SA Summer 2013
Mid-Hudson Group highlights treaty with Onondaga Nation
The Mid-Hudson Group joined over 80 other community organizations, social justice groups, faith communities, educational institutions and environmental groups as co-sponsors for the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign—a partnership between the Onondaga Nation (of the Haudenosaunee or Iroquois Confederacy) and its neighbors.
Today, a total of 8.5 gigawatts of solar electric capacity is online in the U.S.
In an unusual alliance that includes the state’s Business Council, the Atlantic Chapter and other environmental groups, local residents and businesses are calling upon the Public Service Commission (PSC) to identify cost-effective solutions to retire the failing coal-fired power plants in Dunkirk and Cayuga rather than convert them to natural gas.
One less expensive option is a transmission upgrade that would increase efficiency by more effectively moving existing power generated in New York around the state.
The Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club, with a coalition of environmental groups, has filed a lawsuit against the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for its deregulation of industrial dairy farms with 200 – 299 cows.
The DEC has rolled back clean water standards to allow medium-sized dairy CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) to operate without a permit, in clear violation of both federal and state law, with the likely result that untreated cow manure will run off into and contaminate nearby waters.
Are you interested in becoming more involved with the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, at a leadership level? The Atlantic Chapter is seeking nominations for volunteers to run for the Executive Committee (ExCom) at large seats.
The ExCom sets Sierra Club conservation policy in New York state and administers the Chapter. Some ExCom members are chosen by their local Groups. Others, the At-Large Delegates, are elected by the Chapter's statewide membership for two-year terms. This fall's election will fill five at-large seats.
In May, the Sierra Club and Protect the Adirondacks won two decisions in the Appellate Division of the NYS Supreme Court in our lawsuit against the proposed mega-development near the hamlet of Tupper Lake, winning a motion to go forward with an appeal on the discovery process, and denying the developer's motion to shorten our time to file our papers.
by Katherine Schwarz
Two high school seniors tied as first-place winners of an environmental essay contest sponsored by the Sierra Club Action Network and the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club, Population and Consumption Committee. (Click here to read the winning essays)