Rapid Response Network
Our new Rapid Response Network (RRN) is a peer-to-peer texting network that will allow us to connect with members across the state who have agreed to take action when we need it most. We’re partnering with watchdog organizations in Kentucky to quickly learn about new issues as they pop up and recruiting a team of TEXTERS and RESPONDERS to get the word out and to take quick, strategic action. With the RRN we can mobilize quickly to show our unity and power like never before. Read more about it in our blog, The Young Kentuckian.
Check out the RRN Page for more information
Just Transition Working Group
This working group strives to promote a just transition to locally based economies that protect workers, our communities, and the environment.
Check out the Just Transition Page for more information
Political Working Group
In order to see a renewable energy future in Kentucky we need strong legislation and political leadership to enable it. This working group helps to promote and support good environmental policies, and renewable energy legislation, hold our elected officials and candidates accountable and empower the youth voting bloc. Get involved with our new Power to the People Campaign
Check out the Political Working Group Page for more information
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KSEC Victory Timeline
- Created our first ever KSEC Strategic Plan to meet a statewide objective of "We will unite and uplift our voices to resist all new threats to our communities and our environment. We will no longer be ignored"
- KSEC Political Working Group participates in an emergency action coalition to successfully halt SB 214 which would have ended net metering in Kentucky and harmed the state’s burgeoning renewable energy sector
- KSEC members hosted a total of 30 actions and events across the state
- KSEC Just Transition Working Group hosts its first Solutions Summit to talk about what young Appalachians want for their region and participate in the region's just economic transition away from extractive industries.
- We developed 31 new leaders
- Members met with 10 decision makers
- We earned 25 media hits, including articles in New Southerner Magazine and Yes Magazine
- UK Greenthumb claims a victory in their campaign for a climate action plan when President Capilouto signs a commitment to reduce carbon emissions 25% below 2010 levels by 2020 and credits student leadership
- KSEC Just Transition Working Group launches the Solutions Tour to elevate young voices in the discussion of Appalachia post-coal economy and inspire
- At the request of the PWG, Representative Mary Lou Marzian and Senator Reggie Thomas file resolutions for LRC studies into renewable energy and energy efficiency legislation in other states with the goal of identifying policies that would be beneficial and applicable to Kentucky
- PWG hosts its second clean energy tour in Frankfort with a teach-in on hydropower from Shaker Landing Hydro Associates and a visit to see and learn about the solar installation at Boone National Guard Center
- Centre students win a Green Revolving Fund and gets $5,000 yearly allocated to the newly established fund
- duPont Manual High School students win campaign for local food in their cafeterias
- EKU Green Crew is successful in their campaign to get the university to sign onto the President’s Climate Commitment
- KSU Green Society wins campaign for campus-wide recycling
- PWG hosts Sen. Reggie Thomas for its first Clean Energy Tour in Murray to show how renewables are already working in Kentucky
- PWG secures state senators Reggie Thomas and Julian Carroll as the first senate sponsors for the Kentucky Sustainable Energy Alliance backed Clean Energy Opportunity Act
- KSEC launches its annual summer program, Catalyst, a youth-focused, anti-oppressive, inclusive, week-long training for folks interested in becoming activists and who want to make a difference on environmental and social justice issues.
- Kentucky young people meet up in Washington DC for the first national Power Shift conference and realize that there are a lot of young Kentuckians concerned with the environment.
- First KSEC gathering took place at Western KY University in Bowling Green, KY
- Start using conference calls to organize and collaborate across the state
- Focus on I <3 Mountains Day and Summer MTR resistance
- Second KSEC gathering took place at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY
- Registered voters and did youth environmental voter turnout work with the Power Vote Campaign.
- Kentucky representation on the SEAC National Council
- KY Power Shift at Western KY University brought together folks from all across the country and had amazing speakers like Larry Gibson in attendance
- Over 100 Kentuckians head to the 2009 National Power Shift Conference in Washington, D.C.
- On the bus ride home Transylvania students and Western KY University students decide to shut down their on-campus coal boilers
- KSEC starts working groups to take on off-campus issues around Food, Conservation, Education, I <3 Mountains, Power Shift planning, and Power Past Coal
- Appalachian Power Shift happens at Marshall University in West Virginia as a joint effort between West Virginia Youth Action League and KSEC and ends with a large march and rally for Green Jobs
- First statewide day of action happens at campuses across the state! Students drop banners at multiple universities calling the campuses to move towards more sustainable energy
- WKU and Transylvania University students win commitments to shut down their campus coal boilers
- Other campuses start working on renewable energy and green fee campaigns including Murray Environmental Student Society at Murray State University
- Students from several campuses connected at Sierra Club Activist Weekend and committed to rebuilding the state network
- Campuses took on new campaigns aimed around banning plastic bottles on campus and University of Kentucky’s Greenthumb organization launched a campaign to shut down their on-campus coal boiler
- First annual spring summit to introduce new members to KSEC and train them in anti-oppression and organizing skills
- KSEC mobilizes 100+ young Kentuckians to attend the Power Shift environmental youth conference in Pittsburg
- KSEC launches the Political Working Group (PWG) to build political power by increasing participation in elections and facilitating the passage of progressive energy legislation in Kentucky through organizing direct actions, educating our peers, and sharing our stories and visions for a more democratic and community-based political system
- PWG launches Power to the People campaign to support renewable energy policies in Kentucky
- First annual Fall Summit to introduce new members to KSEC and train them in anti-oppression and organizing skills
- KSEC contributes to a successful a grassroots movement to stop the Bluegrass Pipeline from being built across the state to carry natural gas liquids from the shale fields in the north east to the refineries and ports on the gulf coast, namely being the first to develop and publish resistance resources on our website and drawing attention to and shutting down the pipeline's proposed route through the Kentucky State University Research Farm