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12 Air Purifying Plants That Will Clean Your Air

 We need fresh air to live a healthy and full life, but it’s fast becoming a luxury. Residents of many major cities around the world are plagued with smog and poisonous gases from motor vehicles, fossil fuel based power plants, and factories. The good news is there is a simple solution you can use at home to make your air much cleaner. While air purifiers might help, air purifying plants are a great and natural way to clean...

How Big Is Your Environmental Footprint?

If you want to make a positive change this Earth Day but don’t know where to start, one of best things you can do is take an honest look at your environmental footprint. For instance, how much water are you wasting? How much plastic are you throwing out? How much planet-warming carbon are you producing? Luckily, there are many online calculators that crunch through your consumption habits. While the final tally might...

Denison Students Get Engaged in YES for Solar! Edu...

Denison Students Get Engaged in YES for Solar! Education Dr. Olivia Aguilar’s Environmental Studies Practicum class at Denison University is working with the Solar Co-op to educate YES youth about the solar panels on their YES Club roof in downtown Newark. Denison students are also helping develop a plan for signage at the YES Club with information about the impact of the 44 solar panels on saving energy. Dr. Aguilar’s class...

Sustainability in Granville Meeting, November 16, ...

Sustainability in Granville Meeting November 16, 2017   On Thursday November 16, there will be a meeting of those interested in the future of Granville.  The focus of this meeting will be Sustainability and how to preserve and protect the land, water, and air of Granville while accommodating the changes brought on by the economic/business and housing needs of our community. When:         Thursday, November 16 Time:         ...

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...