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 Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers.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

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Legislative Program

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

Ohio Statehouse photo courtesy of www.gongwer-oh.com

Ohio Statehouse photo courtesy of www.gongwer-oh.com

Thank you to all of our supporters and members for a fun and successful Clean Energy Lobby Day!  We would like to thank everyone who helped us on a rainy, wet lobby day on Tuesday because it would not have been possible without all of you.  While together we have made our voices heard about clean energy in Ohio, our work is far from being done.  We have seen coal mine tragedies, unprecedented oil spills, all of which are reminders that our fossil fuel dependence is dirty, expensive, and even deadly. Read More

Echo Tape Check

Brandi Whetstone, Jen Miller, Linda Reeder, Scott Taylor, and Dominic Caminati.

The Ohio Chapter and ECHO Tape announce another year of partnership. The Sierra Club is proud to work with an outstanding Ohio-based, green business like ECHO Tape. Ohio Chapter staff and Treasurer receive a donation from ECHO Tape’s Scott Taylor and Dominic Caminati.
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Oil rig

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Pat McKenna, chair of the Sierra Club Northeast Ohio Group, presented testimony to the Ohio Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Senate Bill 165. This legislation updates Ohio’s urban drilling law by proposing a fee to fund oil and gas oversight, and by introducing an orphan well program that will help reduce abandoned wells.  Read more to see Sierra Club’s testimony.

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The Ohio House passed House Bill 7 on Wednesday, December 16 , which establishes energy efficiency standards for state funded building projects.  HB 7 will benefit Ohio’s environment and save taxpayers dollars. Stay tuned for more information after the new year as we look to the Ohio Senate.

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Mining Under Burr Oak State Park

December 19th, 2009

“The Sierra Club believes that any policy allowing mineral extraction or mining in a state park creates a slippery slope, making other parks vulnerable to these practices by setting a dangerous precedent,” said Jen Miller, Sierra Club Ohio Chapter staff.

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