February 16 2016

Five Rivers MetroParks Gets More Green

Park district completes efforts that better align the workplace with its conservation mission to protect the region’s natural heritage.

DAYTON, OH (Feb. 16, 2016) – All Five Rivers MetroParks 16 staffed facilities have been certified for the Dayton Regional Green (DRG) Green Business Certification. MetroParks first certified its headquarters, 409 E. Monument Ave. in 2014 and completed it at other facilities in 2015.

The agency also has completed a five year, agency-wide sustainability plan. Implementation has started and will continue through 2017.

”The suslainabiliy plan is not only about protecting our environment. but also about creating a healthier workplace and practicing fiscal responsibility,” said Tim Pritchard, Five Rivers MetroParks education coordinator. ”The sustainability plan is built on the ”triple bottom line” principle of investing in people, planet and profit.”

The Five Rivers MetroParks sustainability plan includes:

  • Composting at all 16 Five Rivers MetroParks offices as well as meetings, programs and events that aim to create zero waste.
  • System of green practices site liaisons in which each facility has a leader for sustainability who works directly with the sustainability team.
  • Working with Heapy Engineering to conduct a district-wide energy audit to demonstrate how energy saving can be maximized at each location. Five Rivers MetroParks will evaluate the results once completed this summer and determine next steps.
  • Adding and implementing policies for energy. solid waste management and water conservation.
  • Public recycling in all parks by the end of 2016. A 2014 matching grant from Montgomery County Solid Waste District funded the placement of recycling bins at RiverScape, Wegerzyn,Wesleyan, Island, and Hills & Dales MetroParks. After analyzing use in these parks, MetroParks is ready to make recycling in the MetroParks an agency-wide initiative.

“Creating a conservation culture is twofold,” Pritchard said. “First, it means creating a workplace where staff members practice sustainability through their day-to-day actions. Second, it includes helping the public learn how to live more sustainably through programs and selling the example by the way we manage and maintain our parks.”

The public can learn how to live more sustainably by attending an upcoming Green Living program, a complete list of which is listed online.

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