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Call for Nominations!

In the fall of each year, Sierra Club members have the opportunity to vote for candidates to our Allegheny Group Executive Committee.  YOU, our members, have the opportunity to submit names for consideration by our Nominating Committee.  You can nominate yourself.  The ExCom is a wonderful opportunity for you to make a difference here in southwestern Pennsylvania.   You can help prioritize our campaigns, how we organize our work, and have a good time joining others who care about the world in which we live and its future. Monthly meetings occur the second Monday of each month at our office in Oakland from 7-9pm.  

The nine member Executive Committee assures that the activities and services provided by the Group are consistent with our Group Bylaws as well as the policies and directives of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club and the National Sierra Club. These responsibilities include financial management, membership services, publication of The Sierran (our newsletter), conservation issues, outings and political programs.   Each elected Executive Committee member serves a two year term and can run for re-election as often as he/she wishes.   ballot-box

Candidates for the ExCom provide a brief statement about their interest in environmental issues and why they wish to serve on the Executive Committee. These statements are included with the ballot.  Voting by the membership for 4 or 5 of the 9 seats occurs in the fall via email or US Postal service.  Results of the election will be announced in January 2018.  

Please complete the form below no later than September 11, 2017 and email to Eva Westheimer at eva.westheimer@gmail.com or mail c/o the Sierra Club, 7708 Brashear St, Pittsburgh, PA 15221.  Please let us hear from you.  Your voice needs to be heard! (You can also download the form here: Ex Comm Nomination form 2017)

Nominee for the Executive Committee of the

Allegheny Group of the Sierra Club  (2018-2020 term)

DEADLINE September 10, 2017



Name of Nominee: ____________________________________

Phone number: _________________ email address: __________________________

Postal Address: ________________________________________________________



Name of person submitting Nominee’s name: _______________________________

Phone _______________________ email address: _________________________


If this is not a self-nomination, please sign your assent to the statement below:

I have spoken to the nominee and he/she has agreed to be considered as a candidate for the Executive Committee of the Allegheny Group of The Sierra Club.

Signed: ________________________________________

Call for Action: Green Storm Water Project in Oakland, July 12

Plans are afoot to prove to federal regulators that our region is committed to a green-first approach to fixing our sewer overflow problem. By investing $30 million in the Four Mile Run storm water abatement project starting in Schenley Park, we will gain $320 million in storm water abatement benefits including a drastic reduction in dangerous flooding in parts of Greenfield.

Next Wednesday Heather Sage from the Parks Conservancy will outline the plan for the Four Mile Run Project, followed by a call to action to make this project a reality:

Wednesday, July 12
6:00 Doors open and refreshments
6:30 Presentation and call to action
Sixth Presbyterian Church
1688 Murray Avenue, Pittsburgh 15217

Please RSVP and learn how you can help get the Four Mile Run project!

Sponsored by Clean Rivers Campaign, Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network and Sierra Club.

Film and Panel Discussion: Managing Climate Risk, July 13

Showing of “Managing Risk in a Changing Climate, narrated by Peter Coyote, followed by a panel with experts from the US Corps of Engineers, Penn State, and Mayor Peduto’s office.

Film … http://wpsu.psu.edu/changingclimate/

Thursday, July 13
5:30 to 6:00 – Sign-in and light refreshments
6:00 to 6:30 – Film Screening
6:30 to 7:30 – Panel Discussion and Q&A
Energy Innovation Center, Covestro BrightSpace
1435 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Free registration HERE.

250 US Mayors Adopt 100 pct Renewable Energy Resolution by 2035

At the conclusion of the US Mayors Conference on June 26 more than 250 city mayors sent a strong message to the Trump administration and Congress. Not only did they call for full commitment to the Paris Accord and the Clean Power plan, but they resolved that:
The United States Conference of Mayors supports cities establishing a community-wide target of powering their communities with 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2035; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The United States Conference of Mayors proclaims its commitment to equity, affordability, public participation, and access for all people in America as cities pursue this transition to 100% clean, renewable energy; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that priority should be given to the lowest cost measures to meet energy needs including efficiency, weatherization, cogeneration, district heating and cooling, decentralized electricity generation and smart grids/micro grids, the use of industrial waste heat, building controls, automated lighting, solar-powered hot water heaters and programs that create an energy-saving culture in our nation’s cities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that given the economic development, job creation, and job training potential of clean, renewable energy, the transition to 100% clean, renewable energy should include structured mechanisms to include low-income citizens in the benefits to be derived from the transition, including creating quality careers adhering to local source hiring, a just transition for workers displaced by fossil fuel reduction, equitable access through ownership and benefits to create new opportunity for historically marginalized communities, and affordable clean energy options.

U.S. Appeals Court Chides EPA for Attempt to Ease Fracking Methane Regulation

The Trump administration is not getting a free-pass to de-regulate environmental protection. On July 3 the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington DC ruled 2-1 that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt acted improperly and unreasonably. At issue was the rule concerning methane emissions from new oil and gas operations. As requested by six environmental organizations, the 2016 rule will remain on the books.

France to End Sale of Gasoline and Diesel-Powered Cars by 2040

On July 6 France joined Norway and India in planning to end the sale of gasoline and diesel cars. France’s deadline is 2040, but auto maker Volvo has already stated that in 2019 all their new models will be either hybrids or fully electric.

Ireland Set to Ban Onshore Fracking

On June 28 a bill to ban on-shore fracking in Ireland was sent for the Irish president’s signature. As pointed out earlier in the public debate, Ireland is a big flood plain and an extremely bad place to frack. This action follows similar national bans by Germany, France, and Bulgaria.

Support and Enjoy Farmers’ Markets in 2017

The Post-Gazette has again published a guide to the farmers’ markets in the region. Visit the extensive list here.


Pittsburgh, PA. – Just hours after Donald Trump claimed to be represent the voters of Pittsburgh in his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, Mayor Bill Peduto today announced his support for a goal of powering Pittsburgh entirely with clean and renewable energy by 2035.
Mayor Peduto joins a growing coalition of Mayors for 100% Clean Energy who have similarly announced support for a goal of powering their communities with 100 percent renewable energy such as wind and solar.

“Donald Trump said he was elected by voters of Pittsburgh, but his misguided decision to withdraw from the Paris climate does not reflect the values of our city,” said Mayor Peduto. “Pittsburgh will not only heed the guidelines of the Paris agreement, we will work to move towards 100 percent clean and renewable energy for our future, our economy, and our people”
Mayors for 100% Clean Energy, an initiative of the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 Campaign, represents a growing number of mayors from across the country who have endorsed a community-wide goal of transitioning entirely to renewable energy. The full list of Mayors for 100% Clean Energy can be found here.
On Wednesday, Columbia, South Carolina Mayor Steve Benjamin along with his Mayors for 100% Clean Energy introduced a landmark resolution to the U.S. Conference of Mayors that would formally establish support from the nation’s mayors for the goal of 100 percent renewable energy in cities nationwide.
“For every terrible decision Trump makes, local leaders like Mayor Peduto are fighting to make sure clean energy continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Today’s announcement shows how grassroots activists, frontline communities, local governments, and concerned people across the United States can and will continue to drive the transition away from fossil fuels to 100% clean and renewable energy,” said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune.
“Pittsburgh is the first post-industrial city in the United States to aim to power itself with 100 percent clean energy,” said Eva Resnick-Day, Community Organizer at the Sierra Club. “Our city has always been on the forefront of innovation and today’s announcement by Mayor Peduto shows that we will continue to be.”
Ahead of the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Miami Beach in June, Mayor Peduto’s endorsement serves as a powerful message to the broader mayoral community regarding the opportunity and benefit that city leaders see in the transition to 100 percent renewable energy.
“Pittsburgh knows that our children’s future and the future of our workforce are one and the same,” said Glenn Grayson, Organizer with One PA. “We are working hard to invest in clean energy technology not only for the future of our planet, but for the health of our children, and the health of our economy.”

More than 25 U.S. cities have now committed to transition entirely to clean and renewable energy.

“Cities can help lead the transition away from dirty fuels to renewable energy, but it will require boldness and ambition to get it done.  I’m proud to stand with my fellow Mayors for 100% Clean Energy to call for a transition to 100 percent clean and renewable energy in my community,” said Mayor Peduto.

Sierra Club’s 100 pct Clean Energy Campaign Comes to Pittsburgh

Smaller Mayors iconWith climate deniers blocking climate action in Washington and state capitols, the Sierra Club recently launched a national ‘Ready for 100‘ clean energy campaign. A major goal is to urge city mayors to commit to achieving 100 pct clean energy for their cities by 2035. So far 27 mayors have made that commitment.

Now Pittsburgh has been chosen as the first ‘old industrial city’ to be included in the national campaign, with Eva Resnick-Day as the full time organizer based in Pittsburgh. The immediate goal is to persuade Mayor Bill Peduto to publicly endorse 100% renewable by the June 23-26 U.S. Mayors Conference in Miami Beach. If you don’t believe that 100 pct renewable energy is really doable, please check HERE for 10 case studies.


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