Local LEEDers

  • Posted on 31 March 2005
  • By Nate Springer

Sustainably harvested wood. Solar paneling. Green energy. These and many other criteria are rapidly becoming the standard of the building industry thanks to an innovative program called Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Cool it!

  • Posted on 31 March 2005
  • By The Editor

Cheap and easy ways to lay off the AC this summer

Compiled by Jim Stewart

Our biggest home energy consumption in Southern California is cooling-unless you take steps to reduce use of your air conditioner. Most of these ideas cost little or nothing.

Efficient cooling system

Use portable or ceiling fans and open windows whenever you can instead of operating your air conditioner. Even mild air movement of 1 mph can make you feel three or four degrees cooler.

It's their home, too

  • Posted on 31 March 2005
  • By Monica Bond

Southern California's national forests are recognized by scientists as one of the richest areas of plant and animal life on the planet, home to roughly 3,000 plant and 500 animal species-many of which are found nowhere else on Earth.

News in brief

  • Posted on 31 March 2005
  • By The Editor

Chapter files suit on Dana Pt.

Sierra Club Angeles Chapter and the South Orange County chapter of the Surfrider Foundation jointly filed a lawsuit challenging California Coastal Commission approval of the city of Dana Point's Local Coastal Plan Amendment and Headlands Development and Conservation Plan.

After the filing, landowner Headlands Reserve LLC agreed to a 30-day stay of construction activity pending a hearing on a preliminary injunction.

Santa Ana Mountains targeted for highways, powerplant

  • Posted on 31 March 2005
  • By Paul Carlton

For an increasing population in southwestern Riverside County and for those of us in Orange County, the Santa Ana Mountains provide the nearest wildlands where one can really get away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. This northern Orange County forest land, which is part of the Cleveland National Forest, is arguably the most threatened area of any national forest in California with proposed new highways, massive transmission lines, hydroelectric projects, and antenna tower that would scar its scenic beauty forever.

It's getting hot in here: Climate change demands action

  • Posted on 31 March 2005
  • By Jan Kidwell

Greenhouse gases trap solar energy that is reflected by the atmosphere and the earth's surface in the form of heat; major greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide.

The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), including over 2,000 of the world's climate scientists, says that established emission reduction targets for greenhouse gases are inadequate, and far more radical solutions must be found.

Meet Your Chapter

  • Posted on 31 March 2005
  • By The Editor

Desert Peaks Section

The facts

DPS members explore the desert mountain ranges of California and the Southwest.

Founded in 1941

200 active members

DPSers Greg Roach and Dave Baldwin enjoy a snowy desert summit on Last Chance Mountain in Death Valley National Park.

photo by Gary Craig


  • Posted on 31 March 2005
  • By Darrell Clarke

Chair, Angeles Chapter Transportation Committee

Peak oil is the likely near-term peak and decline of worldwide oil production in the face of rising demand. It is uncertain how soon we will have reached peak oil, but there is no doubt that it will significantly impact the economy, the environment, and our lives.