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Atlanta Group Meetings

Regular group meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 2089 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE. (Directions & Map) Changes in the meeting location, date, or time will be noted in the meeting announcement.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 7:30 PM
Water and Ancient Pueblo Indian Culture
   Photo By John Phelan
Join Ted Jackson for his talk about how Ancient Pueblo Indians adapted to the arid west and used water.
Note:  Refreshments at 7:00 PM. Program begins 7:30 PM.
Location: General membership meetings are held at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave. at the East Lake Drive intersection; entrance to the church is off East Lake Dr. MARTA Bus #2 runs between North Ave. Station and Decatur Station along Ponce de Leon to East Lake Drive.  directions & map »

The Metro Atlanta Executive Committee meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm (except September). Meetings are usually held at a local eatery, and members are invited to attend and bring their ideas. For information about the location of the next meeting, please contact a committee member.

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2014 Program Schedule

January 14, 2014 | 7:30 PM – The Wilderness Act at 50 Years

Larry Winslett presents about the Wilderness Act new window now after 50 years.

"A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain."

February 25, 2014 | 7:30 PM – News from under the Gold Dome

Date for this meeting changed due to inclement weather.

Neill Herring and Mark Woodall will again come to our February meeting to tell us about what the Georgia General Assembly is up to, since the session began on January 13.

March 11, 2014 | 7:30 PM – Fukushima and Other Nuclear Issues

Glenn Carroll, coordinator of Nuclear Watch South new window (formerly Georgians Against Nuclear Energy) will discuss nuclear issues local and far away--coinciding with the third anniversary of the triple nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi, Japan.


For more information about a nuclear facility near Georgia: NukeWatch, Savannah River Site new window

April 8, 2014 | 7:30 PM – Global Warming Issue Discussion

Jeff Bragg attended a recent meeting about the results of the global warming conference and will present from those findings. Konrad Hayashi will present on how climate change will affect our health with information on movement of infectious diseases into new territories.

Refreshments at 7:00 PM. Program begins 7:30 PM.

May 13, 2014 | 7:30 PM – The Elections are coming, The Elections are coming...

The Primary elections will be on May 20 this year – much earlier than previous times. Eddie Ehlert, Group & Chapter Political Chair, will bring the latest news on the upcoming elections. He will tell us about the candidates that the Sierra Club is endorsing and may even bring some of them to speak to the group.

Refreshments at 7:00 PM. Program begins 7:30 PM.

June 10, 2014 | 6:30 PM – Annual Picnic at Candler Park

Come join us at the covered picnic tables across from the swimming pool at Candler Park in Atlanta for potluck picnic. Bring some food to share. There will be a fire for cooking, and our group will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers. Please bring your own plate, cup, and tableware, but we will have extra if you forget.

Please consider bringing salad, side dishes, beverages, other meats for the grill, and/or desserts.

Note: Come at 6 PM for a short hike before dinner. Gather at 6:30 PM, eat at 7:00 PM and a longer hike after the picnic.

July 8, 2014 | 7:30 PM – Preparing for a Solar Spill!

Sol Haroon will discuss aspects of using solar energy. In the last few years Solar Power has become a lot more affordable and accessible.

Join Sol, Director of Energy at IP UtiliNET, in an exploration of sustainable architectural design and how to go solar the cost-effective way for your home and commercial space. We will explore sustainable design principles, solar energy systems design, electric vehicle systems, and finally go through a virtual tour of one sustainable Atlanta house incorporating these ideas.

Refreshments at 7:00 PM. Program begins 7:30 PM.

August 12, 2014 | 7:30 PM – Monadnocks, Rejuvenation, and Quartzite: The Geology of Atlanta's Outdoor Recreation Spots

Bill Witherspoon works at the Fernbank Science Center educating students K-12, and the public about geology.

NOTE: Gather at 6:30 PM at trolley shelter across the street from the church for a hike before the meeting. We will descend to the creek in Deepdene Park, easternmost of the Olmstead Linear Parks. We will see a variety of plants, maybe see or hear an owl or woodpecker, and see where trees are being undercut by the creek, which has surges of water larger than in the past due to the increase in impervious surfaces from more buildings and roads. Then we go to the church for refreshments and Bill's talk.

Refreshments at 7:00 PM. Program begins 7:30 PM.

September 9, 2014 | 7:30 PM – Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area - history and other facts

Ranger Jerry Hightower will help us explore one of the national park units in the Atlanta area. We will learn about the history of CRNRA, and see, feel, smell and/or taste some of the plants from the river and woodlands.

Photo and information about cattails by Survival Gear Guide.

Refreshments at 7:00 PM. Program begins 7:30 PM.

October 14, 2014 | 7:30 PM – Our 100 miles of Georgia coast

Megan Desrosiers, Executive Director of One Hundred Miles will journey from Brunswick to tell us about our fragile coast. One Hundred Miles is a coastal advocacy organization dedicated to protecting, preserving and enhancing the 100-mile Georgia coast. We will explore how to keep our shores sustainable.

Refreshments at 7:00 PM. Program begins 7:30 PM.

November 11, 2014 | 7:30 PM – Bees and honey vs Neonicotinoids!

Dennis Krusac will describe the plead of the bees. Bee colony collapse threatens the bees, the honey industry but more importantly the one bite of food out of three that depend on bee pollination. Dennis is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, Endangered Species Specialist/Pollinator Conservation Coordinator with the US Forest Service.

"Pyrazoles And Neonicotinoids Linked To Reduced Honeybee Mitochondrial Activity", SCIENCE, August 6, 2014.

Refreshments at 7:00 PM. Program begins 7:30 PM.

Regular Meeting and annual dinner: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | 6:30 PM – Hiking Atlanta's Hidden Forests: Intown and Out

Join Jonah McDonald for his talk about hiking in the Metro Atlanta forests.

For more information about Jonah and the book.

"Some say Atlanta is only about asphalt. This guidebook will change their minds." - Sally Sears, Executive Director, The South Fork Conservancy

This is our potluck meeting, so please bring something to share, and join us beginning at 6:30 PM. We will start eating at 7:00 PM. Program begins 7:30 PM.

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