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Winter 2010

Delaware Cool Looking Back

Cities Campaign and Looking Ahead
by Bruce Nilles
C ool Cities is a national campaign of the Sierra
Club to encourage local governments to take real
action to reduce their carbon footprint by signing the
Sierra Club Senior Regional Representative/
Attorney, Move Beyond Coal
U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement initiated
by Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels in 2005. Since then,
over 1,000 cities have made the commitment to pro-
2009 was one hell of a year! For the first
time in more than six years, no new
coal-fired power plants broke ground. It is hard to
mote energy sustainability, environmental believe, but we are close to closing the book on one
stewardship and climate protection. of the most dangerous chapters of the Bush-Cheney
Delaware’s DNREC era – the ill-conceived 2001 Bush-Cheney Energy
Secretary Collin O’Mara Plan that sought to accelerate global warming and
recently offered his support the destruction of Appalachia and coal mining
for Cool Cities, which will regions nationwide by building and fueling 150 new
help reduce greenhouse gas coal-fired power plants.
emissions and bolster a In 2009, twenty-six proposed coal-fired power
green economy. plants – which would have emitted 146 million tons
Dover and Wilmington of carbon dioxide annually – were defeated or aban-
have already signed on to doned, bringing the six-year total of dead coal plant
Cool Cities and are experi- plans to 110. The year’s successes were the culmina-
encing many benefits. Dover’s city manager Tony tion of a growing movement of people and
DePrima recently addressed the Delaware League of organizations from across the country concerned
Local Governments and the Delaware Chapter of the about the dangers of coal mining, coal burning, and
American Institute of Architects in support of the coal ash disposal.
Cool Cities program. The example of Dover illus- Six years ago Sierra Club made a deliberate deci-
trates how Cool Cities has provided guidance sion to “leave no new coal plant unopposed” and has
enabling lower energy use through efficiency and since worked with dozens of allied organizations to
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Recycling Corner 3
Get Involved with a Committee 3
Indoor Win-Win-Win-ter Sports 4
Hikes and Happenings 5
Cool Cities...continued 5
Sierra Club Contacts 6
Looking Back at 2009 and Looking Ahead
continued from page 1 remaining coal-fired power plants and liquid coal
proposals; mining companies are still getting new
build a nationwide movement that is systematically
permits to destroy Appalachian mountains; Alaska’s
working to loosen the coal industry’s lock on our
wilderness is under siege from Texas billionaires
future and our politics. Here are my highlights from
seeking to strip mine coal for Asian markets; and
millions of Americans live in communities where
• Total coal use is down ten percent in 2009, accord- the air is unsafe to breathe and fish are unsafe to eat
ing to the Energy Information Agency. all because 500 existing coal plants are still polluting
• The massive Santee Cooper plant proposed for at record levels.
South Carolina, which would have been the largest On top of this, the coal industry’s obscene influ-
new consumer of mountaintop removal coal, was ence on the U.S. Senate is the major stumbling block
abandoned after years of opposition. to enacting President Obama’s clean energy agenda,
• After a decade-long fight, the Dakota Minnesota & and why the U.S. was unable to provide critical
Eastern Railroad proposal to build a massive new leadership in Copenhagen.
rail line from Wyoming to Wisconsin was finally But there is great reason for hope, as record
defeated in August. This rail project would have car- numbers of concerned citizens across the country
ried enough coal to power about 50 medium size have learned about the dangers of coal to their fami-
coal plants. lies and their future, have become outraged, and
• We saw some massive coal-fired power plants have joined the beyond coal movement. There is a
defeated in 2009 – including the American Munici- major shift going on across America as companies
pal Power coal plant proposed in Ohio, the Big realign away from old dirty practices involving coal
Stone II plant in South Dakota, and Florida’s last and toward cleaner energy options, including wind,
proposed coal plant – the Seminole Unit-3 facility. solar and ending wasteful use of energy.
• Several companies announced plans to start or con- And we recognize the 40th anniversary of the
sider transitioning away from existing coal plants, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which
including Progress Energy in North Carolina and requires all government actions to consider environ-
Tennessee Valley Authority in Tennessee and mental impacts – including all the project’s effects
Alabama. on global warming. On the first day of 2010, Presi-
• Students on campuses across America turned their dent Obama proclaimed a renewed commitment to
concern about their future to the biggest polluters on NEPA:
campus – coal-fired power plants that still operate “...(M)y Administration will recognize NEPA’s enact-
on more than 60 campuses. To end coal’s foothold ment by recommitting to environmental quality
on campuses, Sierra Club and its Sierra Student through open, accountable, and responsible decision
Coalition in September launched a campaign to edu- making that involves the American public....I call
cate and enlist hundreds of thousands of students to upon all executive branch agencies to promote pub-
move beyond coal and fight for clean energy. This lic involvement and transparency in their
campaign has taken off like a prairie fire on a warm, implementation of the National Environmental Poli-
dry spring day. cy Act.”
This offers great hope for us in fighting coal projects
• Los Angeles took major action on clean energy
requiring federal agency approval.
last summer when Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
So, looking forward: In 2010, the Sierra Club’s
announced that the city would eliminate the use of
Beyond Coal Campaign will be focused on ending
coal by 2020 - replacing the 40% of its power cur-
mountaintop removal mining, keeping Alaska’s
rently generated by coal with renewable energy.
wilderness off limits to coal barons, stopping the
All of this progress opens the way for a transition remaining new dirty coal plant proposals, and begin-
to a clean energy economy, including a 22.5% ning a two-decade plan to replace the existing fleet
increase in electricity generated from wind between of coal-fired power plants with clean energy alterna-
2008 and 2009. tives. I hope you will join us.
We indeed have a lot to celebrate in 2009, but we Check out for
are far from done. There are approximately 90 more information.
“Thanks!” From the Membership Committee
by June Satterfield If you’d like to share your environmentally-relat-
ed specialty with others or know someone who
“T hank you” from the membership committee.
We had a super response to our request for
email addresses from members who may not have
might enjoy doing so, please contact us at member- Likewise, if you are a
had or not have given an email address when join- member of a group that is looking for a speaker on
ing, or may have changed their email provider since an environmental topic, please let us know. Educa-
then. Once again, if you’re not sure we have an tion can create the environmental mindset necessary
email address for you, send it to membership@ to create a sustainable future for the Earth. It’s the “green” thing to do.
We are still looking for members who would like Get Involved with a Chapter or
to serve on the membership committee. It’s an Group Committee
opportunity to use all your heretofore-unrecognized
talents for brainstorming event ideas, planning and Cool Cities organizational meeting – Saturday,
coordinating people, places, and things, talking on February 20, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the public library in
the phone, addressing envelopes…you name it. Delaware City. Details may be seen on our newly
Let me know your interest. Everyone’s help is wel- developed web site at
come. Email Plans are being made to contact each mayor or
The Delaware Chapter is organizing an “Envi- city manager in the state. Dover’s City Manager,
ronmental Speakers Registry,” which we will make Tony DePrima, spoke recently at a conference of
available to clubs, schools, and organizations in mayors and outlined the programs Dover has imple-
Delaware. People who have expert knowledge of an mented since joining. Committees will be formed at
environmentally related topic and are willing to this meeting to included fundraising, public rela-
speak to groups, either gratis or for a fee, are giving tions, and promoting seminars thought the state for
us their topic(s), preferred audience (age and size of energy consumers as well as public education. All
group), time of day, distance willing to travel, and so Sierra Club members are invited and urged to bring
forth, so that we may match them to groups asking their friends.
for speakers. We already have several volunteer Energy Committee meetings will be held on the
speakers on the registry. third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Contact
Chad Tolman ( to learn
RECYCLING CORNER: more and to get the information to join the confer-
Stop plastic bottle caps from ence call.
entering our streams and rivers! February 17 - Conference call
March 17 – Smyrna, place TBD
A majority of plastic bottle caps do not get recy-
cled today. You can collect your plastic caps
and stop them from ending up as litter, trash or
April 21 – Eeffoc's Cafe near Trolley Square in
from migrating into our rivers and oceans by join- Political Committee will be meeting on the 2nd
ing the “Recycle caps with Aveda” program. Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. We will alternate
Households and schools are invited to participate. conference calls with face-to-face meetings.
Check out Aveda’s website: http://aveda.aveda. February 8 – conference call
com/aboutaveda/caps.asp to learn which caps they March 8 – meeting at Border’s Books Café at
are collecting. (The program accepts caps that are Churchmans Crossing off of Route 95
rigid polypropylene plastic, sometimes noted with April 12 – conference call
a 5 in the chasing arrows recycling symbol.) Please contact Debbie Heaton at politics@
Individuals can drop off their collected caps at to get the conference call
a local Aveda store. information a few days prior to the call.
School groups wishing to start a collection pro- For other committee meetings planned for February,
gram should contact Aveda for more information March and April 2010, please check the chapter cal-
on how to enroll your school at capcollection@ endar at: or call 1-877-Aveda09.
Indoor Win-Win-Win-ter Family Sports
by Dave Donohue and get a membership in the process. So far we have

A s a father of 3 and a career of 2 and a husband

of 1, I am constantly looking for the win-win-
win. Thanks to Brandywine School District and the
garnered 10 new members.
We have additional sessions on:
February 10, 17, 24
Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club, I found a nice March 3, 10
“quintuple win” this winter. For folks who would like to do something similar
Since November 4, 2009, we have had 5 sessions in your area, I am happy to say it is cheap and easy!
of Indoor Winter Family Sports. The events have If you (and your family) would like to participate,
occurred on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m., in the dou- host your own gathering, or have any other ques-
ble gymnasium of Springer Middle School. We have tions, please email me at
had a good number of participants for each session: Happy 2010!
roughly 8 adults, 8 kids (2nd grade through 5th
grade), and 6 younger kids (first grade and younger).
We have played a variety of sports, like indoor soc-
cer, dodge ball, and kick ball.
Why do I say these sessions have been a win-
(1) Kids are getting exercise, during an otherwise
dark and sedentary season.
(2) Adults are getting exercise at the same time!
How rare it is that adults and kids get to play sports
(3) We are all getting to spend time with friends and
meet new friends. Not so easy in suburbia!
(4) We have had the opportunity to play “Schtick.”
In fact, we have played the world's first indoor
games of Schtick. What is Schtick? It is a disc sport
that some friends and I invented in 1994. It is an
exciting game, played with multiple flying discs at
once (we've been playing with 5!), and well-suited
for a wide spectrum of athletic abilities. It has
spread throughout the United States, and to Canada,
Australia, New Zealand, Europe, China, South
Korea, and others. Since part of my mission in life is
to help spread Schtick, this has been particularly sat-
isfying for me. You can check it out at
(5) Last but not least, I have had the opportunity to
expose more folks to the Sierra Club. As a member
of the Energy Committee of the Delaware Chapter
of the Sierra Club, I am deeply concerned about cli-
mate change, and the inattention that it gets by most
of America. I am especially keen to get the word out
to kids, as they are the ones who will have to live in
the mess we are creating for them. I believe the Sier-
ra Club would do well if it catered more to families,
as this is a larger demographic than its traditional
demographic (you know, outdoorsey types like you
and me). So we have asked a member of each partic-
ipating family to contribute $25 to the Sierra Club
Delaware Sierra Chapter Hikes and Happenings
Hikes December snows kept us away, but we’ll try again in
The following three hikes are planned for New Cas- February to hike the rolling Twin Valley Trail (4
tle County. If you’d like to help plan hikes in Kent miles). Meet at the main parking lot of the park off
or Sussex County please contact Jenny Egan or Rte. 896 just north of Wedgewood Road at 10:00
Mark Fields at their email addresses noted below. a.m. Kildare’s on Main Street afterward for a pint,
Midwinter Loop Around Lums Pond some pub grub, and conversation.
Saturday, January 30, 10:00 a.m. For more info:
Enjoy the serene beauty of water and woods in win- park/white-clay-creek/index.asp
ter at Lums Pond State we hike the 7.1 mile Please email leader Mark Fields to RSVP or for
Swamp Forest Trail (rated easy). Meet at far corner more information on the hike: mark.fields@
of Area 1 parking lot (end of the access road) inside
the main entrance of the park off Howell School Happenings
Road in Bear. After the hike, we’ll adjourn to Red First Thursdays
Robin in nearby Peoples Plaza for some lunch and Thursday, February 4, 2010, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. &
fellowship. Thursday, March 4, 2010, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
For more info: Hosted by the Southern Delaware Group at TGI Fri-
downloads/maps/lums-pond/lums-pond.pdf day’s on the corner Loockerman St. and DuPont
Please email leader Mark Fields to RSVP or for Highway, Dover.
more information on the hike: mark.fields@ Sierra Club Membership
Heart-Heart (Valentine) Hike Application Coupon
Saturday February 13, 10:00 a.m.
Hike the pseudo-heart shaped Whitely Farms Trail in New Member Name(s)
White Clay Creek for this pre-Valentine warmup.
For more info:
Address 1
Please email leader Jenny Egan to RSVP or for
more information: Address 2
February Fun In White Clay
Saturday, February 20, 10:00 a.m. City

Cool Cities Campaign State Zip

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conservation, contributing financial as well as envi-
ronmental advantages. E-mail
Delaware still has 55 more villages, towns and Membership Categories (circle one)
cities that are not yet members of Cool Cities, and INDIVIDUAL JOINT
we are targeting each and every one of them. Our Introductory $25 NA
work plan for 2010 includes mailing introductory let- Regular $35 $43
ters to the Mayors of each municipality, following up Supporting $50 $58
to schedule appointments, and then sitting down with Contributing $100 $108
them to discuss how cool cities can benefit govern- Life $1000 $1250
ment and the environment simultaneously. Senior $15 $23
For more information on Cool Cities, visit the Student $15 $23
Sierra Club’s national Cool Cities website at All dues include subscription to Sierra ($7.50) and chapter If you are interested in getting publications ($1). Dues are not tax deductible.
more involved in Cool Cities Delaware, contact Ron Mail to: Sierra Club, P.O. Box 52968,
Boulder, CO 80321-2968
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Sierra Club Contacts
All phone numbers are Area Code 302 Cool Cities: Ron Zink 735-8996
Outings: Jennifer Egan 540-4546
Chapter Office
Phone: 351-2776
Political: Debbie Heaton
Chapter Executive Committee
Chair: Matt Urban 521-4495
Pollution: Al Denio 455-0389
Vice Chair: Nancy Carig Web Editor: Michael Casale 239-2225
Conservation: Debbie Heaton Newsletter Editor: Jay Lacorte
Energy: Chad Tolman 478-3516 Southern Delaware Group (SDG)
Land Use: Jay Cooperson 571-0660
Executive Committee
Chair: Steve Callanen 539-0635
Membership: June Satterfield 653-6596
Harry Haon 656-4582 Vice Chair: Harry Haon 656-4582
John Irwin 475-8527 Conservation Chair: Barbara Murray
Tom Noyes 652-3241 Environmental Justice Chair: Mable Granke 227-6637
Chapter Appointed Committee Chairs Secretary & Membership Chair:
Treasurer: Lorri Fencer Carrie Bennett 732-3358
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