Thursday February 5, 7–9 pm
Oakland County Water Issues
Presented by Jim Nash, Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Commissioner Nash will be updating the group on his efforts with the new Great Lakes Water Authority, storm water and green infrastructure issues, as well as developments in oil and gas drilling in our county. He will also discuss his work on water conservation through Pure Oakland Water
Thursday March 5, 7–9, pm
Biology and Conservation of All-female Unisexual Ambystoma Salamanders: How Do They Do That?
Presented by Katy Greenwald, Professor of Biology, Eastern MI University
All-female Ambystoma salamanders, known as "unisexuals," are a fascinating part of Michigan's biodiversity. While most animals have two sets of chromosomes (one from mom, one from dad), these salamanders can have three, four, or even five. Even stranger, these "extra" chromosome sets are "stolen" from other species of salamander that breed in the same ponds.
Thursday April 2, 7–9 pm
Solar Pays Off in Michigan
Presented by Mark Ferda, with the Renewable Energy Division of McNaughton-McKay Electric based in Madison Hts, MI.
Mark's full-time job for the past 6 years has been in support of the growth of solar installations throughout Michigan. He will share an overview of how solar works (yes in Michigan), the current changes in the industry and frequently asked questions regarding solar power.
Thursday May 7, 7–9 pm
Thirsty for Justice
Presented by Melissa Damaschke, Sierra Club Great Lakes Program Director Located within the Great Lakes, people in two cities didn't have access to a basic human need, water. In Detroit, the water department shutoff water to tens of thousands of people, a major human rights and economic justice concern. In Toledo, hundreds of thousands of people went without water for a full weekend because of toxic algae, a public health threat. Learn how environmental and human rights concerns need to be addressed together to protect the health of people and the Great Lakes ecosystem.
Thursday June 4, 7–9 pm
Hiking Mt. Rainier's Wonderland Trails
Presented by Bruce Coppola
Bruce Coppola and friends through-hiked the 93-mile-plus Wonderland Trail, which circumnavigates Mount Rainier. He'll share his experiences and show you the flora, fauna, and spectacular scenery that varies from temperate rain forest to subalpine meadows and high passes. There will also be some practical information should you wish to do this "bucket list" hike with your friends.
SEMG General Membership Meetings
MI Group (SEMG) Programs are presented
during SEMG's monthly General
Membership Meetings. These meetings give members and
non-members alike the opportunity to socialize, make environment-related
announcements, and discuss SEMG business matters. See below
for upcoming topic details.
Please join us at 6:30pm for light refreshments folowed by the business meeting at 7:00pm.
The featured programs listed below begin at 7:30pm. All
are welcome, members and non-members alike, so please
consider bringing a friend!
General Meeting Location:
Elks Lodge, 2401 E 4th St, Royal Oak, MI 48067
S of 11 Mile Road, on 4th Street and Stephenson Hwy. (I 75 Service Drive). Enter parking lot from Stephenson or 4th Street, and look for the Sierra Club sign. (map)
first Thursday of each month (except January,
July, and August).
6:30-7:00pm Light Refreshments, Meet & Greet
7:00-7:30pm Group Announcements
8:30-9:00pm Volunteer Sign Up,
Sierra Club Merchandise for Sale
(Meeting and program times may change; check individual program
descriptions below for time changes.)
archive of our previous programs see