After seven amazing years with the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club, I’m peddling over to a position with Bike Texas beginning October 17. I’m looking forward to offering bike safety curriculum to college and university campuses for their incoming freshmen and going on legislative rides with Senator Rodney Ellis during session!
Working with the Sierra Club has been a wonderful experience in so many ways — collaborations with brilliant and engaged leaders – Ken and the staff and volunteers of Sierra Club and our many partner groups across the state and nation; a robust publication schedule with a keen audience in the reporting community and a diverse readership of activists, officials, and industry; opportunities for creative expression and coordinating with impassioned fellow Texans; beautiful outings in special places that I might not have experienced were it not for my time with Sierra Club.
Here is a slide show of some of my favorite moments on staff with Sierra Club. If you don’t see yourself in this collection, please send me your favorite photo.
I’m excited about the campaigns that Sierra Club is organizing around the state, happy the Club is building bridges to labor, people of color, and our next generation. The work of Texas Living Waters continues to raise the awareness and practice of water conservation to a higher degree. Wild lands efforts are protecting jewels like the Devil’s and Neches Rivers, the Christmas and Guadalupe mountains. With a lot of additional help from National Sierra Club, the Beyond Coal and Beyond Oil campaigns are addressing probably the biggest environmental challenge in our state – the burning of fossil fuels; while the Lone Star Chapter’s Clean Energy, Smart Transportation and Blue-Green Alliance campaigns are moving us forward in a positive direction.
At this transition, I want to send special shout outs to my buds in el eSTOP, URAC, and the Coastal Bend Sierra Club – que viva ALTURA! Special shouts to my Texas Pecan Alliance friends; Shouts to the Golden Triangle Sierra Club and the Trail between the Lakes hikers; a shout out to the cosmos in memory of Paul Judice one of the kindest activists to greet me; Shouts to all the Sierra Club group leaders around the state who were showing up — some for the past three decades, and who keep showing up! Shouts to the folks who made a big ‘Stop the Coal Rush’ rally happen in February 2007; Shout to the outings leaders and to the Roll Beyond Coal bike riders, especially the Lower Rio Grande Valley Sierra Club who take it to the next level; Shouts to our favorite legislators, county commissioners and city council members; Shouts to everyone in the Alliance for a Clean Texas — Public Citizen, SEED, Environmental Integrity Project, Texas Impact, Texas Campaign for the Environment, Environment Texas, National Wildlife Federation, Environmental Defense, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Clean Water Action and the awesome local groups; Shouts to the friends at National Environmental Law Center and Earthjustice; Shouts to the reporters, editors, photographers, and videograhers; Shouts to the interns and office volunteers — including Hello Mary Beth Maher and Annette Stachowitz!; Shout outs to my comrades Ken, Jerome, Neil, Cyrus, Jennifer, Tyson, Oliver, Eva, Jen, Lydia, Flavia, Dave, Kari, Stephanie, Karissa, and Jared.
Rock on, my friends! Stay in touch! I’m with ya!
So. Now. Can we celebrate?
You’re invited to a little happy hour/dinner that Jennifer Walker pulled together. (Thanks, Jennifer!)
Hope you can come! Tuesday, October 11, 5:30 PM at Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto, 78701.