Explore, enjoy and protect the planet
Everyone interested is welcome at all Sierra Club activities, whether or not a member (except for Executive Committee meetings).
General Meetings: These are held at 7:30 pm on the third Tuesday of each month, except July and August. They are held at Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott, NY (it is on Route 26 - from Route 17, follow 26 n. to Endicott, w. on E. Main, n. on Nanticoke). The public is welcome and refreshments are served following the meeting. Call Jack Davis, 570-553-2081, or Scott Lauffer, 341-3746 or
firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Tuesday, March 20
AES Westover to Reduce Emissions
Jim Mulligan, Plant Manager of the AES Westover Power Plant, will address the installation of clean-coal emissions control technology at its 126 MW coal-fired facility. The $50 million project will increase AES Westover's removal rates for NO(X) emissions from 60% today to 90%, SO(2) emissions by 95% and mercury emissions by 90%, all expected by the end of 2008. The upgrade is part of a consent decree by the New York DEC requiring reduction in emissions by 2010.
Tuesday, April 17
Exploring Timbukto and the Rivers of West Africa
Yes -Timbuktu really exisits. Join Cindy Westerman on a tour of this fabled city on the border of the Sahara Desert, the Niger and Gambia rivers, the Dogon region of Mali and remote villages in Senegal. The presentation will consist of slides showing the landscape, people and wildlife of the region as well as a discussion of the environmental problems facing West Africa today.
Executive Committee Meetings
The Executive Committee (usually) meets on the Tuesday before each General Meeting at 7:30 pm.
What can you do about Global Climate Change?
Learn about it. Get the DVD of Al Gore's film, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH , which recently won an Academy Award. It's also currently on TV on Showtime. There is a great website associated with Gore's film. It is: http://www.climatecrisis.net. There are many books and other websites that offer great ideas.
Jack Davis, Membership Chair
Binghamton one of the Greenest Cities?
In a “Best Green Places” survey to be featured in its April issue, Country Home magazine ranked Binghamton 9th out of 379 metropolitan areas. Burlington, VT ranked first, and Ithaca was second. "I think it speaks to the environment we live in here. It's a beautiful valley, a lot of opportunity for outdoor activities. We're developing our river walks, we have a lot of green parks here," says Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan.
Binghamton’s parks and high recycling rate were not considered in compiling the rankings. Fine details about the survey's criteria and Binghamton's statistics were not reported, however. The Associated Press stated that the rankings were based on air and watershed quality, mass transit use, power use, organic producers and farmers' markets. The magazine also used data from the US Census Bureau, the US Department of Transportation, the US Department of Agriculture, the EPA, and the Green Building Council. If Binghamton is one of the greenest, what does this say about the state of other cities across the country?
"When you stand back and look at the area, we don't have a lot of sprawl; we have a lot of green space," said Chip McElwee, executive director of the Broome County Soil and Water Conservation District. McElwee was not surprised that the area scored well in watershed quality. He said 65-70 percent of the region's watershed is undeveloped land. "The contribution to the watershed from these forested areas is good, clean water," McElwee said.
It is a surprise that Binghamton ranked so high. At our January meeting, we learned what Ithaca is doing (from the presentation on Sustainable Tompkins). We have a long way to go to reach that level of awareness and community participation towards a greener city. Maybe this ranking will give us a morale boost as well as a goal to reach.
Jeff Bohner, Group Chair
Sierra Club Websites
Each of these provides links to the other two:
Atlantic Chapter (NY State): http://newyork.sierraclub.org
Susquehanna Group (NY Southern Tier - Binghamton - area): http://newyork.sierraclub.org/susquehanna (you're there now)
Sierra Club 2008 Calendars
(our prices remain tax inc.):
Wilderness - list $12.95, our price $12.00. All the grandeur of the North American Wilderness.
Engagement - List $13.95, our price $13.00. Stunning images of Flora and Fauna.
Call Viv Stevens, 748-9865, to get your calendars, Proceeds support your local Sierra Club group.
Nominating Committee Report:
There will be no election this year for the group executive committee. The nominating committee selected only five candidates for five positions:
Returning are: Jeff Bohner, Julian Shepherd, Erin Riddle, and Vivian Stevens.
Deanna France will replace Cindy Westerman, who is retiring from the ExCom after many years of valuable contributions.
Dave Ketchum, Bylaws reader
This page last updated December 22, 2007