ECO Board Members

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Marilyn Wall – ECO founder and Board member

With over 30 years volunteering to protect the environment Marilyn Wall is an experience advocate for our environment. Marilyn is the current Chair of Miami Group Sierra Club, recipient of Ohio Citizen Action’s Metzenbaum Award in 2016, recipient of League of Women Voters Cincinnati, Ohio’s Daniel J. Ransohoff Civic Award in 1997, recipient of Sierra Club’s Walter A. Starr Award in 2012, recipient of David Cochran Memorial Citizen Activist Award in 1996, named Ohioan of the Year in 2002 by the Cleveland Plain Dealer,recipient of Sierra Club Special Achievement Award in 2003, recipient of Community Shares Maurice McCrackin Peace and Justice Award, 2005, recipient of Miami Group Sierra Club Super Cup Award in 1989 and 1991. Marilyn also spent time as the Ohio Chapter Sierra Club Chair, as well as time on the national Sierra Club  board (2006-2009) and Rivers Unlimited. Friends of the Great Miami and Mill Creek Restoration Project was founded by Marilyn.

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Matt Trokan

Matt Trokan is a native of Cincinnati but has traveled broadly across Ohio and the country enjoying, exploring, and protecting our wild places on foot or by bicycle.  He received a B.A. in history from Xavier University and a M.A. in environmental study from the Evergreen State College.  Matt has over a decade of public service and community development experience.  For the past 3 years Matt has served on the board of ECO.

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Marie Kocoshis

Jim Lowenburg

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Marvin Kraus

 

Single-Use Bag Bans & Fees (U.S.A)

Alaska

Bethel……………………..…………………………….Ban went into effect in September 2010. 

Cordova …………………………………….………………Ban on plastic bags October 2016.

Homer..………Bag ban August 2012. Repeal passed by a narrow margin in October 2013.

Hooper Bay …………………………………………………….Bag ban effective August 2010.

Arizona

Bisbee………………………………………………………………Ban effective April 22, 2014.

California (entire state)

In November 2016 voters upheld SB270, the statewide bag ban.  Single-use plastic bags are banned in grocery stores, pharmacies, and convenience and liquor stores.

Colorado

Aspen……………………………………………………………………Ban effective May 2012.

Boulder…………………………………………………..Ten cents bag fee effective July 2013.

Carbondale………………………………………………….Bag ban effective as of May 2012.

Crested Butte……………………………………………Ban ban effective September 1, 2018.

Fort Collins………………………………………….Five cent fee effective as of April 1, 2015.

Telluride……………………………………………………Bag ban effective as of March 2011.

Vail…………………………………………………………Bag ban in effect as of August 2015.

Connecticut

Westport………………………….…………………..Bag ban in effect as of September 2008.

District of Columbia

Washington……………………………………..Five cent fee on all carryout bags June 2009.

Hawaii

Hawaii County…………………………………………………….Bag ban as of January 2012.

Honolulu County………………………………………………..Bag ban effective July 1, 2015.

Kauai County………………………………………….Bag ban effective on January 11, 2011.

Maui County………………………………………………Bag ban effective January 11, 2011.

Illinois

Chicago…………………………………………………………………..Bag ban August 2016.    (Small independent or non-franchise stores and restaurants will not be affected. )

Evanston…………………………………………………….Bag ban effective August 1, 2015.

Maine

Falmouth………Five cent fee per bag in the six largest retail stores. Effective April 1, 2016.

Freeport……………………………………………….Bag ban effective September 12, 2016.

Kennebunk………………………………………………..Bag ban effective October 15, 2016.

Portland…………Five cent fee per single-use bag in grocery stores effective April 15, 2015.

South Portland………………………………………….Five cent fee effective March 1, 2016.

York……………………………………………………………………………Bag ban effective March 3, 2016.

Maryland

Montgomery County……………Five cent minimum fee requirement effective January 2012.

Chestertown…………………………….…………………….Bag bag effective January, 2012.  

Massachusetts

Adams……………………………………………………….Bag ban effective March 30, 2017.

Amherst……………………………………………………..Bag ban effective January 1, 2017.

Aquinnah……………………………………………………Bag ban effective January 1, 2017.

Barnstable………………………………………….…….Bag ban effective September 3, 2016.

Bourne……………………………………………….………Bag ban effective January 1, 2018.

Bridgewater…………………………………………….Bag ban effective September 4, 2016.

Brookline…………………………………………………Bag ban effective December 1, 2013.

Cambridge…………………….………………………………………………Bag ban March 2015.

Chilmark…………………………………………………….Bag ban effective January 1, 2017.

Concord…………………………………………………….Bag ban effective January 1, 2016.

Edgartown………………………………………………….Bag ban effective January 1, 2017.

Falmouth…………………………………………………………………Bag ban effective 2016.

Framingham………………………………………….…….Bag ban effective January 1, 2017.

Great Barrington………………………………………………Bag Ban effective January 2014.

Hamilton……………………………………………………….Bag ban effective July 27, 2016.

Harwich……………………………………………..…………..Bag ban effective May 4, 2016.

Ipswich……………………………………………Bag ban in retail stores effective May 2017.

Lee……………………………………………………………..Bag ban effective May 12, 2017.

Lenox………………………………………………………………Bag ban effective June 2017.

Marblehead……………………………………….………………………Bag ban effective 2015.

Mashpee…………………………………………………………………Bag ban effective 2017.

Nantucket……………………………………………..….Non-biodegradable bag ban in 1990.

Newburyport……….………………………………….…………………Bag ban effective 2015.

Newton………………………………………………………….Bag ban effective in July 2015.

Northampton……………………………………………….Bag ban effective January 1, 2016.

Plymouth………………………………………………………..….……Bag ban effective 2017.

Salem……………………………………………………….Bag ban effective January 1, 2018.

Sandwich……………………………………………….Bag ban effective November 28, 2017.

Somerville………………………………………………….Bag ban effective August 24, 2016.

Tisbury………………………….……………..……………Bag ban effective January 1, 2017.

Truro………………………………………………………..….Bag ban effective June 1, 2016.

Watertown………………………..…………………………………….Bag ban effective 2017.

Wellesley……………………………………….…………..Bag  ban effective January 1, 2017.

Wellfleet…………………………………………………….Bag ban effective January 1, 2016.

West Tisbury………………………………………………..Bag ban effective January 1, 2017.

Williamstown………………………………………………….Bag ban passed in May of 2015.

Minnesota

Minneapolis…………………………………………………….Bag ban effective June 1, 2017.

New Jersey

Longport………………………………………..……10 cent fee effective November 20, 2015.

New Mexico

Santa Fe………………………………………………………Bag ban effective June 28, 2015.

Silver City………………………………………………..Bag ban effective December 8, 2014.

New York

East Hampton Town………………………………….Bag ban effective September 22, 2015.

East Hampton Village……………………….……………….Bag ban effective February 2012.

Hastings-on-Hudson……………………………….……………………Bag ban effective 2015.

Larchmont………………………………………………….Bag ban effective October 1, 2013.

Mamaroneck…………………………………………………………….Bag ban effective 2013.

New Castle…………………………………………………Bag ban effective January 1, 2017.

New Paltz Village………………………………….………………Bag ban effective April 2015.

New York City………………………..………….Five cent bag fee effective October 1, 2016.

Patchogue Village…………………………………………Bag ban effective September 2016.

Rye…………………….……………………….………………..Bag ban effective May 7, 2012.

Southampton Town………………………….…………………Bag ban effective April 22, 2015

Suffolk County………………..…………..………….Five cent fee effective January 1, 2018.

North Carolina

Hyde, Currituck and Dare Counties…………….……………………..Bag ban effective 2010.

Oregon

Corvallis…………………………………………………….Bag ban approved on July 2, 2012.

Eugene……………………………………….………………….Bag ban effective May 1, 2013.

Portland………………………………………………..….Bag Ban effective October 15, 2011.

Rhode Island

Barrington…………………………………………………..Bag ban effective January 1, 2013.

Texas

Austin………………………………………………………….Bag ban effective March 1, 2013.

Fort Stockton…………………………………….………….Bag ban effective September 2011.

Freer………………………………………………….…………Bag ban effective June 2, 2013.

Kermit……………………………………………………….Bag ban effective October 1, 2013.

Laguna Vista……………………………………………….Bag ban effective January 1, 2013.

Laredo…………………………………………………….Bag ban effective January 10, 2015.

Port Aransas…………………………….………………….Bag ban effective January 1, 2016.

South Padre Island………………………..…………………………..Bag ban effective in 2012.

Sunset Valley…………………………………………….Bag ban effective September 1,2013.

Washington

Bainbridge Island…………………………………………..Bag ban effective November 2012.

Bellingham…………………………………………………………..Bag ban passed July 2011.

Edmonds………………………………………….…………………………..Bag ban July 2009.

Ellensburg………………………………..…………….Five cent fee passed November 2016.

Issaquah……………………………………………………Bag ban effective in March 1, 2013.

Kirkland……………………………….…..Bag be effective March 1, 2016 in 170 retail stores.

Lacey………………………………………….……………..…..Bag ban effective July 1, 2014.

Mukilteo…………………………………………………….Bag ban effective January 1, 2013.

Olympia…………………………………………..…………….Bag ban effective July 1, 2014.

Port Townsend……………………………………..……Bag ban effective November 1, 2012.

San Juan County……………………………………………….Bag ban passed October 2016.

Shoreline………………………………………………….Bag ban effective February 1, 2014.

Tacoma…………………………………………………………Bag ban effective July 12, 2017.

Thurston County………………………………………………..Bag ban effective July 1, 2014.

Tumwater……………………………………….……………….Bag ban effective July 1, 2014

ECO Student Committee

The ECO Student Committee is made up of students from different college campuses in and around the Cincinnati area. Their mission is to work as a team to service, educate, and provide access to a clean and healthy natural environment in Cincinnati. The ECO SC work plan for 2017 consist of the following goals:
-Organize 10 service clean ups in public spaces
-Create & distribute educational materials
-Educate the community about the issues related to plastic pollution
-Help provide 500 reusable cotton bags in target communities
-Teach people about the benefits of green infrastructure

*Photos and summaries of each event will be posted below throughout 2017*

ECO comments: December 14th, 2016

Hi, my name is Josh Clyde and I’m here representing the non-profit organization ECO. During my time working with ECO I’ve talked to people who have gotten sewage in their basement from inadequate sewer lines here in Hamilton County.  The sewage backups into their homes ruined important material items belonging to them as well as items of costly repair like furnaces and hot water heaters. These people worry about another basement backup.  They can only recover from damages so many times.

These backups are a threat to their property as well as their health.

We understand that money is needed to fix the sewers, but we feel that the cost are being allocated to the wrong people. While individual residences are struggling to pay high sewer rates for a system that is not giving them what they paid for, industries are getting discounts on their bills and paying little to nothing for all the storm water that runs off of the huge parking lots that they own.  The treatment of that storm water is paid mostly by the residents.

We need a rate structure in Cincinnati that takes notice of the extensive volume of storm water runoff leaving these impermeable surfaces and makes sure that it is being paid for by the right people.  We need a rate structure that offers incentives to the progressive eco-friendly users who choose to integrate permeable surfaces on their properties, before, and after building is complete.

No rate increase or layoffs in 2017

There will not be an increase in Hamilton County’s sewer rates in 2017.  There will also be no layoffs among sewer district employees because of this decision.

County officials and MSD continue to have different opinions about the 2017 budget. At the December 14th public hearing regarding the proposed 2017 budget Commissioner Chris Monzel assured the community that MSD’s threat to lay off workers if its proposed budget wasn’t approved saying is NOT true stating that,”There will be no rate increase, there will be no layoffs.”

Thank you to all who came out to give public comments regarding the 2017 budget proposal on December 7th and December 14th.  Take a look at public comments made by ECO at the hearings here.