You're Invited to Our 2014 Winter Event
An Event to Honor Outgoing Chapter Chair Dan Proctor and Former Director James McCaffrey, with Special Guest Richard Primack
Thurs. Jan. 30, 2014, 6pm
Omni Parker House
60 School St., Boston
Click here to buy your tickets now!
Please join us for a evening with special guest, Boston University's Richard Primack, presenting Climate Change Comes to Thoreau's Concord. This festive and engaging evening will include a reception with refreshments will follow the lecture. Tickets are limited; please buy yours today. Click here for more information.

Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement Threatens Environmental Protections
The US is currently negotiating a new free trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement with a group of Pacific nations. Negotiations are being conducted in extreme secrecy. No drafts of TPP texts have been released; only small portions have been leaked. Public input has been drowned out by dominant corporate input; over 600 corporate advisors have access to it while the public, even Congress, is being kept in the dark. It gives unfettered rights to corporations, such as the right to sue a government over regulations, such as those which protect us from harmful chemicals or mining practices. It could allow for increased LNG exports without the necessary public safeguards, resulting in more fracking and an increase in the use of dirty coal. Click here to learn more about the TPP. See below for a special meeting on the TPP in Somerville.
Tell your Congressional Representative to OPPOSE fast-tracking the TPP. Itís time to bring trade agreements into the light of day.

Mass. Sierra Club is Accepting
Applications for Chapter Director
We are searching for a new Chapter Director. This position implements policies and programs adopted by the Chapterís Executive Committee, develops and advocates legislation and governmental policies, and manages the Chapterís budget and many programs. He/she carries out the policies, priorities and objectives of the Chapter and is responsible for managing staff and financial resources. Click here for details.

Internship Opportunities
Spring semester applications are now being accepted. The Sierra Club has openings for three internships for students with a passion for protecting the environment and the ambition to make a difference. Our internships are part Boston-office-based and home-based and include advocacy, organizing, and research. Our internships are unpaid; however, they are great resume builders and provide a path to gain valuable workplace experience. We will work with students to get school credit when applicable. Click here for more.
 


Save Energy and Money with Next Step Living
The Sierra Club is working with Next Step Living to promote energy efficiency measures in thousands of Massachusetts homes using federal and state tax benefits and cost cutting programs. Help yourself and your Chapter by signing up today for a free home energy audit, to lower your energy bills while reducing your environmental impact. Each free audit and Next Step Living purchase initiated though this website benefits the Massachusetts Chapter!

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Special Events

2014 Winter Event
Featuring Boston University's Richard Primack
The Omni Parker House Hotel, 60 School Street, Boston
Thu, Jan. 30, 2014, 6-8:30pm
In honor of outgoing Chair Dan Proctor and former Director Jay McCaffrey, the Chapter will host a special event with Boston University's Richard Primack presenting Climate Change Comes to Thoreau's Concord. A reception with refreshments will follow the lecture, but tickets are limited so buy yours today!

Secrets Revealed:
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement
Sponsored by the Sierra Club and State Rep. Denise Provost
Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, 7-8pm
Somerville Public Library (Main)
79 Highland Avenue, Somerville
Why is this "21st century trade agreement," with such purported benefits, being hidden so jealously from the American public? Join us as we take a look at what they're hiding, reviewing reports and leaks, and potential impacts to the environment, American workers, and the economy. See above for more about the TPP. On bus routes 90 (Central Sq-Wellington) and 88 (Davis-Lechmere), and 80 (Arlington-Lechmere). Free parking available.

Committee Meetings

Note: In January, we're moving to our new, expanded offices on the 4th floor of the same building.  As of presstime, we're not sure of the exact move-in date.

Cape Cod & Islands Group Meeting
Tues. Jan. 7, 2014, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Chatham Unitarian Universalist Church
819 Main Street, Chatham
Future Meetings: First Monday of month in either Chatham or Falmouth
Free and open to all Sierra Club members. Activists provide updates on their work on wastewater; municipal solid wastes; climate change; toxic chemicals and other projects being pursued locally; fisheries management and habitat issues will be discussed at this meeting. For further information Contact: Bob Murphy (Chair) at 508-563-5948 or murphydalzell@aol.com

Thoreau Group Executive Committee Meeting
Tues. Jan. 7, 2014 7 pm - 8:30pm Location: TBD
Location TBA, see below for more information
The Thoreau Group executive committee meets the first Tuesday of the month unless otherwise noted. Group meetings are free and open to Sierra Club members. This group consists of Concord and 11 neighboring towns. Meetings focus on local initiatives, building awareness of and support for Sierra Club programs and capacity building through town team development. Launa Zimmaro launa@zimmaro.com

Chapter Political Committee
Special Meeting for New and Prospective Members
Mon. Jan 13, 2014, 6:30pm
The NEW Chapter Office, 10 Milk Street, Suite 417, Boston
Use 294 Washington St. entrance
Next meeting: Feb 10. 2014
Politicos, Activists, Organizers, Bloggers, People who like to breathe clean air... the Sierra Club needs YOU! Do you want to make sure we elect politicians who want to protect the environment? The Sierra Club needs your help! The Chapter Political Committee endorses environmental candidates in local, state, and national elections. This meeting would be a great opportunity to see what the Political Committee does. Contact cpc@sierraclubmass.org 

Massachusetts Chapter Executive Committee Meeting
Thurs. Jan. 23, 2014, 7pm
The NEW Chapter Office, 10 Milk Street, Suite 417, Boston
Use 294 Washington St. entrance
Free and open to all Sierra Club members. Ask questions, make suggestions, find out what you can do. Learn whether your state senator and representative are environmental leaders. Hear updates on the chapter's varied work to protect the environment. For details contact Dan Proctor; see contacts page for email address.

Greater Boston Group Executive Committee Meeting
Tues. Jan. 28, 2014, 7pm
Please note that we're now meeting on the 4th Tuesday of each month.
Our NEW Chapter Office, 10 Milk Street #417, Boston
Use 294 Washington St. entrance
Free and open to all Sierra Club members. Ask questions, make suggestions, find out what you can do. Learn whether your state senator and representative are environmental leaders. Meetings focus on local initiatives, building awareness of and support for Sierra Club programs. For details contact blossomhoag@gmail.com, and please be sure to check the website for changes.

Transportation Committee Meeting
Tue, Feb. 4, 2014, 7pm
Our NEW Chapter Office, 10 Milk Street #417, Boston
Use 294 Washington St. entrance
The highways that are built to sustain our sprawling suburbs add to our pollution and energy problems, and increase our dependence on an auto-centric way of life which is unhealthy, anti-social, and unsustainable. Join us to help encourage public transit and pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly neighborhoods throughout the state. Contact John Kyper Transportation Chair jkyper47@gmail.com, Click here for more.

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