The Conservation Committee recommends conservation policy for the Chapter, identifies conservation priorities, and directs grassroots conservation activities. It is comprised of issue committees that work on specific issues. Members can create committees for new issues as they arise. We meet on the 4th Monday of each month at 7 pm at the Peninsula Conservation Center.

Contact our Chair, Mike Ferreira, for more information -



Air Quality

To promote better air quality by monitoring the actions of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Recent actions by the Club have encouraged the District to be more protective of the emissions from the Santa Clara Valley.

Contact: Gary Latshaw


Baylands Conservation

For the preservation and protection of the wetlands adjoining the San Mateo and Santa Clara shorelines of San Francisco Bay.

Contact: Larry Marvet


Climate Action

Slowing climate disruption is a key priority for the Sierra Club and the Loma Prieta Chapter. Almost all of our efforts help slow climate disruption, from preserving open space to promoting transit oriented development in our cities.  Our Climate Action Leadership Team (CALT) organizes and supports our Cool Cities' team efforts to limit climate disruption city by city within our region.  To get involved,

Contact: Sue Chow


Coastal Issues

For good stewardship of all coastal resources, appropriate land use, adherence to the provisions of the California Coastal Act and Local Coastal Programs, consistency with CEQA and other environmental laws, protection of endangered species and coastal wetlands.

Contact: Peter Fairchild



Developing policy and programs to support urban agriculture as an approved land use in city general plans and exploring opportunities to improve our food literacy.

Contact: Gladwyn D'Souza or Sue Chow


Forest Protection

For the preservation, protection, and restoration of the ecological integrity and native biodiversity of the forests of California, with efforts extending to include the forests of the United States and other regions of the world as appropriate, through education, advocacy, and political action. The Forest Protection Committee meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7 pm, at the Peninsula Conservation Center.

Contact: Karen Maki 650/366-0577



For a moratorium on fracking in California until stronger regulations are adopted and stronger regulations on fracking within our Chapter's boundaries.

Contact: Mike Kerhin


Open Space

The historic mission of the Sierra Club lies in the protection of imperiled open spaces either by protecting it from inappropriate development or supporting its acquisition and stewardship by public or private entities.

Contact:  Dave Poeschel



To educate our community about optimum, least toxic methods of pest control and the laws which regulate pesticide use. This requires a basic understanding of how biological systems interact, of Integrated Pest Management, and of pesticides and how they work. To influence lawmakers and other decision-makers to recognize the essential nature of such methods. We are currently educating the public about the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) threat and methods of eradication or control.

Contact: Janet Hoffmann or Ruth Troetschler 650/948-4142

Soil Committee

The mission of the Soils Committee is to protect and regenerate healthy soils through education, advocacy, and political action. Healthy soils reduce atmospheric CO2 levels through sequestration of the carbon within organic matter, improve drought resistance through increased water retention, reduce erosion, improve nutrients in food, and support biodiversity that sustains life on this planet.

Contact: Anne Stauffer or Annie Belt

Sustainable Land Use (SLU)

To promote creating walkable, climate-friendly neighborhoods which group new homes, jobs, and shops near transit stations and corridors to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from transportation (the largest source of emissions in the Bay Area) and reduce development pressure on our open space and agricultural lands. The Sustainable Land Use Committee meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Contact: Gita Dev or visit our website.



To promote the most cost-effective, equitable, least polluting, and least sprawl-inducing transportation systems possible. Special attention needs to be given to rectifying the imbalance between the resources devoted to automotive transport, and other modes, specifically, bicycle, pedestrian and mass transit.

Contact: Gladwyn D'Souza 650/508-8755



To promote sustainable water supplies and sustainable water systems that are resilient to potential climate change impacts; support programs to change water conservation behavior and programs to incentivize the installation of efficient plumbing fixtures and water infrastructure; advocate for sensible laws, plans and programs that equitably balance water supply needs of cities, agriculture, and the environment; and respond to local issues related to these objectives. Current issues: Urban Water Management Plans, water efficiency, water recycling, grey water, water supply and desalination.

Contact: Katja Irvin


Zero Waste/Recycling

Advocates for policies to minimize waste that is not safely recycled back into the environment or the marketplace. This includes participation in the Zero Waste Task Force of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Current issues: Composting in Palo Alto; plastic bag bans; recycling and zero waste issues generally.

Contact: Ann Schneider 650/697-6249


Geographic Information Systems

Mission: The Geographic Information Systems Committee provides mapping and other GIS services to Chapter entities. Committee members are volunteers who use various software to develop conservation-related maps. For information about the committee's current activities,

Contact: Shawn Britton 408/551-0722