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GREEN Happenings


March for the Climate, and for Climate Science!

Join like-minded citizens in support of preserving a livable Climate, and in support of the scientific work necessary to understand how to address the issue of climate change at one of the events coming up in Washington DC, and also in Cleveland and other cities:

April 22nd:   The March for Science

April 29th:    The People's Climate March


Sustainability Celebrations in Alliance:

Look for the University of Mount Union's Sustainability events on their website.


Past Sustainable Alliance Festivals  

The Third Annual Sustainable Alliance Festival in 2012 was held at the new Farm Girl's Pub & Grub restaurant, featuring local and organic foods, downtown Alliance.  Abbe Honaker's family generously donated a hand-made quilt of re-purposed fabric, which was raffled to raise funds for local community garden efforts.  Keep Alliance Beautiful held a workshop on recycling.

The Second Sustainable Alliance Festival was a success!  It featured movies, local watershed and historic area tours,  family-friendly games and learning experiences,  food and music, and all things sustainable!    Click on this link for a schedule of last fall's Festival events and locations (pdf file).


Alliance Farmers’ Market a huge success!             

Click on this link for more information on the ALLIANCE FARMER'S MARKET 
Article about our Market in www.growingproduce.com 
"Markets in Motion - A new farmers' market helps an Ohio grower generate sales and capitalize  on the locally grown trend".

       
Alliance Community Gardens      

Follow this link to learn more about the activities of local community gardeners! 


Rodman Public Library                                        

Sustainability and Gardening resources     

Find books, videos, and more on issues around sustainability, and gardening!
Sustainable! @ Your Library
Community Gardening @ Your Library


University of Mount Union

Sustainability Committee 

MISSION:  It is the goal of the Mount Union Sustainability Committee to meet the growing concern for sustainability on our campus.  Through education and communication, we will encourage and facilitate awareness and action on our campus and throughout the Alliance community.  We will assist the University in its decision making process in these aspects, and will search out opportunities that are socially, financially and environmentally sound in order to create a sustainable,  efficient, and healthy atmosphere for our students, faculty, and staff.

Mount Union President Dr. Richard F. Giese has committed to reducing and eventually eliminating the University’s global warming emissions, and accelerating educational efforts toward sustainability.  The pledge came with Giese’s signing of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, joining the leaders of more than 450 other institutions across the country. “Sustainability is a global issue that we all have a responsibility to address,” Giese said. “This means taking serious action today to assure the planet’s existence as we know it in the future. Mount Union is committed to leading the way.” 

The American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment is a high-visibility effort to address global warming by garnering institutional commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions, and to accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate. Under the guidance and direction of the Leadership Circle of presidents, the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment is being supported and implemented by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Second Nature, and ecoAmerica.

The University of Mount Union and the City of Alliance have created a statement of cooperation to encourage their working together on issues relating to sustainability.  The agreement was signed by the President of the University and the Mayor of the City of Alliance on February 12, 2008  To read the agreement, click here.


Fuel-Less Fridays

Now to continue throughout the year!


The transportation subcommittee of GREEN ALLIANCE has dubbed every Friday as an opportunity to voluntarily reduce the area's carbon footprint by reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.  On Fridays residents would be encouraged to utilize forms of transportation other than personal vehicles. They could choose to walk, ride a bicycle, carpool or take the bus, thus using less fossil fuel on that day.

The purpose of Fuel-Less Fridays is to:
 Reduce our carbon footprint by reducing our collective use of fossil fuels
•  build awareness of the need for safe alternative modes of transportation in our city
•  demonstrate the need for improved sidewalks and designated bike routes
•  encourage the health benefits of walking and riding a bike
•  encourage drivers to act courteously towards pedestrians and bicyclers

While participation in Fuel-Less Fridays could be done on an individual basis we are asking businesses to support those employees who might want to participate by encouraging them to form teams, and permitting more casual dress on Fridays.  If you would like to know more or would like someone to give a presentation about Fuel-Less Fridays to your group, please contact Martha McClaugherty at (330) 821-6020.  For a printable flier about Fuel-Less-Fridays, click here.