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April 12, 2024 By Apriori Diaz (She/Ella/They)

Angeles Chapter Activists taking climate action and advance their commitment to local Climate and Energy Justice

The Angeles Chapter Welcomes New Communications Coordinator Megan Spatz!

April 3, 2024 By Charming Evelyn

Black Women for Wellness' Environmental Justice team has released a comprehensive water guide aimed at addressing water equity in South LA. 

April 1, 2024 By Nicole Levin, Dirty Fuels Campaign
Last Monday, Sierra Club and our partners (Food and Water Action, Climate Brunch, and Center for Biological Diversity) launched a canvass in Signal Hill. We knocked on over 150 doors and educated residents about the harmful health effects of living near oil drilling and the proposed 20-year permit extension for oil drilling by Signal Hill Petroleum. 

April 1, 2024 By Jennifer Gregg

We're just 10% towards our Spring fundraising goal, and your participation is critical in our collective effort to ensure our work is sustained in this critical time. Help us fund our work and save paper by making an online donation today.


April 1, 2024 By Jennifer Gregg
Top Three Reasons to Buy Your Tickets to this Year’s Angeles Chapter Awards Banquet and Celebration: 1) A Keynote Speaker who “freaking loves nature!” 2) More honorees than before! 3) Early Bird Pricing!

March 29, 2024 By Hoiyin Ip, Al Sattler and Bill Lane

The rainstorms continue to turn the ocean into a dumping ground, inundating it with a deluge of trash, including a lot of single-use plastics that should have never been produced in the first place. 

March 29, 2024 By Swell Energy
Swell Energy invites you to join us in celebrating Earth Month with Sierra Club Angeles!  Discover how solar and energy storage are reducing greenhouse gas emissions and making a positive impact on our planet. Plus, as a member or friend of Sierra Club Angeles, your solar or storage installation can help support the important work the Angles chapter is doing to build sustainable communities powered by clean, renewable energy – Swell will donate up to $750 to the Angeles chapter for each new installation. Don't miss out on this opportunity to save money and help the environment! 

March 29, 2024 By David Tewksbury
A brand-new program from the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is bearing fruit. One of the provisions of the IRA, passed in 2022, is the creation of a program that allows non-taxable entities to receive direct funding for new solar power installation and production. Already, the IRA is expanding clean power in South Pasadena, the City of Orange, and other communities in Southern California.  

March 28, 2024 By Hoiyin Ip, Sierra Club California Zero Waste Committee Co-Chair

No amount of plastic recycling can save the people dying from cancer due to pollution from nearby plastic manufacturing facilities. Earth Day themed 'Planet v. Plastics' calls for collective action towards environmental justice.

March 24, 2024 By Jackson Goulding

William Mulholland, mastermind behind the now 110 year old Los Angeles Aqueduct, spoke these words as water first surged down through the channel and began to make its way towards Southern California. Now over a century later, the region has heeded Mulholland’s order, demanding water at alarming rates and leaving a slew of ecological problems in its wake.

March 24, 2024 By Sydney Pitcher and Barry Pulver

For decades, raw sewage from Tijuana, Mexico has, and continues, to flow across the border into San Diego, California.  This discharge flows into the Tijuana River Valley, and ultimately to the Pacific Ocean.  This pollution has negatively impacted the Tijuana River Valley and the Tijuana River Estuary, one of the last remaining estuaries in California, and the beaches.  Unhealthy concentrations of fecal indicator bacteria has forced the County of San Diego to close 10 miles of beach access from the US-Mexico Border all the way to the beaches of Coronado.

March 24, 2024 By Conner Everts & Kellie Prather

Southern California Cities are moving towards independence from imported water from faraway watersheds and the Bay Delta Estuary. Given the extremes of dry and wet weather with climate change, forward thinking Southern California cities are relying more on local water supplies including fully treating wastewater or sewage to the point that it is cleaner than what comes out of your faucet. These programs are called PURE Water and after extensive research and testing, state issued guidelines finally came out this year.

March 23, 2024 By Mahtisa Djahangiri

30x30 is the global movement to protect 30% of our planet’s land and water by 2030 as a stepping stone toward protecting at least half of the Earth by 2050. 30x30 aims to protect and restore biodiversity, expand access to nature, and mitigate and build resilience to climate change in order to ensure a liveable climate for all.

March 23, 2024 By Evelyn Wendel

WeTap and the Sierra Club are the perfect ‘water partners.’ Collaboration and communication are the keys to healthy communities and a clean environment.

March 23, 2024 By Water Hub @ Climate Nexus

The Color of Water Initiative was created by the Water Hub to build voice and visibility for people of color in the water movement. Our goal is to connect reporters with a more diverse set of experts, and build capacity for these experts to elevate the stories of their communities, which have often been left out of conversations around water.

March 23, 2024 By Kalyn Simon

Mulch, mulch, mulch! And add compost
This is a key to making every drop of water stretch. Use mulch in your garden! Mulch is a layer of organic material used in the garden to cover bare soil. Mulch is extremely effective in helping the soil to retain moisture, keeping plants cool, and suppressing weeds (which take water from your desired plants). Mulch comes in various forms including wood chips, straw, leaves, compost, etc. In the fall, instead of throwing away your leaves, save them for your garden. Similarly, you can call your local arborist and ask them to deliver wood chips to your property (free resources).

March 23, 2024 By Leslie Purcell

The United States Space Force recently released a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposal by the Phantom Space Corporation for up to 48 launches a year, from Vandenberg Space Force Base (VSFB) in Santa Barbara County, of expendable rockets that will end up in the ocean offshore of Baja, in international waters.

March 22, 2024 By Shirley Nixon

Angeles Chapter’s Water Committee’s newer member Shirley Nixon, a former public interest environmental lawyer from WA state, ponders her continuing discoveries of differences between Washington & California’s approaches to water management.

March 20, 2024 By SK Bulander

With half of the world’s population experiencing water scarcity for at least a month a year, we are teetering on the brink of a global crisis. Our freshwater sources are stretched thinner and thinner as our populations grow and climate change exacerbates droughts and floods. 60% of these water sources are shared between borders but with only 16% of the countries that rely on them having cooperation agreements,this pressure can snap quickly and transform water into a trigger for violence, a weapon, or a casualty.

March 20, 2024 By Yvonne Martinez Watson

The Whittier Narrows Dam is an earthen dam constructed in 1957 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The dam stretches across a narrow gap between the Montebello Hills and the Whittier Hills at the confluence of the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel Rivers. Rosemead Boulevard (California State Route 19) crosses over the top of the dam and passes through the flood plain bordered by both rivers. The main purpose of the dam is to provide flood protection to more than 1.2 million people living in communities below the dam while also capturing  storm water for groundwater recharge.

March 20, 2024 By Annelisa Ehret Moe, Heal the Bay & Charming Evelyn

From the mountains, through our streets, rivers, and neighborhoods, and down to the ocean, our watersheds connect us all throughout LA County. Heal the Bay is dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds in Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy, and clean because the protection of water quality means protection of our ecosystem, of our own health, and the health of our family, our friends, and our community.

March 7, 2024 By Evelyn Wendell is a member of the Angeles Chapter Water Committee and the Founding Director of WeTap.

Bringing awareness to public fountains, the safety of tap water and the issues with single use plastic bottles is a key to a healthy and environmentally sound future. The City of Los Angeles is proud to host the 2028 Olympics. WeTap’s project, 2028 for 2028, identifies 2000+ cites using scientific analysis and mapping, as well as common sense to improve access to public drinking fountains in Los Angeles, focusing on outdoor public locations with high value to communities.

March 7, 2024 By Jakob Evans, Organizer with Sierra Club California

Remote Participation is key for many of our campaigns. Learn why!

March 5, 2024 By Sydney Pitcher and Barry Pulver

For decades, raw sewage from Tijuana, Mexico has, and continues, to flow across the border into San Diego, California.  This discharge flows into the Tijuana River Valley, and ultimately to the Pacific Ocean.  This pollution has negatively impacted the Tijuana River Valley and the Tijuana River Estuary, one of the last remaining estuaries in California, and the beaches.  Unhealthy concentrations of fecal indicator bacteria has forced the County of San Diego to close 10 miles of beach access from the US-Mexico Border all the way to the beaches of Coronado.


March 1, 2024 By Kimberly Orbe, Senior Conservation Program Manager

On Thursday, February 22nd, the Metro Board voted (11-0) to approve the EIR for Frank McCourt's LA Art Gondola Project. A disappointing outcome. This was despite the dozens of community activists (Chinatown residents, environmentalists, professors, park advocates, journalists etc.) who spoke against this project that is unsolicited and against the desires of the community that would be negatively impacted by the construction and ongoing gentrification of the area.

Recent California storms underscore the urgent need for resilient energy solutions amid climate challenges. Severe weather led to widespread power outages in LA and Orange Counties, highlighting the importance of home energy storage. Swell Energy is dedicated to utilizing solar and storage technologies for a more resilient future. Discover our partnership with Swell Energy.

February 28, 2024 By Kalyn Simon

Tips on how to grow your own food at home and use water efficiently in the process.


February 25, 2024 By Hoiyin Ip

The 2024 California legislative session brings a variety of plastic bills. It's pivotal to bolster our efforts in Irvine with statewide energy. Join us on March 16 for a hybrid Plastic Waste Reduction Town Hall co-hosted by Councilmember Treseder and the Sierra Club. 

February 1, 2024 By Apriori Diaz, Activist Academy Intern

Who's ready to meet this year's Activist Academy Trainers? They can't wait for classes to begin.

February 1, 2024 By Lindsey Flowers, Swell Energy

Over the past year, Swell Energy has installed 36 home energy systems for Sierra Club members, marking a significant step towards reducing carbon footprints and promoting renewable energy solutions.

With a club that is largely run by volunteers, I am often faced with how to ask them for donations, especially when they are already freely donating so much of their time.

February 1, 2024 By Jennifer Gregg

Early Bird Pricing! Tickets and Table Registrations are Now Open for the Angeles Chapter Annual Banquet and Awards Celebration.

January 8, 2024 By Nguyen Tran, ICO Volunteer

A note from the Angeles ICO: And that’s a wrap!! Thanks to the incredible support during our REI gift wrapping fundraiser, we raised $2530. We can’t wait to use the generous donations we’ve received to plan more outdoor trips for our community’s underserved youths.

December 4, 2023 By Kim Orbe, Senior Conservation Program Manager

On Saturday, December 2nd, Sierra Club volunteers, community activists, and elected officials gathered to learn more about the ongoing need for rooftop solar investments. The tour was facilitated by Revamp Energy President, Jay Cutting, who was able to walk us through this special solar rooftop project in Monrovia. 

December 4, 2023 By Hoiyin Ip

After seven years of community advocacy, the City of Irvine drafted a plastics ban, which would be the most comprehensive municipal ban in the country. Three weeks before City Council’s vote, a coalition of statewide industry groups launched a campaign to oppose it. City council nixed it. 

December 4, 2023 By Jennifer Gregg, Chapter Fundraising Officer
Your gifts to the Angeles Chapter can help us wrap up 2023 with the financial support that we need to sustain the projects and programs that you care most about.

The top vote-getters in the ExComm election were Ellis Raskin, John Monsen, Aura Vasquez, Diane Trautman, and Anneliese Piñeda Klein. These five will join the 2024-2025 Executive Committee as at-large members to serve two year terms. Congratulations to the new at-large members-elect and, of course, thank you to all the candidates who ran and those who cast a ballot.

December 4, 2023 By Amanda Stemen, Central Group

The Los Angeles Aerial Rapid Transit (LA ART) project, also known as the Dodger Stadium Gondola or The McCourt Gondola, continues to be a viable project; however, multiple entities must approve the project in order for it to come to fruition. This is useful news as the project continues to face opposition from community members and organizations due to the lack of community input and transparency throughout the planning process and its harmful environmental impact on the area, particularly the Los Angeles State Historic Park.

December 4, 2023 By Nguyen Tran, ICO Volunteer

Veteran’s Day weekend was the “first” for many participants of Sierra Club’s Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO). For some, it was their first time braving a hike. For others, it was their first time touching a kitchen stove. For many, it was their first time enjoying the beauty of Anza Borrego State Park. Yet, collectively, it was a peaceful weekend surrounded by the warmth of community, an escape from the hold of social media and technology.

November 10, 2023 By Roberto Morales, Sr. Field Representative Sierra Club
On Tuesday, November 7, 2023, USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources Dr. Homer Wilkes held a listening session for a long time effort to expand the San Gabriel National Monument. Sierra Club National and local LA Chapter alongside partners from the Nature for All Coalition and supporters of the San Gabriel Mountains Forever Campaign, composed of dozens of conservation groups, helped mobilize more than 150 community members and provided over 100 in person comments in support as well as thousands of petition signatures calling on the Biden Administration to expand the National Monument through the antiquities act.

November 2, 2023 By Morgan Goodwin - Senior Director, Angeles Chapter
As Bill approaches the end of his time working for the Sierra Club, I sat down with him to talk about what he’s learned in that time, hear some stories, and look at what’s as true about the Sierra Club as ever. 
Bill started as a front desk volunteer at the chapter offices. He then worked for the chapter and as the Southern California Regional Rep for that national field team on the Tejon Ranch settlement, the Sequoia National Monument, and the OC Toll Road campaign, before being hired by national and eventually running the Beyond Coal Campaign. 
In this interview, Bill reflects on the power of a bright-line goal to organize around. He talks about how to be in relationship with each other and our members. We discuss the ways in which the Beyond Coal campaign has transformed the Sierra Club, and also the qualities of the organization that remain as strong as ever.

November 1, 2023 By Elizabeth Neat

Elizabeth Neat Shares Sensory Strategies and Safety Insights from the ICO Retreat at Harwood Lodge!

November 1, 2023 By Nguyen Tran, Chapter Librarian

We invite you to our inaugural Angeles Chapter Library Committee meetings in November! Explore the rich history and future possibilities of our library. Save the dates, and let's shape the library's future together!

November 1, 2023 By Kim Orbe, Senior Conservation Program Manager
Pollution Free Cooking to Celebrate Your Holiday Festivities

November 1, 2023 By George Vine, Pasadena Group

In a campaign update from Pasadena activist leader George Vine of the Sierra Club, the Pasadena 100 coalition finds itself in an unwavering battle against the city's electric utility to accomplish a 100% fossil fuel-free electricity goal by 2030, persistently pushing for environmental change despite obstacles and resistance.

October 31, 2023 By Morgan Goodwin - Senior Director, Angeles Chapter

Explore the heartfelt dedication behind the San Antonio Ski Hut in this photo essay by Morgan Goodwin. From hauling supplies to painting the exterior, witness the collective effort and love that go into maintaining this mountain gem.

October 2, 2023 By Angeles Chapter Library Committee
Are you the kind of person who enjoys perusing bookshelves? Do you have an interest in Angeles Chapter archives and history? Does organizing and caring for one of the largest collections of books in the Sierra Club sound like your idea of fun? Do you want to help create library events and a community for members? We're forming a Chapter Library Committee 

September 29, 2023 By Jennifer Gregg, Chapter Fundraising Officer

Right now, all new monthly donations will be DOUBLED for an entire year! Last month, a few generous and passionate donors from the Angeles Chapter pooled their resources to create a match fund as their way to encourage new monthly donors. They know how important monthly donations are and they really hope that you will add your power to the work we do here in Los Angeles and Orange County. 

September 29, 2023 By Jennifer Gregg, Chapter Fundraising Officer
You are invited to join us at one of two Angeles Chapter Fundraising Workshops this October. The Fundraising Workshops are an exciting opportunity to learn directly from Ben Weiner, Sierra Club Chapter Fundraising Strategist. We are so honored that Ben is traveling to the Angeles Chapter to help us achieve growth in fundraising. This is Ben's area of expertise, and they'll be bringing a wealth of knowledge and energy to this Workshop. You won't want to miss this!