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The Sierra Club's members and supporters are more than 1.3 million of your friends and neighbors. Inspired by nature, we work together to protect our communities and the planet. The Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.

The Chickasaw Group of the Sierra Club represents over 1000 members in Memphis and West Tennessee. We advocate for policies that protect our natural environment, offer hikes and outdoor recreation for people of all ages, support environmental candidates for public office, and provide opportunities for people who want to develop leadership skills to help their community while enhancing the environment.







Attention: Important Meeting

The Sierra Club, Chickasaw Group is sponsoring a panel discussion,
titled "Public Participation in Transportation Planning" so that
Memphis city and metro area residents can learn more about how to have
input, and how to influence local transportation planning decisions.

WHEN:      April 28th, 5:30  (meet & greet); 6:00pm (panel begins)
WHERE:      Benjamin Hooks Public Library, 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis

The panel will include Mr. Tom Fox, Acting President of MATA (Memphis
Area Transportation Authority), and Ms. Pragati Srivastava, MPO
Administrator (Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization).
Representatives of TDOT (the Tennessee Department of Transportation)
have also been invited.  Panelists will make brief presentations about
their organization and its public input process, which will be
followed by Q&A, with questions from the moderator and by attendees.
Links to the agencies public participation plans/policies are shown

Most individuals take transportation for granted, except when their
car breaks down, when the bus is late, or when there are plans to
build a highway or bus terminal in their back yard.  Most don't
realize how significant transportation is to our economy-- it accounts
for 8-10% of the US GDP.  Even more significantly, transportation
accounts for 27% of energy usage in the US, and 34% of carbon dioxide
emissions.  Additionally, there transportation has major impacts on
land use and property values.

With transportation having such a significant impact on our economy
and the environment, it is increasingly important for people to know
how to be involved and how to give their input.  Developers, and those
who build roads and shopping centers are always paying attention.
This panel should help the general public learn "when", "where" and
"how" to pay attention. A better Memphis, Shelby County, and region
depends on you.

IMPORTANT NOTE:    Public comments are being accepted on proposed
fixed-route and MATAplus service changes until 3:30 Friday April
25th, 2014.

CONTACT:      Dennis Lynch,  dmlynch@alum.mit.edu,   901-213-6088

For a complete schedule of upcoming hikes, programs and meetings, please check our calendar
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The Sierra Club has put a petition online which asks the city, county and state authorities to refrain from approval of the current plan for Shelby Farms Parkway until further studies are done and a better plan has been approved.  It is our contention that all reasonable alternatives have NOT been considered.  This is required when federal funds are used to build a highway through a public park. So click HERE - http://goo.gl/l5DMM - to sign the petition and tell your local officials to not build the planned road and instead consider better alternatives." Questions about the petition may be directed to the Sierra Club's Transportation Committee at TransportMemphis@att.net


On August 23, 2012, the Chickasaw Group hosted a panel discussion on plans for the Shelby Farms Parkway (aka Kirby Parkway). The plan is called the "Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement" (SFEIS).  Speakers represented the City of Memphis, the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, the Sierra Club, the Ground Water Institute at the University of Memphis, and Shelby Place neighborhood (just North of the Park).  Details of the plan and related environmental and other concerns were discussed.  For more information, please check out the website/blog here:  ShelbyFarmsParkway.wordpress.com

"Nature of Conservation" Sierra Club Chickasaw Group Cable TV Show on WYPL-TV 18 (Comcast/Xfinity) and Online at Vimeo:

Days and times vary -- see http://www.memphislibrary. org/tlc18/schedule/ (or the Comcast/Xfinity on-screen guide) for the latest schedule. Topic changes every month. For more information, or if anyone has an idea for a future program, contact Judith Rutschman at judithrutschman@gmail.com  or (901) 767-5916.  

Previous programs are now available online at Chickasaw Group Vimeo site

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Rita Harris

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Rita J. Harris
Environmental Justice Organizer
Phone: 901.324.7757
Email / Website

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