Ohio ( (listen)) is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States. Of the fifty U.S. states, it is the 34th-largest by area, and with a population of nearly 11.8 million, is the seventh-most populous and tenth-most densely populated. The state's capital and largest city is Columbus, with the Columbus metro area, Greater Cincinnati, and Greater Cleveland being the largest metropolitan areas. Ohio is bordered by Lake Erie to the north, Pennsylvania to the east, West Virginia to the southeast, Kentucky to the southwest, Indiana to the west, and Michigan to the northwest. Ohio is historically known as the "Buckeye State" after its Ohio buckeye trees, and Ohioans are also known as "Buckeyes". Its state flag is the only non-rectangular flag of all the U.S. states.
Trees, woodland and forest[edit | edit source]
The Trimble Community Forest or Trimble Township Community Forest is a 1,200-acre (4.9 km2) forest preserve owned by the Appalachia Ohio Alliance, a land trust located in southeast Ohio. Formerly called Taylor Ridge, it was purchased in 2006 from the Sunday Creek Coal Company, and was formerly part of the Sunday Creek State Wildlife Area. The land has a long history of coal, oil, natural gas, and timber production. The AOA negotiated with the Trimble Township Trustees on its use before purchase. It is located in Athens County, Ohio, south of Ohio State Route 78, between Glouster, Ohio and Murray City, Ohio.
The forest is used as a land lab by nearby Trimble High School and Trimble Middle School. The land lab area is known as the Trimble Tomcat Environmental Learning Lab. The Ohio Division of Wildlife provides assistance to a local citizens committee that manages the forest.
Rural sustainability[edit | edit source]
Community energy[edit | edit source]
Solar power in Ohio has been increasing, as the cost of photovoltaics has decreased. Ohio installed 10 MW of solar in 2015. Ohio adopted a net metering rule which allows any customer generating up to 25 kW to use net metering, with the kilowatt hour surplus rolled over each month, and paid by the utility once a year at the generation rate upon request. For hospitals there is no limit on size, but two meters are required, one for generation, the other for utility supplied power.
In 2010, the 12 MW solar farm in Upper Sandusky, Ohio was the largest solar farm in the state. It was later surpassed by the 20MW DG AMP Solar Bowling Green, which was completed in January 2017.
The First Solar factory in Perrysburg, Ohio can make almost 600 MW of panels per year.
Costs have decreased to the point that the average consumer may save approximately $17,527 over a 20-year period by installing solar panels. Euclid's City Hall and library installed solar panels and expects to save $25,000 over the next 15 years. The panels were installed at no cost to the city by Ohio Cooperative Solar, which is leasing the rooftops.
Wind power in Ohio has a long history, and as of 2016, Ohio had 545 megawatts (MW) of utility-scale wind power installations installed, responsible for 1.1% of in-state electricity generated. Over 1000 MW more were under construction or pending approval. Some installations have become tourist attractions. There has been a sudden increase in generating capacity, as total wind power capacity in the state was just 9.7 MW in 2010. By 2019, there were 738 MW of capacity, which generated 1.71% of Ohio's electricity.
Cycling[edit | edit source]
Ohio has a highly developed network of signed state bicycle routes. Many of them follow rail trails, with conversion ongoing. The Ohio to Erie Trail (route 1) connects Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland. U.S. Bicycle Route 50 traverses Ohio from Steubenville to the Indiana state line outside Richmond. W
Food activism[edit | edit source]
Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]
Ohio has several long-distance hiking trails, the most prominent of which is the Buckeye Trail which extends 1,444 mi (2,324 km) in a loop around the state of Ohio. Part of it is on roads and part is on wooded trail. Additionally, the North Country Trail (the longest of the eleven National Scenic Trails authorized by Congress) and the American Discovery Trail (a system of recreational trails and roads that collectively form a coast-to-coast route across the mid-tier of the United States) pass through Ohio. Much of these two trails coincide with the Buckeye Trail. W
Wikipedia: Hiking trails in Ohio (category)
Towards sustainable economies[edit | edit source]
Evergreen Cooperatives[edit | edit source]
The Evergreen Cooperatives are a connected group of worker-owned cooperatives in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. They are committed to local, worker-owned job creation; sustainable, green and democratic workplaces; and community economic development.
- Evergreen CooperativesW
- Neighborhood Voice, The Greater University Circle Neighborhood Voice is a free, student-owned and student-run newspaper and online news source covering worker co-op activity in Cleveland and other issues of concern to residents of the Buckeye-Shaker, Central, East Cleveland, Fairfax, Glenville, Hough, Little Italy, and University Circle neighborhoods W
Other initiatives[edit | edit source]
- Co-op Cincy, "nurtures a resilient, integrated network of worker-owned businesses in the Greater Cincinnati region. Our goal: to create an economy that works for all."
- OSU CFAES Center for Cooperatives
Resources[edit | edit source]
Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]
Community Resources[edit | edit source]
The Exchange House, Akron
Funding[edit | edit source]
People’s Liberty, "philanthropic lab that brings together civic-minded talent to address challenges and uncover opportunities to accelerate the positive transformation of Greater Cincinnati. People’s Liberty invests directly in individuals through funding and mentorship, creating a new, replicable model for grantmakers in other cities."
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News and comment[edit | edit source]
Ohio city votes to give Lake Erie personhood status over algae blooms, Feb 28 
This Cincinnati Foundation Offers Residents $100,000 To Quit Their Jobs And Make A Difference, Jun 16 
Kenmore prepares for 3rd Akron Better Block this summer, May 12 
Better Block Opens the Exchange House, Feb 28 
Ready to write the next chapter, Feb 23 
The Cincinnati experiment: can 'citizen philanthropy' improve a city? Aug 30 
Cleveland Neighborhood Votes on Creative Community Development, Mar 17 
Cincinnati’s experiment with an economy that works for everyone, August 6 
Rebuilding the Rust Belt, February 19