The Maryland Chapter organizes Conservation Campaigns to address environmental issues. Campaigns are recommended by the Conservation Committee. The Energy Committee researches projects to decrease reliance on fossil fuels, and directs the Beyond Coal Campaign. The Beyond Natural Gas Campaign is coordinated by the Natural Gas Committee. The national office of the Sierra Club has designated the Beyond Coal Campaign and the Beyond Natural Gas Campaign as Priority Campaigns, meaning these initiatives are considered first for allocations of funding and volunteer hours.
The Clean Water Committee pursues numerous initiatives related to improving water quality in our rivers and in the Chesapeake Bay.
Other conservation campaigns may originate with a Local Group or be centered on state legislation.
There are many environmental issues that may not be part of a current campaign, but lend themselves to environmental stewardship -- that is, actions that we can take as individuals and encourage in our local communities. An issue addressed through stewardship may become the subject of an organized conservation campaign if an opportunity presents itself to raise public awareness or influence government regulations.
See Victories! to learn about a few of our successful conservation campaigns.