Category Archives: non-Club Events/News

Dayton City Paper with news about the current status of Garden Station

On August 25, 2016,  the Dayton City Paper published a news report on the “death of Garden Station…”. Staff writers Sarah Sidlow, Tim Walker, and Ben Tomkins  took opinion on the subject of Garden Station’s recent eviction notice from the City of Dayton. The Sierra Club joined the effort to stop City Properties Group LLC from Louisville Kentucky from signing the lease on the property by circulating an action alert to Sierra Club members in SW Ohio.

The lease on the community based, volunteer run, “green” space expired for Garden Station on October 31, 2016. Some advice offered to stop the expansion was to request the City of Dayton to utilize the City of Dayton Department of Parks and Recreation to purchase the lease, to contact the Five Rivers MetroParks independently of other City of Dayton requests to buy- in the lease agreement for Garden Station to remain a garden park. One other suggestion was albeit last minute; call attention to noise pollution from the nearby B&O Railroad that is known to complicate health issues for nearby residents and business. Noise pollution can contribute to stress related illnesses and heart disease. If investigation from City officials yield news that noise could bring issue to the expansion, some question as to the health of new occupants would then suggest reason to stop the commercial expansion.

Thank you to everyone who called the City of Dayton and answered the call to support the Sierra Club in defending Garden Station in writing letters and signing the action alert. Actions like this do not go unnoticed. Our message remains a strong one; sustainable, “green” infrastructure projects like Garden Station with greenhouses, rain barrels and 100% recycling projects are important to residents, tourists and children who learn from them and enjoy them in urban settings.

Read the article in the “Debate Forum 10/25” section of the Dayton City Paper in the hyperlink below:

Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club – Miami Group Executive Committee “Dayton Connections”





Permaculture Design Courses

There are two Permaculture Design Courses coming up, run by Cincinnati Permaculture Institute. They are Certificate programs that teach whole system design based on nature. If you have a project, program, or homestead with systems you are looking to improve, for a more nature based life, this is a great way to frame that process, all at once!

The Fall PDC starts Oct 21st, link to course info.

The Yearlong PDC starts November 12th, link to course info.

Both are largely the same subject matter, they just take a different form to accommodate for lifestyle needs.

For more info email: [email protected]



Clayton Daughenbaugh will host a program entitled

“A WildernessIcon: America’s Red Rock Canyonlands”

on Sunday, October 2nd @ 1:00PM
Unity of Garden Park
3581 W. Galbraith Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45239
The connection between nature, wilderness, and spirituality goes back to the very origins of the humanity.

This program includes a multi-media slideshow documenting citizen efforts to designate public lands in southern Utah’s canyon country as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. The speaker will address the topic of faith and the land to promote the protection of America’s red rock wilderness.

Daughenbaugh is a conservation organizer with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and Chairperson of the Sierra Club’s National Wildlands and Wilderness Committee.

For more information contact;  Clayton Daughenbaugh, [email protected]

Dayton Power and Light Bailout Hearing – 9/27/16 at Dayton City Hall

Neil Waggoner, Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign organizer is putting out the word to folks in Dayton and SW Ohio…,

The DP&L bailout hearings are scheduled for two public meetings on September 27, 2016 at Dayton City Hall. One meeting is at 3 p.m. and another is later the same day at 6 p.m.

Dayton City Hall is located at 101 W. Third St. Dayton OH 45402.

DP&L is seeking money from taxpayers to  pay for old power plants. With renewable energy such as solar and wind already replacing coal power in many places in the Midwest, like northern Indiana, the Sierra Club is working to organize a movement toward solar and wind. Coal power is dangerous to miners, dirty to the atmosphere where it’s known to contribute to climate change and global warming. Coal power is expensive also. The capital return on the investment to utilities can be beneficial to them and those who use alternative sources of power; some market analysts say solar power can be as inexpensive as 5.5 cents per kilowatt hour.

Join us at Dayton City Hall on September 27th and be a part of a movement that stops tax money for coal plants! More information is available at our Facebook page for this event at

Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club Miami Group Executive Committee / Ohio Chapter Executive Committee


Midwest Outdoor Experience 2016 – Eastwood Lake – Five Rivers MetroParks – October 1st and 2nd 2016

Outdoor X, more often known as the Midwest Outdoor Experience is rolling into Dayton Ohio on October 1, 2016. This is the twelfth year for this huge outdoor event, hosted by Wagner Subaru and Five Rivers MetroParks of Dayton Ohio.

Attractions include camping, bonfires, mountain bike courses, kayaking, canoeing, zip line demonstrations and crowd participation, climbing, disk golf, live music, craft beers and gourmet food trucks. Many visitors enjoy discounted pricing on camping equipment and used G.I. gear including snowshoes, canteens, tents and backpacks.

The Sierra Club Miami Group will engage the public with up to date information on environmental actions locally and to share our love for paddlesports, and Outings events the Sierra Club is best known for such as hiking, bicycling, backpacking and travel opportunities across the USA. Stay late with a group of us who’ll camp both nights and talk bonfire news with those brave enough to stay all night with friends from all over the Midwest!

This is one of Ohio’s best outdoor gatherings and the live music, craft beer sponsors and food vendors alone bring out the best in all outdoor enthusiasts from Dayton to Red River Gorge and all over!  See more from the official link to the Wagner Subaru Midwest Outdoor Experience at

Scott Bushbaum – Dayton Connections blogger

“Dayton Connections” September meeting at Brixx Ice Company on 9/26/16 @ 7:00 p.m.

Dayton Connections followers and Sierra Club members,

Look for us at the Brixx Ice Company on September 26, 2016 at 7 p.m. for a meeting of the “Dayton Connections”.

The Brixx Ice Company is located at 500 E. First St. Dayton Ohio 45402. This location is central to Dayton and is adjacent to Fifth Third Field where the Dayton Dragons play minor league baseball.

Just stop in and catch the latest in environmental news in Dayton. We talk about the Garden Station project, single use plastic bag bans locally and Gulf Oil / Lexus pipelines. of course as always this is forum for you to tell me what is most important in your neighborhood. I then work on your issues at the group and Ohio Chapter levels to get action and stop pollution. Don’t forget to get the first updates from me on where and when to backpack, camp, bike, and hike around Dayton and beyond. After all, we do more than talk and gawk! We hike and bike, camp and canoe, too!

Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club Miami Group Executive Committee

Hamilton County Commissioner Candidate Forum

Candidate Forum

Election time is coming and there are new candidates for the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners. Come hear from the candidates for Hamilton County Board of Commissioners on September 27th from 6 – 8 pm at Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church.  County Commissioners are responsible for sewer, transportation, and solid waste issues, as well as several other departments including the Board of Elections, Courts, Tax Levy, Corrections and Job and Family Services. Candidates running will be asked question on community concerns generated by the attendees.

When: September 27th, 6-8 pm

Where: 103 William Howard Taft Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45219

For more information, to RSVP, and to submit questions click here. 

This Candidate Forum is sponsored by Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati. If you have any questions regarding the forum, please contact Community Shares at [email protected]

BP Pipeline Issue in Centerville Ohio & What We’ll Do to Fix It !!!

When a major natural gas company wants to clear cut trees in Centerville for some pipeline work, the Sierra Club rises to the challenge!

An area resident named Carla noticed late June 2016 that the BP Gas Company was about to clear cut a wooded area near her home in Centerville Ohio. Why? Maintenance to an existing diesel and natural gas pipeline at latitude 39.660503496040576 and longitude -84.1410544857751.

Carla contacted the Sierra Club Miami Group to ask what can be done to save the trees that shade her neighborhood and make a swing for her daughter.

Answer comes from Brian Kwaitkowski, Miami Group Executive Committee member. Brian challenges BP with advice to Carla. The advice? Write the US Ohio Fish and Wildlife Service office in Columbus Ohio and ask if an environmental assessment has been completed. Brian also suggested asking if BP has a programmatic agreement with USFWS to clear during the summer roosting season, indicating species like the Indiana Bat may be threatened by clear cutting trees.

Moreover, I suggest writing a story to the Dayton Daily News and the Centerville Times. I asked what method the neighborhood was notified of the pipeline work. Knocking doors with only a few people home during the daytime hours is one example of how public notice is given. I offered Carla contact information for a person from the City of Dayton Environmental Advisory Board who practices environmental law as well.

Furthermore, In mentioning that writing letters is the best way to have lawmakers and public officials act on behalf of their constituents;  a neighborhood effort to write BP will be very useful in making a strong case for saving the trees. Not a day or two later, Carla’s story made the early morning news on WHIO-TV Channel 7 locally bringing her story to Dayton and beyond!

When matters like this threaten nature, the Sierra Club will fight to preserve, and protect the resources of Ohio and the United States of America. Please feel comfortable talking to the Miami Group representatives about ways to protect water, air and land when our help is needed.

Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club Miami Group “Dayton Connections”

NPMS Public Map Viewer of the pipeline is available in the link below:

Dayton Ohio’s River Run Project is into the Second Phase of Construction – June 22, 2016

The Dayton Daily News reports from the Five River’s Metro Parks that the River Run Project is entering the second phase of construction. See more in the hyperlink below:

Scott Bushbaum – Dayton Connections – Sierra Club Miami Group Executive Committee / Ohio Chapter Executive Committee

Save Garden Station in Dayton!


Garden Station, a volunteer run, community garden just north of the Oregon District in downtown Dayton Ohio is in danger of eviction. The City of Dayton has served Garden Station an eviction notice due on October 31, 2016. The developer is named CITY Properties Group and they are headquartered in Louisville KY.

Please help save Garden Station from the developers next door who wish to close Garden Station. Simply call Barry Alberts or Bill Weyland and tell them how much you enjoy Garden Station! Explain with pictures how much Garden Station means to Dayton and to you!

The contact telephone for CITY Properties Group, Mr. Alberts and Mr. Weyland is (502) 561-7885. The email address for Mr. Barry Alberts is http://[email protected].

The website for CITY Properties Group is

Find more information to save Garden Station on the Facebook page at

Scott Bushbaum – Dayton Connections – Miami Group – Executive Committee