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April 2012

 

Dear Friend,

Earth Month and John Muir's birthday are around the corner (April 21), so now is a good opportunity to take a step back and celebrate all of the impressive conservation work that Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter volunteers are doing right now. You hear me cheering for Cool Cities Teams all the time and I'll do it again- there are dozens of Cool Cities team volunteers working on local solutions to climate change all year round. Furthermore, a group that I don't salute enough, there are 11 Conservation Committees from Air Quality to Zero Waste, filled with volunteers who are experts on the top environmental issues our communities face today. It is such an honor to work with people who volunteer their time for causes they are passionate about and cheer them on as they make the positive difference they wish to see in our community.

I would like to personally invite you to join us at our upcoming 2012 Chapter Awards Celebration on Sunday, May 6. There will food, beverages, and live jazz as we honor our chapter activists and volunteers. There are details about this event and others coming up below.

In service,

Megan Fluke
Conservation Program Manager
Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter

New Conservation Program Coordinator Hired!

Adrien

I'm really excited to tell you that our new part-time Conservation Program Coordinator, Adrien Salazar, started a few weeks ago. Adrien brings a whole new perspective to the Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter with 3 years as staff for the Chinatown Community Development Center, his internship last year at Green for All, and his 6-years of volunteer work with the Filipino/American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity.

In his Conservation Program Coordinator role, Adrien will be supporting our Cool Cities Teams, our Sustainable Land Use and Transportation Committees, and our interns. Feel free to send him a welcome by emailing adrien.salazar@sierraclub.org.

Drive Less Challenge 2012 – April 22-May 5 

Drive Less Challenge

Bike, walk, carpool, transit – drive less, have fun, and save the planet!

The Drive Less Challenge is a grassroots initiative that started in Menlo Park in 2009 and is expanding each year to more communities on the San Francisco Peninsula and in the South Bay. It's mission is to promote health, quality of life, and environmentally sustainable transportation behavior by reducing solo car trips. The Challenge encourages participants to try out alternative transportation modes like public transit, biking, walking, and carpooling during the event period and beyond. Participants track their progress online and can win prizes from local merchants, a feature that encourages local shopping and further reduces car miles. For information- www.drivelesschallenge.com

Designing Healthy Communities Film Series #2 – "Searching for Shangri-La"
Thursday, April 26, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
(Doors open at 6:45)
Sunnyvale Senior Center - 550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale

This mini-series consists of two films from the 2012 PBS series, "Designing Healthy Communities"  (first film, "Retrofitting Suburbia," screened on March 29).  Narrated by Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, the films examine the link between our health and the way our communities — especially our suburbs — are designed. The films include inspiring American examples of communities choosing to change their built environments to make them less auto-dependent, healthier and more inviting.  Short discussion follows each film. No charge, open to the public, and refreshments provided.  More information

2012 Chapter Awards Celebration - Sunday, May 6, 2012, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Historic Adobe Building, 154 Castro Blvd., Mountain View

Blue RibbonYou are invited to enjoy an afternoon in the Historic Adobe Building as we honor our chapter activists and volunteers. There will food, beverages, jazz in the courtyard as well as presentation of chapter awards. 

No charge but space is limited, please RSVP by emailing loma.prieta.chapter@sierraclub.org.

Western Arctic: Adventures in Alaska Talk Monday, May 7, 6:15 - 8:30 p.m.
Redwood City Library- 1044 Middlefield Road

Arctic Wolf

The Peninsula Regional Group will host a talk and slide show by Debbie S. Miller, noted naturalist and author of the book Midnight Wilderness: Journeys in Alaska's Arctic national Wildlife Refuge.  Ms. Miller will comment on her three-year journey with a team of photographers that included hiking and canoeing over 600 miles discovering the largely unknown western Arctic.  She'll speak about why we should not drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for what amounts to a few months of oil, and also share her love of the natural beauty and adventure of the Refuge and the Alaskan Wilderness.

Please register on Meetup.com or by emailing PRGeventinfo@gmail.com.

Healthy Communities Forum: "Affordable Workforce Housing and Health" - Tuesday, May 8, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Community Room, Municipal Services Building
33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco
 

Healthy CommunitiesHealthy Communities Forum targets decision makers, community leaders, labor, developers, affordable housing advocates, business leaders, and environmentalists to come together and explore how the various facets of the health of our cities - economic, environmental, and social - intersect and most often relate with land use decisions.

Visit Healthy Communities Forum to RSVP and for additional program details.

Loma Prieta Chapter Fundraising Phone Bank – Thursday, May 10, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Peninsula Conservation Center- 3921 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto

Want to help keep the Loma Prieta Chapter strong enough to protect our environment and encourage local cities to reduce carbon emissions?  Please join us at our next Fundraising Phone Bank to call chapter members to inform them of our local campaigns and invite their support.  Refreshments served.  No experience needed as a short training is provided before you hit the phones.  Please bring your cell phone if you have one you can use.  For questions, contact Karen Maki at 650-366-0577 or karenmaki@comcast.net.

Historical Virginia Trip Sponsored by Sierra Club California – September 23 - 30

If you always wanted to see some of the most famous historical spots in and around the State of Virginia, this is the trip for you.  Participants will visit Williamsburg, Jamestown, Monticello, Gettysburg Battlefield, and more.  The trip will be 8 days, 7 nights. The cost is $1250 for members, $1350 for non-members. You can find information online or call Mike Sappingfield at 949-768-3610.

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We would be happy to include local environmentally-related events in the Loma Prieta chapter monthly email update. Please send to Megan Fluke by the 1st of the month to be included in the chapter update email that will be sent in the 2nd week of the month. Email Megan at: megan.fluke@sierraclub.org.

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