May 2018

Check out the Innovator Awards and the Issues Survey inside, and learn about the Solar Co-Op Info Session and Lunch and Learn! Check out our exclusive Brevard County events, and remember that the Energy Ball is on June 8th from 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM! Energy Camp is coming up! Session 1 is from July 9 to July 13, and Session 2 is from July 23 to July 27. Check out our April recap and our Brevard and Miami events. We have internship and volunteer opportunities, plus our causes and related events.

We are kicking into high gear! There are several events, volunteer and fundraising opportunities coming up that we need your help with! Keep reading to learn more about what's happening near you.


This Month:

Statewide Events:

Energy Innovator Award Nominations

  • Do you know a Young Person, Individual, Business or Organization who deserves special recognition for outstanding service to their community and energy innovation? Nominate them for an Energy Innovator Award! Awards will be presented at the 2018 Energy Ball!

    • All Finalists will receive two free tickets to the ball.

  • Click here to submit your nomination!

Issues Survey

  • We would like to hear from you! What topics are most important to you- promoting renewable energy, getting cities to commit to 100% renewable energy, preventing drilling off the coast of Florida/in the Gulf, banning fracking in Florida, or educating on and ending single use plastic?

Tallahassee Chapter Events 

Leon County Solar Co-op Information Session

  • Tomorrow, May 3rd 6pm-7:30pm

    • 200 W Park Ave, Tallahassee, FL

  • Live in Leon County and want to go solar? Don’t miss this chance! Neighbors across the county have formed the Leon County Solar Co-op with the help of Solar United Neighbors of Florida to make it easier to save money on the purchase of solar panels, while building a community of local solar supporters.

    Join us to learn more about solar energy and how the Co-op simplifies the process of going solar while providing a discount through its bulk purchasing power.

Click here to follow the event on Facebook!

Lunch and Learn Survey

  • Our monthly Lunch and Learns are currently on break. We would like to know what your opinion is! Should we bring them back, update the format, or change it all together?

Brevard Chapter Events

Single Use Plastic Ocean Friendly Restaurant Task Force

 

Single Use Plastic - Education and Consumer Engagement Task Force

Hands Across the Sands

  • May 19th, 10am-12:30pm

    • Paradise Beach (South side next to large pavilion), 2301 N. Hwy A1A Melbourne, FL

  • The Hands Across the Sand event is an international day of action to say YES to clean energy and NO to seismic air gun blasting, offshore/near shore drilling and fossil fuels. Rethink Energy FL Brevard Chapter will be participating at this event. For information about events across the state, click here.

Brevard Chapter Meeting

  • May 23rd at 6:30pm

    • Location TBA

  • Join us for our monthly meeting regarding single use plastic issues!

Additionally, Karen Wade will be representing ReThink Energy Brevard at the Brevard Youth Leadership Summit on Saturday, May 12th. Student Activists in Brevard and other local officials will learn skills needed to influence local leaders. They will be able to speak up about issues in their communities. Karen will be speaking at this for one hour to talk on behalf of Rethink Energy Florida about both energy issues and sustainability for our environment. Karen will also be representing ReThink Energy Brevard at a Sustainability Workshop meeting on May 21st. 


Save the Date!

Energy Ball 2018

  • Friday, June 8th at 7pm-10:30pm

    • Elks Lodge, 276 N Magnolia Dr, Tallahassee, FL

  • Join us for fun dancing, great food and drinks, a silent auction, and recognition!

    • We are excited to announce our bands:

      • Avis Berry and Friends

      • Garnet and Soul

      • Frank Jones Band

    • This event supports ReThink Energy Florida’s year-around activities, specifically the upcoming Energy Camps.

  • Ticket Prices:

    • $40 for Individuals 

    • $60 for Couples

    • $30 for Students, Seniors (55+), and Veterans

    • $20 for members of the ReThink Energy Friends Program

  • Energy Camp is our longest running environmental justice program and with your support, we can expand our scholarship fund and increase our outreach to at-risk communities. The scholarship fund is in place to help children attend whose families 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.

    • Please consider becoming a sponsor to give today's youth the opportunity to change the future.

 

Energy Camp: Sessions I&II

  • Session I: July 9th - 13th

  • Session II: July 23rd - 27th

    • United Church of Tallahassee, 1834 Mahan Dr, Tallahassee, FL

  • Energy Camp is a summer program designed to teach youth, rising into grades 3-6, the impact of fossil fuel usage, the options of renewable energy, and the fundamental skills that will be required as we downsize our energy use and environmental impact. 

    • Activities Include:

      • How to make a Solar Oven

      • Creating your own Solar Bug

      • Fixing Bikes

      • Growing your own Food

  • Click here to apply! The application deadline is July 2, 2018 or a week before the camp.

 


April Recap:

Tallahassee Chapter Events 

Young Environmental Leaders

  • Young leaders in Tallahassee met to discuss their vision, environmental racism & justice, and upcoming events! 

    • Don't worry if you missed us, there will be another meeting coming up soon!

Lunch and Learn: Climate, Health, and Resilience

  • Last month, we were joined by FSU Professor Christopher Uejio for an engaging discussion on climate, our health, and human resilience. 

    • Even though are monthly Lunch and Learn meetings are currently suspended, we still would like to meet with you! Fill out this survey to help us better serve the Tallahassee Community.

Famers Market: Love Your Mother Earth

  • We gathered at the Frenchtown Farmers Market on Earth Day to celebrate our planet and our community. There were several other organizations in attendance and interactive activities for all!

Brevard Chapter Events

No Single Use Plastic- Chapter Meeting

  • In partnership with the Surfrider Sebastian Inlet Chapter on April 11th, The Rethink Energy FL Brevard Chapter took the initiative to educate Brevard County residents on single use plastic items and what impacts they have on the environment in their chapter meeting. They were able to identify and define why different items, such as straws, utensils, plastic bags, and water bottles, are single use plastic items and actions they can take as individuals to reduce plastic consumption. A few of these actions included a program partnered with Surfrider Foundation that is a no single use plastic campaign called “Ocean Friendly Restaurants”, that works with restaurants around the state to get them to commit to our environment and reduce the use of plastic bags. At the end of the meeting, they were able to present alternatives for different items that can replace single use plastic.

Earth Day Expo

  • For Earth Day, the Brevard Chapter participated in both the Northrup Grumman Earth Day Event and the Earth Day Expo hosted by Unity Church. At both events, the Brevard Chapter Leader, Karen Wade, spoke about sustainability and the purpose of taking the initiative to move towards renewable energy, no single use plastic items, and other sustainable practices for our environment. The Brevard Chapter was also able work with the County Commissioners to create a sustainability board to help move Brevard County towards sustainable and clean energy!

Miami Chapter Events

April Chapter Meeting

  • On April 4th, The Miami Chapter had their monthly chapter meeting at Ms. Cheezious where they talked about energy issues in South Florida and ways that individuals can get involved.

Brunch For the Planet

  • An informal gathering with Executive Director, Kim Ross, Communications Director, Brian Lee, and Miami Chapter Director, Susie Garcia, to discuss Sea Level Rise Forums for Candidates. Participants met for brunch and discussed the next steps in engaging citizens for the upcoming mid-term elections.

    • Miami-Dade is a key target area to hold one of these candidate forums, which will be held across the state to educate the public about the policy positions of their future leaders. The forums are modeled after a Tallahassee event that has over 20 years of history and over the past six years was led by Kim Ross.

    • These non-partisan forums facilitate public input, education, dialogue, and debate, allowing citizens to suggest questions on a variety of sea level rise mitigation and adaption issues that local candidates can weigh in on. The Sea Level Rise Forums will be held prior to the primary and general elections.

  • For more information on the Sea Level Rise Forums, please contact Kim Ross at admin@rethinkenergyflorida.org.

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

      • Outreach Coordinator - conduct outreach visits to groups both youth and adult

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

      • Policy Coordinator – researches policy positions and back ground information to support our policy positions

      • Political Advocacy Coordinator - plans and conducts campaigns. This position is likely to be heavily involved in pushing the Ban on near shore drilling which has just been added to the ballot, and our Ready for 100 campaign to get cities and counties to get to 100% renewable energy

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

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

      • Energy Ball Fundraising Committee

      • Energy Ball Logistics Committee 

      • Energy Camp Committee

        • We’re kicking our Energy Ball and Energy Camps into high gear! We need people to help with both fundraising and logistics for Energy Ball, and with logistics and planning for Energy Camp – if you can help out, please let us know! Team members who put in 6+ volunteer hours receive free entry to the Ball!

      • 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!

  • 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!

    • Outreach Event volunteer opportunities coming up in Tallahassee!

      • Kids Fest - This Saturday!

      • Herb Day - This Saturday!

    • Please contact, volunteers@rethinkenergyflorida.org to sign up!

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!

    • Energy Ball Fundraising

      • Even if you aren’t in Tallahassee, there are still ways you can help with fundraising for the Energy Ball! If you know people who might donate, run businesses or own vacation homes that they might donate stays at, please join the energy ball fundraising team!

      • We’ll keep you up-to-date even if you aren’t in town!

    • 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 

  • Check out our latest blog post!

  • A new analysis shows key communities "...could experience recurring tidal flooding unrelated to any storm events by 2035, according to [the] study.... Cape Sable, the Lower Keys and Middle Keys already find themselves partially submerged at times but the forecast says their frequently inundated areas will roughly double in size within the next 17 years.”
    Our latest blog contains a link to an excellent article on the subject, as well as an interactive map on the UCS web site allows visitors to explore impacts for their own communities.

    • Click here to indicate your interest in Sea Level Rise Forums near you.

For more information and to learn how you can get involved, please contact admin@rethinkenergyflorida.org.

  • The Floridians Against Fracking Steering Committee met in early April to evaluate our efforts in the 2017-2018 legislative session and plan for the 2018-2019 session. During the meeting, the coalition set goals for next year, such as building stronger relationships with rural communities. Coalitions members also rededicated themselves to exploring future opportunities that make the topic of fracking urgent.
    ReThink will be working directly in key areas and supporting the work of our coalition partners as we increase our efforts. We will also be working with our friends in key areas around the state including Tallahassee, Orlanda, Tampa/St. Pete, and Miami to win over important players in next year’s legislative session.

For more information, please contact Campaign Director Doug Miller at campaigns@rethinkenergyflorida.org.

Offshore Drilling

  • After months of demanding work and advocacy, REF and our partners got the news that the Constitution Revision Committee approved the language for Proposal 91, which proposes a ban on nearshore drilling off the coast of Florida. The proposal is bundled with another that proposes a ban on indoor vaping. Even though we would have preferred that Proposal 91 stand alone, we are excited by the support the proposal received from the commission. We are now coordinating with our partners about the next steps in the campaign, which may include statewide action to achieve the 60% overall approval for the proposal to pass.

For more information, please contact Jacob@rethinkenergyflorida.org.

Renewable Energy

  • The Tallahassee Campaign Team condenced and distributed the notes from the Tallahassee Ready for 100 Strategy Meeting that took place in March. They met with several potential allies while the Research and Policy Team created documents on the history of Frenchtown and Tallahassee to reach out to more potential partners. Their work was put to use during the full coalition meeting on April 25th, which was co hosted by ReThink Energy Florida. During this meeting, a series of important steps toward action were taken. Committees were formed to finalize the wording of our proposal, approach currently seated elected officials and candidates up for election, and build the Tally 35 coalition.
    After ReThink Energy Florida Directors met with our Tampa Chapter at USF, the chapter concluded the first phase of their Ready for 100 campaign research by submitting initial drafts of the Tampa Comprehensive Plan, City Budget, and Campaign History.
    Campaign Director, Doug Miller will be working with new and returning chapter members to increase research and organize work to broaden the effort in the Tampa area.

For more information, email Campaign Director 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!

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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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