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The Insider: The official newsletter of the Sierra Club
February 2, 2010: In This Issue

  • Our New Executive Director
  • Will Bikes Take Over Cities?
  • Snap a Place You Love
  • A New Network for Activists
  • Musicians Going Green
  • Cool Winter Outings

    Green Gift
  • Today's green tip
    When making your coffee at home, use a French press instead of a coffee maker. You'll save paper without sacrificing flavor!

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    Activist Network

    Introducing the Activist Network
    The Sierra Club's new Activist Network is a vibrant community where Sierra Club activists and supporters work together to get things done -- like cleaning up creeks, fighting to keep the border wild, and protecting Utah wilderness.

    Start at our Visitor Center, where you can see our welcome video and a guided tour of our top attractions.


    Adam Levine

    Green at the Grammys
    What do Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson, and the Barenaked Ladies have in common with the Sierra Club?

    They're all part of a new Green Music Group coalition that was announced during Grammy award festivities last weekend.

    Watch our video to see how musicians and environmentalists are banding together.

    On the Radio
    This week on Sierra Club Radio:
    1) Sierra Club's incoming Executive Director, Michael Brune 2) Green cuisine ideas from chef Annie Somerville 3) Tips for sustainable coffee and tea from Avital Binshtock 4) Paul Blanc, M.D., author of How Everyday Products Make People Sick: Toxins at Home and in the Workplace.

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    Clean Air

    Time to Clean the Air
    The EPA has proposed new rules to lower the amount of smog in our air. But Big Oil and Dirty Coal are fighting to protect the dirty, unhealthy status quo.

    Please let the EPA know that you support the strongest proposed smog limit

    Michael BruneMeet Michael Brune
    Last month, the Sierra Club announced that Michael Brune will be the next executive director of the organization. He's been the leader of Rainforest Action Network for the past seven years, and you can read about his work there (and a good deal more) on our website.

    Though he won't officially start his new job until sometime next month, Michael's already appeared on CNN's Mad Money to talk about clean energy and the Sierra Club's campaign to stop the Coal Rush. It's an issue he knows well, as his relationship with the Club actually goes back a couple of years to the publication of his book Coming Clean: Breaking America's Addiction to Oil and Coal by Sierra Club Books.

    You can leave a message for Michael at the "Welcome Michael Brune" group on Climate Crossroads. And, for the next week, Insider readers who want to check out Coming Clean can purchase it from the Sierra Club store at a 30 percent discount by using the code CLEAN2010.

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    City BikersCan Cities Kick the Car?
    Been to Times Square lately? Its transformation into a pedestrian plaza last year is due in part to the influence of Jan Gehl, a Danish architect and urban planner who has worked for decades to make Copenhagen more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.

    On Climate Crossroads, he talks about how cities can be remade to "human scale." In bike-friendly Copenhagen, for instance, 37 percent of all commuting is by bicycle. But New York City actually has more miles of bike path -- most of them added in just the past few years.

    What do you think? Can American cities become truly bike/pedestrian friendly or will cars always rule the road?

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    Sierra Club Trails

    A Place You Love Worth 1,000 Words and $500
    Capturing an image that does justice to the beauty of a favorite location is a great way to express your love of the outdoors. That's why, in honor of Valentine's Day, this month's theme for the Sierra Club Trails photo contest is "A Place I Love."

    The contest is open to anyone; just join the Trails Monthly Photo Contest group (if you haven't already) and upload one shot that you feel best fits the theme. You should also join the group if you want to view the entries and vote for your favorites.

    This month's prize is a pair of $250 gift certificates to online gear and clothing store -- one for you and one for a friend. The deadline for submissions is February 12, so join the group and show us the best photo you've taken of a place you love.

    Photo Credit: Debbie Yarra

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    Sponsor a Wild Place this Valentines Day!Show Your Wild Side!
    Valentine's Day is around the corner, and what better way to show your environmentally conscious Valentine you care than to sponsor a wild place in his or her name? When you give this unique and special gift, you get the added satisfaction of knowing that you're helping preserve America's wild legacy.

    Each symbolic sponsorship comes with a personalized certificate, a scenic picture, a colorful factsheet, and gift items such as a plush wildlife puppet or a rucksack modeled after the one worn by John Muir in 1892.

    There's still time -- order today and choose express shipping to make sure it arrives for Valentine's Day! 

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    Sierra Club OutingsSun or Snow? Enjoy a Winter Outing!
    The holidays may be over, but it's not too late to sign up for a wonderful winter vacation with Sierra Club Outings. Sun seekers and winter warriors alike will find plenty of extraordinary and affordable trips to choose from.

    You can take a frosty foray into winter wilderness, such as this hut-to-hut cross-country skiing trip in Quebec. Or escape instead to a sun-soaked destination for whale-watching, kayaking, and rock art in Baja, Mexico or cruising on a yacht through the Galapagos Islands.

    Check out our list of upcoming trips and reserve your spot!    

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