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September 4, 2008: In This Edition of the Insider
  • Sierra Magazine's Top 10 Green Schools
  • How Green Is Your Dorm Room?
  • Plan a Trip to Clair Tappaan Lodge
  • Homes for Our Troops
  • Clean Air Victory
  • Missy Higgins Supports the 2% Solution
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    The Ten Greenest Schools
    Not long ago, small private colleges had a near monopoly on campus environmental initiatives in the United States. But today public universities are nipping at the nimble, hemp-shod heels of those pioneers by adopting green building standards, expanding environmental studies programs, and converting fleets to zero-emission vehicles.

    Read all about which schools (and students) are leading the charge to green higher education in Sierra magazine's second annual green college guide.

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    How Green Is My Dorm Room?
    You can go to one of the coolest colleges in America, but if you check your green values at the dorm room door it will be all for naught.

    Our latest green quiz will give you a heads up on whether you're likely to flunk Enviro 101.

    Don't worry, we grade on the curve.

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    Grandparent's Day in the High Sierra
    With National Grandparents Day just around the corner (Sept. 7th), it's a good time to remind young and old alike that the Sierra Club's Outings program features "Just for Grandparents and Grandkids" outings, which often fill up as soon as the dates are announced.

    "It's an amazing experience for grandparents and kids to be at the lodge together," said Jane Risk, who with her husband Jerry led their first grandparents and grandkids outing last month at the Club's historic Clair Tappaan Lodge in the northern Sierra Nevada. "When people walk in they see the huge fireplace, the library, all the decks and porches up in the treetops. Many grandparents say they wish they'd known about the lodge when they were children."

    Of course, grandparents and grandkids are welcome at Clair Tappaan Lodge year round, so you don't need to wait until next September to have a grand time in the Sierra. 

    Image Source: Jane Risk

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    Green Homes for Injured Veterans
    The Sierra Club Foundation has announced a new partnership with Homes for Our Troops to incorporate green building materials and processes into the homes it builds for severely injured veterans across the country.

    "We're thrilled to be able to give back to families that have given so much to our country," said Peter Martin, executive director of The Sierra Club Foundation. "We hope this project will demonstrate how easy it is to save energy at home. We can lower our energy bills, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and create jobs in the green building sector at the same time."

    Homes for Our Troops will receive a grant of up to $1 million over the next three years from The Sierra Club Foundation.

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    A Clean-Air Victory
    Children everywhere will breathe easier and large polluters will be held accountable thanks to a recent landmark victory for clean air. The decision issued by the D.C. Circuit Court in a case brought by the Sierra Club reversed a Bush administration regulation that tried to strip away the power of states and localities to require rigorous pollution monitoring from coal plants, refineries, and similar industrial polluters.

    Read more about Sierra Club vs. Environmental Protection Agency

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    Missy Higgins Supports the 2% Solution
    Singer/songwriter Missy Higgins is the latest artist to join with the Sierra Club as part of our 2% Solution to global warming. Named one of Billboard magazine's top 10 green artists of 2008, Missy recently shot a public service announcement for the campaign.

    Missy reminds us that we all need to reduce the carbon emissions from our cars, homes, and businesses, but that we don't need to do it all at once. We just need to average a 2% reduction every year to cut carbon emissions 80% by 2050!

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    Coming Clean
    Americans are awakening to just how costly and destructive our fossil-fuel habit has become.

    If you're looking for answers, Michael Brune's, Coming Clean, new from Sierra Club Books, provides a clear road map for how we can promote real solutions and collectively pressure government and corporations to change their energy priorities.   



    Rock the House, Protect the Planet
    Want to support Sierra Club and download some great new music from Michael Franti, Missy Higgins, and others?

    Check out Clif GreenNotes' Protect the Places We Play album -- which benefits the Sierra Club and four other conservation organizations. 



    Urge Congress to Fight Global Warming
    We have only until September 12 to ask our members of Congress to endorse "Principles for Global Warming Legislation," introduced by Representatives Waxman (D-CA-30), Markey (D-MA-7), and Inslee (D-WA-1).The principles establish a blueprint for fair and effective global warming policy that would set strong science-based targets for reducing global warming emissions while strengthening our economy and supporting workers and vulnerable communities. The principles will be sent in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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