Happy 40th Birthday Mecklenburg Park and Rec!

Thanks to all the great Park & Rec staff that work so hard to preserve, protect and help us enjoy our natural treasures!

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Celebrates 40 Years of ‘Recreating All Year’

July is a BIG month for your Park and Recreation Department. The department will recognize National Park and Recreation Month and celebrate its 40th birthday!

Help celebrate by enjoying a new activity this month:

  • Visit a park or nature preserve
  • Take a run or ride your bike on a greenway
  • Participate in a recreation or fitness center program
  • Tee off at one of five Park and Rec golf courses, or try disc golf at one of our 15 courses
  • Cool off at the Aquatic Center, Ray’s Splash Planet, an outdoor pool or sprayground
  • Go camping at McDowell Nature Preserve – don’t forget the s’mores!
  • Hit the lakes and launch your boat at one of our many launches or rent a canoe at Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
  • Go mountain biking – we’ve got over 40 miles of trails just for you and your bike
  • Go fishing in any of our lakes or ponds. With over 27 miles of shoreline and numerous fishing piers, you will find a favorite spot.
  • Visit a Historic Site and learn about Mecklenburg’s past
  • And so much more!

Visit www.parkandrec.com to learn more.

 

 

 

 

Webinar: How To Testify at EPA Clean Power Plan Hearing

LEARN HOW TO TESTIFY! Want to learn more about how to give effective public comments on the Clean Power Plan?

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Join us for a Webinar on July 24
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/540442391
The Chicago Organizing Team will lead a webinar on how to prepare persuasive testimony for the EPA Clean Power Plan hearings
Title: How To Testify at EPA Clean Power Plan Hearing
Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Time: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Outings Leader Training at Hanging Rock State Park–Aug 22-24–REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

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Hi Everyone,

We are excited to announce that registration for the upcoming Outings Leader Training (OLT) Weekend at Hanging Rock State Park is NOW OPEN! Space is limited and the registration deadline is Wednesday August 6th.

Training will include:

  • The Sierra Club Outdoor Leadership Training OLT201 (advanced OLT, this is required training to lead an overnight outing away from cars)
  • Basic First Aid (required of all Sierra Club Outings Leaders–you will receive a first aid card from ASHI good for two years at completion of the weekend)
  • Camping/Backpacking Skills
  • Special presentation by Recreation Specialist, Trevor Hudspeth (NOLS Wilderness EMT and NC EMT) on Wilderness Survival Skills!

Visit our Outings Calendar and on our Outings Resources | North Carolina Chapter for more information and the link for registration (via Eventbrite). There is a working document on our Outings Resource page that has additional details about the weekend.

Please note that we will not be teaching OLT101 this weekend–which is required for all Outings Leaders and must be renewed every 4 years. Outings Leaders (or Outings Leaders In-Training) that need to renew or take their OLT101 requirement should do so online prior to the training. Links and info are included in the announcements.

There will be some classroom instruction but we will be also be doing quite a bit of “on the trail” teaching/learning. It’s going to be a great time–we hope many of you will be able to make it!!!

-NC Chapter Outings Committee

Stop the Invasive Invasion at Evergreen Nature Preserve – July 12th

Stop the Invasive Invasion at Evergreen Nature Preserve – July 12th

Preserve Our Preserves Service Outing

Saturday, July 12, 2014

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Winterfield Elementary School

3100 Winterfield Pl, Charlotte, NC

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.

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

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And for you Kudzu Killers that want to learn more about identifying invasive plants, here’s a resource recommended by Mary Lou Buck!

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July 12 – Evergreen Nature Preserve Service Outing

Join us next weekend, Saturday July 12th, for a fun day of service, getting outdoors, and meeting new folks! Check out some photos from last month’s service outing (click on photo below) and I’m sure you’ll want to experience this beautiful Mecklenburg County resource.

Evergreen Nature Preserve

Preserve Our Preserves Service Outing

Saturday, July 12, 2014

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Winterfield Elementary School

3100 Winterfield Pl, Charlotte, NC

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.

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

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Take Action: Gather Comments to EPA on Carbon Pollution

Climate Change

President Obama promised that his administration would take action to confront the climate crisis — and now the EPA has finally proposed the first-ever safeguards against carbon pollution from our nation’s aging power plants.

This is a big deal, and the big polluters know it.

This is the beginning of what could be the biggest climate fight in history. Fossil fuel billionaires are mobilizing like never before. They’re already sending their lobbyists to Washington and spreading their fear-mongering talking points on Fox News.

Don’t let the fossil fuel billionaires get the last word. Flood the EPA with official comments saying that America is ready for strong climate action!

So what do I do with my signed comment forms? Bring them to our next monthly meeting or mail them to the NC Beyond Coal team at Sierra Club, 34 Wall Street Suite 709, Asheville, NC 28806. For questions or comments, contact contact Zak Keith or Emma Greenbaum.

Thanks for  being a Climate Action Champion!

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“Energizing Charlotte with Solar Power” – Program and Materials

We had a great turnout and response to our Solarize Charlotte program last night! Thanks again to Myers Park Baptist Church, the Cornwell Center, and the EarthKeepers for hosting the event. Big, big kudos and thanks to Mary Lou Buck for her great logistics and promotion, Rachel Shook for materials and signs, Bob Thomason for leading two tours of the church solar installation, and our presenters Solarize Champion Steve Rundle  and RED Group Jeff Redwine!!!

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Presentation on Solarize Charlotte Program

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Video on the RED Group and the Solarize Charlotte sign up/installation process

Video on Solarize Charlotte related tax issues

NC Solar Center: Residential Customer Guide to Going Solar

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Solarize Charlotte Resources

Solarize Charlotte
www.cleanerischeaper.com

Solarize Charlotte Facebook
www.facebook.com/SolarizeCharlotte

Renewable Energy Design Group, l3c (RED Group)     
www.redgroupnc.com

NREL’s PVWatts® Calculator 
www.pvwatts.nrel.gov

NC Sierra Club Solar
www.nc2.sierraclub.org/issue/solar

NC Sustainable Energy Association
www.energync.org

 

Please share this link and information with your friends and neighbors. Solarize Charlotte is hot, hot, hot!

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“Solarize Our City” – June 3rd

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I hope that you are enjoying the nice summer sun. I have some great news to share. Since our Earth Day launch, Solarize Charlotte supporters have continued to knock on doors, talk to community members at festivals and meetings across town, and get great media coverage.

It has been a huge success. We have over 200 homeowners signed up for free solar assessments. We have achieved our sign-up goal for the entire three month enrollment period in just one month. Thank you for all your hard work to help spread the word and sign up yourself.

Let’s keep the solar momentum going. Will you join us on Tuesday 6/3 to “Solarize Our City“?The “Solarize Our City” event will have two parts–first an opportunity to learn about the program from solar experts including our installer RED Group, Admirals Bank and an Accountant to cover tax credits. We will also have different outreaching opportunities for supporters to learn how you can help spread the word and make Solarize Charlotte the most successful program yet.

WHAT: “Solarize Our City”

WHEN: Tuesday, June 3rd from 5:30pm to 8pm
WHERE: International House in Plaza Midwood
(1817 Central Ave #215, Charlotte, NC 28205)
We hope that you will join us and make this event a great solar success.
For the power of the sun,
Hanna, Michael and Monica

 

PS: Don’t forget, Solarize Charlotte is a limited time offer and only available thru July 31st. Hurry and sign up today at CleanerisCheaper.com

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.

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Click below to see and share the presentation!

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Make your voice heard on coal ash – June 4 Coal Ash Lobby Day

North Carolina Chapter Sierra Club

Friends,

All across North Carolina, Duke Energy is storing coal ash in unlined pits directly adjacent to our rivers and lakes. In February, this unsafe and antiquated method of storing toxic waste came to the inevitable result when up to 40,000 tons of coal ash – laced with arsenic, mercury, and lead – gushed into the Dan River.

And North Carolina has 13 other power plants with coal ash ponds across the state that are threatening the health of communities and polluting our groundwater.

Now some lawmakers want to pick and choose which coal ash sites are cleaned up.

Join community members from across the state to tell your lawmakers that your community matters, and to ask them to clean up coal ash across North Carolina!

June 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Raleigh, NC (you do not need to be there the entire time)

Community members from across the state will meet with their lawmakers to express concerns about coal ash. No prior experience necessary. We will let lawmakers know that no community should be left behind in a full cleanup.

Please join us in Raleigh to make your voice heard.  Get in touch if you have questions. If you cannot make the lobby day but want to get involved please let me know.

Thank you,

Zak Keith
NC Lead Organizer, NC Sierra Club

PS. Don’t forget to sign up for the coal ash lobby day!