The Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society (LESS) is an organization of friends of the environment. Their goals are to increase awareness of the environment for Lakeside Chautauqua guests and residents and to foster increased environmental activism as people return to their homes.

NEW Water Bottle Refill Station in Bettinger Park

The life cycle of single use plastic water bottles contributes to global warming, water pollution, and soil pollution.The Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society (LESS) wants to reduce Lakeside’s dependance on single use, disposable water bottles to lessen our impact on the Earth.

LESS is looking to raise $3,500 for the purchase and installation of a NEW water bottle refill station in Bettinger Park. Bettinger Park is an ideal place to install a water bottle refill station as it is central to so many recreational activities!

Join LESS today and help make Lakeside a greener place to play! Checks can be made payable to LESS and dropped to Jim Heikes,Treasurer, at 325 Lynn Ave. Donations can also be made at designation RESTRICTED LESS ENVIRONMENTAL.

Please include “refill station” in the comments section.


Membership is open to all who enjoy the wonders of God's creation. LESS operates on donations and fundraising projects. Membership is not required to attend meetings or activities.

2021 Programs

Energy Savings in Your Cottage with Jim Switzer, Lakeside Senior VP of Municipal Services

1 p.m. Wednesday, June 23
Drackett Hall, Wellness Center

Who doesn't want to save money? Jim has studied the cost savings in his cottage with changes in light bulbs and heating. He has spread sheets to track his success. Come see his light bulb demonstration and learn his tips that you can take home and to the bank.

A Personal Perspective on Lithium-ion Batteries for Electric Vehicles presented by Dr. Christopher Johnson

1 p.m. Wednesday, July 7
Drackett Hall, Wellness Center

Batteries power a vast amount of cell phones and laptops and other electronic devices in our lives. Now they are building momentum for use in transportation applications. This presentation provides an expert glimpse into this reality through a question and answer session with the audience.

Dr. Chrisopher Johnson is a senior scientist and Argonne Distinguished Fellow with 28 years of battery research and development experience at Argonne National Laboratory. He currently is studying low-cost batteries for grid storage.

The Buzz on Bees presented by the Sandusky River Beekeepers

1 p.m. Wednesday, July 14
Train Station Patio

Learn about beekeeping in your own backyard. Where do you place a hive? What's the best bee suit to prevent stings? How much equipment is necessary? How much help do you need to tend the bees? These and many more questions will be answered in today's program. We might be lucky enough to have an observation hive for our viewing. Bee products will also be on sale at the event.

Air Quality in our Cottages with an inspector from Erie Home Inspection

1 p.m. Wednesday, July 21
Drackett Hall, Wellness Center

Purchasing a cottage usually includes a home inspection before closing. Every aspect of the cottage from the roof to the foundation is studied, including the indoor air quality. Have you thought about what your cottage is hiding from you now? Be brave--come learn about what you should be thinking about and possibly improving in your lovely, Victorian cottage. It's not a tent anymore.

Farming Practices and the Impact on Lake Erie's Water Quality

1 p.m. Wednesday, July 28
Drackett Hall, Wellness Center

Sandy Bihn, Executive Director, Lake Erie Waterkeepers and Duane Statler, member of the National Pork Council Board and Past President of the Ohio Pork Council and participating farm in the Blanchard River project in McComb, Ohio. There isn't a question that farm runoff from animal waste and fertilizer play a role in Lake Erie's water quality. What are farmers doing to support a healthier lake and is there more to be accomplished. Join in the discussion and learn more about the issues.

Lake Erie Report Card with Laura Johnson, Director, National Center for Water Quality Research, Heidelberg University

1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4
Drackett Hall, Wellness Center

Lake Erie was known as the "dead lake" due to both contaminant and nutrient pollution, but by the 1990s, the lake had largely recovered. Where are we today? Each year Lake Erie gets a report card rating; today's program features what the current score is and gives us the comparisons.

Backyard Composting with Debbie Haubert, Sandusky Park District Interpretive Naturalist

1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11
Drackett Hall, Wellness Center

This program focuses on how to get started with your backyard compost bin. Bin selection, the appropriate material for composting and more details will be discussed.

Zero Waste Living with Mike Fanelli, Five Rivers MetroPark Volunteer and Master Recycler

1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18
Drackett Hall, Wellness Center

Mike and his family practices what he preaches--consuming and recycling nearly everything that comes into their household. Admirable for sure. In this program Mike presents suggestions for living the same thoughtful way in your home. Bring your concerns and questions to the program for Mike's take on the solution.

Hannah Naumoff
Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society President