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.
Coal provides nearly 90% of Ohio’s electricity and about half of our global warming pollution. From the mine to the plant, coal is a dirty energy source. It causes asthma and other health problems, destroys mountains, and releases toxic mercury into our communities and waterways. Continuing our dependence on coal chains us to dirty energy and prevents us from making the changes we need to bring about a clean, secure energy future. Visit the Coal Committee page to learn more and join our efforts.
Visit us at http://content.sierraclub.org/coal/ohio
Beyond Coal - Latest News
On Tuesday, the Sierra Club was joined by five state and national environmental groups in filing formal comments with the Wayne National Forest (WNF) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) opposing the agencies’ plan to lease 432.54 acres of federal coal for underground room and pillar mining. The joint comments were also co-signed by Buckeye Forest Council, Earthjustice, Ohio Environmental Council, Heartwood, and the Center for Biological Diversity. Read More
May 28th, 2013
Renewable Energy in Ohio: Going Viral?
This map may be a surprise to you. That’s because the renewable energy industry has come quietly to a rooftop or farmland near you, silently revolutionizing our struggle for energy independence and climate solutions.
View Ohio Clean Energy Map in a full screen map
From today’s press release:
MORGANTOWN, WV – Sierra Club volunteers gathered at the entrance of this year’s FirstEnergy shareholder’s meeting, waving signs and singing songs as exec
utives and key investors passed by hundreds of colorful yard signs that had been set up along the roadway by volunteers traveling from as far as Ohio and Pennsylvania. The signs, charcoal grey with bright red text, listed the different ways FirstEnergy is failing its customers in the different states: “FirstEnergy Failing on Energy Efficiency,” “FirstEnergy Failing on Coal Ash,” “FirstEnergy Failing Working Families,” and “FirstEnergy Failing on Service.” Read More
November 13th, 2012
It’s simple math: we can burn 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide and stay below 2°C of warming — anything more than that risks catastrophe for life on earth. The only problem? Fossil fuel corporations now have 2,795 gigatons in their reserves, five times the safe amount. And they’re planning to burn it all — unless we rise up to stop them. Read More
It is hard to believe that in 2011, Ohio is still considering permitting strip mining for coal in environmentally sensitive areas. Yet the proposed 347 acre Joy Hollow strip mine would endanger the high quality Federal Creek Watershed by requiring the relocation of 5.5 miles of streams and destruction of 6 acres of wetlands.