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.
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
December 6th, 2011
On Saturday, December 10th, 2011 we hosted a Holiday Home Energy Audit in Columbus’ historic German Village. We learned how to save money and energy while increasing home comfort and stimulating the local economy. All participants received free energy efficiency items and tips to conserve energy. Check out pictures on our Facebook page.
Contact Natalie Fox at firstname.lastname@example.org or (614) 461-0734 x 301 for more information or to discuss setting up a home energy audit in your area.
September 13th, 2011
An energy efficient home is warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and saves you money all year long. What if we could power those efficient homes with clean, renewable energy? What if the buildings we occupy did not use so much energy in the first place? Buildings use forty percent of the energy we Americans use every day. Read More
September 13th, 2011
This fall we may see several attempts to undermine the clean energy revolution which is starting in Ohio. We know that the Ohio Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee is planning hearings on SB 221, the 2008 law which established efficiency and renewable energy standards for Ohio. Only two pages of the 120 page law deal with issues environmentalists are directly concerned with. Read More
August 15th, 2011
Duke Energy is having a series of rate cases in Cincinnati and Middletown to discuss their energy provision plans for the next five years. They are shutting down their Beckjord coal plant, proposing to replace it with a natural gas plant, and negotiating the terms of their economic development fund for the New Richmond community. Please come to the hearings so you can have a say in where your money goes! Below are hearing dates/locations and talking points. Read More
July 12th, 2011
We learned about the research partnership between the Great Lakes Science Center and the Lubrizol Corporation to test lubrication for wind turbine parts. We learned that the Great Lakes Science Center’s solar array produces approximately 100kWh electricity/day and uses it to partly power their exhibition lighting. We traveled to Great Lakes Brewing Company and saw their solar thermal technology and energy efficient boiler system, day-lighting process, and tasted sustainable beer! The highlight of the Cleveland Clean Energy Tour was climbing inside the Pearl Road Auto Parts wind turbine! Pearl Wind, LCC teamed up with Pearl Road Auto Parts to help them generate 147,767 kWh of clean, renewable energy (as of Friday, 8/5/2011). Thanks to participants and staff for making this a great day! Pictures