The Air & Energy Team of the Chicago Group of Sierra Club works within the Chicago area and beyond for a healthy and green community. We organize, lobby, and educate for cleaner air and sustainable energy choices. Our monthly meetings help plan our active campaigns. We're currently hard at work on CO2 regulations, the Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard, Keystone XL, Fracking and Home Energy Efficiency.
Earth Day 2013
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Meet with other Sierra Club members for an informal social hour to welcome the spring at Ceoltas in Harrisburg! Look for folks wearing green shirts. We'll be enjoying the food and drink specials from 5 to 7 pm.
Join us for a three days of hiking in the Arrastra and Tres Alamos Wilderness areas located west of Hwy 93 near the Santa Maria River. This is the perfect time of year to see the desert in spring blush - it's a beautiful area (see photo on our web site). We'll visit a uranium mine site and hike up the river to see Peeples Canyon and learn about the history of the area. High clearance vehicle required, and 4WD is nice. Maximum 8 hikers. For more info, contact Tom Slaback at 928-778-4233 or email@example.com.
Leisurely walk through Arboretum grounds. More social activity than hike, so expect less structure. About 3 miles with numerous stops to take in the scenery, look at the collections and chat with fellow walkers. Please bring a picnic lunch for lunch around 1pm. Look for early blooming bulbs, winter-hazel, wintersweet, sweet-box, cornelian-cherries and also the Gotelli conifer collection. Meet at 10 am in front of visitor center near 23rd and R st NE. Metrobuses going to the arboretum from Ft. Totten and Stadium Armory stations. Leader Sankar Sitaraman, 202-607-9950.
<p>Join us for a leisurely walk through the Arboretum grounds. This will be more talk than walk. The purpose is to meet people and make new friends. We will walk for about 3 miles, at the most. We will stop now and then to take in the scenery and look at the collections. Please bring a picnic lunch so that we can all gather together for lunch around 1pm.</p>
<p>According to the Arboretum website, this time of the year early bulbs, winter-hazel, wintersweet, sweet-box and cornelian-cherries will be in bloom. They also say that this is the best time to view the Gotelli conifer collection, "unofficially and affectionately known as the "Dr. Seuss Collection" because of the unusual shapes, colors, and textures, and one of the largest conifer collections in the country."</p>
<p>The arboretum is near 23rd and R st NE. There are metrobuses going to the arboretum from the Fort Totten and the Stadium Armory stations.</p>
<p>The hike leader will send contact cell phone to people who RSVP yes by Friday (14th) night. Please <a href="http://www.meetup.com/nature-lovers/events/169975492/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1">... here</a> or to <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>. </p>
Moderately paced 5-6-mile hike in the lush canyons of the Puente/Whittier Hills. Enjoy this Emerald City Hike. You will get a spectacular 360º view of LA and Orange County. 700' gain up along switchbacks and trails with varying routes. Wear hiking boots and bring water. Meet at south end of 7th Avenue where street ends and turn right on Orange Grove to park on street. Use 7th Ave. exit off (60 Fwy) Pomona Fwy, go south to Orange Grove. No beginners. Rain cancels. Provisional leader: Sandy Viernes. Assistant leader: Jerry Johnson.
<p>Join the DC Chapter for our monthly Board meeting, open to the public. Please RSVP to <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>.</p>
<p>Please join us for our Candidate Forum on Sustainability, Clean Water and Environmental Health. Moderated by: Mencer Donahue Edwards, Founder and CEO of Justice and Sustainability Associates.</p> <p>This Forum is co-sponsored by the DC Sierra Club, NSC Partners, United for a Healthy Anacostia River and Capitol River Front.</p>
Join leader Paul Ziems for both of these hikes. Public rest rooms are in Montauk Village near the traffic circle and at Theodore Roosevelt County Park (the oldest cattle ranch in America built in 1658) on the north side of Montauk Highway, 1⁄4 mile before you get to Amsterdam Beach parking. Both hikes are on slightly rolling terrain. Bring insect repellent and if you want, a beverage or snack. Amsterdam Beach St. Parkis 122 acres, south of Montauk Hwy., and east of Montauk village. The hike is 2 - 3 hours, easy to moderate, and 4-5 miles. Park at the corner of Montauk Highway and Ranch road. From the large sign next to the trail, walk the western loop passing through ‘windblown’ oak trees to a bluff overlook where we may see seals. Then back track a bit to the east branch of the trail into the Andy Warhol Preserve where we’ll walk down along the bluffs to a pond near the ocean beach. Along the way we’ll see more ‘windblown’ oak trees and holly. This Preserve has several ponds and 54 acres of tidal and freshwater wetlands. The trail is usually dry. It was earlier referred to as the “Mon- tauk Moorlands”. We’ll next travel about 10 miles west on Montauk Hwy. to Napeague Beach St. Park where our easy, 1.5 mile trail loops between the ocean dunes and the highway. Leave 1 hr. for this hike. Rain or snow cancels.Questions about the hikes may be directed to Paul Ziems anytime up to the evening before the hike at 631-707-6497 or www.wpziems@op- tonline.net. Reservations not required.
Sat. March 29. Rated E/H. Upper Mt. Vernon Trail (ODH Series). This 18- or 30-mi. out-and-back hike follows the Mount Vernon Bike Trail along the Potomac and features tremendous views of the river as well as of monuments in Washington. Starting at Gravelly Point just north of National Airport, both hikes go through Old Town Alexandria on their way south, offering the opportunity for lunch, coffee, or maybe window shopping on the return hike. The shorter option turns around just below the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, while the longer hike goes all the way to George Washington's home at Mount Vernon. Meet 8am at the north end of Gravelly Point parking lot on the George Washington Parkway, just north of National Airport. Driving directions can be obtained from http://tinyurl.com/bhs9uhb. Be aware that the Gravelly Point parking lot can be reached only from the northbound lanes of the GW Parkway. Leaders: Gary Kosciusko, NOVAHIKER@cox.net or 703/765-0306 (before 10pm); and Frank Wodarczyk, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703/569-6737 (before 10 pm), or day of hike only 703/624-1040.
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