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Honorees include leading environmentalist Bill McKibben, Congressman Edward Markey, Congressman Keith Ellison, conservation photographer Ian Shive, New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert and others
SAN FRANCISCO – Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org and world-renowned environmental activist, will conclude his global day of action by accepting the Sierra Club’s highest honor, the John Muir Award. A worldwide rally to demand solutions to the climate crisis, Moving Planet on September 24th exemplifies McKibben’s efforts to organize local efforts into a global movement.
McKibben inspired and mobilized a generation to fight climate change, translating the complex issues of greenhouse gas emissions in to one simple number: 350. According to McKibben, “To preserve our planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 392 parts per million (ppm) to below 350 ppm. But 350 is more than a number—it’s a symbol of where we need to head as a planet.”
In addition to his work as an international environmental leader, McKibben has authored 13 books. His 1989 book, The End of Nature, is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has been printed in more than 20 languages. In 2010 the Boston Globe called him “probably the nation’s leading environmentalist” and Time magazine described him as “the world’s best green journalist.”
Sierra Club Board President Robin Mann said this of McKibben: “It’s my great pleasure to present Bill McKibben with the Sierra Club’s highest honor–the John Muir Award–on the evening of his Global Day of Action. Activists like Bill McKibben exemplify the very essence of the Sierra Club’s mission. People working together can change the world. John Muir believed it. Bill McKibben and the 1.4 million members and supporters of Sierra Club live it.”
Congressman Ed Markey from Massachusetts is receiving the club’s Edgar Wayburn Award, which honors outstanding service to the environment by a person in government. Since being elected to Congress in 1976, Rep. Markey has been at the forefront of environmental campaigns, pressing for increased fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks, defending the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from proposed oil drilling, pushing for tougher clean air standards, advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency proposals, and authoring legislation to tackle global warming.
Congressman Keith Ellison from Minneapolis is receiving the Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes individuals in public service for strong and consistent commitment to conservation. Rep. Ellison has been a strong supporter of the environment and environmental justice since was in the Minnesota state legislature. He has carried forward legislation to protect children from lead poisoning and to ban the use of atrazine, the weed-killing agricultural pesticide, due to its documented toxicity.
Roderick Bremby, the former secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, is receiving the Distinguished Achievement Award, which honors persons in public service for a particular action of singular importance to conservation. In 2007, Bremby was the first public official ever to deny a permit for a coal plant solely on the basis of its greenhouse gas emissions.
Elizabeth Kolbert, a former New York Times reporter who now writes for the New Yorker, is receiving the David R. Brower Award, which recognizes outstanding environmental reporting. Kolbert’s 2006 book Field Notes from a Catastrophe, which was based on an award-winning three-part series for the New Yorker, is one of the most powerful commentaries to date on global climate shift.
The club’s Ansel Adams Award, which honors excellence in conservation photography, is going to Ian Shive of Los Angeles, Calif. Shive’s 2009 book, The National Parks: Our American Landscape, highlights the rich diversity of the American ecological landscape and Shive has used it in a “wilderness diplomacy” project designed to promote cultural understanding worldwide by sharing images of America’s national parks. Shive also has used his photos to remind lawmakers of the importance of preserving our outdoor resources and to address the environmental impact of the U.S.-Mexico border fence.
The club’s William Douglas Award, which recognizes individuals who have made outstanding use of the legal/judicial process to achieve environmental goals, is going to Sharon Duggan of Oakland, Calif. Duggan has litigated on a broad variety of issues, including state and federal forestry, water quality, endangered species and environmental quality. She is perhaps best known for her work on a series of cases involving the ancient redwood groves of the Headwaters Forest in Northern California. In a landmark 1983 case known as EPIC vs. Johnson, Duggan established that California state agencies must consider the cumulative effects of logging in a watershed on water quality, soils and wildlife habitat when reviewing logging plans. Since this victory, the Environmental Protection Information Center in Humboldt County has successfully enforced this ruling in nearly two dozen lawsuits to protect biodiversity, endangered species and the redwood ecosystem.
The club’s highest honor for administrative work, the William E. Colby Award, is going to Edwina Allen of Boise, Idaho. Allen has been involved with the Sierra Club for more than 40 years. She helped establish the Club’s Idaho Chapter and helped earn wilderness designation for Idaho’s Owyhee Canyonlands.
Others receiving 2011 Sierra Club awards include the following:
Communication Award (honors the best use of communications [either print or electronic] by a Sierra Club group, chapter or other entity to further the Club’s mission): Ivy Main and the Virginia Chapter. The chapter has made videos on a variety of subjects to help interest people in its work.
EarthCare Award (honors an individual, organization, or agency that has made a unique contribution to international environmental protection and conservation): Maude Barlow of Ottawa, Canada. Barlow is the head of the Council of Canadians − Canada’s largest public advocacy organization − and founder of the Blue Planet Project, which was started by the Council to protect the world’s fresh water from the growing threats of trade and privatization. She is the author or co-author of 16 books, including the best-selling 2007 book Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water, which some have called “the most important book that’s ever been written on the global water crisis.”
Environmental Alliance Award (recognizes individuals or groups that have forged partnerships with other non-Sierra Club entities): Carol Adams-Davis of Mobile, Ala. Adams-Davis has partnered with other environmental groups on a variety of environmental issues along the Gulf of Mexico, including recovery from the BP oil spill.
Francis P. Farquhar Mountaineering Award (recognizes contributions to mountaineering): Royal Robbins of Modesto, Calif. Robbins is a pioneer in American rock climbing and an early proponent of boltless, pitonless clean climbing. He is the author of two classic books on rock climbing.
Joseph Barbosa Earth Fund Award (recognizes a Sierra Club member under the age of 30): Victoria Pan of Ridgewood, N.J. Pan has created a web site at studentssavingenergy.org that shows students how they can launch energy-saving initiatives at their schools. Pan’s Sierra Club chapter in New Jersey will receive $500 in recognition of this award.
Madelyn Pyeatt Award (recognizes work with youth): Anne Carroll of Arlington, Mass. Carroll has been chair of the Boston Inner City Outings program since 2004. The Boston ICO group will receive $500 in recognition of this award.
Oliver Kehrlein Award (for outstanding service to the Sierra Club’s outings program): Marjorie Richman of North Bethesda, Md. Richman has been leading local and national outings for the Club since 1980.
Raymond J. Sherwin International Award (honors extraordinary volunteer service toward international conservation): Michael Gregory of McNeal, Ariz. Gregory has spent more than 28 years working on national and international toxics issues such as the regulation of Persistent Organic Pesticides (POPs).
Special Achievement Awards (for a single act of importance dedicated to conservation or the Sierra Club): Clayton Daughenbaugh of Berwyn, Ill.; Charles Price of Richmond, Va.; and Lonnie Morris of Lombard, Ill. Daughenbaugh is being honored for his work with the Club’s Activist Network Support Team; Price is being recognized for his efforts to establish the Cannon Creek Greenway through inner-city neighborhoods in Richmond, Va.; and Morris is being honored for her work with the Cool Cities program in Illinois.
Special Service Awards (for strong and consistent commitment to conservation over an extended period of time): Rev. Robert F. Murphy of Cataumet, Mass.; Jane Clark of Des Moines, Iowa; and Ken Brame of Leicester, N.C. Murphy has been active with the Sierra Club for more than 40 years, particularly on issues related to human rights and environmental justice. Clark has served twice as Iowa Chapter Chair, many years as Chapter Conservation Co-chair and for the past 10 years as Chair of the Central Iowa Sierra Group. Brame has been involved with the Sierra Club’s political program for 25 years.
Susan E. Miller Award (honors administrative contributions to Sierra Club groups, chapters and regional entities): Steve Kulick of Syracuse, N.Y.; Marian Ryan of Winter Haven, Fla.; and the Club’s Chapter Treasurer Assistance Support Team. Kulick has served as treasurer of the Club’s Atlantic Chapter since 1986 and Ryan has served the Florida Chapter in a variety of administrative capacities. The Chapter Treasurer Assistance Support Team has worked with chapter treasurers to help them complete their annual financial reporting requirements in a timely fashion and migrate to QuickBooks Online.
Walter Starr Award (Honors continuing service to the Sierra Club by a former member of the Board of Directors): Glen Dawson of Pasadena, Calif. Dawson, who is 99, was selected for his many years of work with the Angeles Chapter’s History Committee.
Most of the awards will be presented Sept. 23-24 in San Francisco. For more information on the Sierra Club awards program, visit www. sierraclub.org/awards.
“On the PR side, they’ve launched campaigns like Save The Plastic Bag, which are flooding websites and media with sometimes misleading information: namely, that reusable bags may contain germs that could get your family sick if you don’t wash them (duh: every piece of cloth can contain germs if you don’t wash it, including tea towels, garments, cleaning cloths, etc.).
On the legal side, they’ve sued cities that have banned plastic bags like Oakland, CA, Fairfield, CA, and San Jose, CA, arguing that the decisions were taken without proper environmental impact studies and asking for bans to be taken down.
Unsatisfied with these practices, this business group seems to be taking the next step: filing suits against entrepreneurs that are standing up against single-use plastics. Such is the case of a recent lawsuit that three major plastic bag producers have filed against ChicoBag Company, a pioneering company in the reusable bag movement.”
Plastic Bag Companies Now Suing Entrepreneurs: The ChicoBag Case via Paula Alvarado – TreeHugger
Celebrate Earth Day at the Civic Center Plaza, Downtown San Francisco • April 23, 2011 • 10 am to 6 pm
Enjoy live music by Sila Afro-Funk, Sun Ra, Barry “The Fish” Melton, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers with members of ALO & The Mother Hips, Ashel Eldridge, Scott Huckabay, Afrolicious, Joanne Rand, Alex Arndt, DJ Jimmy Love and more.
Participants will enjoy a wide variety of musicians, performers, expert speakers & activists on three stages and in the speaker’s tent. Visit exhibits, explore hands-on activities, workshops and solution-based talks in the Permaculture Zone, Alternative Energy Zone and Holistic Wellness Zone. Kids’ activities include a playground on-site, face painting, educational games and art from the Sustainable Living Roadshow featured in the Youth and Kids Zone.
Raw Bay Area and Best of Raw present a full-day Sustainable Feast Raw Gourmet Food Prep Demo Series in the Holistic Wellness Zone. Massage therapists, Green Film, organic beer and wine tasting, cutting edge eco fashion shows, alternative vehicle showcase and many more highlights complete this diverse cultural extravaganza.
Join leading members of the business and indigenous communities, artists and artisans, civic community leaders, local “eco-green” politicians, traditional ceremony keepers, workshop leaders, eco-green & youth activists and environmental & social justice organizations in a holiday to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. The event will be opened and closed with traditional ceremony to honor all life and planet we all share.
The founders of Earth Day SF are Green Zone Productions , One World-One Voice and Empowerment Works, the Presenting Sponsor is Santa Cruz Organic and the event is produced in cooperation with the National Organization for Women, Living Mandala, Solar Living Institute, Raw Bay Area, Visionary Culture, Sustainable Living Roadshow, and with the support of Harmony Festival, Global Exchange, Green Festivals, Earth Island Institute, 350.org, Green Kids, Teens Turning Green, Grind for the Green / Green For All, Hope and Beyond and more.
This Earth Day is occurring on the heels of some major climate events, toxic threats, species extinctions and just a few days after the one year mark of the BP oil spill. Much progress has been made and much more remains to be done. Together, we can and must co-create solutions to these issues as stewards of our planet.
New arts-based after-school program speaks directly to President Obama’s educational goals around building 21st-century skills
San Francisco, California––Mission Graduates is pleased to announce a collaboration with Matt Jervis, creator of the innovative new educational program MacGyverClass. Designed to help kids lead, build confidence and exercise 21st century problem-solving skills,MacGyverClass is a creative curriculum that responds to multiple learning styles and encourages joyful learning through dynamic after-school sessions. MacGyverClass pushed children to devise creative solutions to whimsical challenges using recycled and other “cast-off” materials. Challenged, for example, to build “sneakers that you can use for time travel” using egg cartons, duct tape, bottle caps and VHS tape, students respond with finished products that are often beautiful sculptural pieces.
Jeff Feinman, Executive Director of Mission Graduates, observed Matt’s MacGyverClass in its infancy at various Berkeley schools and sought to integrate the project with his own after-school service menu. Says Feinman, “I was looking to inspire a deep love of learning and to create opportunities for kids to flex problem-solving “muscles” that aren’t always nurtured in traditional, one-size-fits-all school-day classrooms.” One hundred students have registered for MacGyverClass over the past four years and Feinman sees significant growth on the horizon. Because the program aligns strongly with the SFUSD’s new strategic plan, which puts a heavy emphasis on “21st century skills” and “joyful learning,” MacGyverClass was a natural fit for his organization.
Mission Graduates is a nonprofit organization that increases the number of K-12 students in San Francisco’s Mission District who are prepared for and complete a college education. Through a wide range of in-school and after-school programs, Mission Graduates seeks to transform the culture of the community to one in which college is an everyday expectation. In addition to adding MacGyverClass to their program menu, Mission Graduates is committed to identifying other distribution channels for MacGyverClass, replicating the project using a “train the trainer” model at multiple after-school sites throughout San Francisco.
The nation’s largest green consumer living event returns to the San Francisco Concourse
SAN FRANCISCO - March 7, 2011 The largest sustainability event in the world celebrates 10 years, one million attendees at the San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center April 9 – 10. This one-of-a-kind weekend experience offers opportunities for community members to meet their favorite authors, actors and community leaders; shop more than 300 eco-friendly exhibitors; participate in educational workshops; enjoy live music and local vegetarian cuisine; and sample organic chocolates, wine and beer.
Ten stages and pavilions feature more than 125 inspirational and educational speakers, including Amy Goodman, The Fabulous Beekman Boys, John Perkins, Dr. Sharif Abdullah, Zoe Weil, Favianna Rodriguez and Mark Hertsgaard, to name a few.
The Green Festival marketplace showcases more than 300 green and socially-responsible businesses and organizations. Attendees browse organic eco-fashion, green pet supplies, fair trade décor, nontoxic children’s products and much more.
Green Festival gives back GF Bucks to individuals who purchase tickets online or at the door. GF Bucks are the local Green Festival currency, and can be used the same-as-cash to shop in the Green Marketplace.
“Last fall, Green Festival stimulated the green economy by giving back $44,000 to local, regional and national sustainable businesses through the new “GF Bucks” admissions policy,” says Global Exchange and Green Festival Founder, Dr. Kevin Danaher.
Green Festival enables individuals to volunteer or donate to various local nonprofits in exchange for complimentary Green Festival admission through the “Pay it Forward, Get it Back” campaign. Engage with Green America, Global Exchange, San Francisco Food Bank, SF Education Fund, Green For All, San Francisco Green Film Festival, East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse and Bay Localize to receive free Green Festival tickets. Also, Green America and Global Exchange members always receive free admission to Green Festival.
The San Francisco Food Bank and KPIX CBS 5 host a food drive at Green Festival, in which community members bring nonperishable cans to donate for free admission. According to the Food Bank, 197,000 people struggle each day to feed themselves and their families in San Francisco.
“The generous donation of food collected at Green Festival will aid the SF Food Bank in delivering nutritious and delicious meals for over 35,000 families throughout San Francisco and Marin,” says Events and Food Drives Manager, Jessica Brittsan. “Every donation helps in the fight to end hunger in our community.”
A joint project of Green America and Global Exchange, two leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to environmental and social justice for more than 27 years, Green Festival inspires and promotes the connection between change and sustainable progress for people, communities and businesses. Green Festivals empowers people to live healthier lives—socially, economically and environmentally.
“Whether you go to shop, learn, try new organic foods or experience art and music, Green Festival has it all, with the goal to motivate every person to think, participate and make more planet-friendly, sustainable choices in their every day lives,” says Green America and Green Festival Founder, Denise Hamler.
Thank you to Corporate Innovators: Ford and Bon Ami. Receive complimentary tickets when you visit your San Francisco area Ford Dealer. Test drive one of Ford’s new green hybrid and electric vehicles right at the Green Festival.
Thank you to Green Festival partners: Clif Bar, KPIX CBS 5 and KCBS Alice Radio 97.3.
Engage with Green Festivals online at www.GreenFestivals.org, www.Facebook.com/GreenFestival and www.Twitter.com/GreenFestival for the latest news about San Francisco Green Festival and additional Green Festivals in 2011.
About Green America
Green America is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1982, providing the economic strategies, organizing power and practicing tools for businesses and individuals to address today’s social and environmental problems. Its Green Business Network is the largest national network of businesses screened for their social and environmental responsibility. www.greenamericatoday.org
About Global Exchange
Global Exchange is a membership-based international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice around the world. Since its founding in 1988, Global Exchange has successfully increased public awareness of root causes of injustice while building international partnerships and mobilizing for change. www.globalexchange.org
About Seven-Star, Inc.
Seven-Star, Inc. is the nation’s premier green full-service event company focusing exclusively on green events. Since 1999, Seven-Star has provided turn-key green event services for environmentally Responsible and socially Respectful (eR/sR) festivals, trade and consumer expositions, conferences and concerts. From the greening of the 2007 International Live Earth events, to the 2008 Democratic National Convention events, to producing the nation’s largest consumer Green Festivals, Seven-Star has defined itself as the company for eR/sR event production. Seven-Star is the first event company to have won the EPA’s Gold Waste Wise Award for Excellence in recognition for their proprietary system of event waste diversion, which has consistently achieved greater than 92%.www.sevenstarevents.com
Oakland, CA- October 14, 2010 Maureen Wagener, coordinator of the 30th year of Uhuru Pies™ holiday sale fundraiser invites the public to participate in this years fundraising efforts.
In 2010, Uhuru Pies helped fund the second phase of institutions initiated by the African People’s Education and Defense Fund, which included the development of a professional recording studio also under the roof of the national Uhuru House in St. Petersburg, Florida. The studio cultivates the enormous cultural talent and musical creativity of the local African community. African artists will have an outlet to experiment, produce, and distribute their own works, raising and reinvesting resources back into the community and contributing to the sustained mission of the APEDF.
Uhuru Pies offers five gourmet pie flavors on sale for $12 – $20 each in Northern California and in the St. Petersburg/Tampa area. All proceeds benefit projects of sustainable black community economic development.
First sold in 1981 in Oakland, California, Uhuru Pies are a sweet and socially-conscious tradition during
the holiday season. Families, groups, student organizations and individuals come together to produce and sell Uhuru Pies, taking a collective step forward in transforming the world.Uhuru Pies are 9” deep dish, home style, baked fresh & made with organic, transfat-free vegan pie shells, and high-quality natural ingredients. The apple pies are made with locally-grown, organic California Granny Smith apples.