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.
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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The Ohio Sierra Club, in partnership with the American Security Project, released a report, “Ending Our Dependence on Oil” later this week that examined the link between global climate change and our nation’s security. Right now, the BP oil spill – the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history – continues to unfold in the Gulf Coast with no end in sight. This catastrophe is the epitome of what’s wrong with our national energy policy and a clarion call for taking action now to cut our oil dependence. Read More
February 18th, 2010
The largest poverty fighting and grassroots environmental organizations in Ohio are the two newest members of a coalition to improve public transportation in the state.
“Save Transit Now, Move Ohio Forward!” has united transportation, public policy, social service and environmental organizations to reverse the decline of public transportation support.
February 5th, 2010
Ohio is finally getting on track in the transportation sector with the receipt of $400,000,000 in federal stimulus support to re-establish passenger rail in our state. By 2011, construction efforts will begin for a passenger rail line connecting Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Dayton, which will reach 60% of Ohio’s population.
November 6th, 2009
Election Day 2009 means full steam ahead for proponents of rail transit nationally and in the Buckeye State. Nationally, rail supporters won the day over opponents of expanded rail transit in several cities. In Cincinnati, voters defeated a ballot initiative which could have stalled plans for the southern portion of the proposed 3C-D passenger rail system in Ohio.