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 works to educate our members and the public on personal steps that will reduce waste and decrease our carbon footprint.  We advocate for better policies and practices at the local and state level. We support coalitions of other environmental groups in St. Pete to multiply our efforts, reach and effectiveness.

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


LWVSPA Sustainability Committee

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

  • Watch the LWVSPA calendar or join our FB page to find out more about our monthly meet-ups. Our monthly meet-ups will educate and engage citizens with sustainable businesses, non-profits, and initiatives. 

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Get Involved With the LWVSPA Sustainability Team

You don’t have to wait for our next committee meeting or event to start making St. Petersburg more sustainable! Here are four 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 Facebook group
  2. Check the calendar for our next Sustainability committee meeting meet-up.
  3. Contact Action Team Co-Chairs Carol Marks or Kal Marquise to receive instructions on how to join our local team.
  4. 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 the co-chairs on the Sustainability Action Team, Carol worked extensively with Solar United Neighbors and the St. Pete Solar Co-op to help her neighbors and community members obtain solar for their homes in 2018.  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.

Kal Marquise

Kal Marquise

Joining the LWVPSA in 2018, Kal Marquise is the Co-Chair of the Sustainability Action Team. With years in education, her goal is to spread information about sustainability and waste reduction. She is passionate about outreach and making sustainable topics accessible and digestible to everyone. 

Kal is an Administrative Librarian for the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System. She is an active member of the St. Pete community and works with an organic farm and a composting company. She previously volunteered for Youth Special Olympics, United Way, and Meals on Wheels. In her free time, she can be found biking or paddleboarding downtown.

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.