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Florida Board of Governors Rejects Student Led Green Fund Proposals

Posted on June 21

by Jacquie Ayala, Florida Organizer, Southern Energy Network

Posted in Florida YES CoalitionPower Vote at Florida International UniversityPower Vote at Florida State UniversityPower Moves at Florida A&M UniversityPower Vote at The University of FloridaPower Vote at Florida Gulf Coast UniversityPower Vote with SEA at USF TampaFSU Progress Coalition

In a unexpected move, the Board of Governors voted on Thursday to reject Student Green Fund proposals from both Florida A&M University (FAMU) and Florida State University (FSU). The student led initiative would have implemented a new fee of $0.50 per credit hour for each student enrolled at the two institutions, and the money would have gone into a fund specifically for clean energy and sustainability projects on these campuses.

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Categories: Campus Action & Sustainability

Tags: campus sustainabilityclean energyFAMUFL YES CoalitionfloridaFSUstudent green energy fund

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KSEC- Summer Webinar Series!

Posted on May 30

by Cara Cooper, KY Campus Organizer, SEAC/ KSEC

Posted in Power Vote at Florida International UniversityPower Vote at Florida State UniversityPower Moves at Florida A&M UniversityPower Vote at The University of FloridaPower Vote at Florida Gulf Coast UniversityPower Vote with SEA at USF TampaKentucky Student Environmental CoalitionGRASS (Group Recycling and Sustainable Solutions) at ULEKU Green Crew

Just because school is out doesn’t mean that the learning should stop, it just means that we have time to learn about the things we really need to know!! That is why the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition is hosting a summer webinar series! (AND everyone is invited!)

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Floridians, We must demand more!

Posted on November 9

by Cara Cooper, KY Campus Organizer, SEAC/ KSEC

Posted in Power Vote at Florida International UniversityPower Vote at Florida State UniversityPower Moves at Florida A&M UniversityPower Vote at The University of FloridaPower Vote at Florida Gulf Coast UniversityPower Vote with SEA at USF Tampa

Amidst the celebration that the election is finally over (was that the longest campaign ever, or was it just me?) and that the candidate that I hoped would win, won I’m left with a sort of bitter sweetness. Sure there are lots of things to celebrate with four states passing marriage equality laws, record breaking youth-voter turnout, and the popular vote and electoral vote both standing on the side of good, but what about those things that didn’t go so well.

Being a Floridian through and through is usually something I like to brag about. I mean nearly every day of the year here is 80+ degrees and we have warm ocean waters surrounding us on three sides… But then an election comes around and I am thrown into shame. Why is it that we can’t seem to get our shit together? We’ve only been a state (ie. holding elections here), oh for the last hundred and sixty-seven years.

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Haunted Food Forest Festival – Get Out The EARLY Vote

Posted on November 2

by Cara Cooper, KY Campus Organizer, SEAC/ KSEC

Posted in Power Vote at Florida International UniversityPower Vote at Florida State UniversityPower Moves at Florida A&M UniversityPower Vote at The University of FloridaPower Vote at Florida Gulf Coast UniversityPower Vote with SEA at USF Tampa

What a weekend! Shuttles to the polls, long lines, dunk tanks, sweet potato fries, environmental justice, and corporate zombies only begins to describe it.

This past weekend at Florida Gulf Coast University we held our Trick-Or-Vote Haunted Food Forest Festival, a collaboration between the Power Vote Campaign, Students for Environmental Justice, the Dominican Republic Outreach Program, and the Food Foresters to engage our community and to get folks out to the polls.

Each morning started off with shuttles to the closest early voting locations from the freshman dorms (and a TWO HOUR wait at the poll, totally worth it!) then in the afternoon we had a family friendly fall festival, complete with freshly fried sweet potatoes and sugar cane directly from the food forest and pin the blade on the wind turbine. But it wasn’t until the sun went down that the real fun started.

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Power Vote Florida Breaks the #ClimateSilence at the Boca Debate

Posted on October 23

by Heather Dean

Posted in Power Vote at The University of Florida

Last night the 3rd and final presidential debate was held at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Young voters from across the state travelled to South Florida to express our demands that candidates break the silence on climate change. We marched and chanted with signs calling on Obama and Romney to speak up against climate change. It was absolutely thrilling to see so many people all in their green Power Vote shirts holding up signs and chanting in support of clean energy. We showed everyone out there that young voters are active in the political process and that we can be energized in support of the issues that matter to us. Climate change is the greatest issue that our generation is facing, and our future is at stake.

We were a strong presence last night. We were loud and energized and exciting to speak out against dirty energy. One thing to note is that we weren’t the only ones out there. The streets were lined with people raising their voices in support of issues and candidates. It was amazing to see so many voters exciting and active. Power Vote stresses the importance of voting and being an active participant in politics. Our votes are one of the strongest influences we hold. Everyone out there last night understood that. One woman said to me, “It doesn’t matter what your opinion is, we’re all here expressing our views and respecting each other.” People of all age groups, from all walks of life, with diverse (and, at times, opposing) viewpoints understand the importance of being active in teh political process. The fact that students were willing to drive as far as from FAMU and FSU to demand that our candidates stand with us on the issues that matter most is an amazing example of the power and passion of young voters. Last night I was reminded that regardless of the opinions you hold or the person you support, raising your voice and expressing yourself is what matters. That is what democracy looks like.

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Tags: Climate Silence

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Florida Climate Groups Show Evidence of Sea Level Rise, ask Candidates to Lead on Climate Change

Posted on October 21

by Jacquie Ayala, Florida Organizer, Southern Energy Network

Posted in Power Vote at Florida International UniversityPower Vote at Florida State UniversityPower Moves at Florida A&M UniversityPower Vote at The University of FloridaPower Vote at Florida Gulf Coast UniversityPower Vote with SEA at USF Tampa

As I stood ankle-deep in sea water on the corner of 10th and Alton Street, one of the busiest intersections in Miami Beach, I wondered what else it was going to take to get our candidates to recognize the urgency of climate change. When we say its the most important issue of our generation, we’re not kidding. Because of sea-level rise, Florida is already experiencing the effects on climate change in our coastal cities. Check out the new study done by the Union of Concerned Scientists with all the details here.

Together with Climate ParentsUnion of Concerned Scientiststhe CLEO Institute, and Urban Paradise Guild, we came together on Thursday to call on President Obama and Governor Romney to be leaders on climate change. We can no longer deny its existence or ignore it for the sake of political gain. We must take action now. Take a look at the video above, and spread the word.

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Categories: Power VoteBuilding Political Power

Tags: 2012 ElectionFL YES CoalitionfloridaPower Votesea level risesouthern energy network

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300 Youth Activists Break the Silence on Climate Change at SSREC

Posted on October 7

by Jacquie Ayala, Florida Organizer, Southern Energy Network

Posted in Power Vote at Florida International UniversityPower Vote at Florida State UniversityPower Moves at Florida A&M UniversityPower Vote at The University of FloridaPower Vote at Florida Gulf Coast UniversityPower Vote with SEA at USF Tampa

Wow, what an incredible weekend.

Over 300 young people converged at Florida A&M University for the Southeast Student Renewable Energy Conference (SSREC) this weekend, coming together to learn the skills they need to fight big polluters and take action on climate change in their campuses and communities. Young clean energy activists from all over the southeast converged to learn from each other through a series of workshops, speakers, and trainings, and to share with their communities all over the region.

But it didn’t stop there.

We knew this year was a special year right away. Not only was SSREC being hosted in Tallahassee, Florida – the Capitol of a very important swing state – but this year’s SSREC had a renewed energy and spirit that you could feel in the air. With the help of the incredible FAMU Green Coalition, climate activists at SSREC organized an amazing march and rally to call on the candidates to break the silence on climate change and promote true clean energy solutions.

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Categories: Moving Beyond Dirty EnergyPower VoteBuilding Political PowerConference Updates

Tags: Climate SilenceSSREC

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We’ll be at the polls, will you?

Posted on October 1

by Cara Cooper, KY Campus Organizer, SEAC/ KSEC

Posted in Power Vote at Florida International UniversityPower Vote at Florida State UniversityPower Moves at Florida A&M UniversityPower Vote at The University of FloridaPower Vote at Florida Gulf Coast University

People who know me, know that I am fairly opinionated, and for the past couple of weeks I’ve been sharing my opinion on voting with everyone who will listen! As a young voter in this country I know that it can sometimes be very difficult to get my opinions heard. Often times I feel like no matter how much I try and how loud I get my voice is silenced by the very dirty energy companies (and their lobbyists) who are poisoning our air, water, and political systems. But lucky for us there is a place where the voice of the people matters more than their money, and that is at the polls.

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USF Students Call for Clean Energy: #DukeEnergy #DumpALEC

Posted on September 21

by Jacquie Ayala, Florida Organizer, Southern Energy Network

Posted in Power Vote at Florida International UniversityPower Vote at Florida State UniversityPower Moves at Florida A&M UniversityPower Vote at The University of FloridaPower Vote at Florida Gulf Coast UniversityPower Vote with SEA at USF Tampa

by Shaza Hussein, University of South Florida

On Thursday, the Student Environmental Association (SEA) at the University of South Florida in Tampa joined campuses across the country in a National Day of Action to “Get Dirty Energy Money Out Of Politics.” The students stood – clipboards in hand, cellphones ready, and with plenty of pens – outside the USF Tampa campus’ Student Center urging their peers to make a pledge to the environment with Power Vote.

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Day of Action at The University of Florida

Posted on September 20

by Heather Dean

Posted in Power Vote at The University of Florida

After a long day of getting students at UF excitied about ‘cleaning up and greening up’ politics, my first thought is: how did my hair get so frizzy!?! I’m gonna blame it on the Southern weather! Nothing like standing out in the Florida sun for a few hours to turn your hair into a bird’s nest of tangles and frizz.

Frizz ball hair is a small price to pay for the amazing work we did today. Who knows, maybe I created a new fashion statement (I know, “stop trying to make frizzy happen”!)

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