We currently maintain a network of over 10,000 grassroots volunteers/activists (including website, email list, events, and direct campus and community outreach), including at least 125 active grasstops community leaders and campus coordinators.
GPACE engages with a diverse grassroots coalition to execute an coordinated strategy of education, outreach, and lobbying activities focused on renewable energy, energy policy, and related issues of ethical governance – all focused on Kansas. Our partners, include: True Blue Women, the League of Women Voters, the Sustainable Sanctuary Coalition of Greater Kansas City, the Kansas Rural Center, the Kansas Natural Resource Council, Sierra Club (Kansas chapter), Kansas Farmers Union, The Climate and Energy Project, Building a Sustainable Earth Community of Kansas City, the Kansas Blue Green Alliance (and supportive Union organizations), the American Lung Association-Central States, student environmental groups at several colleges and universities, several congregations and community organizations around the state.
Additionally, GPACE spearheaded an effective lobbying effort during the 2008 and 2009 sessions of the Kansas Legislature, coordinating strategy and communication focused on a key partisan alliance of legislators and staff in the Office of Governor Sebelius. Ironically, prior to Gov. Parkinson’s stunning turnaround to negotiate a secret deal with Sunflower Electric, GPACE led lobbying efforts that saw a dramatic increase in the vote margin to sustain a gubernatorial veto of pro-coal/anti-regulatory legislation – from a margin of 1 vote to sustain at the start of the session, to 9 votes heading into the veto session. Every major stakeholder in the “coal bill” acknowledged that pro-Holcomb forces did not have the votes to overturn a veto, and GPACE was the key leader of those efforts.
GPACE maintains a social media network comprised of our website (www.gpace.org), Twitter account (GPACEinKS), and a Facebook group (Great Plains Alliance for Clean Energy) focused on relevant renewable energy policy and providing opportunities to get informed and engaged.
In 2009 we produced and distributed a 17-minute film titled In Search of the Renewable Energy Economy, focused on the economic impacts of wind energy development in Nolan County, Texas (as a model for what is possible in western Kansas):?That film is viewable on this Facebook fan page, or onYouTube in 3 segments
(Part 1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwiGwurbltg
(Part 2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcsEOSVpBMc
(Part 3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhdNktnOOCg
GPACE has conducted statewide polling on energy issues with bipartisan teams of experienced pollsters, and provided the earliest and most comprehensive analysis of the Parkinson/Legislature settlement agreement “allowing” one 895mw coal plant to proceed (picked up by multiple media outlets in KS and the region).
We have contributed to a number of studies and projects focused on energy and renewables in Kansas, including one by the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE).