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Granville Zoning panel fields comments for solar p...

GRANVILLE — New zoning rules regarding residential solar energy installations should be flexible enough to accommodate future trends in the industry, Granville Township Zoning Commission officials were told last week. During a public comment session that invited comment on adding solar energy language to the zoning code, speakers advised that residential roof- or ground-mounted systems should be allowed to have capacities of...

Community leaders join environmental group asking ...

The oil and gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” such as at this well in Pennsylvania, is opposed by neighborhood groups who accuse the operations of polluting the air and drinking water, and causing earthquakes.Associated Press file photo COLUMBUS, Ohio – A citizen-based environmental advocacy group today delivered a letter signed by more than 100 elected officials calling on Gov....

YES Club solar panel project has been successful

NEWARK – When the Licking County Solar Cooperative and Licking County Concerned Citizens for Public Health and Environment launched a fundraiser two months ago to install solar panels on the roof of the YES Club, Jeremy King, one of the project’s coordinators, wasn’t sure what to expect. But it wasn’t long before donations came pouring in. Six weeks into their fundraiser, they’ve raised close to $18,000. That means in a few...

Concerned Citizens raising funds for rooftop solar...

NEWARK — Kasyn Verasso loves participating in the programs at YES Club. So when he heard the organization was hoping to raise money to install solar panels on its clubhouse roof, he thought it was a great way to reduce their utility costs. “Solar energy saves a lot of money,” the Heritage Middle School student said. “When our electric bill goes down, that means there is more money for us. The other students and staff at YES...

Granville High School teacher wins state science h...

GRANVILLE – A Licking County educator described as a standout and passionate teacher in his discipline is the winner of the Outstanding Educator in the Field of Formal Environmental Science Award from the Environmental Education Council of Ohio. That would be Jim Reding, an ecology and environmental science teacher at Granville High School. “I was absolutely surprised,” Reding said. “They were able to pull it off without me...

Domestic energy goes beyond oil, gas

I respond to the March 3 letter “Energy policy must benefit Ohio business” from Lyn Bliss, president of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women, (ed – added below) which mentioned a simplified tax code and green energy. The federal government says there were 3.4 million green jobs created in 2011, according to the latest estimates, while a national oil and gas trade group says there were 2.59 million oil and gas jobs...

Granville Environmental Science Students Are Highl...

Here is the pdf: Back-to-School-02_15-AJ Source: Angus Journal, St. Joseph, MO By:Barb Baylor Anderson, February 2015 LINK: http://www.angusjournal.com/aj_article.html?cid=11820 Share...

Granville High School Students Erect a Solar Array

Solar Friends, Just wanted to share a photo of some Granville High School students standing by the array that they, their teacher – Jim Reding – Richard and I helped put up last week and this week.  It’s by their greenhouse and once operational will completely offset the electric needs of the greenhouse. Cheers, Jeremy   Share...

Kiwanis sends “Thank You” for 4th of J...

Zero Waste initiative On behalf of the Granville Kiwanis, please accept a heartfelt thanks for the volunteer assistance the Licking County Citizens for Public Health and the Environment provided at the 4th of July Celebration.  With the help of volunteers manning the resource recovery stations, 25% of the 10,960 pounds of waste generated this year was either recycled or composted.  By volume, it has been estimated that...

County conservation district looking for a sustain...

NEWARK — Imagine a Newark overflowing with sustainable small farms and community gardens that produce fresh, local produce for the community. The Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District thinks it can make that dream a reality with the help of a levy on the May ballot. The 0.15 mill levy over five years would raise about $555,000 for the district and cost the average homeowner of a $100,000 property about $5.25...

Licking County Solar Co-op to meet March 30, 2014

Solar Enthusiasts,  We dodged a snow storm and I hope that was winter’s last gasp.  I’m looking forward to sunnier days and more solar production.  While the Cooperative has been relatively quiet since last fall, things have been happening. Green Energy Ohio will be hosting a series of presentations, including one done by Greg Pace on solar cooperatives.  Greg is from the Clintonville Solar Cooperative and he...

Memorial for Teresa Peters on Friday, December 27,...

We have just learned that Teresa Peters, one of our most inspired and inspiring Concerned Citizen members passed away on December 16 from breast cancer. Teresa supported our effort in so many ways, including setting up this website and our membership mailing distribution process. She guided the building of two prize-winning “Growing Green Together” floats for the Granville 4th of July Parade, received the Ohio...

Dr. Mulroy Writes to Rep. Jay Hottinger about Clim...

Dear Representative Hottinger, I had the opportunity to visit with you a few months ago with a small group of constituents as part of OEC’s Lobby Day. I appreciated your willingness to meet with us and meant to send a follow-up e-mail to thank you. I also wanted to follow up on a brief exchange we had at the very end of the visit. I brought up the subject of climate change, recognizing that we were at the end of our...

Showdown in the Ohio Valley: War Veterans Prepare ...

Hashberger believes that the values – life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – for which he and his family have sacrificed are being trampled on by oil and gas companies. “The state of Ohio has done everything it can possibly do to make it easy for oil and gas companies to do business.” ======== What could make a former Marine, retired cop, and self-described “ultra-conservative” oppose fracking in his home state of...

Gas Industry Report Calls Anti-Fracking Movement a...

A report intended to help the oil and gas industry squash the anti-fracking movement turns out to be full of useful information—and admits that much of what activists are saying is true. Communities working to stop a controversial gas drilling process are getting what sounds like encouragement from an unlikely source: a report prepared for     the oil and gas industry on the risks posed by those communities themselves. Even...