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Stewards VISTA: Energy Savings for Appalachia
Electric utilities have enormous impacts on our economy, environment and public health. In the Tennessee Valley, our region has been served by “public power” utilities since the 1930s. Unfortunately, these publicly owned utilities have not been democratically governed by the residents they serve. This lack of public involvement has resulted in decades of investment in the coal industry, high energy burdens, and significant barriers to accessing renewable energy and energy efficiency. Appalachian Voices’ Energy Democracy program seeks to activate and engage ratepayers in the Valley around electric utility reform, leading to increased access to cleaner, more equitable and affordable energy, broadband internet and other programs that would add jobs and improve quality of life for communities.
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Member Duties : VISTA will conduct outreach to help community members 1) understand their rights and responsibilities as members of public utilities 2) learn about energy democracy and strategies for achieving democratic reform 3) learn about programs available to their utilities that would benefit local economies and community development 3) generate member or ratepayer engagement in the decision making 4) advance implementation and enrollment in inclusive energy efficiency, community solar, broadband, and other programs. VISTA will organize community meetings related to energy issues and solutions in Tennessee. VISTA will build capacity by providing trainings on meeting facilitation, digital tools, community organizing, and other skill sets necessary for members to engage and organize a broader base of ratepayers. VISTA will advance new programs that offer energy efficiency, internet, herbicide spraying opt-out, etc by providing communities with education and supporting those who want to enroll.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Stipend ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Environment ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Community Organization ,  Recruitment ,  Writing/Editing ,  Team Work ,  Public Speaking ,  Social Services ,  Communications ,  Conflict Resolution ,  General Skills ,  Leadership ,  Education ,  Environment . 
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Stewards VISTA: Energy Savings for Appalachia

Program Start/End Date
07/22/2019  -   07/20/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations TENNESSEE  


Accepting Applications
From  04/18/2019  To  06/29/2019 

Contact Ryan Tant
115 S Kanawha St
Beckley   WV   25801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 81656