York River Group of Virginia Chapter of Sierra Club

Welcome to the York River Group of the Virginia Sierra Club

Please visit our group's new website: https://www.sierraclub.org/virginia/york-river


The Sierra Club is one of the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organizations in the United States. It was founded on May 28, 1892, in San Francisco, California by the conservationist and preservationist John Muir, who became its first president. The Sierra Club has hundreds of thousands of members in chapters located throughout the United States and is affiliated with Sierra Club Canada.


Our Work

Coal Ash Yorktown Power Station

In 1957 the Yorktown Power Station began operations burning coal and oil at various times in its long history of operation.  The plant periodically continues to operate today but is scheduled for closure.  The ash and industrial waste left over has been deposited in various sites in York County, VA.

Make Fort Monroe a Park

Fort Monroe is contiguous to Buckroe and White Marsh, with vital waterfront on public land which needs to be preserved.  Fort Monroe is rich in history, but also in green space, a place for recreation and wildlife protection

Save Riverview Farm Park

We support  Citizens for the City Farm Park which is an organization of people dedicated to making the Newport News City Farm a part of Riverview Farm Park.

From our blog

Celebration of Local Candidates

November 21, 2019

The Sierra Club York River Group honored local political candidates from the recent Virginia state elections who were endorsed by the Sierra Club. The celebration was held on November 20, 2019 at Sandy Bottom Park in Hampton. The Virginia Senate candidates were: Monty Mason, Mamie Locke, and Herb Jones. House candidates were: Shelly Simonds, Martha…

Endangered Species Act Under Attack!

October 17, 2019

The Sierra Club York River Group hosted a talk on the Endangered Species Act on October 16, 2019 at Sandy Bottom Nature Park. The speakers were Dr. Matthias Leu (Professor and Director of the Biology Graduate Program at William and Mary) and Delaney Costante (graduate student). Dr. Leu is a Conservation Biologist. He and Ms.…

Discussion on Local Issues: Endview Plantation and Riverview Farm Park

September 19, 2019

On September 18, 2019, a roundtable discussion was held by the Sierra Club York River group at Sandy Bottom Park in Hampton. Three topics were originally scheduled, but only two were covered due to time. The two topics covered – Endview Plantation and Riverview Farm Park – are near and dear to many local environmentally-minded…

Limiting our Waste

May 16, 2019

On May 15, 2019, facilitator Cheryl Ferriera led a Sierra Club York River Group program on how we as individuals can curb our waste and make recycling more effective. Ms. Ferriera introduced three speakers from the local Hampton Roads government. Together, they covered gasification and biochar as a waste management tool, the China crisis and…

Solar Power for Schools and Non-Profits

April 18, 2019

With a wide array of local politicians, office-seekers, city planners, environmental advocates, and concerned citizens in attendance, the Sierra Club York river Group held an informative program on how to bring solar to Schools and Non-Profits on April 17, 2019. Two knowledgeable speakers educated the crowd. John Luker, Chair of the Sierra Club Chesapeake Bay…

The Green New Deal

March 20, 2019

The excitement and energy in the room was almost palpable. About 50 people from all around the Hampton Roads area – nearly standing room only – attended a special March 20 2019 Sierra Club York River Group program on “The Green New Deal.” A distinguished panel described bold new and ongoing efforts to combat climate…

Program on Environmental Justice

February 21, 2019

The York River Group of the Sierra Club held a special program on February 20, 2019 at Sandy Bottom Nature Park. Gustavo Angeles, the Environmental Justice Program Coordinator for the VA Chapter of the Sierra Club, led a stimulating and educational group discussion covering the important topic of environmental justice. Just what is environmental justice? The…

Solar Event: How to be a Solar Patriot and Why

September 23, 2018

  On Wednesday September 19, 2018, the York River Group of the Sierra Club held a series of solar-related talks at Sandy Bottom Nature Park. Three speakers entertained the group.   Erik Curren, author of the new book The Solar Patriot, believes that ordinary citizens have the right to produce and use their own solar power,…

York County Coal Ash

May 19, 2018

On Wednesday, May 16, the York River Sierra Club held an evening discussion at Sandy Bottom Park in Hampton Virginia focused on Coal Ash.  Coal ash is the toxic remains of coal burning in power plants. It is full of metals and chemicals that cause cancer, developmental disorders and reproductive problems. It poisons our water…

Air Quality Discussion in Newport News

September 21, 2017

A special program was held at Pearl Bailey Library in Newport News on September 20, 2017, in the heart of zip code 23607, which is listed as one of the 25 zip codes in Virginia with the highest air pollution. Program Participants included: Dr. Erica Holloman – Scientific Advisor, Southeast CARE Coalition Angela Harris –…

Many of the York River Group's special programs are held at Sandy Bottom Nature Park in Hampton, Virginia.


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