October was an incredibly full month, with the unanimous passage of the Emergency Climate Resolution at City Council where we were joined by members of the Silver Creek HS Environmental Club; the Climate & Sustainability Issues Candidate Forum with candidates for Mayor and City Council; a Town Hall with PRPA, our local power authority; and the Sustainability Awards, where we were fortunate to host Representative Joe Neguse and honor five members of our community who have shown outstanding service and leadership in the area of sustainability. The Longmont community donated some amazing items to our silent auction, and our live auction with State Representative Jonathan Singer inspired the generosity of those attending. September saw SRL speerheading Longmont’s declaration of Electric Vehicle Week, and in collaboration with other environmental groups, the community’s first Electric Vehicle Fair, where over 600 people attended. Speakers featured Colorado Department of Transportation Director Shoshana Lew, Senator Mike Foote, and Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones. In July, our first program coordinator began work for SRL, and in June we held a successful Community Clean-Up. The 5th annual Earth Day in April was attended by more than 700 people.
Throughout all this work, we’ve been blessed by numerous volunteers helping at these events, tabling at the Farmers’ Market, hanging flyers, inviting friends to participate, gathering at City Council, and so much more. In addition, this Fall SRL was awarded two local grants to support our continued work in the community - thank you to the Community Foundation of Boulder County and the Longmont Community Foundation Left Hand Giving Circle for your generous support! And we are grateful for the positive local press in the Times Call and Longmont Observer.
As we prepare for another year of important work ensuring that the momentum continues to build - that the Climate Resolution results in concrete action, and that PRPA moves towards renewable energy more rapidly - we continue to rely on the support of the community. We are looking for volunteers on our Zero Waste Committee; we need new Board Members; and we are seeking ways to engage local youth in our work. Please come find out more about these opportunities at our Holiday Gathering on December 5th. This is a free and informal chance to learn more about our accomplishments, where we are heading, and what we’ll need to get there.
Thank You Longmont, for all of these opportunities to bring about critical change. Let’s continue to work together to promote a more sustainable future for Longmont.