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. 

 

Update on the Ash for Trash Proposal

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

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.

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Events

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.

Oneida Shores Outing

photo provided by Hannah Secord Wade, See / Swim
Oneida Shores
photo by Hannah Wade, See/Swim
Sunday, September 13, 2015, 2:00 PM

Oneida Shores Park
9400 Bartell Rd.
Brewerton, NY 13029

There’s more to Oneida Shores than water and sand. Join us for an easy walk as we explore some of the park’s nature trails. We may find a mushroom or two this time of year, and there just may be an expert along to identify them!!

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Charlie Major Nature Trail (Train Buffs Welcome)

Charlie Major Nature Trail/Russ Nelson, Creative Commons
Charlie Major Nature Trail
Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Charlie Major Nature Trail
Skaneateles, NY 13152

The Charlie Major Nature Trail is a natural and historic trail that runs along Skaneateles Creek. We’ll spot remnants of the Skaneateles Short Line Railroad as we take a leisurely walk down memory lane. Meet at the parking area in Mottville, at Crow Hill Road and Frost Street.

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Erie Canal Park

Butternut Creek Aqueduct, photo by David Barber, americancanals.com
Butternut Creek Aqueduct
photo by David Barber/American Canals
Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Butternut Dr.
East Syracuse, NY 13057

Join us for a winter walk with a focus on the Butternut Creek Aqueduct. Built in 1856, the aqueduct is 80 feet long, has three spans, and is a popular spot for photographs. Park/meet at the first parking lot, just 500 feet north of Kinne Road, on Butternut Drive, DeWitt.

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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.

 

Covered Up: The Onondaga Nation’s View of Onondaga Lake

Onondaga Lake, public domain
Onondaga Lake public domain
Wednesday, September 23 2015, 7:30 PM

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

The Onondaga Nation has a unique view of the Onondaga Lake remediation process. The lake is sacred to the Haudenosaunee, and their legal team has reviewed/commented on the remediation for years. Join representatives of the Onondaga Nation to hear about the information they believe is being withheld from the public.

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Citizens’ Climate Lobby - Building Political Will

Citizens' Climate Lobby
Image provided by Citizens' Climate Lobby
Wednesday, October 28 2015, 7:30 PM

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

The use of fossil fuels is so thoroughly embedded in the economic activities of all industrialized countries that a global solution is required. Kyle Thomas, Syracuse Group Leader of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, will discuss CCL’s Carbon Fee-and-Dividend proposal and how every one of us can make a difference by participating in our political system and building the political will for a solution to climate change.

 

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