The Connecticut chapter of the Sierra Club has selected New Milford resident Helen Applebaum as the new editor of the Connecticut club's monthly newsletter, “The Quinnehtukqut,” or the "Q.”

She was chosen because of her experience in marketing communications for Travelers, AIG and Citigroup.

Applebaum is a writer, editor and proofreader and frequently provides encouragement and suggestions to contributors regarding ideas for their articles.

The Sierra Club was founded in 1892 by John Muir and a group of friends, who were some of the first environmentalists to organize a grassroots organization aimed at having people explore, enjoy and protect our planet.

Since then, the Sierra Club has protected millions of acres of land, fought for passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.

The Sierra Club is currently leading the charge away from dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption toward a clean energy economy.

One clean energy program to be offered in the region will be a tour of the “ultimate clean energy house” in Sharon Saturday at noon and 2:30 p.m.

The house is a passive solar home that has organic straw bale construction and 33 solar panels.

For more information, visit www.connecticut.sierraclub.org.

Annual membership to the Connecticut chapter is $15.