San Carlos & Belmont Group

We are a regional group in the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club. Our members are residents of San Carlos and Belmont, California. The Loma Prieta Chapter is one of the many chapters that constitute the national Sierra Club; the chapter includes San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Benito Counties. Our purpose is to enjoy the many local walking and hiking opportunities, to preserve the environment that makes this area so special, and to encourage others to be a part of these activities.

We meet each month except July and August. Our usual meetings include a morning hike and then a potluck supper followed by a program; these are held on the second weekend of the month. We emphasize rather easy hikes close to home and programs relevant to our two cities (with a few exceptions for variety).

We try to keep abreast of projects proposed by the cities of Belmont and San Carlos that have environmental consequences. We work with the cities and developers to make these projects environmentally responsible. We are also active in providing assistance on regional and national environmental issues and projects.  Our focus for 2012-2013: - Working with the City of San Carlos and the developer to shape the very best possible transit-oriented development that is pedestrian-focused - Zero Waste: Our events focus on compost, creek cleanups, etc. - Tiered service rates: We helped get tiered garbage collection rates for San Carlos and Belmont - Green Building: Expanding the programs that our cities have adopted

To volunteer please contact our volunteer coordinator, Gladwyn d'Souza, at (650) 508-8755, godsouza@mac.com. We welcome any and all of your suggestions, especially for hikes and programs; call Gladwyn d’Souza. Questions?: E-mail Bob Black at sierra.club@comcast.net or call and leave a message for Bob at (650) 592-2166. Be the change you want to see in the world.