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MAY 2019
April Activities and May Membership....

So many exciting events took place in April, with the Green Energy Ohio Annual Awards Celebration & Reception heading the list. As you will see in the pictures below, it was a wonderful evening in a beautiful building with friends, supporters, and award winners. If you have been following GEO on social media, you saw announcements for Earth Day activities across the state - opportunities to learn, to serve, and to have fun! And if you're not following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, just click on the symbols at the bottom of this message!

One of the unique characteristics of GEO is our diverse membership - businesses, individuals, academic institutions, community organizations, and government entities. Each of those constituencies plays an important part in Ohio's clean energy success story, and GEO represents them all. This month we are launching a membership drive to continue growing our circle. In discussing GEO's present and future plans, we took a look at our footprint across the state and found that we have members, donors, and events in 54 of the 88 counties. One of our 2019 goals is to reach people in every county. Watch for more information on our membership drive in the coming weeks.

This is a particularly important time for Ohioans to demonstrate their support for clean energy in every way they can. As a state we cannot afford to fall behind others by abandoning the promise and stifling the progress that has brought so many benefits to Ohio, from clean jobs to a cleaner environment. Green Energy Ohio will continue to advocate for public policy that promotes sustainable energy policies, technologies, and practices and we invite you to join us in that effort. Membership in Green Energy Ohio is one of the best ways to show your commitment to moving Ohio forward.

Jane Harf
Executive Director
Exploring “Homegrown Energy”:
Apex Brings Renewable Energy to Local Communities
by: Erin Fisher & Sarah Siegel

When driving across north-central Ohio, wind turbines are visible on the horizon. The consistent rotation of the turbines and their towering presence serves as a reminder of the impact renewable energy has in Ohio. Conducive to renewable energy production, Ohio’s landscape is gaining attraction from national companies.

One example is Apex Clean Energy, based out of Charlottesville, Virginia. Since its founding in 2009, the company has worked to bring green energies to market - including wind, solar, and energy storage solutions. They currently have multiple projects in Ohio led by a Senior Development Manager, John Arehart III.

To read the full story, please go to our website: Apex Clean Energy
Green Energy Ohio opposes House Bill 6

Green Energy Ohio has joined individuals and organizations across the political spectrum to oppose House Bill 6. In testimony provided to the House Energy & Natural Resources Committee, GEO emphasized the harm that would be done by enacting a tax on all ratepayers to prop up two aging and unsustainable nuclear plants, while at the same time stifling the development and deployment of new energy technologies. Clean energy has proven to be an engine of economic development for Ohio, creating jobs, providing much needed revenue for local communities, and reducing costs for consumers. As other states move forward with aggressive plans to reduce their carbon footprint, protect public health and the environment, and stimulate growth, Ohio's legislative leadership is looking backward.

We encourage you to make your voice heard on this critical issue. Green Energy Ohio has launched a public policy page on our website with information on HB 6. As of this writing, a substitute version of the bill - which does not include measurable change - is still in committee. We will continue to address issues of concern with this initiative, and we will keep you updated as legislative consideration continues.
Thank you to everyone who joined us to recognize the accomplishments of our Green Achievement Award Winners! 
Green Achievement Award Winners
From left: Melanie Knowles, Kent State University; Michael Bruder, Kent State University; Steve Peplin, Talan Products, Inc.; Beverly Baxter, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Corrections; Nolan Rutschilling, Ohio Hospital Association; Jane Harf, Green Energy Ohio
Kent State LEED Platinum: Beautiful, Rational, Sustainable
From left: Melanie Knowles, Sustainability Manager, Facilities Planning & Operations; Jane Harf; Michael Bruder, University Architect & Executive Director, Facilities Planning & Design; Bob Misbrener, Project Manager, Facilities & Design.
Sharing Green Energy Ohio's Present and Future Plans with lots of familiar faces and many new friends
We are proud to be pursuing a green energy future with so many great supporters! 
J oin us on the evening of June 25 at 7:00 pm at the Drexel Theater in Columbus when Green Energy Ohio and Simply Living host a showing of The Human Element.

In this inspiring documentary that blends and science, renowned environmental photographer James Balog explores the impact of wildfires, hurricanes, sea level rise, air pollution, and coal mining on the lives of those directly affected.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with local climate activists.
As we listen to the joyous sound of birds outside our windows this spring, it is appropriate to recall how Rachel Carson awakened us to the dangers of human manipulation of nature. Carson spent over six years documenting her analysis that humans were misusing powerful, persistent chemical pesticides before knowing the full extent of their potential harm to the ecosystem. She called for humans to act responsibly as stewards of the living earth. As we face the perils of climate change, her message is even more important today than it was in 1962.
This year's theme explores how businesses and communities can benefit from incorporating sustainable practices, with Andrew Winston, renowned business consultant and author of Green to Gold and The Big Pivot, as the keynote speaker. Hear from regional Bloomberg Philanthropies American Cities Climate Challenge winners - including Cincinnati - about plans to leverage their awards during the plenary session. Engage with regional leaders during the 14 breakout sessions which explore opportunities in the new sustainable economy. Topics include zero waste, renewable energy, building efficiency, circular economy, sustainable investing and more.

For more information and registration: Midwest Sustainability Summit
P.O. Box 521
Granville, Ohio 43023