SUSTAINABILITY GRANT



The following grant proposals presented by DRG Action Teams were put to the vote by our participants. Voting is now closed and the results are in!

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Wetland Awareness for all Humans

Wetland Special Interest Group of th PFE Land Team



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Wetland Awareness for all Humans

Wetland Special Interest Group of th PFE Land Team

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Description:
Create wetland awareness by providing information on DRG website.

Project aims to:
  1. Develop an Inventory of wetland projects for university and high school classes, Eagle Scouts, and service organizations.
  2. Establish a wetland reference site (mitigation ratios, presentations, model zoning codes, e.g. setbacks based on species, invasive control, detention/retention ponds versus swales/wetlands, etc.
  3. Start an overview of wetland case studies that have led to litigation.
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Community Connect to Nature Sites

Connect To Nature Team



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Community Connect to Nature Sites

Connect To Nature Team

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Description:
This grant application seeks funding to implement the pilot of the CONNECT TO NATURE certification program. Funds are directed towards the physical structure: signs, posters, decals, posts needed to provide recognition of facilities that obtain the certification.

This project will challenge schools, libraries, parks, nature centers, and other community organizations to take specific actions that will result in increasing wildlife habitat, providing environmental protection educational information to community members and organizations, creating access to green spaces for play and learning, inspiring community members to be more active outdoors and learning how to connect deeper with the natural world for a healthier, happier, community for all generations.
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Food Waste Reduction Project

Food Access Team



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Food Waste Reduction Project

Food Access Team

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Description:
Educate the public about best practices regarding food use, including how to use sell by dates, how to recognize signs of spoilage, how to tell when "less than perfect" produce is edible, and when it pays to buy in quantity. The goal is to keep food out of the landfill, and get extra food that is edible and nutritious to people that need it.

Grant funding use:
  1. Advise the media of the Food Waste Reduction campaign
  2. Develop and conduct a survey to show personal habits around food purchases, food use and food waste
  3. Develop a campaign around the slogan "Buy What You Use; Use What You Buy"
  4. Design and print bookmarks, posters and magnets for public distribution in libraries, community centers, grocery stores, markets, etc.
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BYO Bottle

Efficient Buildings Team, Green Market Team, Waste Reduction Team



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BYO Bottle

Efficient Buildings Team, Green Market Team, Waste Reduction Team

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Description:
Encourage local businesses to pledge to sell & distribute branded BYOB bottles, provide free and /or discounted beverages to those who use the bottle, as well as install water refilling stations in their facilities. Potential targeted businesses and venues include Fraze, 5/3 Field, Rose, High School Sports, The Greene, Air Show, UD Arena, & the Nutter Center.

Project outcomes:
  1. General waste reduction by using reusable bottles.
  2. Engage community with a new sustainability initiative.
  3. Encourage local businesses to tap in and get connected
  4. Provide for better access to water via re-filling station installation encouragement.
  5. Use advertising space on the BYOB bottle to promote DRG Utility Program which provides direct funding of the DRG.
This project is based on the Green Idea "BYO Bottle" submitted by Amy Brandl.
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Miami Valley Trails Website Upgrade

Green Transportation Team



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Miami Valley Trails Website Upgrade

Green Transportation Team

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Description:
Improve public access to information about the Miami Valley Trails (over 330 miles of connected trails, across 8 counties) by improving the web site and its usability on mobile devices. The key goals of this project will be:
  1. Increase usage of the Miami Valley Trails by providing better information, mapping and timely alerts to site users.
  2. Raise awareness of the utility of the Miami Valley Trails as commuting corridors for work and school trips.
  3. Partner with Bike Miami Valley to more broadly promote the Region's Bike Friendly Business program.
  4. Increase usage of the web site by incorporating a mobile responsive design that will make the site accessible and relevant to trail users while on the trail.
This project will incorporate the Green Idea "Miami Valley Bike Friendly Business & Employer Program" submitted by Jeremiah Flerchinger.
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