Sierra Lately, February 2014

February 1, 2014


Sierra Chicago Group's Air & Energy Team will be setting 2014 priority activities on February 8 in Chicago.

Contact Ryan Baker if you are interested in getting involved


Possibilities include:

  • Fracking

  • National climate: Keystone

  • National climate: EPA regulations

  • Efficiency: Energy Impact Illinois

  • Diesel

  • RPS fix

  • Close remaining Midwest Gen coal power plants in Illinois

  • Renewable energy funding through bonds

  • Tar sands refineries

  • Chicago coal-free business

  • Chicago diesel exhaust laws and policies

  • Cool Cities

  • Forest preserve losing trees

  • Public transit

  • Green banks

  • Divestment

  • Pet-coke in Southeast Chicago






Sierra Chicago Group’s Water Team and Illinois Chapter have been celebrating victory: Metropolitan Water Reclamation District commissioners adopted the Watershed Ordinance that Sierra Club has been lobbying on for months.

The Water Team is working with chapter staff on a position and on Sierra Club individual comments regarding the Kirie Water Reclamation Plant (WRP) in Des Plaines and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District’s application for a new discharge permit.

An Illinois EPA public hearing is scheduled on Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. on December 16, 2013 at the Illinois EPA office building, 9511 West Harrison Street, Des Plaines. Car pools to the hearing site arebeing planned. LINK NEEDED HERE TO WATER TEAM INFO ABOUT THIS EVENT

Sierra Chicago Group’s 12th annual Montrose Beach Sweep was a big success again in 2013 with 576.5 pounds of debris collected by 221 volunteers. The behind-the-scenes crew of Sierra volunteers was a strong dozen people. We gave away Sierra Club water bottle and messenger bags to our mostly teenaged super beach sweep team who gave the city’s biggest beach its biggest clean up of the year.



Sierra Chicago Group’ Air & Energy Team worked so hard to turn out volunteers to attend the U.S. EPA’s “listening” session on proposed carbon controls on November 8, 2013 in Chicago. It was worth the effort: Nearly 500 environmentalists and allies attended a pre-hearing Climate Action rally on Daley Plaza and got a ton of press about the need to stop climate change.