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October 24, 2016

Although eyes are often watching our state and national capitols, some of the strongest, most innovative public servants work in our counties, cities, and villages.  

This year’s Public Servant Award winner is a great example of public servants making a big difference at the local level. The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NORSD) team have been fighting a legal battle for two years to implement their innovative solution to addressing damaging floods and erosion. 

October 24, 2016

The OEC regularly meets and works with budding citizen activists, growing organizations, and changemakers. This year, one of those changemakers really caught our attention, and that’s why we’ve selected the Ohio Chapters of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby as this year’s One to Watch Award recipient. 

October 24, 2016

Barry Cik had just become a grandfather when he set out on a mission to find a non-toxic, waterproof crib mattress. He was determined to give his granddaughter a healthy start at life, and knew that most mattresses contain chemicals that can lead to all kinds of issues for infants and adults alike. He couldn’t find a single option to his standards, so he got to work to creating his own.

That’s what good entrepreneurs are made of, and Barry has incorporated the highest standards in sustainability and environmental health into the very DNA of his company, Naturepedic. 

October 19, 2016

Last week, the PUCO approved FirstEnergy’s coal bailout case, and as such, customers in FirstEnergy’s territory will collectively be paying up to $204 million more per year on their electric bills, for up to five years. Over $132 million of this is direct payment through a rider on customers’ bills to bolster the company’s credit rating, and the rest would go to cover the company’s taxes. Sadly, there’s little that customers will get back in terms of value for these higher bills.

October 17, 2016

By Melanie Houston, Oil and Gas Director, Follow Melanie on Twitter

Chelsea McCormack, OEC Oil and Gas Campaigns Volunteer

On September 3, 2016, Oklahoma declared a state of emergency following a 5.6 magnitude earthquake near Pawnee, Oklahoma. The earthquake matched the strongest recorded tremor ever to have hit the area, back in 2011.That same day, Oklahoma officials temporarily shut down 37 of the state’s 3,200 active fracking wastewater disposal wells. 

October 7, 2016

By Melanie Houston, Oil and Gas Director

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Chelsea McCormack, OEC Oil and Gas Campaigns Volunteer

Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science Advisory Board completed and published their review of the agency’s long-awaited report on drinking water impacts from hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” To make a long story short, if the Science Advisory Board were handing out grades, then the EPA report would have received an F. They found a number of flaws with virtually every aspect of the report. 

September 16, 2016

By Miranda Leppla, Clean Energy Attorney

“It is not enough to understand the natural world; the point is to defend and preserve it. Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.” ~ Edward Abbey

At what point does a concern turn into a passion? What pushes us to turn sentiment into action? I cannot pinpoint any singular moment that led me to environmental work. Rather, a combination of growing up in beautiful southwest Ohio, my mom’s activism, and having a fierce trial lawyer for a father led me to be an environmental advocate. 

September 12, 2016

 By Lauren Miller, Methane Campaign Consultant

Yesterday California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law two bills to reduce climate driving greenhouse gases.This past week, President Obama sat down with the NY Times to discuss his legacy on climate change, asserting that the charts and graphs of a warming planet are “terrifying.”

August 25, 2016

By Aryeh Alex, Political Director
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Pictured: Aryeh at the Cuyahoga National Park. Check out more of Aryeh's photos here.

My first national park visit wasn’t that long ago. On a Route 66 road trip with a friend, we saw an interesting sign outside of the small town of Chambers, Arizona that said “Welcome to Petrified Forest National Park.” Our one rule on this trip was either of us could request a stop for anything we thought would be interesting and this seemed very interesting to me. Not only had I never been to a National Park, a petrified forest in the middle of the desert sounded fascinating.

August 4, 2016

Two years ago today, FirstEnergy filed its original coal bailout case at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. At the time, industry insiders, consumer groups and environmental organizations alike thought it unlikely that FirstEnergy would get what they were asking for - billions of dollars from their customers to pay for the Sammis coal plant and the Davis-Besse nuclear plant.


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