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Get Involved: Science Network Action Opportunities

As a member of the UCS Science Network, you gain access to a variety of action opportunities to inform the public and influence policy makers and events where you can connect with and learn from colleagues who have similar interests. Check out the following opportunities:

RSVP for Upcoming Online Workshops on Science & Policy

On Wednesday, September 10 at 3 p.m. EDT, join us for a webinar on "Science & Policy Change: Using your expertise to influence the policy making process." This webinar is a guide for scientists and other experts who are interested in learning how they can use their expertise to make an impact on the policy process at the local, state, or national level. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions to experts who have been involved in every step of the process, from organizing to coalition-building to advising a legislator.

On Thursday, September 25 at 3 p.m. EDT, check out our Google + Hangout, "So You Want to Work in Science Policy: What the experts wish they knew when they were students." Our experts will share tips on how to make the most of the resources that are available to you, and personal stories about what they wish they knew when they were finishing their degrees. During this interactive Hangout you’ll have plenty of time to ask your questions about building your network, finding a mentor, and where to look for resources and guidance as you take the next step in your career.

Experts in Minnesota: Sign an Open Letter on MN Renewable Energy

Minnesota has the chance to be a real clean energy leader, but we need your help to make it a reality. Minnesota's strong renewable energy track record has created jobs, provided affordable electricity for families and businesses, and reduced pollution to our lakes, rivers, and streams. Renewable energy in Minnesota is working, and we have the capacity to ramp it up even more. Join scientists, engineers, economists, and health professionals from across Minnesota in supporting an increase in the state's use of renewable energy. Add your expert voice to an important effort to generate more electricity from renewable sources such as wind and solar, reduce pollution, and continue to grow a clean energy industry for Minnesota.

Chicago Area: Cooler Smarter Discussion

Join the Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition and UCS Senior Energy Analyst John Rogers for a discussion on "Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living" on Tuesday, September 9 at 7 p.m. at the Elmhurst Public Library. RSVP requested.

Urge the EPA to Finalize a Strong Power Plant Rule to Reduce Global Warming Emissions

The EPA recently proposed rules that would limit the carbon pollution from power plants—the largest source of global warming emissions in the United States. While the proposal has many promising elements, it could be stronger. The EPA wants to know what you think and is now accepting comments on this new rule before it is finalized. Tell EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to finalize a stronger power plant carbon rule that strengthens global warming emissions reduction targets and accelerates the transition to a clean energy economy.

Call on the Surgeon General to Curb Sugar Consumption

It's time to loosen the food industry's grip on policy efforts meant to protect public health from the effects of sugar. We will need trusted, influential voices for science and health to join us in pushing back against deceptive tactics and pushing towards evidence-based food polices that protect our health. Urge the Acting Surgeon General to use his influence to commission an authoritative report on the health effects of added sugars in our diet to help shape our nation's policies on sugar consumption.

Help Us Spread the Word about Clean Trucks

As policy makers start discussions about the next round of efficiency and global warming emissions standards for our heavy-duty vehicle fleet, we have to get the word out that trucks can be 40 percent more fuel efficient and still deliver the goods. You can help demonstrate the possibilities and potential benefits of cleaner trucks for oil use, fuel cost savings, and global warming emissions by sharing our graphic with friends and family.The public deserves to know who is influencing policies that affect our health and safety. 

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