July/August 2015 Newsletter

Opportunity Knocks

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…

New ‘No Coal Bailout’ Ads of Kids Drawings Are Backdrop to Downtown Columbus Rally

Opponents of Ohio utilities’ sweeping requests for coal and nuclear plant bailouts speak out against rate increases outside of Public Utilities Commission of Ohio in Columbus. Read more…

New Threats to Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands represent one of the world’s great natural wonders.  Located about 600 miles due west of Ecuador, the islands are a product of a volcanic hotspot on the floor of the Pacific that  continues to erupt at irregular intervals. Because the islands were never connected to the South American mainland, their flora and fauna evolved in isolation  resulting in many endemic species found nowhere else in the world. Read more…

Help Protect Our Great Lakes by Voicing Opposition to New Shoreline “Protection” Structures

In order to protect our Great Lakes, we must institute new shoreline regulations regarding the so-called “hard” shore protection structures—namely, seawalls, revetments, bulkheads, etc. These structures have recently proven to be destructive to shorelines, coastal habitats, and our health. Read more…

Solarize Cleveland Brings Affordable Solar Energy to Northeast Ohio

Environmental Health Watch and Sustainable Cleveland 2019 have teamed up with World Wildlife Fund and Geostellar to offer solar energy to Ohioans at a dramatically discounted rate. You can have solar panels installed on your home, reduce your carbon footprint, and save money on your electric bills, possibly with no out-of pocket expenses! Read more…

Annual Residential Recycling Report Released for Cuyahoga County

Environmental Health Watch and Sustainable Cleveland 2019 have teamed up with World Wildlife Fund and Geostellar to offer solar energy to Ohioans at a dramatically discounted rate. You can have solar panels installed on your home, reduce your carbon footprint, and save money on your electric bills, possibly with no out-of pocket expenses! Read more…

Meatless Monday Recipe: Protein Packed Pasta Salad

With goodies like great northern beans, firm tofu and pitted olives, this zesty pasta salad is sure to satisfy! Read more…

Events

➡ July 11, 9 AM – 12 PM : Mentor Headlands Beach & Dunes. We will once again revisit Mentor Headlands Beach the weekend after July 4th, for a Naturalist Hike of the Dunes, followed by a Beach Cleanup. Depending on the number and the interest of the volunteers who sign up, we may coordinate a picnic to follow! Contact Jessica at jessica.ferrato@sierraclub.org to sign up or for more information.

➡ July 16, 7 PM: The Future of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Hudson Library & Historical Society, 96 Library St., Hudson. Hear about future plans for Ohio’s only national park when recently -appointed Superintendent Craig Kenkel speaks at the Hudson Library & Historical Society on Wednesday, July 16 at 7 p.m.

Kenkel is responsible for about  managing the 30,000 acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park  as well as Canton’s First Ladies National Historic Site and the President James A. Garfield’s National Historic Site in Mentor.  His specialty is historic preservation of architecture and parks in urban areas.  Prior to coming to CVNP, Kenkel was Superintendent at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

No registration is required for this free event. For more information contact the Reference Desk at 330.653.6658 x1010.

➡ August 23, Sunday, 10 AM: Walk Findley State Park. Walk 3 miles or 3 hours in Findley State Park, Ohio and see forests, tall pines, part of the Buckeye Trail, and nature. For more information contact organizer Dennis Plank at dennislakeerie@aol.com or call 216-939-8229.

Meetings

Executive Committee meetings begin immediately after the 7 PM Conservation meeting. Meetings will be held at Lakewood Library Main Branch on 15425 Detroit Rd on the first Wednesday of each month.

Coal & Energy Committee meets at 4105 Stilmore Rd, South Euclid, Ohio 44121. Please contact Randy Cunningham at 216-631-3337 for the time and date of the next meeting.

Green Transportation Committee meets the first Mon. of each month at 1 PM in the Linking Employment Abilities and Potential offices at 2545 Lorain Ave. Please contact Akshai Singh for more information: akshai.singh@sierraclub.org.  State Transportation calls are on the fourth Tues. of each month at 6 PM. Contact Akshai to get on a call, or to connect with Ohio cycling advocacy.

Rainforest Committee typically meets every month on the third Sunday of the month. Call Michael Melampy at 440-826-2263 for time and place.

 

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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

On June 9, at the behest of Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s National Assembly approved changes to the Organic Law that reduce protection for the marine reserve and facilitate investment of foreign capital for the development of large hotels, resorts, and new residential areas. Read more…