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.

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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EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Clean Energy and Resource Conservation Commission

USF St. Petersburg

March 2016–Present

Sustainability Analyst

USF St. Petersburg

2015

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science & Policy

USF St. Petersburg

2010–2011

2012–2016

Sustainability Consultant & Executive Committee

Suncoast Sierra Club

2016–2017

Vice Chair

St. Petersburg Sustainability Council

2014

Student Government President

USF St. Petersburg