Local Government Leaders Unite Under "Green" Initiative

Montgomery County Commissioner Judy Dodge and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley joined other local government leaders from throughout the region today to announce a joint vision and strategy to make the region more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Several local municipalities and agencies including the Cities of Centerville, Miamisburg, and Kettering, Five Rivers MetroParks, and Miami Conservancy District have pledged to adopt resolutions committed to meeting specific benchmarks in order to achieve the long-term goals of the Dayton Regional Green initiative.

Started in 2007, Montgomery County formed a green task force to promote greener government, businesses, and personal practices throughout the Dayton region. Following this initial formation, it was decided to open up the taskforce to include the entire Dayton region. In addition to the taskforce’s original efforts, the program also spreads awareness of local green issues through monthly networking events and quarterly luncheons.

“The beauty of the Dayton Regional Green Initiative is that it spans beyond Montgomery County and government efforts alone,” said Commissioner Dodge. “By mobilizing our business and residential communities along with formal government actions, these ambitious goals can become a reality in making the Dayton region greener, healthier and more sustainable.”

These regional goals include certifying 1,500 businesses through the initiative’s Green Business Certification Program, achieving a 25 percent residential and commercial recycling rate, planting 100,000 trees, creating 50 sustainability sites, and more by 2016. Along with these region-wide objectives, each municipality will set their own local sustainability goals to improve sustainability efforts.

Mayor Whaley said this resolution aligns with the City of Dayton’s established focus on sustainable efforts.

“From Water to Public Works to Aviation, the City’s commitment to sustainability permeates every level and department of our organization,” said Whaley. “By acting as better stewards of our natural resources, we’ll also attract and retain young professionals, enhance our competitive edge concerning green issues with other regions and capitalize on cost-saving opportunities.”

According to both Mayor Whaley and Commissioner Dodge, the collaborative nature of these resolutions will allow local leaders to share ideas and successes in order to move the region as a whole towards a more sustainable future.

Montgomery County Commissioners are expected to pass the resolution at their regular public meeting on Tuesday, January 21. The City of Dayton is expected to pass its resolution the following day at the January 22 City Commission meeting.

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