Sierra Club Conservation Policies
[Excerpt from] Environmental Quality of Settled Areas . . . in principle, the Club
supports the regulations of the location, size, and character of advertising signs; the
screening or removal of nuisance sights; and the placement of utilities underground
Adopted by the Board of Directors, December 10, 1966
The Sierra Club opposes billboard development along highways and supports measures to
restrict these billboards. Furthermore, the Sierra Club opposes any variance from its
above-mentioned position, including [proposals] to allow billboards which carry
environmental messages on federal-aid highways.
Adopted by the Board of Directors, February 5-6, 1969
The Highway Beautification Act of 1965 has not fulfilled its promise or the intent of
Congress. Thousands of illegal billboards remain on the highways because the Federal
Highway Administration has failed to enforce the statue. The Sierra Club therefore
authorizes litigation to compel the Federal Highway Administration to enforce the statue
by decreasing highway funds to states without effective billboard control programs.
Adopted by the Executive Committee, November 20-22, 1981
The Sierra Club opposes the proliferation of outdoor off-premise advertising
(billboards) and endorses legislative and other actions at the federal, state, and local
levels to strengthen prohibitions against billboard proliferation and to replace existing
billboards with state-managed service logo signs on highway rights-of-way.
Adopted by the Board of Directors, February 4, 1984.
The Sierra Club opposes unnecessary night lighting in both urban and suburban areas.
This practice is a waste of electrical energy, destroys the aesthetics of the night time
sky, and seriously interferes with astronomical research.
Adopted by the Board of Directors, May 1-2, 1971