- 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).
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:
The Cincinnati Green Apple Day of Service took place on Tuesday, September 20th at Pleasant Hill Academy in College Hill. The USGBC SW Ohio Region partnered again this year with Keep Cincinnati Beautiful to help the students recycle their lunch waste. The volunteers assisted students sorting their food and paper waste. At the end of the lunch period the results were measured and 16.8 lbs. of recycling, 14 lbs. of compost and 102.2 lbs. of trash were collected. Students received a “recycle” rubber bracelet for their efforts.
The waste-reduction project included education through classroom presentations and assemblies provided by Keep Cincinnati Beautiful. The Civic Garden Center is working with the school to use the compost in their own garden!
Special thanks to Barb Wriston-Ruddy and Kara Luggen of Keep Cincinnati Beautiful for their help in putting this program together.