We have a new Executive Committee and are starting a new year looking for volunteers for our Committees. Look at Inside the Chapter for new information.
Congratulations! The Florida Land and Water Legacy Constitutional Amendment has been
approved by the Secretary of State of Florida and will be # 1 on the 2014 ballot.
Sierra Leaders, mark your calendars. Our next chapter meeting will be March 15 in
Lakeland, Florida. Watch for more details on our calendar page.
Read about recent ICO Training at Crystal Springs and more in our
Local News section.
Plug Into The Sun The Tampa Bay Times published an outstanding Op Ed written by Julia Hathaway,
our Florida Organizing Representative for Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign. Check In the News on this page for the link to the
Our Sierra Club Florida blog
is up and running at sierraclubfloridanews
Polluters Win - People and Wildlife Lose.
Judge’s Decision Leaves Florida’s Public Waters Unprotected.
The recent decision by a U.S. District Judge allows the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to avoid applying Clean Water Act protections for two-thirds of all Florida waters, including streams and canals. The decision permits EPA to simply change its mind and not protect most streams and canals. "Florida’s clean water regulations just aren’t working, and we need EPA to step in and do the job," said Earthjustice attorney David Guest. "We have so much sewage, fertilizer, and manure contamination that we have toxic slime outbreaks happening all over the state. Hundreds of dead manatees, dolphins, fish and birds have been washing up on shores in South Florida. The Clean Water Act is supposed to prevent things like this." "We are considering an appeal of this decision," Guest added. Read more of this press release at Local News section.
Looking for information on a Florida environmental issue?
Sierra Club Florida is involved in campaigns for Smart Energy, Safe and Healthy Communities, and Protection and Restoration of the Everglades.
For links to these issues and more go to our Issue Page
Or, pull down a topic from our Select a Topic toolbar.
Two Florida Sierrans Receive National Recognition
Sierra Club National Awards for 2013 have been announced.
Suzanne Valencia from the Turtle Coast Group has been given the One Club Award, which honors members who have used outings as a way to protect or improve public lands, instill an interest in conservation, increase membership in the Sierra Club, or increase awareness of the Club. Suzanne has staffed 45 national service trips, contributing over 15,000 volunteer hours to a variety of public land agencies in the Southeast, the Southwest, and the Clair Tappan Lodge in California.
Dwight Adams of Gainesville, Florida, has been recognized with a Special Service Award, for strong and consistent commitment to conservation in Florida for over 30 years. Dwight has most recently been Chair of the Florida Chapter Waste Minimization Committee.
Sierra Club Florida is an all volunteer organization. If you want to help out at a local level, please see your local Group Chair. Go to Sierra Florida Groups to find your local Sierra Club. To volunteer at the chapter (state) level, please email Rudy.Scheffer@sierraclub.org or find the leader for a particular issue on the issue page. For example, to get involved working on a Bottle Bill, go to our Bottle Bill Page where you will find the contact information for Linda Demler.
Sierra Club Green Home is a tool for sourcing environmentally friendly, green-checked businesses, and picking up green tips and techniques.
It's Time to Move America Beyond Oil Imagine a world with clean, abundant, affordable energy. One where climate disruption is fading.
One where innovative green industries provide good jobs and supply 100 percent of our energy needs. Get the facts and see how you can
help. Go to Move Beyond Oil
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