There are multiple ways to participate and support the Green Bank Observatory. As new opportunities come up, we will post them here. There will be some fun activities as well as advocacy work you can do and all will be updated here.
As you may have heard from the Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement process that occurred in October/November of 2016, the National Science Foundation will be posting a Draft Environmental Impact Statement in Spring of 2017, and thus initiate another public comment period and schedule another public hearing in order for all of us to give them feedback on how important the GBO is to the scientific, education, and local communities. The Draft EIS will propose the Green Bank Observatory operating option the NSF has chosen – and will give the public another opportunity to provide information as to whether the NSF’s chosen option is suitable to meeting these important communities’ needs.
When the Draft EIS is published in the Federal Register, we will send out a call to action via your email that you provided when you joined (if you haven’t yet and would like to – please go here) to let you know that the public comment period has begun. We will also provide similar guidance documents and other resources as before on the GO! Green Bank Observatory Facebook page, but tailored to the Draft EIS language. For now, we have left a link to the original documents used for the Intent to Prepare an EIS public comment period as a matter of record.
For those of you looking for the format of a public comment letter, you can find that here: Sample Public Comment Format
We’ve prepared some fact sheets from the information available on the GBO website to help you gather the facts you might need quickly. One is a short form listing major important points about the GBO. The other is more in-depth and is divided into specific topics, e.g. Science, Education, Community Impact, etc. Here is a link to a folder containing both fact sheets (for even more info, visit the Green Bank Observatory website): GBO Fact Sheets
We’ve put together some contact information on some congressional committee and subcommittee members who may have the most influence regarding funding the Green Bank Observatory. That information is contained in the documents in this Google Docs folder: 2016 Congress Contact Info
We’ve also put together some contact info for West Virginia Senators and House members. That information is contained in the Google Docs folder below: 2016 WV Congress Members’ Contact Info
Please note the Congressional contact information above will be updated soon for 2017’s Congress Members.
You can become a member of the Green Bank Observatory or donate to them by following this link: Donate. It will take you straight to the Green Bank Observatory’s “Engage” page.
Remember, if you have any questions about the above information – or anything else – please contact us!