PO Box 941692, Maitland, FL 32794-1692

May Monthly Meeting!

Susannah Randolph will be speaking about avoiding asthma-inducing, earthquake-causing fossil fuels and embracing sustainable energy sources. Susannah is the Senior Campaign Representative for Florida on the Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign, which promotes renewable energy..

She plays a vital role in reinforcing the city of Orlando’s commitment. to transitioning from fossil fuels. Her speech will include why renewable energy is a powerful force in combating climate change.

** All programs are held the 3rd Wed of the month at 6:30/45 pm, at Harry P. Leu Gardens.: 1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando, FL 32803
Free parking. Free program.

Door opens at 6:30/45 pm, with light snacks and socializing.Programs are held from 7 – 8:45 pm.A brief discussion of environmental issues precedes the program with info on upcoming, fun, outings — A great way to meet more environmental folk and network for certain.

*Admission is always free, and the public is invited — So come on down, and bring some friends! Join Sierra Club for as little as just $15 right now, as this money helps fund our meeting spaces, as well as, our outings, sponsor speakers, and much, much more. Everyone with Central Florida Sierra Club Group is an unpaid volunteer. We’re doing what we can to better the local community. It takes a village. And we thank you for being part of that village.

And like us on Meetup:
https://www.meetup.com/CentralFloridaSierraClub/

Hope to see you at the meeting this, and every month.

EXPLORE, ENJOY, AND PROTECT THE PLANET.

Let’s Get VW Money for Clean Transportation!

Transportation is Florida’s #1 source of carbon emissions and air pollution. We now have a golden opportunity to change that. How should we invest Florida’s $166 million of Volkswagen funds in our state’s transportation future? Tell the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to resist dirty, obsolete fuels and so-called “clean diesel” buses, and invest instead in clean, zero emission electric transit and school buses, and a rapid charging EV network for our highways.

This one time bonanza of transportation investment funds from the VW diesel scandal settlement can either be invested wisely in clean, quiet zero emission electric transportation, or it can be used to buy more dirty, noisy diesel, propane and fracked (not “natural”) gas vehicles. Before making a decision, FDEP wants to hear from you.

Together, we can send a loud message: — Florida must switch from dirty fuels and invest in 100% clean zero emission electric transportation that fights climate change as it cleans up our air.

This is 1 of 5 public meetings being held throughout FL in the next 2 weeks. 4 other meetings coming up are:

Orlando:
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
3319 Maguire Boulevard, Suite 232 Orlando, FL

NE FL:
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Department of Environmental Protection, Northeast District Office
8800 Baymeadows Way West, Suite 100
Jacksonville, Florida 32256

NW FL:
Thursday, March 22, 2018 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Department of Environmental Protection Bob Martinez Center
2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, FL 32399

Tampa Bay:
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Department of Environmental Protection Southwest District Office
13051 North Telecom Parkway, Suite 101
Temple Terrace, FL 33637

South FL:
Thursday, March 29, 2018 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Department of Environmental Protection Southeast District
3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Annual Holiday Potluck and Awards Meeting!!

If you haven’t been to our annual potluck you are missing out! Not only do we get to eat amazing food and hang out with great people, but we give out awards to local environmentalists who have gone above and beyond in 2017. Please help us recognize then. Also, please bring a dish (food and/or drink) along with your own plates, utensils, drinking vessels and cloth napkins. (sorry no alcohol allowed at Leu Gardens)

When: December 20th at 6:45pm

Where: Harry P. Leu Gardens  – 1920 North Forest Avenue, Orlando, FL

Our goal is to continue to reduce our carbon footprint and decrease what is going into the landfill. There is a sink and we will provide soap and drying towels so have no fear that you will be slugging home dirty dishes. We look forward to seeing all of you!

**This is a great opportunity to network, and meet fellow nature lovers!**

We hope to see you soon, and every month — we also welcome new ideas for speakers that we schedule in advance.

Thank you for your time, and see you soon!

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All programs are held the 3rd Wed of the month at 6:30/45 pm, at Harry P. Leu Gardens.: 1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando, FL 32803Free parking. Free program.

*Admission is always free, and the public is invited — So come on down, and bring some friends! Join Sierra Club for as little as just $15 right now, as this money helps fund our meeting spaces, as well as, our outings, sponsor speakers, and much, much more. Everyone with Central Florida Sierra Club Group is an unpaid volunteer. We’re doing what we can to better the local community. It takes a village. And we thank you for being part of that village.

Hope to see you at the meeting this, and every month.

EXPLORE, ENJOY, AND PROTECT THE PLANET.

Mayors for Clean Energy

July 18th Kissimmee City Commission voted 3-2 to authorize Mayor Jose Alvarez to sign our Mayors for Clean Energy (M4CE) endorsement. We are excited for Kissimmee to join many other Mayors across the country banding together to move toward s 100% renewable energy!

Mayors for clean energy meeting in Miami
Orlando City Council is considering a resolution on Aug. 8 following Mayor Dyer’s M4CE endorsement a few weeks ago. Sierra Club is working closely with the City of Orlando and the Sustainability Manager to move Orlando into our Ready for 100 Campaign.

Hope to see you at our next general meeting!

How did solar co-operatives get started here?
What’s the latest on the solar co-operative movement here in Florida?
How have Sierra Clubs around the state been involved?
When will Orange County have another solar co-op?
How can you get involved w/ solar?
Mary Dipboye, founder of the state’s first solar co-op and member of the FL SUN Advisory Board, will share her solar journey and how she sees solar co-operatives impacting the energy scene in Florida.  To learn more check out http://www.flsun.org/solar-co-ops/.All programs are held the 3rd Wed of the month at 6:30/45 pm, at Harry P. Leu Gardens.: 1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando, FL 32803
Free parking. Free program.Door opens at 6:30/45 pm, with light snacks and socializing.Programs are held from 7 – 8:45 pm.A brief discussion of environmental issues precedes the program with info on upcoming, fun, outings — A great way to meet more environmental folk and network for certain.

*Admission is always free, and the public is invited — So come on down, and bring some friends! Join Sierra Club for as little as just $15 right now, as this money helps fund our meeting spaces, as well as, our outings, sponsor speakers, and much, much more. Everyone with Central Florida Sierra Club Group is an unpaid volunteer. We’re doing what we can to better the local community. It takes a village. And we thank you for being part of that village.

Hope to see you at the meeting this, and every month.

Contact Maria, if you have meeting/topic/speaker suggestion, or ideas: maria.bjoubert@florida.sierraclub.org

EXPLORE, ENJOY, AND PROTECT THE PLANET.