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The People's Climate March

The People's Climate March The People's Climate March on Sunday, September 21 in New York City is shaping up to be the biggest climate march in history! Thousands of people will be going up to New York to show that we care about our climate, our communities, and our futures! World leaders including President Obama will be meeting in the city for the 2014 UN Climate Summit. This is our chance to show international leaders that we demand global climate action!

We are coming together to show the world that our Greater RVA community cares about climate action! We want to invite you to come with the VA Chapter of the Sierra Club up to New York City. Come and be a part of this exciting moment in history!

To join our bus going up to New York City, RSVP here.


Sept/Dec 2014 issue of The Fall Line Newsletter is now available

Fall Line Newsletter The Fall Line Newsletter is packed full of updates, including:
  • Falls of the James Group supports attendance at the Annual Virginia State Chapter Gathering
  • The Sierra Club Foundation included in this year’s Amazing Raise
  • Fall General Meeting Program Schedule
  • The Falls of the James Group Holiday Celebration to be held on Monday, December 8th, at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
  • FoJG Help Wanted!
  • 2014 17th Big Yard Sale a Huge Success

Update about the Location and Day for Membership Meetings

Our meeting place remains the same as the beginning of the year. However, the regular meeting day has changed! Jepson Alumni Center on the University of Richmond Campus, on each SECOND Wednesday!

2012 Holiday Gala A few notes about this location: One thing hasn't changed: Well Recycle What Your Recycler Wont !! Dont forget to bring your old batteries, CFC bulbs, #5 plastics, cell phones, and other hard-to-recycle goods.

September 2014 General Meeting & Program

Toxic Air Emissions Please join us on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the Jepson Alumni Center - U of R Campus for "Toxic Chemicals in Virginia: What are the Risks? What are the Remedies?" with Professor Noah Sachs, Director, Merhige Center for Environmental Studies, University of Richmond School of Law.

Professor Sachs is a nationally known environmental law expert, with a focus on climate change, toxic substances and hazardous waste regulation. He has been outspoken about recent toxic spills in Virginia: the crude oil train spill in Lynchburg, the Dan River coal ash spill and tracking EPA’s efforts to clean the state’s Superfund sites.

Did you know that Richmond is the asthma capitol of the U.S.? Come and find out why!


Eagle Pontoon Boat Tour/Sierra Club Fundraiser

FoJG Bald Eagle Tour Mike Ostrander has rescheduled the eagle trip pontoon boat ride on the James that was cancelled in the spring (5/10/14) due to bad weather to Saturday 9/27/14 from 4-7 pm. 11 of the nearly 30 people scheduled to go on the May trip have resigned to go that day. The maximum number of people who can go are 30. The cost is $55 with $10 per person going to the Sierra Club.

Get more information and to sign up on the FoJG Wildlife Tour Page.



Upcoming FoJG Activities

September 2014 General Meeting

Date/Time: Wed, Sept 10, 2014, 7:00 PM
Location: Jepson Alumni Center - U of R Campus
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Topic: Toxic Chemicals in Virginia: What are the Risks? What are the Remedies?
Presenter: Professor Noah Sachs, Director, Merhige Center for Environmental Studies, UR School of Law
Contact: John Zeugner (jjzeugner@comcast.net)

Eagle Pontoon Boat Tour/Sierra Club Fundraiser

Date/Time: Sat, Sept 27, 2014, 4:00 - 7:00 PM
Location: Deep Bottom Park
Cost: $55 with $10 per person going to FoJG
RSVP: FoJG Wildlife Tour Page
Contact: Capt. Mike Ostrander: Mike@DiscoverTheJames.com or 804-938-2350

Sierra Club FoJG Fall Plant Exchange

Date/Time: Wed, Oct 8, 2013, 5:30 - 6:45 PM
Location: Parking Lot at the Jepson Alumni Center - U or R Campus
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Contact: Catherine Welsh (catherine.welsh@verizon.net)

October 2014 General Meeting

Date/Time: Wed, Oct 8, 2014, 7:00 PM
Location: Jepson Alumni Center - U of R Campus
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Topic: Richmond Citizen Lobbyist Workshop
Presenter: Corrina Beall
Contact: John Zeugner (jjzeugner@comcast.net)

November 2014 General Meeting

Date/Time: Wed, Nov 12, 2014, 7:00 PM
Location: Jepson Alumni Center - U of R Campus
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Topic: Modeling Sea Level Rise Along Virginia’s Coast
Presenter: Dr. Carl Hershner
Contact: John Zeugner (jjzeugner@comcast.net)

FoJG Holiday Celebration

Date/Time: Mon, Dec 8, 2014, 7:30 PM
Location: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Cost: $35 per person
RSVP: Make your reservation for this holiday event ASAP, since we are capping the registration at 50, so its first come-first serve! Checks must be received by Wednesday, December 1st, made payable to "Sierra Club". Sorry, no credit or debit cards can be processed this year. Mail your check and include info on your name, your guests, etc to: Anne Repp, 2221 Monument Avenue, Richmond VA 23220
Contact: Anne Repp: anne.repp@verizon.net or 355-3804

What is the Falls of the James Group?

The Sierra Club is the largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. It has chapters across the country, including the Virginia Chapter. The Falls of the James Group (FoJG) is one of the fourteen Virginia Chapter Groups.

FoJG is tied to the James River Park System and the communities and the issues that border that river and other critical Virginia rivers. The group's geographical area stretches from Hanover County down to the North Carolina border and from Amelia County east to Surry County.

FoJG celebrates nature and the outdoor recreational opportunities of our diverse region. We are working to preserve and restore our environment through Education, Conservation, and Recreation. Our Strategic Goals are Urban Sustainability, Global Warming Mitigation, Green Solutions, Greenways/Blueways and Parks Protection. We rely on volunteer and member involvement!

Join the Sierra Club today

FoJG Executive Committee

Adele MacLean -
Co-Chair
John Zeugner -
Co-Chair
Catherine Welsh -
Secretary
Mary Beth Mains -
Treasurer
Stefan Bogdanovic
Scott Burger
Eric Vrabel
Ralph White

FoJG Committee Chairs & Administrative Positions

Bike-Ped -
Vacant
CAFO Chair -
Eric Vrabel
Chapter Delegate -
Vacant
Conservation Chair -
Vacant
The Fall Line Editor -
John Zeugner
Fundraising Chair -
Tamara Smith
Inner City Outings -
Vacant
Membership Chair -
Vacant
Outings Chair -
Vacant
Political/Legislative Chair -
Vacant
Program Chair -
John Zeugner
Publicity Chair -
Vacant
Twitter & Meetup -
Vacant
University Liason: VUU -
Vacant
University Liason: VCU -
Vacant
University Liason: U of R -
Vacant
Volunteer Coordinator -
Vacant
Website & Facebook -
Eric Vrabel

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