Sustainability Action Team – Environmental Issues

Sustainability Action Team – Environmental Issues

We believe in local action and advocacy that has a global impact.

The steps you take today to make St. Pete and the surrounding towns cleaner and more environmentally friendly can have ripple effects across the world. Other cities and governments can follow our lead, and our collective contributions can protect our planet and people everywhere.

The Sustainability Action Team supports the St. Petersburg area in its ongoing efforts to plan strategically for the environmental needs of the future and educate the public about those needs. The League has long supported issues related to the environment, and this group offers evolving outlets for those who wish to plan for and protect our community resources.

Your LWVSPA Sustainability Action Team needs your help to achieve its goals!

LWVSPA Sustainability Committee

Next Java Time and Committee Meeting:

You do not need to register or RSVP to attend these meetings. New members and non-members are welcome!

  • Mon, September 17, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Allendale United Methodist Church (Wesley Room), 3803 Haines Rd N, St. Petersburg, FL 33703
  • Mon, October 15, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Allendale United Methodist Church (Wesley Room), 3803 Haines Rd N, St. Petersburg, FL 33703

The Sustainability Java Time events are a great way for new members to connect the team leads and learn about our initiatives for the year.

Our monthly committee meetings are open to everyone. They are the best way to get your feet wet and learn what our team is up to.

Committee News

  • Help us advocate on the Constitutional Amendments. We are most focused on 4, 8, 5, 10 and 9.
  • The League of Women Voters of Florida is dedicated to fighting the algae bloom disaster. Learn what our state league is doing and how this affects Pinellas County. Read more about the toll Red Tide is taking on our area in the St. Petersburg Times.

Explore Our Top Sustainability Issues

The Sustainability Action Team works on a variety of issues throughout the year. Check out our top initiatives in 2018 and learn how we’re fighting to protect St. Petersburg and Florida’s shores from environmental threats now and in the future!

Select one or two that you’re interested in as a focus for helping our environmental initiatives.

Fight Sea Level Rise


Advocate for sustainable legislation that helps citizens, communities, and businesses live and work in Florida for generations to come.

Reduce Waste


Discover alternatives to replace single-use items and help us reduce the tons of waste that end up in landfills each year. Learn More

Save Money on Energy


Help your neighbors lower their energy bills and choose sustainable energy sources -- a win for both your wallet and your environment! <

Develop Government Initiatives


Work with the City of St. Petersburg and surrounding towns to develop sustainable initiatives that help our local community.  

Address Environmental Emergencies


Jump into action when there's an environmental crisis. Find out how we're rallying the community and urging our elected officials to make sustainable choices.

Get Involved with the Sustainability Committee Today

You don’t have to wait for our next committee meeting or event to start making St. Petersburg more sustainable! Here are five steps you can take today to learn more about what we do, what we value, and how you can help.

  1. Request to join our LWVSPA Sustainability Google Group listserv.
  2. Check the calendar for our next Sustainability committee meeting or event.
  3. Contact Action Team Co-Chairs Lisa Vanover,  Carol Marks or Jen Underhill to receive instructions on how to join our local team or the monthly conference call.
  4. Attend our next sustainability new member coffee and chat with our team members!

Check out our monthly updates. Find out how you can take action by calling your representatives or supporting your local community.

Meet the Sustainability Action Team Leads

Carol Marks

Carol Marks

Carol joined the League of Women Voter St. Petersburg Area chapter following the Women’s March in January 2017. 

As one of three co-chairs on the Sustainability Action Team, Carol works with Solar United Neighbors and the St. Pete Solar Co-op to help her neighbors and community members obtain solar for their homes.  She also collaborates with and supports other local environmental groups and the City of St. Pete’s Sustainability and Resiliency office.

Carol also volunteers with the National Parks Conservations Association, The Nature Conservancy, Friends of The Columbia Gorge, the Sierra Club, the local Weedon Island Nature Preserve, and Tampa Bay Watch

Lisa Vanover

Lisa Vanover

Joining the LWVPSA in 2016, Lisa Vanover is the Vice President and Co-Chair of the Sustainability Action Team. She works to advance solar energy for people of all incomes to create environmental equity and reduce our footprint. She's also focusing on helping people reduce their energy and water consumption and supporting the Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition.

Lisa’s career has taken her from higher education administration to energy management and back. She is the Academic Services Administrator in the Graduate and Executive Education Office of the USFSP Kate Tiedemann College of Business. She previously served on the board of Community Leveraged Learning and has volunteered for United Way, Pinellas Hope, and the Edible Peace Patch Project. She loves to kayak and hike.

With an M.Ed. in Counseling and Guidance from Texas State, she’s pursuing her MBA

We can’t wait to see you at our next event, meeting, or conference! Thank you for volunteering with the League of Women Voters St. Petersburg Area and sharing your passion for sustainable living with us.