The Air Quality team is partnering with Rubbertown Emergency ACTion (REACT) to host trainings for residents living near Rubbertown chemical plants. Residents will learn how to report and document bad odors during a month-long Odor Response Team project. Join us for our project planning meeting and come prepared to share your insights and ideas.
Some departments of the Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet will see deep cuts over the next two years, if the General Assembly approves Gov. Steve Beshear’s proposed budget.
Jefferson County Chapter recently chose to identify local issues as a way to both improve the county and also reach out to a broader section of the urban population that is not yet connected to KFTC’s statewide work. The process for local issue selection is not obvious. Assembled KFTC members have no shortage of issues, quickly identifying years worth of issues worthy of grassroots attention. There is no shortage of cooperative attitude, but there are many potential approaches to this important decision process.
Chapter members agreed the first step to selecting the chapter issue was to brainstorm issues to be discussed at the April chapter meeting. KFTC principles for issue selection were presented by Jefferson County organizer Alicia Hurle, and discussion led to additional criteria being added. The group determined a local issue should be one that is winnable with opportunities for action in the short term, even if completely winning would ultimately take focus over a longer time horizon. The group also agreed the ideal local issue would be important to people in areas not currently connected to state wide work. We want an issue that will energize the chapter and get members involved in our work. Outreach to chapter members encouraged them to contribute issues they would like to see considered and were invited to participate in discussion of issues and the process for selecting issues at the next chapter meeting.
The Jefferson County Chapter of KFTC has started addressing air quality issues in our city, particularly as they pertain to the communities surrounding Rubbertown chemical plants and LG&E power plants. We will hold our third strategy meeting and continue shaping this local campaign. Please consider joining this meeting and sharing your ideas with the group.