Sierra Club Florida Navigator - September, 2017: Club raises funds for Irma & Maria victims & big clean energy news

By Newsroom America Feeds at 30 Sep 2017

Hurricane Irma slams Florida, hurts those who were already on the edge.

Hurricane Irma tore through Florida, flattening parts of the Keys, flooding Miami's financial district and knocking power out for 13 million people. Many had the means to recover, but for those who already lived paycheck-to-paycheck, a loss of a job, housing or both has pushed them to the brink. There is still much work to be done to help those who had few resources before the storm and now have far less . The Sierra Club has established a 100% community-driven Irma relief fund to help them. Please help Hurricane Irma victims!

Hurricane Maria leaves Puerto Rico in shambles and dire need of help.

Puerto Rico took a direct hit from a climate-charged Hurricane Maria. Much of Puerto Rico already suffers from massive inequality and environmental injustice. Maria just made it all worse.

Ramon Cruz of the Sierra Club Board of Directors and a Puerto Rican native released this statement addressing these challenges.

After Irma, we can imagine the pain and suffering months of power outages will bring. The Sierra Club has established a Hurricane Maria relief fund with 100% going to community-based relief. Please help Hurricane Maria victims !

Florida transit agencies win $5 million for electric buses

Five transit systems across Florida each won $1 million in federal grants this month to buy non-polluting 100 percent electric buses. They include the cities of Gainesville, Tallahassee and Jacksonville, along with Broward and Pinellas counties.

They join Miami-Dade county, which won a grant last year. Read more ...

Union County takes a pause to review controversial phosphate mine

Last week, Union County voted to hold workshops on a polluting phosphate mine that could harm the Santa Fe river and nearby springs.

About 150 people attended the hearing on the mine. A recent hearing in nearby Bradford County was also well-attended as opposition mounts. Read more ...

Duke Energy to spend billions on solar, EV charging, grid & smart meters

Duke Energy has promised it will spend $8 billion to build solar farms, invest in batteries and build an electric vehicle charging network in addition to smart meters and grid modernization over a four-year period.

The Sierra Club provided some of the language adopted by the utility. Details are still being worked out, but this is a huge step forward for a utility that has very little solar generation in Florida. Read more ...

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