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The Sierra Club is the nation's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization, with over 700,000 members nationwide. These individuals are using grassroots activism and community action to protect America's environment, for our families, for our future.

We are part of the Florida Chapter of the National Sierra Club.  Our group, the Central Florida Sierra Club, comprises over 2,100 members in Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola Counties.   Our goal is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth.  We now invite you to explore and enjoy our web presence.  Thanks for visiting!

~ Marjorie Holt, Executive Committee Chairman


DEP website about Florida watershed
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has launched a new educational website about Florida watersheds, Florida's Water: Ours to Protect,.  The new site has a lot of detailed content about Florida’s watersheds. 
Success in Osceola County
Central Florida Sierra Club is pleased to say that Department of Community Affairs issued a recommended that Osceola County not develop the NE area of the county.
2010-07 Newsletter

The July-August issue of the Central Florida Sierran newsletter is available. In this issue we focus on some of the consequences of fossil fuel use:

  • The high cost of coal
  • Peak oil means more dangerous drilling...if we don't rethink our energy sources
  • Is the Deepwater Horizon spill the end of the line for the bluefin tuna?


Other articles include:

  • About our Inner-city Outings program
  • Our outings & program schedule
  • ...and more!

To see our newsletter, click here!
Innovation Way East/Growth Fight/Econ River

INNOVATION WAY EAST As the Sierra Club Central Florida Group Conservation Chair, I have worked hard to protect the Econlockhatchee River and the lands surrounding the wildlife corridor. On June 22, 2010, the Orange County Board of County Commissioners denied the applicant's request for a comprehensive plan amendment.  Below is an article about the public hearing.  Thanks to all who voiced their opposition to this project.

Marge Holt 

Orange growth fight political fallout: winners v. losers
2010 Orange County mayor's race, 2010 governor's race, Bill Segal, Uncategorized — posted by David Damron on June, 23 2010 4:54 PM
Discuss This: Comments(1) | Add to | Digg it Tuesday’s late-night, bare-knuckle growth fight in Orange County over the Innovation Way East project was a great window for voters to look at their elected leaders in action.

Hands Across the Sand/Offshore Drilling Foes 

June 24, 2010
Offshore Drilling Foes to Stage Global Demonstrations
By ANNE C. MULKERN of Greenwire
Tar balls started washing up on the sand this week in Seaside, Fla., a wealthy hamlet between Pensacola and Panama City where Dave Rauschkolb owns three waterfront restaurants and near where he lives, fishes and surfs.

With petroleum from the BP PLC oil spill still flowing, Rauschkolb fears his businesses might not make enough money this summer to stay open through the winter. When he looks at fellow beach-area merchants, he sees the same concerns.

He blames offshore oil drilling and will voice his concerns Saturday in what he hopes will be a kind of global statement.


August outings!

  We have some fun outings lined up for August. Please join us!

  •  August 14-Bike ride to Blue Springs and Swim.
  •  August 15th- Kayak Rock Springs.
  • August 28th: Rainbow River Tube Trip


See below for more info:

July outings!

  We have some fun outings lined up for July. Please join us!


  • July 18: Wekiva Springs Hike and Swim
  • July 24th Evening bike ride on Cady Way Bike Trail
  • July 25th: Tubing at Rock Springs
  • July 31 6:00pm: Beer Tasting at Orlando Brewing Company.


See below for more info:


2010-07 Newsletter

The July/August 2010 issue of the Central Florida Sierran is now available online. In this issue:


  • All about our Inner City Outings program
  • The high cost of coal
  • Mountaintop remocal coal mining
  • What does the Deepwater Horizon disaster have to do with Peak Oil? 
  • Is this the end for the Bluefin tuna?
  • Exciting upcoming outings
  • Interesting monthly programs
  • ...and more!


To see the issue, click here .

The high cost of coal

The Union of Concerned Scientists has recently created a report that looks at where Florida's energy sources come from, and exactly how much per year the state spends on coal.


In 2008, Florida sent more than $1.56 billion out of state to import coal for electricity. Coal generates nearly 30% of our electricity- in contrast, renewable sources generate only about 2%!


Read more about the high cost of coal for Florida, and ways we can reduce our dependence on it, in our July-August newsletter . You can also see the Union of Concerned Scientists report here .

The Outdoor Activity Training Program is bringing its highly successful Outings Leader Training Workshop back to Florida!

Do you already lead outings for the Sierra Club?

Want to find out what it takes to lead Sierra Club outings?

Are you a Sierra Club activist who wants to use outdoor activities to highlight local conservation issues?

Then this Outing Leader Training is for you!

You are invited to attend a weekend of interactive learning, networking with leaders from all Sierra Club outing programs, and of course, lots of fun. The purpose of this training is to provide leaders with the skills to plan safe, happy and inspiring outings that promote the conservation mission of the Sierra Club. This workshop provides the opportunity to welcome new outdoor leaders to the Sierra Club, share and exchange new trip ideas and learn what it takes to lead for other programs in the Club.
Community Conversation - The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable

The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable, in partnership with the Sierra Club of Central Florida, and Ethos Vegan Kitchen will be hosting a local community event to gather input on public health and chemical exposure issues.  This “Community Conversation” will take place on Wednesday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ethos Vegan Kitchen, 1235 N Orange Ave in downtown Orlando.

The goal is to create a national action agenda that will outline how the nation can better protect people from harmful chemical exposures.

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