30Jan 2017
2017

We had an interesting 2016 with major policy challenges and opportunities for collaboration. We look forward to an exciting new year for sustainable business in Ohio. Clean Energy: OSBC was active on energy issues in 2016. Last January, as the controversy grew over power purchase agreements to guarantee profits to AEP and First Energy to […]

16Dec 2016
Design Energy renewable energy design

Design Energy is an Ohio-based company that designs, builds, manages and finances commercial business and residential scale solar power systems, including community-based solutions. The company employs Ohio tradespeople and manufacturing to bring the benefits of utility-scale and community scale solar generation to cities, towns, and villages of Ohio. Design Energy’s client The Village of Minster […]

15Dec 2016
kasich

On December 8, 2016 the Ohio General Assembly passed Substitute House Bill 554 by lame duck session.  During the prior week, OSBC executive director, Mayda Sanchez, delivered letters from business executives from across Ohio urging legislators to oppose HB 554 and SB 220, that seek to make Ohio’s clean energy standards voluntary. The following letters […]

29Nov 2016
Lucky Penny Farm & Creamery Ohio

 Lucky Penny Farm is a special place where art, agriculture, and family intersect. Although it exists for us as century home and family farm in Ohio, its just as much a state of mind dedicated to food, family, living simply and sustainably and using our hands for good work- in the kitchen, in the garden, […]

16Oct 2016

Economists have long argued that increases in worker pay can lead to improvements in productivity—indeed, that it can actually be profitable to pay workers higher wages.  Last year, Justin Wolfers and Jan Zilinsky of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, decided to explore literature and theory on how pay increases influence productivity. Their article summarizes […]

22Jul 2016
health care costs

A Brief History of the U.S. employer-based Healthcare system by Alice Faryna M.D. The USA is unique in the industrialized world in avoiding a move to an equitable form of universal coverage, stemming back to the post depression era of the 1930’s. Blue Cross was created to help Baylor University’s troubled HC facilities, by offering […]

20Jun 2016

Policy Forum on Conservative Thought and Sustainability   OSBC was an organizing partner for this interactive policy forum — bringing together national and Cleveland area business leaders, policy makers, the media and RNC delegates — to examine the financial benefits that companies large and small are realizing through environmental sustainability practices. Held July 20th Cleveland-Marshall College […]

11Jun 2016

Village Bakery & Cafe opened in 2002 with a mission to support farms in the foothills of Appalachian Ohio, by nourishing our neighbors and inspiring a culture of interdependence.  Our progress is measured by how much we can “invest” our purchasing power in organic, fair trade, and renewable systems, and how little we can contribute […]

11Jun 2016
Village Bakery Athens Ohio

Congratulations to OSBC member, Christine Hughes, owner of the Village Bakery & Cafe! Village Bakery & Cafe is one of the three winners of Green America’s Spring 2016 People & Planet Award, in the organics category. Each winner receives a $5,000 prize to support their business’s green mission. “We are so thrilled to accept this […]

19May 2016
Photo by Robert S. Donovan flickr.com/photos/booleansplit/

OSBC members and friends are invited to join this ASBC Webinar: The Conservative Case for a National Carbon Tax : Former Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC) Catrina Rorke, R Street Institute Fifth in a series of Webinars about Climate Change June 8th, 4 – 5 PM ET Stopping climate change will ultimately require action from Congress. […]

24Mar 2016

By Zach Bernstein The debate over whether climate change is real is essentially settled. Now the question is, what are we going to do about keeping temperatures from rising out of control? Here’s one idea: Support a carbon tax. This might seem odd, especially given the name, but carbon taxes are becoming more and more […]