To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.
The Susquehanna Group covers Broome, Chenango, and Delaware counties, as well as parts of Tioga and Otsego counties.
Meet the Team!
The Group executive committee meets on the Tuesday before our monthly meetings.
- Chair: Valdi Weiderpass
- Vice Chair: Scott Lauffer
- Secretary: Karen Boba
- Treasurer: Joann Lettis
- Political Chair: Scoutt Lauffer
- Chapter Delegate: Jim Taft
Alt. Chapter Delegate Joann Lettis
- Newsletter Editor: Jim Taft
- Membership Chairs: Open Position
- Outings Chair: Open Position
- Co-Conservation Chairs: Doug Gausman, Mary Cronk
- Webmaster: Chris Harasta
Some of Our Accomplishments
- Planted and maintain the Confluence Park Pollinator Garden in downtown Binghamton.
- Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to match $500 in your donations to help Waterman protect the hemlocks at the IBM Glen from being ravaged by the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, a voracious invasive pest in our area. This donation was made in honor of Dick Andrus, a staunch defender of the environment and recipient of our Linda Spickard award. Once again, we have come together to guard this vital natural area!
- We host a large number out events (we call them "outings") every year. Some past events include trips to the D.C. Climate Protest, Gifford Pinchot Home, guided birding walks at the Waterman Conservation Education Center, and volunteer build days with VINES. Check out our events calendar for upcoming events!
- We send out questionnaires to candidates in each local election. Candidates dedicated to environmental protection earn our endorsement.
- Every month we bring in speakers: scientists, professors, farmers, and subject matter experts to present topics to our group. Education is the foundation of change and sustainable progress.
Lynda Spickard Environmental Award
Sierra Club member Lynda Spickard, who died in 1999, was an inspiration for her dedication to the environment. This award is given in recognition of local environmental advocates who have made a significant difference in our community; it hopefully serves to inspire others as well. For more information about the life and accomplishments of Lynda Spickard read this article, published in the Andean Past.
- 2005 - Chris Burger - Sierra Club
- 2006 - Harriet Marsi - Rte 17 Wetlands
- 2007 - Dick Andrus - Binghamton University, VINES
- 2008 - Alan & Barbara Jones - Save the Glen
- 2009 - Virginia Oggins - Broome County EMC, Vestal CAC
- 2010 - Cynthia Westerman - Susquehanna Group, Vestal CAC, Broome County EMC
- 2011 - Stacy Merla - Broome County Planning
- 2013 - Amelia LoDolce - VINES
- 2014 - Augie Mueller - Southern Tier Bicycle Club
- 2015 - Dan Watkins - Naturalist Club
- 2016 - Vivian Stevens - Susquehanna Group
- 2017 - Jack Davis - Susquehanna Group
- 2018 - Julian Shepherd - Binghamton University, Susquehanna Group
- 2019 - Gay Canough - ETM Solar Works
- 2021 - Adam Flint - NEST, Energy Democracy Alliance
- 2022 - Gerri Wiley - Heat Smart