Our Picnic Wednesday September 30 is Rain or Shine! 6:00 p.m. Latta Park Shelter, 601 East Park Ave., Charlotte 28203



We are under shelter at the park and, besides, we’re made of sturdy stuff!  Bring a side dish to share, burgers and veggie burgers will be provided along with beverages. Hang out with your friends in the environmental community and hear what’s happening at Central Piedmont Group of Sierra Club.  See you there!

Still time to RSVP: sierraclub.centpiedpublicity@gmail.com

Monthly Meeting Picnic! Sept. 30, 2015 6:00 p.m., Latta Park Shelter, 601 E Park Ave, Charlotte, NC 28203

Latta Park Shelter. Photo courtesy of Charlotte Mecklenburg Park and Recreation

Latta Park Shelter. Photo courtesy of Charlotte Mecklenburg Park and Recreation

All are invited to attend an early fall picnic supper at Latta Park Shelter. Please note the change in date, time and location! We are unable to meet as we usually do due to Festival in the Park at Freedom Park. A choice of main dish and beverage will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. There will be time to discuss environmental issues after our meal. See you there!

To RSVP for this event:  sierraclub.centpiedpublicity@gmail.com

North Carolina Chapter Sierra Club

I know that like me, you take pride that North Carolina is a solar energy leader, not only in the region, but in the nation. Since 2007, we have been the only state in the Southeast with a renewable energy portfolio standard that requires a certain portion of our energy comes from clean, renewable sources.

However, the forward-thinking policies that got us here are under attack in our state legislature.  Click here to show your support for clean energy in North Carolina.

So what exactly is happening? Just days ago, members of the NC House passed a measure (H 760, Regulatory Reform Act of 2015) that freezes our Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (REPS) and and makes other changes that will almost certainly slow the number of new solar projects in the state going forward to a trickle.

The result? Less jobs and investment in our communities from the solar industry, and more reliance on dirty fossil fuels to meet our energy needs.

Click here to speak up for the progress we’ve made and ask you state Senator to fix H 760 and remove the attack on clean energy!

Is this a done deal? Absolutely not.

The NC Senate still has a chance to stop this attack on North Carolina’s solar industry. But in order for state Senators to know that their constituents reject these attacks, they need to hear from you today!

Click here for more information and to contact your state Senator today.

Thanks for taking action today to keep North Carolina the clean energy leader in the Southeast.


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Jacquie Ayala

Associate Field Organizer, North Carolina Sierra Club


P.S. – The Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard has saved North Carolinians $162 million since it was adopted and will save ratepayers an additional $489 million by 20291.  Click here to tell your legislators not to mess with our successful clean energy policy.

1 – RTI International. (2015). Economic and Rate Impact Analysis of Clean Energy Development in North Carolina—2015 Update. Retrieved May 13, 2015, from http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.energync.org/resource/resmgr/Resources_Page/RTI_2015.pdf

May 27 Monthly Sierra Club Meeting – Interfaith Perspectives on Caring For the Planet

May 27 Monthly Sierra Club Meeting – Interfaith Perspectives on Caring For the Planet

We are pleased to host a panel of distinguished local religious leaders of different faiths who will share with us their religion’s perspectives on caring for the environment and the planet. As you might know a significant meeting of world leaders is occurring in Paris this December to try to agree on limiting global CO2 emissions so that the average world temperature will stay below 2 deg C. Support of all faiths is crucial to permit the negotiators to overcome the difficulties of reaching agreement.

Pope Francis is expected to address this issue with an encyclical in June.

We will begin the meeting with a showing of the short film Stewardship. This will be followed by comments from our panel and then Q & A. We welcome a lively discussion.

As usual, our meetings are held at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park. The address is 2435 Cumberland Ave, Charlotte, NC. Pizza is served at 6:30pm. The formal meeting begins at 7pm. We expect to finish up by 8:30pm. The meeting is free and open to all. And ample parking is available and also free.

Hope to see you there.

David Robinson, Chair Central Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club

Speak out against the polluter agenda

Set the Senate’s priorities right:Tell Senator Tillis to stand up for people, not polluters!

Take action!

Take action

How you spend your money says a lot about you.A budget is all about priorities, and the U.S. Senate’s budget resolution is no different. So what did the new Senate decide were their priorities? They loaded up their budget with amendments to slash protections for our air and water, and wildlife, and gut the president’s Clean Power Plan.

That’s not what North Carolina needs — but Senator Tillis backed all those priorities — and now it’s up to you to set him right.

Kids in North Carolina don’t deserve a future with smog, carbon, mercury, and all the dangerous pollution that comes when reckless industries can run amok. That’s why it’s so disappointing that some U.S. senators — like Senator Tillis — keep choosing to side with the polluters who take in record profits at the expense of our communities, our health, and our climate.

When big polluters started pushing their agenda into the Senate’s budget resolution, Senator Tillis stood with them — and put polluter profits ahead of public health.

He needs to hear from you now. Tell him that it’s time to stop standing with polluters at the expense of our kids. Send your message now!

This was the first big environmental fight of the new Senate, and Senator Tillis let down the families of North Carolina when he voted:

Against increasing renewable energy to fight climate change
For an attack on the new Clean Power Plan
Against the simple statement that climate change is real and that Congress needs to act
Against protecting climate science from censorship

The Senate’s budget is a preview of the fights to come. The fossil fuel billionaires who bankrolled last year’s elections think that Americans voted for their agenda — for hazy skies and polluted water, scorching summers, droughts, and asthma attacks. But they’re wrong and it’s up to you to make sure Senator Tillis gets the message. Send your message now!

Thank you for all you do for the environment,

Verena Owen
Volunteer Co-Lead
Beyond Coal Campaign

April Monthly Meeting Postponed by One Week

As many of you know we normally have our monthly meetings on the fourth Wednesday of the month. this month, April, the fourth Wednesday is April the 22nd, Earth Day, and the day that Sustain Charlotte is having its annual awards event. In deference to Sustain Charlotte we are pushing back our monthly meeting by one week to Wednesday April 29th at the usual place and time. Many of us will be attending the Sustain Charlotte event and encourage all of you to do so also. See http://www.sustaincharlotte.org/calendar for details.

On April 29th we will have the Catawba River presentation by Prof Reed Perkins of Queens University that was postponed from February due to the weather. Dr. Perkins has taught at Queens since 1998 and is very involved with exploring the urban ad natural systems of greater Charlotte. We are honored to have him present to us. We will follow his presentation with an exploration of the Catawba River Basin using interactive simulation software.

See http://www.queens.edu/Academics-and-Schools/Schools-and-Colleges/College-of-Arts-and-Sciences/College-of-Arts-and-Sciences-Faculty/CAS-Profile.html?profileId=131281
for the Queens profile of Dr. Perkins.

We will meet at the Mahlon Adams Pavillion in Freedom Park, Charlotte at 6:30pm for pizza and socializing. The our formal meeting begins at 7pm.

The event and parking are free.

No RSVP is necessary. Hope to see you there.

David Robinson, Chair, Central Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club

Duke Energy can’t stop the sun

North Carolina Chapter Sierra Club

This could be a game-changer.

Click here to support the ability for all North Carolinians to find affordable solar solutions!

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Earlier this month, state Representative John Szoka (R-Cumberland) introduced HB 245: the Energy Freedom Act. This bill would legalize third-party energy sales in North Carolina, which would allow energy users to buy their electricity directly from renewable energy companies.

But just as soon as this solar access bill was introduced, Duke Energy and its team of lobbyists took to the NC legislature with a mission to stop it dead in its tracks.

Click here to support the Energy Freedom Act to make sure Duke Energy doesn’t stand in the way of North Carolinians having the opportunity to meet their energy needs with solar power!

The Energy Freedom Act, if passed, will allow companies to offer business and residential customers long-term contracts for affordable solar energy without the up-front costs of having to purchase solar panels. The company selling the electricity would own and maintain the panels and sell affordable clean energy to customers. This is a common-sense policy that will save North Carolinians money and protect public health.

Click here to watch our video about how third party sales would benefit North Carolinians.

Only four states in the nation don’t allow business and residents this option–and we are one of them.  Rep. Szoka’s bill would give North Carolinians the freedom of energy choice that most other Americans already enjoy.

The Energy Freedom Act will reduce the need for expensive, polluting traditional power plants and infrastructure, and will help North Carolinians reduce their energy bills by allowing them to choose affordable and cleaner options like solar. Third-party sales can also provide much-needed flexibility to public institutions and the military to reduce their energy costs by allowing them to choose cheaper and more reliable energy sources.

Your voice is critical! Tell your representative to support HB 245 and stand up for consumer choice for clean energy solutions!

Thanks for all that you do.