Current News: 2014

Read what the Prairie Group Excom is doing!
Accounts from 2011 and from 2012; the minutes of 2013 have been posted on our Minutes Page

You can download our ePrairie Flyer in pdf format.
The April, 2014 edition of our ePrairie Flyer has been emailed to members and is available at
Prairie Flyer April 2014

From 2013:
Prairie Flyer December 2013
Prairie Flyer August 2013
Prairie Flyer April 2013
And, from 2012:
Prairie Flyer December 2012
Prairie Flyer August 2012
Prairie Flyer April 2012

Upcoming Outings, Events, and Opportunities

Earth Day Issues Forum

We had such a good time last year that Sierra Club is doing another Earth Day happy hour this year - this time on Earth Day proper! Please join us:

Tuesday, Apr 22, 5:30-7pm
Escobar's (6 E. Columbia, Champaign)

We'll be hearing from:

Scott Tess (City of Urbana) - Urbana-Champaign Energy Star Challenge
Carrie Otto (Prairie Rivers Network) - Bulldog Mine
Joe Hooker (City of Champaign) - Clinton Landfill/Mahomet Aquifer
Terri Treacy (IL Chapter of the Sierra Club) - fracking rules and coal ash rules

We will also be honoring Representative Naomi Jakobsson for her years of service and strong environmental voting record.

Know of a local event other Sierra Club members might be interested in? Let Rachel Vellenga know at

Current conservation concerns of the Prairie Group

1. Protecting the Mahomet Aquifer from being contaminated by the Clinton Landfill and supporting its designation as a sole source aquifer
2. Reducing the use and negative environmental impacts of coal by supporting campus divestment and opposing the Bulldog Coal Mine
3. Supporting native plantings by urban developers and planners
4. Supporting City of Champaign efforts to reduce the wasteful consumption of disposable bags
What else is on this Web site?:
  •      This Home page: announcements of coming meetings and other events
  •      Meetings :
    descriptions of previous meetings of the Prairie Group -- back several years
  •      Chapter eNewsletter -- Prairie State Protector 
    signup for the email newsletter of the Illinois Chapter
  •      Illinois Chapter Calendar :
    Events of the State Chapter and the Groups
  •      Contacts :
    a list of who runs the Prairie Group -- the Executive Committee -- links to emailing them, designated positions, phone numbers, biographies
  •      Links :
    links to many local, state, and national environmental organizations
  •      Minutes :
    Minutes of the Prairie Group Executive Committee
  •      Outings :
    Outing of the Chapter and other state Groups
  •      By-Laws :
    the Prairie Group By-Laws in PDF format
  •      Flyer :
    Old issues of the Prairie Flyer newsletter, 1999-2007.

Sierra Club Radio
WEFT, 90.1 FM, Tuesdays 5:30-6:00pm

Sierra Club Radio is now on local community radio station WEFT, 90.1 FM in Champaign, every Tuesday afternoon from 5:30 to 6:00pm. Sierra Club Radio is a nationally produced half-hour radio show about the environment with a focus on what each of us can do to make our world better. Each week host Orli Cotel has in-depth interviews with politicians, authors, celebrities, artists, businesspeople, and activists inspired by nature. There is advice from "Mr. Green", lifestyle tips, and occasional commentary from former Sierra Club executive director Carl Pope.

So listen each week on your radio to WEFT, 90.1 FM on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm as Sierra Club turns the airwaves green.

Click Here to join the Prairie Group Alerts Listserv.

And Here to join the Prairie Group Newsletter Listserv.

Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club
For Political and Legislative activities of the Chapter use the link Act, then Legislation

signup for IL Chapter newsletter -- Prairie State Protector

National Sierra Club

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Revision of this Web page by assistant webmaster Dick Bishop, January, 2014.