Maryland Chapter Blog

Date: Oct 16, 2014
By: Judy Mauriello

Want to be more involved in the Club?  Or at least want to have a say in who leads it?  Then tune in to our annual executive committee election, coming soon.

The next issue of the Chesapeake, the Maryland Chapter’s newspaper, will be carrying candidate information and ballots.  In Anne Arundel, our group has a 10-member executive committee, and retirements and relocations have opened some vacancies.  If you’d like to serve just email a 100-word statement by October 20 to the group chair, david.prosten@mdsierra.org .

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Date: Oct 16, 2014
By: Judy Mauriello

The Anne Arundel Sierra Club has called a General Membership meeting November 8, and every member is encouraged to attend.  A special incentive: first-hand accounts, and a great video, about the 400,000-person People’s Climate March in New York City September 21.

“If you come to only one Club event this year, make it this one,” says Group Chair David Prosten.  “And if you’ve never participated in any of our activities before, this is your chance to see what we’re doing and, perhaps, get more involved in our work.”<--break-> Read more


Date: Oct 03, 2014
By: Joanne Heckman
Please join us:
 
Tuesday October 14, 2014, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Meet and Greet with District 9 Senate candidate Ryan Frederic
Ryan Frederic Campaign Office
8173 Main St 
Ellicott City, MD
 
Please "Like" us on Facebook to check out any last minute details.  See you there!
 

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Date: Oct 16, 2014
By: Judy Mauriello

John Muir was born in Dunbar, Scotland in 1838 and came to the US at age 11.  Scotland has now honored him with a 134 mile trail across central Scotland.  Read more


Date: Oct 16, 2014
By: Judy Mauriello

The Annapolis area community’s concern over the impact of the proposed 110-acre Crystal Spring development on Forest Drive took an unexpected turn in September when a group of historians released a report indicating the land in question was the likely location of a long-lost Civil War site, Camp Parole 2.

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Date: Oct 16, 2014
By: Judy Mauriello

The Anne Arundel Sierra Club has made a number of candidate endorsements in the November 4 election.  Several of the races provide a stark contrast between environmentally supportive candidates and conservative, tax-cutting, less-government-at-any-cost opponents.<--break-> Read more


Date: Oct 12, 2014
By: Joanne Heckman
The environmental group Howard County Climate Change is organizing a new discussion group. 
 
"Change by Degree: Addressing the Climate Challenge"
 
Thursday, October 16, 2014 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Wegmans upstairs meeting space
8855 McGaw Road, Columbia 
(subsequent meetings to be determined by the group)

 
In 7 sessions based on selected reading, participants will discuss how our habits and personal values relate to climate change, and what we can do to curb climate change. For more information on discussion circles, visit www.hococlimatechange.org/circles
 
To register for the introductory meeting, please email HoCoClimateChange.Circles@gmail.com.
 
Date: Oct 09, 2014
By: Seth Bush

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UPDATE: On Oct. 6, the Maryland Air Quality Control Advisory Council approved new strong smog standards for coal plants. “By requiring that all of Maryland’s poorly-controlled coal-fired power plants retrofit to include the best pollution control technology, repower or retire, these proposed new safeguards are poised to finally help all Marylanders breathe a little easier,” said Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland Sierra Club. “There are still steps to go to finalize these critical safeguards, and we believe they should be implemented much sooner than 2020, but this is a great leap forward.”

mhittbwMore than 85 percent of Maryland’s residents live in areas where the air is unsafe to breathe. That’s a huge number! Maryland lags far behind other Eastern states in its use of state-of-the-art pollution controls for smog-forming pollutants from power plants, trailing even coal-heavy states like Alabama, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Believe it or not, the state is home to some of the worst air quality on the East Coast. The good news is that the state has proposed new protections for this deadly pollution, but we need help from people across the state to get these safeguards over the finish line.

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Date: Oct 06, 2014
By: Joyce Koo

On September 4th, 2014, if you stepped outside of your office around noon for a quick bite to eat in Crystal City, you may have noticed a crowd gathered outside the headquarters of Dominion, a major energy provider in Virginia and a number of other U.S. states.  Read more


Date: Oct 02, 2014
By: Conservation Outings Intern

  Photo by Glynn WilsonThe weather was gorgeous this past Sunday September 28th, as group of fifteen members from all over Maryland gathered together at the College Park office to kick off Outings Leader Training 101. The participants got the chance to take a look into the inner workings of the Sierra Club, learn how to become a certified outings leader, and how they can help to promote our conservation campaigns. The Sierra Club truly values its Outings Leaders and their passion for environmental education and activism. It is essential that with each new generation of leaders, we continue to pass on the message that we can all enjoy, explore, and protect the planet. 

 

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