November & December 2017 Newsletter

Annual Membership Dinner

It’s time to ramp up the Holiday Season with the NEOSC Annual Membership Dinner. This year it will be held on Saturday, December 2nd from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, 2600 South Park Blvd, in Shaker Heights. They are always so generous to us and they love having us there. The cost will be $10 a person.

This year we’ll hold the silent raffle downstairs to allow more room for browsing.

Come at 6:30, check out the fabulous raffle items, enjoy dinner and connecting with old and new friends. Please RSVP to reanneca@yahoo.com with the number of people you are bringing by November 17th.


Cleveland Ready for 100Cleveland Ready For 100 Campaign Update

By Jocelyn Travis, Sierra Club Ready for 100 Coordinator

Vision: “100% Clean Energy for a Healthy, Economically Vibrant,
Equitable & Just Cleveland”

Goals: Carbon Free Electric Sector by 2035 & Sector Wide by 2050

Cleveland Ready For 100 Campaign held two dialogues entitled “Clean and Affordable Energy to Create More Livable Communities for All” at Garden Valley Neighborhood House (71st & Kinsman) and St. Paul Community UCC Church (44th & Franklin). Participants from both dialogue groups came together to discuss actions to create community change with similar actions focused on Beautification, Community Education & Engagement and Renewable Energy and Community Investment. More dialogues are needed throughout the Cleveland area. Please contact Campaign Coordinator, Jocelyn Travis (jocelyn.travis@sierraclub.org or 216.926.6535) to involve your organization/place of worship or to become a Volunteer Facilitator.

Special thanks to Sierra Club Volunteer and Dialogue Co-Facilitator, Anne Caruso for coordinating an incredible support team to help with beautification around Garden Valley Neighborhood House by weeding the flower beds and gardening. Dialogue follow-up has also included coordinating speakers to share clean energy and environmental information and engagement with the Ready For 100 Campaign to Senior participants at the center.

www.addup.org/campaigns/cleveland-is-readyfor100-percent-clean-energy


A Energy Transfer Partners Disinvestment Campaign in Cleveland?
Let’s talk about it.

Thursday, Oct 5, 7:00 PM
Office of Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus,
11910 Detroit Ave., Lakewood

Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) is a company with a long history of constructing fossil fuel pipelines. One of its most famous projects was also one of the most infamous, and that was the DAPL pipeline that the Standing Rock Sioux and many other Native American Tribes fought throughout 2016.

Now the Energy Transfer Partners is busy in Ohio where they have accumulated a great number of citations for violations of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts while building the Rover pipeline, which is a crucial infrastructure project for the development of fracking in Ohio. Construction of the project has already resulted in a drilling fluid spill which has destroyed one wetland in Stark County, and the City of Canton having to monitor its water wells for fear that the Rover pipeline may jeopardize the potability of the wells. The increase in fracking that Rover will encourage also jeopardizes the future integrity of the Wayne National Forest.

Unfortunately, the pipeline and fracking companies have done their homework and have removed practically all avenues that individuals and communities have to fight such projects through regulatory laws and agencies. About the only recourse those fighting these pipeline issues have is to put pressure on the banks and financial institutions that are financing the pipeline projects. There have been a significant number of cities, universities, religious institutions and individuals who have divested in pipeline companies and the fossil fuel sector in general.

Do we want to start such a campaign in Cleveland? All who are interested in the possibilities of such a campaign are invited to a meeting on Thursday, October 5, 7:00 PM, at the office of the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, 11910 Detroit Ave., Lakewood.


Oct. 28, 2017: Third Annual State of Nonviolence

The Cleveland Nonviolence Network is proud to present the Third Annual State of Nonviolence Saturday, October 28 at 7 p.m. Reception starts at 6:30 p.m. The presentation will take place at River’s Edge, 3430 Rocky River Drive in Cleveland. Spread the word!

Sarah Thompson, Executive Director of Christian Peacemaker Teams will present a talk about the efficacy of nonviolence as implemented here and around the globe to confront systemic violence and oppression.

Registration and more information on the Rivers Edge website!

Cleveland Nonviolence Network


Meetings

Executive Committee meetings begin immediately after the 7 PM Conservation meeting. Upcoming meeting locations:

  • Wednesday, November 1 at the Brooklyn Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library at 4480 Ridge Rd.

Green Transportation Committee – Please contact Akshai Singh for more information: akshai.singh@sierraclub.org. State Transportation are now at 7pm EST on the 2nd Monday of each month. For folks interested in our efforts, follow along at Ohio for Transportation Equity’s facebook page (website coming soon), or for more local work, Clevelanders for Public Transit, who also have a website.

Rainforest Committee For details on meeting times and places, contact Michael Melampy at 440-263-6483 or at mmelampy@bw.edu.

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Committee News

Executive Committee

There are many opportunities to volunteer with the Northeast Ohio Sierra Club. We have an opening in our ExCom Committee, we need fundraising and events volunteers, help with Inspiring Connections Outdoors–a program for taking kids on monthly outings and more. Read more…

Coal & Energy

Stand up against coal bailouts in person June 15 in Columbus. June 15 marks the beginning of legal proceedings for First Energy’s bailout proposal. Read more…

Rainforest Committee

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