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March 2012

 

Dear Friend,

We've had several exciting successes so far this year as a result of the dedicated work of Cool Cities Teams and our local community partners.  

For example, thanks to the efforts of the San Mateo Cool Cities Team, on February 15, the San Mateo City Council voted to support three agenda items put forth by the team including a plastic bag ban, a polystyrene ban, and a gas powered leaf blower ban. Additionally, in Menlo Park on January 25, Facebook agreed to make major new investments in bike routes to new campus with support from Menlo Park Green Ribbon Citizens' Committee and Palo Alto Cool Cities Team. Check out our growing list of Cool Cities Activities and Successes online.

If you have a passion for the environment and the initiative to help move one of the Cool Cities Team Goals forward in your city, please let me know! Teams all over San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties are doing such impressive work and we always welcome new volunteers. Here are a couple examples of efforts teams are working on now: 

  • Residents in Mountain View, Los Altos, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, and San Jose are organizing in support of a dedicated lane for Bus Rapid Transit along El Camino (The Alameda in San Jose).
  • The Redwood City Cool Cities Team hosted a successful "Going Green without Going Broke" community event on March 5 with nearly 40 participants. The organizers will host more of these in other cities and would love volunteers to help organize.

Also, there are loads of upcoming events about sustainability in our region, check some of these out below. I'm particularly excited about our next Healthy Communities Forum on April 4 and our Chapter's Awards Celebration on May 6.

In service,

Megan Fluke
Conservation Program Manager
Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter

P.S.: None of this would be possible without our dedicated team of interns, check out the recent article in our newsletter about their vital work!

Call for Volunteers for Tabling

Volunteer TablingThe Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter plans to conduct outreach at around two dozen tabling events this spring for earth month.

Are you passionate about the environment? Able to volunteer a few hours of your time this spring?

Please contact loma.prieta.chapter@sierraclub.org for more information. 

Healthy Communities Forum: "Walking, Biking, Electric Driving - What are the health benefits?" (RSVP Here)

Wednesday, April 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m. 
Council Chambers – San Mateo City Hall – 330 W. 20th Avenue 

Healthy CommunitiesJoin us for the second Healthy Communities Forum of 2012 to explore how the various facets of the health of our cities – economic, environmental, and social – intersect. Neil Maizlish, PhD with the California Department of Public Health will present his recent study that highlights the environmental and health benefits of active transport in the Bay Area.

Afterward, we'll break out into groups by city to discuss strategies for how we can make our communities economically, environmentally, and socially healthier and more resilient. No charge, open to the public, refreshments provided. Space limited, RSVP here.

John Muir in the New World - Monday, April 9, 6:30-9:00 p.m. 
Redwood City Public Library - 1066 Middlefield Rd., Redwood City 

John Muir viewing waterfallsThe Sierra Club invites you to the film screening of "John Muir in the New World", a new 2011 documentary that "gets into John Muir's psyche" like no other.

The film features an in-depth character study set amidst a spectacular scenery. A light dinner will be served.  

If interested, please RSVP to gd@devarchitects.com or 415.722.3355.

Silicon Valley Bike Advocacy Summit - Tuesday, April 17, 2-8:00 p.m.
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto - 
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
Bicycle

Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and Stanford Hospital & Clinic invite you to a day of discussion and learning. Join them as they bring together a diverse team of experts, government officials, and advocates to delve into positive ways to improve health and safety by promoting bicycling and other forms of active transportation. 

Keynote Speakers Randy Neufeld and Aaron Naparstek will share their experiences in Chicago and New York, respectively, and inspire attendees with novel approaches to improving bicycling and the relationship between cyclists and motorists. If safe, healthy, clean transportation alternatives are important to you, attend this summit to learn how you can effectively promote change. 

Learn more and find registration information here.

2012 Chapter Awards Celebration - Sunday, May 6, 2012 5:00 p.m.
Historic Adobe Building, 154 Castro Blvd., Mountain View

Blue RibbonYou are invited to enjoy an afternoon in the Historic Adobe Building as we honor our chapter activists and volunteers. There will food, beverages, jazz in the courtyard as well as presentation of chapter awards. 

The event is free, RSVP by emailing loma.prieta.chapter@sierraclub.org.

Article submissions for the Loma Prieta Monthly Chapter Update

We would be happy to include local environmentally-related events in the Loma Prieta chapter monthly email update. Please send to Megan Fluke by the 1st of the month to be included in the chapter update email that will be sent in the 2nd week of the month. Email Megan at: megan.fluke@sierraclub.org.

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