Project Leader – Louise Shawkat

Project Description

This group is made up primarily of people who live in the Ashland area and generally focuses on issues related to Ashland. A wide variety of climate change actions are undertaken.


Stimulate actions in the local community to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Connection to SOCAN Mission

Educate others about a variety of aspects of climate change as well as help others take action are paramount with this group.


  • SOCAN Forest – Phase I: Coordinated collection and donation of $1,114 for 1,114 trees to be planted in the US by American Forests in SOCAN’s name
  • Representative on Climate and Energy Action Plan ad hoc Committee
  • Active representation at Ashland City Council. Conservation Commission, Transportation Commission, Downtown Parking Management and Circulation Ad Hoc Advisory Committee
  • Ashland Ciy Council unanimously passed a Resolution in Support of Fossil Fuel Divestment (October 21, 2014)

How to Join

Please contact Louise Shawkat at

Background Information

This group was initiated because a number of concerned citizens living in Ashland find it difficult to attend evening meetings that require driving a distance. This group’s acitivites were initiated concurrently with SOCAN in September 2012. One of the first projects was collaborating with Ashland City Council to facilitate their passage of the Resolution in Support of Fossil Fuel Divestment. Subsequently, this goup has continued to work with Ashland City Council and various commissions to encourage action to address climate change.


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