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March 6, 2023 By Conner Everts, SC Water Committee

Could the restoration of habitat in Southern California mean the return of the endangered Southern Steelhead Trout?

March 6, 2023 By Douglas Kent MS, MLA - SC Water Committee

Foraging urban weeds is historic, easy, and sustainable. The plants listed below can be found right outside your door, in public parks, and growing haphazardly in the pots on your balcony. Below are tips to keep you safe and 7 easy to find edible weeds for winter and spring. Bountiful harvests, incredible nutrition, and all for little or no irrigation. What better defines sustainability?

March 6, 2023 By Caty Wagner, Sierra Club CA

Sierra Club California staff recently attended tours of both the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility (ECL) and the WRD Albert Robles Center for Water Recycling and Environmental Learning (ARC) to have a better understanding of water recycling, water replenishment and the interconnectedness of water systems in Southern California. The takeaway- we need more water recycling centers and spreading ground (groundwater replenishment) facilities like these to solve California’s water crisis.

March 6, 2023 By Ed Maurer, Sierra Sage Group Management Committee
Being a climate activist can be daunting, and SolarApp+ can lighten the effort.  Since a lot more electricity generated from renewable sources is needed fast, and since governments on all levels don’t move fast, here’s one proposal your city council may actually act on fast.  With a little help from my friends at the Solar Rights Alliance, I got results in my city.

March 6, 2023 By Morgan Goodwin - Senior Director Angeles Chapter

The Sierra Club's new Executive Director, Ben Jealous, visited Los Angeles as part of his 6-week listening tour. He hiked with local leaders, had lunch with chapter chairs and directors, and participated in an open forum with the chapter's ExCom and staff. Ben's thoughtful responses and ideas left a positive impression on leaders, emphasizing the importance of investing in both global campaigns and leading local fights. This visit was significant, and everyone is excited to be part of building the next chapter with Ben as the new ED.

February 6, 2023 By Angeles Chapter Updates

The local grassroots campaign, Pasadena 100, has achieved a major victory by convincing the City Council to aim for 100% clean energy by 2030. This marks a five-year acceleration from LADWP's goal and could lead to the retirement of Pasadena's Glenarm gas plant. The community-led effort gathered thousands of signatures, garnered support from local organizations, and mobilized local residents to give public comment, making it clear that Pasadena is committed to a clean energy future.

February 6, 2023 By Angeles Chapter Updates

Swell Energy and the Solar Rights Alliance co-presented at the Sierra Club Orange County Open House on January 24th to inform homeowners about the benefits of renewable energy and the changes to the Net Energy Metering (NEM) program coming in April 2023. The NEM 3.0 changes will reduce the value of solar credits by as much as 75%. Sierra Club and Swell are urging homeowners to ACT NOW by March 15th to lock in the NEM 2.0 program and enjoy a faster payback on their investment in solar and energy storage.

February 2, 2023 By Angeles Chapter Updates

We are excited to announce our Chapter's Executive Officers for the coming term (2023)!

January 31, 2023 By Nicole Levin, Beyond Dirty Fuels Campaign Organizer

Last month, on January 24th, 2023, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors codified an ordinance that will prohibit new oil and gas extraction activities and phase out existing oil drilling in unincorporated Los Angeles County. This historic action, which does not address drilling in the Inglewood Oil Field, marks the first step toward ridding the nation’s most populous county of oil extraction that harms the health and safety of communities and the environment. 

January 27, 2023 By Angeles Chapter Updates

The Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, the Sierra Club's home in Yosemite National Park, is looking for volunteers to assist with interpretation during the season that begins May 3 and ends September 30, 2023.  

January 9, 2023 By Angeles Chapter Updates

The Glendale City Council is considering whether to waste money on new gas engines at the Grayson Power plant. We're here with Glendale Environmental Coalition to say "no new gas". Glendale doesn't need it, and the climate really doesn't need it.

Every year, the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter hosts a banquet to honor and recognize our outstanding volunteers, activists, and organizers that have demonstrated commitments to the advancement of our organization's mission. The banquet is our largest gathering, where we really experience the breadth of our membership and our accomplishments. Who do you know in the Sierra Club who has shown exemplary leadership or made contributions in conservation, political work, or outings? We’d like to hear your nomination!

January 9, 2023 By Swell Energy & Sierra Club Angeles Chapter

Your energy credits for solar reduce by as much as 75% after April 13, 2023. Don’t wait! Secure your energy at the best available rates RIGHT NOW!

January 6, 2023 By Morgan Goodwin - Senior Director Angeles Chapter

Sierra Club leaders attended a special Green New Deal event to sign the newly passed ordinances to phase out oil drilling, decarbonize new construction, and ban styrofoam containers. These are all key steps toward implementing LA’s ambitious and equitable Green New Deal.

December 5, 2022 By Jennifer Gregg, Chapter Fundraising Officer
The Sierra Club Angeles Chapter is grateful to Phil Gaimon, pro cyclist, author, and entertainer, for his initiative to support the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter.

December 5, 2022 By Angeles Chapter Communications

Living in Southern California means having oil drilling somewhere nearby. It has been this way for almost 100 years. Just look at historic photos of communities like Huntington Beach and there are forests of oil derricks. Big Oil likes being your neighbor, and as a California resident, you just had to live with this fact until a newly passed law. The law suggests that Oil and Gas interests have been a bad neighbor. Apparently, they have been a bad neighbor to enough Californians to get a law put on the books to kick them out and keep them out starting next month.

December 5, 2022 By Jonathan Howard, Communications Coordinator

LA’s first Black female Mayor, a pro-environmental majority on the Orange County Board of Supervisors for the first time, and the passage of Measure ULA in the City of Los Angeles. What the Midterm Election Results Mean for Climate Action and the Environment in our region.

December 5, 2022 By Jonathan Howard, Communications Coordinator

Four newly elected members of the Executive Committee will take office in January at the first board meeting of the year. They will join at-large Aura Vasquez, Liliana Griego, Steve Dunwoody, John Monsen  as well as delegates from each of the 14 regional groups, on the board

December 5, 2022 By Nicole Levin, Beyond Dirty Fuels Campaign Organizer

Culver City, a little city with just a little under 40,000 people — set a historic precedent for the wider LA area as the first city in recent history to phase out oil drilling and clean up existing oil wells by the end of 2029. From the ground, hear from the people who made it all happen. 

December 5, 2022 By Annie Wensley, SCMO Intern

This November, the Angeles Chapter had the opportunity to join the City of Long Beach at its Veterans Day Celebration on November 12th. Alongside the People of the Earth (POTE) Krew, we connected with the local Long Beach community to engage veterans, military members, and their families with the earth.

December 5, 2022 By Austin Mendoza, Building Electrification Intern
Southern California has been plagued by poor air quality that directly affects our health by causing or worsening respiratory conditions by exposing us to toxic emissions. Gas use in buildings produces a significant amount of indoor air pollution in places where we’d expect to be safe like our workplaces and homes. Building electrification also referred to as building decarbonization, removes fossil fuel energy sources from buildings, moving instead to all-electric energy sources that cause zero carbon emissions. At the moment, most building electrification policy efforts are focused on regulating new construction. In the last half of 2022, many cities in California have moved forward with local building electrification laws to protect our air. Here are some recent highlights.

December 5, 2022 By Swell Energy & Sierra Club Angeles Chapter
Have a question? It might be a frequently asked question…see if you can find your answer here. Of course, Swell is always happy to take your call or email to address your questions too. You can also check out common myths about solar that we’ve addressed with facts in this month’s Southern Sierran. Learn more about the Sierra Club Angeles and Swell Energy partnership offer of $500 cash back on the installation of solar, energy storage or both with a donation to your Sierra Club Angeles chapter of up to $750 here.

December 2, 2022 By Angeles Chapter Updates
The Sierra Club Angeles Chapter welcomes Jennifer Gregg as the new Fundraising Officer on staff at the chapter office. She is excited to join the team on December 1, 2022, and is ready to achieve fundraising goals through focused and engaging campaigns.

November 15, 2022 By Ramon Cruz, Sierra Club President
It is with great excitement that I write to you, as President of the Sierra Club, to share the news that the Board of Directors just voted unanimously in support of Ben Jealous, an experienced civil rights leader, community organizer, coalition builder, and social justice activist, to be our new Executive Director.

November 7, 2022 By Angeles Chapter Updates

After an interrupted 2020 and a skipped 2021, our beloved WTC program returned in 2022 welcoming an excited class of outdoor enthusiasts.

November 4, 2022 By Kim Orbe, Conservation Program Manager
The Pasadena Group mobilized to represent the Sierra Club at the Pasadena 100 Rally to celebrate the collection of more than 1,100 postcards from Pasadena residents with the message: “I care about climate change and I want Pasadena to be
powered by 100% carbon-free energy by 2030.” PASADENA 100 is a coalition of 21 local non-profit, non-partisan organizations.

November 4, 2022 By Angeles Chapter Updates

Don’t get caught in a blackout! Take advantage of the Sierra Club and Swell Energy Black Friday promotion. Enjoy a free gift on us when you book an appointment and speak with a Swell Energy consultant by November 30th. Plus, we’re increasing our offer to $750 off solar, energy storage or both through November 30th!

November 4, 2022 By Jonathan Howard, Communications Coordinator
In mid-October, less than six months after rejecting a proposal for a massive desalination plant in Huntington Beach (Poseidon), the California Coastal Commission approved—with conditions— the Doheny Ocean Desalination Project near the PCH and San Juan Creek in Dana Point. The commission’s approval of a coastal development permit allows the local water utility to move forward with its plans to build the plant intended to provide even more water to a city that already uses too much water per capita per day - 142 GPD and at what cost?

November 4, 2022 By Jonathan Howard, Communications Coordinator

On a unanimous vote, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance that will ban new oil drilling and declare existing oil drilling a nonconforming land use in unincorporated Los Angeles. After Culver City last year, Los Angeles County is just the second oil-producing local jurisdiction to pass an oil drilling phase-out ordinance.

October 17, 2022 By Morgan Goodwin, Chapter Director

The Chapter adds to its already impressive mountaineering and naturalist library. 

October 3, 2022 By Swell Energy & Sierra Club Angeles Chapter

As extreme weather becomes more prevalent, urgent clean energy solutions are needed to provide reliable power. Swell Energy (Swell) is partnering with Sierra Club to help member customers achieve total energy security and independence from rising energy costs through cutting-edge, smart-energy technology. Learn how you can set an example for achieving both reliability and sustainability by adding solar, battery storage, or both to your home from Swell.

September 20, 2022 By Morgan Goodwin, Angeles Chapter Director

Meet the Angeles Chapter leaders who are being honored by the National Sierra Club for their outstanding service.

September 15, 2022 By Angeles Chapter Updates

September 12, 2022 By Charming Evelyn, Chair Water Committee
It’s time to tell the City of West Hollywood and the WeHo Planning Commission to stop issuing permits for basements and subterranean parking that require dewatering and put the water being wasted to beneficial use for the community. It’s time to look for solutions and invest in capturing and treating that water for reuse. Don’t waste, then ask us to save!

September 9, 2022 By Swell Energy & Sierra Club Angeles Chapter

You may have seen the recent news about our partnership with Swell Energy (Swell) to offer Sierra Club Angeles members $500 cash back on the purchase of solar and/or energy storage batteries. Now, we’d like to tell you a little more about Swell and the value they bring to our members and our mission. 

September 9, 2022 By Elizabeth Neat, Fundraising Committee Chair

City Hike is an annual, national, Team Sierra event to raise money for the Club.  This year our campaign will highlight the breadth of conservation and environmental justice efforts of the Angeles Chapter and offer an opportunity to explore downtown LA with friends. I would like to give you a brief preview of the route:

September 9, 2022 By Jonathan Howard, Communications Coordinator
Numerous cleanup events are happening across our region sponsored by our allies, such as Heal the Bay, Banning Ranch Conservancy, and Surfrider, to name a few. Join thousands of people across the state of California, uniting to keep our beaches and water clean and our marine ecosystems thriving.

September 6, 2022 By Angeles Chapter Updates
Swell Energy and Sierra Club Angeles have partnered to offer members savings in the transition to clean energy. Get $500 off solar, energy storage or a solar + storage home energy system and we'll contribute up to $750 to Sierra Club Angeles on your behalf.

August 1, 2022 By Angeles Chapter Updates

Exclusive Offer - Clean & Secure Power for Sierra Club Angeles Members - Swell Energy is offering members $500 cash back on solar, battery storage, or solar + storage installations and will donate up to $750 to the Sierra Club Angeles on your behalf. Read more…

August 1, 2022 By Angeles Chapter Updates

For years Sierra Club has worked behind the scenes to secure funding and move forward with an initiative that seeks to protect wildlife and the corridors for movement they require for survival. Wildlife connectivity is important to link areas of crucial habitat and facilitate movement, thus reducing the negative impact of fragmentation and allowing greater flexibility to adapt to stressors such as increased urban development and climate change. 

July 11, 2022 By Juliet Fang, Communications Volunteer

Barbara Hensleigh is the chair of the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter’s Central Group, encompassing the area of West Hollywood through East Los Angeles, from Griffith Park through South Los Angeles, and several Gateway cities. She enjoys spending her time backpacking and volunteering.

July 8, 2022 By Morgan Goodwin - Senior Director Angeles Chapter

Fantastic news! The Healthy Streets ballot initiative that the Sierra Club has endorsed in the city of LA has submitted its signatures today, and they are feeling optimistic about getting on the ballot this fall! Because transportation is the single largest source of climate emissions in California, creating safer alternatives to driving is a top priority of the climate movement.

July 8, 2022 By Morgan Goodwin - Senior Director Angeles Chapter

June’s SCOTUS decision in the crucial climate case West Virginia v. EPA is a deeply disappointing and dangerous decision that eliminates EPA’s most effective tool for reducing harmful climate pollution from existing power plants. The ruling does not, however, fundamentally block our mission. Because of our strong grassroots campaigns all over the country and the work you do every day, the Sierra Club is uniquely positioned to keep up the struggle for climate justice. Locally, here are a few of our big pieces of work, and opportunities to get involved.

June 27, 2022 By Morgan Goodwin, Chapter Director
Our team is growing as we are add a new position to support and grow our fundraising activities! 

June 6, 2022 By Everette Phillips, Communications Chair

Last month, after 20-plus years, the California Coastal Commission voted to deny the final permits for Poseidon’s proposed water desalination plant in Huntington Beach. A huge victory for CA communities, the ocean, and the climate.

June 6, 2022 By Kimberly Orbe - Conservation Program Manager

On Friday, May 27th, The Los Angeles City Council voted to ban most gas appliances/hookups in new construction, a huge win for clean air, and the climate. Los Angeles joins 54 cities phasing out most gas in California. This policy will require all new residential and commercial buildings in Los Angeles to be built to achieve zero-carbon emissions.

June 6, 2022 By Angeles Chapter Updates
The Angeles Chapter Nominating Committee is recruiting Executive Committee leaders for the chapter and our regional groups. 

May 23, 2022 By Morgan Goodwin, Chapter Director

County Supervisor Hilda Solis promises to create a passive park instead of the previously planned 'disneylandification' of the former Puente Hills landfill site.

May 16, 2022 By Angeles Chapter Wildland Urban Wildfire Committee (WUWC)

The Coastal Fire, a brush fire driven by California’s prolonged drought that burned some 200 acres, destroyed 20 homes and damaged 11, sent two firefighters to the hospital, and forced hundreds to evacuate their homes, is a wake-up call for all those living in hillside communities. 

May 13, 2022 By Angeles Chapter Updates

The western Joshua tree needs your help! CA’s beloved desert species is under threat from climate change, wildfire, and development. Take action TODAY to ask the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to protect the Joshua tree for generations to come and to achieve #30x30CA