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About Us: The Grand Canyon Chapter

The Sierra Club is one of the oldest and most influential grassroots environmental organizations in the United States. We are the only environmental organization in Arizona that works on the full spectrum of environmental issues at the Arizona Legislature. Our chapter promotes clean, renewable energy such as solar and wind and energy efficiency programs to reduce energy consumption, as well as measures to improve air quality by supporting mass transit, emissions standards, and transit/pedestrian-friendly development.

We engage in on-the-ground service by helping monitor water quality, sponsoring regular clean-ups, removing invasive plant species, and assisting with wildlife research and habitat restoration. We also have a strong hiking program, including an Inner City Outings program in both Phoenix and Tucson.

Mission:

The Sierra Club mission is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

History and Background:

The Grand Canyon (Arizona) Chapter was formed in 1966 in order to focus attention on stopping dams in Grand Canyon. Our work to protect the Colorado River and Grand Canyon National Park continue today and have been joined by a number of programs to safeguard other areas and issues. The Grand Canyon Chapter has a Restore and Protect the Grand Canyon Ecoregion project, a Water Sentinels program that focuses on protecting the Verde and San Pedro Rivers and engaging people in watershed restoration and protection, plus a Borderlands project. Our chapter has long been engaged in protecting Arizona’s public lands – national forests; local, state, and national parks; wildlife refuges; Bureau of Land Management lands; and more.

Priorities:

  • Border — Protect Arizona’s sensitive borderlands and wildlife
  • Energy — Promote energy efficiency and the production and use of renewable energy
  • Grand Canyon — Restore and protect Grand Canyon & the greater Grand Canyon ecoregion.
  • Public Lands — Protect Arizona's public lands including parks, wildlife refuges and monuments.
  • Water — Protect Arizona’s water resources and disappearing riparian areas.
  • Wildlife — Protect Arizona’s native wildlife with special emphasis on sensitive, threatened and endangered species.

Legislative:

One of the few environmental protection voices at the Arizona Capitol, the Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter seeks to stop environmentally harmful legislation and promote bills to improve our air quality, protect our water, and encourage renewable energy and more efficient use of energy via bills. Each year we provide weekly legislative updates when the legislature is in session and an end of session Environmental Report Card to provide accountability for both the legislature and the governor.

Grand Canyon Chapter Arizona Bill Tracker Find out current information, status, action needed (and more) for Arizona legislation. The tracker is updated daily... so visit it often!

Structure:

The Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter of Arizona is composed of six groups and their associated Activity Sections. Check out the links below.

National Sierra Club

National Outings

Sierra Magazine

Sierra Club Store

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