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.

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.

Sustainability Roundtable

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

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

Please join with your peers from across the Miami Valley at the next MVRPC Sustainability Roundtable:

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Location: MVRPC Offices, 10 North Ludlow Street, Suite 700, Dayton, OH 45402

This session will continue a focus on Storm Water Management, this time highlighting buildings and grounds. Our speakers will address a variety of innovative practices, including rain gardens, green roofs, and mowing management. FREE, with registration required.

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.


Automation and the Future of Urban Transportation

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 2:00 PM EDT

Join the Sustainable City Network for this free 1-hour webinar, which will explore the ways in which changing technology and mobility patterns will drive the evolution of the built environment, what cities and planning organizations should be doing to prepare for it, and how developers are mobilizing to capitalize upon it. Presented by Adam Ducker, managing director of RCLCO, this free webinar is sponsored by Cornerstone Architecture.

Click here to register for this webinar.

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.

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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.

Everything you want to know about Textile Recycling

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.

Using pervious pavement alleys to manage storm water.

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.

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.

Corner Grocer Initiative from Public Health Dayton-Montgomery County.

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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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