Meet the New Directors at Monday 'Open House'

05/11/2011

I want to invite you all to an “Open House” conference call on Monday, where I will share some updates from this weekend’s board of directors meeting and introduce several of our newly elected directors.

The call is at 5 pm Pacific, 6 Mountain, 7 Central, and 8 Eastern. Call 866-501-6174 — 1892-005#. RSVP..

Congratulations to New Directors

Jonathan Ela of Madison, Wisc., Jessica Helm of Rocky Point, N.Y., Rob Wilder of San Diego, Calif., and Aaron Mair of Schenectady, N.Y. were elected to the Club board of directors in April, and incumbent Larry Fahn, of Mill Valley, Calif., was re-elected.

On Monday, we'll give the beginning of the call to new directors to introduce themselves.

Board Updates on Diversity Initiative and Chapter Fundraising

I'm writing this before the meeting, so I can't give a full report, but two of the important items we'll be addressing this weekend are next steps to implement the Club's Diversity Initiative and taking stock of recent work to facilitate and support chapter fundraising.

An important element in the plan for building inclusion and a diverse Club community is providing the necessary training and support to chapters to undertake this important but challenging work. The Diversity Steering Committee has been leading this process and will be launching the Pilot Diversity 101 Training in June.

Meanwhile the Advancement Department has been working to provide tools and support for chapters to seek grant funding, while fundraising trainings by the Chapter Fundraising Support Team have offered tips and tools for cultivating stronger funding support from individual donors. We will hear how well these efforts are beginning to bear fruit and consider ways to build on that progress.

More details about those items on Monday and in the next Power to Change.

Green Sneakers in Maine

I also want to take the opportunity on Monday to highlight the recent success of the Maine Chapter's Green Sneakers project. Their local public education and outreach promoting home energy efficiency was the catalyst for the first efficiency loan issued under Maine's new PACE program. I have invited one of the lead volunteers in green sneakers to join us and share some details.

 Hope to "see" you on Monday!

—Robin Mann

P.S. I was recently in Louisiana commemorating the one-year anniversary of the BP oil spill and I learned about how residential curbside recycling had returned to New Orleans citizens. The program had been closed since Katrina, but Club Environmental Justice organizer Darryl Malek-Wiley and local Club leaders led a concerted grassroots effort to make it a big issue in last year's mayoral and city council elections. Read more here.

 

Heroes, Sung and Unsung

04/14/2011

Congratulations to Goldman Winner Hilton Kelley

Picture 20 It was a distinct honor to meet Hilton Kelley last night at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. On Monday, he received the Goldman Environmental Prize for North America at the San Francisco Opera House for his outstanding work to bring environmental justice to the community of Port Arthur, Texas, then he headed across the country for several receptions here on the east coast.

He was nominated for the award by the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club. He grew up in Port Arthur, and returned there from the west coast several years ago to find his community suffering from poisonous air emissions from some of the nation's largest petrochemical companies. Read more about his wonderful work here.

Recognizing Unsung Heroes

Now is a great time to think about recognizing a fellow Sierra Club volunteer leader for exemplary service. In our midst are as yet unsung heroes who have made a significant contribution to the environment. Nominations for the Club's 2011 Annual Awards are due to the Honors and Awards Committee by June 1. There's a wide range of categories. Please check out the details here and consider nominating someone who inspires you!

PowerShift, Earth Day, and John Muir's Birthday

Speaking of inspiration, Washington, D.C. is coming alive this weekend as young activists converge on the nation's capital for the 2011 Power Shift. This annual event brings thousands of student and youth activists together for trainings, action and lobbying, as its leaders say "demanding real change on energy and climate and refusing to stop until it is achieved."  I am looking forward to reuniting with Sierra Student Coalition friends meeting new ones, and reaching a whole new level of learning about activism at my first Power Shift.

Picture 22Many of us are also busy planning or preparing to participate in Earth Day celebrations and actions next week. Earth Day is April 22, the day after John Muir's birthday, of course. If you don't already have something lined up, I hope you will find an opportunity to celebrate the natural world we live in. We all need to carve out time to explore and enjoy the planet we work hard to protect.

To celebrate John Muir's birthday, I urge you to watch John Muir in the New World, a new film on PBS American Masters airing on Monday, April 18.

Happy Earth Day!

Robin Mann, Sierra Club President

P.S. What does coal have to do with...underwear? You'll have to ask the students at Miami University in Ohio, who staged a pants-less rally to “Expose Coal” in front of their campus coal plant on March 31. Or you can watch the video below.

Not on My Watch

03/24/2011

I just became a grandmother.

Elsie Ford Mann arrived early Sunday morning, weighing in at 7 pounds and 11 ounces. What a thrill to pay a quick visit to meet her and to see that all is well with her and her parents.

They are very much on my mind.  And suddenly the world looks different to me. 

The other day, before Elsie arrived, I had my temperature taken for a routine check-up. The nurse slid a sensor across my forehead. It made me think of the "more invasive" way they took your temperature when I was a baby, and how much our mid-20th century medical methods and instruments have changed. Elsie will be spared considerable discomfort and risks from having her temperature taken. There have been all kinds of advances that help Elsie's and other parents provide a safer environment for children born today.

But what about her exposure to toxins? I look at the biggest sources of mercury and other toxins that threaten my granddaughter — coal-fired power plants — and they are frozen in time. Today, there are plants spewing mercury and other airborne toxins just as they were when I was born, almost 60 years ago. There are ways to modify those plants to limit their pollution — improvements that could and should have been installed years ago — but the industry has managed to get them delayed. 

Better yet, there are new, cheaper cleaner energy sources that befit a modern society and won't poison the air and cause other serious environmental and health problems. To all you grandparents out there — and parents, too — I know we can do better. And I know that we need to band together to demand better from our public officials, because right now they are feeling a crush of pressure from a coal industry that wants to thwart the EPA and avoid pollution controls and buy time to maximize their profits. 

All together now: "Not on my watch!"

You can find out more about the dangers of mercury and how can be tested (a lock of your hair is all it takes) in the Club's Stop Polluters campaign at sierraclub.org/stoppolluters.


-- Robin Mann
Sierra Club President, a.k.a. Elsie’s grandmother


P.S. I want to let you know about two upcoming Monday evening conference calls —

  • March 28 (Monday) — Clubhouse Guided Tour
  • April 4 (Monday) — Intro to Activist Network
  • April 11 (Monday) — Guided Tour of New Features in Activist Network

    5 pm Pacific / 6 pm Mountain / 7 pm Central / 8 pm Eastern
    866-501-6174 — 1892-005#

P.P.S. Club members, you should have received your ballot for the board election. Please read the candidate statements and vote.

Solidarity — from Ohio to Wisconsin

03/01/2011

The Rally to Save Ohio's Middle Class was in full swing on the steps and lawn of the State Capitol in Columbus when I arrived to join Sierra Club's contingent. It was a bright sunny day, and the boisterous and energized crowd — Reuters estimated 5,000 people — was in full throat against the legislative assault on public sector workers.

A wonderfully rich cross section of Ohioans — teachers, firefighters, corrections officers, steelworkers, utility workers, just to name a few, were gathered in solidarity. Mary Kay Henry, president of SEIU, preceded me at the podium and gave a shout out to the Sierra Club for our support of workers. She told me before I went on how compelling the Club's message of support across the country has been. 

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[There I am at the rally — thanks to MacKenzie Bailey for the photo.]

The crowd's reception was great and folks in the crowd afterwards nodded approval as Teresa McHugh led us through carrying a "Sierra Club Stands with Workers" poster. It's inspiring to know our Ohio Chapter leadership has joined the battle for public sector bargaining rights in earnest, while at the same time mounting a counteroffensive on the assault on state parks and the defunding of the environmental protection and natural resources agencies. A new bill to drill in Ohio state parks was just introduced today. Go get 'em, Ohio Chapter! You rock!

Below is the message I delivered to the crowd on behalf of Sierra Club.

(Someone suggested I include this joke that's been making the rounds on Facebook, but I didn't get the email until after the speech. So I'm going to include it here:

A public union employee, a tea party activist, and a CEO are sitting at a table with a plate of a dozen cookies in the middle of it. The CEO takes 11 cookies, turns to the tea partier and says, 'Watch out for that union guy. He wants a piece of your cookie.)


I am proud to stand with you today, on behalf of the Sierra Club, the nation's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization, and a proud, founding member of the BlueGreen Alliance of labor and environmentalists.

We are 14 million strong and we are mad!

I am here to show our support for Ohio's workers. In the last several days, thousands of our members have turned out and joined rallies like this one — in Wisconsin, Indiana, Washington, Georgia, Maryland, our nation's capital — showing our solidarity with our brothers and sisters everywhere confronting the orchestrated assault on working families.

Sierra Club has a proud history of working with labor to establish workplace safeguards and demanding workplace safety and protection from toxics exposure. Speaking in the wake of a battle with Shell Oil in 1973 over refinery workers' exposure to toxic chemicals, then Sierra Club Executive Director Mike McCloskey said: "The environmental movement can only succeed if it can find ways to advance its cause that are consistent with the other legitimate goals of our people, and job security is paramount among these. Environmental protection cannot come at the cost of social justice, and conversely, progress toward social justice will become ephemeral if it is earned at the price of a healthful environment."

Nothing has changed about that basic premise. What has changed is the redistribution of power and wealth in this country into the hands and pockets of corporate polluters. And they are driving a very destructive agenda — destructive to working families, destructive to good jobs, destructive to basic protections from pollution and destructive of our future.

The BlueGreen Alliance is in the forefront of the resistance to corporate polluters working to reverse worker protections and environmental safeguards. BlueGreen Alliance leaders came together a few days ago to decry the legislative assaults on the freedom to form unions and bargain for better lives.

They recognized the importance of negotiating safer, healthier workplaces and connected this fight with attacks on the EPA’s authority to regulate pollution under the Clean Air Act.

As Sierra Club's Executive Director Mike Brune said, "These attacks on workers, the attacks on the EPA’s ability to protect our land, water, air and health — they are all coming from the same place: corporations and their political allies. We can’t stand down now. We have to fight together as union members and environmentalists to protect our rights, to protect our families and to protect our environment. These rights are fundamental to our democracy."

(See United We Stand for Solutions for more.)

Here in Ohio the corporate polluters' destructive agenda includes taking away the basic rights of public sector workers, slashing the funding for the state Environmental Protection Agency and drilling in Ohio's state parks. We demand that state government protect the health and well being of working people and our communities and require the corporate sector to pay their share.

When Ohio ran out of funds to support safety and permit oversight of coal mining last year, coal companies refused to pay their fair share in fees to do business. Instead, they pressed the state to take the costs of doing business out of the worker’s compensation fund for miners who suffer black lung disease. What kind of corporate responsibility is that?

We can't let big corporate polluters use their influence and power to trample the rights of working people, pollute without penalty and degrade our parks and public lands. We need to join together to build a movement for a stronger, more equitable, healthy and clean future.

United, we can stop the corporate polluters from ramming through their destructive agenda.

United, we can save the middle class.

United, we can take back our future.

It is not about fighting over the scraps that corporate polluters would leave us. It's about working together to build a larger pie by moving America beyond reliance on dirty and dangerous energy, and the stranglehold of the corporate polluters, creating millions of clean energy jobs in our communities.

It's about moving America towards a prosperous future, with the good jobs our communities need, and an economy that works for all.

Sierra Club stands proudly with Ohio's Municipal Parks employees, with state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Agency employees, with all of Ohio's workers.

We are here with you, we have been with you, and we will be with you every step of the way.

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[Thanks to the Transport Workers Union for this photo.]

-- Robin Mann

Letter from Austin

02/15/2011

I'm heading to Austin this week for the Sierra Club board meeting, and I want to let you know about some opportunities and Club news: upcoming conference calls, including an Open House I'm hosting next Monday, lots of activity in our natural gas reform fight, plus the nomination committee is seeking new members.

Upcoming Conference Calls

5 pm Pacific / 6 pm Mountain / 7 pm Central / 8 pm Eastern
Call: 866-501-6174 — code: 1892-005#

Join me for an update from the board meeting in Austin. I'll leave plenty of time for questions.

I'll be joined by Amber Harris from CoolBiz Albuquerque, who I met at the recent Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference in Washington, D.C. She will share her experience with creating a local project reaching out to businesses to reduce their energy use and carbon emissions, a great model others may want to try. (We've uploaded two documents from CoolBiz Albuquerque on Clubhouse.)
5 pm Pacific / 6 pm Mountain / 7 pm Central / 8 pm Eastern
Call: 866-501-6174 — code: 1892-005#

Join Dave Scott, vice president for Conservation, Dick Fiddler, Task Force chair, and Bruce Hamilton, deputy executive director for discussion on proposed changes. Read the introduction and proposed amendments and submit your comments.
  • March 1 (and every other Tuesday) — Energy Activists Call
  • 5:30 pm Pacific / 6:30 pm Mountain / 7:30 pm Central / 8:30 pm Eastern
    Call: 866-501-6174 — code: 2239223#

    Sign up to be added to the Energy Activists email lists and get the most up-to date and time sensitive information on the Club's work on Capitol Hill on climate and energy issues.

  • March 2 (Wednesday) — Resilient Habitats Campaign Monthly Call
5 pm Pacific / 6 pm Mountain / 7 pm Central / 8 pm Eastern
866-501-6174 — 2000 802 1892#

I also encourage you to sign up for ReNew, the Resilient Habitats newsletter, an excellent way to stay informed about our work to protect wildlife and wild places in the face of climate change and other threats.
Check the conference call schedule in Clubhouse for updates.

New Natural Gas Reform Staff, Plus Gasland House Parties

I'm pleased to welcome Deb Nardone as the Sierra Club's first national Natural Gas Reform Campaign Director. She will direct a national campaign aimed at getting the natural gas industry to fully protect our water, air, wildlife, open spaces, and communities. She comes to the Sierra Club from the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited and has been a leader in protecting watersheds throughout Pennsylvania from unsound development and industrial activity.

Based in State College, Pennsylvania, Nardone will oversee the Club's aggressive campaign to support strong federal and state safeguards against the threats posed by the natural gas industry and hydraulic fracturing, a.k.a. hydrofracking.

On a related note, the Hydrofracking Team is hosting more than 40 house parties screening the Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland. Sign up to attend or host a Gasland House Party, and/or join the Hydrofracking Team.

Seeking Applicants for Nominating Committee for 2012 Board Election

We have three vacancies on the Nominating Committee, one of the most important jobs in the Club, which selects a slate of at least seven nominated candidates for election to the Board of Directors every year. Serving on the "NomCom" involves a substantial commitment of time and attention, but it is also gratifying and enlightening work. Experienced leaders are encouraged to apply. 

Please supply the following information to me by February 28, 2011:

A. Statement of Intent: why you are inspired to serve in this capacity (150 words max)
B. Brief Bio (150 words max)
C. Summary of Sierra Club experience
D. Two references (including phone number and email address)

More information here.

Hope to "see" you at the Open House on Monday.

—Robin Mann, Sierra Club president

P.S. Sign the Petition to Protect our Health from Polluter Attacks!

Polluting corporations are working hard to derail EPA safeguards, putting their profits above our health. Be part of our new Stop Polluters Campaign — we are going to hand deliver a petition with 100,000 signatures to get the White House's attention. We need Obama to stand strong when it comes to our familiies' health.

No One Said Clean Energy Would Be Easy — a Memo on Ivanpah from Robin Mann and Michael Brune

10/15/2010

No one said that clean energy would be easy.

After much deliberation, the Board of Directors made a difficult decision this week not to try to block BrightSource Energy's Ivanpah solar project in the Mojave Desert.

Club volunteers and staff have worked tirelessly to reconfigure Ivanpah in a way that would do the least harm to the desert tortoise and the surrounding ecosystem. Unfortunately Brightsource is moving forward with a plan that causes unnecessary harm to species. 

The Board of Directors has decided not to pursue litigation at this time. This battle has already been costly, and we must now rely on the federal agencies to require that Brightsource come around, so that we can focus our resources and attention to making sure that future large-scale renewable energy projects are built in a more responsible manner. We will continue to work with the Interior Department and Brightsource to improve the project in any way we can.

The Sierra Club remains deeply committed to moving America off of dirty energy quickly and responsibly, and that will include building large-scale renewable energy projects in the smartest way possible — by eliminating or minimizing harm to wildlife and natural resources.

Because the Sierra Club has a long history of protecting wildlife and public lands, as well as a record of winning fights against dirty energy, we are in a unique position to make sure clean energy projects are built responsibly. We are also in a tough position; we urgently need to get clean energy up to scale, and that means we will face more difficult decisions about where to put large renewable projects. 

There are solutions to this conflict. As we showed with our proposed reconfiguration of Ivanpah, there is a way to balance clean energy development with the protection of our wildlife and natural resources.

We thank all of the volunteers and staff members who have dedicated years — and tears — to the Ivanpah fight. There will be more battles ahead, and we hope we can count on you to lead us to clean energy solutions.

The Ivanpah project has received occasional media attention over the past few months and will likely receive more. You can find our approved talking points in Clubhouse.

But please note that we are the only official Club spokespeople on this issue, along with Clean Energy Solutions Senior Representative Barb Boyle. Please direct any inquiries you may receive to Senior Press Secretary Kristina Johnson at (415) 977-5619.

Onward,

Robin Mann, Sierra Club President
Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director

Meet Me on Monday

06/21/2010

In my first letter to you as Sierra Club president, I want to flag some important upcoming opportunities and to invite your participation in the upcoming Club-wide call I'm hosting with Gulf Coast leaders on June 28.

Demanding a New Direction

I write as the terrible BP disaster continues to envelop the Gulf and Gulf Coast communities. We are calling on the Obama administration to rise to this challenge, to stop new offshore drilling and to set the country on a course to get off of oil in 20 years. I hope we can generate a great turnout to the Hands Across the Sand events on June 26, sending a message of solidarity to Gulf Coast communities and sending a resounding call on Washington to end dependence on offshore oil.

In more than 500 communities across the globe we'll join hands at 11 am to create a line in the sand against offshore drilling. Find events in your area.



We are also awaiting news this week as to whether the disaster will have compelled U.S. Senate leaders to summon the political courage to put forward the climate and energy legislation the country needs.

 

Plant a Flag for Our Freedom from Oil

I urge you as well to join one of the Sierra Club's largest visual displays ever as we call for our  Freedom from Oil this Independence Day.

Plant a virtual flag on our website and we'll recreate the scene in Washington DC with 10,000 American flags spelling out 'Freedom from Oil' right in front of the Washington Monument —just days before July 4 — where Congress and the White House are sure to notice.

Plant a flag for our Freedom from Oil — tell President Obama we need a plan to get us off oil in twenty years.


Meet Me on Monday for Open House Conference Call

I'm hosting an Open House conference call on Monday, June 28, at 8 pm Eastern/5 pm Pacific and I'll be joined by some of our Gulf Coast volunteer leaders and staff, who will talk about their efforts to respond to the BP disaster.

We will also hear a brief recap of the recent clean energy victory in Nebraska from chapter leaders.

I hope you can join me too.

Call 1-866-501-6174 -- 1892-005. RSVP here.

— Robin Mann

P.S. I also want to share with you first-person reports from last week's Resilient Habitat Lobby. Eleven citizen lobbyists from eight states visited more than eighty Congressional and Senate offices.

All Hands on Deck!

05/06/2010

[ Clean It Up Rally — New Orleans, your community | Good Jobs, Green Jobs | Awards | Open House ]

It’s been a pretty intense few weeks, folks, and there’s a lot more to do. I join Michael Brune and Sarah Hodgdon in a call for all hands on deck.

On the Go

I am just back from attending the Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference with 3,000 labor, environmental, and business leaders. The Club delegation included volunteers and staff from around the country, including 140 inspiring youth from Building Bridges to the Outdoors and Sierra Student Coalition. It was a jam-packed and stimulating two days of talks, workshops, and networking to address policies, investments, and innovative strategies to transition America to a clean energy economy with good green jobs at the scale and speed required…now.

Speaking of now, I am about to head to New Orleans to join our volunteers and staff for a Clean It Up Rally to support those living on the gulf. It’s a travesty that it takes a BP oil disaster to wake people up. Offshore drilling is risky, dirty, and dangerous. This kind of accident can happen anywhere drilling takes place. We need to clean up the Gulf Coast and clean up America’s energy. Thank you to all who are organizing and supporting events around the country, in solidarity with our folks and the communities in the Gulf Coast.

(If you're in or near New Orleans this weekend, please join me. The rally is at noon in Lafayette Square Park. RSVP here.)

You don't have to live in Louisiana to help. All across the country, Club members and supporters are hosting "Clean It Up!" events to call for full accountability for BP and a clean energy future.

You can too. If you can gather 5 to 10 friends, we'll provide materials and media coverage.

Sign up to host an event here, and find the Clean It Up Toolkit here.

New Board Directors to be Seated on May 15

Congratulations to Donna Buell (Iowa), Jim Dougherty (D.C.), and Jared Duval (Connecticut) for their election to the Board of Directors. Robbie Cox and I appreciate being re-elected and look forward to serving you! Next week’s Board meeting (May 12-15) in San Francisco starts with an orientation, transitions to an offsite retreat, and culminates with a formal session that includes the seating of new directors and election of officers.

Awards, Awards, Awards

Director Dave Scott and I had the pleasure of attending the Employee Recognition Celebration on April 29th. Those of you who know these individuals will not be surprised to learn that the following staff were honored by their peers:

  • Community Service — Julian Fisher, Communications
  • Virginia Ferguson — Glen Besa, Virginnia Chapter Director
  • Behind the Scenes Hero — Tim Guilfoile, Deputy Director for Water Sentinels
  • Special Achievement — Brittany Mckee, Regional Rep for Military Families Outdoors Youth Program
  • Larry Melhaff for Excellence — David Willet, Deputy Director of Communications


Recognition for 20 Years of Service went to:

  • Barbara Josepher, Atlantic Chapter Coordinator
  • James McCaffrey, Massachusetts Chapter Director 
  • Yolanda Fortuna, Director of Member Services 
  • Julia Reitan, Director of Office of Volunteer and Activist Services

More here.

A reminder: Sierra Club National Awards deadline is right around the corner — June 1. Please, take a minute to submit a nomination.

Open House Call on Monday, May 10

I look forward to having you join me for conversation on the BP oil disaster, our Clean It Up Campaign, Green Jobs, and more. It's 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.

— Allison Chin

P.S. If you’ve got a few minutes, I encourage you to check out the creative competition for the Best Internship on Earth. It's inspiring and fun.

Environmental Heroes

04/08/2010

The Sierra Club is rich with so many people doing so much good work. Remember to celebrate those activists and your victories!

Sierra Club National Awards

Who 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 Tracker

A 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 Day

Two 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:
  1. Sign the Declaration of Energy Independence.
  2. Contact your senator — by phone, in person, or online.
  3. Write a letter to your local newspaper.
  4. Tell your friends and networks.

Offshore Oil Drilling Talking Points

On 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."

Here's our press release and talking points. Spread the word.

New Thon Policy Approved

On 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.

Help Wanted

  • 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.

Allison

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.

Power To Change: Importance of Relationships

03/19/2010

New Executive Director On The Job!

Michael Brune’s first week on the job was, not surprisingly, packed – introductions, staff meeting, briefings, conference call with Club leaders, donor meetings, and more briefings. He has emphasized the importance of developing, enhancing and advancing relationships -- which is so fundamental to who we are and how we achieve the Club’s mission. Michael may have been sleepless in San Francisco before his first day, but I bet he slept well after his first week!

Countdown to Earth Day

As the 40th anniversary of Earth Day approaches, a lot of outreach and activities are unfolding. The Sierra Club joined with over forty other groups to call on the U.S. Senate to take swift action on clean energy and climate change. Events were held around the country to launch Earth Day Revolution on March 11, including one in which I participated at the Capitol, to kick off 40 days of action. I am sure that many of you are busy planning local events.

Leaders signed up to host over 600 house parties to launch the Discovery Channels new series LIFE, which follows up on the successful Planet Earth series.

Don’t forget, if you’re 18 to 25 years old, or encourage others to apply for “The Best Internship on Earth” -- eight weeks outdoors with the Club’s youth programs. The deadline is fast approaching on March 31.

Clean Ports

The Teamsters helped form the Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports with the Sierra Club and over 100 other environmental and community groups around the country to come up with a comprehensive solution to the environmental, safety and labor challenges associated with port trucking. Earlier this week I urged congressional leaders for their support on clean port truck legislation, along with Dick Gephardt and our friends and allies from the Teamsters (President James P. Hoffa and Vice President /Director of Ports Fred Potter), Los Angeles Ports community (Mayor Antonio Villaraigos and LA truck drivers Jose and Rudy), Change to Win (Nick Wiener). Our Angeles, Bay, New Jersey and Cascade chapters’ campaigns on clean ports were highlighted.Chin-Hoffa-Villaraigosa-DeFazio_crop


Board of Directors' Memorial Resolution Noting the Passing of Dr. Edgar Wayburn

Over the past couple weeks board members, past and present, have shared reflections on how Dr. Wayburn inspired, befriended, and mentored them. The Sierra Club Board of Directors notes with sadness, honor, and awe the passing of our dear friend and Honorary President Edgar Wayburn on March 5, 2010 at the grand age of 103.


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