July 2018

Energy Camp is here! Session 1 is from July 9th to 13th, and Session 2 is from July 23 to July 27. Tidal Town Halls are also here, details and locations are inside. Chapter events are included, and internship and volunteer information are included inside! Check for our causes and related events as well.

You don't want to miss us this month! The ReThink Education Team has been working hard on preparing the best Energy Camp yet just for kids in grades 3-6. Meanwhile, our Sea Level Rise Forum Organizers have been working our Tidal Town Hall events that will bring together voters and candidates to talk about Florida's environment. 


Upcoming Events:

Energy Camp

Energy Camp is our longest running environmental justice program. The scholarship fund, raised from your support at the Energy Ball, is in place to help children attend who would otherwise be unable to afford Energy Camp. At ReThink Energy Florida, we uphold the belief that children are our future, so we prioritize programs that develop their leadership in the energy and environmental arena.

Session I: July 9th-13th (Applications are no longer being accepted.)

Session II: July 23rd-27th (APPLY NOW! Applications are due 1 week before camp starts)

Campers will participate in hands-on experiential activities on:

  • Climate Change 
  • Fixing Bikes

  • Growing Food

  • How to make a Solar Oven

  • Designing a Solar Bug

  • Depletion of Fossil Fuels

  • Renewable Energy Solutions 

Click here to apply for Session II!

Tallahassee Housing Authority Energy Camp

 A special Energy Camp, sponsored by Origis Energy, Tallahassee Scientific Society, and The Board of Tallahassee Science Festival, hosted by the Tallahassee Housing Authority at the Orange Avenue Apartments Community Center. This camp is specifically dedicated to reaching children from low income neighborhoods to and provide STEM-based education on climate change, fossil fuel depletion, and renewable energy solutions. 

Tidal Town Halls

Tidal Town Hall events are an opportunity for voters to hear proposed solutions to Sea Level Rise and other related topics directly from candidates running for public office. Candidates for office at all levels of government, from Congress to Florida's state legislature, to local municipal positions will be asked to discuss their plans for action to protect Floridians from the risks inherent in rising seas at these nonpartisan forums.

Broward County

  • July 25th, 6pm-8:30pm

    • NSU Hull Auditorium: 3301 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Santa Rosa Beach

  • July 26th, 5pm-7:30pm

    • Coastal Branch Library: 437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rose Beach, FL

St. Johns County

  • July 26th, 6pm-8pm

    • Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve: 505 Guana Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Brandon/Tampa

  • July 30th, 5:30pm-8:30pm

    • Center Place Fine Arts: 619 Vonderburg Drive (Ste. B), Brandon, FL

Melbourne 

  • July 31st, 6pm-8pm

    • Unity of Melbourne: 2401 N Harbor City Blvd, Melbourne, FL

North Palm Beach

  • July 31st, 6pm-8:30pm

    • First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palm Beaches

Cape Coral

  • August 1st, 5pm-7pm

    • Cape Coral Lee County Public Library: 921 SW Terrace, Cape Coral, FL

Miami

  • August 1st, 5:30pm-8:30pm

    • CIC Cambridge Education Center: 1951 NW 7th Avenue, Miami, FL

Naples

  • August 2nd, 5pm-7:30pm

    • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples: 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples, FL

St. Petersburg

  • August 6th, 5:30pm-8:30pm

    • The Sunshine Center: 330 5th Street N, St. Petersburg, FL

Jacksonville

  • August 6th, 5:30pm-8pm

    • UNF Herbert University Center: 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, FL

Miami-En Esapañol

  • August 7th, 5:30pm-8:30pm

    • CIC Cambridge Education Center: 1951 NW 7th Avenue, Miami, FL

Sarasota

  • August 8th, 5:30pm-8:30pm

    • Unitarian Universalist Church: 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL

Orange County

  • August 9th, 5:30pm-8:30pm

    • Rollins College-Bush Auditorium: 1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park, FL

Pensacola 

  • August 14th, 5pm-7:45pm

    • Pensacola Downtown Library: 239 N Spring Street, Pensacola, FL

Click here to RSVP for your respective Town Hall today!


Chapter Events:

South Florida Chapter Meeting

  • Wednesday, July 11th at 7pm-9pm

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

  • Miami friends, join us for our monthly chapter meeting to discuss energy issues and environmental factors currently impacting South Florida.

Brevard Chapter Leadership and Events

  • This month, we will be pulling our leadership team together and planning for some end-of-summer outreach/tabling events.

    • If you are interested in either stepping into a leadership role within the chapter OR helping us by staffing a table for a couple of hours, please contact Karen at karen@rethinkenergyflorida.org.

Big Bend Environmental Forum

  • August 9th, 6pm-9pm

    • Auditorium (Room 1024) of the King Life Sciences Building on FSU’s campus, 319 Stadium Dr, Tallahassee, FL 

  • The Big Bend Environmental Forum and the League of Women Voters of Tallahassee are hosting a candidates' forum for local candidates (Leon County Commission, Tallahassee City Commission, etc). Citizens will be able to suggest questions covering environmental, energy, sustainability, and growth management issues. An open house prior to the forum will include displays by candidates and BBEF member organizations, and will provide an opportunity for voters to meet the candidates in person.

Get Involved:

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 - helps write grant applications and be a lead on our summer fundraiser, the Energy Ball

      • Communications Coordinator - helps write press releases, email blasts, and expand our social media outreach

      • Social Media Coordinator- works to develop our social media with engaging posts and innovative design

      • Executive Assistant - supports our entire organization, and especially the Executive Director and other Directors 

      • Volunteer Coordinator - helps recruit volunteers and manage our volunteer engagement program

      • Electoral Advocacy Coordinator (ReThink Energy Action Fund) – develops policies on endorsements and researches candidates

  • Volunteers Needed!
    • We need your help with Energy Camp planning! We are also actively seeking new chapter leaders across the state of Florida.

      • Energy Camp Committee

        • We’re kicking our Energy Camp preparation into high gear! We need people to help with logistics and planning for Energy Camp – if you can help out, please let us know! 

          • Volunteers Needed of Energy Camp:

            • Field Trip Chaperons

            • Activity Counselors

            • General Volunteers 

          • Supplies Needed for Energy Camp:

            • Shoe Boxes (preferably with tops connected)

            • Half-gallon Cardboard Drink Cartons 

            • 4 Bells or Buzzers (for Jeopardy game)

            • 5 white, reusable bags in good condition 

          • If you can help or would like to donate supplies, please contact Bianca Diaz at bianca@rethinkenergyflorida.org.
      • Social Media Team Volunteer

        • Want to help and stay home? Become a part of our Social Media Team! We’ll send you items we’re focused on once per week. Your task will be to share, invite, retweet, or repost to help spread the word!

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 and interns 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: 
    • Outreach Coordinator

    • Volunteer Coordinator 

  • Volunteers Needed!

    • Social Media Team Volunteer

      • Want to help and stay home? Become a part of our Social Media Team! We’ll send you items we’re focused on once per week. Your task will be to share, invite, retweet, or repost to help spread the word!


Our Causes:

Climate Change and Sea Level Rise 

  • Our Sea Level Rise Project has been kicked into high gear! We are preparing for our first ever Tidal Town Hall events and spreading awareness on sea level rise and the catastrophic impact it has on Florida. We recently released a blog following the Union of Concerned Scientists' eye opening report on the impact of sea level rise on Florida's housing market. The stats are staggering..."Florida leads the nation in the number of homes—along with property value and tax base  —at risk of chronic flooding through the end of the century."

    • Click here to read the blog! 

    • Follow us on social media to stay informed! 

      • Facebook
      • Twitter: @RethinkEnergyFL
      • Instagram: @rethinkenergyfl
  • Click here to RSVP for our upcoming Tidal Town Halls!
  • Florida Climate Pledge

    • Climate Change impacts all of us. Together we can make a difference. Sign the Florida Climate Pledge today and commit to a healthier, more sustainable environment.

    Click here to sign and share on!

For more information and to learn how you can get involved, please contact Brian Lee at brian@rethinkenergyflorida.org.

Fracking

  • In collaboration with it’s partners in Floridians Against Fracking, ReThink Energy Florida monitors sites where oil exploration or drilling may become fracking. Recently, we’ve received word that Spooner Petroleum encountered a “dry well”--an unproductive well--in the Apalachicola River Basin, and has therefore shut it down. We are currently investigating whether Spooner Petroleum will continue to drill in Calhoun County. Meanwhile, the Texas-based Burnett Oil Company is still exploring for oil and gas in in Big Cypress, and we have unearthed some irregularities in drilling permits recently issued to operators in Santa Rosa County.

For more information, please contact V Miller at campaigns@rethinkenergyflorida.org.

Offshore Drilling

  • Through out the month of June, ReThink Energy Florida staff prepped for an Amendment 9--nearshore drilling--strategy meeting in St. Petersburg. At the end of last month, Campaign Director V Miller traveled down to St. Petersburg for a day-long meeting with our allies where messaging and outreach strategy for Amendment 9 were discussed. Committees for both communication and outreach were formed to support our mission. 

  • If you care about Florida, our delicate tourism based economy, and the environment we exist within, pledge to vote YES on Amendment 9 in November. 

    • Click here to learn more about Amendment 9 and take the pledge to vote YES!

For more information, please contact V Miller at campaigns@rethinkenergyflorida.org.

Renewable Energy

  • Last month, statewide Research and Policy staff focused on municipality transition policies and researched the process by which other Ready for 100 plans follow. Their efforts resulted in a list of recommendations for studies and a suggested outline for how a Ready for 100 plan should be created, which inform our Executive Director in a meeting with Tallahassee City officials and consultants on Monday July 2nd. Meanwhile, Campaign staff in Tampa Bay area continued review of the City and County’s finances while investigating how state-level growth management policy may support or hinder the Ready for 100 effort.

For more information, please contact V Miller at campaigns@rethinkenergyflorida.org.

Single-Use Plastics

In Tallahassee, ReThink Energy Florida has recently taken on a new coordinator to assess the best way to go about campaigning against Single Use Plastics in Leon County. Our Coordinator spent the month reviewing the similar campaigns in Coral Gables and St. Petersburg, reviewing tactics, and developing a greater understanding of the issue background. Her work comes after the work of our Brevard Chapter, whose members have been hard at work educating their community on the risks of plastic pollution.

For more information, please contact V 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!



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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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