Take Action: Honor Buffalo Soldiers in our National Parks!
The Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act (S.225/H.R. 520) authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to determine the best way to commemorate the role Buffalo Soldiers played in the development of the National Park System. In the late 19th century and early 20th century, African-American troops who came to be known as the Buffalo Soldiers served in many critical roles in the western United States.
This legislation would increase public awareness of the role of Buffalo Soldiers as some of our nation's first park rangers and recognize their service.
Contact your senator and representative in encouragement of this Act!
Take Action: Expand Protections for the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument
On June 17, President Obama announced his intention to expand the boundaries of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.
The expanded marine monument would safeguard the largest nearly intact and near-pristine ocean ecosystem in the world, encompassing extraordinary biodiversity including an abundance of species from deep ancient corals to endangered sea turtles and marine mammals, millions of seabirds, and large predatory fish.
Urgent: This comment period ends on August 15, 2014.
Send your comment today!
Grassroots Activism: Let's Get Kids Back Outdoors!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just released the 2014 State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, revealing that most kids in America are not getting enough physical activity. The Outdoors Alliance for Kids is working in communities across the country to get kids back outside.
Get involved with the Every Child Healthy Outdoors (ECHO) initiative in your city or state!
Learn more about ECHO and ways you can get involved on the Lay of the Land blog.
Grassroots Activism: Demanding Strong EPA Standards Near Oil Refineries
At an EPA hearing in Houston last week, Gulf Coast communities called for stronger EPA pollution controls near oil refineries. Tougher standards and enforcement would reduce toxic emissions, improve air quality, and protect public health. The Sierra Club partnered with EarthJustice and other coalition partners to help residents of port communities call for strong standards at the hearing.
Learn more on the Compass blog.
Cool Schools 2014: Did Your School Make the Cut?
It's that time of year: Sierra magazine's eighth annual Cool Schools rankings are out!
From on-campus farms to extreme water-saving measures to massive solar arrays to professors who nudge their protégés into environmental careers, universities are leading the charge toward a cleaner, brighter world.
Is your alma mater one of America's greenest colleges?
Photo courtesy of Loyola University Chicago