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Dates for your Diary - 2010
- Jan 25: "Addicted to Plastic"
- Sierra Club member Lois Blake, will present the film "Addicted to Plastic"
in a virtual movie theatre, complete with popcorn and soda pop. The film traces the development of plastics' use over the
last 100 years, and examines practical and cutting-edge solutions to recycling, toxicity and biodegradability.
These solutions - which include plastic made from plants - may let us protect the environment, while continuing to enjoy the
convenience of plastics, which accounts for most of the worldwide litter.
- Feb. 22: Dr. Kevin Lyons
- Director of Purchasing for Rutgers University, and a Research professor in Supply
Chain Environmental Archeology, will discuss the university's work in developing preferable purchasing and
green purchasing techniques with its many suppliers. Dr. Lyons also develops and intregrates global environmental and
social purchasing policies.
- Mar. 22: Dave Grant
- Director of the Ocean Institute at Brookdale Community College,
will describe a six-week sabbatical he took last Fall to cruise the Pacific on a NOAA research vessel during
a "Teachers on the Seas" environmental studies program. Dave, who was joined by a number of other teachers, will
describe his findings. He also is in charge of the college's very popular hands on marine studies program for elementary
and high school students at Sandy Hook.
- April 26: Cindy Zipf and David Byer
- Cindy Zipf, Executive Director and attorney David Byer of Clean Ocean Action at Sandy Hook,
will analyze how a federal approval for a liquid natural gas (LNG) terminal in the Gulf of Mexico
could affect the applications by several companies to build 3 LNG facilities in the Atlantic Ocean
off the NJ and NY coastlines.
- May. 24: Deborah Mans
- For the May meeting, our speaker will be Deborah Mans, Executive Director of the NY/NJ Baykeeper,
in conjunction with other groups, including our own Grace Sica in Trenton, to highlight the fight against
PurGen, the proposal in Linden, NJ to construct a 750 Megwatt coal-fired electricity plant, using carbon
capture and sequestration for the CO2 waste product. Hopefully we can get press coverage for this meeting and a
- June. 28: Tom Hoffman
- In June, our meeting will be in Sandy Hook, starting at 5pm with a trail cleanup
(people can call me with details, at 732-863-5917), followed by a potluck family picnic at the Lighthouse at 6pm. At 7pm,
Tom Hoffman, Nat'l Park Historian, will talk on the history of Sandy Hook in the Lighthouse Keepers Museum.
This will be a great night
- Sept. 27: Dave Grant
- Dave Grant, director of the Ocean Institute at Brookdale Community College,
will describe a six-week sabbatical he took last year to cruise the Pacific on a
NOAA research vessel during a special “Teachers on the Seas” environmental studies
program. Dave, who was joined by a number of other teachers on the cruise, will describe
his findings. He also is in charge of the college’s very popular hands-on marine studies
program for elementary and high school students at Sandy Hook.
- Oct. 25: Bonnie Tillery
- Bonnie Tillery of the NJ Chapter of the Sierra Club recently
returned from a Sierra Club National Committee study trip to India.
Bonnie, the NJ Population Issues Coordinator, will discuss the implications of
India being on track to overtake China as the world’s most populous country with
1.3 billion people by 2020. She will explain how India is trying to slow its
population growth and preserve the environment.
- Nov. 22: Richard Bizub
- Richard Bizub, director of water programs for the Pinelands Preservation Alliance,
will discuss the environmental problems facing the Pinelands, a unique 1.1-million-acre
habitat with a surprising variety of scenery, habitats and species, including important
underground aquifers. When development threatened the Pine Barrens, the state passed the
Pinelands Protection Act of 1979, which created the Pinelands National Reserve and the
New Jersey Pinelands Commission. Even so, the Pinelands are under continuous threat from
- Dec. 5 (3-6 PM): Annual pot luck holiday party
- The group’s annual pot luck holiday party will be held Sunday,
Dec. 5 at Joellen Lundy’s home at 25 Peters Place, Red Bank.
Members should contact Joellen at firstname.lastname@example.org if they plan to come.
Everyone is asked to bring hor d’ouvres, cakes or other hot and cold dishes,
as well as soda, wine or beer. If members of other Sierra Groups are in the
neighborhood, please stop by and say hello.