► You have the Power! Sierra Club Members, YOU choose Sierra Club National's Board of Directors, a group of volunteers which makes Club policy and chooses the National Executive Director (newly Ben Jealous), so please read the Board candidates biographies and use your power to elect Directors with experience in and commitment to chapters.
► Do you receive too much Sierra Club email? Probably >90% is from Sierra Club National, but you can control what you receive, keeping the few monthly communications about local work from your chapter. See below for the simple tutorial.
► Be inspired by local volunteers: Mary Buxton, Environmental Stewardship Program, Bay Alive, Military Outdoors, Climate Policy, CA Environmental Quality Act, Loma Prieta Chapter Founders
► Find ways to protect local nature: Save Redwood Shores, Environmental Stewardship Program, Bay Alive, Air & Water Pollution (Lehigh), Environmental Book Club, Home Electrification, Plastic Pollution, Dirty Banks, Photographers, Your Legacy
► Read Sierra Club Director Ben Jealous' opinion piece in The Hill, "A tale of two energy proposals; only one prioritizes survival".
Your gifts dedicated specifically to the Loma Prieta Chapter are fully used to support our local work for clean air and water, and to protect local wildlands and wildlife, so we are grateful to all our donors. With great appreciation, we present our 2022 Chapter Summary, highlighting the work which you have inspired and enabled. We hope that what you read will fill you with pride and joy!
BTW, note above your chapter's new & locally created 90th Anniversary logo!
"The Environmental Stewardship Program held by the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club is not to be missed. I attended the first three years of the program, and since the program is different each year, that is a lot of learning! I appreciate the depth of knowledge of the guest speakers, the moving documentaries, the engaging discussions, and the connections that can be made. As a City Councilmember, it is very helpful to have experts to tap into on a wide variety of environmental topics, and now I have a deep bench of connections in the environmental sustainability area. Don't hesitate to sign up for this - you will not be disappointed."
Lisa Matichak, Councilmember, City of Mountain View
Environmental Stewardship Program 8.0 Applications Open for 2023
After a pandemic-induced hiatus of 3 years, we are resuming our highly successful Environmental Stewardship Program, which provided participants with thought-provoking educational presentations and opportunities to take action. ESP graduates have gone on to run for office and have assumed leadership positions in their local communities, including leadership roles in the Sierra Club. This year’s Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) 8.0 will focus on critical environmental issues, and we will mentor participants who choose to work on advocacy projects. Click here for more information about ESP 8.0 and to apply.
Note: regardless of the name/origin of the outing section, all are welcome!
Wed 5/17/23, 10:00 AM. Hike Phleger Estate GGNRA
Thu 5/18/23, 10:00 AM. Hike Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve
Sat 5/20/23, 8:00 AM. Backpacking on the Lost Coast
Sat 5/20/23, 10:00 AM. Saint Joseph's Hill Preserve, Los Gatos (Front Country) (Loma Prieta Gay & Lesbian Hiking Section)
Wed 5/24/23, 10:00 AM. Hike North Peak via Montara Mountain Trail
Sat 05/27/23, 10:00 AM. Enchanted Forest, Wilder Ranch State Park (Loma Prieta Gay & Lesbian Hiking Section)
Stopping the Pacheco Reservoir is a high priority for the Loma Prieta Chapter; see article via the link below. Pacheco would primarily hold imported water from the San Francisco Bay Delta. We're collaborating with Sierra Club California and other organizations to reduce reliance on the Delta. For more information or to get involved, email the Loma Prieta Water Committee email@example.com.
Taking the Measure of Success at the South Bay Salt Ponds
The South Bay Salt Pond Restoration project is creating critical and invaluable natural assets for sea level rise resilience - supporting a biodiverse Bay ecosystem and protecting our shoreline communities by mitigating climate change and protecting us from floods and rising tides.
You can help combate toxic "forever chemicals" by joining our Beyond Plastic Group.
EPA's big deal upcoming regulation not to contaminate water with PFAS chemicals, also known as forever chemicals, will result in a massive industrial overhaul and lead to less use of these chemicals because health effects are now known through movies like Dark Water. To volunteer to work with our Beyond Plastic group, contact Dr Sue Chow at firstname.lastname@example.org
Help require big companies and investment managers to disclose climate information
Financial regulators are hoping to force big companies and investment managers to disclose climate information. If you'd like to join local grassroots effective work to make these changes happen, please contact Sue Chow, email@example.com
Loma Prieta Chapter, Chair of Environmental Legislative Action Committee
Loma Prieta Chapter's Environmental Book Club Reading List for 2023
To join, contact Gladwyn d'Souza
January: Water Always Wins- thriving in an age of drought and deluge, by Erica Gies February: Nomad Century- How climate migration will reshape our world, by Gaia Vince March: Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver April: The Intersectional Environmentalist- How to dismantle systems of oppression to protect people plus planet by Leah Thomas May: Regenesis- Feeding the world without devouring the planet by George Monbiot June: Euphoria by Lily King July: The Flag The Cross, And The Station Wagon by Bill McKibben. August: Rescuing the Planet- protecting half the land to heal the earth by Tony Hiss. September: The New Wilderness by Diane Cook October: There Are No Accidents- the deadly rise injury and disaster, who profits, and who pays the price by Jessie Singer November: Bicycling with Butterflies by Sara Dykman December: How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue
Sierra Club California (SC CA) is the legislative arm for the 13 local Sierra Club chapters in California. As bills move through the legislature, things change. Some bills are weakened and some are strengthened. SC CA will update the priority bill list with the status and relevant changes for each bill, and also add or remove bills as necessary. The legislature moves quickly, so watch the list as it is updated and keep an eye on the legislation page.
"Doing the right thing by our environment is also doing the right thing by our nation, is doing the right thing for our families." Public Radio interview
Ben Jealous is the new Executive Director of the Sierra Club, our nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with millions of members and supporters. Previously, Ben led the NAACP from 2008 to 2013 as the youngest-ever president and CEO of the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. From 2020 to 2022, he was president of People for the American Way.
He is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of Never Forget Our People Were Always Free. The son of a white New England outdoorsman and a Black mother who had to leave Maryland because interracial marriage was illegal in her state at that time, Ben has dedicated his life to progressive social change.
"From day one when I showed up what I found [in the Sierra Club] was the most integrated, inclusive national green group in the entire country."
"One of the things that I'm most proud of is that over the last decade, the Sierra Club has become an increasing trusted ally of environmental justice communities across the country, and that gives me hope."
"yes this is about stopping climate change; it's also about creating a better future for all of us ... honestly, our movement offers solutions to both."
From Loma Prieta Chapter's friends at Nuestra Casa
What Is Water Justice?
The latest Ventana Abierta is all about water justice and East Palo Alto. Nuestra Casa's program director and host, Vicky Avila Medrano, interviews our water justice program coordinator, Rosa Nelson. They talk about the history, sources, and quality of drinking water in East Palo Alto.
Peninsula Clean Energy is providing homeowners in San Mateo County and the City of Los Banos interest-free financing and new rebates to install electric appliances and make other energy-efficiency upgrades.
The agency’s new Zero Percent Loan program will provide interest-free financing for as much as $10,000 per home for projects that include installation of electric heat pump equipment, including water heaters and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) units. Gas-powered equipment will not be eligible for the financing.
If you would like to donate a Mazda Miata, please contact your Chapter Director directly.
One of the best ways to safeguard a thriving and just future is by ensuring that your Loma Prieta Chapter remains a champion for the environment of Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Benito Counties. Naming us as a beneficiary in your bequest will provide meaningful and enduring resources that will allow continued local and powerful environmental activism.
Please contact our Chapter Development Coordinator Justyna Guterman at firstname.lastname@example.org for the specific language for your estate planning and/or read more here. For additional information about planning a bequest please contact Julia Curtis at julia.curtis@sierraclub or (800) 932-4270.
Photographers, see the great images in our Chapter Annual Summaries and help protect local nature with your images! Share with us your high-resolution photos of local nature, with or without people, to inspire local residents to support Loma Prieta Chapter work. Please contact Chapter Development Coordinator Justyna Guterman, email@example.com
Your Loma Prieta Chapter was founded in 1933, at Hidden Villa
What other important events happened in that year?
Keep reading the Loma Prieta Chapter eNewsletter this year to discover much more!
If you know of important local events that happened that year, then please let us know.
“Your generation must come to terms with the environment. Your generation must face realities instead of taking refuge in ignorance and evasion of truth. Yours is a grave and a sobering responsibility, but it is also a shining opportunity. You go out into a world where mankind is challenged, as it has never been challenged before, to prove its maturity and its mastery - not of nature but of itself.”
Rachel Carson, speaking at Scripps College to the class of 1962
2023 April 22: thanks to Lisa Barbaoza, Chapter Outings Chair, for planning and leading an Earth Day hike at Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve.
Thank you to our 2022 Guardians on Nature Benefit Sponsors
The COVID-19 crisis has not passed and continues to disproportionately harm Black, Indigenous, and Latinx people and other communities of color. The pandemic has revealed how the communities hardest hit are often the same communities that suffer from high levels of pollution and poor access to healthcare. The fight for environmental justice cannot be separated from the fight for racial justice.