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.


Membership

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

1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 24
Train Station Patio

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. All programs are subject to Covid safe measures. Please wear masks and socially distance.

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

1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 7
Train Station Patio

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. All programs are subject to Covid safe measures. Please wear masks and socially distance.

The Buzz on Bees presented by the Sandusky River Beekeepers

1:30 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. All programs are subject to Covid safe measures. Please wear masks and socially distance.

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

1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 21
Train Station Patio

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. All programs are subject to Covid safe measures. Please wear masks and socially distance.

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

1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 28
Train Station Patio

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. All programs are subject to Covid safe measures. Please wear masks and socially distance.

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

1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4
Train Station Patio

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. All programs are subject to Covid safe measures. Please wear masks and socially distance.

Backyard Composting with Debbie Haubert, Sandusky Park District Interpretive Naturalist

1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11
Train Station Patio

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. All programs are subject to Covid safe measures. Please wear masks and socially distance.

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

1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18
Train Station Patio

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. All programs are subject to Covid safe measures. Please wear masks and socially distance.


Hannah Naumoff
Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society President
hnaumoff@gmail.com