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Explore, Enjoy and Protect the

Palo Verde Group

Grand Canyon Sierra Club, Palo


As a grassroots organization, nearly all our activities are volunteer-based with people from around the Valley of the Sun.  We have fun and can make a real impact both locally and state-wide.  Learn more about our group committees, get involved, and make a difference!  Much of our committee work is coordinated with the Grand Canyon Chapter.

Active Group Committees

Executive Committee
The Palo Verde Group's board of directors.  It is elected by chapter members and like other non-profits, committee is responsible for policy direction, overseeing the budget and staff, and is engaged in fundraising. The Executive Committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8:00 pm except in August and December.

Conservation Committee
Recommends conservation policy for the Palo Verde Group, identifies conservation priorities, and directs grassroots conservation activities. Members can create committees for new issues as they arise. The Conservation Committee
meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm except in August and December.

Political Committee
Researches, endorses and supports environmental candidates for local races.  This committee also lobbies elected officials on Club, chapter and group priority issues.

Outings - Denise Aston The Outings Committee meets several times per year to orient established and new leaders to new issues and coordinate outing events.

Programs - Sherry Celine The Palo Verde Group offers monthly programs at the Phoenix Zoo. Our programs feature a guest speaker, photographer, backpacker, conservationist, or community leader who shares their ideas, work projects, and experiences with us. We hope you will come visit, and bring your family or a friend! If you have ideas for a program, please contact us. Please see our calendar for the latest program dates and topics.

Group Committees in Coordination With the Grand Canyon Chapter

Endangered Species / Wildlife - Frank Welsh / Halina Szyposzynski
The Palo Verde Group and Grand Canyon Chapter have an active Wildlife Committee which meets thoroughout the
year. Current interest include wolf reintroduction, mountain lion awareness, and building a future for black-footed ferrets. Please visit the Grand Canyon Chapter Meeting and Events Page for meeting dates.

Energy - Jon Findley
The Energy Commmittee typically meets monthly discussing both local and national energy policy. They are
actively working on the Sierra Club Cool Cities Campaign to promote energy conservation amoung local
municipalities and keeping a sharp eye on the Arizona Corporation Commission adopting revised Renable Energy Standards. Please visit the Grand Canyon Chapter Meeting and Events Page for meeting dates.

Mining - Don Steuter
The Mining Committee is integrated into the Group Conservation Committee (see above). Please visit the Grand Canyon Chapter Meeting and Events Page for meeting dates.

Wilderness / Wildlands - Jim Vaaler
Wilderness Committee has scheduled meetings throughout the year. Please visit the Grand Canyon Chapter Meeting and Events Page for meeting dates.

Other Committees

Note that not all of the committees have chairpersons. Let us know if you are interested in helping.

Agriculture - Frank Welsh
Air Quality - Tom Lazzelle
Campaign Finance Reform -
Chapter Delegate -
Chapter Delegate - Alternate - Chris Gehlker
Computer - Chris Gehlker
Contained Animal Feeding -
Corporate accountability -
Environmental Education -
Environmental Justice -
Fundraising -
Genetic Engineering -
Global Warming / CAFÉ - John Findley
Grazing - Don Steuter
International Human Rights and Environment -
International Population - Denise Berringer-Wood
International Trade -
Marine -
Membership / HELEN - Blair McLaughlin
National Forests / ECL -
Newsletter Editor -
Outings Leadership Training -
Parks/Refuges -
Phone Tree Coordinator -
Publication Rep Book / Calendar - Denise Berringer-Wood
Publicity -
Sierra Singles -
Sprawl -
State Forests/Lands - Don Steuter
Student Coalition -
Training Coordinator -
Transportation - Mike Brady -
Volunteer Coordinator -
Waste - Tom Lazzelle
Water Quality / Habitats -
Webmaster - Blair McLaughlin
Wetlands -