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volunteer needs Sept Oct 2017

Have a little extra time? We could use your help!

Help us plan and carry out our annual dinner on Sat., Nov. 11. Attend one planning meeting (optional). Arrive early to help set up, welcome guests, manage placement of foods at the table, or stay late to help clean up. Contact Karen for more details or to volunteer, 513-542-5259, [email protected]

Volunteer to call new members who move into your zip code. Welcome them, answer their questions or refer them to someone who can address their questions. Contact Karen for more details or to volunteer, 513-542-5259, [email protected]

Greeters! Come a little early to our annual meetings, innings, and greet new visitors. It can be a bit uncomfortable to enter a space where you don’t know anyone. We’re getting a lot of new members these months and having someone to greet and spend a little time with these folks can make them more comfortable. Maybe they’ll even come back? Contact Karen for more details or to volunteer, 513-542-5259, [email protected]

Help Move Greater Cincinnati Past Plastic! Tired of seeing single use plastic bags everywhere – on the street, hanging from bushes and trees, piling up at your house? You’re not alone. We have folks who are banding together to look for solutions. Contact: [email protected]

Service Trips. We have service trips on the Loveland Bike Trail a couple times a month. Check the outings schedule in the back of this newsletter for a date and location or contact Jay Freeman, [email protected], or 513-531-7642.

Want to help, but nothing above sounds right for you? Contact me and let’s talk. I believe we can find a spot for you! Karen 513-542-5259, [email protected]

Past Plastic meet up Nov 28, 2017 6:30 PM


Hi all, We’re meeting Nov 28 at 6:30 at 2330 Victory Parkway, 4th floor across from elevators, Cincinnati, Oh 45206

An agenda will be posted soon!

Come with ideas and reusable bags you no longer need; old t-shirts would be great too (to make into resuable bags).

Join us and bring a friend. Email [email protected] if you have questions.

Sierra Club past plastic team

We hope to see you there!



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, it has an annual picnic.

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

Bring something to share for the picnic –appetizer, salad, vegetable, something  to grill or a dessert – and your drink. We’ll have a hot grill, plates, plasticware, cups, napkins, water & coffee.

Come earlier in the day, place your contribution in the refrigerator or coolers, and enjoy these activities:

• If the water level on the Little Miami River is high enough you may want to paddle the river.  Check our Meet-up (  or call 513-382-7377

• To paddle on your own or with a few friends, contact the Loveland  Canoe Livery, just up the road from the Lodge.
• Bike Ride along the River (Experienced 24 miles roundtrip bike ride) Start at 1:30 at the Lodge, ride along the river to Avoca Park and back. (NOTE: Meetup details and RSVP will be on a separate post by, Evan Denenberg, one of our biking leaders.)

• For a shorter bike ride see who’s biking at 2:30 from the Lodge &ride north along the river to Nesbit park for ice cream and back.

• Hike – on your own or join a group leaving the lodge at 3 pm.

• Slides, equipment to climb, and a sand box/ toys for little ones.

• Sit in the shade, watch the river float by and visit.

• After dinner – live  music.
For more information contact:  [email protected]


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
<[email protected]> 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.


cincy climate rally FAQ

The Cincinnati RALLY will start at noon on Fountain Square on June 10.

RSVP to attend here!  or our Facebook event.  You don’t have to register to attend but it helps with our permits and logistics if you do!

What organizations are involved in planning the Rally event in Cincinnati?

think BIG strategies, Carla Walker
Sierra Club Miami Group, Marilyn Wall & Sandy Wood
For Our Future Fund, Chandra Yungbluth
Ohio Citizen Action, Melissa English
Citizens Climate Lobby, Debbie Potochnik, Doug Bell, Chris Heckman
Rebecca Surendorff, Lynn Fields, Michele Young, and other volunteers!!

How can I or my organization get involved?

We’ll be continuing to work on Climate issues ! Follow us on twitter #ClimateRallyCincy @ClimateCincy

or facebook

You can also email us at [email protected]

This sounds great — where can I sign up to volunteer?

There are lots of ways to support the march — the first step is to sign up on the volunteer form. Click here to sign up to volunteer, and we’ll follow up with more information!

Important stuff

One last very – very important – difference,  the People’s Climate Rally – Cincinnati on June 10th will ONLY be a rally at Fountain Square. Organizers have planned for all speaking and activity to occur with the crowd on Fountain Square. There will be no plans to have attendees march or process to another venue. Once the rally is over on Fountain Square, we will ask the participants to disperse, return to their cars, in a peaceful manner

This event and its participants must follow the tenants of our permit and its limits and obey all traffic laws and follow directions from the police and city officials.  This event does not sanction civil disobedience of any kind. Do not march in the street or block the sidewalk.

If you have a medical emergency or need assistance of that nature call 911.

This is a family friendly event.

Some logistics stuff about the day of the April 29th Rally:

Where can I park?

There are numerous parking lots, garages and meters around Fountain Square. The best way to check for nearby parking is to download the parking app:  You can also take metro or the streetcar. Carpooling is an environmentally friendly option, too.

Can I bring a sign?

Do bring a sign.  (Walking on the sidewalk with a sign is legal, just be sure that you don’t block the sidewalk, jaywalk or interfere with traffic while coming to or leaving the event.)

Bring water in a re-useable container and any snacks in a re-useable container.  We encourage making this a recyclable, zero waste event!

My question isn’t answered here! What do I do?

No worries! Send us an email with your question, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Hithergreen Springs, Woods and Species Protection in Washington Twp. Ohio

A grassroots move to designate a wooded area with natural springs as a nature reserve is underway in a Dayton Ohio suburb. Beginning on Monday May 1, 2017 citizens of Washington Twp. Ohio are making calls, writing letters and attending meetings regarding re-zoning the wooded area and waters behind the now vacated Hithergreen Senior Center at 5900 Hithergreen Dr. Dayton OH 45429. In June 2015, township officials and developers decided to not build a nursing home on the grounds once occupied by Hithergreen School. More news is available on this decision and offered in a link below.

According to area resident, Brian Schmitz. Peebles Homes has submitted a purchase agreement to the township for fifteen acres at $250,000.00 from the list price of $950,000.00. A public comment meeting is scheduled for Tuesday May 9, 2017 at  the Washington Twp. Recreation Center at 895 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd. Dayton OH 45459. The meeting is scheduled for seven o’clock pm. The real estate listing for the Hithergreen Center is included at the web address below.

A long time resident of the Hithergreen area in Washington Twp. Ohio, Brian Schmitz circulates a petition at my home three weeks ago while canvassing neighbors to support this campaign. In speaking with Mr. Schmitz,  I say I volunteer for the Sierra Club.  He shows me photographs of the area, sandstone fossils among other speciation work of freshwater animals and plants. I mention that if an EIS is requested from the township and to US Fish and Wildlife, some delay in development may result.

Letters to City Manager Mark Metzger are to be directed to the Washington Twp. City Hall at 27 N. Main St. Dayton OH 45458. The telephone number for his office is (937) 433-8957 ext. #2832. Contact Brian Schmitz for more information at (513) 446-5000.

Scott Bushbaum Sierra Club – Miami Group – Executive Committee Dayton Connection