The Austin Regional Group is part of the National Sierra Club, our nation's oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with over 2 million members and supporters. We work closely with the Lone Star Chapter, the Sierra Club entity that addresses Texas-wide environmental issues.
We are a volunteer organization, with roots in the Austin scene starting in 1968. We now have around 5,000 members dedicated to ensuring the Austin area is a healthy, vibrant, and responsible place to live. We believe that the health of the human world is inextricably linked to the health of the natural world, and we offer a wide variety of activities and volunteer opportunities to support our goal.
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Our Austin Chapter upholds Sierra Club values in everything we do including:
- Anti-Racism: We commit to shifting power away from white supremacy, repairing harm, and ending structural racism.
- Balance: Our effectiveness comes from committing to caring for ourselves and others.
- Collaboration: We believe in just relationships that support collective work.
- Justice: We are accountable for our actions, our work, and how we show up with trust and respect.
- Transformation: We commit to changing our relationships to power, privilege, and oppression—for ourselves and for the organization.
Key decisions regarding the group's operations, including political endorsements and positions on environmental issues; are made by the seven-member Executive Committee and Committee Chairs.
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.
Who We Are
The Austin Regional Group of the Sierra Club is a volunteer organization of over 5000 members. We've been an integral part of the Austin scene since 1968.
Our goal is to ensure that the Austin area remains a healthy, vibrant, place to live. We believe that the health of the human world is inextricably linked to the health of the natural world, and we offer a wide variety of activities and volunteer opportunities to support our goal:
- Conservation: Our volunteers work to fight against global warming, air pollution, aquifer depletion, and urban sprawl. We promote clean energy, water conservation, and responsible transportation options.
- Politics: We support candidates who shun special interests and work to protect the environment.
- Outings: From local day hikes to weekend canoe trips to week-long camping trips to places such as Big Bend and Colorado's San Juan Mountains, our Outings are recognized for being fun, educational, and well-organized.
- Inspiring Connections Outdoors: Our community-outreach program connects inner-city youth with nature by taking them on outdoor educational field trips.
Key decisions regarding the Group's operation - including political endorsements and positions on environmental issues are made by the seven-member Executive Committee .