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 Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers.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

 

Transportation - Latest News

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.

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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.
Opponents of a proposed streetcar system put a ballot initiative forward that would have changed the city’s charter to require a vote before any funds could be expended on any passenger rail projects, including acquisition of needed right of way. Citizens for Progress organized the opposition to the initiative (Issue 9) and successfully knit together a coalition of community and business organizations to reject the initiative. The Sierra Club was a partner in the coalition with grassroots support from the Miami Group of the Ohio Chapter. Issue 9 failed with 56 percent of the voters saying “No.” Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, a strong advocate of rail transit, was also re-elected.
Statewide, the decision is good news for the 3C-D proposal which would bring passenger rail into a temporary station on Cincinnati’s east side, with long-term plans to extend service into the city’s Art Deco landmark Union Terminal.

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.

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