non-Sierra Club Events/News

Recap of the People’s Climate March in NYC!

Posted on September 22nd, 2014

People's climate marchThe final count is in. It’s not 80,000 or 150,000 people, but more like 400,000 people, by far the largest climate march in history. That’s who showed up at the People’s Climate March to make history.

Whether you marched with us in the streets of Manhattan, contributed to bus thousands of climate activists to New York or helped with the hundreds of large and small acts to make the #People’sClimateMarch a success — Thank You.

Click here for a quick recap of our best footage from Sunday’s March and hear about what’s in store this week at the U.N. climate talks taking place.

Click here for more in-depth follow-up info.

Tuesday, September 23rd, at 2:00, in City Hall, Councilman Sittenfeld’s committee will be discussing the impacts that climate change will have in Cincinnati, and what Cincinnati might do to prepare. There will be presentations by Dr. Tony Fry and by Larry Falkin, Director of the City of Cincinnati’s Office of Environment & Sustainability. Anybody interested in the subject is encouraged to attend. Anyone with views that they would like to share may sign up at the meeting to present for up to 2 minutes.
Doug Jose, Communications Chair,  Sam McKinley, ExCom, and Alvin Denenberg, Innings Chair, will be discussing the history, mission, and programs of the Miami Group-Sierra Club, on a radio interview titled “Outdoor Life with Carol Mundy”.  The radio interview will take place on Friday, September 19 on WMKV 89.3 FM from 1:00-1:30 p.m.  

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

The Audubon Society of Ohio will host a program entitled “Wild Utah: America’s Red Rock Wilderness” on Monday, September 15 at 7:15pm in Winton Center at 10245 Winton Rd.  The speaker will be Clayton Daughenbaugh, conservation organizer with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance


America’s red rock wilderness draws pilgrims from around the world.  It is the largest network of undesignated wilderness lands remaining in the lower 48 states.

The program includes “Wild Utah”, a multi-media slideshow. This 15-minute journey through red rock splendor, narrated by Robert Redford invigorates and motivates viewers to participate in the movement to protect these unique and threatened public lands.

The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and its partners in the Utah Wilderness Coalition seek to gain local support for the “Citizens’ Proposal” to protect wilderness areas in Utah’s red rock canyonlands.  Comprehensive legislation is pending in Congress and administrative decisions by the White House and the Department of Interior are ongoing.

“These are spectacular public lands owned by all Americans.  As citizens we have a great opportunity to act to protect these special places,” Daughenbaugh said.

Daughenbaugh also serves as the volunteer Chair of the Sierra Club’s National Wildlands Committee.

For more information contact: Clayton Daughenbaugh at .


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.