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TLCV-EF Announces New Executive Director

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It is with great excitement, The Board of Directors for The Texas League of Conservation Voters and the Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund  announce Elizabeth Doyel as the new Executive Director.

After an extensive summer-long search, Elizabeth comes to TLCV from her job as Development Director at Annie’s List, with over fifteen years of political and nonprofit fundraising experience. We are thrilled to have her on board to lead this organization to greater heights in electing pro-conservation officials and passing pro-conservation legislation here in Texas.

A native of Arkansas, Elizabeth’s career has spanned the nonprofit and political sectors. She has served on Gubernatorial, Congressional and Senatorial campaigns across the country, fund-raised for pro-women legislation and is actively involved in community efforts for the arts and animal rights

Elizabeth takes over for David Weinberg who led the organization for the last six years. We are thankful to David for his service to the league and for his efforts on clean air, clean water, and open spaces in Texas. We look forward to building upon his good work and creating a new chapter at TLCV with Elizabeth.

So please, join me and my fellow Board Members in welcoming Elizabeth to the organization. Our work here in Texas cannot be done without you, so reach out to us at info@tlcv.org with your ideas, questions or concerns. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we look forward to this new stage for TLCV and to the significant work we will do together in the coming years.

Sincerely,

Thomas Kelly
Board Chair
Texas League of Conservation Voters

 

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TLCV-EF Seeks new Executive Director for Summer 2015

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Texas League of Conservation Voters
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Job description

Job Title: Executive Director
Reports to: Board of Directors

Organizational Overview

The Texas League of Conservation Voters (TLCV) is the political voice of Texas’ conservation community. We are a nonpartisan, non-profit organization dedicated to changing policies and politics to protect Texans’ environment and quality of life. TLCV’s Political Committee works to support and elect environmentally responsible candidates at the state and local levels.

TLCV’s sister organization, the Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund (TLCVEF) is a tax deductible 501(c)(3) organization. The educational fund is dedicated to educating Texans on environmental issues, promoting voting and civic engagement, and raising the public profile of conservation issues.

Scope of Responsibilities

The Executive Director is responsible for all aspects of leading, funding and managing a group of organizations—Texas League of Conservation Voters, the Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund and an affiliated Political Action Committee.

Responsibilities:

  • Secure the financial resources necessary for the organizations to accomplish their missions; the E.D. is the primary fundraiser for the organizations;
  • Serve as the primary face and ambassador of the organizations with elected officials, donors, partner NGOs and industry;
  • Create and track multiple budgets and oversee the fiscal management of the organizations;
  • Work closely with the Boards of Directors to guide the organizations through strategic governance challenges and opportunities;
  • Mobilize the boards to maximize their networks to build the financial health of the organizations;
  • Lead the boards and staff through regular planning and evaluation of the organizations’ efforts;
  • Ensure legal compliance of all aspects of the financial and political/ programmatic activities of the organizations with local, state and federal regulators, especially related to maintaining firewalls of separation for charitable and political activities;
  • Be an “institution-builder” and take the organizations to the next level of effectiveness.

Qualifications & Experience:

Required

  • Proven ability, experience in and passion for fundraising from both individual donors and foundations;
  • Strong financial management skills and ability to build and manage multiple organizational budgets;
  • Superior leadership, strategic thinking and planning skills;
  • Experience in organizational management and program planning with the ability to lead and coach senior staff, develop and manage high performance teams, and the ability to delegate;
  • Experience successfully working in culturally rich and diverse communities like Texas;

Preferred

  • Experience in legislative advocacy and political campaigns;
  • Experience building and working effectively with a board of directors;
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills;
  • Public speaking and earned media skills;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the organizations’ missions and values;

Desired

  • Understanding of existing relationships within Texas politics and the environmental community;
  • Experience building long-term financial reserves within an organization;
  • Understanding of 501c3, 501c4, and PAC structures and compliance issues;
    • Knowledge of the environmental politics movement represented by LCV and state leagues;
    • Knowledge of best practices around “leadership as governance” and highly effective governance for Boards of Directors.

Special Job Requirements

The job requires long, unpredictable hours and some weekends, especially during the legislative session and political campaign season; ability to work in fast-paced situations and handle many tasks simultaneously; ability to travel frequently around the state; commitment to working in a small, nonprofit office with a positive, respectful, friendly and collegial environment.

Compensation & Benefits

Competitive nonprofit salary based on experience, health care benefits, vacation, sick leave, and retirement. Apply:

No phone calls. Please submit a cover letter that specifically addresses how your expertise and background match the job description requirements, your resume, and three references prior to June 5, 2015. The position will remain open until it is filled. Please email all materials to TLCVapplication@gmail.com

Texas League of Conservation Voters and Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund are equal opportunity employers.

Alliance for a Clean Texas publishes report on benefits of Contested Case Hearings for Environmental Permits

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TLCV-EF Holding Reception with Lois Gibbs and Texans Together on August 1st in Houston

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TLCV-EF Participates in Amplify Austin

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Dear Fellow Austinites,

Mark your calendars, Amplify Austin is coming soon! We at TLCV-EF are very excited to be participating in Amplify Austin – a 24 hour giving period to support non-profit organizations in this community. This year, Amplify Austin has challenged Austin residents and businesses to raise $4 million dollars for local non-profits like us! We are asking for your participation and financial support in this day of giving.

Your tax-deductible gift will help us continue our work in Central Texas of educating and advocating for clean air, clean water, renewable energy and the protection of parks, open spaces, and wildlife habitat.  This year, TLCV-EF’s efforts include maintaining funding for parks, preserving citizen participation in environmental permitting, and non-partisan voter registration and turnout.  Our work would not be possible without your generous support!

Click Here to pre schedule your donation now

OR

Visit our page on March 20-21, 2014 from 6pm-6pm and donate on Amplify Austin’s day of giving!

Regards,
Ashley Cooper
Development Associate

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TxDOT holding Public Meetings on Passenger Rail Study

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Dear Friend,

As supporters of expanding public transportation in Texas, we wanted to pass along this information about upcoming meetings in your area on a study being conducted by TxDOT on possible new rail service in Texas and Oklahoma.

Regards,
David Weinberg, Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund

Texas-Oklahoma Passenger Rail Study
Texas’ population and economy are booming, with much of its growth occurring in the already-congested I-35 corridor. While TxDOT continues to explore roadway improvements to keep us and our economy moving, other options, such as passenger rail service, fit the needs of many travelers and would reduce demand on the state’s roadways. Through the Texas-Oklahoma Passenger Rail Study, TxDOT is studying how passenger rail service could fit this corridor.
TXDOT wants to hear from you
The Texas-Oklahoma Passenger Rail Study project team has reviewed possible rail routes and types of service and has recommended a few alternatives for further study. It’s your chance to review these recommendations and let TxDOT know if these are the right choices to study in more detail. Can’t make a public meeting? All materials and a comment form are available online at http://txokrail.org

The study is looking at a range of passenger rail service options along the 850-mile IH-35 corridor from Oklahoma City to South Texas. The study will end with a service-level environmental impact statement (EIS). Comments on the draft alternatives are due by February 28, 2013.

A PDF of TxDOT’s Alternatives Public Meeting Presentation, including maps of proposed alternative routes in the North, Central, and South sections of Texas can be found by clicking here.

To provide comments:
• Mail to: Mark Werner, Rail Division, TxDOT, 125 E. 11th Street, Austin, TX 78701-2483
• Submit comments at www.TXOKrail.org
• Attend one of the public meetings listed below

Public Meeting Schedule
Waco, TX
Monday, January 27
6 – 8 p.m.
Heart of Texas COG
1514 S. New Rd.
Austin, TX
Tuesday, January 28
6 – 8 p.m.
Cepeda Branch Austin Public Library
651 N. Pleasant Valley Rd.
McAllen, TX
Wednesday, January 29
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Main McAllen Public Library
4001 N. 23rd St.
Laredo, TX
Thursday, January 30
6 – 8 p.m.
Texas A&M Int’l University
5201 University Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK
Monday, February 3
6 – 8 p.m.
Metro Tech Center
1901 Springlake Dr.
Ardmore, OK
Tuesday, February 4
6 -8 p.m.
Ardmore Train Station
251 E. Main St.
Arlington, TX
Wednesday, February 5
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
N. Central Texas COG
616 Six Flags Dr.
San Antonio, TX
Thursday, February 6
6 – 8 p.m.
Via Metro Transit Center
1021 San Pedro Ave.

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and who may need auxiliary aides or services are requested to contact Mark Werner at (512) 486-5137 at least three days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Yale Survey: Most Texans Believe in Global Warming

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Most Texans believe in global warming, but many are skeptical that the phenomenon, if happening, is mostly caused by human activity, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication that comes after another sweltering, dry summer.

Some 70 percent of Texans believe that global warming is happening, according to the survey data. Fourteen percent believe the earth is not warming.

Fewer than half of the 800 Texans surveyed — 44 percent— identified humans as the root cause of a shifting climate. Thirty-one percent said natural environmental changes are mostly to blame, while 11 percent said a combination of the factors are driving the trend.

Texas is facing some of the worst drought conditions in its history, threatening rivers and groundwater supplies that are also strained by rapid population growth. The state is poised to get even hotter in the coming decades, with summer temperatures averaging in the triple-digits. That’s according to a recent study by John Nielsen-Gammon, the state’s climatologist and a professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M University. His study, as reported by the Texas Drought Project, says that maximum temperatures could reach 103 degrees by the year 2060.

Only 17 percent of Texans surveyed said they are “very worried” about global warming, while 37 percent said they are “somewhat worried.” The rest were evenly split between “not very worried” and “not worried at all.” More than half of those surveyed, however, said the phenomenon should be a “high” or “very high” priority for Congress and President Obama.

Anthony Leiserowitz, director of Yale Project, said the results show that “many Texans have connected the dots between climate change and extreme weather, and believe that it will increasingly impact the state over time.”

The researchers conducted the survey over landlines and cell phones. It has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.

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This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2013/09/24/survey-most-texans-believe-global-warming/.

TLCV-EF supports Great Austin Parks initiative

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Great Austin Parks was founded to marshall support for increased funding to the Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s (PARD) maintenance budget in the upcoming City Budget for 2013-2014. This is the first time in Austin that a broad array of park advocates have formed a united front to lobby for better park funding.

Background: The Austin Parks Department has been a favorite target for budget cuts in economic downturns for decades. However, when the good times return, these cuts are never fully restored. The results, PARD does not have the staff or the funding it needs to properly care for Austin’s 29,225 acres of parkland.

For instance, the Forestry Division has fewer employees today than they did in 1992 to take care of Austin’s tree canopy today. This is true despite the fact that they are responsible for three times the amount of acreage as then. This leaves them unable to do little more than cut down dangerous trees that are a threat to public safety. This understaffing comes at a time when Austin is estimated to have lost over 10% of its trees due to the ongoing drought and badly needs to plant new ones and care for others in distress.

“Great Austin Parks” proposes a $4.75 million dollar increase in the PARD budget. This increase will focus on Pools, Trees, Trails, and General Maintenance.

Great Austin Parks is asking City Council to support the following for the 2013-2014 Budget:

  • $1.5m additional funds for Forestry
  • $1m for Pools to keep them open and equitably service in all areas of town!
  • $1.25m for trails to keep them in good shape for walkers, runners and bicyclists!
  • $1m for basic maintenance of our parks.

Let’s take care of what we have!

Support the Great Austin Parks’ agenda, contact Austin City Council, help close the park funding GAP!

TLCV-EF joins I Live Here I Give Here

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Today Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund’s (TLCV-EF) Executive Director David Weinberg announced that the organization has joined as a member organization the Central Texas collaborative giving non-profit I Live Here I Give Here.

“Since 2007, I Live Here I Give Here has transformed the charitable giving landscape in central Texas by raising the profile the myriad non-profits in the area doing critical work in the area,” said TLCV-EF Executive Director David Weinberg. “We are thrilled to join I Live Here I Give Here as an environmental member organization and look forward to being a very active participant in the terrific programs I Live Here I Give Here has to offer.”

I Live Here, I Give Here’s mission is to deepen and expand the culture of personal philanthropy by inspiring Central Texans to invest more money in our community. I Live Here, I Give Here educates and connects individuals and non-profits so more Central Texans experience the personal benefit of increased philanthropy.

The Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that educates Texans on and advocates for clean air, clean water, renewable energy and the protection of parks, opens spaces, and wildlife habitat.  The Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund also works to empower the citizens of Texas to become civically engaged and have a voice in how the decisions on environmental policy which affect their lives are made.

The Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund accomplishes this through the convening of town hall meetings and forums with elected officials and government officials, civic and environmental education work targeted at middle and high school-age students, and voter registration in areas with low registration numbers.

TLCV-EF’s I Live Here I Give Here member page can be found by clicking the icon below:

Texas Legislature Enhances Funding for Local Parks

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2013
Contact:  David Weinberg.  512-477-4424.  dweinberg@tlcv.org.

TEXAS LEGISLATURE ENHANCES FUNDING FOR LOCAL PARKS

LOCAL COMMUNITIES WILL SEE INCREASE IN AVAILABLE FUNDING FOR NEW FACILITIES, LAND FOR LOCAL PARKS

AUSTIN, TXStatewide environmental groups joined municipal organizations to laud the Texas Legislature’s approval of funding for local parks grants aimed at building new facilities and acquiring additional parks land.

“During the last legislative session, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department budget was cut by nearly 28 percent, forcing elimination of popular programs and lay offs,” said TLCV-EF Executive Director David Weinberg.  “We saw some progress and promise in restoring our state and local parks budgets this session. Although there’s still much work to be done, the local park grants funding is truly a shining star in the state’s budget. It’s a win for Texas families and all those who love our urban and suburban parks.”

The Legislature restored $15.5 million to the grants program over the next two years and provided an additional $869,000 to maintain administrative staff that will not count against local parks departments’ grant requests.

“Texas families rely on our local parks and playgrounds for picnics, swimming and just having fun outside,” said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. “We applaud the Legislature for restoring funding for the grant program, which helps our communities keep up with the growing demand for quality outdoor recreation opportunities.”

“Local parks serve as outdoor classrooms and gyms for a wide variety of Texans, especially children,” said Scheleen Walker, Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter Director.  “I appreciate the stalwart support our members and others provide all public parks every day. I am thrilled this Legislature recognized the folly of zeroing out funding for local parks last session and partially restored this important economic development tool to local jurisdictions.”

TLCV-EF and its allies have worked diligently in recent years to educate Texans on and advocate for clean air, clean water, renewable energy and the protection of parks, opens spaces, and wildlife habitat.

Local parks officials and municipal organizations are welcoming the good news from the Texas Legislature, too.

“Texans love the outdoors. At the same time, more people live in urban areas than ever before in Texas history. The 83rd Texas Legislature is to be congratulated for providing funding to acquire and develop open space close to home in our urban areas which will provide park land for connecting people with nature and ultimately as a destination for healthier life styles. This was a step in the right direction and we thank our State leaders,” said Mick Massey, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Richardson and a leader in the Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS).

Bennett Sandlin, Executive Director of the Texas Municipal League added, “Texas Municipal League is pleased that some local parks grant money was restored.  While the amount is less than half of what previously came to cities, it’s an improvement over the current biennium.   Texas cities get very little in aid from their state government; what they do get they should be able to count on.”

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The Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that educates Texans on and advocates for clean air, clean water, renewable energy and the protection of parks, opens spaces, and wildlife habitat.  Find us online at http://www.tlcvef.org and follow us on Twitter @tlcvef.