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Environmental Lobby Day 2012 is your chance to unleash the power of green at the Ohio Statehouse.

Join the Ohio Environmental Council’s (OEC) environmental-conservation network on Thursday, March 22 in Columbus, Ohio from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. to bring environmental concerns and priorities directly to state lawmakers and officials from environmental and regulatory agencies.

The OEC will set up meetings for you with lawmakers as well as give you tips and information to make your meetings as productive as possible.

The day includes lunch at the Statehouse Atrium with lawmakers and staff, and an evening cocktails and conversation reception to network and share the day’s experiences.

The day’s activities are as follows: 8:30 a.m. - Noon: Welcome Breakfast and Lawmaker Meetings at the Sheraton Hotel at Capitol Square, 75 E. State St. Noon - 1 p.m.: Lunch with Lawmakers and Staff at Ohio Statehouse Atrium 1 - 4 p.m.: Lawmaker and Agency Meetings at the Ohio Statehouse 4 - 6 p.m.: Cocktails and Conversation Reception at the Sheraton Hotel on Capitol Square.

For more information and to register, call 614-487-7506, email or click here.

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Ohio Environmental Council

WHAT: 2012 Legislative Summit

WHEN: Jan. 27, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

WHERE: Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square, 75 E. State St., Columbus, Ohio 43215

Join the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) and the Ohio League of Conservation Voters for the 2012 Legislative Summit. Participants will review recent successes, examine upcoming challenges and gain skills and knowledge to make Ohio's environmental and conservation network even stronger in 2012 and beyond.

The summit will include workshops on:
• leveraging social media for successful campaigns
• working with the media
• understanding the legislative process

Cost:
• OEC Members - $20 per person, includes lunch and materials
• Non-members - $25 per person, includes lunch and materials
• OEC Legacy Club & President's Club Members - Free 

 For more information and to register, click here.

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Bike Cleveland

A coalition from the City of Cleveland, Bike Cleveland and some Cleveland neighborhood groups will be traveling to Columbus Dec. 15 for a 10 a.m. Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) meeting at 1980 W. Broad St., Columbus OH 43223, regarding the West Shoreway road project in Cleveland.

The meeting will determine whether the city receives funding for Phase II of the West Shoreway project, which would include landscaping and some safety improvements to the road with the goal of reducing the road speed to 35 miles per hour.

Although Phase II of the project does not include any bike improvements, Bike Cleveland has decided to support the City in this effort because they have indicated that safety improvements are a prerequisite to the bike infrastructure that has been promised in Phase III.

In addition, the city has promised Bike Cleveland that they will:

• discuss providing an alternative bikeway between Lakewood and downtown Cleveland to make conditions better for cyclists until the West Shoreway project is complete.

• include representatives of Bike Cleveland in the future planning process for this project.

• be an update to the city’s Bikeway Master Plan.

• figure out how to close the West Shoreway for a day this coming summer for a “Walk and Roll”/Ciclovia-type of event.

No public comments will be accepted at the ODOT meeting. The event, however, will provide advocates with opportunities to interact with top city and state officials, and could provide an important grassroots lobbying opportunity for Bike Cleveland.

Buses will be leaving from the Gordon Square Arts District parking lot at W. 61st Street and Detroit Avenue at 6:15 a.m on Dec. 15, returning at 5 p.m. the same day. Lunch will be provided. For more information, email Chris at [email protected].

If you want to bike to Columbus, Alex Nosse, co-owner of Joy Machines Bike Shop, will lead a group that will leave Cleveland on Dec. 13 and return on Dec. 17. For more information, email Alex at [email protected].

For more information, click here.

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Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

by Bernice Cage

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) reintroduces their Greenways website—www.centralohiogreenways.com—with a whole new look. Interactive and user-friendly, the website serves as a source of information and updates on central Ohio’s trails for everyone to use.

Central Ohio Greenways is an extensive network of trails that wind throughout central Ohio. The trails create an irreplaceable experience by blending the natural beauty of our scenic rivers with the diverse neighborhoods and attractions of the city.

The redesigned website now features an interactive map for all of the Greenway Trails and where further development of these trails will take place. Additionally, it offers information on each of the trails, alerts about current happenings affecting the trails, an opportunity to get involved with your local watershed protection group and community resources.

“We are very excited about this website,” said Amanda McEldowney, MORPC Associate Planner. “Trail users have been asking for an interactive map. The ultimate goal is that the new website will be a one-stop resource for trail users.”

For more information, visit www.centralohiogreenways.com.

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MORPC is a voluntary association of 47 local governments in central Ohio serving the region through planning, direct service, public policy information and innovative programming and intergovernmental coordinating services in the areas of transportation, land use, energy conservation, the environment and housing.

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