Nonprofit Partners

Power A Clean Future Ohio is building momentum now for a clean, prosperous future by equipping local leaders for community-driven carbon reductions in Ohio. They are an expansive, diverse coalition engaging with cities and local governments across the state of Ohio to build a clean future for our communities. Power A Clean Future Ohio is empowering local leaders with tools and resources to create carbon reduction plans and implement them in ways that are achievable, measurable, equitable, and economical.

The mission of the Wayne County Sustainable Energy Network is to advance sustainable energy in their area. They raise awareness by educating the public, and offering resources to assist individuals and organizations in their sustainable energy efforts. They provide resources, materials, information, workshops and projects to prepare individuals, the community and businesses to become more energy efficient, use resources more wisely and increase sustainable energy generation for homes, community and commercial buildings. 

The Ohio Craft Brewers Association was founded as a not-for-profit organization in 2008 to unify the Ohio brewing community, market Ohio manufactured beers throughout the state and beyond, and monitor and promote a strong beer industry in Ohio. The Ohio Craft Brewers Association also organizes state-wide events that showcase the rich brewing industry and stellar beers being produced in Ohio.

 Sustainable Cleveland is a community of people working together to reshape Cleveland into a vibrant livable city with thriving businesses and a flourishing natural environment. Sustainable Cleveland is also a resource that offers information and actionable tools so you can make smart, sustainable choices at home, at work and in your community. Their initiative engages people from all walks of life, working together to design and develop a thriving and resilient Cleveland region that leverages its wealth of assets to build economic, social and environmental well-being for all.

The Ohio Environmental Council works for pragmatic solutions to keep Ohio clean and beautiful, and our communities safe. They fight for clean air and water, clean energy, and protected public lands. They hold polluters accountable in court while working with communities and companies that want to invest in a clean, more sustainable direction. For nearly 50 years, OEC has led many of the major environmental policy wins in Ohio.

Green Umbrella is the regional sustainability alliance of Greater Cincinnati, with over 200 member organizations and over 200 individual members passionate about enhancing the environmental health and vitality of the region. They facilitate collaboration among non-profits, businesses, educational institutions and governmental entities to meet the environmental, social, and economic needs of today while preserving the ability of future generations to thrive.

At The Climate Reality Project, they believe that equity, fairness, and the fully voiced engagement of frontline communities most impacted by climate change are essential components of any enduring climate solution and that to solve the climate crisis, they must pursue a just transition to a clean energy economy that nurtures healthy and sustainable communities and ecosystems. Their mission is to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society.

Solar United Neighbors is a national organization, with 13 state-wide chapters, all dedicated to representing the needs and interests of solar owners and supporters. They are a community of people building a new energy system with rooftop solar at the cornerstone. They help people go solar, join together, and fight for their energy rights.

Established in 2002 and headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Clean Fuels Ohio is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to making Ohio a cleaner, healthier and more prosperous state. In addition to partnering with organizations to implement advanced fuel solutions and vehicle technologies, they are helping to build a state-wide fueling and charging infrastructure that supports these efforts.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. They exist to create the political will for climate solutions by enabling individual breakthroughs in the exercise of personal and political power.

Blue Rock Station is an Ohio-based LLC whose purpose is to share skill-building and daily farm life with visitors, interns and people seeking to learn more about a simpler way of life. Founded in 2003, Blue Rock Station is an experiment in green living. They try to live lightly on the land, sharing it with visitors, interns, critters, and everything else that lives on the land.

Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition was established to ensure Ohio’s presence both regionally and nationally in current fuel cell discussions. They promote public awareness about the positive role fuel cell technology can play as an efficient, reliable and environmentally responsible source of energy in a wide variety of applications. They work to expand networking and information that lead to greater alliances and understanding of the economic opportunities available to Ohio organizations and encourage federal funding that will leverage state resources in the development of fuel cell technology.

The Sierra Club Ohio Chapter was established in 1968 and represents more than 125,000 members and supporters. The Chapter advocates for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and public transit. They proudly defend Ohio’s forests, state parks, and nature preserves. They preserve water resources by advocating for green infrastructure, factory farm regulation, and protections for Lake Erie and watersheds throughout the state. Finally, they promote Ohio’s transition to a 21st-century economy through the creation of good-paying, long-standing green jobs.

Simply Living is a community organization that celebrates and connects people to learning opportunities that promote community sustainability, environmental awareness and their local economy through educational outreach and partnerships within their community.

Northern Ohioans for Wind (NOW) is a grassroots organization that gives a voice to those who support renewable wind energy development in Northern Ohio.  Wind energy is driving new investment, creating jobs, and adding new tax revenue for communities across Northern Ohio counties.

Rural Action is a membership-based nonprofit working in the southeast and central eastern counties of Appalachian Ohio since 1991. Their mission is to build a more just economy by developing the region’s assets in environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways.

Power of Wind is leading a community movement for the smarter, fairer energy policies we need to unleash the promise of wind energy. Through our smart advocacy campaigns and partnership with wind energy experts at the American Wind Energy Association, we have the power to get our message heard loud and clear by elected leaders: The time is now for a cleaner, more affordable energy future.

Oxford Seniors is Dedicated to Serving Seniors and Strengthening Community.  Their programs and services are made possible by support from the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio, the City of Oxford, United Way of Oxford and Vicinity, Oxford Community
Foundation and additional organizations and citizens of Oxford and surrounding communities.

Greater Akron Innovation Network for Sustainability (GAINS), founded in 2012, is an organization focused on building awareness and demand, stimulating the economy, creating jobs, and educating business professionals and consumers on sustainability for community.

Academic Partners

The Ohio Energy Project (OEP) is the state affiliate of the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED). They partner with NEED to provide Ohio educators with excellent curriculums, resources and programs. They bring the latest in the energy field to teachers and students in a way that makes everyone take notice by working with utilities, the State of Ohio, nonprofit organizations, energy organizations, universities, manufacturers and others.

Denison University strives to be an exemplary steward of our natural world and a leader in sustainability. They take an intentionally multi-disciplinary approach to sustainability that balances environmental, economic and social responsibility. They believe that this approach to sustainability will support the well-being of the college and the global community.

The Institute for the Environment & Sustainability (IES), in the College of Arts and Science, educates students as professionals and global citizens through interdisciplinary programs in environmental science and sustainability, and provides leadership in areas of research and outreach that address environmental problems and promote a more sustainable society.

The Hanley Sustainability Institute at the University of Dayton extends sustainability efforts campus-wide and into this community. Their highly integrated approach prepares students to meet the growing demand for sustainability skills in the workplace. Leveraging existing programs, degrees and courses, such as the Environmental Biology and Geology degrees, the master’s degree in Renewable and Clean Energy, and an undergraduate minor in Sustainability, Energy and Environment (SEE), the Institute is making enormous strides to become a leader in sustainability education.

The Kent State Office of Sustainability works to increase sustainability in university operations, from waste stream and recycling to reduced and green energy use, to collaborating with faculty to incorporate sustainability across the curriculum.

The Oberlin Office of Environmental Sustainability (OES) educates and inspires a multidisciplinary way of thinking about the world that incorporates an ethic of environmental care, social equity, and financial responsibility. Through bold leadership, innovation, and creative collaboration, OES works with the administration to advance an environment that is sustainable, equitable, and resilient for their campus, students, community, and beyond.

Ohio University’s Office of Sustainability facilitates the implementation of the Ohio University Sustainability and Climate Action Plan by providing services and support to the campus community and ensures fulfillment of institutional commitments to environmental, social and economic well-being. 

Ohio State’s Sustainability Institute is a comprehensive land-grant research university with hundreds of faculty in sustainability, thousands of passionate students, an enduring land-grant mission, and a strong commitment to sustainability in its campus operations. They are dedicated to leveraging their research and knowledge to enable more sustainable and resilient communities in Ohio, the nation and the global community.