Sept 24 Monthly Meeting Reminder

Sierra Club September 24 Meeting Announcement – Update on County Livability Plan

Please join us on Wednesday September 24 for a special update on Mecklenburg County’s multi-year livability planning activity.

Last year Mecklenburg County began meeting with stake holders around the county to plan how to deal with the enormous growth expected here in the next 25 or so years. Whether you live in a city or a small rural community, this growth will have an impact on you. Come and learn what you can do to influence policy and thinking on this important issue.

Presented by Heidi Pruess, Environmental Policy Administrator for Mecklenburg County’s Land Use and Environmental Services Agency.

As usual, our meeting is at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park and begins at6:30pm for pizza and socializing. The formal meeting begins at 7pm.

Parking is free, as is the evening presentation.

We look forward to seeing you.

David Robinson
Chair, Central Piedmont Group – Sierra Club

Sierra Club’s Cassie Gavin to be on WFAE on Monday 9/8 at 9am

Sierra Club’s Raleigh based legislative analyst Cassie Gavin will be a guest on the Charlotte Talks radio program on WFAE (90.7) this coming Monday, September 8 at 9:00 am.

Cassie will be one of three panelists discussing fracking in North Carolina. Cassie will be the program’s opponent to the rush to frack in North Carolina. A geology professor from UNC-Charlotte will be a neutral party, and another unknown guest (at least at this point, but possibly from DENR of the Mining and Energy Commission ) will be a pro-fracking advocate.

This will be Charlotte Talks’ second program in as many weeks to discuss fracking in North Carolina.

For those in the Charlotte area, be sure to tune in to 90.7 WFAE on Monday at 9:00 am. Those outside of the listening area can stream the program by visiting the WFAE webpage at http://wfae.org/.

David Robinson
Chair, Central Piedmont Group – Sierra Club

Sierra Club September 24 Meeting Announcement – Update on County Livability Plan

Livability Plan

Sierra Club September 24 – Update on County Livability Plan

Please join us on Wednesday September 24 for a special update on Mecklenburg County’s multi-year livability planning activity.

Last year Mecklenburg County began meeting with stake holders around the county to plan how to deal with the enormous growth expected here in the next 25 or so years. Whether you live in a city or a small rural community, this growth will have an impact on you. Come and learn what you can do to influence policy and thinking on this important issue.

Presented by Heidi Pruess, Environmental Policy Administrator for Mecklenburg County’s Land Use and Environmental Services Agency.

As usual, our meeting is at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park and begins at 6:30pm for pizza and socializing. The formal meeting begins at 7pm.

Parking is free, as is the evening presentation.

We look forward to seeing you.

David Robinson
Chair, Central Piedmont Group – Sierra Club

August 27 Monthly Meeting – Sustain Charlotte’s new Char-Meck Report Card

Sustain Charlotte 2014 Report Card

Please join us on August 27 for a presentation of Sustain Charlotte’s just released 2014 Charlotte-Meck Sustainability Report Card. Over a year in the making, this Report Card reviews the status of nine major categories relevant to our overall sustainability, including comparisons with national trends, and with suggestions as how we can improve. Overall compared with national trends Charlotte-Meck gets a “C”. Given that the Charlotte City Council has chosen to have ” … be a global leader in sustainability …” as one of its’ focus goals, this letter grade is disappointing.

Sustain Charlotte will be represented by Meg Fencil who will conduct the presentation and discussion.

As usual, pizza will be served around 6:30pm. We will have a short business meeting at 7pm. And the formal presentation will begin around 7:15pm.

We meet at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Ave., Charlotte, NC. Plenty of free parking is available.

See you there for this timely presentation.

July Monthly Meeting Announcement: Outdoor treasures of Mecklenburg County

Please join us on Wednesday July 23rd for a presentation on the outdoor treasures of Mecklenburg County.

Stephen Hutchinson, Nature Center Manager at Latta Plantation, will present on the abundant resources of Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation Department. You will be delighted to learn about such great opportunities as kayak tours, canoe rentals, horseback riding, tractor drawn hay rides, cowboy style campfire dinners, Segway adventure tours, GPS treasure hunts, hiking, camping, and more – all nearby.

As usual our meeting is at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park. It begins at 6:30pm with free pizza, followed by a short business meeting, and then the formal presentation.

Parking is free. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you.

Evergreen Nature Preserve Service Outing – Saturday, June 14, 2014 – 9am to 12pm

Preserve Our Preserves Service Outing

For the last 2 years, The Central Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club has been engaged in invasive species removal at Ribbon Walk Nature Preserve, and we have done such an outstanding job the Parks and Recreation Department has asked us to do the same for Evergreen Nature Preserve. Invasive species, also called “introduced species”,” non-native” or “non-indigenous” are plants that adversely affect the habitats or bioregions they invade. The invasive species dominate the region and crowd out native species which had previously provided habitat and food for birds and other wildlife. There is a great sense of satisfaction that comes from clearing a section of forest of invasive vines and seeing the natural open landscape restored. We would love to have you join us at Evergreen to pitch in and restore this little slice of nature right in the heart of East Charlotte.

Location: Winterfield Elementary School, 3100 Winterfield Pl, Charlotte, NC

What to bring: Wear sturdy shoes for work and walking. Bring a water bottle and a snack if you would like to nibble while you work. Work gloves recommended. Tools are provided but you are welcome to bring your own loppers, trowels, knives, etc.

Liability Waiver: All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the liability waiver before you choose to participate in an outing, download a copy at NC Sierra Club Sign In Waiver

For questions or more information. contact Outings Chair David Underwood at 704-675-2390 davidmunderwood@mail.com

Sierra Club June Meeting Announcement 6/25 – Outdoor Survival

Please join us on Wednesday June 25 for a special presentation on outdoor survival. Whether you are going for a walk in the woods, paddling your kayak down a stream, or going on a multi-day backpack you will enjoy and learn something from our speaker.

Presented by Trevor Hudspeth, Outdoor Recreation Specialist for Mecklenburg County’s McDowell Nature Center, and a very experienced outdoorsman.
As usual, our meeting is at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park and begins at 6:30pm for pizza and socializing. The formal meeting begins at 7pm.

Parking is free, as is the evening presentation.

We look forward to seeing you.