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Join Sierra Club at the Adventure Summit in Dayton Ohio Feb 9 and 10, 2018

 Five Rivers Metro Parks is presenting the Adventure Summit. More information on the Summit: outdoor skill, culture and experience, speakers including world class outdoor personalities and more.

Visit Sierra Club at our booth or volunteer by calling or email Brian Williams at  [email protected] ‭(513) 390-7303‬.   You can also fill out this volunteer form.

Miami Group Donations checkout

Thank you for donating to Miami Group Sierra Club. Your donation helps us fight climate change, clean up our air and water. Visit us at for information on events and activities. You can also volunteer at

Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) organization as defined by the IRS. Donations to Miami Group Sierra Club are not tax deductible.

If you’d like to make a tax deductible donation, you can ! Please make out a check to Sierra Club Foundation and put the following code in the menu part of the check GG3877 so that donations are spent locally. Please mail the check to Miami Group Sierra Club, 816 Van Nes Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246.

Thank you!

January Audubon Program

January Audubon Program

Adrian Parr on Birth of a New Earth

Date: Monday, January 15, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Audubon Society of Ohio

Contact: Harris Abramson, telephone 513-821-7581, email [email protected]

Rising sea levels, increasing frequency and intensity of storms, prolonged drought, cities leveled by war, growing inequity and poverty, and mass species extinction – these are all features of life in the 21st century and they all concern environmental politics. Extending the arguments and ideas presented in The Wrath of Capital and Hijacking Sustainability, Adrian Parr asks: How do the politics of environmentalism work? Is it a revolutionary movement that opposes the current system? Or is it a reformist movement, changing the system by working within it? Parr argues it is both.

Birth Of A New Earth locates the emancipatory work of environmental politics with ******* solidarities and collective imagination. ******* solidarities not only bring together different political constituencies, they fuse opposing political strategies and paradigms by working from inside and outside the prevailing system of exploitation, suffering, and oppression. Adrian Parr is an environmental and cultural theorist. She is the Director of the Taft Research Center at the University of Cincinnati and a UNESCO water chair. She has published extensively on environmental politics. Parr has been interviewed on her views on environmental activism by The New York Times, public radio, and local news. Her most recent book Birth Of A New Earth
(Columbia University Press, 2018) has been described as “rare and and brilliant” (Henry Giroux), “prescient” and a “rigorous and critical analysis” of environmentalism (Ananya Roy), whilst Bill McKibben noted: “As Adrian Parr suggests in timely fashion, imagination may be the best weapon we have in the fight against environmental destruction, as useful as a new engine or a bigger windmill.”

Audubon programs are held on the third Monday of the month (not including January, July, August or December). We meet at 7:00 p.m. for light refreshments, with the program beginning at 7:30. We meet at the Winton Woods visitor center, located at 10245 Winton Road. To reach the visitor center from I-275, take the Winton Road exit, and go south. Just before the lake, turn right into the park. From the Ronald Reagan Highway, take the Winton Road North exit, and turn right into the park just after the lake.

Note that a Park District auto sticker is required – $3.00 daily or $10.00 annual for Hamilton County residents, or $5.00 daily or $14.00 annual for non-residents.

David Ackerman: “Forestry and Forest Service

March 5th, 2018 INNINGS 7pm at Scouting Achievement Center, 10078 Reading Road, Evendale, Oh 45241

Speaker: David Ackerman
Topic: Forestry and Forest Service

David’s talk will focus on what the Forest & Public Lands committee does, the issues that are facing Ohio’s forests both state and national and the forest committees work to combat the attacks on our public lands here in Ohio.

Join David Ackerman as he shares his career with the Forest Service and discusses the amazing fields of Forestry and Field and Wildlife Biology.

David is the Co-chair of the Forest and Public Lands Committee for the Ohio chapter of the Sierra Club along with Loraine McCosker.  He studied fish and wildlife management at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio and then went on to study wildlife biology at Humboldt State University in California. He worked as a naturalist in Michigan and California as well as a field biologist for Mad River Biologists out of McKinleyville, California where he worked on a two year project trying to detect the endangered Marbled Murrelet in inland stands of old growth forest in far Northern California.

David has worked on the forest committee since being elected to the Chapter Executive Committee back in 2016.  While there are numerous issues and battles to be fought on behalf of Ohio’s forests the past two years have seen a continuous effort on behalf of Sierra Club and other grass roots organizations to confront the destructive extractive resource practices in both the Wayne National Forest and many of Ohio’s 22 state forests.

He is also an avid hiker, birder and nature photographer and  thoroughly enjoys sharing those passions with his wife and two young boys.

MSD would like to inform you that the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) will conduct an additional public hearing to consider the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati’s (MSD) recommended 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Program (CIP), 2017 Operating Budget, and a revised rate structure for sewerage service charges and surcharges.

There are two scheduled public hearings at the Hamilton County Administration Building, 138 East Court Street, Room 603, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202:

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

There is also a a public meeting where sewer rates will be discussed but it is not an official public hearing. It is scheduled for
Monday, November 13, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Communities United for Action (CUFA), 1814 Dreman Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223

MSD’s annual capital improvement budget and annual operating budget are developed and recommended by MSD to the BoCC each year along with any rate or fee recommendations that support the budget proposal. The budgets and associated rate recommendations reflect the resources required to ensure full compliance with all regulatory requirements as well as to protect public health throughout Hamilton County.
View the Additional Notice of Public Hearing.

View the original Notice of Public Hearing.
MSD Communications
Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati

Vegetarian Indian Dinner fundraiser

December 8, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. the Miami Group Sierra Club will host a fundraising dinner at Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church, 103 Wm Howard Taft Rd.

Aftab Pureval will be our dinner speaker!

Kaniz Siddiqui will prepare home cooked vegetarian Indian cuisine for us to enjoy. We are asking for donations ranging from $30 per person to $50 per person, or more! We’ll have a speaker, a brief update on our work and some great food.

Please send a check with your name and names of guests to Sierra Club, 103 Wm. Howard Taft Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219. If you’d like to pay at the door, please bring a check and RSVP to [email protected]!
You can also donate through Paypal using the donate button below. Please enter the number of guests and your name on the donation confirmation page. Thanks!

Join us, bring a friend and enjoy good food and company! For more information or to volunteer, call Marilyn Wall at 513-226-9235 or email at [email protected]

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Dec 8!

Prof. Kirsten Schwarz – The legacy of environmental lead

will be speaking at the Sierra Club meeting on November 6 at at the Scouting Achievement Center, 10078 Reading Road, Evendale, Oh 45241

The legacy of lead in the environment: What it means for urban soil, urban gardens, and urbanites.

2000 B.A., Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine

2010 Ph.D., Ecology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey Dissertation Title: The Spatial Distribution of Lead in Urban Residential Soil and Correlations with Urban Land Cover of Baltimore, Maryland.

2012-Present: Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY

Dr. Schwarz has had publications and received numerous professional developmental awards from NKU and various grants for work on soil lead contamination.

“Often when we think of lead poisoning the mind conjures an image of old lead-based paint and we likely imagine that the harsh lessons of lead poisoning have long been learned. Many are surprised to hear that the legacy of lead is still with us, lurking in the most obvious of places, like the walls of old buildings, as well as surprising and unlikely places, like the soil beneath our feet.
When our soil contains elevated levels of lead it can be a source of lead to humans when we unintentionally breathe it in or eat it. This makes elevated soil lead an important public health issue that has direct ties to our environment. Ecologists can contribute to our understanding by identifying where in the urban landscape we would expect high levels of soil lead. Predicting “hotspots” – or areas of high soil lead – allows residents, public health organizations and city planners to efficiently and effectively mitigate soil lead exposure.”

“Understanding patterns of soil lead is critical as we strive to transform our older industrial cities into sustainable cities- places where we envision ample green space, local sources of healthy food, and economic vibrancy. Urban gardens are a key component of sustainable cities, providing nutritious food and a connection to community and place. But we must also manage tradeoffs to gardening in the city, like exposure to pollutants, including lead. I’ll discuss on-going research at NKU that is addressing this trade-off. Urban ecological research is contributing part of the solution by exposing the spatial legacy of lead. By better understanding the patterns of soil lead in the city, we can support safe and healthy urban gardening, helping to build a brighter and more sustainable future for our cities.”

A short description of Kirsten Schwarz’s research interests can be found on the NKU website:
Or her website: