Training: Public Speaking for Solarize Charlotte

Come practice public speaking skills and learn about Solarize Charlotte outreach opportunities. Join Solarize Charlotte for a volunteer meeting on Thursday, June 19th to connect with other volunteers, and prepare to be a voice for solar energy in North Carolina. Free snacks will be provided!

When: Thursday, June 19 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Where: Area 15, 516 E 15th Street, Charlotte, NC

RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/813887218621437/

June 16 Webinar: Learn About the Newly-Proposed Carbon Pollution Limits for Existing Power Plants

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Learn About the Newly-Proposed Carbon Pollution Limits for Existing Power Plants

We invite you to join us next Monday, June 16, at 1:00 PM ET for an exciting discussion.

Register Today! 

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) continues its webinar series with a presentation on the newly-proposed carbon pollution limits for existing power plants. These webinars are your opportunity to learn about emerging environmental regulations, clean energy technologies, opportunities and issues that SACE engages in everyday.

On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release proposed standards for the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. These carbon pollution standards, under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, will be designed to significantly reduce harmful carbon dioxide emissions from our electricity sector. This webinar will provide an introduction to the proposed 111(d) regulations, explain what this means for utilities and regulators in the Southeast, and how you and your organization can be involved in this rule-making process. This webinar follows our February webinar on the same topic, and will include analysis of the proposed regulations following their June 2 release.

To register, please visit our webinar sign-up page, and don’t forget to mark Monday, June 16, 2014, 1:00 p.m. ET on your calendar!


Title: Learn About the Newly-Proposed Carbon Pollution Limits for Existing Power Plants
Date: Monday, June 16, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

 

Sierra Club Hike – Sat, June 21 – Moses Cone

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We’ll celebrate the first day of summer with a moderate 5 mile hike in the Moses Cone Memorial Park off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock.  Enjoy the cooler mountain weather and great views from the top of the Flat Top Tower.  We’ll be hiking on fairly smooth carriage trails that gradually ascend to the top of Flat Top Mountain.  We’ll meet at Moses Cone at 10 AM.  Contact Steve Copulsky to sign-up at scopulsky@mindspring.com or 704-543-7493.  Limited to 15 hikers.

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.

June 24 – “Energizing Charlotte with Solar Power”

Have you been considering solar energy for your home? Find out why now is the time to join the solar revolution going on in the greater Charlotte area! Solarize Charlotte offers group volume discounts; free financial analysis and site evaluation and expert installation by the Renewable Energy Design Group, L3c (RED Group); and, an easy financing option by Admirals Bank through their expedited solar loan process. Act now to take advantage of the special Solarize Charlotte program which ends July 31st. Make plans to join us for this informative and energizing program!

Energizing Charlotte with Solar Power
Making Residential Solar Easy and Affordable
June 24th Free Program and Tour

Tuesday, June 24th
Tours from 6:30 – 7:00 PM (Please RSVP to cleanerischeaper@gmail.com)
Program from 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Myers Park Baptist Church
The Cornwell Center – Learning Center Room
2001 Selwyn Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28207

For more information on Solarize Charlotte go to CleanerIsCheaper.com or call (919) 324-6508

 Click below to download and share the event flyer.Energizing Charlotte with Solar Power June 24

Energizing Charlotte with Solar Power June 24

 

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.

Residential Solar in North Carolina: What you need to know

You’re going to want to watch this one! If you have been thinking about installing solar on your home or want to help grow solar energy in the greater Charlotte area, take some time to watch and learn.

Residential Solar in North Carolina: What you need to know

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) continues its webinar series with a presentation on residential solar in North Carolina. The presentation will provide valuable information on the options and tradeoffs for homeowners thinking about going solar in the Tar Heel state. It will also include overviews and insights into two Solarize Campaigns currently accelerating residential solar adoption for North Carolinians.

This webinar will be moderated by Charlie Coggeshall, Renewable Energy Manager for SACE.

Guest speakers include:
Jim Kennerly, North Carolina Solar Center (NCSC)
Jim will highlight the details and options that every customer interested in going solar needs to know, as he provides an overview of NCSC’s recent reports: Residential Customer Guide to Going Solar.

Katie Bray, Solarize Asheville
Katie will provide some background on the “Solarize” movement, and the successes and lessons learned with Solarize Asheville over the past year.

Jeff Redwine, Renewable Energy Design Group, L3C (RED Group)
Jeff will discuss why RED Group was selected as the solar contractor for Solarize Charlotte, and the status and outlook for that campaign.

This program was developed with support from Greenpeace, Sierra Club, and Solarize Charlotte.

Preserve Our Preserves Service Outing – June 14 Evergreen Nature Preserve

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. 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.

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

When: Saturday, June 14. 9:00 – 12:00

Where:  Winterfield Elementary School, 3100 Winterfield Place, Charlotte, NC (Meet in parking lot)

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.

Evergreen Trail Map

Pres Obama Declares June as Great Outdoors Month – What You Can Do About It!

If you love getting out and about and enjoying yourself, Great Outdoors Month is the perfect month for you! It’s a great opportunity to encourage children in the importance of outside play and how getting out and about can be part of a healthy lifestyle. Getting out and about is often a free or cheap day out for families, and can be a lot of fun. It’s a great way to learn about nature and the environment and can form the basis of school projects.

Great Outdoors Week started in 1998 and expanded to Great Outdoors Month in 2004. It aims to encourage more people to get out and enjoy the world around them, whether that be simply by exercising or taking part in volunteer programs. There is so much the great outdoors has to offer so, this Great Outdoors Month, why not get out there and enjoy it!

Obama Great Outdoors Month June 2014

So what can I do about the 2014 Great Outdoors Month?

JUNE 2014 – GET ACTIVE!

Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Great Outdoors Month!

1. Take a hike! Whether you stroll through a familiar trail or explore new territory, taking a walk through the woods is great for your physical and mental health.

2. Try a new outdoor activity! What activity will spark your interest? Kayaking? Fishing? Ziplining? No matter what you choose, your mind and body will thank you for getting up, active, and outdoors.

3. Have a picnic lunch in the park! June 11 is Fee Waiver Day for National Forests and June 21 is Fee-Free Day for National Parks. Take advantage of these days by packing your favorite foods and going on a picnic. There’s nothing quite like dining al fresco, surrounded by nature.

4. Have a campout in your backyard! June 25th is the 7th annual Great American Backyard Campout. Enjoy the pleasures of camping without even leaving the neighborhood. Pitch a tent, build a fire, share scary stories. This simple staycation will make you feel miles from home.

5. Explore! This month, take some time to explore the outdoor amenities in your area. We often let ourselves get consumed with day-to-day chores and don’t take time to appreciate the beauty around us. Even taking a stroll after dinner will help you slow down, relax, and take in all your neighborhood has to offer.

Source: https://www.presidentschallenge.org/newsletter/articles/06-2014-get-active.html

 

Even more ideas and resources

Recreation.gov
National Boating and Fishing Week

National Fishing and Boating Week NFBW is from June 1 to 8 highlights the importance of recreational boating and fishing in enhancing peoples’  quality of life and preserving our country’s natural beauty.  Actively supported by state fisheries and boating agencies and the fishing and boating industries, the week had hundreds of events including kids fishing derbies and free fishing days.

National Trails Day

National Trails Day ® NTD is a celebration of America’s Trail System which takes place on June 7 at over 2,000 locations nationwide attracting hundreds of thousands of diverse trail enthusiasts.  The day also features designations of new National Recreational Trails.

Great American Backyard Campout

Great American Backyard Campout On the fourth Saturday in June, hundreds of thousands of people will gather in their backyards and community parks to share an experience sleeping out under the stars.

National Marina Day

National Marina Day Marinas across the nation welcome the public each second Saturday of June to help non-boaters get out on the water and learn about the boating lifestyle.  Each event is unique, and celebrates boating as a fun-filled, affordable activity anyone can enjoy.

National Getoutdoors Day

National Get Outdoors Day GO Day takes place on the second Saturday of June 14. Over 100,000 people, mostly from urban communities, will learn about fun in the Great Outdoors at over 150 sites nationwide. The events will highlight next steps, including ECO-events in national forests, and the expanding fun at ski areas in non-snow periods.