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Topic: Advocate for Local Policy

Local governments make many STEM-related policy decisions ranging from implementing climate resilient building codes, to leveraging AI-assisted law enforcement technology, to protecting public health. Bringing a science-informed perspective to advocacy efforts can impact policy outcomes.


ESAL Articles and Events about Advocate for Local Policy

Article - Dec 23, 2018
Policy's Last Mile

On October 25, five scientists and engineers shared their insights on community engagement at an ESAL happy hour in Oakland, California. The event brought together leaders from across the San Francisco Bay Area who apply their expertise toward pressing problems in their neighborhoods.

Article - Dec 17, 2018
Fish Passage in Alaska

Frankie Barker talks about how she helped write an ordinance that would require anyone building roads in Alaska's Matanuska-Susitna Borough to adhere to US Fish and Wildlife Service standards for fish passage when installing culverts.

Article - Nov 24, 2018
Transforming Political Campaigns with Technology

Computer scientist and physicist Dave Leichtman has been involved in political technology for over ten years. He helped build a tech volunteer group in his state to connect tech-savvy individuals with campaigns. Now, he is the vice chair for technology and communications of the Democratic Party of Virginia.

Article - Nov 15, 2018
Milwaukee Area Science Advocates

The Milwaukee Area Science Advocates (MASA) nonprofit grew out of the March for Science. MASA's mission–to increase scientific enthusiasm, understanding, and legislative value in the Milwaukee area–is achieved through a strong relationship with the community.

Article - Jul 23, 2018
Representing a State Student Delegation

Ryan Coogan wrote to ESAL about participating in a nuclear engineering student delegation in Texas, where students met with politicians and nuclear industry stakeholders to discuss safety and security, environmental impacts, and politics.

Article - Jun 11, 2018
Meeting with a City Official

In the second part of this month's "Postcard", Arti Garg describes a follow-up discussion she had with her city's economic development manager after offering public comments at a city council committee meeting. She wrote a one-page summary proposing that the city prioritize cleantech hardware in its development plan.

Article - Jun 11, 2018
Delivering Public Comments at a City Committee Meeting

In this month’s “Postcard”, Arti Garg describes delivering public comments at a city council committee meeting.

Article - Apr 23, 2018
An Astrophysicist Turns his Gaze to Gerrymandering

In this month's "Stories from the Field", we talked to Thomas Beatty, an assistant research professor in astronomy at Pennsylvania State University who is skilled at charting distant worlds. He applies some of the same STEM principles to the more down-to-earth subject of gerrymandering, which has been the subject of recent court rulings and ongoing political debate.

Article - Apr 9, 2018
Coffee with City Council Members

In this month's "Postcard", Griff O’Neill, a physicist by training currently working as an engineer in the semiconductor industry in California, describes how he sat down for coffee with two city council members from his community.

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