathleen O’NeilQ: What prompted you to create Engineers and Scientists … Continued

Getting Involved in City Government


Aimee Bailey holds the position of Principal, Grid Innovation at EDF Innovation Lab, and has prior energy-related experience in San Francisco Bay Area at PG&E, kWh Analytics, and as a Resource Planner for the City of Palo Alto. She was a “guest of honor” at an ESAL Bay Area event in April.