Monday, August 6, 2012

$15K approved for Green Cincinnati Plan outreach efforts

Cincinnati City Council last Wednesday approved the transfer of $15,000 to bolster its Green Cincinnati Plan outreach efforts.

The funding, which was required to be spent by the end of November, comes from an account established with U.S. Department of Energy Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant dollars disbursed through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

In May, Council took several steps to update the goals of its climate protection plan, including the appointment of 28 new members to a steering committee charged with making recommendations on growing the plan and the approval of $85,000 in grants for educational outreach and energy efficiency improvements.

Developed in 2008 under the leadership of then-Councilmember David Crowley, the Green Cincinnati Plan is a list of more than 80 recommendations meant to beautify the City, make the City more sustainable, reduce maintenance, save money, and create local jobs.

Nearly three-fourths of the recommendations already have been implemented, according to the City's Office of Environmental Quality.

Previous reading on BC:
Council gives Green Cincinnati Plan teeth (5/11/12)
Green Cincinnati RFP winding down (1/24/11)
Motion supports making urban gardening program permanent (11/18/09)
Notwithstanding ordinances push community gardens forward (4/28/09)
Cincinnati Farm program could be in place by spring (1/12/09)