February 2018

Stand with us in support of Senate Bill 462! Tallahassee, Miami, and Brevard chapter events are inside, and the Big Bend Energy Whiz Expo will take place on March 3. A January recap is included and our causes and related events are also inside.

What a great start to the New Year! There are lots of ways to keep up the good work this month. Scroll down to check out what's happening near you! 


This Month:

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  • Pack the Senate! SB 462-Fracking Ban Bill Hearing

    • SB 462, sponsored by Sen. Young, will be heard in the Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee Today, Feb. 5! 

    • Stand with us in support of banning fracking in Florida!

      • February 5, 2018 4:30pm-6pm

        • Mallory Horne Committee Room, 37 Senate Office Building 400 S. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32399

    • RSVP here
  • Florida Offshore Drilling Public Meeting 
    • In response to the renewed threat of expanded offshore drilling, staff in Tallahassee headquarters attended several conference calls with statewide partners to develop messaging and assign logistics for a rally opposing the sale of new leases for oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The rally will take place on the same day as the public hearing on offshore drilling in Tallahassee, and we are encouraging Floridians in the area up in opposition. Associate Director of Campaigns, Jacob Ross, has been communicating with Oceana’s Hunter Miller about his research on a broader panhandle strategy to be executed after rally mentioned above. For more information, reach out to Associate Director of Campaigns Jacob Ross at Jacob@retinkenergyflorida.org. 

    • Florida's beaches, economy, and way of life are in danger. We are encouraging all Floridians, regardless of where you live, to submit comments opposing drilling to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and to look for an opposition rally in your area.

    • This is the ONLY Bureau of Ocean Energy Management meeting in Florida!

      • Please plan on attending to show your opposition!  

      • February 8, 2018 3pm-7pm

        • Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown, 316 W Tennessee St, Tallahassee, FL 32301

    • RSVP here

Tallahassee Chapter Events 

  • February Lunch and Learn

    • Leon Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor Tabitha Frazier will be presenting on the Urban Gleaning Program located in Tallahassee, Florida that helps eliminate food waste locally by moving food forward to people in need.

    • For more information about the program visit leonfruitandnutexchange.org

    • February 21, 2018 12pm-1pm

      • BL Perry Library 2817 S. Adams St. Tallahassee, FL 32301

    • RSVP here, especially if you would like to purchase lunch.  The event is free and open to the public, and you may brown-bag your own lunch if you like.  And please follow the event on Facebook!
  • Leon County Solar Co-Op Information Session II

    • Do you live in Leon County and want to go solar? Now is your chance! Neighbors across the county have formed the Leon County Solar Co-Op in collaboration with Solar United Neighbors of Florida to help you save money on the purchase of solar panels and build a community of solar supporters.

    • Join us for information sessions to learn about solar energy and how the Leon County Solar Co-op simplifies the process of going solar. 

      • February 22, 2018 6pm-8pm

        • Leon County Public Library-North Branch 5513 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312 

Miami Chapter Events

  • February Chapter Meeting

    • Next Wednesday, February 7th! Join us to learn more about how you can get involved in the Miami-Dade area.

      • 7:30pm

        • Ms. Cheezious, 7418 Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL 33138

    • Contact Miami@rethinkenergyflorida.org for more information and to RSVP!
  • Annual Climate Symposium 

    • The University of Miami's Department of Geological Sciences and the CLEO Institute invite you to the 2018 Empowering Capable Climate Communicators symposium.

      • This two-day series will take place on Saturday February 3rd and Saturday February 10th, 2018

        • 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

        • Room 126 of the Cox Science Building at the University of Miami - Coral Gables campus.

    • On Feb. 3rd we will focus on climate science and why climate change disruptions are so serious.
      On Feb. 10th we will focus on solutions around policy, renewable energy, education, and outreach.

      • Our very own Executive Director, Kim Ross, will be a part of the February 10th discussion, focused on solutions around policy, renewable energy, education, and outreach, in the panel entitled 'Engaging the Disengaged.'

        • Kim is also available for one-on-one meetings in South Florida on Sunday February 11th and Monday February 12th.

Brevard Chapter Events

  • Lobbying Cities to Setup Sustainability Boards

    • Join us to meet with legislators in Titusville and Rockledge to urge them to vote YES on our resolution to set up suitability boards.

  • Attendee Sustainability Summit 

    • Satellite Beach gold standard sustainability board will provide information and education to other sustainability boards that are emerging in an effort to aid them in building their plans and executing them.

      • February 8, 2018 6pm-8pm

        • Satellite Beach Civic Center 565 Cassia Blvd. Satellite Beach, FL 32937

  • Brevard Chapter Monthly Meeting

    • Join us! We will be talking about the state of all Sustainability boards in Brevard County and the progress in getting more setup. We will also be talking about our goals for this year and next steps.

    • February 17, 2018 12pm-1pm

      • 2365 Bayhill Drive Melbourne, FL 32940

  • For more information about all Brevard chapter events, please contact Karen Wade kiwade@hotmail.com.

Save The Date!

  • The Big Bend Energy Whiz Expo

    • March 3rd from 9:00 am-2:00 pm at the Leon High School Tennis Courts in Tallahassee! This competition is an opportunity for local students in third to twelfth-grade use and demonstrate their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics knowledge. Students will also be able to showcase their creative thinking and teamwork skills to design and build small solar powered model cars and solar cookers. Those who make the solar cooker will also make a dish in their invention. Save the date to participate, volunteer, or judge!

 

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  • Leon County Solar Co-Op Information Session III
    • Join us for information sessions to learn about solar energy and how the Leon County Solar Co-op simplifies the process of going solar. 

      • March 27, 2018 6pm-8pm

        • LeRoy Collins Public Library 1583 Pedrick Road, Tallahassee, FL 32317                        


 January Recap:


Tallahassee Chapter Events
  • January Lunch and Learn

    • During last month's Lunch and Learn, Brian Lee discussed and explained how to empower your movement of change within our government. This was all in preparation for January's biggest event, Reclaiming Florida's Future for All. 

      • Since many people have been left worrying about this current political storm, we aimed to arm you with tools to effectively establish a positive movement of change. 

      • Stay tuned for more opportunities to learn how you can get involved! 

  • Reclaiming Florida's Future for All   

    • Concerned citizens from all over Florida gathered in Florida's capital city to speak with their legislators about these critical issues:

      • Supporting Renewable Energy

      • Banning Fracking in Florida 

      • Protection of Florida's Waters 

      • Florida Forever Funding 

      • Climate Action

      • Citizen Engagement for Climate Justice 

    • We began this momentous occasion with a rally where over 250 people were in attendance to advocate for CLEAN WATER, CLEAN AIR, and CLEAN ENERGY! We were later joined by over 175 passionate citizens of Florida that brought their concerns to legislators.

      • Attendees were able to meet with legislators or their staff in over 150 meetings! 

    • Because of your efforts, office visits, letters to the editor, attendance at Reclaiming Florida’s Future, and participation in the “Bradly Signal” meme--Senator Bradley agreed to put our bill on the agenda of the Feb. 5 Environmental Preservation and Conservation meeting!  Your efforts made a difference and have brought us one step closer to banning fracking in Florida!
Miami Chapter Events
  • Dr. Sandra Steingraber Presents the Risks and Harms of Fracking

    • On January 20th, Dr. Steingraber visited Miami-Dade College to inform and educate the public on the consequences of fracking that ultimately impact South Florida. Her visit also coincided with the completion of the 5th version of the Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating the Risks and Harms of Fracking. 

    • Dr. Steingraber is a biologist, author, and cancer survivor. Her writing details climate change, ecology, and the links between health and the environment. 

      • Dr. Steingraber's highly acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment.


Volunteer Opportunities

Tallahassee

  • Interns Needed! 

    • We currently have several intern positions open! Join our team and ignite change!

    • Our interns work approximately 10 hours a week, 6 of those hours being in the ReThink office and the remaining 4 hours spent working independently. Ideally, our interns work on our team for at least 2 consecutive semesters. We are actively searching for interns to fill the following roles: 

      • Development Coordinator 

      • Communications Coordinator 

      • Executive Assistant 

  • Outreach Events! 

    • Are you passionate about caring for the environment and serving your community? So are we! Join us in volunteering for one of our many events happening all around the state!

    • Volunteer Opportunities coming up near you!

      • Energy Whiz Olympics

        • Set-up

        • Judging 

        • Monitoring races

        • Break-down

      • Email admin@rethinkenergyflorida.org for more information.

Statewide

  • We are in need of regular ongoing help – from administrative work to social media support, to working on a campaign or event committee, to tabling with our organization’s outreach team. In particular, we are now looking for volunteers to help with our new chapters! If you can help with short or long term needs, reply to this email!
  • Interns Needed! - There are statewide opportunities to intern with ReThink! Our interns work approximately 10 hours a week, 6 of those hours being in the ReThink office and the remaining 4 hours spent working independently. Ideally, our interns work on our team for at least 2 consecutive semesters. We are actively searching for interns to fill the following roles: 
    • Tampa Bay, Miami, Brevard, and Orlando

      • Chapter Leaders, Outreach (Youth and Adult) and Volunteer Coordinators

    • Tampa Bay USF

      • Chapter Leaders (Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary)


OUR CAUSES

  •  Fracking

    • The "Bradley" Signal is working!! Our approach to persuading Senator Bradley to agenda the Fracking Ban Bill began by gathering with local allies to shine the “Bradley Signal” in Senator Bradley’s home district of Clay County. With that signal--which resembles the bat signal--we were able to positively pressure Senator Bradley to use his power to hear our bill. That hearing will happen today, Feb. 5 at 4:30 at the Capitol (see event listed at beginning of newsletter for more info).

    • With the Fracking Ban bill now moving forward in the Senate, we now turn our focus towards the Florida House of Representatives! If a fracking ban is going to become law, identical versions must pass through committees and be heard, voted on, and passed in each chamber.  Please contact House Speaker Richard Corcoran by email at richard.corcoran@myfloridahouse.gov or by phone at (850) 717-5000 to let him know HB 237 Deserves To Be Heard!

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  • Renewable Energy
    • While the City of Tallahassee continues to develop its framework for its Ready for 100 study--and Tallahassee headquarters staff continue to monitor their progress--ReThink Energy Florida met with Sierra Club, Sustainable Tallahassee, and Leon County Department of Sustainability on how pragmatic but visionary transition goals could be incorporated into Leon County’s renewed Climate Action Plan. A resolution or proclamation from Leon County endorsing the idea of 100% clean energy (but without a date) was proposed by the Sierra Club; Tallahassee Headquarters and ReThink Energy Florida have shared with their Tallahassee partners and are internally considering. For more information, reach out to Campaign Director Doug Miller at doug@rethinkenergyflorida.org.

 

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 ReThink's Regional Chapters!

  • ReThink Energy Florida is actively expanding across the state, and in doing so, we have established 'ReThink Energy Regional Facebook Groups'. These groups support local chapters and are great online communities for concerned Floridians who seek to help make a difference in your regional communities. In addition, we have our statewide Facebook page and our statewide Facebook Group for sharing statewide activities!

  • If you are a member of the following communities, we strongly encourage you to follow these links to join your ReThink Energy Regional Groups!

  • If you live in a region of Florida not listed above and would like to start a regional group for your area, respond to this email and let us know!


ReThink Energy Florida t-shirts are now available! A portion of the proceeds goes to ReThink Energy Florida! Order yours here!

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Most of all, thank you for all of your continued support for our important mission! Since we are in the middle of the Florida legislative session and policy makers, right now, have the opportunity to make impactful change on the health of our environment, we must make our voices heard, hold our elected officials accountable, and support to our mission to ReThink Energy.

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