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Green Business Awards Celebrates Region’s Sustainability Innovators Posted by admin on 03/3/14 in Chapter, Events

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Board Member and greensource Cincinnati founder Ez Housh with Jamie Smith of the Business Courier.

Thursday, March 6, 2014 marked the fifth celebration of Cincinnati’s Green Business Awards. The ballroom of the Sharonville Convention Center was crowded with sustainability advocates and innovators, waiting eagerly to see who would receive awards in four categories: advocacy, green building, green practice, and product/service. Guests mingled in the exhibit space around wonderful appetizers by Ovations Catering, perusing booths from leading green companies, including Melink, Mulitcraft, Full Throttle and Juice Plus.

 Gold sponsors for the event were Melink and Multicraft, with Duke Energy, PNC Bank, and the Sharonville Convention Center as Silver sponsors. Leaders from the USGBC Central Ohio Chapter oversaw the judging and selection process.

USGBC Cincinnati Regional Board President Mary Beth McGrew spoke of the Green Business Awards as a fertile ground for discussion and a way to imagine a better future and continued innovation.

“Stimulating these discussions, establishing priorities and implementing activities that will increase environmental awareness, reduce pollution and conserve natural resources is the potential power of the Green Business Awards,” she told the audience.

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Board members Andrew Plogsted (left) and Steve Melink (right).

The winners were then announced. Out of 41 finalists, 13 were chosen as winners for their accomplishments in the sustainability field.

In Green Advocacy, winners were Cincinnati Public Schools Safe Routes to School Program, Groundwork Cincinnati-Mill Creek, and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation for funding the Taking Root Tree Planting Campaign.

Green Building winners were All About Kids Childcare Facilities and the University of Cincinnati’s 4 million gallon Thermal Storage Tank.

In Product/Service, winners were Bonfiglioli USA, Eco Engineering, Sol Design + Consulting, and ReSource.

Green Practice winners were MillerCoors, Mac’s Pizza, Cincinnati Public Schools Single Stream Recycling Program, and the Cincinnati Zoo’s Base Camp Cafe.

The beautiful awards were crafted by Brazee Street Studios School of Glass, using handmade glass in kilns that source 20% of their power from the sun.

At the end of the night everyone went home with a sense of accomplishment, as the Mayor of Sharonville reminded us that “It’s Not Easy Being Green,” but that helping our community and our planet is well worth the effort.

 

See our photos from the GBAs on our Facebook Page.

See Business Courier Event Coverage and Photo Album here.

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Metrofitting Cincinnati Workshop Update Posted by admin on 03/3/14 in Chapter, Events

USGBC Cincinnati, in partnership with the University of Cincinnati, the Niehoff Urban Studio, and Siemens, hosted a community workshop this weekend on Metrofitting Cincinnati. The workshop was facilitated by Tony Fry, presenter of USGBC Cincinnati Regional’s Autumn Lecture. At the workshop, a group of 30 sustainability advocates from diverse fields and backgrounds came together to start a risk map and analyze Cincinnati’s ability to withstand a cataclysmic event.

The workshop split the participants into several teams, each of which looked at Cincinnati through a specific lens: Regional History, Defining Risks, Communication and Map Making, Current Planning Documents, and Social Ecology. Each group produced the outline of a plan or matrix that will be used to direct further planning. The Chapter is currently working with the University and the City of Cincinnati to continue this work. A completed Metrofitting plan will include not only a map of potential risk, but recommended actions that will better prepare the city for events, including community education and infrastructure rehabilitation.Thanks to everyone who participated and gave their ideas, time, and effort! If you would like to be added to the Metrofitting Cincinnati mailing list–which will receive periodic updates on the project and invitations to participate in the continuing project, please email Chapter Administrator Laura Collins.
You can see our event photo album on our Facebook page.
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