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The USGBC SW Ohio Region’s Annual Holiday Celebration took place on Tuesday, December 13th at the Montgomery Inn. The Montgomery County Commission; Debbie Lieberman, Judy Dodge and Dan Foley were presented with the 2017 Green Advocate Award for the formation of he Dayton Regional Green (DRG) initiative.. Michael Berning, Chapter President, lead a panel discussion with the winners.
The Chapter also recognized Michael Berning for his leadership of the USGBC SW Region’s Board, which successfully grew membership, substantially increased educational offerings, collaborated with over two dozen regional organizations and expanded membership activities. He will be able to select how the money will be spent.
The USGBC Southwest Ohio is proud to present the 2017 Green Advocate Award to the Montgomery County Commission; Debbie Lieberman, Judy Dodge and Dan Foley.
We wish to recognize the Commission for their leadership in the formation of and especially for their ongoing support of the Dayton Regional Green (DRG) Initiative! Such support is critical to maintain initial gains and to build momentum for greater community impact.
These items speak volumes to the inclusive nature and community-wide impact the Commission created with establishing the DRG:
- Regional: The Commission made certain the DRG is Regionally based – affecting not only Montgomery County, Ohio, but also its 17 surrounding counties.
- Community: The DRG is built on community-based People, Profit, Planet principles: Major public and private organizations lead the 12 Sustainability Action Teams of the DRG. Five Rivers MetroParks focuses on Social Equity and Livability (People), Dayton Regional Green 3 focuses on Economic and Energy Impact (Profit) and Partners for the Environment focuses on Natural Resources (Planet).
We understand the Vision of the DRG is for the Dayton Region to be the most vibrant economy and healthy environment in the Midwest to Live, Work, and Play, and the DRG Mission’s is for it to be a leadership collaborative committed to enhancing the quality of life and environmental assets of the region by promoting social responsibility, growing our economy, and protecting a healthy environment. With the DRG, the Montgomery County Commission has formed an organization that will continue well into the future in making significant impact to the overall sustainability (Quality of Life) of the SW Ohio Region.
The Dayton Green Apple Day of Service took place on Friday October 7th at Horace Mann Elementary School, a Dayton Public School. The event improved upon Horace Mann’s existing learning garden, which is already an important part of the school’s curriculum, by enlarging the garden and adding an outdoor classroom. The service day was a collaboration between the USGBC, Wright State University’s School of Education and the Five Rivers MetroParks Community Gardening Program, with funding also provided by Whole Foods. The group of 25+ volunteers demolished the old, deteriorating garden beds, constructed two large new raised beds from block and filled them with garden soil, added two rain barrels and bird feeders, and mulched a large area for the outdoor “classroom” with repurposed stumps for student seating.
We had fantastic turn-out with folks from the USGBC, WSU, Five Rivers MetroParks, and a large number of students, staff and parents from Horace Mann participating. The group made quick work, finishing the project in 3 hours, and then enjoying hotdogs together afterwards courtesy of the school. The Chapter paid for the garden soil and various garden supplies for the projects.
Enjoy the pictures of the event, below: