Just because gas prices have dropped doesn’t mean Ohio should build more highways. Recently, 700 Sierra Club members commented on the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) 2014 Statewide Transit Needs Study. Now we have the opportunity to weigh in on the specific projects that ODOT will fund in 2015-2018.
We hope you can join the Sierra Club for our annual Chapter Retreat. As one of the largest and most influential environmental organizations in the state, this is the time each year where we celebrate our victories, renew our spirits, and make our plans the year ahead. All are welcome, and meals will be provided for members who register.
Sierra Club leads Green Infrastructure Revolution
July 8th, 2014
The Sierra Club is leading the green infrastructure revolution in Ohio. We already distributed over 100 DIY Rain Barrels to members and partner organizations in 2014! What is a DIY Rain Barrel? Why is the Sierra Club providing free workshops? How can I get a rain barrel?
Stormwater is the leading source of water pollution. Every time it rains, our water is threatened. Contaminants from urban areas and agricultural fields are carried by stormwater over landscapes and deposited into waterways. The Sierra Club advocates for green infrastructure as a solution to stormwater pollution. Green infrastructure techniques use soils and vegetation to absorb, clean, and control stormwater the natural way. We continue to win green infrastructure victories at the local level because, in the long-run, greener is also cheaper. This year, the Club also hosted watershed conservation workshops to teach others about native plants, rain gardens, bio-swales, organic gardening/composting, and rain barrels.
Thanks to the generous support of the Aveda network for good (View 2014 Rain Barrel Art Raffle Video) and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation the Club has coordinate over 20 watershed conservation workshops over the past two years that entailed building 250 rain barrels, creating 2 rain gardens, digging 500 ft of bio-swales, and planting, 1,500 individual trees and native plant species. Community partnerships with Imago Earth Center and Historic South Park neighborhood association have helped the Club provide watershed education to targeted areas.
In May and June over 35 rain barrels were distributed in Dayton’s Historic South Park Neighborhood. Participants learned about stormwater pollution and how rain barrels save money and the environment. Then they converted a 55 gallon food grade plastic drum into their very own repurposed Rain Barrel, capable of capturing 1,000 gallons of stormwater over the course of a year. ”Too often we take clean water for granted. Harvesting rain water is one way to start thinking of water as a resource”, said Sierra Club Conservation Director Matt Trokan.
Join the Green Infrastructure Revolution and explore a Do it Yourself Rain Barrel Workshops. Each participant will receive a 55 gallon food grade plastic barrel, a DIY Earth Minded diverter kit, and learn how to install their barrel at home. Workshops are FREE, however availability is limited so be sure to sign up today!