SD Chapter News

An Evening With Tom Steyer

The mission: strengthen our movement by joining together to discuss, learn, and ask questions about the climate crisis. That’s why SanDiego350 is co-hosting an evening with Tom Steyer on September 7th in San Diego and you’re invited!

Please note: NEW START TIME of PROGRAM IS 6:30 pm (not 7 pm).

Tom is a business leader, activist, and philanthropist who believes we have a moral responsibility to ensure that every family has access to economic opportunity, education, and a healthy climate. He is President of NextGen America, previously NextGen Climate, which he founded in 2013 to prevent climate disaster, promote prosperity, and protect the rights of every American.
Tom has appeared at numerous rallies and conferences to promote action on climate change, including BreakFree LA in 2016.

RSVP now for an evening with Tom Steyer in San Diego to discuss our political moment and how we can fight back.
We’ll discuss the politics of climate change, NextGen America’s work, and how Californians can take effective action. There will be an extensive Q&A period, so please bring your questions.

Tom will be joined by San Diego Council Member Barbara Bry (District 1), who will give an update on implementing a Community Choice Energy program in San Diego in order to meet our goal of 100% clean energy — and how San Diegans can help make it happen.

Here are the details:

What: An evening with Tom Steyer and Council Member Barbara Bry
When: Thursday, Sept. 7 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM (Refreshments and nonprofit tables starting at 6:00)
Where: St. Paul’s Cathedral, 2728 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, 92103 (enter on 5th Ave)
Tickets: Click here to reserve your seat (suggested donation of $10, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds)
We’ll offer refreshments and also host a wide range of cosponsors at informational tables in the courtyard before and after the talk. See RSVP page for more details.

RSVP now as space is limited, and please join and share our Facebook event.

April North County Coastal Group Meeting

North County Coastal Group – Wednesday, April 20
Encinitas Community Center, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

On March 15 several Sierra Club North County Coastal Group members met to discuss North County Coastal local cities overall environmental concerns, issues regarding North Coastal cities Climate Action Plans and  Community Choice Energy possibilities.  It was a great discussion that generated several areas of concern.
Issues identified for Solano Beach included: Enforcement of City environmental policies regarding bag ban and commercial recycling, sea level rise and Solana Beach Climate Action Plan.
For Oceanside issues identified included:  Gregory Canyon, bag ban, habitat conservation plan, coastal development, sea level rise, Buena Vista Lagoon restoration, I 5/78 widening and interchange, protecting local farm land and Oceanside Climate Action Plan.
For Encinitas issues identified included:  Elections opportunity for progressive council membership in November 2016 with four seats open, polystyrene ban, Community Choice Energy, bike lanes, Encinitas Climate Action Plan update, waste and recycling of plastic, education/outreach to community around environmental issues.
For Carlsbad issues identified included:  Open space, water, development, Encina Power Station and Community Choice Energy.
Regional issues identified in addition to the above included focus on Gregory Canyon with its plan for land fill development on top of the areas’ water aquifer, mandates without enforcement, San Onofre waste storage, Community Choice Energy creation of an alternative energy provider with possibility of a Joint Powers Authority for all North County Coastal cities, freeway widening versus regional transportation planning, huge development plans, Palomar Airport expansion, Coastal Commission direction and future of the Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan.
It was decided for folks interested in pursuing addressing issues both on a local and regional basis, we would meet again in a month to discuss how we might come together to form a viable group that would be able to tackle some of these major concerns.  For issues specific to Community Choice Energy, it was determined that the Carlsbad Action Team already working with Pete Hasapopoulos of the Sierra Club My Generation program would address specifically those issues.
For the past several years, there has been a North County Coastal Group of the Sierra Club that addressed local issues, provided educational opportunities and a social forum for people who shared the same commitment and dedication to “exploring, enjoying and preserving” the  treasured environment we so cherish in San Diego.  The Sierra Club of San Diego would like to see that the North County Coastal members again have that opportunity

Coaster Meeting – July 21

Coasters (North County Coastal Group) member meeting.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 – 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Registration Required before July 19, 2015 5:00 PM
Location: Encinitas Community Center
1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA

Topic: the proposed development at the Strawberry Fields in Carlsbad.

A representative of the developer, Caruso Affiliated, will provide an overview of the proposed project and answer your questions.

This is likely to be a popular topic, so advance registration is required. To sign up, locate the meeting on the activities calendar, or use this direct link. Click the Register button at the top right, and follow the instructions to register.

Our usual meeting room will only hold about 20 people. If registrations exceed that, I will try to arrange for a larger room at the community center.

Since we are limited to a two-hour meeting, we would like to organize the questions, and make sure the most important questions get priority. You may submit up to three questions with your registration. Priority will go to the questions that more people suggest.

San Diego Gala 2016

Gala Celebration & Awards Dinner

June 11, 2016
“Celebrating Partnerships”

Sierra Club San Diego will host its annual Gala Awards Celebration to recognize and commemorate the achievements of community leaders and Sierra Club volunteers who have contributed their time and effort to protecting the environment of our region. The event will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Hilton Harbor Island Hotel, 1960 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, from 6pm – 9:30pm. The event will include a reception from 6pm to 7pm, a silent auction, and dinner and awards program 7pm to 9:30pm.

This year’s theme is “Celebrating Partnerships”. The Sierra Club is not alone in fighting for the betterment of our environment.  We stand together with other outstanding organizations that educate, advocate and make significant contributions to insuring San Diego’s treasured environment is enhanced and protected.  The Gala will include the presentation of the Club’s FEAT (Friendly Environmental Action Taken) Awards recognizing organizations whose efforts help protect the environment, foster local solutions to global issues, help communities make sound environmental decisions about their own future and work to raise awareness of and advocate for climate change action.

We will also be celebrating the 60th anniversary of our Wilderness Basics Course.  This ten-week course on hiking, camping and backpacking attracts over 350 students annually where participants are taught skills to safely enjoy the wilderness.  Our goal is to share our knowledge and skills in the safe enjoyment of wilderness areas and to convey a sense of responsibility for maintaining the purity and integrity of the wilderness environment.

Sierra Club San Diego annually recognizes three outstanding individuals, organizations or businesses with a FEAT Award that exemplifies the theme of the Gala.  Being honored with FEAT awards this year are:

  • League of Women Voters of San Diego – in recognition of their work of educating and enabling the citizens of San Diego to act as guardians of the environment by raising awareness and advocating for action through the democratic process.
  • Cleveland National Forest Foundation – in recognition of their commitment to sustainable regional land use planning and advocating for sensible and achievable regional Climate Action Plans.
  • California Solar Energy Industries Association, San Diego Chapter – in recognition of their work raising awareness and advocating for climate change action and in helping the City of San Diego commit to a future of 100% renewable energy.

Our outstanding cadre of volunteers, who make Sierra Club San Diego

Chapter Outings Leader I Training October 14, 2017

The Sierra Club Statement of Purpose begins, “To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the Earth.” In order to more effectively carry out this purpose, we need you as an outing leader.  To become a Level I Chapter Outing Leader (lead day hikes and car camps) you must:

1. Have been on at least four Sierra Club outings.
2. Be a Sierra Club member.
3. Be at least 18 years of age.
4. Attend the Level I Chapter Outing Leader training class.
5. Obtain a Red Cross Standard First Aid card or equivalent before proceeding to step 6.
6. Plan, publish and execute 2 evaluation outings before November 2018.

The COL1 Training session will be held on October 14, 2017. You will get classroom training on COL practices and policies and, optionally, Standard First Aid training and certification.  For more information on the Standard First Aid training and schedule, go to:

Class size is limited to 15. Sign-up before September 30 by contacting Stefanie Maio at Email:

Next year’s training will take place in May 2018.  Please check back at a later date for details.

Chapter Outings Leader II Training October 21, 2017

Mission Trails Park, San Diego.

Would you like to lead backpack trips for the Sierra Club or the Wilderness Basics Course? To do so, leaders are required to take COL II training. COL II training is offered twice a year. To sign up for this training, you must meet all 3 of the following criteria:

  1. Be a COL I with all certifications current.
  2. Have led at least 4 Type I trips (this includes your two COL I evaluations).
  3. Have graduated from the Wilderness Basics Course or its equivalent.

The class will be a fun day learning advanced leader techniques for planning and executing wilderness backpacking trips, plus a nice hike in Mission Trails Park!

Class size is limited to 15. Sign-up before October 7, 2017 by contacting Stefanie Maio via email at