Green Task Force                          
 

Serving Alliance, Ohio
 
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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
Chair
   Tiffany Gravlee

Secretary
    Martha McClaugherty

Treasurer
   Steve Kramer


Additional Information:


U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement

The Oberlin Project


Rodman Public Library's list of sustainability resources


Greening Your City (powerpoint presentation)

Transportation by the Numbers

Plastic Bags
 
Complete Streets Act of 2008

Daniel Goleman on "Ecological Intelligence" 



 




 


See Green Energy Ohio for the latest in Alternative Energy happenings in Ohio

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



2017 CURRENT  ACTIVITIES:

Please join us for our next meeting!

Thursday March 16th at 7:00 PM

in the Alumni Room in the Hoover Price Campus Center at the University of Mount Union

We will discuss ways we can actively raise awareness about the importance of addressing climate change and living in a sustainable manner that will preserve a livable planet for future generations. 
We will discuss taking part in one of the awareness-raising marches in Washington DC, Cleveland, or locally:

April 22nd: 
The Science March

April 29th: 
The People's Climate March


Please come join us!


Please click on the "local initiatives" at the left for info on Parkway Elementary Nature gardens projects, Community Gardens, Sustainability Celebrations at the University of Mount Union, and more...

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:

Sept. 15th, 2015

Community Solar Forum


Presenters:

Bill Spratley - Executive Director of Green Energy Ohio - see his presentation on Alternative Energy and Community Solar in Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan - United States House of Representatives

Randy Monhemius - USDA - Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grants - farms in our area, and small businesses in the city of Alliance are elligible for grants for energy efficiency and a variety of alternative energy!   USDA REAP Presentation and USDA REAP Fact Sheet

Greg Courtney - Wind Turbines of Ohio (and now Solar) - Solar for Businesses and Non-Profits- Power Purchase Agreements


Green Energy Ohio 2016 SOLAR TOUR, June 3,4,& 5

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

Natural Gas vs. Oil:  The Future of Transportation?

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

Their presentation covered 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


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.

"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


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

"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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