Sierra Club National AwardsWho are your environmental heroes? Nominations are now open to honor leaders in over 23 categories with a National Award. Is it someone who has provided distinguished service to the chapter? An outings leader? Outstanding support for environmental issues by a government official? A legal eagle?
Please, take a minute to submit a nomination www.sierraclub.org/awards. Deadline: June 1.
State and Local Victories TrackerA Victories Tracker database was launched earlier this year. Check it out to learn about exciting wins throughout the Club — http://clubhouse.sierraclub.org/chapters/tracker/. Take a moment to share and boast about your successes, too!
Countdown to Earth DayTwo weeks to the 40th anniversary of Earth Day! Make your green pledge for Earth Day either online — http://www.sierraclub.org/earthday/sweepstakes/ — or through the new Sierra Club iPhone application — http://www.sierraclub.org/ecohero/
Be part of the Earth Day Revolution — http://www.earthdayrevolution.com:
- Sign the Declaration of Energy Independence.
- Contact your senator — by phone, in person, or online.
- Write a letter to your local newspaper.
- Tell your friends and networks.
Offshore Oil Drilling Talking PointsOn last Monday's Open House call, one volunteer leader asked about the Club's response to President Obama's offshore drilling plans.
"We're very disappointed," said new Club Executive Director Michael Brune, "to see important areas like the Arctic coast and the Mid and South Atlantic stay open to oil drilling."
New Thon Policy ApprovedOn its March 18, 2010 teleconference, the Board of Directors unanimously approved a new Thon Policy, which replaces the Interim Thon Policy enacted during the September 2009 Board meeting in San Francisco.
The Thon policy applies to Club-sponsored activities that take place in the outdoors in which participants travel largely on their own by walking, hiking, running, biking, etc. These activities are not traditional "outings" in which participants travel outdoors and are led by an outings leader. The text of the new policy can be found here with the scope of applicable activities, procedures for its implementation, references and appropriate forms.
The Board thanks all Club leaders who provided input during the development of this new policy — and particularly appreciates the manner in which the Thon Task Force approached their charge and worked to develop a robust process to support club leaders.
- The Communications and Information Technology Team seeks members to help us better understand both how technology is used by the Club today and how it can be better used to empower members, activists, and leaders.
- The Business Partnerships Team seeks members to help move the clean and green economy forward, and build new strategic partnerships with businesses.
For other volunteer opportunities, see the Activist Network Matchmaker Project — it's not a dating site, but it's a place for volunteers seeking opportunities to get connected with teams seeking volunteers. You could end up helping out with a xeriscape tour in Southern California or serving as communications guru for the Stop Sewage Overflow Team. Looking for some volunteers to help you with a project of your own? You can post your own "ad" here.
P.S. For those of you who plan in advance, I'll be hosting an Open House on May 3 at
5 pm Pacific | 6 pm Mountain | 7 pm Central | 8 pm Eastern. Call 1-866-501-6174 -- 1892-005. RSVP here.
Here's the full schedule of Monday conference calls.