The Quinnehtukqut

December/January Edition

Chapter Chair Update

Chapter Chair Update

As we transition to the new year, our Chapter Chair reflects on the growth of Sierra Club Connecticut and the ups and downs of 2018. Though our environment is facing many threats, Sierra Club Connecticut is ready to step up to the challenge, and we are optimistically looking forward to the new year!

Chapter News

Chapter News

The election results are in! The Executive Committee (ExCom) of Sierra Club Connecticut welcomes all our new leaders, and welcomes back current leaders. Get to know our ExCom team and our chapter’s different committees.

Legislative Session

Legislative Session

Sierra Club Connecticut’s Legislative Committee is gearing up for the start of the 2019 legislative session. On January 9th, all 187 members of the General Assembly will be sworn in, including 40 new legislators. Our chapter’s leaders have attended training programs and we have been gathering and teaching environmental activists in our state. We are ready to lobby for the environment!

Happy New Year from Sierra Club CT

Happy New Year from Sierra Club CT

Here it is, 2019, and we're looking back at some of the impact your work as volunteers and donors supported in 2018 at Sierra Club Connecticut.

Climate Ride Benefits Our Chapter

Climate Ride Benefits Our Chapter

For the second consecutive year, Sierra Club Connecticut has officially been designated as a Climate Ride Beneficiary. Want to get involved? Participate in one of the events across the country, or support the journey of Dennis (our chapter’s Vice-Chair, Secretary, IT Manager, and Communications Chair) as he rides from Connecticut to Florida to fundraise for our chapter.

Hiking the New England Trail

Hiking the New England Trail

Join Nora on the next leg of her adventure on the New England Trail! This section covers the trail from Simsbury to Farmington. As an extra bonus for any history buffs, this trail has a couple historical buildings to visit along the way.

Meeting the Climate Change Threat

Meeting the Climate Change Threat

How do we protect our electrical grid from a myriad of threats, including climate change and cyber attacks? How is the centralized grid structure leaving us vulnerable? Learn about the architecture and weaknesses of our current system and get a holistic, all-hazards approach from a Connecticut energy expert.

Political Committee Update

Political Committee Update

Did the environment win in the 2018 elections? What is the environmental forecast in Connecticut for 2019? Get the latest update from our Political Committee, as we follow up on the election results and look forward to what comes next.

Meet Our Groups

Meet Our Groups

Sierra Club groups engage in conservation advocacy, public education and engagement. The Sierra Club has two local groups in Connecticut, each led by a volunteer Executive Committee. Attend a local group meeting to meet other Sierra Club members and to find out what’s happening in your area!

The Energy Efficiency Raid

The Energy Efficiency Raid

Have you heard about the raid on Connecticut's Energy Efficiency Funds? Read on for the background details of the state legislature sweeping these funds away and obtain an update on the ongoing court battle for the return of $145 million ratepayer dollars.

Electric Transit Buses in CT

Electric Transit Buses in CT

The Electric Vehicle Campaign is a major focus of Sierra Club Connecticut, so it is good news to hear that a dozen electric buses with charging infrastructure are being added by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. We hope this is just the beginning of Connecticut transforming our transportation system!

Winter's Flowering Diva

Winter's Flowering Diva

If the winter cold is keeping you indoors and you’re missing nature, bring it inside! Our gardening expert gives instructions and tips for growing the beautiful Amaryllis plant, a holiday and winter favorite. Dramatic trumpet shaped flowers punctuate towering stalks and captivate even those who claim they have no interest in plants!

Keeping Animals Safe this Winter

Keeping Animals Safe this Winter

Extreme cold is a hallmark of winter in Connecticut. Though we can still enjoy nature by bundling up and afterwards find a warm respite indoors, it can be a little tougher on the creatures around us. Here are simple steps you can take to help both companion animals and wildlife during these colder months.

Come Together for Energy Efficiency

Come Together for Energy Efficiency

There has never been a more opportune moment to collaborate and support Energy Efficiency (EE) as a critical part of our state’s energy, economic, health and environmental goals. Given the midterm election results, the change in our state leadership, our filing of the legal appeal in November, as well as DEEP's renewed interest in cost effective testing as it applies to EE, this plan lays the groundwork to protect and defend energy efficiency in Connecticut.

A Big Need for Political Action on the S

A Big Need for Political Action on the S

With federal efforts being made to drill for fossil fuels on the Atlantic Coast, climate change and the overuse of plastics, our Connecticut shorelines are at risk. Hear from our Communications Chair of the Shoreline Group for what you can do to help!