- 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:
This fall will mark an important milestone for the USGBC SW OH Region and our mission in Ohio. As you may know, leaders from the four USGBC Ohio chapters (Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest) have been meeting since late last year to consolidate our efforts into one state-wide entity: USGBC Ohio.
After years of collaboration, we are pleased to announce the four USGBC Ohio Chapters (Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest) will consolidate efforts this Fall (2016) to form one statewide entity: USGBC Ohio!
Why the Change?
In order to more effectively serve each of the four USGBC Ohio Regions, this statewide organization will offer our members:
- Greater access to education, events and programming.
- Enhanced impact and influence of our statewide advocacy efforts and greater benefit to our supporters and sponsors.
- Consolidated and professional staffing support for Regional programming and Statewide advocacy and fundraising
The USGBC Ohio Chapter will be a subsidiary of the national US Green Building Council. While we still have a local volunteer leadership advisory board, we will now have full access to greater resources, programs, and staff from USGBC allowing us to go further, faster in realizing our vision of green buildings for all within this generation.
While we will be consolidating our efforts, most things won’t change on a local scale. Our local work will still occur as it does now through the work of our local boards and committees. As we consolidate, USGBC Ohio will also be integrating our efforts officially with USGBC on a national scale.
This integration will provide full access to numerous resources, programs, benefits, and staff from USGBC while reducing operational redundancies. Working together as a state-wide entity in full partnership with USGBC will allow us to go further, faster in realizing our vision of green buildings for all within this generation.
We look forward to officially launching USGBC Ohio later this year and your continued engagement in helping us reach our shared vision. Your participation will be more important than ever as we chart the future for green building and sustainability in Ohio together.
f you have questions about the Ohio consolidation or integration with USGBC please contact us through this website and we will answer any questions you may have.
It is an exciting time for the SW OH Region and for green building and sustainability in Ohio. We look forward to a bright and green future together!Read More
The University of Dayton Research Institute Energy Technology & Materials Labs achieved LEED Commercial Interiors Gold certification February 4, 2016. The labs, offices and cubicles are located on the 3r floor, north triangle wing at 1700 South Patterson Blvd. The overall area of renovation is 24,326 square feet. Over 30% of the furniture and furnishings (including cubicle components) were either salvaged, reused or refurbished items. Several of the construction materials contain recycled content including metal doors, ceiling tiles, insulation and drywall.
View Energy Technologies and Materials Lab Sustainability Map and Tour here. LEED Certification Map_rev1Read More