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Welcome to the Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club

The Rochester Regional Group


The purpose of this site is to provide information and enhance both communication and participation of Sierra Club members and concerned citizens in preserving our environment. The Rochester Regional Group falls under the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club, which in turn falls under the Sierra Club Home Page: Explore, Enjoy and Protect the Planet. Be Sure to check our latest public programs: calendar and take ACTION!

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The Sierra Club's members are more than 700,000 of your friends and neighbors. Inspired by nature, we work together to protect our communities and the planet. The Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. .

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2014 Earth Day Forum  

"Climate Smart Communities: Let’s Get With the Program"

  • April 17, 2014 5:30pm: Environmental Fair 7-9pm: Program
  • First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY

Free and Open to the Public

Click here for all details on this program

Whether you call it “global warming” or “climate change” debating and denying its existence is so yesterday.  Today, as our Arctic melts, it is long past time for an open and honest climate change discussion and for action—free from activism, ideology, and denial.

Did you know that New York State has not only recognized climate change as a significant problem requiring action, but that goals have been set and a blueprint for meeting  them has been developed by state agencies?  

Perhaps not, as we rarely hear anything more than sensationalistic sound bites in the media, and state agencies often cannot devote scarce resources to communicating with us. 

Locally, it’s just not discussed-- heaven forbid that climate change be brought up at a cocktail party! How uncomfortable!  But look, we’ve got a problem. Let’s talk.

Join us for a community discussion with Mark Lowery, Climate Policy Analyst with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and manager of the Climate Smart Communities program. 

Hear directly from the DEC what the state strategy is for reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80% from 1990 levels by 2050, and how resilience to climate change can be improved across our state. Also, find out how climate change already is impacting our region and how it will increasingly do so.

In addition to sharing information on the state’s actions and plans, Mr. Lowery will share how smaller NYS municipalities—cities, towns, villages, counties, etc.—can take the Climate Smart Communities pledge, and then begin to take advantage of DEC tools to assist their own emission reductions and resilience efforts. 

He’ll leave us with the strategy to engage our own municipalities in becoming Climate Smart Communities. Whether you ultimately decide to engage with the Climate Smart Communities program or other action or do nothing at all, this is a community conversation for everyone. 

Whether you have been concerned about climate change for years, or are newly aware of the extreme weather here at home and elsewhere, you likely have questions about what this all means and what, if anything, we can or should do. 

We’ll use Mr. Lowery’s presentation to begin to discuss this openly and honestly—our fears, our anger, our ignorance, our apathy, our desire to run, or to try to make a difference.  Please join us to hear about the  existing plans that NYS has for tackling aggressive climate change goals, and how our local governments can take similar actions. 

And just as importantly, please come participate in this rare opportunity for a frank and open public discussion about this subject that is all but taboo in most polite company.  Every question, concern, and point of view respectfully shared will be considered until 9pm.

This worldwide crisis cannot be left to a handful of activists; find out why we all should be engaged.

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The purpose of this Group is to foster (within its territorial limits) the purposes of the Sierra Club, as stated in its bylaws: To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

Here's what we do:

  • We need Volunteers for various positions
  • Zero Waste A committee to re-energize and rethink ways to mobilize our community to recycle more waste, and do it more effectively 

  • Our Wetlands Committee is helping to build a wetland near Buckland Creek in Brighton.

  • We take Action on local environmental issues:

  • We initiated a long-term partnership with the City of Rochester to restore and protect the beautiful forest of Washington Grove at Cobb's Hill Park. This is a unique community-wide effort. Please contact Peter Debes at to get involved.

  • Each April, near Earth Day, we provide a major environmental Forum -2013 Forum 

  • Each year, we conduct a series of outings for our members to discover and protect our environment

  • We have several conservation committees that provide monthly public programs throughout the year on specific conservation topics.

  • We host a weekly e-mail list to members and non-members of our continual environmental events and actions -sent out every Saturday. (see other column to sign up.)

  • Four times a year, we publish our Eco-Logue Newsletter to inform of members of all the issues we are engaged in.

  • Each year, we sponsor a Fall Festival

* As you can see, we have lots of projects on our plate and we can always use more help. Join us! Contact Us!

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