Archive for June, 2013

Solar Installation Workshop at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church in Arlington, VA
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Non Profits Can Go Solar, Save Money Under New Virginia Law

By Ivy Main Guest Blogger Ivy Main has been an advocate for renewable energy with the Sierra Club since 2007. A lawyer by training, she lobbies extensively in the General Assembly for stronger clean energy policies and writes a regular blog, Power for the People VA, about energy policy in Virginia. She was the lead author [...]

Climate Change Effects on Public Health
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Climate Change Effects on Public Health

Our dependency on fossil fuels as a society is the number one contributor to the production of harmful greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. Naturally, the radiation from the sun reaches the Earth’s surface, is reradiated back into the Earth’s atmosphere and escapes into space. However, with the increasing presence of [...]

Climate Disruption & Virginia’s Native Species
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Climate Disruption & Virginia’s Native Species

Climate disruption is a global issue that already appears to be impacting aspects of our environment and the native species we find familiar. Warming climate trends lead to increased incidence and intensity of storms, sea level rise, ocean acidification, and other consequences, causing variations in species’ ranges and habitat, changes in the timing of migrations, [...]

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Chapter Awards Environmental Champions in Legislature

  For the first time, the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club will recognize our members of the General Assembly with awards lauding their work in the Legislature as champions for Virginia. Delegates and Senators were nominated for four categories of accolade by the Chapter’s Legislative Committee. The Committee voted to recognize five Senators and [...]

A whole lotta of fracking goin’ on! (with apologies to Jerry Lee Lewis)
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A whole lotta of fracking goin’ on! (with apologies to Jerry Lee Lewis)

If you’ve read Bill McKibben’s “Do the Math” article, you know we need to keep as much as two-thirds of the known fossil fuel reserves in the ground to avoid a climate catastrophe. One more time: Tell U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack “Don’t Frack the George Washington National Forest!” The rush to frack is sweeping away [...]

New Transportation Funding Explained
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New Transportation Funding Explained

On July 1st a new transportation funding bill takes effect.  The bill ramps funding for transportation from an additional $392 million in FiscalYear2014 to $817 million in 2018, for a total of almost $3.3 billion.  In addition, the bill provides regional funding for Northern Virginia ($1.6 billion over five years) and Hampton Roads ($1.1 billion [...]