Sunday, September 17, 2017

Learn about Green Practices for Schools at the Sierra Club Meeting on Sept 28, 2017

Welcome back to the Fall 2017 series of Turtle Coast Sierra Club Meetings!  
We start off on September 28, 2017!

At this meeting, learn about bringing sustainable/green practices to our schools.  Hear from a school in Palm Bay that is doing it. Energy-efficiency, aquaponics, green cleaning, healthy lunches, and more are practiced at this school, Founder/Director Constance Ortiz will share her journey of bringing sustainability to eduction!

The meeting takes place, as always, at the Universalist Unitarian Friendship Hall at 3115 Friendship Place, Rockledge, off Rt 1 just north of Suntree Blvd.  The meeting starts at 7:00 PM, and Social Time is from 6:30 to 7:00.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Upcoming meetings and events for the rest of 2017 include:

October 26th--Phil Compton, Sierra Club Florida Staffer in charge of Sierra Ready 100 (Sustainability) throughout the state, will be sharing the plan to help cities in Florida convert to renewable/sustainable practices by 2050.

November 16th (note this is the 3rd Thursday of Nov, change due to Thanksgiving)--Joint Meeting witht he Partnership for a Sustainable Future.  This will be a roundtable discussion about current issues facing our area, and will be a good time to bring ideas forward!

December 3rd--Our Solstice/Holiday party at Amici's restaurant in Suntree.  More detains about this will be coming soon.  Always a good time!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fall Outings 2017

Outings that have been scheduled so far for this autumn include:

October 7th--Hike the Hundred Acre Hollow in Suntree; and

November 11th--Hike Prarie Lakes WMA.

Other upcoming outings that don't have a date yet include Helping to Make Oyster Mats, Kayaking the St Sebastian River, Kayaking Blue Cypress Lake, and Biking the Jungle Trail in Indian River County.  Stay tuned for more info about these outings, and possible others!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Stay Up to Date on The Indian River Lagoon Tax Money

Check the web site below to find out how and where the Lagoon tax money is being spent.  The Citizens Oversight Committee that monitors this money meets every 3rd Friday on the 3rd floor of the County Government Building in Viera.

Please share this information with your friends, neighbors and HOA's.  It took time for the Lagoon to get into the shape it's in now, and it will take time to reverse the damage.  The public needs to understand this.

The website is http://www.brevardfl.gov/SaveOurLagoon/Dashboard.  

Monday, July 10, 2017

City of Melbourne (FL) and Sierra Ready for 100% Sustainability

Melbourne City Council took action at their July 25, 2017 meeting on a resolution to agree to 2 asks:
  1. Sign the Sierra Ready for 100% Pledge committing to 100% sustainability city operations by 2035 and within city limits by 2050
  2. Setup a sustainability board that will do the research, plan and track the implementation of this goal/pledge.

Thanks to all those who showed up at this meeting to support this resolution, by wearing blue and/or green, and especially to those who spoke in favor of the resolution.

The resolution was approved 5-2 (Mayor Meehan and T. Thomas voted nay).  An ordinance will be drafted creating a sustainability board. Council Member Lopez clarified that the board should focus on the use of clean energy.  Vice Mayor Debbie Thomas asked that staff provide information on the cost of staffing such a board.