2014 Candidate Statements
Robert W. Hastings
Bob Hastings has been a member of the Alabama Chapter of the Sierra Club since January 2002, and a member of the national club since 1982. He is a dedicated environmentalist and has been active in a number of environmental organi¬zations, including the Sierra Club. He has been a member of the Alabama Chapter Executive Committee for several years and currently serves as Vice-Chair and Conservation Chair. For several years he served as the Chapter delegate to the National Council of Club Leaders. His major areas of concern relative to the Sierra Club are environmental justice, protection of natural habitats, and environmental education. Among his other services in environmental issues, he has been involved with restoration of the Gulf coast as Chair of the Gulf Restoration Network Board of Directors. He also is a member of the Alabama Wildlife Federation editorial board and a member of the Board of Directors for the Autauga Creek Improvement Committee in Prattville (where he resides with his wife Diana).
As a retired marine biologist, Dr. Hastings has received numerous awards for environmental education, including the National Wetlands Award in Education/Outreach by the Environmental Law Institute in 2002. He continues to make educational presentations to schools, summer camps, and other groups, including the Sierra Club, on several environmental subjects, including the snakes of the southeast (as Dr. Bob’s Traveling Snake Show).
Adam Johnston is an Alabama native and graduated from Auburn University in Environmental Science. After college, Adam joined the US Peace Corps to live and work as a community forestry volunteer in the Republic of Vanuatu. He returned home to Camp McDowell to teach at the McDowell Environmental Center until he accepted the Alliance Coordinator position with the Alabama Rivers Alliance. Now, Adam works full-time traveling the state to assist communities and individuals in protecting our fresh water resources. Adam is passionate about keeping Alabama the Beautiful.
For the past 25 years, I have been living in Huntsville, where I have been hiking with the Sierra Club and earning my living as a scientist. I do research in meteorology, using and improving computer models of the atmosphere. For the past six years, I have been leading hikes for the North Alabama Group. As treasurer for the Alabama Chapter for the past two years, I have enjoyed the support of the Executive Committee. I would like to continue in this position.
Although I have lived in Alabama since 1998, I did not become an avid Sierra Club hike leader until I spent time in the Tetons about five years ago. Since then I have become a proponent for the environment, including actively campaigning for the Forever Wild initiative. As a member of the Cahaba group, I conduct hikes to Oak Mountain State Park, Tannehill State Park, Moss Rock Preserve in Hoover, Red Mountain Park, Ruffner Mountain Preserve, and the Sipsey Wilderness. During July and August, I return to Wyoming where I am the administrator for the Teton Group Sierra Club website, posting all of their events on meetup.com, monitoring and maintaining the schedule and updates, as well leading hikes. Here in Alabama, Darwin’s Tavern is my meetup.com group of choice where we discuss topics such as fracking and global warming/climate change. I am a professional classical violist with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in Birmingham, Alabama and was trained at The Juilliard School and the Cleveland Institute of Music. I would like to become more active in outings and state environmental issues here in Alabama.
Jonathon Meeks grew up on a farm in Mountainboro, Alabama, and has always been concerned about the environment. He attended the University of Alabama: New College where he studied Spanish and Linguistic Science. He now enjoys organic farming at his home, is a Master Gardener, and the nurseryman at a garden center. Jonathon is passionate about the water issues in our state and is serving as the local water representative to the state excom, as well as the Coosa Valley Group conservation chair.