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letter fromboarD chair                      Robert McKinney      securing The sierra club foundation’s financial future   ...
“The Sierra Club’s successful Beyond Coal and Western Coal Campaigns received support close to $8 million for the year, a ...
“We stand poised to enter an     era of environmental leadership,     where we tackle the challenges     facing the countr...
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Donald Kennedy               Thomas E. Lovejoy  “years of working at the juncture of science and policy have convinced me ...
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The sierra club’s Beyond coal campaign last year prevented 82 million                                           The Bonanz...
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Resilient Habitats: a case study from southern california                                                   “the challenge...
greentransportation     “the biggest           How The sierra club foundation funds are helping to achieve stronger   sing...
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2008 Sierra Annual Report

  1. 1. annual report 2008
  2. 2. letter from letter from climate boarD chair executive recovery Director partnership 2 5 6 beyonD clean energy coal solutions 8 10resilient greenhabitats transportation 12 14TABLE of conTEnTsB
  3. 3. grassroots boarD of impact Directors through anD national grants aDvisory council 16 22Donors rachel carson society 24 33 financial how you statements can help 37 40 with the help of its generous donors, the sierra club foundation provides the sierra club and other grassroots organizations with the tools and resources they need to create dramatic, lasting change on the most pressing environmental issues of our time. 1
  4. 4. letter fromboarD chair Robert McKinney securing The sierra club foundation’s financial future a message from robert mcKinney, board chair this is a critically important year in the long history this past year brought significant financial successes of the sierra club and the foundation. we have a for the sierra club foundation, along with a few climate crisis and a new u.s. president striving to challenges. contribution & bequest revenue of $53.5 solve that crisis. many obstacles stand in his way and million exceeded the 2008 budget by over $33 mil- he will need help from all of us to accomplish the job. lion, largely because of revenue received for new en- vironmental programs that support military families, this year’s report focuses almost exclusively on the including outdoor education camps and green hous- launch of the climate recovery partnership, an ambi- ing for disabled veterans. the sierra club’s successful tious, multi-year campaign to battle climate change. beyond coal and western coal campaigns received the initial fundraising estimate for the campaign is support close to $8 million for the year, a sign of the $400–500 million. as you can imagine, this is a dif- club’s leadership in the fight against new coal plants. ficult time economically to consider such a bold dollar goal, but we simply don’t have the luxury of waiting on the other hand, the foundation, like many orga- until the economy rebounds to launch this effort. nizations and individuals, suffered losses in its stock portfolios in the last quarter of 2008. however, with James hansen, who heads nasa’s goddard institute over $46 million held in operating cash and invest- for space studies, stated it well this past January: ment-grade fixed income investments as of the end “we cannot now afford to put off change any longer. of the year, the foundation is in a good position to we have to get on a new path within this new admin- maintain its investments and program funding levels. istration. we have only four years left for obama to set an example to the rest of the world. america must as the new chair of the foundation, i am grateful to take the lead.” the sierra club, with its legacy of the members of the board for their leadership and effective environmental protection, its unrivaled the trust they’ve put in me. i would specifically like brand and grassroots strength, and its power in the to acknowledge our outgoing chair, robert heil. the halls of washington, in state capitals, and in the organization made great advances under bob’s lead- courts, must be at the forefront of such a movement. ership due to his energy, work ethic, and commitment to healing the planet. above all, i am grateful to all of that’s why i am honored, though a bit humbled, to you, our donors, for your trust, your dedication and have been elected chair of the sierra club founda- your continued support. tion board of Directors for 2009. the board of Direc- tors does not stand alone in its commitment. we have sincerely, a growing cadre of major supporters, as demonstrat- ed by the hundreds of donors listed in this report, for whom the sierra club foundation is an integral part of their philanthropy. we are ever grateful to all of you robert mcKinney for your continued support. board chair2
  5. 5. “The Sierra Club’s successful Beyond Coal and Western Coal Campaigns received support close to $8 million for the year, a sign of the Club’s leadership in the fight against new coal plants.”–Robert McKinney, Board Chair 3
  6. 6. “We stand poised to enter an era of environmental leadership, where we tackle the challenges facing the country and turn them into opportunities for growth.” –Peter Martin, Executive Director4
  7. 7. letter from executive DirectorPeter Martin Dear friends, every so often in history, a moment arrives when the grassroots environmental projects, from wildlife and efforts of committed citizens over a long period of habitat protection in the rockies to encouraging time begin to bear fruit in important and pivotal ways. sustainable fisheries along the gulf coast. we are also helping our nation’s military families in their time of this past year brought exciting transformations to great need. because of the generosity of our donors, our country and to the sierra club foundation. the we are making it possible for children of active-duty election of a new president provides a chance for the service personnel to experience the healing effects of nation to chart a different course on environmental nature and we are providing funding for custom green policy, one that can safeguard our planet’s future. be- homes for disabled veterans returning from iraq and cause of the work of the sierra club and the financial afghanistan. support of donors like you, we stand poised to enter an era of environmental leadership, where we tackle change, while essential, is not always easy. the our greatest challenges and turn them into opportuni- special-interest groups in washington, D.c. and their ties for growth. backers, will resist proposals for change, no matter how well considered or scientifically justified those at the foundation, we have met the unprecedented proposals may be. that’s why the sierra club founda- threat of global warming with new strategies, focus tion’s role is more important now than ever. by provid- and determination. in 2008, the sierra club and ing a solid base of support for strategic, grassroots the sierra club foundation launched the climate environmental campaigns, we ensure that those ad- recovery partnership, an ambitious program to cut vocating for our planet wield as much influence in our greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 and national policy debates as the oil and coal companies. prepare our communities and ecosystems to survive a changing climate. in the coming year, the sierra club foundation will take the climate recovery partnership to scale. we the climate recovery partnership has already are deeply grateful to you, our donors, for embarking scored important successes: this year alone, with with us on this exciting phase of our organization’s your help, we stopped 24 coal-burning power plants growth. we look forward to walking side by side with from being built, took important steps toward strict- you as our country turns down the path of environ- er federal fuel economy standards, and protected mental leadership. california’s largest continuous land parcel from de- velopment, providing habitats for species threatened yours in transformation, by climate change. in the coming pages you’ll learn about these and other victories. i hope you’ll stop for a moment and revel in what we achieved together. while prioritizing global climate change, the foun- peter martin dation continues its historic support of a variety of executive Director 5
  8. 8. climaterecoverypartnership The climate Recovery Partnership seizes a historic opportunity to confront global warming. in 2008, the sierra club foundation funded 2. clean Energy solutions—shift energy the launch of the climate recovery partnership, investment to renewable sources, revolutionize a comprehensive initiative to reduce america’s construction with green building techniques, carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050 while and create a 21st–century electric grid capable “never before strengthening our habitats and communities of efficiently delivering clean power. to respond to changes set in motion by past have both the 3. curbing carbon—set national greenhouse- pollution. the most ambitious fundraising environmental gas limits on greenhouse gases that reflect the project ever undertaken by the foundation, challenge and true cost of pollution and create momentum the climate recovery partnership, seeks to opportunity translate the growing national concern about for a strong international agreement to curb been greater.” emissions. global warming into action. it mobilizes a broad coalition of grassroots activists, legal 4. Green Transportation—promote clean and–Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy, Honorary Co-Chair, advocates, policymakers, business leaders efficient vehicles, invest in low-carbon fuels, and Climate Recovery and others around six key campaigns: reduce vehicle miles traveled by providing qual- Partnership ity, affordable public transit. 1. Beyond coal—take on the single largest source of global warming pollution in the u.s. 5. Resilient Habitats—preserve habitats that by stopping new coal–fired plants, retiring exist- can protect natural systems and human commu- ing plants, and keeping the massive u.s. coal nities from the damages of climate change. reserves in the ground and out of international 6. safeguarding communities—prepare the markets. nation’s infrastructure to weather the floods, droughts and other natural disasters scientists say will increase in a warming world. America Leads how we get there6
  9. 9. Donald Kennedy Thomas E. Lovejoy “years of working at the juncture of science and policy have convinced me that we have the means to reverse global warming and create a clean energy future. that’s why i have accepted with enthusiasm the responsibility of chairing the climate recovery partnership, a groundbreaking effort that will mobilize thousands of citizens to stop global warming using technology we already possess.“ —Dr. Donald Kennedy, Campaign Chair campaign cabinet science Advisory Panel “we recognize the climate recovery partnership’s campaign the climate recovery partnership’s science that the im- cabinet provides intellectual and philanthropic advisory panel will bring together many of pact of climate leadership for the partnership’s six campaigns. the world’s top environmental and climate change on the comprised of influential leaders in the science, scientists. the panel provides intellectual earth is pro- business and philanthropic worlds, this mission- guidance and scientific rigor to the partnership, critical team provides strategic guidance, lends ensuring that our campaign goals reflect the found. and we support and leverages resources on behalf latest knowledge on the climate crisis and believe that the of the partnership. the science advisory the solutions we must enact to slow and, sierra club’s panel works under the auspices of the ultimately, reverse the trend. leadership on campaign cabinet. environmental issues and its Dr. Donald Kennedy, chair Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy, Honorary co-chair Dr. Donald Kennedy is the Bing Professor of Pioneering conservation biologist Dr. Thomas E. broad member- Environmental Science and President Emeritus Lovejoy holds the Biodiversity Chair at the H. John ship base give it at Stanford University, and former Editor-in- Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Chief of science. As one of the world’s foremost Environment. In addition to scientific leadership roles a unique poten- experts on global climate change, Dr. Kennedy at the World Bank and United Nations, Dr. Lovejoy tial to catalyze was appointed Campaign Chair of the Sierra founded the PBS series nature. In 2008, Dr. Lovejoy Club’s Climate Recovery Partnership in 2008. was named Honorary Co-Chair of the Climate Recov- social change ery Partnership and Science Advisory Panel Chair. on this issue.” —Dr. Janet and John Haas Philadelphia, PA Campaign Cabinet members 7
  10. 10. beyonDcoal “with your Beyond coal: a case study from wisconsin support, we two years ago, a company called alliant energy finally, last november, the public service com- stopped an proposed building a $2.6 billion coal plant here mission decided against the plant. when the outdated, in cassville, wisconsin. the plant would have put commissioners made their decision, publiccarbon–emitting out more global warming pollution than other comments against the plant ran ten to one. coal plant from plants that have been operating in wisconsin for one commissioner held up the thick volume being built in over 60 years. it didn’t make any sense for our and said that he’d never seen that amount of environment or for our economy. comments on any issue since he’d been in office. our state.” the commissioners scolded alliant for acting we organized a coalition of environmentalists, –Jennifer Feyerherm as if we aren’t living in a carbon–constrained Director of the students and community members and took buses world. it was absolutely amazing. Sierra Club’s to public hearings of the wisconsin public service Wisconsin Clean Energy Campaign commission. we went door to door, signed the idea of building another dirty, inefficient petitions and made yard signs. we also protested coal plant in this climate really inspired folks at alliant’s shareholder meetings, sending the in wisconsin to get active. as a result, we are message that coal was a bad investment. seeing stronger and stronger stances taken against coal. at one hearing, a 10–year–old boy stood up to comment and pulled out a tattered sheet of note- making sure communities have a say in decisions book paper that he’d passed around in his class. that affect their environment—that’s the heart of Kids had signed it saying they didn’t want that what we do here at the sierra club. we couldn’t plant because it would make it hard for them to have won this campaign without the support of breathe and have long–term effects on their health. the sierra club foundation donors. —Jennifer Feyerherm, Director Sierra Club’s Wisconsin Clean Energy Campaign 80,000 cumulative co2 Million Metric Tons CO2 70,000 Oil emissions from 60,000 Natural Gas Coal u.s. fossil fuel 50,000 power plants: 40,000 1960–2006 30,000 20,000 10,000 Annual CO2 Emissions 0 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 20068 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration Annual Energy Review. Posted June 27, 2007
  11. 11. The sierra club’s Beyond coal campaign last year prevented 82 million The Bonanzatons of new annual global warming pollution—equal to the annual emis- Decisionsions of 15 million new cars—by causing the defeat or abandonment of The Sierra Club won a24 coal–fired power plants. the campaign stopped almost all permits for landmark legal victory inmountaintop removal mining and won precedent–setting cases indicating November 2008 whenthat environmental agencies must account for climate change when top decision–makersconsidering permits for the coal industry. at the Environmental Protection Agency ruledthe beyond coal campaign has succeeded in ing policy that would address coal’s contributions that the agency must regulate global warmingcreating a vigorous public dialogue about the to global warming and phase out financing of pollution from new coal–myth of clean coal and coal–fired power plants’ mountaintop removal mining. by educating finan- powered plants. Therole in climate change. as the single largest cial institutions about the risks of coal, the sierra ruling came in response to a lawsuit, funded bysource of carbon dioxide pollution in the united club is creating incentives to switch investment The Sierra Club Founda-states, coal is the first frontier in combating to renewable energy sources like wind and solar. tion, challenging Deseretglobal warming. top climate scientists say we Corporation’s proposed with its strong track record of stopping new Bonanza plant in Utah. Itmust phase out coal power by 2030 to avoid plants, retiring old ones and opening paths to will likely slow develop-catastrophic warming. ment of all new coal clean energy, the beyond coal campaign repre- plants as the EPA draftsDue in part to the sierra club campaign, bank of sents one of the highest–leverage philanthropic new rules to addressamerica last December announced a new lend- investments that exists on climate change. carbon emissions.Beyond coal: a sound investment or more. at that point, few funders success. out of the 150 new coal- and activists were involved. fired power plants that were pro-leverage poses obvious risks in posed at the start of our inquiry,business and financial investing. when we surveyed the landscape, 88 have been cancelled or shelved.in philanthropy it will always be a the only organization operatingpotent strategy. effectively at a local, regional and we are gratified to see how our early national level was the sierra club. investment in the club’s anti-coalthree years ago we launched a stra- though we supported several groups work has paid off. though manytegic planning process to see where doing excellent work at one level or fear that dramatic climate changewe could best leverage the bulk of another, we were impressed by how cannot be stopped, the sierra clubour philanthropy. we decided to the sierra club was not only there has shown once again that withfocus on minimizing climate change, first, but was collaborating to bring adequate funding, strategically tar-and chose to support activists work- other funders and activist groups geted activism can overcome evening to stop new coal-fired power into the fight. the most daunting environmentalplants in the united states for two challenges. together, we have reallyreasons. first, because the combus- now, only 16 months after our donor made a difference.tion of coal has such a disproportion- advised fund wrote its first checks,ate impact on climate change and many other organizations and asecond, because once built, these growing list of like-minded funders Paul and Eileen Growaldplants have a life span of 50 years have joined us. and we are seeing Shelburne, Vermont 9
  12. 12. clean energysolutions sierra club activists are working to rebuild and repower America by promoting clean energy sources, making buildings more efficient, and linking power producers and consumers together in a modernized delivery system. the clean energy solutions campaign envisions delivery system must be decentralized and offer an american economy that by 2040 runs entirely consumers the chance to choose how they power on clean, renewable energy. to achieve this vision, their homes. and we need green jobs programs we must transform the energy marketplace so that can put americans to work in the new clean that it rewards investment in renewable sources energy economy. like wind and solar and discourages investment in 2008, with the financial support of the sierra in polluting sources like coal. we must enact na- club foundation, club members and the environ- tional renewable energy and efficiency standards mental community made significant strides to- and create the financing mechanisms to ensure wards achieving our goal of a clean energy future. they will be successful. our power generation andNew Mexico pledged California set a standard Hawaii became the Long Island, New York Cincinnati, Ohio is in-to reduce its energy requiring that 20% of the first state in the nation launched a green homes corporating LEED greenconsumption to 15% state’s power come from to require solar water program that will reduce building standards intobelow 2005 levels by renewable sources by heaters in every house— the carbon footprint of a major urban infill de-2015. 2010. Sierra Club mem- a step that will reduce participating homes by velopment that will turn bers in the state are now electricity bills by 40% 20 to 40 percent and a barren parking lot into working to site new solar and cut the state’s green- create close to 7,000 an eco-friendly residen- plants and transmission house gas emissions by green jobs. tial and entertainment lines and create business 12,000 tons each year. district opportunities for other forms of green energy.10
  13. 13. With the sierra club’s guidance and expertise, 24 communities com- “the sierrapleted a climate action plan, 23 cities conducted greenhouse gas club is not justemissions inventories, and 32 communities formed “green ribbon” task about how toforces that searched for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. say no to badBetter Building codes warming; it will also revitalize the country’s econ- things. it’s alsoclose to half of the energy used in buildings goes omy. the renewable energy and energy efficiency about how toto waste because of inefficient construction. as a industry can create close to 37 million american say yes to newfirst step towards revolutionizing the building and jobs by 2030, according to a recent report by approaches aszoning process with green building techniques, the american solar energy society. in 2008,the sierra club won stricter nationwide energy ef- with funding from the sierra club foundation, a partner withficiency standards in model building codes, which the blue green alliance—a strategic partnership the clean en-would save approximately 100 million metric between the sierra club, the united steelworkers ergy industry.”tons of co2 a year by 2030 if fully implemented. and other labor unions—brought together leaders —Denise Bodethe model code will be 15 percent more efficient in the emerging green economy for a national Chief Executivethan in 2006, the largest gain ever. in the coming green Jobs conference. the alliance worked with Officer, American Wind Energyyear, the club and its allies will pressure states leading researchers to quantify the economic Associationto quickly adopt these standards. benefits of investment in renewable energy, and held town hall meetings, rallies and workshopscreating Green Jobs to educate the public about how finding solutionsimproving energy efficiency in buildings and to global warming can create jobs.neighborhoods will not only help combat global Low carbon Buildings: states adopting renewable energy measures states where sierra club other states adopting states where no new played a key role in renewable measures renewable energy measure adoption measures were adopted 11
  14. 14. resilienthabitats Wilderness advocates Marilyn and Allan Brown “at the same conservationists agree on the necessary steps to help ecosystems time that the recover from climate change: protect large core areas and connect migration corridors to allow plants and wildlife to move into more sierra club favorable habitats; reduce other stresses on vulnerable species, such is working to as mining and logging projects; and apply better land management blunt the magni- strategies. tude of climate the sierra club foundation is supporting this everglades. as we move into 2009, the federal change, it’s approach in 10 pilot ecoregions across the government has also begun to incorporate crucial that the country: alaska’s arctic, north cascades/olym- climate change into conservation planning: club advance pic peninsula, california coast, sierra nevada, interior secretary Ken salazar has ordered the its resilient greater grand canyon, greater yellowstone, agencies within his department to collaborate habitats cam- great lakes/greater Quetico-superior, maine to address climate change. and the us agricul- woods, greater everglades and gulf coast/ ture Department has set up a new office of paign to recon- mississippi Delta. these special places share a ecosystem services and markets to protect nect wild areas combination of high risks, iconic landscapes forests, water and soil. and strengthen and threatened species, a significant sierra club the survival capacity to carry out effective campaigns, and in addition to creating successful models in potential of the 10 targeted ecosystems, the resilient habitats solid science to back up our approach. there, campaign is working to: natural world.” we hope to create models that can be applied to other parts of the country and world. • institute resilient habitat programs on all –Longtime supporters and advocates for federal lands with support from the sierra club founda- wilderness, Marilyn and Allan Brown tion, environmental activists made important • increase resilience of priority wildlife habitats progress in 2008 towards protecting these in every state key ecoregions. california governor arnold • incentivize private landowners to participate schwarzenegger issued an executive order in resilient habitat programs requiring all state agencies to draft a climate adaptation plan by June 2009. in florida, water • increase carbon storage capacity of forests, managers approved the purchase of 72,500 wetlands and soils acres of sugar cane fields to help restore the12
  15. 15. Resilient Habitats: a case study from southern california “the challenge we have withsixty miles north of los angeles lies a vast, wild wildflowers to rolling oak woodlands and moun-land—a place where the sierra nevada roll into tain ridgetops dotted with white fir trees. the climate changethe southern coast range, and the san Joaquin area sits at the intersection of four bioregions is that thevalley and the mojave Desert join across 7,000– that shelter a variety of endangered species, habitat areasfoot mountains. this ecological treasure, known including the california condor. of animalsas tejon ranch, is the largest continuous private and plants will reaching an agreement to preserve the ranchproperty in california. under a historic agreement wasn’t easy. the sierra club launched a public change overnegotiated with the ranch’s owners by the sierra education campaign, and members of the club’s time as theyclub and its allies, 90 percent of the land will now los angeles and Kern–Kaweah chapters talked to move inremain protected from development. reporters, hosted community events, and partici- response towhat does this agreement have to do with global pated in government hearings. increasedwarming? everything, explains bill corcoran, who with the resilient habitats campaign, the temperatures.”helped lead the sierra club’s negotiating team sierra club aims to replicate the success aton the deal. “the challenge we have with climate –Bill Corcoran tejon ranch in 10 priority ecoregions around Los Angeleschange is that the habitat areas of animals and Senior Regional the country. the resilient habitats campaign willplants will change over time as they move in Representative strengthen ecosystems so that they can recover for the Sierra Clubresponse to increased temperatures. so it’s im- from climate change, minimizing the loss of vul-portant to protect large areas to accommodate nerable wild places and wildlife. it will create athat movement,” says corcoran. new conservation paradigm that views all effortstejon ranch encompasses a diversity of eleva- through the lens of our changing climate.tions and rare native habitats, from fields of “the environmental movement can look at tejon ranch as a creative way to preserve large-scale, privately owned land as part of a strat- egy to build habitat resilience. without the capacity of the sierra club to engage its members in protecting places like tejon ranch, and the support of the sierra club foundation and its donors, it would be far more difficult to achieve conservation agreements on this scale.” —Bill Corcoran 13
  16. 16. greentransportation “the biggest How The sierra club foundation funds are helping to achieve stronger single step we fuel economy standards. a Q&a with ann mesnikoff, senior washington representative for the sierra club. can take to curb global warming Q: why are strict fuel economy standards strate- in washington. fourteen states are waiting with emissions is to gically important in fighting climate change? california for a waiver from epa to implement make our cars a: the biggest single step we can take to curb the pavley standards. global warming emissions is to make our cars and light trucks Q: how do you think these issues will unfold in and light trucks go farther on a gallon of gas. go farther on a the first year of the obama administration? twenty percent of u.s. carbon dioxide emissions gallon of gas.” a: there is so much happening now on vehicle spew from vehicle tailpipes. corporate average standards. the bush administration proposed fuel economy (cafe) standards have virtually –Ann Mesnikoff new fuel economy standards in 2008, but did Senior Washington stagnated since they achieved levels set in the Representative not finalize them before leaving office. this gives for the Sierra Club original 1975 law. the stagnating fuel economy the obama administration the opportunity to helped drive up our addiction to oil to an 8 issue stronger standards. we are disappointed million barrel a day habit. new fuel economy that the standards for 2011 did not aim higher standards are critical to ensure that the auto than bush was proposing, but the door is open industry puts the technology it has to work to for significant progress for 2012 to 2016. we are save oil, save consumers billions at the pump, now waiting for the epa to issue the waiver that and curb global warming. will permit california and the 14 other states to Q: what has the sierra club accomplished on implement the pavley standards. in april, the this front? sierra club presented the epa with more than a: the sierra club played a critical role by 1,000 photos of americans holding up their car supporting the pavley greenhouse gas tailpipe keys to remind the epa that it holds the keys emission standards for vehicles. through suc- to clean cars. (see above photo.) finally, we cessful litigation, the sierra club defended cali- are also expecting the epa to propose national fornia’s right to set pavley standards and joined greenhouse gas standards that will complement with other groups in the landmark massachu- fuel economy standards and ensure we get on setts v. environmental protection agency (epa) the right path to even greater reductions in lawsuit that helped build pressure for change global warming pollution.14
  17. 17. This year, the climate Recovery Partnership’s Green Transportation “new fuelcampaign worked to increase fuel economy, promote low–carbon economyfuels, and get Americans out of their cars by providing more public standardstransportation options and designing walkable communities. are criticalin 2008, a new administration won office with to their promises on fuel economy, ensure that to ensurea pledge to move towards better fuel economy california receives the federal waiver it needs to that the autostandards that can wean our country from its de- proceed with new standards limiting emissions industry putspendence on oil. the economic downturn inspired from cars, and campaign for a national vehiclemore americans to change their driving habits. emissions standard and significant investment the technol-sales of gas–guzzling cars have decreased, and in public transportation. ogy it hasmore consumers than ever are demanding hybrid to work to we will also ensure that the right rules are incars and riding public transportation. we now save oil, save place for renewable fuels to prevent producingmust ensure that environmentally friendly alterna- consumers them in ways that ultimately result in highertives are available to meet this demand. billions at the carbon emissions. and we will oppose incorporat-in the coming year, the sierra club will help activ- ing new dirty fuels into our transportation pump, andists hold federal and state officials accountable fuel mix. curb global warming.” –Ann Mesnikoff Senior Washington projected gasoline Representative savings under for the Sierra Club pavley and cafe will cut co2 in the u.s. by at least 509.2 megatons/ year by 2030. standards are expected to con- tinue to increase beyond 2020, providing greater greenhouse gas emission reductions. 15
  18. 18. grassroots the sierra club foundation helpedimpact grassroots activists achieve their goalsthrough with over $40 million in funding in 2008.grants Grassroots Impact change comes in packages large and and gave 36 grants to other organiza- small. with grants that ranged in size tions in 2008. the following pages from $500 to $5.5 million in 2008, highlight just a small sample the sierra club foundation targets of these many projects. besides its support at the community level, meeting an immediate need, the where transformation begins. the sierra club foundation grants help foundation acts as fiscal sponsor for build a stronger environmental 180 national sierra club projects and movement that can win bigger over 300 chapter and group projects, victories in the years to come.16
  19. 19. noRTHEAsT (select grants)n Maine Woods n Michigan forest Biodiversity Project n sierra student coalition climate Sierra Club National Sierra Club Michigan Chapter campus challenge grant amount: $48,000 grant amount: $23,000 Sierra Club National Created public demand for the Worked to restore Michigan’s once- grant amount: $45,000 permanent protection of Maine’s great forests, winning a lawsuit Helped students win climate and clean forests and is currently negotiating blocking the U.S. Forest Service energy policies on their campuses and the preservation of nearly 50,000 from allowing oil and gas drilling built a base of young climate activists acres of priority wildlife habitat. near the Mason Tract. throughout the northeast.n clean Energy for Kansas and Missouri n Virginia Endangered Landscape n forests and Parks Partnership Sierra Club National campaign Sierra Club Massachusetts Chapter grant amount: $38,000 Sierra Club Virginia Chapter grant amount: $6,600 Aimed to secure large-scale energy grant amount: $178,000 Achieved greater state funding for efficiency gains in Missouri and Kansas, Concentrated on the far-reaching forests and parklands and helped pre- collaborating with Kansas City Power impacts of global warming on Virginia’s pare conservation management plans, & Light to take the lead in embracing natural and human landscape, fighting improving the overall environmental clean energy. air pollution, sprawl and offshore stewardship of Massachusetts’ state drilling across the state. forests and parks. 17
  20. 20. grassrootsimpactthroughgrantssoUTHEAsT (select grants) n Everglades Restoration campaign n chapter and Group Education Project Sierra Club National Sierra Club North Carolina Chapter grant amount: $158,000 grant amount: $126,000 Partnered with a broad-based coalition Ran environmental campaigns in eight to restore natural water flow in the communities, advocating for reduced region, and recently convinced the greenhouse gas emissions, local foods, state of Florida to purchase and community-based clean energy and protect over 70,000 acres of sugar clean water. cane fields, an area three times the size of Miami. n Gulf coast Restoration Project n Military family camping Project n campaign to Protect Public Health and Sierra Club National Armed Services YMCA the Environment in the Deep south grant amount: $60,000 grant amount: $479,000 Sierra Club National Engaged communities hardest hit Provided outdoor opportunities to grant amount: $12,000 by Hurricane Katrina in the rebuild- military dependent children and Protected the natural resources and ing process and supported environ- families who have experienced a environmental heritage of Alabama, mental and health measures that will deployment in conjunction with the Mississippi and Louisiana by opposing protect the Gulf Coast in the future. wars in Iraq or Afghanistan or to oil and gas drilling projects, improving trouble spots around the world. wetlands management, working to reduce air pollution and publicizing the health effects of animal waste runoff from factory farms.18
  21. 21. GranTS In THE SPOTLIGHT: green homes for our troopsThanks to our donors, The sierra club foundation has provided critical “everything insupport for veterans during this time of great need. my new homewhen staff sergeant travis strong lost both his “everything in my new home is accessible to is accessiblelegs after his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb me,” says strong. “i can get around and do more to me. andin iraq, he returned to the u.s. to face another things on my own. and it’s energy efficient, so it’s energychallenge: finding an accessible home for himself our bills are low, too.” efficient, soand his family. our bills are now, through a partnership with the sierra clubmost houses didn’t have the wide hallways and foundation, homes for our troops is adding low, too”elevator that strong, who uses prosthetics and even more green features to their buildings. –Staff Sergeanta wheelchair, needs to get around. then strong the organization will build four leeD-certified Travis Strong, Golden, COgot help from massachusetts-based homes for green homes in 2009 and plans more for 2010.our troops, a grassroots organization that builds “the sierra club foundation grant has madefree, accessible and now environmentally friendly it possible for homes for our troops to expandhomes for veterans. the number of green homes we build andstrong’s new house is barrier-free and features increase the level of green building materialssolar panels that provide 80 percent of the build- and construction techniques in our homes—ing’s electricity, efficient spray foam insulation while at the same time allowing us to meet ourand a geothermal heating system. target for the total number of homes built for these veterans and their families,” says John gonsalves, the organization’s founder. “the sierra club foundation grant has made it possible for homes for our troops to expand the number of green homes we build and increase the level of green building materials and construction tech- niques in our homes.” –John Gonsalves Founder, Homes for Our Troops 19
  22. 22. grassrootsimpactthroughgrantsnoRTHWEsT (select grants) n central and Eastern oregon Public n northern Rockies Wildlife and Lands Protections campaign Wildlands Sierra Club Oregon Chapter Sierra Club National grant amount: $30,000 grant amount: $76,000 Reached settlements with the U.S. Promoted the successful coexistence Forest Service, the timber industry of communities and wildlife in the and rural communities to protect Greater Yellowstone Area, creating unlogged old-growth forests, as a bear pepper-spray program to help part of a larger effort to halt short- hunters and campers stay safe and term threats to forests, wildland reduce bear mortality. and wildlife habitat east of the Cascade Crest. n Building Environmental communities n Utah smart Energy campaign n Rocky Mountain Ico Sierra Club National Sierra Club Utah Chapter Sierra Club Inner City Outings grant amount: $88,000 grant amount: $41,000 grant amount: $15,800 Fostered understanding among Fought new conventional coal-fired Organized wilderness adventures Alaskans about the economic, cultural power plants and promoted efficien- and environmental education programs and recreational importance of sus- cy and renewable energy. for diverse groups of youth, fostering taining the state’s natural treasures, personal growth and respect for nature. addressing gatherings of sportsmen and organizing a week-long salmon celebration.20
  23. 23. soUTHWEsT (select grants) n california Vision 2020: Great n campaign to Restore and Protect the coastal Places Greater Grand canyon Ecoregion Sierra Club National Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter grant amount: $84,000 grant amount: $43,000 Protected the California coast by Fended off threats to this diverse, wild defeating a plan to build a private and remote landscape by stopping highway through a state beach park a proposal to explore for uranium on in Orange County, mobilizing activists national forest lands, building strong to protect nesting habitats in Marina alliances with local tribes and pushing del Rey, and working with the state’s for better education on lead poisoning Coastal Commission to limit damage of California condors. to marine mammals from Navy sonar.n new Mexico Local climate Protection n santa Lucia cool cities Project n chapter and Group Education Project campaign Sierra Club Santa Lucia Chapter Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter grant amount: $6,700 grant amount: $74,000 grant amount: $13,000 Worked with the cities of Morro Sued Shell Oil Company for violating Protected New Mexico from climate Bay and San Luis Obispo to evaluate Clean Air Act standards in a Houston change by reducing greenhouse their greenhouse gas emissions and refinery, delayed a permit for a proposed gas emissions, increasing the use develop climate action plans. coal-fired power plant, and worked to im- of renewable energy and preventing prove water quality by contesting expan- energy and mining development in sion of polluting dairy farms and advising environmentally sensitive areas. state agencies on new regulations. 21
  24. 24. boarD ofDirectorsanD nationalaDvisorycouncilThe sierra club foundation Board of Directors 2008 Board of Directors national Advisory council an independent, volunteer board of Directors, wendy & Jim abrams supported by a professional staff, governs the loren blackford & michael Dubno sierra club foundation. the board primarily philip & amy blumenthal focuses on enhancing the overall performance allan & marilyn brown of the foundation and supporting the charitable barbara brunkhorst and educational work of the sierra club frank brunckhorst iii and other grantees. bob burnett & Kathy barry pete & June cartwright the 2008 Directors above (from left to right) amy toma cherot are: michael loeb, paul craig, michelle skaff, bill cohen Dick fiddler, Joe fontaine, amy cherot, nels theresa & mark cohen leutwiler (treasurer), chuck frank (fifth of- Daryl & michele connell ficer), mike mccloskey, loren blackford (sec- michael s. cornish retary), larry Keeshan, bob heil (chair), bob paul craig & Kay cox mcKinney (vice chair), paul farr. timothy crowell not pictured: allison chin, pete cartwright, sunil Deshmukh tim ryan. anil Deshpande Judith Drake Joel D. & ellen s. fedder22
  25. 25. richard fiddler Jim & sue higman Jon & lillian lovelace william sarnoffmarjorie findlay & Jan & maurice holloway robin mann william h. scheide geoffrey freeman cecelia hurwich, ph.D. Janice mccoy miller stephen schneiderrobert & susan flint loren & Jane Jahn craig mcKibben & robert & ann shafercharles e. frank maryanne tagney-Jones & sarah merner val shaffnerlisa fremont David Jones robert & arlene mcKinney greg shawKay gillis wendy e. Jordan rebecca p. milliken stephen silbersteinelaine gold robert & Jane Katz nancy & andrew mills michelle & Dan skaffsteven gold lawrence & ellen Keeshan pat o’Donnell fred & alice stanbackrichard goldman Jonathan & Dr. monica Kern gilman & margaret ordway elizabeth steeleleonard goodman nancy Kittle mike & veronica richter timothy Dunn & ellen stofanroxane googin John m. Kramer Karen rosenbaum & peter Danzig & lava thomaseileen & paul growald John Kriendler ben mcclinton carroll smith walravengarrett gruener & amy slater nels & liz leutwiler marjorie b. roswell alice watersgeorge gund iii adam J. lewis tim & annette ryan Dr. edgar wayburnJohn o. & Janet haas andrew lewis bill sander linda & peter wernerwilliam & sally hambrecht roger & florence liddell roger & victoria sant sherman & anne wheelerrobert & rosemary heil michael loeb & guy & Jeanine saperstein mary willisrobert & phyllis henigson ann ross loeb george sardina, m.D. 23
  26. 26. Donors the sierra club foundation gratefully acknowledges those whose gifts help sustain our work and our planet.InDIVIDUAL DonoRs george e. coleman roland h. parker sharon macDonald$1,000,000 + rajnikant & helen Desai roberta l. rosenberger Doug maclaughin &anonymous Donors robyn Dinwoodie wolf paul & catherine rosenberger catherine graff maclaughlin eric & margot egan gillian rosenfeld bob massad$100,000–$999,999 steven c. gensler george sardina, m.D. sandra & John mcgonigleanonymous Donors leonard goodman andy sawyer & carol bingham robert mcKeeJudith Drake ralph & louise haberfeld elizabeth seelig robert & alexandra mcnameeJim & sue higman mr. & mrs. robert henigson robert & ann shafer barbara meyerfred & alice stanback helmut Kapczynski mildred solomon ralph & Janet miller lawrence & ellen Keeshan mr. rand sparling & william e. miller & ida houby$50,000–$99,999 mr. & mrs. richard s. Kent ms. adrienne meisel michael & sharon mitchellanonymous Donors Jonathan & Dr. monica Kern bernard & anne spitzer Judith mooreallan & marilyn brown pritpal singh Kochhar John h. & ellie sutter lois s. mooremr. frank brunckhorst iii barbara lane edwin spotts weaver mary J. moranDaryl & michele connell michael & ann ross loeb francis w. white Joan n. neilmr. & mrs. robert h. mcKinney rebecca p. milliken marian g. wilcox brant noziskapierre & pamela omidyar ms. bonnie pence george & oma wilcox suzanne oparil network the ariel fund linda & edward m. ornitzgary & angela rappeport sally c. rodgers $2,500–$4,999 David K. oylertim & annette ryan greg shaw anonymous Donors theresa a. perenich claire silberman Denny arter & tim martin hans peters$25,000–$49,999 Doris sosin Julia basbagill Karen phelpsanonymous Donors paul strauss, m.D. pamela & albert bendich mary a. Quamwendy & Jim abrams John l. swanson James D. & cynthia l. berkey D. real & l. teepermichael s. cornish eugene w. wan Joyce blumenshine ruel h. robbins, Jr.sunil Deshmukh Donald whitteaker philip & amy blumenthal mrs. & mr. Jonathan p. rosenbarbara & Donald frank Kenny brody bruce rowlandeileen & paul growald $5,000–$9,999 william & loulie canady carol & george sabochickrobert & rosemary heil anonymous Donors richard & Doris cellarius gloria salickmr. & mrs. loren a. Jahn Joe andrew & peter chesson robert w. sandersonwendy e. Jordan anne slaughter andrew Dr. David chittenden June K. schloerbJudith Kuehen thomas & elaine beal harvey cohen James b. schoedlerandrew lewis John bullitt edwin a. & fumiko e. cranston barbara & robert seilermr. & mrs. D. roger b. liddell andrew c. christie patrick & anna cudahy fund lawrence l. shihJon & lillian lovelace mr. elliott close James K. & sara c. Donnell James siler & susan butler–silermr. craig mcKibben & leroy s. close robert Dwyer & ellen smucker John & mary helen slater ms. sarah merner roberta conroy peter fellman brendan smithguy & Jeanine saperstein helen m. cooluris evan flaschen mr. & mrs. michael swimmer sarah m. coulson mr. & mrs. Dennis friedman michael & amy tiemann$15,000–$24,999 harry m. & becca h. Dalton Jennifer & larry garfield Kenneth valleyanonymous Donors the hub, llc Ken gart ruby wahrhaftigtimothy crowell Dr. & mrs. larry Dee celia & walter gilbert tom wallace lyonsbill Denneen sage capital mr. James b. given, m.D. Dr. edward warrenrobert & elizabeth fisher leland w. & frances Doan Jean gramlich sanford waxergarrett gruener & amy slater ann & David Drumm ms. mary p. harrison betty whitemaryanne tagney–Jones & carol Dumke Jill & gerben hoeksma william wicker David Jones stanley eisenberg David husch roger & ann worthingtonms. nancy Kittle bob epstein & amy roth phil & liz Johnson Jerry wraymr. & mrs. gilman ordway paul farr hoyle c. Jones rose Zobiancarroll smith walraven Joel D. & ellen s. fedder the Darling foundationhoward & lisa wenger betsy & Jesse fink mike & martha Kahn $1,000–$2,499linda & peter werner lisa fremont James Katz anonymous Donorsthe wiancko family frederick fultz robert & Jane Katz charles abela Kingdon gould, Jr. murray s. Kilgour henry abrons & li–hsia wang$10,000–$14,999 gail & roy greenwald Jeanie Kilgour stanley & hope adelsteinanonymous Donors robert l. Jennings, Jr. & Dr. graydon c. Kingsland barbara adlernancy K. anderson barbara h. bott william Knox ronald & patricia adlerJoan & robert arnow James & nancy Joye brad & mary Kay Kollars howard J. aibelterri & mark avery sandy lerner marta J. lawrence tom alaDr. & mrs. robert b. baer mr. Kurt leuthold barbara lee garrad hassan & Kimberly albertJohn & barbara brooks leslie lihou bernard & lory levinger richard albertsrev. & mrs. frederick buechner Dr. seymour metzner ernest lieblich Joe albright & marcia KunstelDrs. terry & elvira burns mr. frank michnoff Kenneth lipper elizabeth & David allenJames Kimo campbell Drs. susan ott & David ralph Dolly maass Dan & mim allisonamy t. cherot24
  27. 27. $1,000–$2,499 (cont.) loyce & Joe braun ms. susan Davey elizabeth n. furbertimothy alloway charles h. brayshaw sandy & robbie Davis martha w. furstlouis f. ambrosio David & cathy brenner martin Davis m. l. gaillardmarcia angle alan brodie glen Dawson alan & sarah galbraithJune y. arata Dr. barbara ann broker Joe Deitch l. & K. gallaghersharon arendshorst lorraine brown yves Delepine & Karen strokes bob & may gamerthomas & sharon arendshorst axson brown morgan william & christine Deloache a. Jack garnettbernard & holly arghiere J. a. browning paul Denapoli al garrenterri & Ken ash mrs. patricia l. bruggere patrick h. Dennis, Jr., m.D. richard l. geidelgordon b. asselstine Kristen bruxvoort patricia Diedrich Jack & Joan georgelindsay & Kirsten austin mr. & mrs. David bryce scott Dietzen David & laraine gerbergeorge & nancy badger Drs. richard & virginia buck Joan Diggs David gervasimr. & mrs. michael bailin James J. buck, Jr. Karen Dike mr. & mrs. stephen v. giffordalbert J. balducchi michael & geraldine buckles tanya & robert Dimpsey Kay e. gilmour, m.D.Ken & ginger baldwin gro buer & bruce williams robert Dodson martha & howard girdlestonemarybel balendonck roger Johnson & michael & brenda Donahoe ray goetzandrew & Julia balinsky Donna buessing–Johnson paula Dougherty mark & Kitty goginsaline K. ball gene & mary Kay buinger aimee & bernard Doyle Diane & peter goldenringJohn w. ballard John nicholson bulica linda K. Drake wallace m. good &Joseph baribeau patricia burbank tavy Dumont charlotte p. ohayerwilliam t. barker Dr. Kathleen burchby timothy r. Dupay susan roome goodwintimothy patrick & K. barnes christa burgoyne lynn & michael Dustin Dan goodwineugene & neil barth mary p. burke stan & Joan Dutrow claire e. gordonsusan & william bartovics mitchell a. byrd marjorie post Dye elizabeth gorman &brad baskin cenie cafarelli rachel g. edelson mark Kritzmanrobert & Denise bayer Dr. william h. calvin & laura edwards ms. Kathleen gouldlinda m. beale Katherine calvin noel D. eichhorn peter l. govegildon n. beall, m.D. & thomas capello verna e. & benjamin s. eiland arthur & Diana graham barbara f. beall Karen m. caraway John eisberg & s. Kline David & Julia grambortstephen f. befort James s. carlyle richard & carole eisner helen m. granatellited & Julia behar harold carpenter Doug ell carolyn grant & robert Krenzbenjamin & michelle belfer ann Kathleen carr Jane ann ellis susan grauJon & metta belisle Deborah carruth carole elm robert & Donna greenJosephine s. benedek gerald & Joyce carter nancy english ward & marlene greenbergcheyann benedict John & Joan casey gail & charles entrekin lumina greenwaypaul bennett John b. cassidy Jennifer eplett & sean reilly waldo r. griffinDan berg & welcome Jerde greg & amy caucutt thomas erickson Donald & Doris griffithrichard bergmann & ann cerney everett h. erlick foundation Denise filakosky shirley chami Joline esparza & Ken mills Jessica griffithssteven bergsieker mark chee ruth D. ewing barbara groddsteven & nicey berkenfeld Jennifer chu michele fabrega & paul brown rick & Kathy groshongJames berneking & Jan campbell margot clarke mary b. faris richard l. grossmanwendell & tanya berry Kevin & lisa coakley Dr. sam & maydelle f. fason Janet & Douglas groutmr. lee bice margina cogswell mary a. ferguson geoffrey & sarah gundmargot & Kyle biehle vera s. cohen Jesseca D. ferguson Dan gutmaneric bing & barbara rhomberg prudence cole gertrude ffolliott lester gutsteinDr. thomas blackburn & richard & shauna colella Danny field Khin Khin guyot & Kevin brock Dr. Katherine bell bob & Jackie conley Jon fieldman David gwynJuliet bleha mrs. Kenneth conrow margaret s. filios cheryl s. hagedornJoan blosser rita consolvo Dr. & mrs. charles fischer David e. & nancy m. hallbetty blanchard blume mary l. contakos thomas fischer todd hallapril bodman David J. cook Dr. & mrs. scott c. fleischman tomas hallinphilip bogetto priscilla cortez gunther s. fonken & barbara f. hallmanreinhard bohme & eugene l. cox agnes J. hughes michael halpernKathryn hobbie philip craig & Deborah mccalpin Joe & bugs fontaine alfred & shawna hananpamela t. boll margaret o. cromwell cynthia a. forbes sharon & Dan hananbrenda m. booth elizabeth crowell & robert wilson David foster & sarah stoesz John c. hansen, m.D.James bordas frances & george crutchfield tom & myrna frankel ms. lois hansenterry & susan borman rigney & robert cunningham mr. robert frankland & eileen g. & richard t. hardawayfrank & steven borth warren s. Daansen ms. helen owens beverly harju & thomas longDr. william boyd nancy m. Daly–riordan James l. franklin sarah harkinsonmiranda & ted boylan Daniel family foundation ebony frelix Darla & ivan harms–beckercarol a. brand gordon Darby walt french & virginia yang Ken & Janice harpermr. & mrs. James h. brauer mr. & mrs. michael J. Daugherty benno friedman patricia cook harrington 25

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