The Green Partnership for Greater Cincinnati

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Five large and influential Cincinnati institutions are joining together to form the new Green Partnership for Greater Cincinnati.

The City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County Commissioners, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Public Schools and Duke Energy are promising to work together to share working ideas and to encourage more and greater efforts toward sustainability around the city.

Today at 3pm, the Green Partnership for Greater Cincinnati is holding a kickoff event at Eden Park near the bank of solar panels. Rumor has is that Mayor Mallory will arrive in an electric car.

Want to attend? Details for the event from the release:

On June 30th 2008 the City of Cincinnati, the Hamilton County Commissioners, the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Public Schools and Duke Energy Ohio will announce the Green Partnership for Greater Cincinnati (GPGC), a new collaboration to share best practices and encourage the adoption and implementation of environmentally friendly policies by the partners. The Green Partnership (which has been in the planning stages for over a year) will hold a public launch Monday June 30, 2008 at 3PM in front of the solar panels at the Cincinnati Parks Administration Building at 950 Eden Park Drive (look for the tent).

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, UC President Nancy Zimpher, CPS Superintendent Rosa Blackwell and Duke Energy Ohio President Sandra Meyer will arrive at the launch site in a fleet of electric cars, in a demonstration of their commitment to the partnership and its goals. (Several of these cars may be seen for the first time in Cincinnati!)

Together the GPGC partners employ and educate tens of thousands of people, operate thousands of buildings and motor vehicles, and manage tens of thousands of acres of land. All five institutions already engage in a broad range of environmental programs, and each institution has specific expertise and resources in such areas as education, energy efficiency and recycling. GPGC has formed project teams comprised of employees from all of the partners to address eight priorities that will increase the sustainability of the partner organizations. These priorities are:

· Communication and outreach

· Comprehensive recycling initiative

· Green buildings and energy use reduction

· Use of mass transit and alternative transportation options

· Environmentally preferred purchasing

· Comprehensive environmental education

· Fleet vehicle options

· Land and water management best practices

Each team will develop specific projects to be implemented over the next 1-3 years. These projects will apply directly to the operations, programs and facilities owned and managed by the partner institutions. More than 100 people from the partner organizations helped set the project agenda and develop the specific team objectives to be shared at the partnership launch.

See you there!

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