DAYTON, OHIO (Dec. 19, 2023) - The Montgomery County Board of County Commissioners, Bring Your Green Initiative and local jurisdictions celebrated a year of environmental achievements at the Bring Your Green Luncheon at Sinclair College on Tuesday.
The event highlighted the sustainability practices cities, organizations and residents implemented throughout 2023.
"We are fortunate to have so many groups and individuals dedicated to making sustainability not just a goal but a guiding principle," said Montgomery County Commissioner Judy Dodge. "Their unwavering dedication to environmental stewardship significantly impacts our region, today and for future generations."
County Commissioners presented the 2023 Montgomery County Sustainability Awards to five sustainability trailblazers.
Recognition highlights include:
- The City of Dayton was honored for achieving the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification. Dayton is one of only four communities in the country to have received this designation.
- The City of Kettering was recognized for establishing a Sustainability Commission. The 12 volunteers help determine the direction and scope of sustainability projects recommended to city leaders.
- The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) received commendation for initiating the area's first-ever Regional Climate Action Planning. This initiative helps local jurisdictions create plans to best inventory greenhouse gas emissions, set emission reduction goals and evaluate projects and programs to meet those goals.
- Five Rivers MetroParks was honored for its commitment to becoming a carbon-negative agency by removing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it emits.
- Michael Berning, who helped start Dayton Regional Green in 2007, was also awarded for his commitment to advancing regional sustainability. Berning is retiring from HEAPY after 40 years. The construction and engineering firm provides planning and design solutions contributing to renewable energy and decarbonization infrastructure investments. HEAPY has managed over 450 LEED projects.
"These achievements are well deserved and a source of motivation for continued collaboration and progress as we create a more sustainable Montgomery County," said Commission President Debbie Lieberman.
The 2023 Bring Your Green Challenge winners were also announced. These individuals, teams and organizations earned the most points by tracking their sustainability efforts on the Bring Your Green Challenge online platform bringyourgreen.com.
"The Bring Your Green Challenge was an excellent way to encourage our employees to increase their sustainability efforts through a fun online competition," said Commissioner Carolyn Rice. "From taking the stairs to driving an electric car, every act counts."
2023 Bring Your Green winners include:
- Aida Meacham: First Place Individual Champion ($300 cash prize)
- Alison Maloy: Committed Champion ($200 cash prize)
- Shelby Reed: Knowledge Champion ($200 cash prize)
- City of Dayton: First Place Team Champion ($500 cash prize)
- Montgomery County: First Place Organization Champion ($500 cash prize)
"Together, we can make a difference," said Lamees Mubaslat, Director of the Bring Your Green Initiative. "Whether small acts to reduce our carbon footprint, adopting eco-friendly technologies in the workplace or being mindful of what we consume, each individual and organization plays a critical role in building a more sustainable world. The Bring Your Green Challenge is evidence of that."
To join the Bring Your Green Challenge and create a plan to participate in next year's competition, go to bringyourgreen.com.