January 2018

It's 2018! Tallahassee and Miami chapter events are included, the Big Bend Energy Whiz Expo is approaching, December recap, and our internship and volunteer opportunities! Plus our causes and related events! More inside!

Can you believe it's 2018?! With several key events and movements on the agenda, we have many opportunities to make our voices heard. Let's continue the fight on fracking, encourage the future generations, and inspire change. Will you join us in making 2018 our best year yet? Scroll down to learn more about our upcoming endeavors and 2017's successes!

This Month:

  • Reclaiming Florida's Future for All

    • ReThink Energy Florida and many other organizations are hosting an Advocacy Day at the Florida State Capitol. Concerned Florida citizens from all across the state will have the opportunity to speak to their legislators and let their voices be heard. We are advocating to protect Florida’s clean water, support renewable energy, and BAN Fracking!
      • We have definite transportation from Central Florida (Orlando/Ocala), Tampa Bay and St. Pete, Miami/Broward/Palm Beach, Pensacola, Jacksonville, and Walton counties. 
      • We are currently working on getting transportation from SW Florida, the Treasure Coast, and Brevard. We can also arrange help with car/van rentals for carpooling to the event. 
    • There will be training the evening before the event in Tallahassee and on the bus rides to the event. A Rally/ Press Conference will kick off the event in the morning at 10am with prominent speakers and live music!
    • Join us to Reclaim Florida’s Future! 
    • Click here to RSVP and learn more

 

 

Tallahassee Chapter Events

 

  • January Lunch & Learn

    • "Advocacy for All-Bring your People Powered Movement to the Florida Legislature"
    • Guest speaker Brian Lee will answer the question that most of us are left with during this turbulent political time, "How can I effect change in my government?". We will focus on addressing your concerns and providing you with steps on how to create an effective movement that will be recognized. Join us to make your voice heard!
      • $7 for General Admission and $5 for Students and Friends of ReThink Energy Florida.
      • Lunch will be provided by Taste Budz-$6 for black beans and rice with a side of maduros (fried plantains) and cole slaw, OR $6 for hummus with veggies for dipping, pita triangles and cole slaw.  
    • Click here to RSVP and order a lunch
    • January 17th 12-1pm at the BL Perry Library 2817 S. Adams St. Tallahassee, FL 32301

 

  • Leon County Solar Co-Op 

    • 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.
      • Press Conference Kick-Off 
        • January 10th, 10am at UF/IFAS Leon County Extension Center 615 Paul Russell Road Tallahassee, FL 32301 
      • Information Session I
        • January 16th, 6pm-8pm at UF/IFAS Leon County Extension 615 Paul Russell Road Tallahassee, FL 32301 

Miami Chapter Events

  • Dr. Sandra Steingraber Presents New Science on Fracking 

    • January 20th 5:00-6:30pm at the Wolfson Campus of Miami-Dade College. Dr. Steingraber is the co-founder of the Concerned Health Professionals of New York. She will visit the college campus to educate the general public on the catastrophic risks and harms of fracking. South Florida may be directly impacted by new, unconventional methods of drilling for oil and gas. 
    • The Concerned Health Professionals of New York, along with Physicians for Social Responsibility, have issued multiple health compendiums on the over 500 peer-reviewed studies on the impacts of fracking.  
      • Dr. Steingraber's visit coincides with the release of the fifth version of the Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking.
    • Click here to RSVP 
  • Miami Monthly Chapter Meeting
    • January 10th at 7:30pm
      • Ms. Cheezious 7418 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33138 
    • To RSVP and learn more, email miami@rethinkenergyflorida.org 

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!

        

  • Leon County Solar Co-Op Information Sessions II&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. 
      • February 22nd, 6pm-8pm Leon County Public Library-North Branch 5513 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312
      • March 27th, 6pm-8pm LeRoy Collins Public Library 1583 Pedrick Road, Tallahassee, FL 32317                        

 December Recap:


Tallahassee Events

  • Young Environmental Leaders

    • Last month, young leaders gathered to learn how to be more engaged and active environmentalists. We talked about how to merge passion with leadership effectively and efficiently. Young Environmental Leaders left the meeting with a list of goals and projects for the month.
      • Don't worry if you missed this one, we have other ways for inspired youth leaders to get involved! 
      • Stay tuned for a meeting next week! Please let us know if you would like to be involved.
  • Green Holiday Shopping Extravaganza  

    • The Fifth Annual Green Shopping Holiday Extravaganza was a brilliant platform for local artists to exhibit their eco-friendly art work, clothing, and home décor! This event was all about the three R's- recycle, reuse, repurpose.
    • This event also concluded The Tally Thrift Rally- local teams competed with only $100 each, a month to work, and their imagination. Teams were judged on their story: how they came to find their items, the retail value of their items, and public opinion.
      • The winning team was Team Flower Power, second place went to Team Coin, third place went to Team Thrift-Able, and fourth place went to Team Lee and the Bee.

Brevard Chapter Events

  • Ocean Reef and Beachside Fest 

    • On December 2nd, everyone gathered at Satellite Beach to celebrate the ocean lifestyle and togetherness. There was something for everyone whether it was educational programs in the clubhouse or a sea turtle themed maze for the kids
    • The Brevard Hawaiian Dancers were also there to preform a ceremonial Hawaiian Dance!
      • Upwards of 10,000 people attended!

Miami Chapter Events

  • Miami Monthly Chapter Meeting

    • On December 11, the Miami Chapter met for their monthly meeting to discuss new ways to get involved in the Miami area. Members discussed contacting legislators to urge them to ban fracking and the statewide event Reclaiming Florida's Future for All.
  • Miami-Dade Legislative Delegation 

    • Once a year, prior to the state legislative session in Tallahassee, legislators come together to discuss their priorities for their represented area. This was a great chance for citizens to speak out about the issues that matter to us!
    • Citizens spoke about banning fracking and taking steps toward a healthier, more sustainable future!

Volunteer Opportunities

Tallahassee

  • Interns Needed! 

    • We are currently looking for several folks to join our intern team. Our coordinators volunteer approximately 10 hours a week, working at least 6 of the hours in the ReThink office. Ideally our interns work on our team for at least 2 consecutive semesters. We are actively searching for interns to fill the following roles:
      • Communications Coordinator 
      • Development Coordinator 
      • Executive Assistant 
      • Outreach and Chapter Liaison
  • Outreach Events!

    • Our outreach team is eager to visit YOUR organization and share information about our mission and current issues in renewable energy and the environment. Please let us know if you would be interested in having one of our outreach members present to your group. We have many different informative and interesting topics to discuss. Our presentations are exciting, empowering, and will definitely grab your attention. Be in the know!
      • Email us at admin@rethinkenergyflorida.org to learn more! 

 

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. If you can help with short or long term needs, please go to http://www.rethinkenergyflorida.org/volunteer or reply to this email. In particular, we are now looking for volunteers to help with our new chapters!
  • Interns Needed! - We are currently looking for several folks to join our intern team. Our coordinators volunteer approximately 10 hours a week and ideally 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
      • Educational Events Coordinator
    • Tampa Bay USF
      • Chapter Leaders (Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary)
  • Board Members Needed! – As ReThink Energy Florida expands statewide, we are seeking a few key individuals to serve on our statewide board. We have calls once a month and an in-person meeting once a year. We are in search of people willing to aid in the growth of the organization. If you are interested, please reply to this email to set up a time to meet and talk.

OUR CAUSES

  •  Fracking
    • ReThink has collaborated with numerous organizations and leaders within our community to educate the public about fracking and its consequences. We have several events this month and in the coming that usher in a new wave of environmental consciousness.
    • In December, ReThink chapters held monthly meetings and events to encourage the preservation of our environment and guide legislation towards a BAN on FRACKING! Staff also attended legislative delegation meetings to represent citizens of Florida and inform our representatives of citizens' concerns. 
    • Join us this year to participate in events that directly impact Leon County residents purchasing solar energy and to ensure that our voices are heard this legislative session! 
  • Renewable Energy
    • ReThink will continue to blaze the path for renewable energy in 2018. We are starting the new year with events to help you get information on how you can go solar at home. Solar co-ops assist a group of homeowners who are interested in purchasing solar panels to leverage their bulk purchasing power while learning about the benefits of distributed solar energy. As a part of a solar co-op, citizens benefit from the educational process. Each participant signs his or her own contract with the installer, and everyone gets the high-quality competitive bid. All homeowners who reside in Leon County are eligible to participate in the co-op. 
    • For more information or to get involved, please reach out to Doug Miller at campaigns@rethinkenergyflorida.org.


 

 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!

          



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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