Category Archives: Innings & Events

Annual Membership Appreciation Dinner

Join us this Saturday, November 11th at Garden Park Unity Church, 3581 W. Galbraith Rd., Cincinnati, OH. 45239.

Bring an appetizer, salad, vegetable, entree, or dessert & a drink (including wine and beer). Plates, dinnerware, cups, coffee, and water will be provided.

Social hour begins at 5:30. Dinner about 6:30. After dinner we’ll review the past year and look ahead to 2018.
Awards will be presented to select members and
committees and the Miami Group will be receiving a
special Metzenbaum Award.

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!
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

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Dec 8!

Miami Group Oct 2, 2017 Member vacation slide shows.

On Oct 2, a group of Miami Group members attended our annual member vacation slide shows.

Presenters and topics are from left to right:
Karen Anderson Brown: “Trip to the Colorado Plateau-a Geological Comparison”
Louise Hosburgh: “Trip to Denver”
Evan Denenberg: “Hiking the Southern Alps of New Zealand including touring the major cities.” Gwen Marshall: “Trip down Mill Creek from Reading to Caldwell Park Area”
Carol Cohn: “Trip to the Southern Coast of Maine”
Robert Frost; “In Nature, is the Poetry of the Earth

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:

Cincinnati Parks Director Wade Walcutt

Wade A, Walcutt, Director Cincinnati Parks will be speaking Dec. 4, 2017  at 7 pm at Sierra Club meeting at the Scouting Achievement Center, 10078 Reading Road, Evendale, Oh 45241.

An overview of all the Cincinnati parks
Recreation, flora, fauna.
Details of some of the newer parks
What organizations are responsible for various aspects of park plans
How he plans to get these various organizations to work together better
What he hopes to do differently going forward
How Sierra Club might fit into his plans

Wade A. Walcutt, the new Director of the Cincinnati Park Board, has over 15 years in Parks and Recreation experience. Wade served as the director of the Greensboro, North Carolina Parks and Recreation department. He was promoted to this position in 2013, after serving as division manager. Prior to joining the Greensboro parks and recreation team, Wade was the facilities manager and park operations director for Columbus Recreation and Parks department and The National Audubon Society; he also served as program supervisor for Westerville Parks and Recreation. Wade has a degree in Recreation Management from Ohio University and was recently selected to serve a three-year term on the National Recreation and Parks Association Board of Regents. Wade and his wife, Kelli, have two children, Whitney, 4, and Drew, 1.

Miami Group Memorial Tree Planting and Dedication

Miami Group Sierra Club Tree Planting & Memorial Grove Dedication

The Miami Group Sierra Club Memorial Grove project was started in 2012. Through it, the Miami Group seeks to provide an ecological memorial to members, family and friends. Join us Saturday as we plant 15 native trees in French Park to commemorate those we have lost over the past several years. After the planting, help celebrate their lives with an informal ceremony and hanging of personalized plaques.
The planting is scheduled to from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM.  The Memorial Ceremony will follow the planting, starting at 11.30 AM to about noon.
We hope to see you there.

When: Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:30 AM to 11.00 AM – tree planting
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM – memorial ceremony
Where: French Park
3012 Section Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45237

Preparing the Grove

Leader: Elizabeth Durrell, Co-Leader: Karen Anderson-Brown

We are grateful to have help from the Cincinnati Parks staff for this event.


Sep 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm Innings: Braden Trauth; “Permaculture”

“Permaculture” by Braden Trauth
“Permaculture is an Ethical Ecological Design Science developed by Australians, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the mid 70’s. It trains people how to start living more ecological lives beginning at their own back door by applying the resilient, regenerative and symbiotic principles of nature to their daily lives through simple design methodologies. It gets to the fundamentals of life on earth through the energetic principles and foundations of ecosystems and civilizations and teaches us how to design with them, just as nature does, to build symbiosis into our lives again. Using the principles, permaculturists have been able to re-green deserts, restore hydrological cycles, reduce and/or eliminate their carbon footprint and many of these practices that permaculture has pioneered or adopted have been recently recognized as the top strategies to stop or reverse climate change in Paul Hawken’s new book, Drawdown.”

“A student of the originators of Permaculture, (Bill Mollison and David Holmgren), Braden has gone on to study with many other leaders in the field. He has been teaching and consulting with this knowledge since 2007 and has taught at places as varied as  the Earthship Academy, Haitian Farmers and the Haitian Ministry of Agriculture on behalf of USAID and currently teaches at Xavier University, University of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Permaculture Institute (, where he is the Executive Director. He also owns his Design/Consultancy Business O.M. Valley Permaculture ( and is currently launching the world’s first Permaculture/Regenerative Farming Certification, Permaganic Authenticated (”

Innings Location:  Boy Scouts Achievement Center; 10078 Reading Rd.; Evendale, OH 45241

2017-2018 Inning schedule

Innings (monthly meetings) Dates:

2017 2018
SEP 5 Braden Trauth WED SEP 5
MON OCT 2 Member Vacation Slide Shows MON OCT 1
MON NOV 6 Prof. Kirsten Schwarz – The legacy of environmental lead MON NOV 5
MON DEC 4 Wade A, Walcott, Director Cincinnati Parks MON DEC 3

all locations except August are at 7:00 – 8:55 p.m. at the Scouting Achievement Center, 10078 Reading Road, Evendale, Oh 45241