Sierra Magazine's Coolest Schools
For eight years running, Sierra magazine has ranked and reported on America's greenest universities. We published the 2014 rankings today, so find out how your alma mater fared. Check out the top 10, then view the full list of 173 schools, each of which filled out an extensive survey about their sustainability practices to even be considered.
Did your school make our top 10 list?
Photo courtesy of Loyola University Chicago
A Thousand Words
Throughout recent history, art students and professors have lit a fire under social movements from civil rights to anti-war. Can they do the same for environmentalism? Our reporter dives deep to find out.
Read the story and see the artworks that just might be saving the planet.
Artwork by Kim Anno
Two University of Vermont students are transforming a shuttered, derelict coal-fired power plant into an ecofriendly cultural center. The Burlington community landmark will be powered by renewable energy and feature art studios and "innovation spaces," a nanobrewery, a food court, and rooftop views of Lake Champlain.
Read more about how these new grads have a chance to leave a lasting legacy.
Photo by Bear Cieri
A Historic Week for Clean Air and Energy
Hundreds upon hundreds of people packed the Environmental Protection Agency’s public hearings on its proposed carbon pollution plan two weeks ago. Multiple hearings in Denver, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C., were crowded with parents, public health officials, business owners, farmers, clergy, and many others who support the EPA's Clean Power Plan.
Read Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune's recap of the hearings, marches, and rallies.
Sierra Club Honors Environmental Justice Pioneer
The Sierra Club has created a new award named for the "father of environmental justice," Dr. Robert Bullard. "I am humbled, honored, and excited to have the Sierra Club name its Environmental Justice Award after me," Bullard said. The award will be given annually to an individual or group that has done outstanding work in the area of environmental justice. The first Robert Bullard Environmental Justice Award will be presented on November 21 in San Francisco along with the Sierra Club's other 2014 awards.
Read more about Dr. Bullard and the new award named in his honor.
Act Now for Dolphins and Whales
President Obama just reopened the waters off the east coast to dangerous seismic testing, setting the stage to allow new oil drilling in our oceans for years -- and we have just a few days to collect as many comments as possible before the August 15 deadline. Seismic testing is torture to ocean wildlife like dolphins and whales, which are bombarded with sound pulses every 10 seconds from sonic cannons that are louder than jet engines. Hundreds of thousands of these gentle creatures will be at risk of going deaf, or even dying from the noise. It's up to all of us to make sure seismic testing is stopped.
Can you help? Chip in now to stop this nightmare for dolphins, whales, and other wildlife.
Protect the Oceans' Top Predators
Shark finning is turning our oceans' top predators into prey. Each year nearly 100 million sharks die a slow, agonizing death when their fins are chopped off and the animals are thrown back into the sea alive. Right now the U.S. is quietly negotiating two trade agreements that could undermine protections for sharks and leave shark fins on the chopping block.
Take action to protect our sharks and put common-sense trade policies in place.
Justice for Refinery Neighborhoods
"In Louisiana and Texas, communities around refineries have for too long lived with exposure without knowing what was in the air," says Darryl Malek-Wiley, a Sierra Club environmental justice organizer in Louisiana.
That's why Darryl, Leslie Fields, director of the Club's Environmental Justice and Community Partnerships program, and more than 200 others turned out at an Environmental Protection Agency hearing in Houston on refinery pollution protections.
Host a Wilderness House Party
The Sierra Club is teaming up with the Smithsonian Channel to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act and to get the word out about how we can protect more of America's wild lands at house parties across the nation on September 2. Host a house party and join in a discussion with friends, family, and Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune about the Wilderness Act, hear about his recent trip to the Arctic, and get an advance screening of the Smithsonian Channel's special Wilderness episode of Aerial America.
Sign up now!
Club Driving Turnout for People's Climate March
"Sierra Club volunteers and staff are making a sensational effort to assure that our members and supporters will turn out in force for the People's Climate March on September 21 in New York City," says Sierra Club President David Scott. "Thanks are due to all who are working to make the upcoming march the largest climate action in history."
Read Scott's snapshot of the Club's grassroots efforts to engage a new generation of activists.
What About the Next Generation?
We're already feeling the effects of climate disruption, but future generations will face the worst consequences of our inaction. That's why it's troubling that PepsiCo continues to use climate-killing tar sands to fuel its massive vehicle fleet. Do you agree that Pepsi needs to do more than #LiveForNow?
Add your photo and join us in asking #WhatAboutTomorrow? at TastesLikeTarSands.org.