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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 (”

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

Miami Group’s Picnic

Miami Group, Sierra Club, Annual Picnic –
Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017
In August, Miami Group DOES NOT have a monthly meeting (Inning.)  Instead we have our annual picnic – this year on the second Sunday.

Miami Group, Sierra Club, Annual Picnic
Sunday, Aug. 13; 1:30-8:00 pm

Our annual potluck picnic will be held at the Izaac Walton League Lodge, 544 Branch Hill Loveland Rd., Loveland, OH 45140, between the Bike Trail and the Little Miami River.


1:00 or later: Come early to place your contribution in the refrigerator or coolers, and enjoy these activities:

If the water level on the Little Miami River is high enough, there may be a group paddling the river. Check our Meet-up ( the week before. OR to paddle on your own or with a few friends, contact the Loveland Canoe Livery, just up the road from the Lodge.

1:30: Meet at the lodge to Ride along the River – (for Experienced bikers, 24 miles roundtrip.) Start at the Lodge, ride along the river to Avoca Park and back. Details will be posted on meetup by Evan Denenberg, one of our biking leaders.

2:30: For a shorter bike ride, see who’s biking at from the Lodge &ride north along the river to Nesbit park (3 miles away) for ice cream and back. (No assigned leader for this ride.)

3:00: Hike along the multi use trail— on your own or join a group leaving the lodge, and hike into Loveland Center and back.

4:00: Appetizers & conversation begin.
5:00 to 5:30 pm: Dinner
Bring something to share for the picnic –appetizer, salad, vegetable, dessert — and something to grill plus your drink. We’ll have a hot grill, plates, plasticware, cups, napkins, water & coffee.

6:30 – 7:00: After dinner, we hope to have live music.

8:00: Start leaving for home.

For more information contact:



Above photo:  Miami Group members that presented their vacation slide shows.  Nov. 2015

Innings Location and date:  Boy Scouts Achievement Center; 10078 Reading Rd.; Evendale, OH;  Monday, Oct 2, 2017 at  7:00-9:15 PM

Miami Group members will be sharing photos and stories of their recent trips.

Each presenter usually takes about 12-15min and shows a brief collection of their vacation photos. The requested media is a flash drive, and the slides in Jpeg, pdf, or ppt format.
If you are interested in presenting, please email Alvin Denenberg at
<> with your topic and for additional questions.
We usually have room for 7-8 presenters.

Examples of previous member slide shows are:
Colorado Rockies, Utah’s National Parks, Machu Picchu, Wildlife and Birds of Ohio and Florida, Images and Trips to the White Mountains, Nature and Wildlife Images of Maui and Kauai,
Mill Creek Canoe Trips, Photographic tours of Niagara Falls, Outer Banks, and New Hampshire, and Wildflower Trips.


What is going on at the University of Cincinnati in sustainability?

July 10, Monday, 7 pm at Boy Scout Achievement Center  at 10078 Reading Rd. Evendale, OH. 

This will be a brief overview of what the students, faculty and staff are doing, our goals moving forward, some lessons learned and a few big ambitions.

Mary Beth McGrew will be talking about initiatives at the University of Cincinnati in the area of sustainability including current activities, challenges and opportunities.

Mary Beth McGrew is the University of Cincinnati’s Sr. Associate Vice President of Planning + Design + Construction and the University Architect. She has been with the University for over ten years and prior to that worked for large multidisciplinary firms doing work around the country. Her educational background started in the sciences and health related professions before becoming an architect. At the university her department of 60 includes architects and engineers for small projects, project managers who for large capital projects; Environmental Graphic Designers, a Real Estate and Community Development group, a Space Management Office and a Sustainability Coordinator. She works very closely with the Office of the Provost, President and reports to the Sr. VP of Finance and Administration. Together the group works to keep the physical campus in support of the academic mission. The campus resources consist of 16Million SF of buildings, and 473 acres.


NOPE Update by Nathan Alley

Beginning announcement at the June 5, 2017 Innings

NOPE Update by Nathan Alley

Nathan Alley is Transportation Policy Coordinator for the Ohio Sierra Club.

As an attorney, he has had extensive experience with federal and state environmental laws. and has worked on issues relating to coastal preservation, oil and gas development, clean water and sustainable agriculture. 

About NOPE!:  NOPE! (Neighbors Opposing Pipeline Extension) is a coalition of concerned citizens from over 14 Hamilton County communities affected by Duke’s proposed pipeline.  The mission of the organization is to ensure that any necessary natural gas infrastructure is installed in a way that is safe and responsible, away from densely populated areas.  For more information, visit

Nathan will give us an update on NOPE activities, especially since there is an upcoming hearing with the Ohio Power Siting Board on

June 15, 2017. 

The local public hearing is scheduled:

June 15, 2017 from 3 p.m. to  8 p.m.

University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash

Muntz Hall, Room 119

9555 Plainfield Road, Blue Ash, Ohio 45236 

Rain-Barrel Workshops in Cincinnati & Dayton

Spring showers bring summer flowers, but they also contribute to stormwater pollution which is the leading threat to the health of our waterways. There is a way you can collect the rain, reduce stormwater pollution, save on water bills, and provide healthy water for your plants and landscape. RAIN BARRELS!!!

The Sierra Club is leading a green infrastructure revolution and we have distributed over 400 rain barrels, while educating thousands of individuals in southwest Ohio. Join us this spring at a rain barrelworkshop near you by RSVPing below. Space is limited!

Cincinnati Area Workshops

March 25th 2-3 p.m. (Meiers Winery Silverton)

April 8th 2-3 p.m. (Meiers Winery Silverton)

May 13th 2-3 p.m. (Meiers Winery Silverton)

Dayton Area Workshops

April 9th 1-2 p.m. (Square One Salon, Centerville)

April 15th 2-3 p.m. (Tudor Day Spa, Dayton)

April 15th 12-1 p.m. (Square One Salon, Oak Creek)

April 30th 12-4 p.m. (5th St. Brew Pub, Dayton)


Hope to see you at a workshop this spring!  Here is a short informational video about the earthminded DIY Rain Barrel Kit.



Recap of the February Inning “Open Forum on Environmental Issues”

This unusual Innings meeting featured three speakers, with break-out sessions for each. Marilyn Wall spoke on MSD issues; Bob Park spoke about coming global cataclysms, and Nathan Alley talking about Plastics, Pipelines and Transportation. People left motivated to take positive action to address the issues!