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
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.
December 21st, 2009
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.
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.
December 8th, 2009
The Ohio Senate passed House Bill 363 on December 9, the very same day that the bill was voted out of the Senate Agriculture Committee. The bill would transfer water permitting authority of factory farms from the Ohio EPA to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
On Dec. 1, Ohio Chapter member Teri Reinhart testified in opposition to the transfer of the NPDES water permitting program for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).