Welcome to the Sierra Club Iroquois Group

The purpose of this site is to enhance communication and participation of Sierra Club members and concerned citizens in preserving our environment. 


Position Statement on Proposal to Import Trash

Rock Cut Road incinerator, WSYR 9
Rockcut Road Incinerator.
Photo from News Channel 9, WSYR

By Vicki Baker

At the time of publication, the Onondaga County legislature had not yet voted on a proposal to import trash from Cortland County in exchange for that county accepting ash from the Onondaga County incinerator (also known as the waste-to-energy facility).

This past October, the Iroquois Group and the Jamesville Positive Action Committee (JAMPAC) sponsored a program by Neil Seldman, Ph.D., co-founder and president of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) in Washington D.C. Seldman discussed the many challenges posed by Onondaga county’s waste incinerator and municipal waste stream, as well as the highly controversial Ash for Trash Proposal. Attendees also learned about communities across the country who have invested in jobs from recycling.

Read the full statement

Trash Petition


Photo by Tom Boll, University United Methodist Church
University United Methodist Church, Photo by Tom Boll

Sierra events encourage us to Explore, Enjoy and Protect the Planet. They are free and open to all. Some parks may charge an entry fee.

Outdoor Events

Outdoor events are walks or visits to places of environmental interest.

Bear Swamp Hike and Picnic Lunch

Bear Swamp photo by Edmund Ressler/CNY Hiking, cnyhiking.com
Bear Swamp, Yellow Trail
photo by Edmund Ressler/CNY Hiking
Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Where Iowa Rd. meets Bear Swamp Rd.
Sempronius, NY

Pack a lunch, grab a friend and join us as we explore this beautiful area abundant in balsam fir, swamp-meadow grass and alder patches. We’ll meet at the main parking area for the Yellow Trail, located just off seasonal/dirt Bear Swamp Road (just off Iowa Road). Look for the tan Hyundai with the Sierra Club sign.


J.P. Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge

Photo provided by ArtRage.com
Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 1:00-7:00 PM

Onondaga Lake Park
Sierra Club tabie is near the Salt Museum
Liverpool, NY

Help us promote recycling at this popular Syracuse event. Contact Lisa Daly at (315) 428-1384 for more information.


Indoor Programs

Indoor programs are held at 7:30 on the 4th Wednesday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at University United Methodist Church (UUMC), 1085 E. Genesee St. Syracuse. Park and enter on University Ave.


Northern Forests and Climate Change

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 7:30 PM

University United Methodist Church
1085 E. Genesee St.
Syracuse, NY

How will climate change affect our forests and ecosystems? Syracuse University environmental engineering professor, Charles Driscoll, will summarize his research to assess past climate-change and project future climate-change impacts. His work is based at the US Forest Service Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire, a member of the National Science Foundation Network.

Information : 492-4745

Free and open to all.


Date Event More Information
Wed, 05/27/2015 Northern Forests And Climate Change
7:30 PM

1085 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA
Sun, 06/07/2015 Bear Swamp Hike and Picnic Lunch
11:00 AM

Intersection of Iowa Road & Bear Swamp Rd, Moravia, NY 13118
Tue, 06/09/2015 J.P. Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge
1:00 PM to 7:00 PM

106 Lake Drive, Liverpool, NY 13088, USA

SUN,WATER,FUN - a service trip experience

Early Winter Hike at Conifer Park (James E. Heath Park)

Onondaga Creekwalk

Explore Old Fly Marsh

Fossil Fuel Divestment on Central New York Campuses

Baltimore Woods in the Winter

Time for an Update on Onondaga Lake

CAPILLARY REACTION: Hydrofracking and Irrevocable Loss

Stop Coal Bailouts Campaign Kickoff

Prospects for the Environment Following the 2015 Elections

Celebrate Earth Day With Us, and Help Clean the Creekwalk

Hands Across the Sand: A Worldwide Event

'Ending the Fossil Fuel Era'

Northern Forests And Climate Change

Bear Swamp Hike and Picnic Lunch

J.P. Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge