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Footnotes Issue #78: Jan 17th, 2014
Looking Back, Looking Forward
The Georgia Sierra Club had quite an eventful year last year! We celebrated big wins and laid the foundation for even more victiories this year. Here is a quick update on the work each of our committees have been doing:
Legislative Committee: Numerous issues of importance to the state's future will come up during this legislative session. There is agreement that transportation funding alternatives are needed, which HB195 and SB 92 address. Water issues continue to be critical and several bills in both the senate and house will adress topics from boosting Metro Atlanta's water supplies to protecting Georgia's waters from spills. Finally, key pieces of energy legislation will be considered, for example a bill that stops collection of fees from ratepayers for cost overuns at Plant Vogtle, and efforts to expand solar.
Join us this year as we continue to advance the work that each of our committees are doing. Attend one of the committee meetings listed below and get involved!
Quick Links - GA Power Decertifying Biomass Unit at Plant Mitchell in Albany!
Last week, Georgia Power announced that it plans to file a request in 2014 with the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) to decertify Unit 3 at Plant Mitchell in Albany, Ga. The company is also cancelling the previously proposed conversion of the coal-fired unit to biomass after extensive review and analysis deemed the conversion would not be cost effective for its customers. Click here to read more!
Sierra Club Meetings
Jan 20 Environmental Diversity & Inclusion Roundtable - On Martin Luther King Day 2014, EPOC Atlanta aims to galvanize the spirit of this holiday to spark a local dialogue on the lack of diversity in the environmental movement. Event is from 8:30a-Noon, cost is $10, click here to register.
Feb 5 - Sierra Club & Beer: Water Under the Gold Dome - Every other month, Sierra Club and Beer provides a casual space (and great beer, from our friends at Red Hare Brewing Co.) for meeting like-minded people, while learning something new. This month, our guest speaker Chris Manganiello, Policy Director at Georgia River Network, will discuss water issues in the legislature. Please RSVP so we can bring enough brew for everyone!
Feb 8 - Sierra Club Outings Leader Training 101 - As a local outing leader, you have the opportunity to share your local wild areas with Sierra Club members and other community members - whether day hiking, peak scrambling, birdwatching, or multi day trekking. We are always looking for knowledgeable, passionate, outdoor-savvy people to join as Outings leaders. If that is you, why not become one, yourself? Click here for more information and to register.
Save the Date! Feb 19 - Capitol Conservation Day - Come down to the Gold Dome and make your voice heard by joining the Georgia Water Coalition for its annual Conservation Day. The day kicks off with an issue briefing and tips on how to lobby, followed by a seasoned lobbyist showing you "the ropes" on the third floor of the Capitol. We'll get our picture taken with the Governor and our strong presence will remind our lawmakers that their constituents care about environmental protection.
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