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Happy Holidays and Thank You from the D.C. Chapter You Helped Make 2011 a Success!

GenOn Power Plant, Alexandria

This summer, GenOn announced it would close its dirty, coal-fired 
plant in Alexandria by Oct. 2012. 

Environmentally speaking, 2011 has been a busy year for us here in D.C., as well as nationally. And we couldn't have done it without the time and energy of our many leaders and volunteers, and the letters, calls, and financial support from hundreds more of you. In 2011:

  • We saw GenOn commit to closing its coal-fired power plant in Alexandria. 
  • We worked successfully to support legislation that increases the amount of energy the District gets from renewable sources.
  • We advocated to keep DC moving forward on its streetcar program.
  • We rallied support to oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline, a project that would make it "game over" in the war against global warming according to climate expert Jim Hansen.
  • Volunteers are engaged in the Mayor's Sustainable DC working groups to help shape the city's sustainable future.

With upcoming elections both locally and nationally in 2012, environmental issues promise to figure prominently into the conversation. We've made progress, especially here in the District, but we won't rest easy by a long shot. We look to you, our members, our volunteers and supporters, to help us continue to maintain vigilance, hold our leaders accountable, and find and support real solutions to live sustainably here in DC and on our planet. 

Together we ARE making a difference!

And, Speaking of Making a Difference...

Sunflowers show support for DC solar bill

The DC Council voted unanimously in favor of the Distributed Generation Act 19-10 thanks to the overwhelming support  from District residents to promote clean energy and green jobs in DC. Many showed up with sunflowers in hand to show their support for the bill.

We want to take a few moments to thank all of the donors over the past year who have contributed to our chapter. You are an important part of the work we do.

The responses to our 2011 March Appeal have been gratifying.  This year, we have designated our 2011 March Appeal funds for direction to the Sierra Club Foundation, which makes them tax-deductible. And, in spite of bad economic times, we have seen the largest-ever donations from some of our individual members. Overall, 64 donors have contributed $6,211.17 so far. Donations have ranged from $10 to $400, with your treasurer and conservation chair happily fulfilling their pledges to match donations over $100 seventeen times. 

These are great results to be sure, but we think we could do even better and still hope to reach our goal of $10,000 and 5% of our 2600 members. 

It's not too late to give or to increase your donation to the Chapter!

As you're doing your end-of-the-year sweep for charitable donations, we hope you will include the DC Chapter as well. The difficult economic times have stressed everyone, we know, and that includes the Sierra Club nationally, which has had to cut back on the support it can provide to its chapters.

Thus, we're counting on you, our members and supporters, even more to make sure we have the financial resources to support all the great work the DC Chapter does locally. For example, over the last couple of years, we've been able to add a staff person, which has more than doubled our volunteer capacity, and that translates into the successes we list above and more.

You can send your check, made payable to the Sierra Club, Washington D.C. Chapter, to:

Karen Cordry, Treasurer
Sierra Club, Washington DC Chapter 
c/o 10705 Torrance Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20902

Write "March Window 2011" in the memo line. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Karen. And thank you for all you do for the Club and Mother Nature!

DC Chapter Executive Committee Elections

DC Recycling Committee Green Team

Members of the Chapter's recycling committee, aka the
"Green Team," target establishments that do recycle 
with a "thank you" happy hour. 

In the next week or so, you'll be receiving your Chapter Executive Committee ballot in the mail. When you get it, please take a moment to complete and return it. We have some great volunteers who have stepped forward to help lead our chapter, and we count on your votes to determine who sits on the ExComm.

And of course, now is always a great time to volunteer! If you are interested in volunteering with the Chapter, as an Executive Committee member, or on one of our several committees, we want to talk to you! Contact Jim Dougerty to find out more.

Start Your New Year Off With a Hike!

The Sierra Club's Potomac Regional Outings Program offers a range of hikes throughout the region. Here are a couple to help you get your year off on the "right foot." 

  • Sunday, January 1. 38th Annual New Year's Day Hike on C&O Canal Towpath. Start 2012 right with a 10-mile stroll/walk along the C&O Canal. Learn about this historic area. Meet at 9:30 a.m. on Wisconsin Ave. at the canal, south of M St. in Georgetown. Walk to Little Falls Pump Station (or turn around sooner) and back. Leashed dogs OK. Leaders: Carol Ivory, Christine Ford, 703/425-6899 (before 10 p.m.); Paul Elliott, 202/550-2841.
  • Saturday, January 7. C&O Canal National Historical Park (Get Fit for Spring/ODH). Out-and-back and go-at-your-own-pace hike of 8 mi. between Carderock and Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center with a side trip out to view the falls, to kick off this venerable dual-purpose series for 2012, plus optional post-hike get-together at pizza parlor at Potomac Place Shopping Center. Leashed dogs welcome on hike. Meet at 10 a.m. at Carderock in the first parking lot on your left after you turn right at the T-intersection. Call if carless. For directions to Carderock see  Leaders: Paul Elliott, 202/550-2841; Pat Hopson, 703/379-1795 ( 9a.m.-10 p.m.); and Carol Ivory.

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