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January 30, 2013:

  • Meet the Sierra Club Legislative Team
    This is an exciting time for the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club – and a challenging one as well! With the combined strength of new leadership and seasoned experience among the Lone Star Chapter’s environmental advocates in Austin, we have our strongest state legislative lobby corps ever. We also have the opportunity – and the challenge – of a relatively new state Legislature that appears ready to confront one of the Lone Star Chapter’s highest priority issues: securing our state’s water future.

    Our ability to turn our strengths and our opportunities into environmental success at the Texas Legislature depends upon mobilizing grassroots support around the state. Communication is critical to the effort to move state legislators to support clean air, energy efficiency, renewable energy, sound water management, a well-funded state parks system, wildlife protection, a wider range of transportation options and the rights of people to protect their families, their property, and their communities from the threat of pollution.

    The Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club is the one environmental organization in the state best positioned to tackle this wide range of environmental and public health issues . Among us, we have a new Chapter Director, Scheleen Walker, with over 15 years of experience working at the Texas Legislature and in the U.S. Congress (and in local government), we have a Chapter Conservation Director, Cyrus Reed, with a 20-year record of environmental advocacy and a strong reputation with state officials as an expert on energy policy and state funding, and we have a former Chapter Director turned volunteer Water Resources Chair and Legislative Advisor, Ken Kramer who has lobbied Texas officials for more than 30 years on water and other environmental issues.

    The Lone Star Chapter has a team of staff policy experts and volunteers on water conservation and drought response, river and aquifer protection, air pollution control, public transportation, parks and wildlife, the creation of “green jobs” in the clean energy field, and other issues. Moreover, Chapter staff and volunteers have forged alliances with labor, faith groups, property owners, recreational anglers, the commercial seafood industry, the clean energy industry, public transit advocates, environmental justice groups and others to enhance the chances for achieving our mutual goals.


  • Budgets Shortchange People, Animals, Plants, Air & Water
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  • Meet the Legislative Lobby Team
    This is an exciting time for the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club – and a challenging one as well! With the combined strength of new leadership and seasoned experience among the Lone Star Chapter’s environmental advocates in Austin, we have our strongest state legislative lobby corps ever. ... ...Read the full story


  • Water: Meeting Critical Need
    Texas faces challenges in meeting water supply needs, protecting our state’s natural heritage and maintaining the jobs and businesses dependent upon our fish and wildlife resources. ...Read the full story

  • State Capitol E-Report is a monthly electronic update from the Lone Star Chapter of Sierra Club reporting on Texas environmental policy issues of statewide interest. Contact us or unsubscribe at: lonestar.chapter@sierraclub.org
    ...Header photo Texas Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum) copyright Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

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