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by Pam Mackey-TaylorThe Iowa Department of Public Health has initiated rule-making that would require medical doctors to report to the Department any incidents of patients who are suffering from Microcystin toxins. 
The Iowa Chapter will have a table at the Butterfly Festival at Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 20. 
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This year, instead of traveling south to the Lower 48 for the Sierra Club Summer Grassroots Training (SPROG), the Club's Alaska Chapter and Sierra Student Coalition (SCC) organizer Tim Harlan-Marks collaborated with nine partner groups and the SSC to hold a SPROG in Alaska. SPROG Alaska's 2015 program provided leadership training grounded in Alaskan perspectives and values. SPROG is a grassroots leadership training program that teaches tools for environmental and social justice activism to...
The Sierra Club-John Muir Chapter is pleased to introduce Bill Davis as Chapter Director. Davis assumed the position on August 10th and will work closely with the volunteer Executive Committee and three Chapter staff members to guide the chapter’s operations, fundraising and conservation work.
In 2015, only about 23 percent of Kenya’s 45 million people have access to electricity, and this problem is particularly pronounced in rural areas of the East African country, where electrification drops to a staggering 4 percent. It’s clear that the question is not whether or not something needs to be done -- it is unconscionable to leave people living in energy poverty. Rather, the issue is how do we start delivering energy services as quickly and as broadly as possible?
A series of images shows the progression of a lunar eclipse.
Green Life
Monday, August 31, 2015
In California and Washington, wildfire soot in the air might make the lunar eclipse appear violet.
A great way to get involved in your Chapter is by joining and participating in a local group. At the Georgia chapter we have 6 groups located in Cobb, Cherokee & North Fulton Counties (Centennial Group), Gwinnett County (Gwinnett Group), Fulton/Dekalb County Area (Metro Atlanta Group), Troup County/LaGrange, GA (Lagrange Group), Richmond County/Augusta, GA (Savannah River Group) and Chantham County/Savannah, GA (Coastal Group). Each group has a website, so be sure to check out the nearest...
If the Santa Margarita Ranch debacle really does make the county "hesitant" to approve the Laetitia Reserve, that's a good thing.
El 3 de agosto de 2015, la Agencia de Protección Ambiental (EPA, por sus siglas en inglés) dio a conocer la versión final de su Plan de Energía Limpia. Este reglamento federal establece, por primera vez en la historia de los Estados Unidos, límites a la contaminación de dióxido de carbono de las centrales eléctricas existentes en el país. El Plan de Energía Limpia incluye importantes disposiciones de justicia ambiental, ganadas a pulso, y esta entrada de blog ofrece una visión general de los...
Moved by Ruhel Islam’s dedication to sustainability and his community, North Star Chapter Executive Committee member Louis Alemayehu was determined to learn about the roots of Islam’s values and to speak with citizens of Bangladesh, one of the countries considered most vulnerable to climate change. To that end, he organized a MNIPL delegation to Bangladesh with Islam and Tobias Ten Napal, a St. Thomas student and World Citizen member.
Coal production is on the decline in the U.S., and while that’s a good thing for the climate, it’s making finding a job difficult for many people in coal-heavy states, particularly in Appalachia.
Sierra Club Outdoors
Military Outdoors is looking for several motivated service members and veterans to explore the proposed Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument.
by Neila Seaman, Chapter Director/LobbyistThe Administrative Rules Review Committee (ARRC), a legislative oversight committee, considered the proposed rule change dropping the four-inch topsoil replacement requirement for homebuilders upon construction completion on August 11.
by Pam Mackey-TaylorAfter a long and storied history of polluting the air in Muscatine, Grain Processing Corporation (GPC) has shuttered its coal-fired boilers and has installed replacement equipment to reduce air pollution caused by its corn dryers.  GPC is now using natural gas to fuel its wet corn milling processes.[1]
Desde la perspectiva laboral y de justicia económica, hay muchas buenas noticias en la versión final del Plan de Energía Limpia que la Agencia de Protección Ambiental (EPA, por sus siglas en inglés) dio a conocer a principios de este mes. Después de escuchar las recomendaciones de los sindicatos, los defensores de la justicia económica y sus aliados ambientales, la Administración del Presidente Obama insertó varios elementos clave en el Plan de Energía Limpia y políticas públicas relacionadas,...
Tired of being disenfranchised  by our governments in the negotiating process because of our age, youth leaders from the United States and China are working together to prepare for the United Nations climate talks  that will take place in Paris this December.
Comments from the Chair, Robert W. Hastings; Save the Date! October 23-25, 2015, Alabama Sierra Club Retreat; September 12th, Alabamians for Restoration Conference: Rebuilding Our Earth and Our Communities; As summer temperatures rise, so does state-wide opposition to continued tar sands transport, storage, and planned extraction; America's Journey for Justice; Successful Settlement in Shannon Mine Water Pollution Lawsuit; Trails Connecting People with Nature
Alabama Sierra Club RetreatExplore, Enjoy, Protect… on 440 acres at the beautiful Living River Center on the Cahaba River. The focus will be on outings with experienced guides, hands-on learning, and exploring the beauty of the river and surrounding area.  There will be opportunities to hike, bird, hunt for fossils, and canoe the Cahaba. Lodging at the retreat center will be camp style dorms with bunk beds.
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Autumn Assembly is a fun, one-of-a-kind event featuring indoor and outdoor environmental activities for people of all ages. From October 2 – 4 at the Perlstein Resort in Lake Delton, Sierra Club members and environmentalists from across the state will gather to explore ways their local action can have a statewide impact.
Green Alpha's Next Economy
To our clients, partners and friends: Hi, everyone. Obviously it’s been a tough recent time in the markets. The Green Alpha portfolios have not been immune, and we’ve seen significant pullbacks, especially as some of the largest declines globally have been in the tech and energy sectors, two of our areas of focus. (Fortunately, we have had relatively low exposure to financials and commodities, the other two big decliners.)
Posted for Elaina Perry On a scorching day in late May, I walked alongside a fellow intern with a crowd of new friends. We marched as a group of about 200 along a six mile walk. As we walked, we clutched signs of all shapes, sizes, hues and styles that conveyed a similar message: “STOP Dominion LNG.” With our signs held high and a megaphone in the center of the pack, we chanted. Down the roads we tramped as we echoed the the speaker saying “We are Cove Point.” ...
by Neila Seaman, Chapter Director/LobbyistIowa Chapter volunteers -- and future members -- participated in this year's Iowa State Fair Parade to kick off the 11-day fair.  Five Adults and 10 children walked more than two miles amid dancers, high school bands, floats, horses and the other more than 160 entries.
The Piasa Palisades Group of the Sierra Club invites members and friends to our Annual Weekend in the Woods retreat Oct. 9-11 at Camp Ouatoga in Pere Marquette State Park, near Grafton. 
Monthly meeting agendas. Meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of the month, September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April and May. No regular meetings July, July or August. All members and interested persons are welcome.
Buildings last 50-100 years, so it is critically important that they are built to the highest levels of efficiency the first time around.
We're Looking For A Few Good ParticipatorsThank you for being a Sierra Club member. You have chosen to join in the constant work of protecting the natural land and life that lives on it. Now we would like you to consider energizing your local Central Iowa Group: Join an outing! Attend a meeting! Volunteer for one of the committees below! These are great ways to meet fellow members, promote a specific area of concern, and offer your skills.
Carbón, quién te ha visto y quién te ve. Hasta hace sólo una década, a este mineral sucio y peligroso se le conocía como el Rey Carbón, la locomotora que tiraba del tren del desarrollo mundial.
Solar Panels on your home can help you lower your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint. This free seminar will give you the information you need to see if solar is right for you. There will be several companies to talk to after the seminar if you are interested.