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Get Involved Huntsville!

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Huntsville is growing — fast. We seem to be the mecca for tech, manufacturing, restaurants and even breweries these days. If you’re looking for something a little more impactful than the newest ale and avocado toast, you can turn to local activist groups operating in the area.

“There’s activism all over the place, especially when you talk energy, so there are a lot of groups out there that advocate for renewable energy and energy efficiency,” Joe Gehrdes said.

If you’re looking for a way to blend your love of Huntsville with your career, there are several ways to get involved in local energy-awareness groups. Here are a few to get you started:

Alabama Water Watch: The Alabama Water Watch is a volunteer organization devoted to monitoring water quality in Alabama’s river basins. They have an annual meeting in the summer, regular workshops, and you can even get involved by becoming a certified water monitor. Find out more on their website.

Alabama Solar Association: You’ve probably already seen the solar panels on the corner of Memorial Parkway and Airport Road, but did you know there’s a whole group of people devoted to solar power in Huntsville? The Alabama Solar Association is a nonprofit that teaches and advocates the use of green energy. They have local meetings on the third Tuesday of each month. Find out more here.

Land Trust of North Alabama: The Land Trust is devoted to preserving natural areas in Alabama. There are options to volunteer, donate or attend events in the Huntsville area. Check out their website for more information.

Operation Green Team: Operation Green Team is the city’s effort to keep Huntsville beautiful. Programs include Adopt-A-Mile, Downtown Sparkle Team, Neighborhood Pride, Plastic Cap Recycling Contest for Schools and the Tree Program. Find out more about Operation Green Team here.

If you know of a group or organization in Huntsville that is dedicated to energy conservation or usage, send us an email to [email protected].

About the author

Jessie Harbin

Jessie is a newlywed living in Meridianville with her husband and three dogs. She's learning to sail on their 26-foot sailboat in Guntersville. At the time of publication, nobody has fallen ill because of her cooking.

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