Civic Engagement

One of the things I love about Sunnyside is the way so many of us have stepped up to support a sustainable future. We ride our bikes. We recycle. We plant backyard gardens. We install solar panels. We shop at farmers markets. While all these are important, I know it’s not enough. That’s why I also volunteer with Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) to try to make a real impact on climate change.

I build political will around the importance of carbon pricing by asking members of Congress to support the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. This bipartisan policy places an increasing price on fossil fuels at the source, and returns net proceeds to all households. Every month you would receive a dividend check to spend as you choose.

Why put a price on carbon? It is the single most effective solution we can implement to curb emissions. In fact, Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen said, “We cannot solve the climate crisis without effective carbon pricing.” Why am I asking you to help me pass a price on carbon at the national level? We are running out of time and this policy would reduce carbon emissions by 50% in just 10 years and help us get to net zero by 2050. For our livable future, let’s all work for change on the local and federal level. For more CCL information, contact me at fchinitz@hotmail.com. I hope to see you at our next CCL meeting on August 14th.

SNA July Notes and August Plans

Board Election Results, Hybrid Meetings Starting in September

The Annual SNA Board Election was held as planned on July 8th, in the Southeast Uplift parking lot at 3435 SE Main St. The candidate pool was strong and competitive, with many more excellent candidates than open positions. Please keep in mind that you can fully participate in SNA efforts without joining the Board.

Andria Robbins was elected for one year, finishing the term for Board position 5.  Matt Lembo, Hannah Wallace, Vincent Dawans, and Ben Wyatt were elected to two-year terms for Board positions 6-9. Sincere thanks to departing Board members Christy Portman, K.C. Hoffert, and Lorraine Henriques.  We hope to still see a lot of you at SNA meetings and events. Welcome new Board members Andria, Ben, and Hannah. As always, thanks to returning members Matt and Vincent.

A big shout-out of appreciation is due to Matchu Williams, SEUL Neighborhood Association Liaison, for conducting the election and tallying results.

Beginning in September we hope to hold the General SNA meetings both in person at 3534 SE Main St. (SEUL) and online via Zoom.

The officers, chosen by the board, will be announced next month.