Seeking a sustainable "right size" for the Albemarle-Charlottesville community.
Albemarle Climate Action Planning Statement. ASAP presented a statement on local climate action planning efforts at the March 20 meeting of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. Given expected disruptive changes to the global climate, ASAP urged the supervisors to commit to bold actions to contain future greenhouse gas emissions, AND strong actions to promote climate change adaptation and resilience programs. With population growth a main driver of climate change, we urged that impacts of local population growth on community greenhouse gas emissions and capacities our landscape to sequester carbon be periodically assessed. Thanks to everyone who wrote recently to the supervisors in support robust climate action planning!
Francis Fife 2019 Scholarship for Community Sustainability. This $1000 scholarship is for graduating seniors of Charlottesville and Albemarle County high schools who plan to attend college and who have an interest in issues connected to community sustainability. This scholarship is awarded as a memorial to Francis Fife, the long-time ASAP board member and progressive leader in the Charlottesville-Albemarle County area. Applications are due no later than May 1, 2019. For more information on the scholarship and application requirements, visit ASAP's Fife Scholarship web page.
Spaceship Earth Book Club. The next meeting of the ASAP economics book club will start at 7 p.m. Wednesday April 3 at the Shenandoah Joe Coffee Bar, 2214 Ivy Road, Charlottesville. We will take a break from our usual book discussion. Instead we will examine possible mechanisms for funding the Green New Deal. Recommended readings are 1) text of the Green New Deal bill in the House of Representatives 2) an article by Ellen Brown discussing Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and "public banks" as possibilities and 3) an article by Lawrence Summers arguing MMT is like free lunch. For more information contact Wren Olivier (email@example.com).
Economic Development Transparency Statement. On March 6 ASAP presented a statement to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors urging additional transparency in evaluating economic development proposals involving the County and private businesses. Several other individuals or organizations expressed similar concerns at the meeting. In recent months, actions were taken by the supervisors on four economic development proposals with an associated public hearing.
Climate Resilience Letter in the Daily Progress. ASAP has been active in recent months in promoting climate change adaptation and resilience efforts in local governments. Here is a link to a letter on this issue jointly from the Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club and ASAP to the Daily Progress newspaper.
ENABLE Proposal. On Dec. 5, ASAP presented comments to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors on the “ENABLE” economic development proposal. You can view our statement here.
ASAP has a YouTube Channel! We have created a new channel on YouTube that will focus initially on presenting a series "Quick Takes" on important population-related issues. To view our videos, go to our new video gallery page or to ASAP’s YouTube channel home page. We are seeking feedback, so we hope you will view the videos and send us comments at firstname.lastname@example.org. Watch for new videos!
Albemarle County Stormwater Fee Statement. On April 11, 2018, ASAP sent the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors a statement regarding the proposed stormwater fees. We urged that costs of stormwater management be paid through the general property tax, rather than a specialized fee. Click here to see our statement.
ASAP's Economic Development Strategy and Priorities. Albemarle County has begun work on an economic development plan. As our contribution to the effort, ASAP has developed a statement of our economic development strategy and priorities. For a look, just click here.
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