Ange Tran, one of our newest collectors*, introduced an amazing new move** last week to kick off the legislative session and build awareness for our Low Embodied Carbon Concrete Leadership Act (A08617). Ange is a super talented graphic designer who regularly applies her talents and energies to getting stuff done as an activist. By coincidence she was headed up to Albany for a citizen lobbying effort unrelated to OpenAir on the first day of session last Wednesday. This created a great opportunity for her to inform her local Queens Assemblymember, Brian Barnwell in person about the bill in a signature and memorable way. Which she did.
Ange got her hands on one of the small handheld concrete blocks that CarbonCure generously supplied us with for outreach and education last month. These blocks are injected with CO2, which means they sequester greenhouse gas that would otherwise be in the atmosphere while making the concrete stronger. CarbonCure’s technology is exactly the kind of carbon capture and utilization (CCU) innovation that A08617 would incentivize the adoption of across New York State. We thought they would make for effective teaching tools and conversation starters for our outreach, and something that we could leave with legislators to make an impression. They are small but noticeable and serve nicely as paperweights, so we hope that they will wind up on and stick around on legislators’ desks and provide a regular visual reminder of the bill.
So Ange decided to not only drop off a block at AM Barnwell’s office in Albany, but to graphically enhance it with the bill number and some key bullets to ensure that it would stand out. We’re not sure if Barnwell is going to support our bill yet, but we do know that he now has a very cool block of concrete in his office to remind him to look into it.
Want to find out more about Ange’s move? Join the Collective to help us pass The Low Embodied Carbon Concrete Leadership Act this session? Get your own concrete block to design and deliver? . .
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*A COLLECTOR is a volunteer member of the OpenAir Collective.
**A MOVE is an activist tactic invented by an OpenAir collector that is particularly creative and original, and can be replicated and modified by other activists going forward.