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: 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.


Reno Resilience — Sustainability in the Wild West

Free 1-Hour Webinar – Jan. 24, 2019, 3:00 PM Eastern

The 2014 local election brought new, progressive leadership to the City of Reno. The newly elected Mayor and City Council took immediate action to tackle climate change leading to the city's first sustainability manager coming on board in late 2015. In just 3 years, Reno has earned a place on the map for building solutions around sustainability. Growth, innovation, inclusion, resilience: These are all words that define the culture of the new Reno. Presented by Reno Sustainability Manager Lynne Barker, the presentation will describe the sustainability principles reinforced in citywide goals and policies adopted in the City of Reno Master Plan, as well as the more specific strategies identified in the city's Sustainability and Climate Action Plan.

Register now at

Philadelphia's Clean-Energy Future
Thu, Feb 7, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Join the City of Philadelphia on Feb. 7 for a free 1-hour webinar featuring Christine Knapp, sustainability director for the City of Philadelphia. Among other climate- and energy-related topics, she and Energy Manager Adam Agalloco will provide an overview of a new power purchase agreement that will enable the construction of a 70-Megawatt solar facility – the largest in Pennsylvania by sevenfold – providing 22 percent of the city government’s electricity needs. In 2017, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced the city's pledge to get all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. This new PPA is just one of the strategies that will help reach that goal.

Click here to register for this FREE 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.

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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