Sweet Briar College senior Heather Riggleman will host a town hall meeting, “Focusing on our Energy Future,” from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 at the Carver-Price Cultural Center, located at 106 Patricia Lane in Appomattox, Va.
According to Riggleman, an environmental science major who hails from Appomattox, the event “will focus on the need to shift our dependence on fossil fuel energy sources to clean renewable sources.”
The forum is one of approximately 200 such events that will be held across the nation this week in an effort initiated byFocus the Nation and 1Sky, two national organizations that focus on finding clean energy sources and tackling global warming.
Panelist will include Riggleman, Hilary Lufkin of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and others. U.S. Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner, U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello and state Del. Watkins Abbitt Jr. have been invited to speak.
After graduating from Sweet Briar in May, Riggleman plans to attend graduate school and work for a non-profit organization focusing on environmental or conservation issues. She also currently serves as the Climate Precinct Captain for Appomattox, a volunteer position with the goal of educating citizens on environmental matters.
As Climate Precinct Captain, she plans to organize additional information sessions, spearhead petition signing efforts and encourage community members to call their legislators about environment-related bills.
“The ideal goal is to educate citizens on why they should care about these issues and to inform them about current bills that have been proposed to transition our nation to using clean energy,” she said.
— Suzanne Ramsey