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sustainability

119 petitions

Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Kasim Reed

REPURPOSE the Engineer’s Bookstore

After ​23​ years of servicing Georgia Tech, the Engineer’s Bookstore located at the corner of Means Street and Marietta Street has closed. The new owner of the property has submitted an application to the City of Atlanta (NPU-E) for alcohol sales for a proposed gas station on the site. The Engineer’s Bookstore building, constructed between 1927-1930, has been a significant and sentimental building in Georgia Tech student campus life.​ ​The building is also a “contributing building” within the Means Street National Register Historic District. This is a federal designation administered through the National Park Service (also recognized by the State of Georgia’s Historic Preservation Division). This property is within the Marietta Street Artery neighborhood, an urban community of adaptively re-used former industrial buildings, and appropriately designed new structures, with a focus on developing for a pedestrian and bicycle scale. It is contrary to the Marietta Street Artery Association’s energy and investment over the past two plus decades to see the Engineer’s Bookstore building torn down for the development of a gas station. Losing this building would be a step backward for our community and another critical loss for our city.  Connect Atlanta designated Marietta Street as a core bicycle connection within the City. Not only would the community lose an amazing storefront with decades of character and a rich history, but a gas station is an incompatible use within the planned corridor, the neighborhood’s future vision, and movement toward alternative, environmentally friendly transportation infrastructure and comparable development. It runs counter to the following plans and initiatives: Upper Westside LCI Update, 2009: Change zoning to meet planned future land use Connect Atlanta Plan, 2008 & Cycle Atlanta Corridor E, 2015: Marietta Street is a core bicycle connection PATH Foundation Tech Parkway Greenway, 2016: under construction Our city has seen too many buildings similar to Engineer’s Bookstore torn down for irresponsible, unnecessary uses, bad design, and detrimental community effect. Let’s stop that trend and act! What’s our neighborhood’s goal?The neighborhood stakeholders include many commercial real estate experts who have personally and professionally found creative and economically viable uses for properties similar to this building. Therefore, the neighborhood is very much willing to work with this new property owner to identify responsible, neighborhood compatible, and economically viable uses for this property. The neighborhood’s hope and goal is that the building not be torn down. What can you do to help save the building? sign this petition as a vote against the gas station and mini market email your comments and concerns to Mayor Kasim Reed mayorreed@atlantaga.gov; Councilmembers Ivory Young ilyoung@atlantaga.gov and Andre Dickens ADickens@atlantaga.gov; CCing ArteryAtlanta@gmail.com​​ spread the word! Please feel free to contact us at ArteryAtlanta@gmail.com. On behalf of the entire Marietta Street Artery community, thank you!​ ​

Marietta Street Artery Association
2,645 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to City of Allen

Allow Street Facing Solar Panels in the City of Allen!

The City of Allen created a prohibitive solar ordinance in 2012 which does not allow for street-facing solar photovoltaic systems. We're mobilizing support to amend it. We need to help communities increase the adoption of rooftop solar energy in North Texas by identifying and removing barriers.  The placement of rooftop solar panels is not arbitrary. They are placed to achieve maximum annual production. Where we live, this means south facing installations provide the maximum annual production. The current ordinance as written prevents roughly half of the homes in Allen from installing solar panels for maximum production. This would be similar to restricting some residents from installing high efficiency air conditioners while others would be allowed. Some citizens adversely affected by this ordinance might start asking for compensation from the city for lost savings based on one, fundamental question – “Why should some homeowners be allowed to install rooftop solar for maximum production and others not allowed based on the orientation of their homes?” Aesthetics are not an acceptable basis for this non-nonsensical ordinance. Besides that being a totally subjective assessment; today's solar panels are sleek, modern, and wildly growing in popularity.  We are asking for Allen residents to get involved to remove this street facing restriction and let the sun shine for Allen residents! Sign this online petition and share it with other people you know in Allen!   The only way to get a city ordinance changed is by a large public showing of support. Sign this petition and then email the Mayor and City Council members with a letter of support. EMAILS:sterrell@cityofallen.org, kkizer@cityofallen.org, rsedlacek@cityofallen.org, robermeyer@cityofallen.org, gcaplinger@cityofallen.org, jherald@cityofallen.org, bbrooks@cityofallen.org [TEMPLATE EMAIL you can copy/paste/edit] Dear Mayor & City Council Members, Please update the City of Allen ordinance that prohibits street-facing solar panels. The aesthetics of solar panels does not offend me. In fact it encourages me that our city is joining the movement to a healthier more sustainable environment. (choose any quote below) I implore you to update this nonsensical ordinance and allow solar panels on any side of a home's roof. [SIGNATURE] QUOTES: "Solar power is going to be absolutely essential to meeting growing energy demands while staving off climate change." - Ramez Naam "Clubing energy efficiency with renewable energy will give us the much-needed window to incubate the renewable energy sector, particularly large solar, without having to increase the price of electricity." - Jamshyd Godrej "There is an urgent need to stop subsidizing the fossil fuel industry, dramatically reduce wasted energy, and significantly shift our power supplies from oil, coal, and natural gas to wind, solar, geothermal, and other renewable energy sources." - Bill McKibben "The total amount of energy we use every year - from coal, oil, natural gas, hydro, nuclear, and everything else - is dwarfed by the amount of solar energy hitting the planet each year." - Ramez Naam “We have this handy fusion reactor in the sky called the sun, you don’t have to do anything. It just works. It shows up every day.” – Elon Musk, CEO Tesla Motors "Solar energy may be the ultimate solution for energy for most of the world." - Donald Bren "We are already witnessing a transformation in the U.S. economy to increased production of lower carbon energy through fuel switching to natural gas and expansion of wind, solar, geothermal, and other renewable non-carbon intensive energy sources." - Martin O'Malley  

Lauren Doherty
237 supporters
Started 5 days ago

Petition to NY State Legislators & Governor Cuomo, New York State Senate, New York State House

Urge NY State Legislators to Vote Against Bag Preemption & Give NYC’s #BYOBag Law a Chance

Last year, the New York City Council passed a bill to tackle the city’s large and growing problem of plastic bag pollution. The #BYOBag law would require retailers in NYC to charge a 5-cent fee on all carryout bags provided at the register, with some exceptions. After a two year process of hearings, forums, and debates, the Council decided on this local solution that has proven effective in cities, counties, states, and countries throughout the US and the world, cutting plastic bag use 60-90% and dramatically reducing bag pollution. Senate Bill 362/Assembly Bill 1750 are aimed squarely at overturning NYC’s law, due to take effect on February 15, 2017. We urge you to oppose this industry-backed preemption bill and give New York City’s #BYOBag law a chance to prove that it works. Although the bills single out NYC, it sets a dangerous precedent for all the villages, towns, and counties across the state that have decided to take action to tackle plastic bag pollution. When the state fails to act to protect New Yorkers from pollution, local people should have the right to find their own solutions. At this crucial time when federal environmental protections are at risk of being rolled back, we need to protect our local environmental victories - not block them. Please vote NO on S362/A1750. Thank you. ----------------- OTHER GRASSROOTS ACTIONS TO TAKE NOW: *** Take a selfie with a reusable bag and post to your social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) with the following language: “I support NYC’s #BYOBag law and I take my #ReusableBag when I go shopping! #BagItNYC #ZeroWaste #StopPreemption” *** If you live in New York, contact your legislators. Legislators care a lot about what their constituents have to say - constituents get them elected!  The New York State Senate passed S362 (the preemption bill) on January 17, 2017 by a vote of 42 to 18. We thank all of the Senators that voted Nay: Alcantara, Bailey, Breslin, Carlucci, Dilan, Hamilton, Hoylman, Kaminsky, Kennedy, Krueger, Latimer, Montgomery, Parker, Rivera, Sanders, Serrano, Squadron, and Stewart-Cousins. Watch this hearing video if you really need some motivation to keep up the fight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azFC3-AvEoY #CallYourAssemblymember to express your opposition to A1750 and support for NYC's #BYOBag law. Now more than ever it's time to #ProtectLocalVictories and #EndPlasticPollution!  - Go to http://nyassembly.gov/mem/ search/ and type in your address, call the phone number for the legislative office (preferably during business hours but you can leave a message after hours).  - Suggested script: Hi, my name is _________ and I’m a constituent in Assemblymember ______’s district. My address is _______. I'm calling to express my opposition to Assembly Bill 1750. The bill would preempt NYC’s BYOBag law that’s set to go into effect February 15th. NYC’s law was the result of years of advocacy and compromise and NYC deserves a chance to show that it works. I urge Assemblymember  _______ to oppose A1750. Please let me know the Assemblymember ’s position on the A1750, my phone number is _______. Thank you.  *** Share this petition with friends!  *** Like BagItNYC on Facebook to get more action alerts.   (illustration credit: Dorothee Pierrard)

Jennie Romer
383 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Strategic Acquistions Inc, Peter Baer, Tony Hershman

DO NOT ALLOW STRATEGIC ACQUISITIONS INC TO DESTROY THE RON FINLEY PROJECT’S GANGSTA GARDEN

Help #savethegangstagarden and The Ron Finley Project's HQ that ignited a worldwide food justice revolution by signing the petition and generously giving what you can.All Ron Finley wanted was healthy food for himself, his family and neighbors. After picking up a tomato that was labeled “coated with shellac” in his local South Central Los Angeles grocery store, it hit Finley: there was a complete lack of healthy food in his community. This is true for not only Finley’s community, but most underserved populations nationwide. More than 29 million Americans live in food deserts or what Finley has termed “food prisons”.“the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys”In 2010, Finley decided to take his health and the health of his community into his own hands and “Plant Some Shit”, turning a strip of city-owned land in front of his property into a food oasis. After a citation, fine and eventual warrant for Finley’s arrest over the grass that he transformed into an edible landscape for his community, word spread quickly about the “Gangsta Gardener”, sparking a global food justice movement. Luminaries such as René Redzepi, Russell Brand, Alice Waters, Rainn Wilson, Penny Marshall, Aloe Blacc, Carson Daley, Rachel Hunter and Robert Horry reached out to Finley in solidarity of his work, followed by statewide dignitaries, namely Mayors Aja Brown, Kevin Johnson and Councilman Herb Wesson. Soon after, the Gangsta Garden began to be visited and studied by local K-12 classrooms and universities all over the world including renown institutions such as Harvard, the University of Southern California and MIT.“Kids who grow kale, eat kale. If they grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes. But when none of this is presented to them, they blindly eat whatever you put in front of them.”Over the last few years, the owner of the RFP property has been battling with the bank and has made several attempts to receive a loan modification to no avail. The bank recently foreclosed on the property and sold it to Strategic Acquisitions Inc. RFP has requested that Strategic Acquisitions allow them to continue operating from the location as to sustain with the important work they are doing in the community. The only solution they have been offered is to purchase the property, otherwise, face eviction. HQ has grown into more than just a garden since 2010, including RFP offices, an educational center and a propagation station for more edible urban landscapes. The loss of this property is a continuation of the injustices perpetrated against the members of the South Central Los Angeles community and persons struggling with food insecurity around the world. Finley took on city lawmakers in 2010 sparking a worldwide food justice revolution. Now the world needs to rally behind him!RFP needs to raise $500,000 to #savethegangstagarden that has become a symbol of healthy change for Los Angeles and cities all over. If you have been touched by RFP or support access to healthy food for ALL communities, please sign the petition, donate on our crowdfunding site, share and comment on how the The Ron Finley Project has inspired you.

The Ron Finley Project
70,898 supporters