2015 Sierra Club Calendars
Sierra events encourage us to Explore, Enjoy and Protect the Planet. They are free and open to all. Some parks may charge an entry fee.
Outdoor events are walks or visits to places of environmental interest.
Photo by Janet Allen, Stewardship Garden
Sunday, January 4th, 2015 , 2:00 PM
Onondaga Creek Walk
Destiny Center under Hiawatha Blvd. bridge
Let's kick off the New Year with a vigorous walk along the Onondaga Creek.The 2.6 mile trail is easy to follow and paved, but be sure to wear good hiking shoes or boots because it may be icy. Views of Armory Square and the Syracuse Inner Harbor will be part of this fun little urban outing.
Everyone is invited for coffee and cocoa afterwards (spot to be determined).
Indoor programs are held at 7:30 on the 4th Wednesday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at University United Methodist Church (UUMC), 1085 E. Genesee St. Syracuse. Park and enter on University Ave.
There are currently no indoor programs scheduled.
Conservation Chair Report
by Linda DeStefano
Proposed Amphitheater on Onondaga Lake
The Iroquois Group joins several local organizations in urging Onondaga County not to rush into a decision regarding the construction of an amphitheater on Onondaga Lake. More time is needed to answer the many questions raised by the proposal. Jack Ramsden, Iroquois Group Secretary, points out some of the problems: lack of a business plan, site remediation plan, and long-term traffic mitigation measures, as well as environmental concerns related to noise and local wildlife.
Join the Solar Revolution
The Sierra Club continues to promote its Solar Homes Program in partnership with nationally renowned solar energy company Sungevity. When you go solar with the Sierra Club and Sungevity, Sungevity will give you a special $750 discount and send another $750 to your local Sierra Club chapter - a win for the environment, the homeowner and the Iroquois Group! Make the move toward a clean- energy future and go solar today! Learn more at: sierraclub.org/solar homes.
Rich Slingerland, Iroquois Group Water Issues Chair, hosted the Group's annual Lake Ontario clean-up event on May 17, 2014. The group met at Southwick Beach State Park, where they took part in the international Hands Across the Sand/Land initiative. They cleaned the beaches of Lake Ontario and, at the same time, joined hands with thousands of people around the world to say "no" to dirty fuels and "yes" to clean energy.
Members of the Iroquois Group pose at Southwick Beach State Park, where they cleaned up the shores of Lake Ontario and participated in the international Hands Across the Sand/Land movement. Photo by Sierra Club, Iroquois Group.
Ash for Trash Proposal
The Iroquois Group has not yet taken an official position on the controversial "Ash for Trash Proposal," whereby Onondaga County would burn up to 25,000 tons of solid waste each year from neighboring Cortland County. In return, Onondaga's incinerator would send up to 90,000 tons
of ash to Cortland's landfill. Martha Loew, Iroquois Group Chair, and Don Hughes, At-Large Representative to the Atlantic Chapter, shared their concerns about the proposal at a special joint meeting of the Ways and Means and Environmental Protection Committees of the Onondaga County Legislature on June 10, 2014. Concerns recorded and submitted included the need to correct omitted details in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and the need to address the issue of why incineration is a poor solution to trash management (it can cause serious health concerns and eliminates the opportunity to recover valuable materials).
Bomb Trains Vigil
Bomb trains carry highly volatile fracked crude oil from North Dakota, and frequently travel through Syracuse and environs on their way to the Port of Albany. The Iroquois Group's Linda DeStefano, Michelle Wolfe and David Fischer were among the organizers of a July 8, 2014 vigil in downtown Syracuse in memory of the 47 people who were tragically killed in the July, 2013 bomb train explosion in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. Our message? Stop the bomb trains! Get them off our rails! In the meantime, measures to mitigate the dangers must be taken, such as: prior notification of local emergency workers; public emergency plans; better training for first responders; improved tracks; less fragile cars; and slower speeds. Also in attendance was Jean Kessner, Syracuse Common Councilor At-Large, who spoke about the Council's recent bomb train resolution.
You can receive information/updates about environmental conservation issues by joining our Environmental Issues listserv. If you'd like to join, contact Linda DeStefano, Conservation Chair.