The Conservation Committee recommends conservation policy for the Chapter, identifies conservation priorities, and directs grassroots conservation activities. It is comprised of issue committees that work on specific issues. Members can create committees for new issues as they arise. We meet on the 4th Monday of each month at 7 pm at the Peninsula Conservation Center. Contact our Chair, Mike Ferreira, for more information -  conservation@lomaprieta.sierraclub.org
 

CONSERVATION FOCUS AREAS

Baylands Conservation
For the preservation and protection of the wetlands surrounding the San Francisco Bay. Contact: Mike Kerhin, mkerhin@comcast.net
 
Climate - Slowing climate disruption is the a key priority for the Sierra Club and the Loma Prieta Chapter. Almost all our efforts help slow climate disruption, from preserving openspace, to promoting sustainable transit oriented development in our cities.  Our Climate Action Leadership Team (CALT) organizes and support our 'cool cities' efforts to limit climate disruption city by city within our region.  To get involved, contact: Gladwyn D'Souza, godsouza@mac.com, or Sue Chow sue2042@gmail.com.
 
For good stewardship of all coastal resources, sustainable land use, adherence to the provisions of the California Coastal Act and regulations of CEQA and other environmental laws, protection of endangered species and coastal wetlands. Contact: Merrill Bobele, mlbobele@comcast.net
 
Food
For urban agriculture as an approved land use in city general plans and opportunities to improve our food literacy. Contact: Gladwyn D'Souza, godsouza@mac.com, or Sue Chow sue2042@gmail.com.
 
Forest Protection
For the preservation, protection, and restoration of the ecological integrity and native biodiversity of the forests of California, with efforts extending to include the forests of the United States and other regions of the world as appropriate, through education, advocacy, and political action. Contact: Karen Maki, 650/366-0577, karenmaki@earthlink.net. The Forest Protection Committee meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7 pm, at the Peninsula Conservation Center.
 
For a moratorium on fracking in California until stronger regulations are adopted and stronger regulations on fracking within our Chapter's boundaries. Contact fracking@lomaprieta.sierraclub.org
 
Pesticides
To educate our community about optimum, least toxic methods of pest control and the laws which regulate pesticide use. This requires a basic understanding of how biological systems interact, of Integrated Pest Management, and of pesticides and how they work. To influence lawmakers and other decision-makers to recognize the essential nature of such methods. We are currently educating the public about the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) threat and methods of eradication or control. Contact: Janet Hoffman, janet@hoffman.net or Ruth Troetschler, 650/948-4142 rebugging@att.net
 
Sustainable Land Use (SLU)
To promote creating walkable, climate-friendly neighborhoods which group new homes, jobs, and shops near transit stations and corridors to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from transportation (the largest source of emissions in the Bay Area) and reduce development pressure on our open space and agricultural lands. Contact Gladwyn d'Souza, godsouza@mac.com or visit our website. The Sustainable Land Use Committee meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.
 
To promote the most cost-effective, equitable, least polluting, and least sprawl-inducing transportation system possible. Special attention needs to be given to rectifying the imbalance between the resources devoted to automotive transport, and other modes, specifically, bicycle, pedestrian and mass transit. Contact: Gladwyn D'Souza, 650/508-8755, godsouza@yahoo.com
 
To promote sustainable water supplies and sustainable water systems that are resilient to potential climate change impacts; support programs to change water conservation behavior and programs to incentivize the installation of efficient plumbing fixtures and water infrastructure; advocate for sensible laws, plans and programs that equitably balance water supply needs of cities, agriculture, and the environment; and respond to local issues related to these objectives. Current issues: Urban Water Management Plans, water efficiency, water recycling, grey water, water supply and desalination. Contact: Katja Irvin katja.irvin@sbcglobal.net
 
Air Quality
To promote better air quality by monitoring the actions of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Particular attention has been given recently to the new regulations levied against the Lehigh Cement Plant in Cupertino. Recent actions by the Club have encouraged the District to be more protective of the emissions from the plant.
 
 
Advocates for policies to minimize waste that is not safely recycled back into the environment or the marketplace. This includes participation in the Zero Waste Task Force of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Current issues: Composting in Palo Alto; plastic bag bans; recycling and zero waste issues generally. Contact: Ann Schneider, ZeroWaste.Recycling@lomaprieta.sierraclub.org or 650/697-6249.
 
 
 
 
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Geographic Information Systems
Mission: The Geographic Information Systems Committee provides mapping and other GIS services to Chapter entities. Committee members are volunteers who use various software to develop conservation-related maps. For information about the committee's current activities, contact: Shawn Britton, 408/551-0722, Shawn.Britton@lomaprieta.sierraclub.org.