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.
Ohio is a major food producer in the United States. Livestock agriculture has dramatically shifted away from traditional family farming. New and expanding Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), or factory farms, pose significant problems to public health, quality of life and the environment. CAFOs produce over ten million tons of manure per year, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. These facilities significantly impact communities with foul odors, air pollution, water pollution and declining property values. We can reduce environmental and public health impacts of agricultural production by purchasing sustainable, local foods. Visit the Agriculture Committee page to learn more about our efforts and get involved.
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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).
November 9th, 2009
In the aftermath of the November election, the Sierra Club and Ohio ACT coalition members agree that citizen involvement and oversight is needed to address the new Livestock Care Standards Board. Issue 2 opponents are reconvening to determine the next steps moving forward. We hope to insert a sense of balance on this board, which was largely created by agribusiness interests. Please stay tuned for more information and watch for opportunities to get involved.
October 27th, 2009
Large Donations ($20 K and Up) Represent Two-Thirds of Pro-Issue 2 Contributions and In-Kind Donations
Columbus, Ohio – Government report detailing political expenditures for Ohioans for Livestock Care (OLC), the pro-Issue 2 Political Action Committee (PAC) promoting the creation of the Livestock Care Standards Board, reveals that financial support for Issue 2 is overwhelmingly from corporate livestock interests.
September 3rd, 2009
Issue 2 is an inappropriate use of the state constitution. It would amend Ohio’s constitution by creating a politically-appointed board to decide how farm animals will be raised for food, shutting Ohioans out of decisions impacting the food we eat every day. Once cemented into the state constitution, this board could override acts of the state legislature and chill public debate.