Advocating for a sustainable and equitable Albemarle-Charlottesville community.
Sustainability Op-Ed in the Daily Progress: ASAP president Tom Olivier recently published an opinion column in the Daily Progress newspaper. The piece argues that while we must address distinctly identified environmental crises now (climate change, species extinctions, ...), we also must, if mankind is to have a good future, actively pursue ecological sustainability. Here is a link to the column.
Economics Book Club: The next meeting of the ASAP economics book club will start at 7 p.m. Wednesday October 2 at the Shenandoah Joe Coffee Bar, 2214 Ivy Road, Charlottesville. We will discuss Andrew Yang’s “The War on Normal People.” For more information contact Wren Olivier (email@example.com).
ASAP Sustainability Challenge: ASAP challenges the Albemarle-Charlottesville community to take the transformative steps needed to become environmentally sustainable before mid-century. We believe that in the face of so many critical environmental emergencies, commitments and resolute actions aimed at achieving sustainability are needed now. Here is the initial release of our challenge. We have begun distributing our proposal in the County and City. Here is our 9-16-2019 statement to Charlottesville City Council. We welcome comments from members of the Albemarle-Charlottesville community.
ASAP asks Albemarle BoS to Match Chamber Award with Green Grants Program. At their July 3 meeting the Albemarle County provided $100,000 to the Chamber of Commerce, as partial support for a Chamber staff position that will support the Chamber’s Defense Affairs Committee. Given the dire current environmental crisis, and the County’s many commitments to protect the environment, on July 17 ASAP asked the supervisors to create a $100,000 green grant fund for local environmental nonprofits. You can read our statement here.
Transparency and Public Engagement Deficiencies in Albemarle Economic Development. ASAP remains concerned about the widespread use of closed work sessions in reviews of County economic development proposals and the scant opportunities for public comment on economic development proposals at public meetings prior to votes on the proposals. On July 3 we published a letter in the Daily Progress that outlined some of our concerns. On the same day, we presented a statement to the Board of Supervisors that addressed these issues.
Winner of the Francis Fife 2019 Scholarship for Community Sustainability. The winner of the 2019 Francis Fife Community Sustainability Scholarship is Jee-Ho Kim, a new graduate of Albemarle High School! In the fall, she will attend the University of Virginia, as an Echols Scholar. You can read Jee-Ho-Kim’s winning essay here. 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. Congratulations Jee-Ho Kim; best wishes in your years at UVA!
Recommended Videos: John Oliver, a comedian with a penchant for ribald commentaries on serious subjects, recently examined the Green New Deal. His examination was assisted by Bill Nye, “The Science Guy”. Cville100, a coalition of local climate groups, recently produced a video on the health implications of climate change in Charlottesville.
Joint Economic Development Email. On April 15, ASAP, the League of Women Voters and the Sierra Club wrote jointly to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors proposing methods to make processing of economic development proposals more transparent. Click here to view the email.
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!
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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