We're the largest local Sierra Club group in Virginia, with more than 3,700 members in the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, Arlington County, and parts of Fairfax and Prince William counties. The Group's elected volunteer leaders work with interested Group members and state and national Sierra Club staffers to organize campaigns for clean energy, smart growth, public transportation, open space conservation and more. Join us!

Two great events this weekend!

Alexandria Earth Day 2015
on Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Dr.

This year's theme is It'sYour Turn to Lead. The event will include educational exhibits,demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages!

It will also feature the Upcycling Showcase, where studentswill showcase their creative interpretation of Earth day through literature,fashion, visual arts and performing arts.

Visit http://alexandriava.gov/EarthDay for directions and information

Go Gaga for Green
Saturday, April 25  from 5:00 to 8:00p.m.

Mason’s Founders Hall – Arlington Campus, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA22201

Join this family-friendly, community-wide gathering tocelebrate Earth Day.  Tickets are required and are $25, however all Arlington Public School families and staff are eligible for free tickets with advance registration.  Go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/go-gaga-for-green-tickets-15167307826

The event will feature:

  • The Operation Rain Barrel silent auction featuring artistic rain barrelsdecorated by Arlington Public Schools.
  • The Green Patriot Award presentation.
  • Live entertainment including the Go Gaga for Green Lip Sync Battle.
  • Green-themed refreshments.
  • A bike raffle sponsored by the Sierra Club and event partners (tickets are $5)

Proceeds from this event benefit three great causes inArlington:

  • The Arlington County Council of PTAs Scholarship Fund, which providesscholarships to graduating Arlington Public School students.
  • George Mason University’s Early Identification Program, which improvesfirst-generation students’ access to higher education.
  • ACE’s Energy Masters Program, which helps low-income families improve theenergy efficiency of their homes and save money on their utility bills.

Join us at our weekly MVG Activist Night

We meet Wednesday nights from 7:00 - 9:00pm. Come have fun. Meet new people. Save the planet! Help the Sierra Club move our region and the nation to a cleaner energy future. Each week we meet to plan campaigns, collect petition signatures, distribute literature at community events, recruit additional volunteers and more. Come once or come weekly--it's up to you!

Contact Ishmael Buckner at ishmael.buckner@sierraclub.org for more information.

A Call for Climate Action and Recognition

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors adopted ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals for the metropolitan Washington DC region: 20% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 (below 2005 levels). To meet these goals, extraordinary effort is needed by visionary leaders in the public, private and non-profit sectors. To encourage action and celebrate achievements COG and its members established the Climate and Energy Leadership Awards.

Local governments, school systems, private businesses and non-profit organizations from across the metropolitan Washington D.C. area are invited to apply for the 2015 Climate and Energy Leadership Awards. Winners will be recognized in front of local, regional and national officials. COG will showcase winners to bring recognition to their successes and to serve as a role model for the region. To apply, please submit a brief application by June 30, 2015 at: www.mwcog.org/climateawards.

Save energy, save money AND help the Sierra Club!

Reduce your carbon footprint AND benefit the Sierra Club at the same time! The Sierra Club and Mosaic Power are rolling out a FREE hot water heater optimization program that reduces carbon emissions by as much as 1.5 tons per year for EACH water heater! Learn more about this great program!