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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 Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers.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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 10, 2013

Contact: Jed Thorp, jed.thorp@sierraclub.org(614) 461-0734 x 303

Sierra Club Statement on Cancellation of Eastlake Natural Gas Project

The Eastlake power plant, scheduled to close its coal fired units by 2015, will no longer retrofit the plant with natural gas. Image source: cleveland.com

COLUMBUS – Today Jed Thorp of the Ohio Chapter of the Sierra Club released the following statement after FirstEnergy and American Municipal Power scrapped plans for a natural gas project in Eastlake:

“This is yet another sign to Ohioans that there are better alternatives to fossil fuels.  A 21st century energy economy means looking at ways to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and lower energy prices, rather than forcing customers to become reliant on new forms of dangerous extraction, like fracking for natural gas. We strongly encourage utilities to instead meet demand with increased energy efficiency, which is cheaper for customers and better for the environment than natural gas.”

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio recently ruled that FirstEnergy must bid their energy efficiency programs into this year’s electricity auction.  Bidding for energy efficiency alongside other forms of energy is expected to lower prices. In their ongoing efforts to repeal Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency benchmarks, FirstEnergy has used the potential for shale gas development in Ohio as an excuse to abandon the standards, but today’s announcement contributes to a growing body of evidence showing that energy efficiency continues to be the less expensive option.

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This weekend, thousands of Sierrans, students, and activists will be converging on Washington to call for bold action on climate. We know that not everyone is able to make the trip, but there’s great news -there are plenty of ways to help make history on Sunday’s Forward on Climate rally from home. Here’s how:

1. You can watch this live video stream:

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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

When I walked onto the RainFresh Harvests property, I was greeted by lush beds of basil and tomatoes, a friendly staff member tending the plants, and solar PV (photovoltaic) panels atop the roof of Barry Adler’s greenhouse support building. Upon closer inspection, I saw his wind turbine next to the structure and a solar thermal unit on top as well. I joined the group touring the site for Green Energy Ohio’s Fall Tour, and we set out on our journey to learn more about this off-the-grid agricultural supplier’s business. Read More

Building a Green Consumer

September 17th, 2012

Our very own Tom Collins brought this article to our attention for shared use. While most of us believe that saving energy is worthwhile, it’s often difficult to communicate exactly why, and what kind of returns on investments energy savers will receive. The article describes six principles that tap into our human nature to reveal out innate energy saving potential, and provide an excellent example of a successful program. 

Email Natalie Fox or call (614) 461-0734 x 301 for more info on how you can become a green consumer!