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Bottlecap mural by Alliance High School art students under the direction of Erin Wozniak, made from bottlecaps donated by the community at the Alliance Farmers Market, and displayed at Rodman Public Library - now on display at the YMCA.
 
WELCOME

Green Alliance is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) made up of  a coalition of people in the Greater Alliance Area who have come together to help Alliance plan a sustainable environment for all of us now and for our children in the decades ahead.

Our mission is to develop recommendations and strategies to fulfill the U. S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement with the City of Alliance, and to establish partnerships with various entities of government, education, business, industry and among citizens to educate and empower the greater Alliance community with the goal of developing as an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable community.

According to this statement, our mission takes on not only the consequences of global warming but also the wider challenge of building a “sustainable community.” A widely used and helpful definition of “sustainability” is the one developed by the Brundtland Commission: sustainable development is development that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

We welcome anyone in the Greater Alliance Community to join with us in our work. Below, find information about our organization and a list of easily accessible web sites for further information on building a sustainable future.

Officers
Co-Chairs
   John Bienz and Tiffany Gravlee
Secretary
   Ginny Daniel
Treasurer
   Steve Kramer


Additional Information:

Check out the related information below

An article on the Oberlin Project

Rodman Public Library's list of sustainability resources
Greening Your City 
Transportation by the Numbers
Plastic Bags
Alliance Farmer's Market Newsletter
Green Jobs Facts
Handbook used by GREEN ALLIANCE committee
Complete Streets Act of 2008
Podcast of Daniel Goleman Author of "Ecological Intelligence" 

Small Communities Toolkit:
This Toolkit provides climate protection guidance tailored to communities with 25,000 people or less, addressing their unique limitations and opportunities.

U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement
   http://www.usmayors.org/climateprotection/


Alliance Review articles

on developing a sustainable Alliance by
Tiffany Gravlee: "Green Scene"



 



Recycling questions?  Click here!  for info from the Tri-County Waste District.




Next Meeting:

To Be Announced

If you are interested in helping us plan future events, please contact us - we welcome help and new ideas!

Be sure to also visit the Green Commission's page on the City of Alliance's website, to see the City's current Sustainability Plan.

PAST ACTIVITIES:

2013:

SPRING IS COMING!

Come to Rodman Library for family- friendly crafts and acitivities, and for information from all of our local parks - hiking & biking trail maps, info on nature centers, preserves, recreation, and more!

- Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources

- Stark Parks

- Alliance Bicycling enthusiasts

- Beech Creek Botanical Garden and  Nature Preserve and Butterfly House

- Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center

- City of Alliance Parks Department

- Ohio State Parks

- Stark County Community Action

click here for more information

Tuesday, Feb. 12th, 2013 

Natural Gas vs. Oil:  The Future of Transportation?

Environmental Science students at the University of Mount Union will explore many factors related to the use of compressed natural gas as an alternative transportation fuel.

Their presentation will cover topics including:
•  The extraction of natural gas
•  Efficiency and performance of NG vehicles
•  Safety concerns while refueling and driving
•  Transport and distribution of natural gas
•  Economic, policy and environmental issues

Learn more about this emerging topic and how it may affect your community and your life.


Celebrate Downtown! (click here for details and times)

Music, art, food, door-prizes
Hand-made Queen-size quilt to be raffled - proceeds to be used for community gardens, bike racks, and other sustainable Alliance projects.


Tuesday, Oct. 2nd,  7 pm -

Planning for the Oct. 20th Sustainable Alliance Festival

March 13, Tuesday evening, 7 - 9 pm
"The Greenest Building is the One Already Built:  Historic Preservation in Alliance"  

Martha McClaugherty, Chair of Alliance Historic Preservation Commission, and President-elect of the Alliance Preservation Society

Tuesday, February 28th, 7 - 9 PM
Facts and Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing ("fracking")

Speakers:
Dr. Jeffrey Dick, Chair of Dept. of Geology and Environmental Science at Youngstown State University jcdick@ysu.edu
Samantha Malone, Communication specialist and PhD student in Public Health from Univ. of Pittsburgh slm75@pitt.edu; 
Dr. Theodore Voneida
, founding Chair and  Professor Emeritus of Neurobiology at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine  tvoneida@neomed.edu

January 19th, at the East Room in the Hoover Price Campus Center at the Univ. of Mount Union:
"Aquaponics"
  Lance Schmidt
is the director of the NeoHaus institute (www.TheNeoHaus.com)  and is currently designing and building Aquaponic systems in the Akron Canton area to grow plants all year round with aquaponics. Aquaponics is like hydroponics except that fish is grown and then the fish water is pumped into gravel "grow beds" to supply nutrients and water for the plants. The plants grow faster and bigger in this type of system. The great part is it is totally organic and is totally sustainable. 


2011 Sustainable Alliance Fest information

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