Sustainability Resources

Welcome to MVRPC’s Sustainability Resource page.  It has been designed to provide you with a range of environmental and life quality sustainability topics to assist you in keeping up to date on best practices, introducing key contacts/subject matter experts, presenting additional learning opportunities and much more.  We also want you to share any information that comes your way.  In each topic, you will have an opportunity to pass along your news.

Growing Local Solar Workshop
March 20, 2019

MVRPC is teaming up with The Ohio Environmental Council, Green Energy Ohio, and the University of Dayton to host a workshop entitled Growing Local Solar: Community-based tools to enable solar development in Ohio on March 20th from 10am-3pm at the University of Dayton Daniel J. Curran Place. This workshop is open to any and all, but specifically geared toward decision-makers and their staff within county, township, city and village jurisdictions. You will walk away with knowledge and resources that can be applied in your community.

The event page and registration can be found hereThe modest registration fee will cover lunch and refreshments. The day's agenda will also include a tour of the University of Dayton's Daniel J. Curran Place solar array.  Please be sure to register by March 13.  

Presentations and panel discussions with policy, legal and business experts will cover a range of topics: Community choice aggregation; solar project interconnection standards; land use, building codes and zoning considerations; neighborhood-based solar cooperatives; best practices for residential rooftop solar in historical districts and homeowners' associations; energy special improvement districts (eSIDs) and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, and; community engagement best practices including how to address concerns over property values.  

Sustainability Roundtable

MVRPC hosts periodic Sustainability Roundtables. Here are the meeting materials, links and presentations, where available.

Community Resilience Planning - February 27, 2019

Community Resilience Planning
Resiliance Planning for Local Governments
Case1: New Sandy Hook School
Case 2: Princeton's microgrid Sandy
Case 3: Toronto Checklist
Case 4: Paradise Fire
Case 5: Cleveland
Case 6: Healhcare Resiliency

Storm Water: Districts and Data - December 5, 2018

Strand Associates
Woolpert presentation and Impervious Surface Project
Clermont County presentation and Handout

Storm Water Management: Buildings and Grounds -  September 26, 2018

Rain Gardens in Franklin County, Ohio
Stormwater BMPs, City of Dayton, Ohio
Roundtable Introduction

Storm Water Management - July 24, 2018

ODNR - Street Trees and Green Infrastructure
OKI - Trees and Stormwater
CMT - Pervious Pavement Use for Effective Design

Textile Recycling Event - April 3, 2018

Simple Recycling presentation.
Rumpke presentation.
Montgomery County Environmental Services presentation.
City of Cincinnati presentation.

Is your Community Solar-Friendly? - Nov. 9, 2017

DPandL presentation.
OEC presentation.
Energy Optimizers presentation.

Using trees to improve vacant lots - Mar. 23, 2017

Facilitation session, no presentations.

Emerald Ash Borer - Feb. 25, 2016

No presentations available.

Best Practices in Snow and Ice Control - Oct. 22, 2015

No presentations available.

Webinars & Conferences



DATE & TIME:  March 28, 2019, 12:00 NOON EDT

FREE WEBINAR; Register here.

Presented by Mark Scully and Bernard Pelietier, People's Action for Clean Energy

Across the country, towns and cities are taking their energy future into their own hands, unwilling to wait for state or federal support. Many community leaders are beginning to make real progress at the local level. In Connecticut, People's Action for Clean Energy (PACE) has worked with towns across the state to develop viable, practical plans to transition to 100% renewable energy.

These topics will be covered:

  • Getting town leaders interested in adopting clean energy
  • Benchmarking the town's current energy usage for residents, businesses and the municipality, including electricity, heating/cooling and transportation.
  • Estimating how much this usage could be reduced by aggressive efficiency and electrification of heating, cooling and transportation.
  • Measuring how much renewable energy could realistically be generated in town.
  • Exploring the impact of 100% renewable energy on the local grid.

After this initial benchmarking is complete, PACE works with towns to develop a roadmap of local initiatives, policies and activities to transition to 100% renewable energy. This work has led to a growing compendium of shared best practices from which your town can learn.

Ohio EPA Sustainability Conference

On April 17, 2019, Ohio EPA will host its second Sustainability Conference In Columbus.

A large part of the conference is targeted to businesses and communities that are moving beyond basic environmental requirements into cost-effective sustainable strategies to improve environmental performance and save valuable resources. This event will be particularly helpful to small and medium-sized communities and businesses.

This will be an opportunity to learn ways to become a part of the sustainability movement and how it can improve businesses and communities, how our water resources can benefit from sustainable approaches, and the resources and incentives that can help your sustainability efforts. During the event, you will hear from business and community leaders eager to share their insight as to how they've gone above and beyond to implement sustainable practices.

Registration is $150 per person. More details and registration is available at the Ohio EPA web site.

Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicles (EV) are significantly cleaner, more energy efficient, and quieter than internal combustion-powered cars.

Tax and other incentives are used to encourage EV ownership.

EV charging at Multi-unit housing is a key hurdle to broader adoption of EV. Here are links to initiatives across the US to expand availability of EV charging at apartment and condo developments.

Charging availability at work can help alleviate “range anxiety.” Here’s the case for workplace charging.

Clean Fuels Ohio is our state’s primary advocacy organization for alternative fuels vehicles.

Have something to include? Send it to Matt Lindsay!



Recycling prevents usable materials from needlessly going into landfills, creates raw materials for new products, and saves communities landfill costs!

Contact information for every Solid Waste Districts in Ohio. Find out how you and your community can recycle more!

Ohio EPA’s Materials Marketplace is a free online platform allowing businesses and organizations to connect and find reuse and recycling solutions for waste and by-product materials.

The National League of Cities has published a new report, “Rethinking Recycling: How Cities Can Adapt to Evolving Markets.” This 36-page report describes numerous strategies cities across the US are using to address collapsing markets in recyclable materials.

Trash and Recycling information for residents of the City of Dayton.

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Renewable Energy

Renewable energy from sources like wind and solar are low carbon alternatives to coal, oil and gas and have been the fastest growing sources of energy in recent decades.

Tax and other incentives are used by state and federal governments to encourage investment in clean energy.

Ohio cities and local governments can wield multiple tools to encourage renewable energy in their communities.

Ohio residents and businesses can make an individual choice to buy energy from renewable sources. Find out more at Energy Choice Ohio.

Energy efficiency – the cheapest energy is the energy you don’t use.

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Urban Forestry

Trees offer tremendous value to urban communities: from storm water management, to summer cooling, to increased property values.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources asks Ohioans to report sightings of Beech Leaf Disease.

Selecting Urban Trees.

OKI Trees and Storm Water tool is useful for project and area planning.

Urban reforestation to reduce ozone levels.

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Storm Water

Managing storm water is a constant responsibility of municipalities. Sustainable practices can help the environment help you manage it better.

Making Your Community Forest Friendly” is a free codes and ordinances worksheet from the Center for Watershed Protection designed to help local officials determine whether local codes require, allow, or prohibit “forest-friendly” development practices.

Urban Storm Water BMP Fact sheets.

NACTO Urban Street Storm Water Guide

Trees and Storm Water tool from USFS

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Access to healthy food and locally grown foods are two central issues for regional sustainability. “How we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used.”– Wendell Berry

Dayton Food Desert analysis.

Hall Hunger Initiative seeks to address hunger and its causes in West Dayton.

Check out the Local Foods Directory from B-W Greenway Community Land Trust.

The Food System Primer from the Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future explains many of the current issues in food systems planning and development.

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Public Health

A healthy region needs to also include healthy residents living healthy, fulfilling lives.

Community Health Improvement Plans for Montgomery, Miami, Greene, Darke, Preble, Warren, and Clark Counties.

Miami Valley Recreation Assets Inventory highlights opportunities to get out and be active.

Senior Living Resources from the Area Agency on Aging.

Chronic Disease and Infant Mortality.

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How can a region with disparate education, wealth/income, and health outcomes call itself “Sustainable?”

The Miami Valley Equity Initiative provides a clear overview and basic data about equity in our Region.

The State of Black Dayton from the Urban League of Southwest Ohio reveals lost opportunities and promise for African-Americans in Greater Dayton and Montgomery County.

Dayton Council on Health Equity is Montgomery County’s Local Office of Minority Health.

Food access/deserts resources from PHDMC.

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The pages will be updated on a regular basis to keep it fresh and beneficial; we hope that you find this a worthwhile tool and are open to your suggestions to improve its value.  Please contact Matt Lindsay at to provide feedback.