I WANT TO BRING A NEW APPROACH TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

James Scott has led sustainability and community initiatives in St. Petersburg since his arrival in 2008. A graduate of University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s Environmental Science and Policy program, Scott established the State of Florida’s first student-led clean energy fund, secured USFSP’s commitment to carbon-neutrality, and led the net-zero energy parking garage project that was largely funded by a $1 million SunSense grant from Duke Energy. As the Student Body President, Scott’s successes included securing funds for the construction of the University Student Center, bringing the first student health services facility to campus, and establishing USFSP student representation on the USF Board of Trustees.

As a student of the USFSP Florida Studies Master’s program, Scott recently authored the Energy Sector portion of the ambitious USFSP Climate Action Plan and led the Poynter Parking Solar Array project. As a community organizer, James Scott served as Co-Campaign Manager for the celebrated Suncoast Sierra Club’s Ready for 100% St. Pete campaign. The campaign successfully championed a transition to 100% clean energy for the City of St. Petersburg, launched the St. Pete Solar Co-Op, initiated a flood vulnerability assessment with Pinellas County, instigated an energy efficiency assessment and upgrade of city buildings, and advocated for a municipal planning approach that precipitated the City’s Integrated Sustainability Action Plan.

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PERSONAL BACKGROUND

Clean Energy and Resource Conservation Commission (CERCC) Commissioner

University of South Florida • St Petersburg

February, 2015

Vice Chair

St Petersburg Sustainability Council

December, 2016

Sustainability Consultant & Executive Committee Member

Suncoast Sierra Club

January, 2015

Student Body President

University of South Florida • St Petersburg

I am listening St Petersburg. Please take a moment to tell me about your vision and priorities.

I believe democracy is something more than simply casting a ballot every few years. For me, it’s about you being heard, having a voice, and voting on real issues that impact your community. That’s why I’m beginning my campaign with a series of questions, not talking points. Survey coming soon!