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Driving to work solo? Smart Columbus wants you to ...

If metro Columbus adds 1 million residents over the next 30 years, as projected, what happens to traffic? Smart Columbus isn’t waiting to find out. Last month, the public-private transportation initiative launched a program with 40 of the region’s largest employers to reduce the rate of single-person commuting and encourage electric vehicle ownership. “We need to start now, changing (habits) and embracing more alternative...

Ohio EPA Has the Data about Our Water

Ground Water Quality Characterization Program As the designated state water quality management agency, Ohio EPA is responsible for defining and reporting on ambient ground water quality conditions, assessing ground water quality problems and recommending strategies for preventing contamination. Good information on past and present ambient ground water quality, the extent of ground water contamination problems and the...

Solar Co-op Meeting Notes – Property Tax on ...

Solar Enthusiasts, We had a good meeting yesterday with lots of updates and lots of great ideas.   Thank you Jack Shaner for the excellent status summary of Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency standards.  If you missed it, the Ohio legislature voted to essentially continue the freeze, however, Gov. Kasich vetoed that bill.  Thus, the standards went back into play in January.  Here is a nice article that outlines...

Our Jeremy King working for sustainability, and th...

Jeremy King along with Richard Downs formed the Licking County Solar Co-op. See the details by selecting the tab at the Solar Co-op tab on our homepage. GRANVILLE – Jeremy King is what you might call the local sustainability guy. He’s certainly not the only one, but he has a front row seat to all that’s current. He is, for instance, the sustainability coordinator at Denison University, among other things. “Every day I’m...

Electric cooperatives across Ohio are turning to s...

 Co-op touts solar panels Electric cooperatives across Ohio are turning to solar projects to help members access the energy source at minimal cost. Residents in rural areas of Washington, Noble, Monroe, Morgan, Athens and Guernsey counties have a new addition to their electric power supply thanks to a new installation at Washington Electric Cooperative in Marietta. As part of the co-op’s partnership with Buckeye Power, the...

Solar panels to occupy contaminated East Main site

NEWARK – More than five years after the collapse of an agreement to transform a contaminated East Main Street site into a solar energy field, a new deal has been reached. Development Director Mark Mauter and Utilities Superintendent Roger Loomis announced the city has a 25-year agreement with American Electric Power OnSite Partners to purchase electricity from a 3,312-solar module field to be installed on the former Newark...

Granville neighbors give up fight over Denison sol...

    Enlarge Image Granville neighbors give up fight over Denison solar array Jennifer Smola The Columbus Dispatch | Nov 08, 2016  Two years after it was proposed, it appears a solar project on Denison University’s Biological Reserve will finally see the light of day. After pushing back against the solar array, residents on Welsh Hills Road whose properties border the reserve are walking away from the battleground. The...

C-TEC opens net-zero energy house

    Buy Photo C-TEC Superintendent Joyce Malainy welcomes guests to the ribbon-cutting of the school’s net-zero energy model home. (Photo: Sara C. Tobias/The Advocate) C-TEC opens net-zero energy house Maria DeVito   , Reporter  5:50 p.m. EDT November 1, 2016 The Newark Advocate | 2016-11-07T22:45:03.177Z NEWARK – Imagine a home’s electric bill for a seven-month period was less than $200. That’s a...

LICKING COUNTY LOCAL GREEN NEWSLETTER

  This is the first issue of the Licking County Local Green Newsletter. You are receiving this because you attended the 2014 Solar Conference. A Licking County Local Green Newsletter These are both important and exciting times in the field of sustainability and renewable energy and this is meant to be a report from the local front line where so much is being done. A short eight years ago the question was, “Will solar...

Fracking in Johnstown

Dear Friends, Below is a letter I received and I suspect others have as well. I think we should go next Saturday. I will be there. I am sure we should tell others, put it on web site. Hi All,      My name is Kelly Walker and I am with the Columbus Community Bill of Rights—we are gathering signatures to pass a city ordinance that would basically ban fracking and it’s waste products from the city of Columbus, we...

Analysis: Dust from dam project is health risk (Bu...

BUCKEYE LAKE – Dam project spokesperson Ian Nickey hand- delivered two Material Safety Data Sheets last Thursday to a North Bank resident who requested them earlier in the week. The resident sought the OSHA-required documents after his physician asked about the dust that was irritating his eyes and skin. Other neighbors reported similar symptoms plus some respiratory problems. Enlarge Map Portland cement, which is delivered...

Granville village council looks at solar panel dec...

GRANVILLE – No decision was made on the proposed Denison University solar panel array, and an ordinance to amend Granville’s ordinance language was tabled. On Nov. 3, the Licking County Court of Appeals remanded an appeal, submitted by residents of Welsh Hill Road in Granville, back to the council, on the grounds that the Granville Village Council needed to approve the permit Denison received March 11. The...

What about future energy needs? – Jurgen Pap...

Looking ahead, the future isn’t so gloomy that we should give up. Jurgen Pape The first of two parts Mankind’s energy needs, along with mankind itself, have increased for millennia. Water and wind, the early available sources, were replaced by coal which spawned the industrial revolution. Later, oil, gas and nuclear became the newer energy sources, all thought to be inexhaustible. All these newer sources, however, came...

A tilapia farm is just the latest ecological proje...

GRANVILLE, Ohio — When classes at Granville schools end for the day and the flurry of after-school commotion dies down, there’s one spot in the school district that continues to flutter with quiet activity. Behind Granville High School is a different type of school: one that consists of about 130 finger-length, iridescent tilapia, swimming together in two large, black tanks within a greenhouse nestled between the school...

Canal Market District – plan presented by Br...

The Time Is Now….                           Citizen and community leaders in the city of Newark, OH continually strive to enhance the quality of life for those who live and work in our community by providing vision, leadership and performance standards that promote health, welfare and environmental stewardship. It is a pivotal time in the history of...