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.
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
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.