Beyond Coal Campaign hit a major milestone this month: nationwide 150 existing coal plants are now on a path to retirement.
David Cortez. Texas Beyond Coal Campaign Organizing Representative
For Immediate Release Thursday, October 16, 2013:
CONTACT: Jenna Garland, Sierra Club, (404) 281-6398, firstname.lastname@example.org
Beyond Coal Campaign Ramps Up Hiring in Texas
New Staff Will Focus on Hard-hitting Campaigns in Austin & East Texas
AUSTIN, TX – The Sierra Club has brought on two experienced and accomplished organizers to join the Beyond Coal campaign in Texas.
Nia Martin-Robinson and Dave Cortez have both joined the Texas Beyond Coal campaign as Organizing Representatives. The Beyond Coal campaign is one of the nation’s most successful environmental campaigns, working with partners and allies across the country to stop 179 new coal-fired power plant proposals. In addition, the campaign hit a major milestone this month with 150 existing coal plants nationwide now on a path to retirement.
“Nia and Dave are impressive organizers with a history of significant accomplishments for human health and the environment,” said Al Armendariz, senior campaign representative with Sierra Club in Texas. “We are proud and excited to have them join the Texas Beyond Coal team. With Nia and Dave on board, the Sierra Club will ramp up our work to pressure the state’s biggest polluters to clean up their obsolete, dirty plants and replace them with homegrown clean energy that supports clean air and good jobs for Texans.”
Nia Martin-Robinson, former executive director of the Environmental Justice Climate Change Initiative, will focus on the Sierra Club’s ongoing work to push TXU-Luminant to clean up its four East Texas coal-fired power plants. Nia co-authored the report "A Climate of Change: African Americans, Global Warming and a Just Climate Policy for the US" with economist Dr. J. Andrew Hoerner. The report was released in conjunction with Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA) and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke's (D-NY) offices. Nia is a resident of Georgetown, Texas, and will split her time between Austin and East Texas.
Dave Cortez has joined the team as the lead organizer for the Austin Beyond Coal campaign, working to secure the phase out of the Fayette Power Plant, the aging coal plant co-owned by the City of Austin and the Lower Colorado River Authority.
Previously, Dave served as an organizer with the Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter, where he focused on a partnership with the Texas AFL-CIO to launch the Texas BlueGreen Alliance. As part of his work with the Texas BlueGreen Alliance, Dave helped develop an economic roadmap for creating a new generation of clean energy jobs in Texas. Dave lives in Austin.
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