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Who We Are

Licking County Concerned Citizens


Public Health and Environment

We are citizens of Licking   County, Ohio concerned about the impacts of industrial and agricultural wastes that affect our community’s health and well-being. We are working to ensure that we as citizens are well-informed and empowered to promote a healthy environment and able to protect ourselves from the harm of toxic chemicals in our air, water, and soil. We do this by:

–educating ourselves and others on critical environmental issues through research-based articles, public presentations, and our website:

–promoting renewable energy, particularly solar

–networking with other action groups throughout the state

–supporting local and statewide action alerts

–meeting with state and local officials

We are organized rather loosely, with two co-chairpersons, Allen Schwartz and Carol Apacki and a “coordinating team” of volunteers who meet periodically around planning and programming issues. Specific environmental issues and concerns are discussed with our wider membership at group meetings open to the general public.

Current issues requiring citizen consideration and action include:

  • Support for renewable energy
  • Concerns about deep shale development and waste water injection wells in Ohio
  • Reduction of toxic chemicals in our food, air, water, and soil
  • Inadequate regulations and enforcement of Ohio’s environmental protection laws
  • Climate change and fossil fuel use
  • Use of  well waste water “produced” brine for ice/snow removal on the public roads

How to Participate:

  • Provide your e-mail address and zip code for our website and e-mail notices by sending a request to
  • Attend our Concerned Citizens group meetings as announced
  • Take positive action on critical issues by responding to periodic “action alerts” announced through e-mail and on the website
  • Take a leadership role in addressing an environmental issue of special concern to you
  • Talk  with friends and family about what you are learning and doing—and then get them engaged, too!

Questions? Please contact:

Carol Apacki; Allen Schwartz

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead


Solar Enthusiasts:

Licking County Solar Cooperative

The Solar Co-op was formed for the purpose:

  • To assist all households that desire to install solar energy generation at their homes.
  • To learn from the experiences of others.
  • To teach others how to design, plan, permit, construct, and monitor a solar project.
  • To lower the costs of solar energy by obtaining purchasing discounts.
  • To lower the costs of solar energy by sharing in the labor of installation.
  • To monitor and share news about advances in technology.
  • To cooperate with other institutions that are encouraging the installation of solar energy.
  • To demonstrate a commitment to change our impact on the environment and mitigate the trends in climate change.

To be added to the mailing list of the Licking County solar Cooperative,
send your request to Jeremy King at


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