In the fall of 2007, Montgomery County Commissioners convened a forum of local citizens, government and business leaders to identify strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Montgomery County and the region. Many ideas were generated from the forum and as a result, the Dayton Regional Green 3 (DRG3) Task Force was created.
From the initial meetings, the Dayton Regional Green Initiative and the DRG3 label were developed in an effort to open the Task Force’s efforts to include all of the Dayton Region and not limit it to Montgomery County. The Co-Chairs of the DRG3 Task Force were Michael Berning from Heapy Engineering and local developer Dave Williams.
The DRG3 Task Force was divided into three work groups: Residential, Business, and Government. Each work group was charged with three focus areas: Education, Policy and Economic Development.
The Residential work group was chaired by Lance Oakes from CESO and Design Homes, the Business work group was chaired by Jack King, BuildingLogix (while with Elements 1V Interiors), and the Government wor kgroup was chaired by David Ricks, former Montgomery County Director of Public Works Department. The executive committee chaired by Michael Berning and Dave Williams was responsible to review all proposals and submittals from all focus groups.
One of the outcomes of the Business work group was the development of the DRG3 Green Business Certification Program. This program is currently being administered through Montgomery County with assistance from the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.
Setting the standard for what it means to be green for the residents, businesses and government municipalities in the Miami Valley makes this organization a Dayton Original!
Dayton Regional Green Initiative Goals:
- Become the regional resource for environmental sustainability and energy conservation through the Dayton Regional Green 3 website and Sustainability Center.
- Guide the region to become more energy efficient, integrate sustainability principles into daily operations and benchmark results.
- Develop a database for green standards.
- Introduce sustainability culture into the community.
- Reduce the region’s carbon footprint through energy efficiency.
- Arrange workshops, seminars, and presentations to businesses and the community.