May/June Newsletter

An Oasis in the Desert

In March, the NEOSC Urban Ag Committee attended a volunteer orientation session at the Rid-All farm. We were introduced to the partnership’s agricultural practices (vermiculture, aquafarming, composting, etc.) as well as their mission. Read more…

Another Dog and Pony Show

On Tuesday night, April 9th, there was a fairly typical dog and pony show held at the Slovenian National Home in Cleveland’s St. Clair Superior neighborhood, where area residents were introduced to the proposed VADXX recycling plant that will take plastics (and maybe tires) and turn them into oil. The strongest questions came from area residents who wanted to know why this plant was being placed in their neighborhood. Read more…

PD Editorial: Green Energy, or Five Steps Back for Ohio

Since 2008 Ohio has had a law on the books to require our electric utilities to obtain a portion of their power from renewable sources. Senate Bill 221 has been the subject of much debate over the years, but has also quietly revolutionized a new industry for Ohio. Our legislators in the Ohio house and Senate need to hear from us that we want the renewable energy requirement and energy efficiency mandates of SB221 to be preserved. Read more…

Keystone XL Opponents Send a Million Plus Comments to the State Department

According to the final count on the counter, opponents sent in 1,038,853 comments by the end of April 22nd when the comment period closed! Read more…

BEDBUGS: Please don’t spray!

Please save yourself a trip to the hardware store to buy insecticides. Pesticide applicators tell me that despite frequent pesticide applications, bedbugs don’t get annihilated. Read more…

Tree TotsTree Planting with Tots

This was EarthFest’s first year at the Cuyahoga County fairgrounds. Northeast Ohio Sierra Club was right there with it! View photos…

EarthFestNEOSC at EarthFest 2013

This was EarthFest’s first year at the Cuyahoga County fairgrounds. Northeast Ohio Sierra Club was right there with it! View photos…

VegFest Helpers Needed!

The Urban Agriculture Committee can use your help! We’re tabling at the Cleveland Vegan Society’s VegFest on Saturday, June 1, and we’re short-handed. Read more…

May & June Events

Black River Cleanup
The first annual Black River Cleanup is happening this Sunday, May 5 from 10 to 3 embarking from the Black River Wharf Boat Launch. There will be pictures taken, so wear your favorite Sierra Club T-Shirt, button, hat, or whatever. Complete details are available from the Loraine County Kayakers website.

Ohio’s largest done-in-a-day cleanup effort. This year the event will be held on Saturday, May 11th from 9 am until noon- volunteers receive gloves and bags. Multiple locations. First 1,000 volunteers to sign up will receive a commemorative Riversweep t-shirt. For more information, visit

May Pub Night on the East Side
We want to see more of our East Side members, so we’re holding the next Pub Night at Cedar Green Wine & Cheese, located at 2179 South Green Rd. University Heights, OH 44121. Pub Night will still be on the fourth Wednesday, May 22nd, at 7 PM. Join us to find out what the group is up to and let us know what you’re interested in! Free and open to the public, refreshments will be served. RSVP not required, but you can join the event on Facebook.

Cleveland VegFest
The Cleveland Vegan Society presents VegFest 2013 on Saturday, June 1, from 9:30 AM until 7:30 PM. VegFest is a free event and will be held at the Cleveland State University Student Center. Featuring many top national speakers and authors in their fields on issues of health, environmental sustainability, social justice, and animal rights, the Cleveland VegFest will be an opportunity to explore how choosing a whole, plant-based, vegan meal, directly impacts conditions in each of these critical areas. For more info, visit

Parade the Circle and Circle Village
Find yourself in the Circle at Cleveland’s signature summer event starting at 11 AM on June 8th. This fabulous, fun, FREE celebration features the Parade, presented by The Cleveland Museum of Art, and Circle Village, presented by University Circle Inc.

The Parade, which begins at Noon, incorporates the drama and artistry of colorful floats, puppets, costumes, dancers, and musicians. For more information about the Parade, please visit Circle Village invites visitors onto Wade Oval for an afternoon of activities, live music, and delectable food.

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