For her environmental stewardship in the community, Katia Reeves received the title Environmental Hero for the 13th Senate District from state Sen. Jerry Hill. She accepted the honor during a Java with Jerry event on Friday, July 31.
Reeves is involved in multiple green organizations throughout the Bay Area, including the Barron Park Neighborhood Association Green Team, Diocese of San Jose Green Initiative, Peninsula Interfaith Climate Action (PICA) and St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Green Committee. Within these organizations, she led the way for change promoting solar energy use through SunWork Renewable Energy Projects at the parish and advocating for the City of Palo Alto's pension fund, held by CalPERS, to divest from fossil-fuel companies.
Because of her actions, PICA member Debbie Mytels nominated Reeves for the award when a staff member of Hill's contacted her.
"Someone was the leader, and that was Katia," Mytels said.
Reeves plans to continue her environmental advocacy in the community.
"I do this for my grandkids," she said, "so the direction of the world is a little better for them."