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Local Conservation Issues


The Sierra Club has networks of activists at the state and national levels. There are many ways to get involved, starting with something as easy as subscribing to an e-mail list and receiving alerts of pending environmental legislation, regulatory measures, meetings and other calls to action. Your response can vary from sending an email or letter to your representatives, to attending local or regional meetings, researching issues, to getting involved in community outreach in an issue campaign to raise awareness and garner support.

The first step is to learn about local issues and become aware of how they affect you, the larger community, and the environment. Each issue may have complex interactions, but overall the club strives for solutions which help acheive more sustainable and liveable communities.

Sustainability involves efficient use (conservation) of natural resources - land, water, air and energy. Liveable commmunities are those which are safe and healthy, provide for outdoor recreation like walking and biking, and involve mixed use - that is they have homes, shopping, employment and entertainment facilities within walking distance.


Issues in the Northern Virginia Area

Energy Efficiency

  • Cool Neighborhoods: A program to promote grass roots action by communities to mitigate climate change. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will publicly recognize all communiities that participate in this program.

  • Cool Counties: CoolFairfax, Green Energy Plan for Virginia

  • Join the Solar Conversation: VA SUN is a citizens network of solar supporters in Virginia. It is part of a community listserve open to any individual or business interested in supporting solar in the state. The listserve is a place for practical advice on how to go solar, as well as a place to keep track of local developments around solar. Click here to sign up for the listserve, or to receive periodic updates about solar in Virginia.

  • Offshore Wind Energy Presentation: Virginia has some of the best conditions in the world for an offshore wind farm. A dozen countries in Europe and Asia have offshore wind turbines already, and several states are committed to following suit. This slide show presentation explores the opportunities and barriers to bringing offshore wind to Virginia consumers. To arrange for a presentation to your club, classroom, or congregation, contact Susan Stillman at

  • Fight Global Warming at Home--and save money

Smart Growth/Land Use

  • Metro West

  • Tysons Corner

  • Loudoun County


  • Dulles Rail

  • Beltway HOT lanes

  • BattleField Bypass/TriCounty parkway

  • Techway

  • Metro Funding

Conservation Campaigns in Virginia

          (Letter urging no horizontal drilling in George Washington National Forest)