With great pleasure, we invite you to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act at our inaugural 2014 Loma Prietan "Guardians of Nature" Benefit for the Loma Prieta Chapter. The event will take place on Saturday Oct 4th from 4-6 PM at Lucie Stern Community Center in Palo Alto. Join us and raise a glass with friends.
After more than 20 years, Emily Renzel is retiring from her weekly volunteering in the Loma Prieta Chapter office and she will be missed. Emily has served as a Sierra Club member for over 50 years and demonstrated the power of one person’s advocacy. She became a member of the Sierra Club in 1961 and developed into an effective activist for local preservation. She has worked both within and outside local government to save the natural lands around Palo Alto. Through the 1980s, Emily served on the Palo Alto City Council and, as an early environmentalist, she successfully advocated for the transformation of Palo Alto’s Yacht Club back into wetlands.
The California Senate recently passed up an opportunity to safeguard our air and water quality by failing to pass SB 1132, a moratorium on fracking in the state. In spite of polls showing overwhelming voter support for the bill, the allure of $25 million in Big Oil lobbying money proved too tempting. The Sierra Club is fighting back, joining with local groups and dedicated volunteers to prohibit fracking in Santa Clara and San Benito Counties.
Environmentalists achieved a victory in San Carlos on June 30 when, to the delight and relief of Sierra Club and grassroots activists, the City Council voted against putting the future of North Crestview Park on the November ballot.
Hey Mister! We set out for Diamond Peak: Linda Sun, Terry Cline, Bo Meng, Matt Blum, and me – Aaron Schuman. It was a third Memorial Weekend attempt for me. In 2012, I started up the mountain, but my plastic boot cracked in half and I turned around. In 2013, we were crossing Yosemite on our way to the trailhead, when a heavy snowstorm closed Tioga Pass. But this time, the weather was in our favor, the equipment was functional, and the team was strong. We were going to the summit.
Sierra Club chapter outings– like our members – come in all shapes and types. We take the "Enjoy" in the Sierra Club Motto, "Explore, Enjoy, and Protect the Planet" seriously. These activities are a great membership perk and a great way to get to know other members as well as local natural treasures. Whatever your interests or experience level, you can find something to tickle your fancy on our calendar.
Save the world from overheating. Run your dishwasher only with a full load. Use the energy-saving setting to dry the dishes. Don’t use heat when drying. Carbon dioxide reduction: 200 pounds a year. Also, wash clothes in warm or cold water, not hot. Carbon dioxide reduction (for two laundry loads a week): up to 500 pounds a year. Turn down your water heater thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Prevent 500 pounds of carbon dioxide a year for each 10 degrees of reduced heat. Don’t overheat or overcool your house. Adjust your thermostat. For each 2-degree adjustment, save about 500 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. Also, clean or replace air filters, saving about 175 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.