Category Archives: Volunteers Needed

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]

Sierra Club Endorsements 2016

Important! Vote for Hillary Clinton and Ted Strickland as well as the following state and local candidates who have been interviewed and endorsed by the Sierra Club.
Michelle Young, running for the first Congressional District in Ohio, has also been endorsed.

driehausDenise Driehaus for HAMILTON COUNTY COMMISSIONER (D). Ms. Driehaus has received endorsement from Sierra Club as the Representative for the 31st District of the State of Ohio in previous elections.

At MSD, she wants to see more functional transparency, an open approach and a new structure still allowing current city employees to participate in the city pension fund.

She is in favor of terminating state funding for the Eastern Corridor project with the exception of keeping funds for road improvements in Madisonville. She has built relationships during her tenure on the State Transportation Task Force there to allow her to leverage capital dollars. Last, she is in favor of a county-wide ban of injection wells.

portune Todd Portune for HAMILTON COUNTY COMMISSIONER (D)  Mr. Portune has been endorsed many times by the Sierra Club. One of his priorities is transportation, particularly increasing rail locally and regionally. He would also promote bike travel and barge freight as important (he says most environmental and cheapest). He also thought that High Occupant Vehicle lanes would be beneficial.

One of his priorities is the Metropolitan Sewer District. He is having discussions on the governance structure. Commissioner Portune stated that he prefers Green Infrastructure for the MSD projects, saying they will save money. He states he agrees with some of the conclusions of the Hamilton County Rate Affordability Task Force and is looking to lower the minimum charge.

Infrastructure repair priorities would be the Western Hills Viaduct and the Brent Spence bridge.

kelly Brigid Kelly for STATE REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE 31st DISTRICT IN HAMILTON COUNTY (D) Brigid Kelly is running for the district previously represented by Denise Driehaus who is term limited. Ms. Kelly has prior political experience, serving on Norwood City Council. She currently works as a labor organizer for UFCW Local 75.

Ms. Kelly is against the proposed Duke Energy pipeline that will cross several of the neighborhoods in the 31st District. She believes drinking water should be safe and tested for lead on a consistent basis. If elected would work to reinstate the energy standards implemented under the Strickland Administration. She supports clean renewable power that will provide good paying jobs in Ohio. She also supports light rail and more bike paths and lanes.

She hopes to follow in the environmental footsteps of Denise Driehaus who was a champion of the Sierra Club at the Ohio Statehouse.

mirandaJessica Miranda for STATE REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE 28th DISTRICT IN HAMILTON COUNTY (D) Ms. Jessica Miranda, Democrat, is a small business owner and President of the Forest Park Board of Education. She is running for the seat previously held by Connie Pillich. The district is considered one of the few swing districts in the state. Ms. Miranda’s opponent is an incumbent Republican who supports fracking and is anti-environmental.

She is against fracking but believes as long as it continues it should be taxed, regulated and required to with the Clean Water and Air Acts. She opposes Duke Energy’s plans to build a massive gas pipelines through the 28th House District.

She supports improving local infrastructure such as sewers, bridges and the efforts to test drinking water for lead and other contaminants. She believes in safe, reliable transit access for all Ohioans. She does not support logging, mining and drilling on Ohio’s public lands.

rubin Suzi Rubin for STATE REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE 53RD DISTRICT IN BUTLER COUNTY (D)  Ms. Rubin is a member of the Monroe City Council. She ran for State Rep in 2010 and 2012 and was endorsed by the Sierra Club. The incumbent is term limited. Her opponent is running as a Republican but is not being supported the by the Republican party.

She supports the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign and believes that renewable energy brings jobs and cleans the air. She would work to restore Ohio’s previous clean energy timeline dismantled by Senate Bill 310.

She supports a complete moratorium of hydro-fracking in Ohio. She believes that fracking is a home rule issue and that local communities in Ohio should be able to ban it for their communities. She does not believe mining and gas drilling should take place on public lands.

To prevent fertilizer and manure pollution she advocates a micro nutrient or pin-pointing fertilizer to only crops that need it. While this would be expensive for small farmers she recommends a grant or co-op program to help them reduce their fertilizer applications.


The Endorsement Process Both the Miami Group and the Ohio Chapter Executive Committees have approved these endorsements. The Miami Group Political Committee did the research and initial recommendations. That research included the use of candidate questionnaires and interviews, examination of voting records and leadership, and conversations with local environmental leaders. Gail Lewin chairs the Miami Group Political Committee. Other members are Gayle Ficken-Clarke, Marie Kokochis, Jean Cantor, Debbie Clark, Lynn Frock, Rich Jordan, Brian Kwiatkowski.

Get Involved for Positive Change The candidates we have described will make a positive difference in our region if elected. However, they need our help to be successful in November. Please learn more about the candidates by checking their websites. Choose a campaign or two you would like to help and give them a call. Even an hour or two can make a difference. As you work for the campaigns let them know you are a Sierra Club member who has Cincinnati’s environmental well-being in mind. Let’s work together to improve the environment in and around Cincinnati!



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


“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

Dayton Connections Area meeting at Brixx Ice Company on July 18, 2016!

Fellow Dayton Connections followers,

The Sierra Club Miami Group “Dayton Connections” area meeting for July will be held at the Brixx Ice Company in Dayton on July 18, 2016.

The site for this meeting is new to the “Dayton Connections”. The Brixx Ice Company is located at  500 E. First St. Dayton Ohio 45402. This menu offers good food and a nice selection of brews from a local eatery with a great sports / music atmosphere.

We begin at seven o’clock p.m. and finish our talk on local environmental issues by nine. Listen for news about PUCO utility bailouts, the Layer Park lead contamination issue, and saving Garden Station from urban developers. See you there!

Scott Bushbaum Sierra Club – Miami Group – Executive Committee



Volunteers Needed for Earth Day Booths

Our Membership Committee is planning to have Earth Day related booths at the following dates and locations:

Sat., April 16:  Cincy Riverfront at Sawyer Point.  Noon until 5:30.

Wed., April 20:  P&G Center Hill. 10 – 1.

Thurs., April 21:  Cincinnati State’s Earth Jam, 11 – 2.

Thurs., April 21:  Cincinnati Zoo’s Party for the Planet,  4 – 7.

We’d love to have you join us.  RSVP to Karen Nagel at 513-542-5259 so we can plan our coverage.

EarthFest 2016 at Garden Station – Dayton Ohio on April 23, 2016

The Sierra Club is proud to celebrate Earth Day for the third year at Garden Station on Saturday April 23, 2016. The event is a community volunteer run festival. Lisa Helm, volunteer organizer for EarthFest 2016 is leading the event. Last year’s EarthFest brought over 6,000 attendees!

The Sierra Club will have a booth and plenty of information on hand about activities and events in the Miami Valley that give members the opportunities to explore, enjoy and protect nature! Updates to legislative works will be available to inform the public as to what actions the Sierra Club took to make Ohio a “greener” state. Bring your whole family out to find out what makes for a healthier and more sustainable way of living.

The address for Garden Station is 509 E. Fourth St. Dayton Ohio 45402.

Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club Miami Group – Executive Committee

“Pen and Ink to Say What You Think” Sierra Club Meeting – January 18, 2016

Look for us at the Boston Stoker in Centerville Ohio on January 18, 2016 for our third letter writing meeting and social networking event! We begin at 7:00 p.m. and we’ll meet until at least 9 p.m.

We cover a variety of talk topics and I furnish paper and envelopes for a letter writing campaign on adding more recycle containers in Dayton and ending plastic pollution in Ohio by taxing plastic bags in grocery stores to name a couple initiatives.

The address is 6071 Far Hills Avenue Washington Township OH 45459. The Washington Square Shopping Center is just South of Whipp Rd. and S.R. 48.

If you insist, I can even buy your cup of java! After all, what better to bring out the chatter and to beat the Winter Blah’s, eh?

Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club Miami Group Executive Committee


Adventure Summit – Wright State University – February 12-13, 2016

The Adventure Summit returns to Wright State University on February 12, 2016 and will run through February 13, 2016.

The Adventure Summit at Wright State University is located at 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn OH 45435.

Among some competitive on-site games, this year’s Adventure Summit features “Dancing with the Stars” Finalist and paraolympian, Amy Purdy who is scheduled to speak.  Luke “Strider” Jordan, long distance backpacker and North Country Trail thru-hiker will also address attendees at the two day event.

The Sierra Club will table the event with current information for visitors. Look for us to offer information about the Paddlesports program and outdoor events such as hiking and biking events in SW Ohio.

Hotel and lodging are close by. The Holiday Inn – Fairborn Ohio is located at 2800 Presidential Dr. Fairborn OH 45324.  The phone number is 1-800-HOLIDAY.  The Red Roof Inn – Fairborn is also very close. The address is  2580 Col. Glenn Hwy. Fairborn OH 45324. The phone number is 937-426-6116.

The hyperlink below is the official link to the Adventure Summit webpage.


See you there!

Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club – Executive Committee / Miami Group