DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton Regional Green is recognizing 84 local businesses as Green.
The voluntary program is designed to take basic measures to reduce the company’s carbon footprint.
Dayton Regional Green was organized five years ago by the City of Dayton, Dayton City Council and the Chamber of Commerce. It now has 311 businesses that are green certified.
Michael Bering, Co-Chair Dayton Regional Green says, “Most businesses most people are doing 70 to 80 percent already so it’s a great system to push yourself a little bit more and be the best you can be sustainable.”
The initiative was started five years ago by Dayton, city council and the chamber of commerce in order to promote sustainability in the Miami Valley.
Phil Parker Chamber of Commerce says, “We’ve talked about it and it’s finally getting some real momentum. Because of a couple of reasons, better products products that can return an investment back to a business.”
The Kettering City School District has reduced its energy output by 22 percent with H-V-A-C improvements and new lights.
The Dayton Art Institute was recognized last year last year and you can see the improvements.
Recycling containers are around the museum and there are more plans for the future.
Michael Roediger, Dayton Art Institute explains, “We’re going to be replacing all of the lights to LED the board has approved to do an update to our HVAC system. So we’re moving that way.”
Business owners say they’re just a piece of the puzzle and if they can do it households can go green too.
If you would like more information on how you can go green or how your business can be green certified head to drg3.org