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Friday, April 19 2013, 08:28 PM EDT
Dayton Continues Clean and Green Focus
DAYTON -- With the approach of Earth Day on Monday the City of Dayton is set to launch a number of new green initiatives, while continuing and improving previously launched programs:

Green Commuting:  The City of Dayton is constructing a bicycle parking room in underused space at City Hall (101 W. Third St.) Up to 20 employees will be able to park bikes there daily. The City is also planning a summer launch of an electric car charging station at the Municipal Garage (123 W. Third St.).

Neighborhood/Corridor Cleanups:  Volunteers, community groups and City of Dayton staff annually complete an ambitious schedule of neighborhood and major corridor cleanups. The 2013 schedule begins Saturday, April 20, with a cleanup of the Salem Avenue corridor. Additional events will be announced soon.

Dayton Takes Tire Dumping Seriously: Dumping automotive tires in unauthorized areas is a felony. The City of Dayton, Montgomery County and other partners are participating in the Regional Environmental Crimes Task Force, with a goal of dramatically reducing illegal dumping. Since its launch last year, the task force has already investigated more than 30 cases, and two cases have been successfully prosecuted so far. 

Recycling Saves Money, Too:  The Recycle Dayton program recently achieved a major goal, with an average of 500 tons of materials recycled monthly by city residents. With that much waste directed to recycling rather than landfills, the City of Dayton is able to reduce spending on landfill fees. The next goal: 1000 tons monthly, allowing the City to reduce net disposal fees to zero.

Easy To and Through/Easy to Recycle:  Flying and parking at Dayton International Airport are convenient and quick, giving the City-owned airport its “easy to and through” designation. Now, following the installation of highly visible “It’s a Great DAY to Recycle” stations, passengers and visitors can dispose of recyclables more conveniently. The Airport has also earned the regional DRG3 certification for green business practices.

Dayton-based businesses and organizations are also making a big difference. To help celebrate Earth Day and to acknowledge just some of the special efforts underway locally, the City of Dayton recognizes the following clean and green initiatives:

• Vaughn Interior Concepts is including green technologies in its new Dayton production facility and builds many of its custom products from recycled materials.

• Downtown Dayton’s Chaminade Julienne High School is celebrating Earth Day with community service projects and is committed to sustainable operations at its STEMM Center, now under construction.e.

• Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley keeps countless items out of landfills each year through its popular sales of used goods. It also opened a LEED-certified green building in Dayton in 2011.

• White Allen Honda will soon start construction of its new Honda Store on North Main Street in Dayton. The new facility will include an energy-generating wind turbine to power some of the dealership’s lighting.Dayton Continues Clean and Green Focus

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