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.


Sustainability Roundtable

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

Sustainability Roundtable: Making your Community EV-Ready - August 28, 2019

Community Resilience Planning 2 - June 27, 2019

Developing a Community Resilience Plan

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


Ohio's Changing Climate and Impacts on Farms and Rural Communities

Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 12:00pm-1:00pm.

Click Here to register for this FREE Webinar from the Ohio Food Policy Network

In this webinar, Aaron Wilson, Research Scientist, Byrd Polar and Climate Center, will discuss the challenges that our changing climate presents to the agricultural community in Ohio and throughout the Midwest. We will discuss the differences between weather and climate, explore the impact of increasing greenhouse gases on our climate system, and outline the global context for impacts. Narrowing in locally, we will investigate how temperatures and precipitation have already been altered, the agricultural impacts that have resulted, and our best scientific projections for the future. We will close by discussing the various ways that farms and communities can adapt to build resilience and participate in mitigation efforts that can both limit greenhouse gas emissions and enrich our soils.    

Speaker Bio: Aaron Wilson is an atmospheric scientist with The Ohio State University (OSU), holding a joint appointment as a Research Scientist at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center and as Climate Specialist with OSU Extension. He also works with the State Climate Office of Ohio. His expertise includes weather, applied climatology, and changing climate. Aaron's work focuses on local impacts to changing weather patterns, particularly on the Ag sector.


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.

Use the Sierra Club’s 2019 Plug-In Vehicle Guide to find the best electric vehicle for your driving habits.

Clean Fuels Ohio (CFO) is our state’s primary advocacy organization for alternative fuel vehicles. This CFO presentation discusses the EV market in Ohio, local government policies and fleet conversions.

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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.

In March of 2019 MVRPC partnered with the Ohio Environmental Council and the Hanley Sustainability Institute to conduct a “Growing Local Solar” workshop. The workshop agenda, presentations and handouts and photos from the day are available from the HSI web site.

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.

Development of large scale wind and solar farms is regulated in Ohio by the Ohio Power Siting Board.  Check out their renewable energy resources, approved sites, and pending facilities at their web site.

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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.