The Sierra Club is the largest and oldest environmental group in the United States and has been essential to the founding of the National Parks, the enforcement of the NEPA, the Clean Water, and the Clean Air Acts. We've recently launched a number of local campaigns, Ready for 100 campaigns to push cities to commit to powering themselves by 100% renewable energy by 2050, and the Central Ohio Group has started our own right in Columbus, and we need you!
We're looking for passionate individuals to serve on the four major committees within our campaign: grassroots organizing, Grasstops policy advocacy, communications, and digital. Though the time commitment for each committee varies, you can expect them all to include a meeting once a month or every other month for an hour / hour and a half, in addition to whatever outside work you assign yourselves as a team.
Below you can read a detailed account of the work each committee does, or find a quick summary on our volunteer sign up link here (https://goo.gl/forms/HkPPdNNs2QsW2EQu2). You can also watch a video introducing our campaign here ( https://vimeo.com/250354431).
If you have any questions, feel free to email the contact for this post. If you'd like to sign up to volunteer, please do so on the link provided ( https://goo.gl/forms/HkPPdNNs2QsW2EQu2) as this will help us get you in the right place faster than if you email the post contact directly.
Thank you so much! We look forward to working with you!
The Grassroots Committee is perhaps the most foundational and important committee of the campaign. Without grassroots messaging and support, we really can’t exist. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to research and serve as liaisons to groups within the Columbus community, and bring them our message and request sign-on to our campaign. We’ll build bridges with local groups and ensure that we work together to create a coalition to bring our demands for a cleaner and sustainable future to city leaders. We can form relationships with groups in all different areas, including (in no particular order):
- Health care
- Faith groups
- Small business
- Large business
- Colleges and universities
- Arts community
- Low income agencies
- Organizations that represent women, people of color, LGBT
- Unions and labor groups
In addition, the grassroots committee will also have numerous opportunities to table at events and spread the word to individuals in all sorts of communities.
The Grasstops Committee is tasked with forging relationships with city leaders and delivering our campaign pledges to them. They are the lobbyists of Ready for 100, and are the primary way we intend to sway city council.
We are looking for extroverted people who consider themselves sufficiently affable to impress these local leaders and make connections on behalf of the campaign. We also need researchers who can map out our local leadership networks and effectively communicate about these networks to the rest of the campaign.
The Communications and Media Committee is a critical arm of the campaign. You can think of it as the committee that maintains our public image and helps the other committees meet their goals by researching various topics and finding new ways to effectively communicate the Ready for 100 message to the public.
The Communications team has three main positions:
- Researchers: people who are willing to fact check & update content as facts & numbers change.
- Writers: people who are skilled writers to update content on our web page, social media, handouts, press statements etc.
- Graphic designers: people who can help put together handouts and printed documents in an aesthetically pleasing way.
Additionally, the Communications committee is looking for volunteers to help out on our media team. This subgroup is specifically dedicated to producing video content such as the campaign promotional video we sent out in our last email. We are looking for anyone with a background in video editing, digital video, storytelling, motion graphics, graphic design, animation, photography, project management, lighting design, sound design or music.
The Digital Committee has a lot of overlap with the communications committee. However, Digital also has its own list of unique responsibilities. Their objective is to:
- Maintain and manage our digital presence (Facebook, website and other social media accounts as needed).
- Maintain Add-Up, which is our best way to get petitions out to the public.
- Manage the emails to supporters and volunteers and help keep our campaign in sync.