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Earth Day Presentation: Resilient Habitats Climate Recovery Campaign

Friday, April 22nd, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Apr 22nd 2011

Featured Speaker: Graham Taylor, Volunteer Coordinator, Greater Puget Sound Eco-Region

Hosted at REI, Lynnwood in Alderwood Mall.

Anchored by three National Parks -- Olympic, Mt. Rainier and the North Cascades, along with adjacent National Forest wilderness areas -- the Greater Puget Sound Region is home to a stunning array of wildlife, and provides us with clean water, recreation opportunities and healthy local economies.

From snowcaps to whitecaps, the region is feeling the pressure from climate change and other activities as evidenced by receding glaciers, dangerous warming of important salmon streams, increased flooding, massive private forest land conversions to non-forest uses, and increased fire threats on the east side of the Cascades. The Resilient Habitats campaign seeks to bring attention and protection to the region's wildlife, such as orca whales and Pacific salmon, wild lands, and human communities that coexist in these unique and fragile ecosystems.

Environmental Groups Take Action to Reduce Oil Companies’ Climate Pollution

August 24, 2010

Washington refineries are responsible for almost 8% of state’s global warming pollution output

SEATTLE, Wash – Today, Washington Environmental Council and the Cascade Chapter of the Sierra Club sent a 60-day notice of their intent to file a lawsuit in federal court seeking regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from BP’s Cherry Point oil refinery and four other oil refineries in Washington State. Together Washington refineries account for an estimated 8% of the state’s global warming pollution output, making the sector one of the largest single contributors of greenhouse gas emissions in Washington.

Wild Olympics Campaign Website Launched!

The Sierra Club is a founding member of the Wild Olympics Campaign,  a coalition working to protect watersheds on the Olympic Peninsula. 

Just a few of days ago, the Wild Olympics Campaign launched its official campaign website:  www.wildolympics.org    

Over the past year, the Campaign has been reaching out to other local stakeholders to build support listen to concerns and get feedback on our draft proposal. We have met with
timber interests, local elected officials, Tribes, conservation groups, backcountry horsemen, mountain bikers, businesses, community leaders, sport and commercial fishermen and other local residents.  Along the way we have found plenty of support, but our work is no where near over. 

2010 Election Endorsements by the Sierra Club, Cascade Chapter

If you want laws that will help solve the problem of global warming, protect clean water, clean air and our parks and forests, then check out our endorsed candidates and vote!

Energy and Conservation Groups Seek to Preserve State Energy Efficiency Rules

At Risk—Consumers’ Ability to Save Millions, Global Warming Pollution Reductions

July 6, 2010

Tacoma, WA --  Energy and conservation groups today filed court papers to defend Washington’s energy efficiency standards – standards that will save consumers millions of dollars and reduce harmful global warming pollution – against a lawsuit that aims to dismantle them.

The legal intervention by Earthjustice, NW Energy Coalition, Washington Environmental Council, Sierra Club, and Natural Resources Defense Council, filed in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, comes in response to a lawsuit by the Building Industry Association of Washington. The industry group has asked the court to strike down updated energy- saving standards for new homes built in Washington State, claiming that federal law prevents the state from requiring home builders to use energy efficient design elements in new construction projects. Energy advocates maintain the new rules comply with all federal requirements and should be implemented immediately.

Help Salmon and Orcas . . . Plant a Rain Garden

Protect our water . . . one rain garden at a time!

The Problem:
Urban storm water runoff or rain water collects pesticides, bacteria, hydrocarbons, and metals and transports this pollution into the Puget Sound.  To survive, endangered wild salmon and orcas need to receive clean, non-toxic water.

RAIN GARDENS - An Easy Solution:
Rain gardens are a type of low impact landscaping that diverts rain water into the ground instead of storm drains.  The native plant species in the garden help collect, filter, and absorb pollutants from storm water runoff.  The water then ends up in Puget Sound cleaner for salmon, orcas, and all marine life.

Big Oil Bailout Blocked in Senate



June 10, 2010
Contact: Kathleen Ridihalgh, 206-378-0114 x305

Senators Murray and Cantwell Voted against Murkowski Resolution that Would’ve Impeded Global Warming Action and Washington’s Clean Car rule

SEATTLE - The Cascade Chapter of the Sierra Club praised Senators Murray and Cantwell today for voting against a resolution that would have bailed out Big Oil and blocked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from enforcing the Clean Air Act to reduce global warming pollution. Senator Lisa Murkowski’s disapproval resolution failed on a vote of 53-47.

"It would have been remarkably irresponsible to allow polluters to be exempted from even more environmental laws as oil continues to gush into the gulf," said Kathleen Ridihalgh, Sr. Field Representative for the Sierra Club. "Now is the time to crack down on these industries, not let them off the hook. We commend Senators Murray and Cantwell for taking a stand. The Senate did the right thing by rejecting this measure."

Working Snake River for Washington: A New Approach to Resolving Columbia Basin Salmon Crisis

The Sierra Club, Cascade Chapter proudly announces its participation in a new project – Working Snake River for Washington - a collaboration of conservationists, clean energy proponents, salmon and orca advocates, fishermen, and businesses. After the government’s two-decade, multi-billion dollar failure to craft a lawful plan that protects the Columbia Basin’s wild salmon and steelhead from extinction, it is time for a new approach.

We are asking Senators Murray and Cantwell to help bring together key stakeholders to craft a comprehensive, durable plan that works for both people and salmon.

Last week, 60 leaders from eastern Washington jump-started the conversation by sending a letter asking for help to Senators Murray and Cantwell. Read the Eastside Letter here: http://www.workingsnakeriver.org/images/stories/snakeriver/pdf/murray-cantwell/MurrayCantwellLetterFinalAp29.pdf

Protect the Interests of Seattle's Most Vulnerable Populations

June 3, 2010

Dear Seattle City Council Members,

As you consider the terms of agreements for cost sharing and construction of the SR 99 deep bore tunnel project, we, the undersigned, encourage you to take actions to protect the interests of Seattle’s most vulnerable populations.

Low income residents, the elderly, children, and communities of color have little to gain from the proposed bored tunnel. They also have the most to lose in the unfortunate event of tunnel cost overruns. We ask that you take actions now to ensure that programs which serve the needs of these populations are not put at further risk if cost overruns occur. Specifically, we urge you to ensure that the state will take full responsibility for tunnel cost overruns, or to develop clear and transparent policy that indicates exactly how the city will pay for any tunnel cost overruns that might occur should the city be responsible as the Legislature intends.