The 10 Coolest Schools
Whether you're preparing to choose a school or you just want to know how your alma mater measures up, you'll definitely want to see the results of Sierra magazine's sixth annual green college guide.
Not only can you learn which 10 schools scored the highest on our exhaustive online survey, but you can also review the complete list of nearly 100 different institutions across the country.
Did your school make the grade?
Photo courtesy of Steve Zylius/UC Irvine
An "Inconvenient" Disaster
For thousands of people in the San Francisco Bay Area, August 6 was a night of terror, as explosions and a massive fire shook Chevron's giant refinery in the city of Richmond.
Sierra magazine's Jessica Meskus lives near the refinery and reached home just in time to rescue her dogs and tortoise before a giant plume of smoke blotted out the sun.
As more than 9,000 people sought treatment at local hospitals, Chevron issued a statement apologizing for "inconveniencing our neighbors."
Going Solar the Easy Way
If you've thought about going solar, but weren't sure you could afford it, think again. As the New York Times wrote in a recent profile of our Sierra Club Solar Homes partner, Sungevity, "residential solar power has never been more affordable."
The secret is that, instead of buying your system, you can lease it (often with no money down) and start enjoying solar savings right away. To get a quote, all you need is a computer, your home address, and three minutes.
Best of all, Sierra Club members and supporters who decide to go solar by August 31 through our program will get a $1,000 bonus.
Hang Out with the Manatees
How'd you like to win an all-expenses-paid kayaking trip for two to Florida's fabulous Everglades? You'll explore one of the largest expanses of mangrove estuary in North America -- home to dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles.
All you have to do is upload a photo of your favorite piece of America, and you could be on your way to this subtropical paradise with Sierra Club Outings.
The deadline is August 31, so don't delay.
Best Internship -- Worst Timekeeping?
He's got his challenges when it comes to schedules, but is Joaquin Sosa right to worry that he's just not punctual enough for the Sierra Club's Best Internship on Earth?
You be the judge in Episode 2.
Late or not, he sure cooks an awesome breakfast (which he'll need for his adventures in Episode 3).
Better for the Sole
Sierra Club Mission Outdoors volunteers lead wilderness outings for military families, veterans, and urban youth all over the country.
Parker Legwear, the makers of Sierra Club Socks, wants to help start those adventures on the right foot. For every three pairs of Sierra Club Socks sold, they will donate a pair to a Mission Outdoors participant.
Made in North Carolina from recycled and organic fibers, Sierra Club Socks are "the official socks of planet Earth."
Help reach the goal of donating 10,000 pairs of socks.
Swimming for Clean Water
Over Labor Day weekend, endurance swimmer Jamie Patrick will attempt an unprecedented nonstop swim around the 69-mile circumference of Lake Tahoe. He estimates the so-called Tahoe 360 will take approximately 40 hours, and all proceeds from the event will go to the Sierra Club's Water Sentinels program.
"When I was thinking about what cause I could raise money for with the Tahoe 360, clean water was a natural -- and when I thought about who does work for clean water, the first thing that popped into my mind was the Sierra Club."
You can follow the Tahoe 360 live on Jamie's website starting on Friday, August 31.
The One After 2012
Whether you're superstitious or not, it's time to start thinking about a calendar for next year. How about one filled with gorgeous images from the world's finest nature photographers?
Next year's Sierra Club Wilderness Calendars are fresh off the press, in both weekly engagement book and monthly wall-hanging formats. Hey, we've sold more than 8 million of these for a good reason!