Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Greener Stock program to highlight green financial incentives

Going green saves money in the long run, but many people don't know that significant financial incentives exist for those looking into sustainable new construction or remodeling projects.

"Build Green-Save Green: An Introduction to Financial Incentives for Green Building and Remodeling", to be held Thursday, July 29 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Greener Stock, will offer information valuable to anyone related to the building trades – from home and business owners to contractors and builders.

Greener Stock, which bills itself as the first store in Cincinnati to specialize in building supplies made from recycled or rapidly renewable materials, features sustainable finishes such as flooring, countertops, light bulbs, and paint; consulting, design, and permitting services; and waste management and contractor referrals.

Heather Curless, who opened the store in January, has spoken with many home and business owners who are interested in building in a more sustainable way. However, they are often unaware of the ways in which these green upgrades can be even more financially beneficial.

"Since part of Greener Stock’s mission is to be a regional resource for all aspects of sustainable building and design, I felt it imperative to make this information readily available," she says. "We want people to understand the benefits of green building, and we want to help them make it financially feasible."

Presenters for the workshop include:

  • Jeremy Begley, owner, Cincinnati Energy Solutions: "Low-Interest Loans and Grants";
  • Chris Dwyer, owner, Emotiv Energy: "Energy Efficiency and Energy Improvement Mortgages";
  • Eric Denson, City of Cincinnati: "The City of Cincinnati's LEED Property Tax Abatement";
  • Perry Leitner, owner, Blue Chip Solar and Wind: "Renewable Energy Financing"; and
  • Heather Curless, architect and owner of Greener Stock: "Money Saving Building Products".
Space is limited, so prospective attendees are asked to RSVP by e-mail at or by phone at (513) 321-0567. For those who are unable to make it, the information will be made available in the store.

Depending on interest, the workshop may be offered on an ongoing basis and possibly expanded, Curless says.

Greener Stock is located at 3528 Columbia Parkway in Columbia Tusculum.

Previous reading on BC:
Greener Stock available for builders next week (1/4/10)