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 Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers.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

Take Action ->

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Transportation

As energy prices remain high and our state’s economy continues to sag, Ohio needs clean, green, and economically viable transportation options more than ever. Our state is the fourth largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and the transportation sector produces about one-third of this pollution. Forced reliance on the automobile puts greater financial stress on Ohio families, increases oil dependence, damages the environment, harms public health, and limits the mobility of citizens, particularly seniors, students, the disadvantaged, and the disabled. Meanwhile, Ohio spends less than 1% of its transportation dollars on public transit. Visit our Transportation Committee page to learn more about our efforts and how to get involved.

 

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2015 Ohio Sierra Club Retreat

December 4th, 2014

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!

Read More

The Ohio Transportation Committee has focused its efforts at aligning group efforts to promote sensible and cents-ible alternatives to highway expansion with the national Green Transportation campaign. Our goals are to promote bike-ped development and transit and to oppose expensive highway expansion projects that devastate communities, harm human health, and endanger our natural resources. We currently have strong representation from NEO, COG, and the Miami Group, and we encourage other groups to let us know about transportation issues in their areas. Read More

View Smart Choices, Less Traffic: 50 Best and Worst Transportation Projects in the United States in a larger map

The Sierra Club recently released a report identifying the best and worst transportation projects across the nation – Smart Choices, Less Traffic: the 50 best and worst transportation projects in America. Read More

The Ohio Department of Transportation is in the process of updating it long range plan, called Access Ohio, which will guide transportation in Ohio between now and 2040. It’s important that we stress the need to prioritize automobile alternatives — cycling infrastructure, safe sidewalks, and transit and rail — as well as a multimodal, complete streets approach that reduces our environmental footprint and more fairly serves all groups.

 

You can see our comments on the Objectives, Goals, and Critical Success Factors (metrics) of Access Ohio here.

 

If you haven’t yet taken ODOT’s survey about Ohio’s transportation priorities and future, you can access it here.

Yesterday, Columbus joined the ranks of dozens of cities across the country and worldwide by approving a bike share program.  This program will be the first major bike share in Ohio, and hopefully can serve as an impetus for other Ohio cities, some of which are already engaged in bike share feasibility studies, to adopt similar programs. Read More