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Highland Heights Green Task Force

Highland Heights Green Task Force - Serving the Greater Hillcrest Communities & Beyond

2022 Meeting Minutes


The campaign for 2022: “Climate Change and What We Can Do”

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2022 Meeting Notes

MAY, 2022

Financial Report

  • We are financially in good standing.
  • HHGTF gave the city $250 for tree planting
  • Paid members: 65. (Ended 2021 with 61)
  • Maya Barth is the recipient of the $1000.00 scholarship. Congratulations Maya!
  • HHGTF would also like to acknowledge the “Thank You” note from Maya Barth.

Ongoing Prescription Bottle Recycling

Member, Carol Mulhern, gets them to “Matthew 25 Ministries” in Cincinnati via her church (Mayfield Methodist in Chesterland). They are then delivered overseas.


Little Free Library

Thank you again to Ellen Schwartz for restocking the library with children’s books. Please feel free to help out and some books for adults.


Community Clean-Up

Again thank you to all who participated. I am very happy with the turn-out of 40 people, with plenty of kids.


AmazonSmile

Contributions are rising slowly but surely.
Thank you to those who have helped with this!


Freecycle/E-Waste Drive

Sunday, June 26, 10-3, will be the annual freecycle/e-waste drive. Here are some things to remember:

  • No drop-offs after 2, please.
  • Volunteers, please wear green shirts.
  • Habitat is scheduled to be in the parking lot so hopefully, that works out well.
  • If anyone brings a large flat screen TV try to get a $20 fee from them. This is at the recycler's request. There will be at least 1 person with a check made out to Accurate IT with her 50” flat screen. We will still take the TVs but the company has to pay extra to recycle them.


Any more volunteers?


Job Posting

Plastic Bag Ban Coordinator. Cathi Lehn


August Field Trip

We plan to visit Euclid Water Treatment plant for an update AND the SIMS park to learn about the native plant garden with Deb Kramarz:

Aug. 3 @ 2:00 pm.

JULY - NO MEETING, SUMMER BREAK


May 4, 2022

Presentation Tonight: THE IMPACT of TREES in the face of CLIMATE CHANGE
Presenter: Divya Sridhar, Manager of Climate Resiliency and Sustainability, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Thank you for coming on a chilly nite!

Financial Report

  • We are financially in good standing.
  • HHGTF gave the city $250 for tree planting
  • Paid members: 65. (Ended 2021 with 61)
  • Expected expenses:
    • $1000.00 is earmarked for the scholarship. This will be awarded on May 12. Pat Lorenz will, once again, be handing over the award. Mary Fash is presenting.
    • HHGTF donated $250.00to the City of Highland Hts for the planting of one red maple. That represents $3.90/member.
    • Federal and State taxes have been filed. This year we also need to file with the Secretary of State a “Still in Existence” in August. This is filed every 5 years. The fee is $25. The paperwork is ready to mail

Alkaline Battery Recycling

Reminder: This has been canceled.


Prescription Bottle Recycling

Carol Mulhern delivers them to “Matthew 25 Ministries” in Cincinnati via her church (Mayfield Methodist in Chesterland). They are then delivered overseas.


Website Redesign

Tri-C students are redesigning the site. I will let everyone know when it goes live. Please look at it on your phone and give us your opinion


Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for the FREECYCLE/E-WASTE DRIVE, Sunday, June 26 for two shifts. I will send out the sign-up sheet via email.


Green Book Club Reviews

Join us on JUNE 1, at 7 pm in “the barn”. Everyone is invited even if you don’t have a review of a book, article, or documentary!


March 2, 2022

Financial Report

  • We are financially in good standing.
  • Gave city $250 for tree planting
  • Paid members: 58. (Ended 2021 with 61)
  • Expected expenses:
    • $1500.00 is earmarked for the scholarship. This may be decreased to $1,000 due to only one application received.
    • Elizabeth Hiser suggests donating $250.00 to an organization for tree plantings in Cleveland. Vote needed.
    • Federal and State taxes have been filed. This year we also need to file with the Secretary of State a “Still in Existence” in August. This is filed every 5 years. The fee is $25.

Alkaline Battery Recycling

Reminder: This has been canceled.


Prescription Bottle Recycling

New member, Carol Mulhern, gets them to Matthew 25 Ministries in Cincinnati via her church (Mayfield Methodist in Chesterland). They are then delivered overseas.


Website Redesign

Tri-C students are redesigning the site. I will let everyone know when it goes live. Please look at it on your phone and give us your opinion


Highland Heights Community Clean-Up Day

NEW! The City of Highland Heights Community Clean-Up Day will be Sat., April 23, 2022, from 9-1:00.
I met with Mayor Chuck Brunello and his assistant Jolene to discuss the clean-up day. The date and time were confirmed along with a few other details. The Task Force was asked to purchase the grabbers (x25). With the monies left, I ordered and received 40 orange volunteer vests. I will contact our city garden club and the leader of the Boy Scouts to
be participants The mayor will reach out to the schools and I believe a business and perhaps, St. Pascal. There will be a committee meeting soon, and Chuck has decided to have participants go into each ward to collect trash by the roads. I have a signup sheet. If however, you have access to a computer you will need to register online. I will send out a link soon.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Volunteers are needed for the FREECYCLE/E-WASTE DRIVE, Sunday, June 26 for two shifts. I will send out the sign-up sheet via email.


August Field Trip

We still need to confirm the date and time. I will have them soon (I hope!).


Rust Belt Riders and Repeat Glass Bins

When I met with the mayor we also discussed allowing these bins in our city. Chuck agreed to contact both companies and get back to me on
the decision.


Refill Shops

I took a trip to Refill Goodness and dropped off all the clean glass jars and bottles I have been saving for the past year. This is the company that provided a Zoom tour in 2021 around her space. Jenn expects to acquire a truck and do more pop-up events in the future. As it took about 25-30 minutes to get there.

I went online and looked for any refill shops on the east side and
found one in Chagrin Falls. Success! ”Little Spark Refill Shop” is on West Orange St, Chagrin Falls. It is near the theatre.


Movie Night: ”Intelligent Trees”

Do trees talk, know family ties and care for their young? Peter Wohlleben ('The Hidden Life of Trees) and Suzanne Simard (The University of British Columbia, Canada) have been observing and investigating communication between trees for decades. Intelligent Trees is based on Peter Wohlleben's best-selling book.

It is available to stream on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Intelligent-Trees-Peter-Wohlleben/dp/B01LWIEY4F

Also available on Vimeo here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/intelligenttrees

Rated "E" for everyone.


Welcome!

Welcome Planet Aid representative, Randy Miller! Randy is the territory manager.


“Don’t Look Down” Webinar

During the February 16 webinar, the panelists discussed the impacts of plastics on climate and human health. Also how industry uses science denial and misinformation to prevent urgent and transformative solutions from being adopted.
You can watch the webinar here: https://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/webinars


Feb 2, 2022

Financial Report

  • We are financially in good standing.
  • Paid members – 51. Ended 2021 with 61
  • Scholarship Donations = $680.00 ($500 from the Lorenz family)
  • SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT FOR 2022: $1500. This got the vote

Discussions

  • Alkaline Battery Recycling Cancelled due to a fire at some smelting facility..so then Bulldog Battery requires batteries to be taped…took 3 of us 3 hrs to tape what we had at City Hall. I then delivered 27 lbs at a cost of $20.25.
  • Prescription bottles – new member Carol Mulhern….her church Mayfield Methodist in Chesterland gets them to Matthew 25 Ministries in Cincinnati who then delivers them overseas.
  • The website is being redesigned by Tri-C students. Judy will let everyone know when it goes live
  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR FREECYCLE/E-WASTE DRIVE
    Sunday, June 26…two shifts..will send out the sign-up sheet by email
Speaker: Repeat Glass Co., Jamie Arnol

Tentative 2022 Calendar

  • Jan 5: No meeting
  • Feb 2: Community Center – Topic: GLASS RECYCLING, Presenter: Jamie Arnold, Owner: Repeat Glass Company
  • Mar 2: Comm Center or Zoom, Bi-Annual HHGTF Business meeting
  • April ?: Community Clean-up Day, Date to be determined, details will be sent via email, Sat., 4/23 probably