What we're about

The Capital Group is a volunteer affiliate of the national Sierra Club, helping over 10,000 supporters explore, enjoy and protect the environment of central North Carolina. We invite you to join us soon for an outing, conservation event, or political program.

We ALWAYS need volunteers! No matter your interests or skills, if you're excited about protecting our environment, send us a message and we'll find a place for you in our group! You can also contact us at any time to suggest an activity or event.

We frequently partner with like-minded organizations, so feel free to re-post our events (including event requests and guidelines)

Sierra Club membership is not required to participate in any of our activities, but if you'd like to support the Sierra Club, you can join or donate by clicking here (https://vault.sierraclub.org/ways-to-give/)!

The Sierra Club is America's oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Learn more about the North Carolina Chapter here (http://nc.sierraclub.org/).

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Upcoming events (5)

Conservation Committee - Monthly meeting - Discussion of Volunteer Opportunities

Cameron Village Regional Library

The Capital Group's Conservation Committee hosts a monthly working meeting for volunteers who are interested in taking a more active role on any of the many environmental issues identified by the group in 2020, including opposing drilling off our coast, opposing the building of the Atlantic Coast pipeline, supporting renewable energy (100% Renewable energy initiative, solar, community solar, and wind), urging action to address water quality (Jordan and Falls Lake and GenX), following the development of Dix Park, and implementing the Wake County Transit Plan. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm - let's discuss how to make a difference on the issues that matter to you. Any questions? Feel free to contact Harvey Richmond ([masked]) or David Anderson ([masked]). Location varies around Raleigh. If not posted here, email Harvey at [masked].

Conservation Committee - Monthly meeting - Discussion of Volunteer Opportunities

Cameron Village Regional Library

The Capital Group's Conservation Committee hosts a monthly working meeting for volunteers who are interested in taking a more active role on any of the many environmental issues identified by the group in 2018, including opposing drilling off our coast, opposing the building of the Atlantic Coast pipeline, supporting renewable energy (100% Renewable energy initiative, solar, community solar, and wind), urging action to address water quality (Jordan and Falls Lake and GenX), following the development of Dix Park, and implementing the Wake County Transit Plan. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm - let's discuss how to make a difference on the issues that matter to you. Any questions? Feel free to contact Harvey Richmond ([masked]) or Joe Adamsky ([masked]). Location varies around Raleigh. If not posted here, email Harvey at [masked].

Active Energy Renewables (wood pellets) Virtual Public Hearing

Please join us virtually at 6 p.m. on June 22 for a virtual public hearing hosted by the NC Division of Air Quality as we fight the air permit application from Active Energy Renewable Power for the operation of a wood pellet facility in Robeson County. This virtual meeting will replace the in-person meeting originally scheduled before North Carolina canceled public events due to COVID-19. To give oral comments at the hearing, sign up in advance here https://bit.ly/2WNW1dn (until 4 p.m. June 22) . Active Energy is applying for a permit to produce 40,000 tons of wood pellets per year. However, it has indicated to shareholders that it plans to increase production to 400,000 tons per year. Even as written the permit would allow increased harmful emissions of particulate matter, volatile organic compounds that create smog, and other hazardous pollutants; promote the destruction of North Carolina’s native forests; and allow expansion of an industry that contributes to climate change; all in a county that is ranked worst in the state for health outcomes and already suffers the burden of industrial pollution. In addition to an environmental issue and a health issue, the issuing of this permit would also be questionable based on environmental justice concerns. The population of Robeson County is primarily people of color (38% American Indian, 25% African-American, and 5% Latino/Hispanic). Historically, communities of color have been systematically targeted by industries for the location of dirty industry. The people of Robeson County deserve protection from additional industrial pollution for the sake of their health. If you can't attend the virtual meeting or prefer to submit comments by other means, you may use our action form or send email, postal mail or voicemail directly to DAQ. Use the Sierra Club's action form here. Email comments directly to [masked]. Please type “Active Energy Renewable Power” in the subject line. Mail written comments to: Mr. Gregory Reeves N.C. Division of Air Quality 225 Green Street, Suite 714 Fayetteville, NC[masked] Oral comments can be recorded by leaving a message at (919)[masked]. Cost: No cost Signup Instructions: If you wish to speak at the digital public hearing, register at https://bit.ly/2WNW1dn by 4 pm on June 22 . To join the webinar, go to https://bit.ly/3dG1LwE and use the event password: NCDAQ To listen by phone, dial[masked], access code:[masked]

Wake Stone Mining Permit Public Hearing

Online event

Wake Stone Corp. is seeking a permit for a rock quarry on a forested tract next to Umstead State Park. The Department of Environmental Quality will hold a virtual public hearing on the request. RSVP with us here: https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7013q000001aia6AAA Let us know via the Sierra Club registration form above if you plan to speak at the event, and we can assist you with talking points to prepare for the hearing. You must complete this registration form https://bit.ly/36AtWdQ by noon on June 23. The undeveloped property has long been used as a connector between public lands by hikers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts. A lease for the quarry was approved by the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, though an offer was made in 2017 to purchase the property for conservation. Sierrans are concerned about potential impacts that the quarry may have on the park and visitors’ enjoyment of it. To join the public hearing: ONLINE: https://ncdenrits.webex.com/ncdenrits/onstage/g.php?MTID=ea3a0d70507b450041459a2a5d8276118 Meeting Number (Access Code):[masked] Meeting Password: DEQ123 PHONE: Call[masked] Meeting number (access code):[masked] You may also make comments on an automated voicemail at[masked] from June 23 to July 3. Please be sure to state your name before leaving your comments.

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