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.
The Sierra Club Ohio Chapter’s legislative program encourages policies that protect and preserve Ohio’s environment. Legislative issues include clean energy, energy efficiency, building codes, public transit, public lands protection, factory farm regulation, and clean water. Sierra Club works to influence legislation by educating lawmakers and the media, using action alerts to create public pressure about an issue, and organizing citizen lobby days at the Statehouse.
Legislative Program - Latest News
January 9th, 2012
The Great Lakes Compact, signed in 2008, has the potential to safeguard our water supply and foster healthy, sustainable and vibrant communities for centuries to come. HB 473 breaks that promise and allows industry virtually unlimited water while leaving little for the public and environment.
HB 473 threatens our water supply by allowing industry to withdraw over 89 million gallons in a single day, leaves our highest quality rivers unprotected, and limits public participation in the permitting process.
Please Call on Senator Hite 614-466-8150 to amend Hb 473 to protect Lake Erie! Read More
April 21st, 2011
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
March 23rd, 2011
Today the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio heard testimony on House Bill 95 (H.B.95). H.B. 95 proposes to lessen requirements for public notices and eliminate the requirement for natural gas utilities to file long-term forecast reports. This is not the time to relax public notice requirements, in fact utilities should be required to do more customer education and more public notices. To read staff testimony HB 95 testimony 3.23.11
December 3rd, 2010
The Advanced Energy Fund is in danger of being swept away, damaging all of the positive change that Ohio has seen in renewable energy projects. The Advanced Energy Fund has created jobs, supported Ohio businesses, and protected our environment by supporting investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency throughout our great state. The Sierra Club has taken a stance and is fighting for this to be renewed, to see the Sierra Club’s written testimony to the state legislature and to learn more click Advanced Energy Fund testimony.
November 1st, 2010
Early voting has already begun, and your vote can make all the difference.