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Climate: NOAA Launches New Service

The Department of Commerce today announced plans to establish a new Climate Service line office within the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

The National Climate Service, similar to the National Weather Service, will provide the public, businesses, and other government entities with climate forecasts and better access to NOAA's vast store of information and scientific research on climate change.

NOAA also today launched a new web portal, www.climate.gov.

March 2010

2010 Off to a Bang With New Officers and a Visit from Allison Chin, President of the National Sierra Club

Bob Hastings, returning elected Executive Committee member, takes a break with Peggie Griffin (left), Executive Committee meeting host, and Allison Chin, National Sierra Club President


The Coosa Valley Group of the Sierra Club hosted the winter meeting of the Alabama Chapter of the Sierra Club Executive Committee the weekend of February 5 – 7, with  up to 22 people in attendance.  The Executive Committee was pleased to have Allison Chin, President of the National Sierra Club, as a guest at the meeting.  Allison spoke to the group about activism at the grassroots level. 

The Executive Committee elected Steve Garrison from the Coosa Valley Group as the new state chair. Steve has a BS in Economics and obtained his Masters Degree in Psychology at Jacksonville State University in 1993.  He has had a lengthy career in the computer industry – at first working for major corporations and then forming his own company, Alexandria Computers in 1995.

Mr. Garrison is a founding member of the Coosa Valley Sierra Club and occupies the positions of Treasurer and Vice Chair in that group.  In January, he gave a popular presentation for the group on “Recycle Computers by Making Sick PC’s as Good as New.”

“Water quality is my environmental hot button,” commented Steve.  He is a member of Alabama Water Watch, and he has recently gone back to school to take a water chemistry and aquaculture course at Gadsden State Community College.

Jay Hudson (second from left), newly elected Executive Committee member, discusses business of the day with Dick Short (far left), Mirko Rakigjija (second from right), and Steve Garrison (far right).

Bob Hastings, the returning member of the Executive Committee, will continue to serve as Vice Chair.  He moved to Alabama in 2002 to become director of the Alabama Natural Heritage Program in Montgomery.  He is now semi-retired, but working part-time on projects involving red-cockaded woodpeckers and aquatic surveys.  His book, entitled The Lakes of Pontchartrain:  Their History and Environments, was recently published.  He has been a Sierra Club member for over 30 years and has held several leadership positions.  His major areas of concern relative to the Sierra Club are environmental justice, protection of natural habitats, and environmental education.

Jay Hudson was also elected to the State Executive Committee.  Jay, a 7th grade biology teacher in the Hoover City School System, has been involved with the Cahaba Group of the Sierra Club since 1996 and has served as Outings Chair, as well as Chair of that group.  He travels all over the state giving talks to clubs, groups, and students interested in Alabama’s incredible place in natural history.  Jay is probably best known for his Pinhoti Challenge, where hikers of all abilities are challenged to hike the entire 170+ mile Pinhoti Trail one section at a time.  Jay will serve as Environmental Education Chair.

Carol Myers,newly elected to the Executive Committee, picks blueberries earlier in the year on the Tuscaloosa Family Farm Tour

Carol Myers, another newly elected State Executive Committee. is a retired biology teacher and is currently serving as Chair of the West Alabama Group.  She has worked closely with the Sustainable Agriculture Campaign and has led projects to curb climate change and on community education.   She received the Conservationist of the Year award in 2008.

Entering the second year of the two-year executive committee positions are Secretary – David Underhill from the South Alabama Group, Treasurer – David Norwood from the Montgomery Group, and Endangered Species Chair – Tom Hodges.  Many thanks to them for the fine jobs they are doing.