Solarize Charlotte Kick-Off Meeting – April 15, 6:30 PM

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Solarize Charlotte Kick-Off Meeting

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Area 15
514 E 15th St, Charlotte, NC
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We have exciting news about renewable energy! This spring and summer we will be building broad and diverse support for rooftop solar by “Solarizing” Charlotte.

Please join us to learn more about the program and how to get involved in outreach. This is an evening you don’t want to miss!

“Solarize” is a Department of Energy-endorsed program that is designed to increase access to distributed solar by removing historic barriers to solar–including cost and hassle. This time-limited opportunity uses grassroots networks, bulk purchasing discounts, and tax incentives to provide home owners in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union and Cabarrus Counties with cleaner and cheaper energy options.

We believe that solar is for everyone and we want Solarize Charlotte to be a strong and diverse effort. A critical component of the program is an intentional outreach and education drive to get the word out about Solarize.

Together we can bring Solar to Charlotte.

 

Host a Gasland Part II house party – Keep NC Frack Free

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Dear Friends,

Sign up to host a Gasland Part II house party!

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Host a Gasland Part II house party!

If you haven’t seen Gasland Part II yet, now is your chance.

Filmmaker Josh Fox picks up where he left off in Gasland Part I and examines the long-term impacts of fracking, including reports of poisoned water, earthquakes and even neurological damage. He takes this camera abroad to share the experiences of Australians whose lives have been irreparably changed because of fracking.

The U.S. is at a fork in the road: invest in clean, renewable energy or continue to rely on “all of the above”– meaning more fracking all across our communities and public lands. With millions of acres of land in jeopardy, it’s up to activists like you to tell President Obama to keep those dirty fuels in the ground to protect our climate, our public lands and our communities.

You can help by hosting a house party. Invite your friends and family to screen Gasland Part II, and give everyone the opportunity to show their support for protecting our communities, our climate and our public lands from fracking.

As a host, you would:

  • Pick the date for your house party between April 28 and May 9 and register your party online.
  • Invite your friends, family, and neighbors.
  • Encourage your guests to get involved by taking action.

All house party hosts within the U.S. (excluding Puerto Rico) will receive a free copy of Gasland Part II. We have a limited number of copies, so sign up early! A downloadable house party guide will be provided, too.

Register your Gasland Part II House Party today!

Thanks for all that you do to protect our environment,

Deb Nardone
Director, Keeping Dirty Fuels in the Ground Initiative
Sierra Club

P.S. If you have friends or family who would be interested in hosting their own house party, please share this email with them

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Take Action: Oppose Dirty Energy, Support Clean Energy

Speak out today!

Take Action: Stop a Flood of Natural Gas Exports Take Action: Stop a Flood of Natural Gas ExportsLegislation has been introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that would rubberstamp exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the U.S. without any review or protections in place for the American public and our environment. This would essentially open the floodgates for natural gas exports, leading to more hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) here at home and more climate-disrupting pollution.

Take Action
Tell your senators and representative to oppose legislation that would rubberstamp liquefied natural gas exports!


Take Action: Tell the Senate to Protect Clean Energy Jobs Take Action: Tell the Senate to Protect Clean Energy Jobs

Last week, the Senate Finance committee moved to extend a package of critical clean energy tax credits, including the production tax credit for wind. We need the Senate to vote on this package immediately to ensure that clean, cheap, American-made clean energy continues to grow.

Take Action
Please tell your senators to bring the EXPIRE Act to the floor and vote yes.

Help Mecklenburg Park and Recreation Plan Its Future

Do you like trees, trails, nature preserves, greenways, parks, environmental education, sports facilities, and other venues that make our county greener and more sustainable? I thought so! Then take some time and share your thoughts about the future plans for our Mecklenburg Park and Recreation!

P.S. Why not also get out today and explore a new county park or nature preserve? And when you see a Park & Rec staff member, thank them for preserving and protecting our special areas!

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Help Park and Recreation Plan Its Future

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department is updating its comprehensive master plan, and they want your input.

The master plan is more than just a capital investment plan. It includes recreation and educational program services, policy recommendations, service levels, revenue/sponsorship/cost recovery recommendations, and marketing. Park and Recreation updates the master plan every five years in an attempt to ensure services are closely aligned with the needs of our residents. It serves as a “blueprint” for future initiatives, facilities, and programs, as well as strategies for accomplishing the goals of the plan.

View recommendations and provide input here

Advocating With Compassion – April 27th

Make plans to join our environmental justice partner, North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light, as they sponsor this powerful workshop on how to become a better steward and advocate for our environment.

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Free Workshop!
Advocating With Compassion

Hilton Charlotte University Place
April 27th 2014, 3 – 5 pm

NC Interfaith Power & Light invites you to join us for a workshop on the moral call to be good stewards of Creation.  We will explore what it means to be an advocate and why the faith voice is so valuable in public policy.  Presentations will also include how the policy process works, the current political lay of the land in NC, pressing environmental issues before the NC General Assembly, and ways your community can make a difference.

Our presenters are:

Please join us for this workshop and discover ways your faith community can effectively call for change!Free and open to the public.  Please register now by clicking this link

For more information please contact: Veronica Shingleton veronica@harmonizingstrategies.com

Unleash the Flood: Duke Shareholder Meeting – Candlelight Vigil (4/30) and Rally and Press Conference (5/1)

Yes, there is a huge dam of public anger about the way Duke Energy, NC DENR, and Governor Pat McCrory are dealing with cleaning up the North Carolina toxic coal ash pits. That’s why YOU should join hundreds of citizens from across the state and other Duke Energy service areas in calling for change. There will be two peaceful gatherings around the Duke Energy shareholder meeting. Email me at BillGupton1@gmail.com for more information or to volunteer.

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Here’s how you can be a part of the flood of people calling on Duke Energy to clean up their act.

A number of organizations have been working on activities surrounding the Duke Energy annual shareholder meeting to be held in Charlotte. We would really like your help in getting the word out AND getting folks to come to our two major actions:

Light the path forward: Candlelight vigil to remember the impacts of coal ash
Wednesday, April 30th, the eve of the Duke Energy annual shareholder meeting
7:30 to 8:30 PM
New Duke Energy Headquarters, 550 South Tryon St, Charlotte, NC

Duke Energy Shareholder Meeting Rally and Press Conference
Thursday, May 1st
8:30 AM arrive and set up for 9:00 AM rally and press conference
Former Duke Energy headquarters, 526 South Church St, Charlotte, NC (location of shareholder meeting)

Here’s some ways that you can help:

  • Candlelight Vigil
    • Contact your personal house of worship clergy and ask them to attend the candlelight vigil. Email me their information so I can keep track of those attending.
    • Reach out to the your contacts in the local faith community and ask other clergy to attend the vigil.
    • Announce the vigil to your friends and networks via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
    • Plan to attend the vigil!
    • Other ideas and suggestions welcomed – contact Emma Greenbaum <emma.greenbaum@gmail.com> or me.
  • Shareholder Meeting Rally and Press Conference
    • Announce the rally to your friends and networks via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
    • Make signs and banners and plan to attend the rally.
    • Proxies – If you have a Duke Energy proxy and would like to assign it so that someone can go inside the meeting, contact Kelly Martin <kelly.martin@sierraclub.org>.
    • Other ideas and suggestions welcomed!

If you are planning to bring a carpool of folks to the events, Sierra Club has some funds available to provide assistance. You will need to contact Kelly Martin and complete a form for partial reimbursement.

Spread the word and see you on April 30th and May 1st!

Now is the Time for YOU to Take Action on Coal Ash

North Carolina Chapter Sierra Club

Dear Friends,

Citizens across North Carolina are taking action to hold Duke accountable for their massive coal ash spill into the Dan River. And now our legislators need to follow through to make sure nothing like this ever happens again in North Carolina.

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We have the momentum on our side– but your legislators need to hear from their constituents. That’s where you come in.

With 36 days until the start of the legislative session on May 14, now is the best time to meet with legislators at home in their districts. The message is clear: the North Carolina General Assembly needs to make sure Duke Energy cleans up its waste at the three dozen unlined wet coal ash pits across the state, all of which threaten local water resources.

Join the NC Sierra Club and our allies on a webinar at 6:00 p.m. on April 10 to get the training and the tools to effectively advocate and educate your legislators on coal ash.

With 170 legislators to meet with, it’s time to get started securing support from your legislators for meaningful action when the legislature reconvenes in May! Sign up today to get you and your neighbors started.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/205129519

Title: Coal Ash Training

Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

Location: Online

Please let me know if you have any questions about this training or what you can do make sure all of the coal ash in our state is cleaned up and moved away from our water supplies!

Cheers,

Zak Keith
Lead Organizer, NC Sierra Club

P.S. – Registration for our free webinar is fast and easy!  Don’t miss your chance to find out what you can do to help make sure Duke Energy’s toxic coal ash gets cleaned up!