July 23rd Monthly Meeting: Outdoor Treasures of Mecklenburg County

Outdoor Treasures

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.

Sierra Club and Solarize Charlotte – A Perfect Match

Our Wednesday monthly meeting drew a big crowd and lots of first timers. So glad that you joined us!

Special thanks to our presenters and panel members Steve Rundle, Solarize Charlotte Champion, Hanna Mitchell, Solarize Charlotte Outreach, and Jeff Redwine, Co-Founder of RED Group who provided some great information about solar installation and the Solarize Charlotte program.

Following the Q&A the attendees broke into 2 groups to brainstorm and plan events for getting the word out about Solarize Charlotte (photos by Renee Reese and Ahmer Inam).

For more information, to request a presentation, or to volunteer to be a Solarize Charlotte Champion, email Bill Gupton or Hanna Mitchell.

SC and SolChar Steve

SC and SolChar Jeff

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Click below to see and share the presentation!

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May 28 – “Making Every Day a Sun Day: How We Can Solarize Charlotte”

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Thomas Edison was right long before solar energy became an affordable option for homeowners. The availability of generous federal and state tax credits, low interest rates, and ease of installation make this the time to put solar energy panels on roof tops across North Carolina. Whether you’ve considered installing solar in the past or are just passionate about supporting clean and renewable energy, this is the time for us to learn the facts and finances about solar energy installation and encourage our friends and neighbors to become part of the solar energy revolution.

Make plans to join us Wednesday, May 28th, at 6:30 PM to learn how you can “Make Every Day a Sun Day and Solarize Charlotte”. The program will include a presentation by Steve Rundle, Solarize Charlotte Champion, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. Joining Steve on the panel will be Hanna Mitchell, Solarize Charlotte Outreach, and Cynthia Redwine, Founder of RED Group. The meeting will be held in the Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28203. Cumberland Avenue is off of the 1500 block of East Boulevard.

Our meeting starts off at 6:30 PM with free pizza, refreshments and a chance to meet and socialize with other Sierra Club members and friends. The business meeting and program will begin at 7:00 PM. Non-members and potential new members are very welcome!

The program is free and open to the public and you do not have to be a member to attend. Free parking is available.

Bring a friend or two; you’ll be glad you did!

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Reminder – Monthly Meeting Next Wednesday – 2/26 Sometimes what happens in Vegas needs to be Shared – 2/26/14

Please join us on February 26, 2014 for an exciting discussion of an outstanding example of sustainability in a US city.

In June of 2013, Tom Perrigo, Chief Sustainability Officer of the City of Las Vegas, gave a webinar hosted by Sustainable City Network.

On 2/26/14 the Central Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club will present this webinar at our monthly meeting in Freedom Park.

In this one hour webinar Perrigo describes the challenges faced, the accomplishments achieved, and the forward looking sustainability goals of Las Vegas.

We will follow the presentation with a lively discussion of Charlotte’s sustainability status. If Vegas can do it, what’s going on with Charlotte?

Our meeting starts off at 6:30 PM with pizza, refreshments and a chance to meet and socialize with other Sierra Club members and friends. The business meeting and program will begin at 7:00 PM. Non-members and potential new members are very welcome!

Central Piedmont Sierra Club meetings are held in the Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28203. Cumberland Avenue is off of the 1500 block of East Boulevard.

The program is free and open to the public and you do not have to be a member to attend.

Free parking is available.

Bring a friend or two; you’ll be glad you did! See you there

* Start the New Year off Right – Sierra Club Monthly Meeting Tonight, 1/22 at 6:30PM

Green 2014

2014 is going to be an exciting year for the Sierra Club! Join us tonight to hear about our Celebrating 50 Years of Wilderness plans, key conservation goals, our outings and special events programs, important political issues, and much, much more.

We also have a great program planed. We’ll be looking at how can we move North Carolina and the greater Charlotte area Beyond Coal and to a Clean Energy Future? What’s up with Duke Energy and their long term plans for dirty energy, clean energy, and energy efficiency? What can be done to Solarize Charlotte?

Join us on Wednesday, January 22, as we welcome Sierra Club NC Beyond Coal campaign representative Emma Greenbaum for an update of our NC Beyond Coal Campaign, an interactive Q&A, and a planning session to go all in to “Move NC Beyond Coal to Clean Energy”. There will also be updates on the latest conservation and political issues, new outings for the coming month, and exciting ways to be active in the Sierra Club. Don’t miss this this first monthly meeting of 2014!

Our meeting starts off at 6:30 PM with pizza, refreshments and a chance to meet and socialize with other Sierra Club members and friends. The business meeting and program will begin at 7:00 PM. Non-members and potential new members are very welcome!

Central Piedmont Sierra Club meetings are held in the Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28203. Cumberland Avenue is off of the 1500 block of East Boulevard.

The program is free and open to the public and you do not have to be a member to attend.

Free parking is available.

Bring a friend or two; you’ll be glad you did! See you there

* Moving NC Beyond Coal to Clean Energy – Jan 22 Monthly Meeting

No Going Back

“We need to be very clear about what it is that we’re fighting for: a 100 percent clean energy economy. Today, the Sierra Club needs to do for clean energy solutions what John Muir did for wilderness exploration and getting people into the outdoors. We need to bring our passion and our muscle and our intellect to bear and accelerate the clean energy revolution; drive oil, gas, and coal companies off our priceless public lands; and secure a carbon-free power sector by 2030.”

~ Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club

How can we move North Carolina and the greater Charlotte area Beyond Coal and to a Clean Energy Future? What’s up with Duke Energy and their long term plans for dirty energy, clean energy, and energy efficiency? What can be done to Solarize Charlotte?

Join us on Wednesday, January 22, as we welcome Sierra Club NC Beyond Coal campaign representative Emma Greenbaum for an update of our NC Beyond Coal Campaign, an interactive Q&A, and a planning session to go all in to “Move NC Beyond Coal to Clean Energy”. There will also be updates on the latest conservation and political issues, new outings for the coming month, and exciting ways to be active in the Sierra Club. Don’t miss this this first monthly meeting of 2014!

Our meeting starts off at 6:30 PM with pizza, refreshments and a chance to meet and socialize with other Sierra Club members and friends. The business meeting and program will begin at 7:00 PM. Non-members and potential new members are very welcome!

Central Piedmont Sierra Club meetings are held in the Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28203. Cumberland Avenue is off of the 1500 block of East Boulevard.

The program is free and open to the public and you do not have to be a member to attend.

Free parking is available.

Bring a friend or two; you’ll be glad you did! See you there…

 

* Sierra Club 2013 Year in Review

Thanks to everyone for the great food and fellowship last night at our monthly meeting! It was a great time to get together and reflect about our challenges and accomplishments in 2013. Again,  thanks to the many members, supporters and partner organizations that helped to make all this happen. Click below to see the presentation.

I hope that you’ll review it and think about the great work that we accomplished and how you’ll help to make a difference in 2014.

Enjoy!

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Sierra Club Year in Review and Potluck Dinner – Dec 18

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Note: Our December meeting will be held on Dec 18 due to the Holidays. There will be no meeting on December 25.

So much has happened this year – good and bad – at the local, state, and national level dealing with the environment. Central Piedmont Sierra Club members, supporters and partners have made a huge difference! There is so much to be proud about in  2013 and so much left to do in 2014. Let’s celebrate our great work together as we prepare to preserve, protect and enjoy our planet in 2014!

Join us on Wednesday, December 18, at 7:00 PM for a Sierra Club Potluck Dinner and a 2013 Year in Review. Bring an entree, side dish, or dessert and we’ll provide the beverages and eco- friendly plates, cups, etc. Come and see and discuss images from our work together this past year.

Central Piedmont Sierra Club meetings are held in the Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28203. Cumberland Avenue is off of the 1500 block of East Boulevard.

The program is free and open to the public and you do not have to be a member to attend. Free parking is available.

Bring a friend or two; you’ll be glad you did! See you there…

* Nov 20 Sierra Club Meeting: Special Treat with Dirt! The Movie – Dirt Pudding!

Yummy! I love my sister’s Dirt Pudding! Since she’s in the hospital this week (get well soon Janet!), I’ll be making a batch of Dirt Pudding for those that join us November 20 at 6:30 PM for our monthly Central Piedmont Sierra Club meeting. And yes, we’ll also have free pizza.

Due to the Holidays, our November monthly meeting will be held on Nov 20th (no meeting on Nov 27). Note: Our December meeting will be held on Dec 18 due to the Holidays. There will be no meeting on Dec 25.

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Dirt! The Movie is an insightful and timely film that tells the story of the glorious and unappreciated material beneath our feet.
Inspired by William Bryant Logans acclaimed book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, Dirt! The Movie takes a humorous and substantial look into the history and current state of the living organic matter that we come from and will later return to.
Dirt! The Movie will make you want to get dirty.

Our meeting starts off at 6:30 PM with pizza, refreshments and a chance to meet and socialize with other Sierra Club members and friends. The business meeting and program will begin at 7:00 PM. Non-members and potential new members are very welcome!

Central Piedmont Sierra Club meetings are held in the Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28203. Cumberland Avenue is off of the 1500 block of East Boulevard.

The program is free and open to the public and you do not have to be a member to attend. Free parking is available.

Bring a friend or two; you’ll be glad you did! See you there…

 

* Give Thanks for the Earth, Dirt! that is – Nov 20

Due to the Holidays, our November monthly meeting will be held on Nov 20th (no meeting on Nov 27). Note: Our December meeting will be held on Dec 18 due to the Holidays.

Just in time for the Holidays, an award winning documentary that will educate, inspire, and celebrate the magic of the living earth. Join us for a viewing and discussion of Dirt! The Movie – A story with heart and soil.

Here’s a review by Jonathan Kim in Huffington Post:

“The documentary DIRT! The Movie reminds us that what really matters on this planet is what happens in the first 6-8 inches of soil, the layer that makes much of life on earth possible. Because as far as we know, no other planet has the kind of living skin that earth does, full of organisms that can digest organic materials to make nutrients accessible to other forms of life. Combine that with energy from the sun and all forms of land-based life become possible — remove one of those components and the system (and life) collapses.

That’s why we need to be concerned. Humans are doing grievous damage to our soil through strip mining, mountaintop removal, pollution, bad agricultural practices and other activities that promote erosion. Humans are killing the soil and letting it be carried away by the wind or washed into the sea. It takes approximately 100 years to naturally create just one inch of topsoil, and the world is losing 25 billion tons of topsoil a year due to erosion, with the US letting its soil be eroded at a rate 10-17 times faster than it can be replaced. As DIRT! points out, much of human history has been a struggle over who has productive soil. If humans allow this most precious resource to be destroyed or lost, we can’t mine more or travel to another planet to get some. The planet as we know it will truly be dead.”

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Our meeting starts off at 6:30 PM with pizza, refreshments and a chance to meet and socialize with other Sierra Club members and friends. The business meeting and program will begin at 7:00 PM. Non-members and potential new members are very welcome!

Central Piedmont Sierra Club meetings are held in the Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28203. Cumberland Avenue is off of the 1500 block of East Boulevard.

The program is free and open to the public and you do not have to be a member to attend. Free parking is available.

Bring a friend or two; you’ll be glad you did! See you there…