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August 2012

 

Dear Friend,

Enormous plumes of smoke spewed by the Chevron oil refinery fire in Richmond earlier this month were a stark reminder of the dangers of our dependency on fossil fuels. Communities across the bay and all over the world face the disastrous impacts of the fossil fuel industry.

As temperatures continue to rise, we experienced the hottest July on record in the contiguous US. Massive drought continues to engulf America's food-growing regions, threatening our food security in the months ahead.

Help us cool the planet -- see what you can do in your community by attending one of the events below, or join an upcoming Loma Prieta Chapter Fundraising Phone Bank. We need your help, and Mother Earth can't wait any longer.

In Solidarity,

Adrien Salazar
Conservation Coordinator
Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter

ACTION ALERT: Help Ban Leaf Blowers in San Mateo!
Leaf blowers are a significant source of air and noise pollution in our community. Leaf blowers pose the greatest threat to the health and hearing of the untold numbers of landscape workers who use them on a daily basis. Gasoline-driven leaf blowers have been banned in scores of California counties and hundreds of municipalities across the U.S. A leaf blower ban will reduce carbon emissions in our community and therefore improve the health and quality of life of its citizens.

Please consider adding your name to this Change.org petition put together by San Mateo Cool Cities, for the Mayor of San Mateo to pursue the leaf-blower ban.

5th Annual Burlingame Green Street Fair
Sunday September 16, 2012, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Burlingame FairDowntown Burlingame: Park Road between Howard and Burlingame Avenues

Entertainment, hands-on kids activities, green products/services and educational information. Free admission!
www.burlingamegreenfair.com

Presented by the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame.

And bring you recyclables!
UnWaste Drop-Off At the Burlingame Green Street Fair
Saturday, September 16, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Reusable or not, working or not, we'll take it. We will recycle: clothing, small household appliances, electric items. Also collecting food for food banks.
For more information: www.unwaste.com, 888-832-9839

The State of Bicycle Planning in the South Bay
Wednesday, September 5. 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Faber's Cyclery, 702 South 1st Street, San José

Hear from bike planning expert John Ciccarelli about how outside forces influence bicycle planning in the South Bay, followed by a discussion about local bicycle planning opportunities and barriers with representatives from the City of San José, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, and the VTA BART project. Sponsored by RBF Consulting & Kimley-Horn and Associates.

Pre-ride tour of new downtown bike projects with San José Bicyclist & Pedestrian Program Coordinator John Brazil starts at 5:30 by the City Hall Rotunda, 200 East Santa Clara Street. Refreshments and socializing start at 6, talk starts at 6:30.

Registration: www.eventbrite.com/event/3669495560

Solar Electric Class
Thursday, September 6, 2012, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
39488 Stevenson Pl #100, Fremont, CA 94539, USA

Solar graphicJoin this informational solar presentation designed to educate interested persons about residential solar photovoltaics or PV. Topics covered: • Solar PV installation issues • Solar PV technologies • How billing works with solar power. • PV performance issues • Economic benefits to the homeowner • Environmental benefits. • Utility Rebates, Federal income tax credits.• System operation issues • Q & A

For more information contact Kurt Newick - 408-370-9636, kurtnewick@yahoo.com

Talk: Climate Change - Causes and Effect and Why this Matters
Friday, September 14, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Elizabeth Seton School Auditorium on Channing Ave., Palo Alto
Free and open to the public

Dr. Gary Latshaw, a retired physicist trained by the Al Gore Climate Reality Project, will talk about the causes and potential effect of global climate change, with some emphasis on effects that can be expected locally if current trends continue unabated, and what we as individuals and as a community can do about this. Event includes Q&A period, announcements by and mingling with local organizations working on climate change actions. Sponsored by the Thomas Merton Center of Palo Alto (TMC), of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic parish.

Silicon Valley Watershed Summit
Saturday, September 22, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Foothill College (Smithwick Theater), 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills

Watershed

Please join us at the Silicon Valley Watershed Summit, a gathering of activists, elected officials, community leaders, and the newly-interested, to learn about and take steps to improve our local watersheds in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. This event will focus on the "Big Picture" of the health of our watersheds, and teach skills that YOU can implement in your watershed and community. Speakers include Brock Dolman, Director of the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center's Water Institute, and Lester Snow, former California Secretary of Natural Resources and current Director of the California Water Foundation.

Details: http://www.acterra.org/watershedsummit 

Registration: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/256652

Loma Prieta Chapter Fundraising Phone Bank!
August 23, 6-9 p.m. and September 20, 6-9 p.m.
3921 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto

Help us keep Loma Prieta Chapter strong enough to protect our environment and urge local cities to reduce carbon emissions. Help us call chapter members to ask for donations at our next Fundraising Phone Bank from 6-9 p.m. at the chapter office, 3921 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto on the bayside of San Antonio and 101.  Refreshments served. No experience needed as a short training is provided before you hit the phones.  Please bring your cell phone if you have one you can use.  For questions, contact Karen Maki at 650-366-0577 or karenmaki@comcast.net.

Historical Virginia Trip Sponsored by Sierra Club California
September 23-30, 2012  

WilliamsburgIf you always wanted to see some of the most famous historical spots in and around the State of Virginia, this is the trip for you.

Participants will visit Williamsburg, Jamestown, Monticello, Gettysburg Battlefield, and more.  The trip will be 8 days, 7 nights. The cost is $1250 for SC members ($1350 for non-SC members).

For information, see sierraclubcalifornia.org/2012/02/01/historical_virginia_trip/ or call Mike Sappingfield at 949-768-3610.

Go Solar with the Sierra Club! 

Solar ShareReceive a $750 cash gift card and help Sierra Club when you go solar with Sungevity. Sierra Club is now offering supporters a one-stop solar shop through Sungevity. Sungevity will take care of installation, maintenance and service. In addition to paying less than their current energy bills, homeowners will receive a $750 gift card and for every home that participates, the club receives $750 for clean energy work. If you are interested in the carbon cutting revolution, please visit the Solar Homes Campaign for a free savings quote.

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We would be happy to include local environmentally-related events in the Loma Prieta chapter monthly email update. Please send to Adrien Salazar 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 Adrien at: adrien.salazar@sierraclub.org.

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