Monday, September 28, 2009

A Carbon Neutral Campaign

This is just a quick update to let you all know that the Bryce Carter for Blacksburg Town Council Campaign is now officially carbon neutral! I personally donated carbon offsets that will be allocated towards renewable energy, energy efficiency, and reforestation efforts. The amount was established by estimating total campaign paper use, shipping, events, driving, and other general office and coordinator position demands. Our website provider also has certified green hosting.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Representing the Student Voice

Representing the Student Voice

With voter registration quickly coming to a close on October 5th, the power of the vote should be emphasized with students here in Blacksburg. Since around 1900, there have been at least as many students residing in Blacksburg as permanent town residents. In 2008, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Virginia Tech Office of University Relations, students make between 63-70% of the population in the Town of Blacksburg. Yet, over the past century there has never been any direct student representation on Blacksburg Town Council. Virginia Tech students are citizens of the Town and the upcoming election is an opportunity not to be missed in getting our voice heard.

There are tremendous possibilities to engage students with the Town of Blacksburg in issues of town development, policy, and community relations. I am currently working with the SGA to create a new Student Advisory Committee that will help to actively engage students in developing a voice of the student population for matters pertaining to Blacksburg. Issues such as pursuing community oriented development, creating a diversified and more walkable downtown, enhancing alternative transportation options, expanding programs for students and classes to receive credited real-world experience locally, and collaborating on policy that impacts students are just a few of the possibilities in which student representation and cooperation can truly enhance our community.

Currently there are ten candidates vying for four seats on Town Council, including myself as the only undergraduate student. I encourage every member of the community to learn more about all the candidates and consider the issues that matter most to you. Talk to your friends and classmates and together get registered to vote by October 5th. You can drop off your registration forms at the SGA office on the third floor of Squires. On November 3rd, make your voice heard and vote!

Bryce Carter
Council Candidate
Undergraduate, Humanities, Science and Environment

Upcoming Meeting Events

Here are all the upcoming meeting events for the Bryce Carter Campaign, note time and location are subject to change:

Public Open Discussion - Saturdays at the Blacksburg Public Library
September 19: 8:30-10:00pm
September 26: 4:00-6:30pm (canceled)
October 3: 8:30-10:00pm
October 10: 8:30-10:00pm
October 17: 4:00-6:30pm
October 24: 4:00-6:30pm
November 1: 1:00-5:00pm

Students for Bryce Carter - Mondays in Jamestown Room, Squires
August 13: 6:00-7:00pm
September 7: 6:00-7:00pm
September 14: 6:00-7:00pm [Room 345]
September 21: 6:00-7:00pm
September 28: 6:00-7:00pm
October 5: 6:00-7:00pm [TBA]
October 12: 6:30-7:30pm [Norfolk Room]
October 19: 6:00-7:00pm
October 26: 6:00-7:00pm
November 2: 6:00-7:00pm