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Conservation Landscaping; protecting our land, water, and wildlife one yard at a time

Apr 2, 2018 Program at the Scouting Achievement Center, 10078 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45241 (in Evendale) The public is welcome.   Speaker: Jason Brownknight

Jason Brownknight is the Senior Landscape Ecologist and C.E.O at Brownknight EcoResource, LLC. Jason is committed to utilizing and sharing best management practices toward the restoration, enhancement, and preservation of native habitats. Prior to establishing Brownknight EcoResource, LLC in 2016, Mr. Brownknight spent seven years as the Director of Conservation and Stewardship at the Cincinnati Nature Center. Jason earned a Master’s degree in Physical Geography from Ohio University with a specialization in Landscape Ecology and Bio-geography. Jason’s passion for nature and wildlife began as a child growing up in, and exploring, the hills and hollows of Adams County. 

 …Conservation landscaping incorporates; the use of native plants, removal of invasive plants, water conservation, eliminating or reducing chemical fertilizers and pesticides, erosion control, soil enhancement, and wildlife habitat creation. A conservation landscape design utilizes an adaptive, holistic approach that can benefit the overall health of the environment. Rain gardens, xeriscaping, pollinator gardens are all examples of conservation landscaping.

“By practicing conservation landscaping, we can improve air and water quality and the health of humans and wildlife while reducing landscape maintenance costs and decreasing the time spent on yard chores such as mowing while at the same time emphasizing our unique regional landscape.” (Chesapeake Ecology Center, 2005).


Saving Snow

Saving Snow – film presented by NKU and N Ky Citizens Climate Lobby March 22, 2018,  NKU Science Center.  See attached file for directions Greenhouse_S18_eventbrite_link

In February 2017, Brooklyn filmmaker Diogo Freire boarded a plane headed west, on his way to Hayward, WI, the setting for his upcoming film on the effects of climate change on American communities. What he didn’t know at the time was how sadly fitting an example of a warming world the tiny ski town would turn out to be. “Saving Snow” follows skiers, snowmobilers, sled dog guides, and other winter sports lovers from across the country. A disappearing snow season is more than just a frustration for the millions of Americans who enjoy winter sports. It means lost income for the many towns and small businesses that depend on winter tourism and recreation to stay afloat. “Saving Snow” focuses on people coming to terms with these changes, financially and emotionally. But it also presents solutions. The film highlights determined individuals and organizations who are working to reduce their communities’ impacts on the environment and raise awareness of the need for action.

NKU’s Environmental Science Program              NKY Citizens’ Climate Lobby

SPONSORED BY:   Directions available at, please park in the Kenton Drive Garage  March 22nd, 2018 │ 5:30 PM  NKU Science Center, 207

FREE and open to the public.  Join us for a public screening and discussion

Greenhouse: the ENV film series  For tickets:



Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler speaking at Cincinnati State April 5, 2018

Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler will be speaking in Cincinnati April 5, 2018 as a guest of the Hamilton County Environmental Action Commission.  The Director will speak at 1pm on Thursday April 5, 2018 in the Advanced Technology and Learning Center (ATLC Auditorium on the campus of Cincinnati State Community and Technical College.

The public is welcome.

Parking is available in the Central Parkway Garage for $5.  Admission to the Director’s presentation is free.

Cincinnati State – Main (Clifton) Campus

3520 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45223

What’s up with Ohio’s Environment?

Update on Ohio’s Environmental Policy April 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Scouting Achievement Center, 10078 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45241 (in Evendale)

Our speaker will be Jennifer Miller, Director, Ohio Chapter of Sierra Club. Raised in Ohio, Jen Miller has worked for the Sierra Club in various capacities since 2008 and is currently serving as the Director of the Ohio Chapter. Jen earned her Master’s from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State and has Bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Music and History/Ethnic Studies from Capital University.

For more than fifteen years, Miller has worked with diverse communities to promote social and environmental justice. She has presented at national and international academic conferences and published in several peer-reviewed academic journals.

Jennifer is a graduate of the US Department of Energy NREL Energy Leadership Academy and a regular guest lecturer to college classes about environmental policy and social justice issues.  Jen loves the outdoors, has one teenage daughter, is board chair of a Fair Trade non-profit, and is a professional singer. EMail Jen Miller

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.