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 Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers.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

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Fight for Ohio’s State Forests – No Logging!

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Shawnee State Forest trail next to logging site. Which is the trail? Where are the logging roads? Why can’t we tell?

Ohio DNR wants to clear-cut and burn it’s way through Ohio’s natural forests. 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

 

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

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Conservation call on legislatures

A coalition of environmental-conservation groups today called on each of Ohio’s 132 state lawmakers to publicly declare which state parks, state nature preserves, and state scenic rivers in their local legislative district they would vote to keep closed from oil and gas drilling or would vote to “convert from natural parks to industrial parks” and open up to extraction.  To read the full Press Release S.P.DrillingFINAL press Release Read More

Today, the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) has approved a recommendation by the Ohio Board of Building Standards to update Ohio’s commercial codes. Included in the rule package were stronger energy efficiency requirements for commercial construction. Adoption of national model codes (2009 I-Codes) will save Ohio businesses money, help keep Ohio competitive with surrounding states, and provide Ohioans with up-to-date safety and energy efficient technologies. Read More

The Sierra Club Ohio Chapter along with many other organizations have signed a letter in support of stronger commercial building codes.  The letter was delivered to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules Review (JCARR).  Stronger commercial energy efficiency building codes is just as important as strong residential building codes and can help push energy efficiency forward in Ohio.  To read the letter click here.

Different faiths, different congregations?  These differences do not matter to some Ohio congregations who are taking action to curb climate change.  They have teamed up with the Sierra Club and Ohio Interfaith Power and Light to take a stand against one of the most pressing environmental problems in decades.  Energy efficiency is their tool and has become one of the easiest ways to solve this problem.   Read More