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August 17, 2010: In This Issue
  • America's 100 Greenest Schools
  • Reckless Frackers
  • Take the No Impact Challenge!
  • The Gulf Still Needs Us
  • 2011 Calendars Have Arrived
  • Amazing New Outings
  • Join Now!

    In the News
    Calamity on the Kalamazoo
    Michigan Chapter Director Anne Woiwode and Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune coauthored an op-ed piece in the L.A. Times about how last month's oil spill upstream of Lake Michigan spotlights what's wrong with our nation's energy direction.

    EXPLORE
    Cool Schools

    Sustainable Students
    Even if you don't attend one of the 100 "Coolest Schools," you can still use this week's Green Life tips to make your education a model of sustainability. We'll have new ideas all week.

    Check them out

    Illustration by Aesthetic Apparatus, photo by Chris Floyd

    Today's green tip
    Choose used textbooks. Bookbyte.com, Campus Book Swap, and Buy Used Textbooks let you buy and sell.

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    ENJOY
    Latest Best Internship Video

    You Lead, I'll Follow
    Earlier this month, a passel of young Sierra Club leaders gathered on Bainbridge Island, WA, for our first-ever Youth Outings Leadership Training.

    Sierra Club Youth Ambassador Evan Geary joined them to learn the skills for leading great youth outings -- skills that apparently include dancing on the ceiling

    On the Radio
    1) Mark Frauenfelder, founder of the popular blog BoingBoing and author of a new book called Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World 2) Jed Lazar, co-founder of SoupCycle, a Portland, OR, business that delivers organic local soups by bicycle 3) Jennifer Schwab from Sierra Club Green Home gives back-to-school tips for greening a college dorm room.

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    PROTECT
    Clean Air

    Fight for Clean Air
    We could save over 5,000 lives just by cleaning up acid pollution, mercury, and dioxins from dirty, old boilers.

    Tell the EPA to issue a strong final rule for cleaner air

    Cool SchoolsAmerica's 100 Greenest Schools Are…
    Sierra magazine's fourth annual "Coolest Schools" list has been released, spotlighting 100 colleges and universities. This year's ranking system places more importance on the source of each school's energy supply, but factors such as food, academics, transportation, waste management, and financial investments were all still factored in. As a result, the list has changed quite a bit since last year, with nine newcomers in the top 20.

    Which schools made the cut? You'll find big ones, small ones, famous ones, and some you may not have heard of before. Did your school make the list?  

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    FrackingFrack Attack
    Hydrofracturing ("fracking," for short) is a brute force way to extract natural gas. It's so lucrative (and potentially dangerous) that Dick Cheney made sure it was exempted from the Safe Drinking Water Act. Unfortunately, public safety and environmental concerns about fracking have been swept aside with disastrous results. Where have we seen this before?

    Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune writes about the dangers of letting yet another energy industry run amok -- and what the Sierra Club is doing about it. 

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    Used fracking fluid from a natural gas well in Dimock, PA. Photo courtesy: J. Henry Fair


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    No Impact ManCan You Make the Carbon Cut?
    The No Impact Experiment is a one-week carbon cleanse inspired by the documentary No Impact Man, which will air on Planet Green August 28th. The Sierra Club is co-hosting the experiment during the week following the broadcast. Sign up now to find out what difference "no impact" living would have on your life. Will cutting carbon drive you crazy -- or actually make you happier?

    There's only one way to know for sure -- take the challenge

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    Vets Tour the GulfThe Gulf Still Needs Help
    While we wait for BP to seal its Macondo well once and for all (it's now looking like September), many people are eager to move on from the worst environmental disaster in American history.

    "Not so fast," says Executive Director Michael Brune. The Gulf still needs help, and we still have work to do if we don't want to see a repeat performance. A group of U.S. veterans recently visited the region with the Sierra Club to help spread the message that America's dependence on oil exposes Americans to many kinds of danger -- both at home and overseas.

    Watch their video and hear what these vets had to say after their visit to the Gulf

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    2011 CalendarsOur 2011 Calendars Are Here
    Ever notice how the Sierra Club Insider arrives in your in-box almost every other Tuesday? That's made possible by two wonders of technology: a felt-tipped pen and a Sierra Club Wall Calendar (2010 edition).

    So it's good to know that we can now order next year's Sierra Club Wall Calendar (or Engagement Calendar) right from the Club's online bookstore and sail into 2011 without missing a beat.  
     

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    Hiking in NepalThis Just In: Amazing New Outings
    Seeking inspiration? Look no further. These trips could change your life. Head to Nepal for mountain treks among brilliant rhododendrons and majestic peaks. Escape to Costa Rica for rest and rejuvenation at an isolated eco-retreat along the coast. Or enjoy a variety of snow sports, service trips, and water adventures without even leaving the United States.

    Sierra Club Outings are your passport to wild and extraordinary places everywhere.

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