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Fight for Ohio’s State Forests – No Logging!

Ohio DNR wants to clear-cut and burn it’s way through Ohio’s natural forests. Take action Share this on Facebook Share this on Twitter The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry is promoting commercial logging in each of the State Forestsagain this fiscal year. The Division [...continue reading.]

Years of Living Dangerously

Years of Living Dangerously New Showtime documentary showing the human impacts of climate change. Learn more and what you can do as an individual to #actonclimate See the first episode here    

Stop Asian Carp Before It’s Too Late!

The Great Lakes are a national treasure, and economically support a $7 billion fishing industry, $16 billion boating industry, and 1.5 million jobs. The introduction of Asian carp and other species puts the well-being of our communities, wildlife, and waters at risk.   Tell the US Army [...continue reading.]


non-Sierra Club Events/News

Changing Course – Shift Change

Posted on August 9th, 2014

Sunday, August 24 @ 7 pm. St. John’s Unitarian Church on Resor in Clifton. Screening and discussion of the new PBS film SHIFT CHANGE: True Stories of Dignified Jobs in Democratic Workplaces. We will discuss the front lines of the new co-op economy. After the film, we will learn more about the emerging worker co-ops right here in Cincinnati. Part of the Changing Course Community Discussion Series. Our co-sponsors and participants: Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative, Apple Street Market Co-op, Waterfields LLC, Interfaith Business Builders, St. John’s Green Sanctuary Partners, League of Women Voters, Woman’s City Club.

Changing CO2urse- SHIFT CHANGE

Clayton Daughenbaugh, Midwest Representative of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) and  National Chairman of the Sierra Club Wilderness Committee presents to the Cincy Audubon Society on Monday Sept 15, 2014; topic:  A Wilderness Icon, America’s Red Rocks Wilderness. This wonderful area of southern Utah is in jeopardy.

Audubon programs are held at Winton Center at 7:30 PM on the third Monday of each month from September to November and January through June.  You are invited to their free programs at 7:00 PM to enjoy 30 minutes of fellowship and light refreshments before the the meeting.  Winton Center is on the west side of Winton Road just off of Valleyview.


EarthSpirit Rising

Posted on June 12th, 2014

Cincinnati has 52 neighborhoods, a dozen or more adjacent cities, plenty of suburbs, but only a handful of intentional communities. The McGregor House in Mt. Auburn is a co-housing project; the Enright Ridge EcoVillage in Price Hill strives to be a sustainable co-operative neighborhood; there are still a few convents, including St. Clare Convent in Springfield; and the Grailville community in Loveland has sought to create a place of peace since World War II. But it is time for more people to consider the benefits of real community. A sustainable community is a healthy community—one that is resilient, socially and economically, as well as responsible, ecologically and culturally. Our urban and suburban neighborhoods today have the potential to create balanced and centered places to live, but what is often missing is that sense of community needed to make the possible a reality.

Imago Earth Center’s “Creating Sustainable Communities” conference will be held at Grailville on July 25-27, and will feature speakers, workshops, and informal conversations about community, exploring how intentional communities form, succeed, and fail, and what lessons can be learned from each success or failure. The conference will focus on how to adapt urban and suburban neighborhoods, using existing buildings, to create responsible and resilient places for people to live. Peter Block, a Cincinnati resident who has written a book called Community: The Structure of Belonging, will lead the creation of a community at the conference, and along with three other keynote speakers, will guide the participants in defining and examining just what it means to belong to a community. Diana Leafe Christian, author of Creating Life Together and Finding Community, will speak on methods for developing thriving communities; Jim Schenk, a co-founder of Enright Ridge Urban EcoVillage, will address ways to create sustainable urban communities in existing neighborhoods; and Sr. Marya Grathwohl, OSF, founder and director of Earth Hope, will reflect on the contributions of religious communities to the development of sustainable urban communities.

Workshop presenters include Ann Kreilkamp of Green Acres Neighborhood Ecovillage (GANE) in Bloomington, Indiana; Nick Shaver & Melissa Beck from The McGregor House, a co-housing project in Cincinnati, Ohio; Joy France, Mary Lou Lageman, Judy Squire, and Terry Marshall from the Grailville community; Faith Morgan of The Vale in Yellow Springs, Ohio; and Cindi Remm from Mason, Ohio, an advocate for pocket neighborhoods and living in place for aging members of communities. The conference is an invitation to learn how to create a sustainable world and a way to change the culture, and it is also a call for action, as the presenters hope to instill a sense of urgency and hope in attendees so that they are ready to act to achieve sustainable, intentional communities in our neighborhoods, cities, and towns. For more information or to register for the conference, visit Imago’s website,, or call Imago at 513.921.5124.

For interviews or further details about how the conference came together, about the speakers and presenters, and about EarthSpirit Rising and Imago Earth Center’s missions, you can reach me at this email address, or contact the conference organizer Jim Schenk directly at or 513.921.1932.

Aveda Earth Month 2014 Rain Barrel Art Raffle

Posted on April 14th, 2014

slide07The Aveda Network for Good and the Sierra Club are teaming up all April to raise awareness about stormwater pollution through rain barrel art.  55-gallon, re-purposed barrels were primed sanded, designed, painted, and are being raffled off with a Do It Yourself installation kit. Visit an Aveda Salon, Retail Experience Center, or Institute and take a chance on winning a one of a kind Rain Barrel today (click link for a map of participating locations).   Read More

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Sam McKinley discusses Land Use in America

Posted on November 25th, 2013

Join Sam McKinley (Miami Group Excom Chair) on Saturday December 15th at 2PM for a discussion on Land Use in America - complimenting Iris Book Cafe’s current art exhibit Consuming the American Landscape by John Gains.
Iris Book Cafe: 1331 Main Cincinnati, OH 45202