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June 2012

 

Dear Friend,

I don't know about you, but I like to get out in the summer! It may be getting hotter, but hikes, camping trips, picnics, and food festivals are more than enough reason to get me out and active.

The chapter wants to help you enjoy the summer sun -- from taking public transit to installing a solar system in your home, Sierra Club has got you covered on ways you can make use of the delights of our local star this warm season.

Come out and get your Vitamin D!

In solidarity,

Adrien Salazar
Conservation Coordinator
Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter

Join Sierra Club for National Dump the Pump Day

Dump the Pump logo

On June 21, 2012 take public transportation!

While our economy is hurting and gas prices continue to skyrocket, public transit offers everyone transportation alternatives that help the planet and improve quality of life. Taking public transit reduces traffic congestion, helps you save money, and provides an amazing way to be energy independent. National Dump the Pump Day is a day to support public transit by stepping on board your local bus or train to get to work or school.

Join Sierra Club and Dump the Pump tomorrow! Visit the National Dump the Dump Day website for more information.

San Mateo Residents, Cool Cities Needs you!

Wednesday, June 27, 7 p.m.
Reach and Teach, 178 South Boulevard, San Mateo, CA 94402

Join the San Mateo Cool Cities team this month to help set the course of how we live and plan for brighter, healthier, more sustainable neighborhoods in San Mateo.

To RSVP or for more information please contact John Ebneter at jebneter@aol.com

GreenTown Los Altos Summer Events

GreenTown Los Altos logo• Stride and Ride 
June 30 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Central Parking Plaza between 1st & 2nd St

Get out, get active, and get healthy. Join GreenTown Los Altos for a skate park with a professional demo, games, competitions, raffle, and lots of other family activities. Bike valet provided!

• 33rd Annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival 
July 14th & 15th from 10am to 6pm
Downtown Los Altos

Join us for one of the largest summer art festivals in the Bay Area! With vintage wines by the glass, a variety of foods, 3 different concert stages, rides, and entertainment for the whole family. Be sure to come and park worry-free with GreenTown.

Santa Clara County Residents - Take the County Quality of Life Survey

Santa Clara Health ElementSanta Clara County wants your help to improve health, wellness, safety, and equity in the county! Take the 2012 Quality of Life Survey now to help Santa Clara County and local community organizations in deciding what issues matter for the county's General Plan Health Element. Your input can help improve school safety, neighborhood safety, and transportation services.

Tell the County what matters to you by answering the 2012 Quality of Life Survey now, available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Mandarin.

Go Solar with the Sierra Club!

Solar Homes logoReceive a $750 cash gift card and help Sierra Club when you go solar with Sungevity. Sierra Club is now offering supporters a one-stop solar shop through Sungevity. Sungevity will take care of installation, maintenance and service. In addition to paying less than their current energy bills, homeowners will receive a $750 gift card and for every home that participates, the club receives $750 for clean energy work.

If you are interested in the carbon cutting revolution, please visit the Solar Homes Campaign for a free savings quote.

Get Dirty Power Out of Santa Clara

San Juan powerDid you know that hidden in your power bill is a dirty secret? Energy powering homes in the City of Santa Clara comes partly from a dirty outdated coal plant -- the San Juan Generating Station in New Mexico.

Silicon Valley Power has made clean energy a priority by investing in wind and solar power but we believe it's time to get off dirty coal once and for all. We need them to shut the door on the San Juan Generating Station and move toward a 21st century clean energy economy. Send a letter to Silicon Valley Power now and tell them to divest from dirty coal electricity imported from the San Juan Generating Station.

Support Bus Rapid Transit in Mountain View!

Residents of Mountain View, your support is needed! VTA has proposed a dedicated lane for the 522 line on El Camino Real. In Mountain View, this would include two bus stations on the medians, one located at Castro Street and one at San Antonio shopping center.

The Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter supports BRT with dedicated lanes because it will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility along the El Camino corridor for current and future residents.

Mountain View City Council will vote on dedicated lanes for BRT at their July 10 meeting, at Mountain View City Hall 500 Castro Street. Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

Please take action by sending a letter now to your elected officials to let them know you support Bus Rapid Transit!

Got an article for Loma Prieta Chapter Update?

Article submissions for the Loma Prieta Monthly Chapter Update:

We would be happy to include local environmentally-related events in the Loma Prieta chapter monthly email update. Please send to Adrien Salazar 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 Adrien at: adrien.salazar@sierraclub.org.

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