Adventurers of the Year
Stacy Bare, director of Sierra Club Outdoors, has been named one of National Geographic's Adventurers of the Year. A decorated U.S. Army veteran who served in Bosnia and Iraq, Bare -- at left in photo -- was selected in recognition of his work to get fellow veterans outside. He was nominated alongside former Army Ranger Nick Watson, with whom he cofounded the organization Veterans Expeditions. Members of the public (i.e., you) can vote between now and January 21 to decide who will be the People's Choice Adventurer of the Year.
Read more and vote for Stacy Bare and Nick Watson as Adventurers of the Year.
Alt Rock for Alternative Energy
Merritt Graves and Skylar Funk met as environmental studies majors in college, where they bonded over concern for the planet. (Funk, at right in plaid shirt, recently spent a year volunteering for the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign.) They also bonded over music, and went on to form the Los Angeles-based alternative rock band Trapdoor Social. The band is now collaborating with the Sierra Club to raise money to install solar panels on the headquarters of Homeboy Industries, an L.A. nonprofit that provides former gang members with free services, programs, and job training, with an emphasis on green jobs.
Support this mission to help a righteous nonprofit go solar.
Photo by Tamarind Free Jones
The Top 10 Clean Energy Stories to Be Thankful for in 2013
There’s plenty to be thankful for in 2013. From the largest climate rally in U.S. history to major milestones like the 150th coal plant to announce retirement, 2013 has been a great year. This Thanksgiving, let's take some time to be thankful for all the success stories across the country as our nation moves beyond dirty fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.
Check out our list!
TVA Takes Major Step to Move Beyond Coal
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the country's largest public power provider, has announced that it will retire three of its coal-fired power plants in Alabama and Kentucky. The Sierra Club, our allies, and the people of the Tennessee Valley have been working for years for a healthier environment.
Mary Anne Hitt, director of the Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, grew up in the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee. Read what she has to say about TVA's announcement, and how the TVA can reclaim its historical role as a clean-energy leader.
Rome Wasn't Built in a Day
News stories about extreme weather and fossil fuel disasters making you discouraged? Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune argues that clean energy progress -- which is happening everywhere -- matters far more in the long run: "No one will tear down wind farms because they are nostalgic for fracking in our watersheds. And nobody will pull down their solar panels because they miss having mercury in their tuna or asthma inhalers for their kids."
Find out why Brune is optimistic about clean energy's future.
Sierra Club Activist Wins Outdoor Book Award
When Sierra Club activist Krista Schlyer learned that hundreds of miles of recently built walls along the U.S.-Mexico border were wreaking havoc on sensitive wildlands and wildlife, she took notice. More important, she took pictures. These photos, accompanied by her narrative of the wild places of the borderlands, fill the nearly 300 pages of her new book, Continental Divide: Wildlife, People, and the Border Wall. This month, the National Outdoor Book Awards named Continental Divide as the winner of the 2013 award for Nature and the Environment.
Read more about Continental Divide and get involved with the Sierra Club's Borderlands Team.
Photo by Chris Linder
6 Training Exercises for an Injury-Free Ski Season
Tired of rag-dolling on the bumps, yard-sailing on the steeps, and face-planting in the freshies? If snowy mountain terrain is in your future, now's the time to strengthen muscles and increase flexibility so that you're less likely to be injured during the upcoming ski season.
These six training exercises will prepare you for the slopes.
Sierra Club Holiday Survival Guide
Looking for some sustainable and delicious menu options this Thanksgiving? (Yes, we have a recipe for creamy garlic mashed potatoes, but how about giving mashed sweet potatoes with maple syrup a try?) Need a few eco-friendly gift ideas? Want to impress your family and friends with one-of-a-kind handmade gifts? And what do you tell that curmudgeonly uncle who says coal is still king, renewable energy is impractical, and living green is just too hard?
Check out our Holiday Survival Guide for recipes, gift ideas, and more.
12,000-foot Peaks for Beginners
Think you have to be an expert mountaineer to summit a 12,000-footer? Well, think again. Many peaks in the Lower 48 will reward you with stunning vistas, a taste of thin air, and a sense of being on top of the world without risking life and limb. Strenuous? You bet. But these lofty walk-ups will build your endurance and your high-altitude confidence.
Get your mountain legs by scaling these sublime summits in the Rockies, Cascades, and Sierra Nevada.
Big Turnout at EPA Carbon-Pollution Hearings
At 11 EPA public listening sessions held this month and last, the Sierra Club mobilized its members and supporters to speak out in favor of strong new safeguards against carbon pollution from existing power plants. Thanks largely to the Club's organizing efforts, over 3,000 citizens turned out for the listening sessions, more than 2,000 gave testimony, and an additional 16,000 wrote to their state governors in support of strong new EPA guidelines.
Read and download the Sierra Club's report recapping what came down at the listening sessions.