November/December 2015 Newsletter

Nominations Needed for NEOSC Executive Committee

Our Annual Letter will be mailed out soon, and with it the NEOSC Executive Committee ballot.  Anyone interested in a leadership role in the Club is encouraged to submit a ballot statement. Continue reading…

Welcome to Our New Editor!

Though I’ve been proud to serve as the Northeast Ohio Sierra Club Newsletter Editor for the past eight years, the time has come for me to step down. Many thanks to Randall Moyer, Executive Committee member and Urban Agriculture Chairperson, for taking over communication responsibilities for the group. Continue reading…

Not One, But TWO Garage Sales!

Garage with stuffOur members really have some good stuff! Stuff donated to our garage sale, that is! The response to our request for donated items was so great that we were able to have two sales, each one week apart. Continue reading…

Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015

Many of us are aware and concerned about the plastic microbeads found in personal care products such as skin exfoliants and soap that easily slip through most water treatment systems and end up in rivers, lakes and ultimately, the oceans. These microbeads are about the same size as fish eggs and appear much like fish food to many species of fish.  Continue reading…

Groundswell Rising Showing

Join Northeast Ohio Sierra Club, Ohio Food & Water Watch, West Shore FACT, and Cleveland Environmental Action Network (CLEAN) for a screening of the critically acclaimed Groundswell Rising, a film about the grassroots movement against fracking. The film will be shown on November 13 from 6pm to 8pm at the Cleveland Heights Main Library, 2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights 44118. Free refreshments will be available at 6pm. Continue reading…

Prevent Plastic Bags From Washing Down the Drain

Sick of finding plastic bags filled with advertisements piling up in a soggy mess at the end of your driveway or on your tree lawn? Did you know that you can usually opt out of delivery? Continue reading…

Oppose Undemocratic Voluntary Labeling of Genetically Manipulated Foods!

Despite the fact that over 90% of Americans want mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food, the House of Representatives foolishly passed a voluntary labeling bill. Huge agribusiness is currently working behind the scenes to get a companion bill introduced. Continue reading…

Meatless Monday Recipe – Stuffed Acorn Squash From Anne’s Kitchen

Stuffed Acorn SquashSavory squash and sage, sweet apple and maple syrup, walnutty goodness go into this Stuffed Savory Squash. Enjoy! Read the recipe…

Events

➡ Every Monday: Meat-Free Monday. Meat production uses tremendous amounts of water and is one of the greatest sources of methane emissions.  Methane is 80%-100% more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon in a 20 year time period. For more information about Meat-Free Mondays go to: neosierragroup.org/meat-free-mondays.

➡ Thursday, November 5, 7 PM: Lessons from the World’s Greenest Office Tower. Cleveland Museum of Natural History, One Wade Circle, Cleveland 44106. The PNC Financial Services Group recently opened the Tower at PNC Plaza, its LEED-Platinum corporate headquarters that was designed to be the greenest office tower in the world. The building’s innovative engineers are from BuroHappold, the same firm that is leading the engineering design of the new facilities at the the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. PNC and the Museum invite you to this exciting event to learn how smart design is shaping the bank and the museum of the future. Free and open to the public.

➡ Friday, November 13, 6-8 PM: Groundswell Rising. Join Northeast Ohio Sierra Club, Ohio Food & Water Watch, West Shore FACT, and Cleveland Environmental Action Network (CLEAN)  for a screening of the critically acclaimed Groundswell Rising, a film about the grassroots movement against fracking. The film will be shown on November 13 from 6pm to 8pm at the Cleveland Heights Main Library, 2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights 44118. Free Refreshments will be available at 6pm.

This film is free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, November 17: National Global Frackdown Day of Action. To learn the alarming facts about fracking waste and to sign a petition to the EPA to update regulations on fracking waste go to org.salsalabs.com/o/852/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=18368.

Saturday, December 5, 2015, 6pm – 8:30 PM: the Second Annual Northeast Ohio Sierra Club Membership Dinner at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, 2600 South Park Blvd, Cleveland 44120. Doors will open at 5:45pm. This year we are asking for a donation of $5 per person to help defray the cost of the dinner. We will have a Silent Auction again this year. It is fun to see old and new friends in the beautiful setting of the Nature Center. RSVP to Anne by November 30th. See you there!

Sunday, December 6, 11 AM-2 PM: 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.  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

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…