The Sierra Club has been engaged for several months in "Project Renewal," an
effort to revitalize revenues, reduce expenditures and increase membership. One of the
hardest steps of this process was the recent announcement of staff reductions to bring
expenses in line with income next year.
Through a year-long planned process of attrition, voluntary resignation, consolidation
of positions and 17 layoffs, the Club reduced some 40 of the approximately 350 national
"Difficult as these decisions are, we had extraordinary Board consensus that
we had to consolidate our staff size and structure if we were to reduce expenditures and
improve our organizational efficiency," said Sierra Club president Robbie Cox. "We
know that our members want us to plan and act responsibly to fulfill our goals."
"We need to have an organizational structure that can respond quickly and
effectively to the challenges we are sure to face in the next few years," he
said. "We are confident that these changes will make us stronger."
Another facet of Project Renewal has been the elimination or consolidation of many Club
committees. Sixty-three committees are in the process of being consolidated into six
governance committees. Cox recently appointed the new Conservation Governance Committee:
Joni Bosh (chair)
The Conservation Governance Committee will soon announce new strategy teams and other
by Bernadette Ertl Chair, Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee has announced nominees for the 1995 Sierra Club elections, in
which five members are to be elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the 1995-1998
A diverse group of Sierra Club members took part in our process. Recognizing the
present national political scene, the Club's current financial status and its
organizational restructuring, the committee looked for candidates with a broad, clear
environmental vision, a proven ability to be fiscally responsible and a commitment to
reinvigorate the Sierra Club.
The Nominating Committee candidates are:
David Carson (Texas)
Marty Dait (California)
Karin Derichsweiler (Oklahoma)
David Foreman (New Mexico)
Hank Graddy (Kentucky)
Chuck McGrady (North Carolina)
Ed Paynter (Indiana)
Tony Ruckel (Colorado)
Joan Jackson, a longtime Sierra Club activist, was recently awarded an
Honorable Mention by the National Wetlands Awards, a program co-sponsored by the
Environmental Law Institute and the Environmental Protection Agency.
The awards program recognizes innovation in wetlands protection at the state and local
levels and in the nonprofit and business sectors. Jackson, a San Diego resident, is a
member of the Club's National Coastal Committee. Her award, presented in the category of
Outstanding Wetlands Program Development, honors more than two decades of wetlands
Among her many accomplishments, Jackson led grassroots efforts to pass California
Proposition 20, the Coastal Initiative, in 1972. This initiative eventually led to the
passage of the Coastal Act, the single most important law protecting coastal wetlands in
Longtime Club activist Anne Ehrlich and her husband Paul
Ehrlich were recently awarded the 1994 United Nations Environment Programme
Sasakawa Environment Prize.
Anne Ehrlich has chaired the Club's National Committee on Military Impacts on the
Environment since 1986. She brought widespread attention to the costs of engaging in and
preparing for war with her book Hidden Dangers: Environmental Consequences of Preparing
The Ehrlichs have worked for decades to study and communicate the causes and effects of
environmental deterioration and the value of biological diversity.
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