September/October 2015 Newsletter

Dear NEO Sierra Club Member,

Garage with stuffLife is full of second chances! We had so many great things donated for last Saturday’s Garage Sale, that we couldn’t put them all in the sale. So we are having a Second Garage Sale this Saturday, September 5, 2015 from 10am-3:30 pm in Cleveland Heights. We still have lots of small appliances, dishes, games, puzzles, ceramics, books, artwork, tents and camping gear. There will be some furniture, too.

What: Second NEO Garage Sale
When: Saturday, September 5, 2015, 10am-3:30pm
Where: 2448 Euclid Heights Boulevard, Cleveland Heights, Ohio

As you know, these sales are fundraisers to help send three of our student leaders to the Climate Talks in Paris in November. They will be working with the Sierra Club Team there. Please help us by sharing the information about this second sale to your friends and family.

See you on the 5th!

Thanks!
Steve McPhee, Chairperson,
NEO Sierra Club Executive Committee

September 20 Clean Forum

Cleveland Environmental Action Network (CLEAN) announces its Forum on Northeast Ohio Environmental Activism. Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 1 to 5pm at St. Paul’s Church 4427 Franklin Blvd, Cleveland Ohio 44102. Lunch provided. Read more…

An Update on Conservation in the Andes

Martin ZorrillaThe NEO Sierra Club Rainforest Committee, in collaboration with the Cleveland Botanical Garden and Baldwin Wallace University, is sponsoring another lecture in its series on conservation in Colombia and Ecuador. On September 16 and 17, the Committee will host Martin Zorrilla who will make a presentation entitled, “Mining in Intag Ecuador: Community Resistance, Threatened Ecology & the Myths of Progress.” Read more…

A New (Old) Source of Air Pollution

A new source of air pollution is having a detrimental effect on our air quality. It is the pervasive wood smoke from recreational backyard burners and fire pits in places like my Old Brooklyn neighborhood. Read more…

Mentor Headlands Beach Clean-ups

dunesThe Mentor Headlands Sand Dunes are an important preserve because it’s one of the last of its kind in Ohio. This Nature Preserve has a community full of special plants and animals that everyone loves to enjoy observing. On July 11th, 2015 the Ohio Sierra Club partnered with the Cleveland Metroparks to host a beach clean-up, which was extremely beneficial to this State Park. Read more…

Veggie smileMeatless Monday Recipe – From Anne’s Kitchen

Tomato and Summer Squash Curry. Make good use of summer vegetables with this aromatic and healthful vegan curry! View recipe…

Events:

September 3, 7 PM: Town Hall on Chemical Disclosure. Christ Church, 353 Moody Ave, Carrollton. This community meeting is organized by the Ohio Organizing Collaborative to hear from faith, and community leaders about concerns with trade secrets, chemical reporting and community safety. All are welcome to attend this free event.

Saturday, September 12, 2 PM: FACT-Faith Communities Together for a Sustainable Future Annual Meeting. The UU Fellowship of Wayne County, 3186 Burbank Rd, Wooster. We will elect a Board of Directors and tour the Silver LEED-certified building and grounds of the UU Church in Wooster. Anyone who works to avert catastrophic climate change on moral grounds is welcome to attend and join FACT.

Tuesday, Sept 15, 4-7 PM: Community Solar Forum. Courtney’s Banquet Center, 981 E. State St, Alliance. Good speakers and information are offered free. Register by calling Courtney’s Banquet Center at 330-823-7733. Walk-ins also welcome.

September 16-17: 2015 Sustainable Cleveland Summit. Cleveland Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Ave. Cleveland. Find out what progress Cleveland is making on Sustainable Cleveland 2019, meet hundreds of leaders, co-create a sustainability plan and hear from inspiring speakers like Naomi Davis, founder of Blacks in Green. Click here for more information and registration.

September 16-17: Mining in Intag Ecuador: Community Resistance, Threatened Ecology & the Myths of Progress. The NEO Sierra Club Rainforest Committee, in collaboration with the Cleveland Botanical Garden and Baldwin Wallace University, is sponsoring another lecture in its series on conservation in Colombia and Ecuador.

Sunday, September 20, 1-5 PM: CLEAN Forum on NEO Environmental Activism. St. Paul’s Community Church, 4427 Franklin Blvd, Cleveland 44102. Do you know what environmental threats your neighbors are fighting in NEO? Find out what is happening, who is involved, and how you can help. Free and open to the public. Lunch provided, RSVP appreciated to Anne at reanneca@yahoo.com or 216-791-0797.

Saturday, September 26, 9 AM-noon: Mentor Headlands Beach Cleanup. Sierra Club volunteers will meet up to clean the dunes on a monthly basis. Come hike the trails in the dunes and help us keep this important coastal ecosystem free of trash and debris. Gloves, trash bags, buckets, pickers, snacks and water cooler provided – bring shoes suitable for walking in sand, sunscreen, water bottles, and bug spray. Contact: Jessica.ferrato@sierraclub.org or click here to sign up.

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.

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

The Ohio Chapter of the Sierra Club is looking for dedicated members who want to take on the exciting and challenging role of being a member of the Chapter Executive Committee 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

At the meeting,  Dr. Katherine Krynak of Ohio Northern University will discuss her research on Ecuadorian frogs.  Everyone is welcome but due to limited seating please RSVP. Read more…