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The Insider: The official newsletter of the Sierra Club
March 30, 2010: In This Issue
  • Take a Hike
  • Be Efficient: Make Money
  • Win an Outing for Two
  • Victory in Colorado
  • Help Us Win $200,000
    Join Now!
  • Today's green tip
    Write a letter to your representatives telling them that protecting the environment is important.

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    EXPLORE
    Go Solar!

    Here Comes the Sun (and Wind)
    Ever thought about installing rooftop solar panels to reduce (or even eliminate) your electric bill? Hear firsthand on Climate Crossroads from a mom in San Diego whose family did exactly that -- without spending a bundle. Or perhaps you'd rather have a windmill in your backyard
    In the News
    Executive Director Michael Brune said last week that the success of the healthcare reform bill proves that passing a federal climate bill is also possible. In today's Los Angeles Times, he talks about the compromises such a bill might contain -- and concerns about attempts to weaken it. 

    ENJOY
    Pup

    Hot-Diggity Green Dogs
    Planning to hit the road with a canine companion? Consider packing these green, portable accessories

    On the Radio
    1) The mayor of Seattle, Mike McGinn, talks about the greening of Seattle; 2) Niall Edworthy, author of Bald Coot and Screaming Loon: Adventures in the Curious, Mysterious, and Remarkable World of Birds; 3) Green Cuisine tips from Chef Annie Somerville; 4) Kyle Boelte talks about Sierra Magazine's recent story called "Look Ma, No Car! Pedaling toward a postcarbon future."

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    PROTECT
    Fuel Efficiency

    Let's Keep It Clean
    The Obama administration is set to release new vehicle standards this week that will increase fuel economy to 35.5 mpg and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 30 percent. That's great news but, ironically, attacks are also under way right now in Congress to cripple the EPA's Clean Air Act authority.

    Please tell your Congressional representative to celebrate new vehicle standards by supporting the Clean Air Act

    Take a HikeIt's Spring – Hit the Dirt!
    John Muir once said, "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." Considering that Muir once walked 1,000 miles from Indiana to Florida, he probably knew what he was talking about. But why not find out for yourself? Start by finding free Sierra Club hikes in your area. We lead thousands of hikes every year, so come on out and enjoy spring.

    Looking for a nature walk you can do on your own or with a friend? Members of the Sierra Club Trails community have posted hundreds of hikes from all over the country. Join Trails and discover new places to explore and enjoy the planet.  

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    Money to BurnNeed Money to Burn?
    Did you improve your home's energy efficiency last year? Thanks to the federal Recovery Act, you could get a tax credit of up to $1,500. Energy-efficient windows, water heaters, doors, and insulation are some of the upgrades that might qualify. And that deal's good through 2010, by the way.

    If you're one of the 130 million Americans still living in an inefficient home, you're missing out on both a tax credit and a lower energy bill. Many home energy-efficiency upgrades will pay for themselves in three years or less -- and then keep delivering savings year after year. That sure beats burning money.  

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    Sierra Club Trails


    Win an Outing for Two Last Chance to Win a Trip for Two
    After a yearlong series of drawings, our friends at Honest Tea are giving away one final trip for two with Sierra Club Outings including airfare -- plus a year's supply of organic Honest Tea (total package value of up to $3,250).

    With summer on the way and over 200 awesome new outings to choose from, this is one opportunity you don't want to miss!

    The final drawing will be held on March 31, so enter now

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    Boulder Flatirons Colorado vs. King Coal
    Last week, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed into law a bill requiring that 30 percent of the state's electricity be generated from renewable sources by 2020, giving Colorado the highest renewable energy standard in the Mountain West and one of the highest nationally. "This is a huge victory for our coalition efforts," said Colorado Sierra Club organizer Roger Singer.

    But, as Sierra Club Chairman Carl Pope noted in his blog yesterday, the coal industry wasted no time before launching a counterattack

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    Help Us Win! Help The Sierra Club Foundation Win $200,000
    The Sierra Club Foundation is one of nine nonprofits entered in the environmental category of the Members Project from TakePart and American Express. Each week between now and May 24, you can vote for one nonprofit. Whichever one gets the most votes in its category will win $200,000, donated by American Express.

    Visit the website to vote and help The Sierra Club Foundation win

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