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Biosolids The NYC Group Biosolids Committee works to encourage the proper use of New York City wastewater. We aim to keep our waterways cleaner, our sludge product (Biosolids) satisfactory, and the NYC users informed. We are in contact with the NYC Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner and agency staff, the operator of the 14 NYC wastewater treatment plants. We are working with the next generation of flow ideas which will prevent stormwaters from overpowering the liquid waste stream. We are in contact the NY State Region 2 Director for the Department of Environmental Conservation and the federal Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Director. For further information, contact Edgar Freud at (212)877-4394 and

Community Gardens Committee works to preserve open spaces in the city and ensure access to them for community gardeners. The Sierra club is committed to advancing social and environmental justice. We want to help build strong neighborhoods through cooperative programs linking youth, educational, and cultural institutions to community gardens. Our goal is to deepen the connection between neighborhoods and nature and urban sustainability. It is important that community gardeners are the decision makers in this process. We encourage the City of New York to support community gardening by providing funding, infrastructure, and technical support for gardeners. For more information, contact Irene Van Slyke, 718.852.5668.

Gowanus Canal Committee The Gowanus Canal is a 100 foot wide waterway opening into Gowanus Bay that was created in the late 19th century by dredging a creek and wetlands. It was used by heavy industry amd over the years it became heavily polluted. The Sierra Club was one of the organizations working to have the canal given superfund designation. With the designation, Sierra Club members participate actively in the Community Advisory Group. We welcome participation by Sierra Club members in the Gowanus Canal Committee as we work with EPA and community to guide the restoration of the canal. If you are interested in participating or for more information contact Diane Buxbaum,

The Hudson River Estuary Committee works to protect the lower Hudson River and its waterfront. Our three major goals are: protecting the Hudson River as an extremely important aquatic habitat; stopping inappropriate development on the shoreline and in the River itself; and creating true parkland for public access to the water. We must fight constantly to preserve and extend one of the Sierra Club’s great victories, the defeat of the Westway boondoggle. Because some of the bad ideas that were pioneered in this area are now being proposed elsewhere in the city, we also pay attention to more general waterfront-related issues. If you are interested participating or for more information contact James M. Lane 201-610-1458.

International Population Committee. With the 7 billion population mark passed — up from 1 billion in 1830 and still growing exponentially – it is urgent that we focus on this issue. A sustainable planet is unattainable unless we address overpopulation both in the United States and abroad. We are the only activist group in this area devoted to issues of population and the environment. In the belief that if everyone had the means and the knowledge to plan their families, population growth could be stabilized. The committee exists to provide a vehicle for anyone who wishes to</p>

  • work on this issue with others;
  • raise awareness of the need to stabilize population growth; and
  • lobby regulators and legislators to pass the measures that promote our goals — which include raising the status of females and improving the health of women and children around the world.

Our committee members hold meetings, plan events, go to rallies, table at fairs, respond to legislative alerts and contact the appropriate official(s) at crucial times. If you are interested in participating, contact Audrey Bernstein, Chair,, Margaret Perkins, C0-Chair,

Million Trees Committee Beautify our parks! Build healthy new forests! Meet new friends! Make a difference! Join fellow Sierra Clubers and other volunteers as part of MillionTreesNYC to make New York City greener and greater, by volunteering to help plant 20,000 trees at parks citywide! The NYC Group participates in the City’s MillionTreesNYC campaign begun in 2007 to plant one million trees throughout NYC by 2017. The trees cool summer temperatures, filter air pollution, and conserver energy by providing shade, all of which reduce the effects of the city heat island. We organize planting days for Sierra Club members and their friends for planting days in the spring and fall (see the calendar for announcements). For more information, contact John Kolp 212.400.8230.

Sustainable Energy for NYC” Committee looks at policies, projects and actions that will quickly move New York City to a 100% renewable energy future. As such, we are concerned with preventing the increase in fossil fuel or nuclear infrastructure, such as pipelines, power plants, boiler conversions, or transportation fuels that are not renewable. We are supportive of proposals to build out solar, wind, and certain water-powered energy, and with the use of biodiesel as a transitional heating fuel. For further information, contact

The White Roofs Committee helps promote the cooling of New York City’s rooftops by applying white, reflective surfaces to rooftops. Cool roofs reduce air conditioning costs thereby reducing electric energy usage and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Sierra Club members participate in the NYC Cool Roofs program, a low-cost, simple and common sense effort to off-set global warming by painting heat-absorbing black roofs white to reflect much of the sun’s energy, reduce air temperatures and the energy required to air condition the building. Volunteers paint roofs on specific dates May through November (see Events calendar) and help identify candidate buildings. For more information, contact John Kolp, 212.400.8230.

Watershed Committee. Delivering 1.4 billion gallons of water to residents of New York City, Wesstchester, Orange, Putnam, and Ulster counties, the New York Watershed includes 1,900 square miles of rural lands east and west of the Hudson River. The Catskill and Delaware watershed, west of the Hudson River, consisting of 1,600 square miles and provides high quality, unfiltered water. Currently the chair of this committee is open. If you are interested in working with this committee, please contact the Chair, Ken Baer,