Student representative needed for Albany's Climate Action Committee

Please see below for notice of student member vacancy for the Climate Action Committee.

Application is here: https://www.albanyca.org/i-want-to/boards-commissions-committee-application

Description:

Student Member

The student member has a great opportunity to engage in environmental issues on the local level and make a real-world impact. They’ll have a chance to learn about environmental policy and be part of the process of making our City a more sustainable place. In particular, they’ll have the opportunity to engage on climate change issues by helping to develop and implement the City’s Climate Action & Adaptation Plan. Experience in the political process is not necessary; the Student Member has the opportunity to learn about local politics by being a part of this Committee. Confidence and public speaking skills are highly desired, but the most important characteristic is a strong interest in environmental issues.

Committee Purpose

The Climate Action Committee serves as a technical advisory committee regarding matters related to climate action and to advise council on matters related to reducing greenhouse gasses; and adapting to climate change.

Committee Composition

The Committee is composed of seven members, each one is appointed by Council members. There is one at-large appointment and one youth member appointed by the Albany Unified School District Board. The term runs until the next Municipal election (every 2 years). The School District appointment shall preferably be a Junior and the term shall be for two years.

Meetings

Third Wednesday of each Month, 7:30pm (meetings usually last 2-3 hours)
City Hall – Council Chambers
1000 San Pablo Avenue
Albany, CA 94706

Student Member Appointment Guidelines

The Climate Action Committee is an active group, taking a leading role in drafting policy recommendations for City Council. As such, Committee members are engaged in a number of projects and work closely with the community. The following lists some of the skills that should be considered when selecting a student appointee:

  • Advanced communication skills

  • Some leadership experience

  • Involvement in a community service organization or club

  • An understanding of environmental terms and issues and/or a desire to learn them

  • An interest in climate change/politics/municipal workings

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

  • Currently enrolled in/taken/planning to take AP environmental science

  • Willingness to reach out to the student body and Albany schools

  • Time to research agenda issues

Duties of Student Member

  • Attend monthly evening meetings

  • Prepare for monthly meetings by reading agenda materials

  • Engage in one additional subcommittee meeting per month

  • Estimated time commitment: 6-8 hours/month