Environmentalists’ Holiday Party Dec. 2nd

The combined Sierra Club Sacramento Group and Environmental Council of Sacramento Environmentalists’ Holiday Party is Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 from 6 – 8:30 pm at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd (entrance & parking on Park Way, between 33rd and 35th Streets). Jenn Rogar is performing her environmentally-based songs again this year. This is a great chance to catch up with friends and meet new people interested in protecting and celebrating our natural world. There will be a silent auction with art, wine and other items available. Please RSVP on our facebook event page.

The Sacramento Sierra Club will be providing vegetarian (with cheese) pasta and a meat pasta, green salad and garlic bread. Names A-L can bring side dishes or vegan main dishes, K-Z hors d’ouvre or a dessert item. Suggested donation is $10 at the door.

More info at: www.sierraclub.org/mother-lode/sacramento

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Don’t miss Sacramento’s Environmentalist of the Year Awards!

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
Reception 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Awards ceremony 6:30 – 8:30pm

Sierra 2 Center for the Arts and Community, Curtis Hall, 2791 24th St, Sacramento, CA 95818 

ECOS first started hosting the Environmentalist of the Year Awards in 1973. The awards ceremony is a time to celebrate and recognize the past year’s regional champions and community sustainability successes. It is also a time to reflect on the work we still have in front of us in the year ahead.

The 2017 award categories and honorees include…

Environmentalist of the Year

Jennifer Wood of Citizens’ Climate Lobby Sacramento

Jennifer Wood is the energetic leader of Citizens’ Climate Lobby Sacramento Chapter and a soil scientist. The Citizens Climate Lobby is a non-partisan, non-profit, grassroots movement creating political will for a national climate change solution. Jennifer recruits community members to push elected officials to prepare for and slow the effects of climate change, recruits people to join the movement to find climate solutions, visits legislators to lobby their participation in the movement, and more. She’s a whirlwind of activity and finds ways to build alliances with groups large and small. Jennifer’s energy and commitment to environmental causes has earned her the recognition of Environmentalist of the Year 2017. 

Environmentalist of the Year – Habitat

Lower American River Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Projects

Since 2008, the Water Forum has collaborated with U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Sacramento County Parks, and other stakeholders and scientists to design and build over 30 acres of salmonid habitat along the lower American River. This unique program is sustaining wild fish in America’s only urban nationally-designated Wild and Scenic river, driving new science, and supporting balanced water use among river communities. These projects are based in a strong collaborative partnership between resource agencies, scientists, and public interests all along the river.

Environmentalist of the Year – Innovation

March for Science Sacramento

On Earth Day 2017, marches were planned across the world in solidarity with the national March for Science in Washington, D.C. The organizers of March for Science Sacramento decided that the City of Sacramento would not be absent in this important action. The March for Science Sacramento organizing team was made up of more than 50 community volunteers from throughout Sacramento who were united by their love of science. Within just a couple of months, the organizing team developed a vision for the local march, planned logistics, promoted the event and raised funds. The march brought together more than 15,000 people who collectively advocated for open, inclusive, and accessible science, and the importance of conducting and applying scientific research as an essential part of a working democracy. 

Environmentalist of the Year – Volunteer of the Year

Robert Meagher

Robert Meagher has tirelessly kept up the project list for ECOS, which includes all new relevant proposed developments in the region. He has also managed to consolidate and organize the countless PDF documents that often make up long CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) documents, and their corresponding attachments, into a single database categorized by region, priority and timing. Making these documents easier to use and refer to cuts down on the time it takes ECOS committees to digest and comment on environmental documents, effectively making it simpler for us to engage in the CEQA process.

Click here for more information about the awards ceremony.

 
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Volunteer for Sacramento Earth Day

Sacramento Earth Day happens Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 from 11am – 4pm. We are excited to again bring live music, educational exhibits, healthy cuisine, and much more to Southside Park. Join the team. Sign up to be a Sacramento Earth Day Volunteer today!

Register to Volunteer Here

We need volunteers for the following essential tasks:

  • Pre-Event

If you are interested in getting involved with the team putting on Sacramento Earth Day each year on a deeper level, please consider assisting with us with volunteer coordination, promotion, flyering, fundraising, exhibitor coordination, or some of the other many tasks involved with hosting Sacramento Earth Day each year.

  • Event Set-up (2 shifts: 7:00am – 9:00am; and 9:00am –  11:00am)

This includes unfolding and placing tables and chairs in pre-planned locations, helping direct and support exhibitors as they bring in and set up their display materials. If you are physically capable of helping with set up or breakdown, we would appreciate your assistance with those tasks. If not, we still need help coordinating volunteers and organizing the info booth!

  • Waste Diversion Education (2 shifts: 11:00am – 1:30pm; and 1:30pm – 4:00pm)

Teach people lessons that can last a lifetime and will help our planet tremendously. For two hours between 11am – 4pm, help Sacramento Earth Day attendees choose which receptacle is most appropriate for their “garbage” – recycling, compost or landfill.

  • Volunteer Coordinator (choose 2-3 hours or more between 7:00am – 6:00pm)

If you have experience with volunteer coordination, we could use you as a team leader during the event.

  • Event Headquarters (choose 2-3 hours or more between 7:00am – 6:00pm)

Help us host the event! At the Headquarters, we need help providing information to attendees with inquiries, signing in/coordinating volunteers, selling merchandise, signing up new members of the Environmental Council of Sacramento, manage onsite communications, etc.

  • Water Stations (choose 2-3 hours or more between 11:00am – 4:00pm)

Manage water distribution stations to help everyone stay dehydrated.

  • Litter Patrol (choose 2-3 hours or more between 11:00am – 6:00pm)

We also need volunteers to help keep the park clean during the event, picking up any stray items that end up on the ground. The goal is to Never Let It Hit The Ground! But if it does, we want to make sure it’s picked up ASAP. As responsible stewards of the planet, Leaving No Trace is of the highest priority.

  • Breakdown/Clean-up (4:00pm – 6:00pm)

This mostly includes helping exhibitors pack their items and exit the park, packing up tables and chairs and helping us leave the park clean and beautiful at the end of the day. If you are physically capable of helping with set up or breakdown, we would appreciate your assistance with those tasks.

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