Your May Bay Chapter Bulletin

By Newsroom America Feeds at 9 May 2017 Donate

Dear Robert,

Below you'll find other news and events for the coming month. And as usual, get daily updates in the Yodeler and on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Join us for a Sierra Club Fundraiser featuring Congressman Jared Huffman

Join the SF Bay Chapter and the Marin Group for a chapter fundraiser featuring Congressman Jared Huffman on Monday, May 15 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Event sponsors include Eileen and Andrew Fisher, Marin County Supervisor Rodoni, Judith Cadwallader, Lawrence Litvak, and Judd Williams.

By raising awareness and money for the Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter, we will help ensure that the Bay Area continues to lead California and the nation in climate and environmental progress. We hope to see you there!

For more tickets, sponsorship opportunities and more information check out our website .

Marin County Open Space District to Hold Region Four Community Workshop

The Marin County Open Space District will hold a community workshop to discuss future Region Four road and trail designations on Saturday, May 13th from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Margaret Todd Senior Center, 1560 Hill Road, Novato.

Region Four is located near Novato toward the northern end of Marin County, and consists of six preserves totaling more than 2,800 acres. Many members of the Sierra Club take advantage of the wonderful hiking opportunities in these open space preserves, but hikers currently share many trails and fire roads with equestrians and mountain bikers. This workshop is the public's opportunity to provide input to District staff regarding public access and uses assigned to trails and fire roads in Region Four.

For Additional Information: Visit Marin County Parks website or contact Chief of Planning & Acquisition Program Manager Carl Somers at (415) 473-2820.

CleanPowerSF and Opting Up to Renewable Energy

On Earth Day, Mayor Ed Lee announced that San Francisco will run on 50% renewable energy by 2020. The key to reaching that target will be CleanPowerSF, San Francisco's new clean energy service.

What is CleanPowerSF? CleanPowerSF is a not-for-profit program of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) that is investing in renewable energy infrastructure and creating jobs. Since its launch a year ago in May, CleanPowerSF has welcomed over 75,000 customers across the City. CleanPowerSF customers can expect to pay about the same for more renewable energy (40% renewable with CleanPowerSF vs 29.5% renewable with PG&E), or can upgrade to 100% renewable energy for a small premium.

Simply by enrolling, you can have a direct impact on our City's greenhouse gas emissions goals and be a part of a broader transition to the clean energy economy. Join CleanPowerSF any time at .

Interested in the Future Francisco Park in Russian Hill?

The Francisco Park Conservancy and the SF Recreation and Park Department have co-hosted a series of community meetings to solicit feedback on the conceptual design of the future Francisco Park. They also conducted smaller meetings with various stakeholder organizations and solicited feedback through the online design survey . Now, FPC and RPD are ready to share an updated park plan that incorporates the hundreds of public comments. The goal for Francisco Park is, and always was, to create a park accessible and useful for all San Franciscans.

Consider going to the next community meeting on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 6pm at the Moscone Recreation Center 1800 Chestnut St, where they will share the updated park design and hear from the Francisco Park Conservancy, the SF Recreation & Park Department, the SF Arts Commission, and several architectural and engineering experts on the park's design team.

Volunteer with the Sierra Club at Sunday Streets - Sunset / Golden Gate Park

The Sunday Streets Sunset/Golden Gate Park is the longest, and perhaps most scenic route, traveling through Golden Gate Park and along the Great Highway. From Lindy in the Park, to the Skatin' Place, to Ocean Beach, there is something for everyone along this route!

The Sierra Club's San Francisco Group will be tabling at Sunday Streets on Sunday, June 11th from 11-4pm (location TBD), and we need you there to help! Tabling is a great way to meet other members, educate people on current environmental issues, and recruit new members. The more volunteers, the merrier! Join us for an hour or more and then walk the park and the Great Highway to see other booths and enjoy the day. It is lots of fun, and the time goes quickly.

Our table location will be available closer to the date, but meanwhile, let us know if and when you can join us. Email Katherine Howard at For more information on Sunday Streets, see their website at

Update on CCA for Contra Costa On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Contra Costa County's Board of Supervisors made a decision regarding which local, clean energy agency it will join to power homes and businesses in unincorporated parts of the county. The choice was between MCE (originally known as Marin Clean Energy) and East Bay Community Energy (EBCE). The Supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday morning to join ​MCE.

MCE's Community Choice energy program is an alternative to the old model of the corporate utility monopoly that empowers governments to pool electricity customers to form a local power agency. Communities can then provide clean power to local customers by purchasing ​wholesale ​renewable energy on the open market ​and by building local renewable resources.

Now moving forward, the remaining Contra Costa County cities will have to make a decision whether to join MCE, EBCE, or remain with PG&E. Come out to urge your city to join a Community Choice program. Doing so ​can help transform cities to reliably power our homes and businesses with cleaner energy, fuel economic development, and create good jobs for residents.

The meeting are as follows: Oakley: May 9, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Pinole: May 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Concord: May 23, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on these meetings, contact Melissa Yu .

Join Chapter Activities!

Chapter Picnic

Join us Sunday, August 13, 2017, for our Annual Chapter Picnic at Temescal Regional Park. Come play games with your kids, meet other members, talk about environmental issues or great hikes - or both! Have a relaxing afternoon with us! For more information please see the chapter website .


The chapter is seeking volunteers for both our office during the week starting in June, and to assist with our David Brower Dinner in a communications role. Come support the chapter! If you are interested in either, please contact Minda Berbeco, chapter director, at .

Get involved in your local group

You're invited to get involved and make a difference at the local level. The Bay Chapter is divided geographically into eight local groups within our four counties. Each group is led by volunteer members. Attend a meeting and share your perspective!

You can also find out more by calling your group leaders listed on our Chapter Leadership Roster .

Thank you for all you do for the environment every day. Warm regards,

Minda Berbeco Chapter Director Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter P.S.-Donate to the Bay Chapter! Photo of Marin Hikers by Miwok via Flickr, Tree by Rad Dougall via Flickr, Sunday Streets by Bhautik Joshi . Little Girls by Donnie Ray Jones via Flickr, Yosemite photo by Nakashi


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