Old Dominion Sierran

Spring ODS 2014

Spring ODS 2014

The Virginia Chapter newsletter, Old Dominion Sierran, is a 12-page periodical published quarterly. The newsletter covers environmental issues and campaigns important to the Commonwealth of Virginia. Included is a page devoted to grassroots activities (News from the Groups), and another page addressing conservation tips for individual members to incorporate in their daily lives (Love the Earth, Live the Simple Life) and more.

Do you want to contribute to this publication? Articles, photos and other graphics are welcome. For content submission deadlines, suggested word counts and photo instructions, contact the editor Barbara Null, at bnull@comcast.net or by phone 804-330-9339.

Recent Issues

The following issues are available as PDF downloads (please note the large file sizes). To read these you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, available free from Adobe.

2014

Spring 2014

  • Building Climate Action Movement
  • From the Chair
  • Tyla Matteson receives political awards
  • VA General Assembly – Good news and bad
  • Search on for Chapter leaders
  • Give today to Virginia Chapter
  • Electric grid can absorb alternative power
  • Sierra Club opposes Loudoun County power plant
  • Is VA moving towards solar consensus?
  • SC member earns solar certification
  • Green B&B 2013 Award
  • Transportation – Dollars and Sense
  • Drill Baby Drill season kicks off
  • Hands Across the Sea May 17
  • How Climate Deniers are funded
  • VA Assembly awash in corporate money
  • How toxic is your neighborhood?
  • Hopewell named potential cancer spot
  • Clean Energy Business Lobby Day
  • Reasons to treasure mature trees
  • Book News
  • Celebrate 50th Anniversary Wilderness Act
  • Glenn Gillis, SC outings leader
  • Natural Bridge to become state park
  • Happy Birthday Wilderness Act
  • Wilderness Guidebook
  • Hummingbirds at winter feeders
  • Join pontoon boat exploration on James
  • Wilderness first aid courses
  • Save date for fall Gathering
  • Piedmont Group Spring activities
  • Earth Friendly Friday programs
  • FOJ group recruiting volunteers
  • FOJ group tables Easter Parade
  • Lessons learned from Roger Diedrich
  • Activists rally for clean energy
  • EPA hearing on cutting carbon pollution
  • Truth Squad’s message in state newspapers
  • Welcome to Friend Raiser

Winter 2014

  • A New Day in Virginia
  • From the Chair
  • Falls of the James Group honored
  • Annual Conservation Lobby Day
  • Upcoming 2014 Legislative Session
  • Become a Sierra Club citizen lobbyist
  • Recap of November elections
  • EPA’s Listening Session
  • Dominion proposes 50 percent increase in CO2  emissions
  • McAuliffe pledges to Keep the Ban
  • Offshore wind – Hey, put a ring on it
  • 50th anniversary of Wilderness Act
  • Recycle Wisely
  • Buy seasonal produce, reduce footprint
  • Building new climate movement in Virginia
  • Nasty Little Things in the Water
  • Disaster and Wilderness First Aid Course
  • A Different Type of Outing
  • Island Hopping in Channel Island NP
  • Richmond Environmental Film Festival
  • Earth Friendly Friday
  • Group elections
  • Activists protest Coalfields Highway
  • Book News
  • Letter to the Editor
  • Why Standby Charges are Bogus

2013

Fall 2013

  • Heating the home using Virginia Heatstore stystem
  • From the Chair
  • Falls of the James Group receives high honor from national Sierra Club
  • New coordinator of Climate Action Campaign to work in Richmond office
  • Sierra Club rolls out Mosaic hot water heater optimization program
  • Your comments needed to achieve more energy efficiency through updated building codes
  • Federal limits to be placed on carbon pollution from power plants
  • SCC approves Dominion’s proposed gas-fired power plant for Brunswick County
  • Young students learn to write grants and develop support for solar installation on their school roof
  • Dominion Power wins offshore wind lease
  • Virginia Uranium’s money won’t trump the value of our voices
  • Could there possibly be a hiatus on bad highways?
  • Are electric vehicles environmentally friendly?
  • Climate Denier Myths vs. Scientific Facts
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement would allow big corporations to attack environmental policies and negate state regulations
  • Turn over a New Leaf: Shrink You Lawn
  • Disaster, Wilderness First Aid Course
  • October is season for solar home and commercial building tours
  • Sierra Club volunteers recycle U of R student throw-aways
  • The High Peaks of the Adirondacks
  • All outings are not rural
  • Three Canoe Trips on the Banister River
  • Piedmont Group hosts candidate forums on environmental issues
  • Tabling at Lockn’ Music Festival
  • Roanoke’s Earth Friendly Friday
  • Piedmont Group Activities
  • Falls of the James Holiday Gala
  • Memorial tree planting planned for Roanoke Group activist
  • Shenandoah Group Ex-Com Nominations and Election
  • At-large delegates for Virginia Chapter ex-com to be elected in November
  • Roanoke Group Ex-Com Nominations
  • Cast Your Vote for Virginia Chapter ExCom
  • An Invisible Health Hazard

Summer 2013

  • Taking Action on Climate Change
  • From the Chair
  • Chapter’s new Conservation Coordinator
  • Piedmont Group Spring Hike
  • Join Annual Gathering Sept. 20-22
  • Awarding champions of environment in State Legislature
  • Registration for VA chapter gathering
  • Brunswick Stew (gas powered plant)
  • Pressure mounts on Governor to respect ban on uranium mining
  • Roanoke’s Earth Friendly Friday
  • Another mountain top removal coal mine stopped
  • Take action so VA homes, consumers don’t get shortchanged
  • George Mason Univ. Sustainability Institute
  • Storm water tax on landowner inequitable
  • Dominion’s Green Power Program ripping off participants
  • Small solar powered manufacturing shop
  • Green Transportation Update
  • Dominion takes no responsibility for using coal from destroyed mountaintops
  • Second chance for stuff
  • Join VA Chapter Lobby Corps
  • Pesky plastic packing peanuts reusable
  • Living Green Award Winners
  • National Sierra Club outings travel adventure in the Southeast
  • Disaster, wilderness first aid course
  • Hiking at White Rock Falls
  • One Day Hike relies on numbers
  • Accidents may happen — no reason to stop hiking
  • Coming soon to an electric water heater near you

Spring 2013

  • Sierra Club challenges Dominion’s Brunswick County natural gas power plant
  • Notes from the Chair
  • How to become Virginia chapter leader
  • Eileen Levandoski named assistant director
  • Va. Legislature pleases, disappoints
  • Butt bills, bag bills, tin foil hats
  • Keeping up with latest chapter news
  • Major victory for Keeping the Ban
  • Largest voltaic energy system in SW Va.
  • Aftermath of Fukushima
  • Recovering natural gas from underground
  • New Transportation Funding for Virginia
  • VDOT steps up pressure for Outer Beltway
  • Win-win for chapter and environment
  • Ground water – going, going
  • The Book Shelf
  • Carbon Dioxide and the earth’s oceans
  • March Fundraising Appeal
  • Climate Change and the Carbon Squeeze
  • Cutting home’s energy usage
  • Recipes for greener spring cleaning
  • Is there an E-bike in your future?
  • Changes in state’s building codes
  • Not too early to plan for Annual Gathering
  • Wilderness Act’s 50th anniversary
  • Old growth tree cutting in Arlington National Cemetery
  • Disaster and wilderness first aid
  • White Oak Canyon awaits you
  • Piedmont Group Hikes
  • Activists protest Keystone XL Pipeline
  • Join Hands Across the Sand May 18
  • RVA Environmental Film Fest huge success
  • Big Yard Sale at U 0f R in 16th year
  • Earth Friendly Friday in Roanoke
  • Falls of the James tables at annual Easter Parade
  • Mother Earth to Tom Farrell

Winter 2013

  • The Sad Saga of Uranium Mining
  • From the Chair
  • Sierra Club welcomes Corinna Beall
  • Members become skilled activists during Activist Nights
  • Volunteers needed to fill important positions
  • 2013 – Another tough legislative year for environmental community
  • Let your legislator hear from you on Conservation Lobby Day
  • Lobby Day for Clean Energy Business
  • Become Sierra Club citizen lobbyist
  • Have an opinion on a piece of legislation?
  • SC continues investigating Radford Army Ammunition Plant
  • Voters show overwhelming support for VA Beach light rail
  • Gov. McDonnell’s billion-dollar boondoggle
  • SC volunteers campaign hard & celebrate victories
  • Tough campaign season succeeds thanks to SC volunteers
  • SC chooses top 10 environmental stories of 2012
  • Carbon release must be stopped
  • Two groups sue EPA over Chesapeake pollution trading
  • Sandy, sea level rise, climate change in Virginia
  • First lease sale for offshore wind off VA coast
  • Holiday dinner conversation
  • Truth Squad grows, gets environmental news out to public
  • Join the EnVIRALmentalists
  • Join solar conversation
  • Environmental news at several sites online
  • What happens to precious water when mining chemicals spill?
  • Interested in “Protect Pollinators” plate?
  • How to cut energy consumption and costs
  • Thunder on the Mountain reviewed
  • What better hiking experience than this?
  • Stadium Woods VA Tech’s old growth forest
  • Piedmont Group enjoys fall outing
  • Wilderness first aid certification course
  • 2012 Gathering
  • A Good Opportunity for Solar Power

2012

Fall 2012

  • Is offshore wind really in Virginia’s future?
  • From the Chair
  • Summer interns give valuable service
  • Kate Addleson joins Virginia chapter staff
  • Stop everything – get to the polls November 6
  • Spreading the truth – one paper at a time
  • Offshore wind power could create 10,000 jobs
  • Uranium issue heads to General Assembly
  • Why Virginia lags on solar
  • Clean Energy Week planned for early Oct.
  • Virginia Chapter statement on fracking
  • Green transportation gains two victories
  • New fed transportation law takes green policy backwards
  • New gas standards to double efficiency by 2025
  • Steel Interstate rail system could solve regional highway traffic problems
  • When is a road not a road? When it’s a 50-mile long coal strip mine
  • Letter to the Editor
  • Prepare for spring using autumn’s treasu Solar homes on DC area tour October 6,7
  • Exploring the wilderness – photo collage
  • Not too late to enjoy rural life and beauty
  • Helping environmentalists recover hope
  • Wilderness first aid course October 20, 21
  • Piedmont Group plans fall hikes
  • Mt. Vernon Group excom nominations
  • At-large delegates for VA chapter excom to be elected in November
  • Great Falls Group excom election
  • Roanoke Group excom nominations
  • Shenandoah Group excom election
  • Climate change affecting public health

Summer 2012

  • Tough Times for Wind Power
  • Gathering to be held Sept. 21-23
  • From the Chair
  • Melissa Stephens new assistant director
  • PAC treasurer wanted
  • Become citizen lobbyist for Mother Earth
  • Join our Truth Squad
  • Tell Congress wind works
  • Sierra Club means people power
  • Helping young people bring positive change to their communities
  • Environmental scholarships available for Virginia students
  • EPA hears environmentalists, receives 1.5 million comments in favor of limits on carbon
  • New River Group investigates Radford Ammunition Plant
  • Green transportation projects could be in jeopardy
  • Out of sight out of mind — underground waste disposal
  • Letter to the Editor
  • Volunteers rally to demand serious plan for Virginia-made clean energy
  • Dominion VA Power introduces its “Solar Tariff Purchase” choice
  • Uranium mining fight, though stalled, again in full force
  • Shrinking our Daily Water Footprint
  • Cities try creative ways to generate or save power
  • Arlington Green Home and Garden Tour
  • Energy efficiency efforts continue to develop around state
  • High school student speaks out against unnecessary road building
  • Week in Washington brings people power to DC
  • Hands Across the Sand August 4
  • Falls of the James Group gathers signatures
  • Walkers answer challenge to hike 100K or 50K
  • Our Fellow Environmental Travelers
  • Wilderness Training
  • Taking a stand against corporate power

Spring 2012

  • It’s time for committed climate defenders to come to the aid of our planet
  • Stop climate change — bring on the EPA’s new carbon pollution rule
  • Inadequate testing of consumer product safety leaves us and our families exposed to toxins
  • 2012 Annual Gathering
  • How to become a Virginia Chapter leader
  • 2012 Hands Across the Sand
  • Interns thrive on hectic activity during Legislative season
  • Sierra Club media team invites members to join LTE writing group
  • Stop uranium mining – what it takes to win
  • Legislature indifferent to state’s clean energy potential
  • Little progress made to improve water quality, water access
  • Transportation and land use issues attacked in General Assembly
  • Chill the drill in Polar Bear Seas
  • Letter to the editor (Population growth impacts environment)
  • Energy Efficiency—The Key to a Sustainable Energy Future
  • Poultry litter incinerator in Virginia?
  • Is there an electric vehicle in your future?
  • Feds open Virginia for offshore wind – Dominion Power goes into stall mode
  • Sierrans voice nuclear concerns on Fukushima anniversary
  • ABCs of Biking
  • Tiptoeing towards Sustainability
  • Time to reconsider flouride in our water
  • New River Group hikers explore Devil’s Marblehead
  • Piedmont Group plans spring outings
  • Backpacking 101 classes to be offered this spring
  • Spring is here – thoughts turn to hiking favorite trails
  • Great Big Yard Sale – Recycling students’ throw-aways
  • Earth Friendly Friday draws huge crowd
  • Mt. Vernon Group’s Sustainable Film Series
  • Piedmont Group film presentation
  • Activists’ Busy Winter Expressing Environmental Concerns (photo essay)
  • Inspiring Each Other to Live our Green Principles

Winter 2012

  • Unsustainable Me
  • Notes from the Chair
  • JR Tolbert, assistant director, leaves
  • National Sierra Club election
  • 2012 legislative session may be toughest yet
  • Communicating with legislators during session
  • Conservation Lobby Day Jan. 23
  • Lobby Day for renewable energy businesses
  • Become a Sierra Club citizen lobbyist
  • Another UN Climate Conference – More Delays
  • Fighting to Keep the ban – a statewide issue
  • Dominion Power gets its way ignoring all who strive for clean resources of power
  • Virginia Chapter releases Transportation Vision Report
  • Student design of solar homes grows, matures
  • Solar energy revolution thwarted by Dominion
  • Successful solar homes require extensive planning
  • Energy Labels for Buildings
  • Vast amount of work leads to election day
  • FEMA flood insurance program invites disaster
  • Winterizing the Home
  • High oil prices and transportation funding deficits
  • Loud rally in front of Environmental Protection Agency headquarters
  • Future of environment seems in trouble – but we can help
  • Citizens hold Rally for Renewables
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Falls of the James 30th annual holiday celebration
  • Members discuss environmental issues at 2011 Annual Gathering
  • Many ways to love the wild, open spaces
  • Outings leaders and programs increasing
  • Not happy with your state senator? Run for office yourself

2011

Fall 2011

  • Big Victories for Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal
  • Notes from the Chair
  • Sierra Club honors Ivy Main and Charles Price
  • Last chance to join the fun and camaraderie
  • Anti-environment politicians trying to send Virginia in wrong direction
  • Tea Party opinions on climate change and energy issues
  • Wise Energy Coalition leads fight against Surry County coal plant
  • Huge inhaler attracts attention in three cities
  • Former negative opinion on wind turbines changes
  • Wind turbine activity in Roanoke area
  • Virginia Offshore Wind Conference held
  • Citizens to learn how uranium mining will impact communities
  • Earth-shaking event prompts questions, concerns
  • Sierra Club, Laborers Union create Friends of VA Transit
  • Labor unions endorse offshore wind development
  • Nation’s march to “corporate personhood” slow but steady
  • Administration unwilling to pursue sensible solutions to transportation woes
  • Sierra Club, bicyclists plan event in Fairfax
  • Va. Sierra Club plans celebration of Wilderness Act
  • GW Forest comment period extended
  • Training planned for leaders of national outings
  • Status of Va. Sierra Club outings programs needs update
  • Fall WFA certification courses
  • Activists busy demonstrating, working towards better, cleaner environment (photo page)
  • What are Virginia’s nuclear accident precautions?
  • At-large delegates for chapter ex-com to be elected in November
  • Climate Denial – Attack of the Radical Deregulators

Summer 2011

  • A Greener Virginia through Sierra Club Activism
  • Tea Party threatens Albemarle County’s environmental progress
  • Sierra Club passes resolution on Citizens’ United
  • Join Sierrans at Annual Gathering at Prince William Forest Park
  • Every member General Assembly up for re-election
  • Keep the Ban workshops to be held statewide
  • March held in downtown Appalachia for Ison Rock Ridge
  • Dirty coal-fired power plant to close doors
  • Campaign for offshore wind energy gathers steam
  • Roanoke River one of 10 most endangered
  • DC Metro Solar Home and Building Tour
  • Natural Drying Device clothes dryer of future
  • Finding the ultimate walking community
  • Getting back to the green old days
  • Testing hair for mercury
  • Updated air quality standard for soot to be proposed by EPA
  • Coal mine permitting authority cancels meeting with environmentalists
  • Governor’s transportation spending plan headed down wrong road
  • Wilderness first aid required when medical technology unavailable
  • 100 hikers undertake 100K One Day Hike
  • Backpacking course teaches fundamentals, tests hikers’ skills
  • Summer WFA courses available
  • Sierra Club college interns working around state
  • Falls of James Group recycles students’ discards
  • Draft Forest Plan just released
  • Piedmont Group table Charlottesville Eco-Fair
  • Big Coal vs. the World

Spring 2011

  • Working for Labor for Good Green Jobs
  • Rebuilding Green
  • Notes from the Chair
  • John Cruickshank to lead Chapter ExComm
  • David Dickson to manage Green Transportation Campaign
  • Vasiliy Kisunko to serve as Metro DC coordinator
  • Offshore Wind Conference Virginia Beach June 22
  • Annual Gathering again at Prince William Forest Park
  • Eager for clean energy and brighter future?
  • National Sierra Club election this Spring
  • Island hopping in Channel Islands National Park
  • State legislators show little courage to clean our air
  • Governor’s transportation plan unacceptable
  • Bill allowing development of conservation area awaiting Governor’s signature
  • Coyote survives “wild” Roanoke
  • Uranium debate—large profits for wealthy vs. clean drinking water for Virginians
  • Path transmission line suspended
  • Offshore wind blowing our way?
  • Citizens Conference for Offshore Wind June 4
  • Join the VA4WIND team
  • EPA updating Clean Air Act standards
  • Falls of the James Group sponsors
  • RVA Environmental Festival
  • Wilderness First Aid courses to be held in Spring
  • Spring Paddle on eastern Virginia swamp April 2
  • Winter hikers navigate 22 miles on Rivanna Trail
  • Hike planned May 20-22 on West Virginia mountain
  • Some hike Himalayas, others hike in Virginia
  • Nitrogen pollution cause by inefficient agricultural fertilization

Winter 2011

  • Offshore wind picks up speed along the Atlantic
  • VCN Lobby Day January 17
  • Diplomats bury head in sand in Cancun
  • Legislative solutions to state’s environmental challenges
  • Continue fighting Cuccinelli’s extreme agenda
  • Roanoke Group endorses proposed wind energy project on Poor Mountain
  • High speed rail in Virginia discussed
  • Virginia Beach school with Leed silver rating
  • Focus on Potomac River coal plant in Alexandria
  • Solar or not – a difficult and complex decision
  • Taking the Bull by the Horns: Meet Ruth Amundsen
  • WIP a failure and mishmash from the get-go
  • If it’s good for brookies, is it good for boaters
  • New draft plan for GW National Forest in Virginia
  • Omnibus Public Lands Bill could be sunk
  • Chesapeake Bay Group hikers backpack in
  • Shenandoah on crisp fall day
  • Wilderness First Aid Certification courses planned
  • Two-part backpacking course to be held in Newport News
  • Another celebration of saving the Mattaponi
  • A young man and the outdoors
  • Cannon Creek Greenway – community revitalization in Richmond
  • Restore Charlottesville’s historic Rock Hill Gardens
  • Piedmont Group announces winter events
  • Roanoke Group excom election
  • 2011 – Despite challenges, an exciting year ahead

2010

Fall 2010

  • McDonnell offers “Do Nothing Plan” to clean up the Bay
  • Notes from the Chair
  • Meet Sierra Club’s Virginia chapter staff
  • Attend Weekend in Wise County
  • 2010-2011 Conservation campaigns and priorities
  • Chapter hires grassroots organizing manager
  • Last chance for Annual Gathering
  • Fracking–dangers of extracting gas from shale
  • EPA coal ash hearing draws citizens from 7 states
  • Offshore drilling fight continues
  • One big victory over Big Coal
  • Cross country train trip relaxing adventure
  • Choosing materials for house remodel
  • Should Clean Air Act be trashed?
  • Reconnecting nature through planning
  • Grind up autumn leaves for garden nutrients
  • Gov. McDonnell to Bay: “Drop Dead”
  • GE salmon could cause genetic pollution
  • Mattaponi Victory Paddle
  • Public meeting for GW National Forest Oct. 5
  • 2000 people join hands to protest offshore drilling
  • Activists incensed over do nothing leaders
  • Cannon Creek Greenway
  • Piedmont Group meetings
  • Roanoke Group ex-com nominations
  • Roanoke Group ex-com election
  • Delegates to Virginia Chapter to be elected Nov. 1
  • Stand up to McDonnell/Cucinelli radical anti-environmental agenda

Summer 2010

  • Environmentalists challenge efforts to push through new mountaintop removal coal mine
  • View from the Chair
  • Glen Besa receives 2010 Virginia Ferguson Award
  • J.R. Tolbert assistant director for legislation, fund raising
  • Virginia Chapter seeks new treasurer
  • Annual Gathering to be most stimulating to date
  • Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Consortium organizes
  • Climate bill moves to front burner this summer
  • More Energy STAR labeled homes built each year
  • Majority supports government limiting green house gas emissions
  • Continued diligence needed to prevent drilling off Virginia’s coast
  • Environmental justice leaders fight for people, homes, mountains
  • Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference energizes
  • Laborers Union trains weatherization experts

Spring 2010

  • Clean Energy Patriots Needed for Earth Day Revolution
  • 2010 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference to bring environmentalists and labor unions together
  • National Sierra Club election takes place this spring
  • Join fellow Sierra Club members at 2010 Annual Gathering in Prince William Forest Park
  • March Fundraising Appeal: Declaring our Clean Energy Independence
  • 2010 GA Legislature dominated by conservatives, climate change deniers and big business allies
  • Legislation creates offshore wind authority to support, coordinate and facilitate development of Va. offshore wind industry
  • Sierra Club members play pivotal role in two recent Northern Virginia elections
  • Legislators’ actions towards most water quality bills disappointing
  • Remodeling a house using sustainable, green building techniques
  • Loss of a major pollinator effects everyone
  • More Compost, Less Greenhouse Gases from Landfills
  • Electric co-op members powerful force to stop development of huge coal power plant
  • New videos add flair to Chapter website
  • George Washington National Forest plan revision resumes — many sections troubling
  • Mattaponi Victory Tour: Canoe and kayak the Mattaponi in July and September
  • How to become a Sierra Club outings leader
  • Ratchet It Up, Richmond – Falls of the James recycling campaign gaining momentum
  • National Park Service plans 7,238 acre expansion of Petersburg National Battlefield
  • Roanoke Valley Cool: Cities Coalition starts Kill-a-Watt Community Outreach
  • Attorney General’s lawsuit against EPA ignores both science and the law

Winter 2010

  • Message to 2010 General Assembly
  • From the Chair
  • VCN Lobby Day – January 18
  • Virginia Chapter seeks new treasurer
  • Coalition works toward healthier environment
  • Va. Chapter members work for endorsed candidates
  • New website presents new punch to online presence
  • Va. Chapter seeks Forest Issues Chair
  • Parts of draft transportation plan friendly to enviros
  • Va. farmers balk at initiatives to clean up Bay
  • Update – Bringing offshore wind energy to Virginia
  • Opposition to Surry County power plant increases
  • EPA ruling on coal ash imminent
  • Scaling up home energy retrofit market
  • Recycle CFLs at Home Depot stores
  • Preliminary home energy audit by homeowner
  • When power lines down generate energy from within yourself
  • Caulking primer for beginners
  • Joint bill on dangerous chemicals in water
  • Greater Washington 2050 Region Forward Plan reviewed
  • Role of National Parks changes
  • Great Dismal Swamp Wildlife Refuge
  • Sierra Club names Sustainable Metro DC coordinator
  • Virginia’s U.S. Senators need to hear from us
  • 2010 Annual Gathering to be held in Prince William Forest Park
  • Copenhagen – Getting serious about climate change

2009

November/December

  • Newport News gives up on reservoir on Mattaponi
  • Roger Diedrich – dedicated volunteer and mentor
  • Virginia Chapter sees changes in staff personnel
  • I-81 issue keeps on truckin’
  • Stormwater runoff rules weakened by SWCB
  • Dirty coal, mountaintop removal protested in Alexandria
  • Offshore wind production has governor’s backing
  • JMU wind power research, educational outreach
  • Offshore wind video debuts
  • All it takes is one spill
  • Could Virginia be facing water shortages?
  • Annual Gathering recap
  • Roanoke Group news
  • Clean Energy, Bright Future rallies
  • Vote for delegates to chapter ex-com
  • Camping, biking, hiking on family outing
  • Cap and Trade — a market oriented approach
  • Virginia’s contribution to nuclear safety

September/October

  • America’s bright future powered by clean energy
  • Dick Ball–expert extraordinaire on energy and climate change
  • EPA awards grants to reduce diesel emissions
  • Annual Gathering filled with variety of learning
  • Which side are you on?
  • Leaders wanted to serve on chapter excom
  • Stop Ison Rock Ridge mountaintop removal
  • Sierra Club works on DEQ energy permit process
  • Stop ODEC’s Surry County coal plant
  • Biomass — the low hanging fruit
  • Proposed PATH transmission line hearing
  • Volunteers heat things up during August recess
  • Solar Decathalon in Washington DC in October
  • McIntire Park named endangered historic site
  • Small farms — increase local demand, market
  • Pamunkey River kayak excursion
  • Utah’s Red Rock Canyonlands
  • Outings in Hampton Roads area
  • Wake up and smell the biomass

July/August

  • Citizen Lobbying Makes a Difference
  • September Annual Gathering
  • You can help provide a sustainable Virginia
  • Roanoke places conservation easement on public property
  • Public properties around state get protection
  • Stimulus money to be used to clean water in Virginia
  • Solar industry predicted to grow again soon
  • Rural broadband through micro solar-wind system
  • Dominion’s green power option
  • Va. secretary rejects grant for interstate rail study
  • Climate/Energy Security Act passes committee
  • Adopting International Energy Conservation Code
  • Alex Fredua-Agyemang Summer Intern
  • Cool Cities Coalition launches initiative
  • Roanoke Cool Citizens awards
  • Tour de Cut hike in Mountain Lake Wilderness
  • Beginning Backpacking Classes
  • Updated GW National Forest plan to be released
  • What’s lurking inside personal care products?

May/June

  • Mattaponi Victory
  • Conservation easement on James River Park
  • 2009: Opportunity to elect environmental majority
  • Annual Gathering features workshops, entertainment
  • 2010 budget stresses transformations for energy and environment
  • Recovery Redefined
  • Moving towards 21st century transportation
  • Court rules Dominion permit invalid
  • New transmission lines will increase pollution
  • Citizens rally to save Charlottesville’s McIntire Park
  • U of R student discards to be recycled at yard sale
  • Hopewell Clean Air Network reaches out to citizens
  • 2009 General Assembly slow towards energy efficiency
  • Virginia convenes coal combustion waste panel
  • Ready to join Local Food Movement?
  • Protect natural wonders of GW National Forest
  • EPA to review new mountain-top removal permits
  • Three Tour de Cut hikes planned
  • Virginia Ridge and Valley Act passed
  • Outings, travel sometimes life-changing events
  • Gubernatorial candidates’ views on environment
  • Blue Green Alliance tries to dispel false dichotomies

March/April

  • Making a down payment on the green economy
  • Taking the message of green jobs to Capitol Hill
  • Some green jobs found to be poor jobs
  • February town hall meeting on green jobs future
  • Virginia Chapter steps up tubing action
  • You can help bring clean energy to Virginia
  • Win a canoe trip down the Mattaponi River
  • Survey on Climate Change sent to state legislators
  • Urban runoff polluting, eroding our streams
  • Is your refrigerator an energy hog?
  • Court opens floodgate for more mountain top removal
  • Decision one step backwards in march to climate justice
  • Offshore drilling threat at start of new Administration
  • Petition to reduce “Hopewell Smell” delivered
  • Sierra Club influences SCC’s IRP guidelines
  • Annual Gathering of chapter members planned
  • Canoe excursion in ancient Bald Cypress swamp
  • Learn to Lead – Sierra Student Coalition training
  • Hiking season soon to hit its stride
  • Even if price is right, will we buy it?

January/February

  • Virginia targeted for off shore drilling
  • Green Jobs Expo to be held in D.C. Feb. 5
  • Rachel Flynn, planner, gets Green Giant award
  • Virginia Chapter excom election results
  • Repower, Refuel, Rebuild Virginia
  • Governor’s commission final report on climate change
  • Taking delivery on environmental victories
  • Conservation Citizen Lobby Day
  • Help elderly, disabled weatherize their homes
  • Decrease trash, increase items recycled
  • Great Backyard Birdcount
  • 2009 Virginia General Assembly Session
  • Wise Energy – 2008 and promise of 2009
  • Chapter volunteers saw many political victories
  • Campaigners take on variety of chores
  • Members volunteer 25, 50, 100 hours and more
  • Busy outings program for all ages, abilities
  • Sierra Club’s Climate Recovery Agenda

2008

November/December

  • Wise Energy Coalition Tour
  • Support Sierra Club 2009 political work
  • Allison Chin to speak at holiday event
  • Environmentalists preparing for upcoming General Assembly session
  • Let fall leaves do what’s natural for environment
  • Paper or plastic?  Or your own reusable bag?
  • More reasons to work at conserving energy
  • Workshop discusses off-shore wind power in mid-Atlantic
  • C-campaign Virginia strong state climate action plan
  • Hopewell Clean Air Network makes progress
  • Fall Jamboree stimulates and empowers
  • At-large delegates up for reelection to Chapter ExCom
  • Bicycles for rent all around Paris
  • Offshore drilling will not solve energy and climate crisis

September/October (783 KB)

  • State political leaders to be guests at Fall Jamboree
  • Tyla Matteson to receive Special Service Award
  • Energy and Sustainability Conference
  • Virginia Chapter adds two dedicated activists to staff
  • It ain’t over ’til it’s over – Wise County power plant
  • Mirant power plant awarded new permit
  • Hampton Roads citizens respond to oil drilling craze
  • When is all that stuff enough?
  • Drinking bottled water adds to your carbon footprint
  • Americans begin to make changes – have you?
  • Maintain autos to keep pollutants out of waterways
  • Greening of rural communities must reflect local values
  • Weak coal ash regulations pollute water
  • Albemarle restricts use of toxic chemicals
  • Sierra Club helps eliminate “Hopewell Smell”
  • Fall Tour de Cut to view clear cuts
  • Sierra Club master outings leader retires
  • Outings leader training workshop to be held Oct.
  • Taking tops off mountains at flip of switch

July/August (791 KB)

  • Virginia’s waterways inaccessible for public use
  • Smart Growth and Transportation Campaign
  • Va. Chapter needs your help to improve air quality
  • Take a summer job to save the Bay
  • Environmentalists continue to fight Wise County coal-fired power plant
  • Guide to types of plastic
  • Raising children with sustainable values
  • Small farms more productive and profitable
  • Lightbulbs to Leadership campaign
  • Five easy ways to cut fuel costs
  • Sierra Club responds to Bush/McCain proposal to open more offshore drilling
  • Fight to Save the Mattaponi continues
  • Fall Jamboree to be held September 12-14
  • Hampton Roads area gears up for activism
  • Tour de Cut season for 2008
  • Challenging 100K and 50K One Day Hike
  • Facts Dominion Power doesn’t want you to know

May-June (858 KB)

  • Wind energy siting in Mid-Altantic
  • Highlights:  2008 General Assembly session
  • Sierra Club organizer based in Hampton Roads
  • Glen Besa takes post of Virginia Chapter Director
  • Virginia Air Board to review Dominion’s Wise County plant permit
  • People power needed to stop Wise power plant
  • Power2Change campaign comes to Virginia
  • How green is your personal computer?
  • Conservation:  an Inconvenient Cost
  • Building green economy–Green Jobs conference
  • GWNF planning meetings expected early summer
  • Waterfront development risky
  • Roanoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • Fly ash disposal now in lawyers’ hands
  • Tree planting event in Richmond
  • RVCCC greening workshop to be held May 16
  • Sierra Club author, cyclist on Virginia book tour
  • Student activists–the climate needs you
  • For both fun and satisfaction try service outings
  • Governor needs to protect our children’s health

March-April (856 KB)

  • Governor’s VA Commision on Climate Change
  • VA Chapter elects officers, seats new delegates
  • From Inspiration to Action – March 2
  • 14 VA colleges and universities sign on to climate plan
  • 300 people crowd into SCC hearing
  • Smart Growth – volunteers lobby on Capitol Hill
  • Arctic species need protection from big oil
  • Sierra Club’s Project Renewal opposed
  • Use CFLs safely and responsibly
  • Dark side of ethanol and biodiesel subsidies
  • Sierra Club adopts new population policy
  • Do we really need all that stuff?
  • Flood plains and fly ash
  • Increasing energy efficiency can be achieved
  • University of Richmond signs climate commitment
  • Another Cool City
  • Environmentalist elected to Board of Supervisors
  • Get into the woods in 2008
  • Canoe excursion planned April 20th
  • Fall Jamboree plans taking shape
  • Acitvist Outings help Sierra Club promote positions
  • Help Wanted – bold leadership on global warming

January-February (1859 KB)

  • 2008 Legislative Priorities
  • Two seasoned activists join chapter staff
  • Virginia Conservation Network lobby day
  • Wise County, Bali and Beyond
  • Say NO to new coal plant in Virginia
  • How to stop a power plant
  • Talking points for SCC commissioners
  • Personally reducing our carbon footprint
  • Changes to reduce transportation emissions
  • Lifestyle choices reduce CO2 emissions
  • Environmental candidates triumph
  • Besa, Matteson at UN Climate Change Conference
  • Virginia Ridge & Valley Act pass House
  • Sierrans play role in 2007 Roanoke Energy Expo
  • Rappahannock Group’s two key projects progress
  • Greening the Grassroots II
  • Attention:  Great Falls Group members
  • Outings
  • Fall Jamboree at Pocahontas State Park