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March 11, 2010

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March 11, 2010

I joined the Sierra Club from a magazine after moving to Long Island from Alaska in 1993. I went to college, then grad school and earned a degree in Environmental Science. Frustrated that I was not active locally, I met Sierra members at a tabling event and was shocked to find out that there was local activity. I started out by going to community meetings and outings. The comaraderie was great. I loved getting away from the drama at work and it made everything more fresh at home. My spirit was coming back to life. My first "conquest" came after a cool cities training when we got a sign on. I posted it on the Sierra website and really felt a part of something big. I joined the executive committee as a liason for the Green Buildings (USGBC) and helped get energy star passed in some towns. That was exciting. My passion is water and the opportunity arose to become Coastal Waterways Chair and executive committee member. I joined other local activist groups to facilitate that job and that led to my forming the water sentinels. The Long Island Water Sentinels is my focus and passion. We have a tight group, we are connected to schools, politicians, we know the people locally at DEC and EPA, we know our local baykeeper, we ally with a group called sSelf when we test. It is a dream. I always wanted to do field work. Hardly a day goes by where I don't get an email from someone else who wants to test with us. Sometimes I have as many as 15-20 people at my test site. Sometimes it is just two. We have a phosphorus lab now, what next!!!!! On to heavy metals, life is good. Linda Freilich

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting legislation passed, posting baseline data, helping the state to maintain the environmental funds, protecting water, stopping development, speaking to key individuals who really make the difference, forming coalitions....

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it easier to transfer money.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

friendships, the trip to New Orleans, meeting people from other states, like minds......

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, humorous, activists.....

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

buy me more testing equipment...........

Ways to make it better...

they have been great!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

bringing in new, young members

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is one of the great organizations and I am proud to be a part of it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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