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The Sierra Club is one of the oldest and most influential grassroots environmental organizations in the United States. We are the only environmental organization in Mississippi that works on the full spectrum of environmental issues at the legislature for the people of the state.

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Briefing on the Settlement’s Efficiency & Renewables Program – Nov. 17, 2015

The Program set up by the Sierra/MS Power Settlement—Energy Efficiency for low-income housing and Renewable projects for non-profit and educational organizations—is on its way to the utility’s service area. David Perkes of GCCDS (http://gccds.org/) gives us an update.

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Growing Organic: Saving the Planet One Garden at a Time

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Guest writer Jonathan Leger gives us an overview of organic gardening, complete with a guide to web sites on composting, heirloom seeds, companion planting, and beneficial insects for pest control.

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WE HAD A VERY GLASSY EARTH DAY IN JACKSON

Shown in photo: Central Group board members Catherine Lee and Linden Potts of the Mississippi Sierra Club.
The total is in, and we collected 2,713 lbs of glass from City of Jackson residents at Sal and Mookies last week on Earth Day. Thanks to all of those who stopped by for recycling their glass and Door to Door Recycling for the truck to put it in. And congratulations, Jackson, think we had a very successful Earth Day.Let's do it again sometime soon.

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EARTH DAY IN JACKSON: CENTRAL GROUP SPONSORS A "STAY GLASSY, JACKSON" RECYCLING EVENT

Got good coverage from WAPT at the end of our glass recycling event at Sal and Mookies on Earth Day. We'll have to get better about making sure reporter gets correct info from us, Linden's credit was incorrect. Happy that Door to Door Recycling got to tell their story. Linden has a bright future as the Central Group's media person
SEE WAPT NEWS STORY

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CENTRAL GROUP: KAYAK WITH US ON THE PEARL RIVER

The Mississippi Chapter of the Sierra Club is organizing Saturday kayak trips on the Pearl River, and we'd love for you to join us.

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FROM THE MISSISSIPPI BUSINESS JOURNAL: MAKING JACKSON A BETTER PLACE--GREAT PROFILE OF MS SIERRA CLUB'S ANN SOMERS

ANN SOMERS ENJOYS HER CAREER BECAUSE OF A VARIETY OF PROJECTS AND THE PEOPLE SHE MEETS
While growing up in Byram, Ann Somers loved putting thing together, such as puzzles, model cars and ships and fantasy Barbie kingdoms. That interest in building things led to a career in architecture, something she learned about as an eighth-grader.
“I knew that was what I wanted to do,” Somers recalls. “Up to that point I did not like school and was an average student. Once I understood I needed to have a good grade point average to get into architecture school, I stepped it up and became a good student. The other thought with architecture was that I could branch into interior design or site design with an architecture degree.”

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AMERICAN CATCH WORKSHOP TO BE HELD AT MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE IN JACKSON ON OCTOBER 21ST

Where does our favorite seafood come from … really? Which of our freshwater fish is highest in Omega-3’s? How do our seafood choices affect marine and estuarine environments in Mississippi and around the world?

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NEW PSC COMMISSIONER STEVE RENFRO SPEAKS AT STENNIS INSTITUTE LUNCHEON

DECEMBER 2ND, JACKSON MS
Recently appointed Southern District Public Service Commissioner Steve Renfroe spoke yesterday at the Stennis Institute Capitol Press Forum at The Capitol Club in downtown Jackson, Mississippi. Sierra Club's own Louie Miller was there, and Gulf Coast group member Steve Shepard was mentioned in Renfro's opening remarks. Mississippi Public Broadcasting was also there and filed this report.

STOP THE ONE LAKE DEVELOPMENT

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The public meeting in Picayune was held on October 29. After a short slide presentation, developers stood at tables with posters explaining the NEPA process and the effects on the lower Pearl River (water quantity, water quality, endangered species and salinity, among others). The crowd of about 60 was mostly negative; many had come from St. Tamany Parish, across the river.
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Our friends at the Gulf Restoration Network have sent out an Action Alert regarding the proposed One Lake Development project in the Jackson metro area. Send a letter to the Pearl River Drainage & Control District, and tell them no new lake on the Pearl River. This lake is for developers only, not for the endangered sturgeon or the saw-backed turtle, and it will also cut off a source of fresh water for oyster beds on the Coast. Take a look.

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