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2015 Ohio Sierra Club Retreat

Mohican-winterWe 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.

Join us at Mohican State Park Lodge for the Annual Chapter Retreat on Jan 31st- Feb 1st!

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Stop Toxins from Algae in Drinking Water

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Click here to submit public comments to Ohio EPA by November 19.

1.) Insist algae toxin standards be created for Ohio drinking water supplies

2.) Request mandatory testing to occur at community water systems

 

 

Don’t Let Ohio Coal Get A Bailout

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Carbon pollution rolls from Sammis Coal-fired Power Plant. Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers. credit: Akron Beacon Journal

In June 2014, Governor Kasich signed into law a bill that guts Ohio’s clean energy and efficiency standards. Passing this new law was not enough for Ohio’s utilities, though. 

Now, Ohio’s largest electric utilities, AEP, Duke, and FirstEnergy are seeking to keep a number of Ohio’s oldest and dirtiest power plants open for years to come.

And they want you and me to pay for it.

Take Action ->

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Energy and Renewables

As the fourth largest contributor of greenhouse gases in the U.S., Ohio is one of the largest energy users in the country. Clean, homegrown technologies, such as energy efficiency and renewable energy, can transform Ohio’s economic and energy future. For every dollar invested in energy efficiency, at least three dollars are saved on energy costs, while also creating Ohio jobs in manufacturing, construction, research, and design. Ohio’s universities, utilities, training centers, and businesses are also helping propel the state forward through investments in wind, solar, and other renewable technologies.

Check out our resources page to get more information on what you can do to help!

 

Energy and Renewables - Latest News

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Muskingum River Plant, Waterford (Photo: Google Maps)
July 16, 2013
On the heels of President Obama’s climate action speech, coal-fired power plants will soon be retired, mitigating what’s been a persistent risk to human health and the environment. But there’s still one problem. Many utilities suppliers are moving toward natural gas, another dirty fossil fuel. During his speech, President Obama noted that he believes that transitioning to natural gas is a move toward clean energy, a statement that the Sierra Club’s Beyond Natural Gas campaign believes is false. Instead of using natural gas, it is essential to move beyond this resource and switch to renewable energy such as wind and solar to truly protect our climate and ensure that we keep our families healthy and our air and water clean and safe. Read More

Energy Efficiency is the best path to energy independence, creates jobs for Americans, saves you $3 for every $1 invested, increases the comfort of your home, and gives us all cleaner air! Be an Energy Patriot – ask your energy provider about what energy efficiency incentives and rebate programs they offer so you give back to your country this Independence Day.

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Contact your energy provider today, and find out what energy efficiency rebates can help you be an energy patriot.

You can search a database of energy efficiency incentives in Ohio here. (external site)

 

 

 

 

A guest post from Sierra Club’s Senior Beyond Coal Campaign Representative for Ohio, Dan Sawmiller reposted from Plunderbund:

With public support growing for energy efficiency in Ohio, FirstEnergy and its allies are again trying to take their case behind closed doors.

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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

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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

Ohio Sierra Club members show their signs as they prepare to join today's rally at the FirstEnergy shareholders meeting

Ohio Sierra Club members show their signs as they prepare to join today’s rally at the FirstEnergy shareholders meeting

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