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BEST MAGAZINE CINCINNATI S ULTIMATE GREEN GUIDE 5 Melink Net-Zero Energy Corporate Headquarters - Milford Ohio Modular Solar PV Super-insulated envelope Charging station for EV s Geothermal well-field LED and florescent lights Solar thermal hot water Plus other Strategies and Technologies Leaders in Lifestyle Living Great Traditions Homes crafts dramatic lifestyle-oriented homes designed with spacious flowing floor plans elegant exteriors attention to detail and an unmatched commitment to customer satisfaction. Sustainable neighborhoods and green-minded homes are an integral part of Great Traditions and are situated exclusively in Great Traditions communities. Named Builder of the Year by the Homebuilders Association of Greater Cincinnati Aberdeen Model Open daily 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Located at 7043 Harbour Town Drive West Chester Ohio 45069 Contact Bill McIntyre Sales Manager (513) 759-7444 Harbour Town Village is a unique Carolina-inspired community in West Chester Township adjacent to the well-established Wetherington Golf & Country Club. This private neighborhood with its own gated entrance and village appeal embodies a pedestrian-friendly ambiance with parks walkways trees and scenic lake. Located in the heart of a major regional growth area numerous recreation entertainment shopping and dining options are only minutes away. Courtyard Homes priced from the mid- 300s Directions I-75 to Liberty Way exit west approximately mile to left on Village Gate Boulevard at community entrance left on Harbour Town Drive to Great Traditions Homes Model. The Vintage Club located within historic Montgomery offers 68 acres of unique village-style living with over 12 acres of green space and pocket parks. Beautifully landscaped sidewalks and walking paths create a pedestrian-friendly community of connection linking the best in luxury living with adjacent parks and recreation shopping and dining conveniently nearby. This amenity-rich master planned community features the stunning Three Chimneys Clubhouse which includes an outdoor pool and large patio veranda gathering room and fitness center. Courtyard Homes from the mid- 400 s Club Homes from the 580 s Directions I-275 to Montgomery Road exit. North on Montgomery Road to right at community entrance. Left at Three Chimneys Clubhouse onto Vintage Club Drive to left on Cameo Court to the Great Traditions Model Home. Three Chimneys Clubhouse Magnolia Model Open daily 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Located at 132 Village Gate Lane Montgomery Ohio 45249 Contact Jill Robb Sales Manager (513) 489-8220 Named Community of the Year by the Homebuilders Association of Greater Cincinnati www.Gre atTr adit ionsHomes.com BEST MAGAZINE Publishers Douglas Sandhage & Doug Hart Art Director Stephen Sullivan Writers Jason Sandhage Michelle Crawley Jack Heffron & Douglas Sandhage Photographers Steve Ziegelmeyer & Jason Sandhage ________________________________ About Us Being Green in Cincinnati was conceived in 2009 because it made sense to us that someone needed to help report green news of interest to those who would want and appreciate it. Hundreds of passionate professionals and everyday people throughout greater-Cincinnati were consulted for their ideas and in some cases to contribute articles and or photos to this issue. With their help and the gracious support of our advertising partners this issue was made possible. We thank you. Please note that starting with this edition the name has been changed to Best Magazine Being Green Cincinnati s Ultimate Green Guide. Distribution of Best Magazine Being Green This issue of Best Magazine Being Green was mailed in January 2013 to 11 000 homeowners in the eastern and northern suburbs of Cincinnati and to 500 businesses. An additional 2 000 were printed to make available for single copy sales at multiple locations throughout the city. See our website for locations where they can be purchased for 5 each. Accuracy We tried our best to be accurate and timely with every word in this issue. But being human beings we are far from perfect. We apologize if something got past us. We appreciate your understanding. Coming Up Next Visit our websites www.beinggreenincincinnati.com and www.bestmagazinecincinnati.com Founders Jason Sandhage & Douglas Sandhage CINCINNATI S ULTIMATE GREEN GUIDE 10 17 18 28 39 46 53 62 70 85 90 96 100 105 112 113 116 130 Welcome to Best Magazine The Being Green Issue 3 Six Green Related Apps to Learn More What It Means to Be Green Making the Case for A Smaller Home Open for Business and Thinking Green A Beginner s Guide to Saving Your Ash Inspired Profits by Steve Melink Eight Green Outdoor Projects Over-the-Rhine America s Greenest Historical Neighborhood Ten Green Ways to Go Green in Your Kitchen Five Green Thinkers to Watch Recycling The One Thing We All Seem to be Doing Right Solar Energy Like the Sun the Story that Won t Go Away Green Update Products and Services Electricity 101 How It s Made and Generated Cincinnati Green Tax Abatements & What is LEED Majoring in Green Read This and Save Thousands of Dollars For more info go to www.beinggreenincincinnati.com BEST MAGAZINE N REEN GUID LTIM ULT MAT NA CINCINN T C N NNATI S ULTIMATE GREEN GUIDE CINCINNATI S ULTIMATE GREEN GUIDE ABOUT THE COVER Read all about this newly renovated Over-the-Rhine home and its new owners beginning on page 70. Thanks to Polly Hart for her painting of this year s cover. Polly a Cincinnati artist and grad of UC DAAP is excited about the rebirth downtown is experiencing. The opportunity to create a series of drawings that depict what OTR could be was very exciting for Polly who took on the challenge by roaming the streets and parks of downtown sketching the urban environment. To find out more go to pollyhart.blogspot.com and www.urbansketchers.org Best Magazine Being Green Cincinnati s Ultimate Green Guide is published by Maverick Productions Inc. 41 Locust Hill Road Cincinnati Ohio 45245 Tel. 513-708-3849 Email maverickproductions zoomtown.com Being Green was printed on recycled paper using soy-based inks. See article on page 99 for details. 5 8 GREEN 2013 PLANNING FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE AT PNC WE RE COMMITTED TO A BETTER TOMORROW. With 6 Green Branch locations in Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky and more newly constructed LEED certified buildings than any company in the world PNC is helping to build a brighter future for our community. Find out more at pnc.com green ACHIEVEMENT is a registered mark of The PNC Financial Services Group Inc. U.S. Green Building Council 2010 2012 The PNC Financial Services Group Inc. All rights reserved. PNC Bank National Association. Member FDIC CON PDF 0912-064-112871 Because it makes sense now more than ever Welcome to the third annual edition of Being Green in Cincinnati now a member of the Best Magazine family. Being communicators we all like to think we get a little better each time around. Better at explaining things. Better at finding people who are doing green things and why. Better at spending time in the field so that the overall message is clearly articulated. And better at building on our theme Because It Makes Sense. This issue includes five primary stories that we think deserve particular attention. They go further than we ve gone before to explain some fundamental issues in our marketplace and how being green goes beyond the buying of products and services. Being Green is bigger than that. It includes how we think how we work how we travel and how we teach others about our reasons for doing so. Let me explain Majoring in Green. This story explores Xavier University in particular since all cylinders there seem to be running at full speed and its President has declared that the school s mission as a Jesuit Catholic university cannot be fulfilled as such without an ongoing and ever-greater appropriation of sustainability across the entire horizon of university activities. Sustainability is now part of the Xavier culture. We talked with students managers at the Xavier physical plant members of the sustainability committee and teachers. They are walking the talk and learning quickly how important communications are to moving it forward. We ve included green updates on the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati State as well and several high schools. Inspired Profits. When Steve Melink calls we listen. Melink is the founder president of Melink Corporation and he was one of the first to embrace Being Green in Cincinnati as an important source for green news. This article written by Melink encourages his fellow CEOs to embrace sustainability for the good of their own companies their employees and for the security and well-being of our country. It s passionate it s pointed it s clearly ordered to make for compelling thoughts and calls to action. Over-the-Rhine & Green. Anybody in the green industry will tell you that if you can save a building and recycle it into a new functioning life such as a house it s about the greenest thing you can do. Over-the-Rhine has thousands of structures that may not look so good on the inside but have good bones on the outside. They are worth saving. The problem is that two do-gooders those who want to keep OTR historical and those who want to make it certifiably green are naturals for head butting. Some thought they two could never work together. This story proves otherwise. Making the Case for A Smaller Home. Hardly a case can be made for not living with less space. There s always some square footage to be cut either from deleting rooms not really needed having two bathrooms rather than three or cutting five square feet from the master bedroom. And the even better news than saving thousands of dollars in construction and maintenance cost is that you ll now have more time to do things you d rather be doing. Like fish. Bike. Visit your friends more. Heck even shop. What It Means to Be Green. Which makes you greener To have installed a geothermal heating and air conditioning system in your home or taking the bus to work Both will make you feel good because you ve reduced your contribution to airborne pollutants and both will save you money in the long run. Either will make you a greener but it s not so much what you ve done today it s what you will do tomorrow. The ultimate path to greenness is passing it forward and this article includes four people who are doing just that. Our stated hope in all three issues to date is that each reader take away at least one thing he she can do to be green. And perhaps we ve been reasonably successful as we ve been told stories about how we instigated a garden how we ve turned die-hard trashers into recyclers how Being Green was used as the blueprint to building a LEED certiIllustration by Polly Hart fied home and how some schools now have a sustainability class or seminar where none existed before. In the article Majoring in Green I wrote about how important education is to framing a green-thinking mind. While my parents were my best teachers the eight nuns who taught me at St. Ambrose School in Seymour Indiana were the ultimate greeners. They lived simply they wasted not they walked more than they drove. Not a piece of paper was wasted. Only thing they didn t do was compost. In our school of 300 we ate what was in our lunch bags about the only thing in the trash can at the end of the day were food wrappings and cardboard milk containers. Half-eaten apples were at the very least a venial sin. We hope you enjoy this issue and let us know of ideas for our next one. Thank you for joining us. Douglas E. Sandhage Co-Publisher Best Magazine Being Green In Cincinnati 10 GREEN 2013 Introducing NEW HOMES FROM THE THEPREMIERCOLLECTION GUARANTEED LOWEST ENERGY BILLS BUILD ON YOUR LOT OR OURS ZERO ENERGY OPTIONS 250 s - 500 s The award-winning Zero Energy Home featured at Homearama 2012 A few of our not-so-standard Premier Collection features 2x6 advanced framing wall construction for superior energy efficiency R-21 wall insulation value (compared to R-13 or R-15 of other builders) Tyvek house wrap Low E windows NuWool blown cellulose insulation 95% high-efficiency gas furnace Stained oak stair railing with choice of wood or wrought iron balusters Whirlpool stainless steel kitchen appliances Custom designed kitchen Full basement Garage coach lights Moen faucets Professional front yard landscape package Just as beautiful and efficient visit our website for a look at the TRADITIONAL and NEO-TRADITIONAL collection of homes priced from the 130 s to the 220 s. Call (513) 248-4428 or visit www.PotterhillHomes.com THEPREMIERCOLLECTION NOW REVIEW THE BEST PLACES TO LIVE FROM THE LOCAL EXPERTS WHO KNOW BEST. Discover and Explore Great Places to Live Suburb Reviews and Insightful Questions and Answers from the Comey & Shepherd Community. Have you ever thought I want to stay in Cincinnati but I m not sure which neighborhood to choose. If only I knew what traffic was like on my street before I bought the house. Who s got an opinion on what part of town is best for families with great schools and parks Introducing Community Discovery. An exciting new social media tool on Comey.com. This resource is an easy way for you to view opinions ideas and experiences on areas that interest you as well as to share your own views on where you live have lived or visited. Gather valuable insights reviews and inside information on Greater Cincinnati neighborhoods into which you would consider moving. Through detailed reviews and guidebooks combined with innovative scoring technologies Community Discovery taps into relevant information at the street level. From community attitudes and culture to noise levels and traffic problems Community Discovery on Comey.com provides free relevant inside information to help homebuyers make some of life s most important decisions. Find the best places to live and what it s like to live there. Only on Comey.com. Visit today comey.com A BETTER EDUCATION FOR A GREENER WORLD Xavier University is strongly committed to reducing its carbon footprint and teaching others how to be good stewards of the Earth. From recycling all of our food waste into compost to offering sustainability courses and programs we will make a difference. It s all part of who we are. Learn more xavier.edu green Pierce Matthews resident since 1998 John Parker staff member since 1999 Our promise your future. Our residents find real security and peace-of-mind in a very simple promise in their contract you will never be asked to leave for financial reasons. It s an important benefit of Episcopal Retirement homes not-for-profit difference a promise made possible by generous donors our substantial endowment and 60 years of financial stability. There is no up-front deposit or entrance fee required. To learn more call Gini Tarr at 513.561.4200. episcopalretirement.com We provide the options you make the choices. It s all right here if you need it. Deupree House and Marjorie P. Lee in Hyde Park are communities of Episcopal Retirement Homes where all faiths are welcome. Apps are now a way of life. With the flick of a phone the answers are now in our palms. We reviewed dozens for reasonable app-licability and found these six as good starters. All are free unless noted otherwise. Enjoy_ Green Apps By Jason Sandhage GREEN GUIDE For shopping. Platform iPhone & android Have you wondered how healthy safe and ethical the products you buy really are but can t find the time to do the research The Green Guide has done all the work for you. Simply search by product category or scan a barcode to review more than 120 000 products ranging from household cleaners to food and cars. Products are ranked on a scale of 1-10 and color coded making it quick and easy to determine if the product lives up to you and your family s standards. If you don t like what you see take a look Behind the Ratings to learn more or easily navigate through a list of Top Alternative Products. The Green Guide is a must have for selective shoppers. LOCAVORE For eating. Platform iPhone & android A local food network for discerning tastes. Users are welcomed to the app by an easy to use platform that doesn t complicate what it does best. At a touch you can find a wide-selection of nearby farmers markets and other sellers anywhere in the country. While you re there take a look at what foods are in season and for how long. An expansive recipe section awaits with suggestions for in-season and out-of-season meals. Share your findings with other users and discover all of the edible delights that your area has to offer. GREEN OUTLET For home. Platform iPhone & android. Cost 99 Go green and save green by tracking and managing your home s energy use. Start by entering specific information about your home cost per kw hour square feet thermostat setting number of household members appliances used frequency of appliance use etc. The Green Outlet will calculate the data and provide an estimated daily and monthly cost along with the total household carbon footprint. The data can be adjusted to determine the financial and environmental savings offered by new appliances or by tweaking those you already own. CINCINNATI PARKS For entertainment. Platform iPhone & android Green begins with an appreciation of the natural environment. And in Cincinnati much of that appreciation can be contributed to the local park district. Cincinnati Parks has developed a great addition to the app arena that is as simple and as useful as a walk in the park. Check the map to find the location and directions to a park nearest you. If you want to learn more about the site or view photos simply click on the corresponding link. Event listings coupons virtual tours and trail maps will all assist you on your path to a greener future. iRECYCLE For the earth. Platform iPhone Recycling is easy and iRecycle provides consumers with usable recycling information from around the country. Do you have an old Christmas tree batteries electronics construction waste paint or glass and plastics that you want to get rid of but don t know how With a comprehensive directory of over 300 materials and over 1 million ways to recycle this app will help you find the nearest recycling options and resources for whatever your need may be. Recycling just got a lot more fun. iGREEN For green news. Platform iPhone. Cost 99 While Being Green in Cincinnati is the best source for local green news there are a countless number of additional sources for new and creative green ideas. iGreen is one of them. This app scours the web for up to date information about the latest green tech clean tech solar hybrid and other green news and brings them all to you in one clean and easy to use space. Check in frequently for ideas for your home business or lifestyle. 17 Are you green if you recycle Yes it s a good start and many of us now qualify. But there s more to it and as more than one person has said a lot of it is common sense. Is there anything wrong with saving energy Not if you have a brain. What it means to be green. By J a c k H e f f r o n RICHARD HUNT ARRIVES TO WORK MOST MORNINGS IN A SWEAT. Given the tough economy that might be true for a lot of us but for him it s because whenever possible he rides his bike from his home in O Bryonville to his office in Covington. He s done it for several years for the enjoyment and the exercise but most of all to avoid burning fossil fuel getting there. And he drives a Prius so even when he does take the car he s using less gas than quite a few commuters. Still wearing his bike shoes he clatters across the hardwood floors and up the steps to the shower before starting his work day. Riding his bike to the office requires extra time but he says it s worth the effort just a small blow in support of sustainability. Hunt is part-owner of Keen Communications a publishing company focused mainly on books about hiking biking and the great outdoors. On the first floor of their building on Greenup Street Keen also operates Roebling Point Books and Coffee which has become a hub for environmentally focused events. The company slogan Keen is green. That s quite a claim and one that more and more companies are making today as they move toward a more sustainabilitysensitive way of doing business. But what does it mean to be green Ask most of us if we re green and we ll say yes. We recycle our plastic bottles old newspapers and cardboard boxes zealously trudging the bin to the curb on pick-up day. We reuse our grocery bags (paper or plastic) for everything from lunches to cat litter. We change our furnace filters on a regular basis to reduce energy consumption. When we replaced the old family car we made sure to buy one that s more fuel-efficient. We turn off lights in rooms we re not using. So we re green right Well maybe. Sort of. PAYBACK VS. INTENT It s a tougher question than it might seem. For a term that s bandied about frequently these days coming up with a clear meaning for it isn t easy. There s no standard metric after all for measuring one s green-ness no definition that applies to every situation. Sure we could dial up some statistics that show growth in the city s tonnage of recycled waste or the reduction in energy usage right down to the BTU. But our goal here is more philosophical. What does it really mean to be green Instead of using it as an adjective (a green consumer for example or a green advocate) maybe we should think of it as an adverb to describe specific actions. The more green actions we take the more green we can consider ourselves. 18 GREEN 2013 Richard Hunt photo by S t e v e Z e i g e l m e y e r 19 Or maybe it s not quite that simple. Determining true green-ness should take into consideration the intent behind our actions. Did we buy that fuel-efficient car to reduce our carbon footprint or to save ourselves money at the gas pump Do we shop at the nearby farmer s market to help local growers and support sustainability or do we do it because it s trendy and fun and makes us feel cool When we consider investing in solar panels for our homes are we focused on preserving the environment for future generations or is our first question How long before it pays for itself Payback. We say that a lot. If we re going to part with some green for the sake of green we d better be getting some green in return. For many of us the payback of saving our environment for ourselves and future generations not to mention living in a healthier world just isn t quite enough. Or sometimes our motives are so mixed they can t fully be separated. But are mixed motives really so bad if the outcome helps the environment You get the idea. Figuring out what it means to be green can be tricky. So we thought we d ask that question what does it mean to be green to a few people whose lives both professional and personal are committed to advancing sustainability and protecting the environment. moment is if you do achieve the mindshift to do a little every day then it becomes a habit. And building a green habit benefits us all. BREWSTER RHOADS ECONOMIC IMPACT OF GREEN IS HUGE RICHARD HUNT TAKE LITTLE STEPS EVERY DAY Fresh from a shower after his bike ride to the office Richard Hunt sits in the company s cozy bookstore-coffeehouse. He explains that the store is a commuter station during Bike Week an annual event sponsored by Queen City Bike that encourages people to ride bikes to work. They re given free coffee bike maps and maintenance. Green is about living with a great appreciation for the outdoors he says. One of the greatest joys of biking is being present in the community we live in. When driving in a car we seal ourselves in. As to how that makes me green there s no tailpipe pollution no petroleum consumed the impact on the city s infrastructure is dramatically reduced. The earth is not an endless supply of raw materials. We have to find ways to do more with less as well as create less waste. As for why Keen is green he explains he and his staff do everything they can to minimize consumption and maximize proactive improvement. We also try to support other enterprises that value the same ideals. We exhibit at Paddlefest community festivals and local bike events. In the coffee shop we serve only organic free-trade coffee. Customers who ride to the store receive a discount on their purchases. Our authors give presentations at nature centers bookstores outfitters and schools. Basically we look for any forum where we can espouse environmental awareness with the joy of engaging with others in shared appreciation of the world around us. The books surrounding the tables in the coffeehouse are mostly travel and instructional guides on outdoor activities hiking camping paddling walking and biking. Spend five minutes there and you feel as if you know a little more about what green means. These activities highlight the best ideals for a balanced green lifestyle respect for nature a reverence for wisdom an acknowledged intent to intertwine physical and mental exercise and a commitment to share these resources with readers today as well as future generations says Hunt. Before going on he brushes off the notion that his own commitment sets a vivid example to follow. Being green doesn t require a major lifestyle change he says. It s just taking little steps every day. The flip side of that is you have to be diligent and keep at it. The nirvana Brewster Rhoads the executive director of Green Umbrella a non-profit organization focused on regional sustainability shares much in common with Hunt. Both quickly deny that they are experts on or even shining examples of green living. That quality might somewhat ironically be a key component of being green the lack of a greener-than-thou attitude. You won t hear any self-congratulatory claims or even false modesty. Rather than mounting the bully pulpit someone who is truly green speaks in collective terms we all need to do more than we re doing now. Rhoads points out that he drives a fuel-inefficient truck to haul around equipment necessary for his active outdoor lifestyle. An avid cyclist and kayaker Rhoads has a profound appreciation for nature. Maybe that s another quality shared by the truly green. Their outdoorsy lifestyle makes them more aware of the environment and therefore less concerned with financial payback for their support of sustainability. He can rattle off statistics showing economic payback to the area at the drop of a question. He points proudly at the gains the Tri-State has made in conservation and in environmental awareness and he has the numbers at his fingertips. And in promoting that agenda he takes a practical brass-tacks approach. Bottom line is there s a real incentive for the region to promote itself as a place that promotes sustainable initiatives he says with an energy that makes his passion for the subject not only obvious but infectious. There s no question about his passion as well as his power to motivate think Braveheart on Red Bull. What does it take to attract and retain talent he asks before quickly answering his own question by explaining that he shares the goal of making Cincinnati one of the top 10 greenest cities in the country a place where well-educated enlightened people will want to move or to stay. Rhoads says The economic impact of that is huge adding that attracting and retaining talent helps attract and retain successful businesses. The city s getting hipper and greener every day and that s good to attract talent he says. There s a vibrancy here that s exciting. You don t have to move to Portland Oregon to live in a cool community. You might think after hearing this comment that his passion has clouded his judgment but Rhoads sees no disconnect in comparing progressive Portland to conservative Cincinnati on the subject of sustainability. He says being green is in some ways very natural for a conservative German city. It s Cincinnati on steroids he says. Who would waste money on utility bills Why throw something away that can be recycled This movement is like going back to WWII not to the 60s and 70s. It s about saving money and not being wasteful. And there s a spirit of how can we conserve and be more independent. It s a mindset that says everything has value. Seen in this light Cincinnati seems as likely as the hipper cities to don the green mantle. As for what exactly it means to be green Rhoads again demurs. I don t pretend to be an expert or a model of responsibility in my own life he says. For him the focus is the big issues making an entire region more green and also the little things. He challenges himself every week for example to put more waste in his recycling bin than in his trash can. I make it a contest he says. I m not quite there yet but I m getting close. 20 GREEN 2013 Brewster Rhoads photo by S t e v e Z e i g e l m e y e r 21 STEVE MELINK FIVE WAYS TO GREEN For Steve Melink president of Melink Corporation in Milford the question about what it means to be green requires just a bit of time to think before compiling a list of five attributes. As a mechanical engineer he thinks in a linear way so the list is no surprise. His informed ideas on the subject of sustainability are no surprise either because his company specializes in solar photovoltaic technology for generating clean electricity. When it comes to green few in the tri-state have done more. First there s long-term thinking he begins in a tone far more passionate than pedagogical. You re thinking about future generations and your legacy. Second you re concerned about reducing waste. Going lean is a pop buzzword in the corporate lexicon I know but if we eliminated waste we d be more part of the natural system. It s the way nature works. With barely a pause he says Number three you have respect for and appreciation of nature for both people and the planet. It s hard to imagine someone who doesn t have that but sometimes greed trumps respect and appreciation. Next on his list Lead by example something that Melink does every day in both his personal and professional life. It s not enough that you do something on your own to live in a sustainable way he says. If you have a passion for green you want to gift others that knowledge and best practices. Don t do it by word but by deed. Like Hunt and Rhoads Melink avoids preaching the gospel of green and he doesn t hold himself up as an apostle to be followed. Instead he focuses on putting his own home s energy use in the negative literally off the grid. Through his business he spreads the word by spreading the technology that allow others to use less energy. Number five he says this one is similar to number one you have a passion for leaving the world a better place. It says something about wanting to leave a positive legacy. For more on Steve Melink his company and his ideas on sustainability check out his article in this issue on page 53. His list of traits that collectively answer our question about green however seem as comprehensive a response as anyone can hope to hear. As for actions speaking louder than words Melink says that he doesn t measure a person s commitment to green just on what they do or how much they spend but on how much of themselves they give to the cause. As far as levels of green everyone can only do what they can with the resources they have he says. Can Warren Buffet make a bigger difference than I can Yes. No question. But pound for pound I m doing the best I can. Doing the best we can with what we ve got a powerful way to think about what it means to be green. JOHN HUEBER COMMON SENSE ANSWER Another powerful way to look at it and one of the most profound answers to the question on what it means to be green arose in a conversation with John Hueber owner of John Hueber Homes in Loveland. He focuses on using best sustainability practices in the homes he builds and he offers suggestions to the owners that will make their houses even more green. Yes he hears a lot of questions from them about payback. He says he understands that these folks are watching their dollars. You ll meet few more practical people than John Hueber and he ll pepper any discussion about the topic of sustainability with the phrase common sense. But he also understands that being truly green goes deeper than financial investment and statistics about how much energy is saved. In an interview for last year s BEST Magazine Green Titans issue he may have given the best definition we ve heard yet. Being green is finding your connection to that universal harmonious fabric that is right in front us he told us then. I really think that s it. And now we think so too. Being green is finding your connection to that universal harmonious fabric that is right in front us. I really think that s it. John Hueber 22 GREEN 2013 John Hueber & Steve Melink illustration by C . F. P a y n e 23 While earth air and water may be elemental to our lives that has the power to warm the soul and ignite the imagination. it is fire Fireplace Specialists Fine Art Gallery Home Furnishings 117 west fourth street downtown cincinnati 513-621-0620 bromwells.com Home Green Home Whether you are looking to save money or to help the environment creating a green home will not only increase your home s sustainablity but also add value. LIVE GREEN...No matter how large or small the project you can do your part to create a more eco-friendly home. 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Rose and Pam founded the company in 2005 one of the first businesses of its type in Cincinnati to specialize in vegetative roofs and certainly one of the few if not the only female-owned business of this type in the U.S. Green City Resources specializes in storm water management but not of the sewage type. They work primarily on rooftops figuring out what to do with all the valuable water that hits the shingles or asphalt with each rain. If the roof is vegetative they can use part of it to water the plants. If not they can create a raingarden and harvest it in a tank or pond to use for other water needs like flushing toilets to wash cars and much more. We ve completed dozens of commercial projects so far says Rose. They ve included Children s Hospital UC NKU Clark Montessori School Green Source Cincinnati and buildings for the Metropolitan Sewer District. Green City Resources has also partnered with HGC Construction on projects for Time Warner Cable as well as green roofs for UC s Procter Hall and the Civic Garden Center of Cincinnati. Civic Garden Center s 1 200 sq. ft. green roof and adjacent half-acre is a hands-on interactive teaching laboratory featuring methods of water collection and filtration. The newest project just completed by Green City Resources is a 2.5 acre prairie on the roof of the new Mercy Hospital on Cincinnati s westside an added benefit to all parties on the project because the roof also serves as a living visual for patients and staff to aid in their healing and work. Most projects for Green City Resources are commercial though Rose says they ve done a few homes and will consider more. They also maintain existing rooftop projects. Rose and Pam s vision is infectious. They will help you dream the idea and carry it through to a one-of-a-kind rooftop that everybody can appreciate. NKU Griffin Hall Building a sustainable Cincinnati for the next generation. BASF Rain Garden 5912 Kellogg Ave. Cincinnati OH 45230 513-383-1071 www.greencityresources.com Civic Garden Center of Cincinnati An HGC Construction Green City Resources Project A Cincinnati-based female-owned company specializing in the design installation and maintenance of stormwater management systems bioretention vegetated roofing rainwater harvesting and native landscaping. www.hgcconstruction.com HGC Construction thrives by furthering innovation and increasing the sustainable potential of our built environment through education and practice. Such projects can serve as a model to institutions across the country. Green City Resources has been a valuable resource in sustainable landscape design on several projects completed for our clients. Mike Huseman HGC President 2814 Stanton Ave. Cincinnati OH 45206 513-861-8866 How inconvenienced would you be if you had 500 less sq. ft. in your home How much is that 500 ft. worth It s not that hard to do with less and here s two Cincinnatians who have found that living with less is a good green thing to do. MAKING THE CASE FOR A SMALLER HOME BY JASON SANDHAGE 28 GREEN 2013 Our home is special place. is the one location that greets us with familiarity and the type of warmth that no other space can provide. Some of us in Cincinnati live in the simplest of homes of 1 000 to 2 000 sq. ft. some in much larger spaces 5 000 sq. ft. to 15 000 or more. But no matter the size there s always some space we don t need. Are four bathrooms necessary when one or two will do. Does every bedroom need a walk-in closet Can the kitchen built for a party of 50 once a year be downsized to greet 40 instead Can the extra bedrooms be 10x12 rather than 15x15 Cut we should. It s hard to make a legitimate case for wasted space especially when the energy cost to make it comfortable is not a sustainable cause to brag about. Traditionally the idea that more is somehow better has dominated our way of thinking. A big home with a lot of space and a lot of stuff is often the reward for a lifetime of hard work and achievement saying to others that we ve made it. But this begs the question How much time do I really spend in any given room and how much will it cost both in time and in money to maintain each square foot The hope is that the we ve made it line can be changed to we made it work with a lot less space and we re happier for it. You have to start by making the case. IT CASE 1 Dave Bogan and Ann Mawicke Dave Bogan and Ann Mawicke live in a 4 000-plus sq. ft. American Foursquare style property in Hyde Park. Historical qualities and architectural details are found around every corner while visitors are graced with plenty of room to roam. A love and appreciation for this home is apparent as Dave and Ann talk about the life that they ve had here but as they pack up and continue on with their journey to a new home it is also evident that there are going to be some dramatic changes in the design of their new residence. For Dave and Ann the case for a smaller home has materialized in the form of a 2 200 sq. ft. lakeside residence in Wisconsin. We re cutting it in half says Ann as they began to discuss the idea of quality space outperforming the quantity. We started to look around our home and realized that there weren t that many rooms in which we spent a majority of our time. And those rooms in which we did spend time we may only sit in or use half of it. You don t want to build something that doesn t make any sense adds Dave especially when there are more important things to do with your time such as to entertain friends kayak on the lake or fly fish. The decision to downsize can be daunting. Even with creative design solutions like built-ins natural lighting multi-functional rooms the elimination of hallways and the use of open space it can take some getting used to. So in order to prepare ourselves for the journey says Ann we decided to give it a trial run. Michael Mauch of RWA Architects said the trial run included his Hyde Park firm giving them several schematics all using about the same amount of square footage but with different layouts. They could compare those to how they use their existing cabin said Mauch. We wanted to see if we could live and entertain there continues Ann. We realized that we didn t need a grand foyer and that we could still maintain our private space by adding a sitting area in the bedroom and a screened-in porch at the entrance. RWA Architects one of the city s top architectural firms with a specialty in the design of LEED certified homes helped Dave and Ann with their new design. For those homeowners who are interested in downsizing we start by asking them what rooms they can do without and put emphasis on the space that they use two-to-three times a day says Michael. Do they really need four separate eating areas or a bathroom and walk-in closet for each bedroom If the answer is no we eliminate it from the blueprint. Often we also look to combine specialized rooms such as the laundry mud and powder rooms into one as was the case with Dave and Ann. CASE 2 The Weisfelders Sarah Susanka has a Not So Big message. As an author and advocate for understanding how we live in our homes Susanka believes that a smaller home is no less of a home. That through careful planning and attention to detail we can achieve a small and comfortable home design that still feels just as spacious as the larger alternative. A home is the biggest investment most people make in their lives. The initial expenditure and the cost of maintenance and operation is extensive so why not reduce the burden by thinking a little bit more creatively upfront A lot of it is just using common sense. 29 Below is the Dave Bogan and Ann Mawicke home in Hyde Park a 4 000-plus square footer for two. To the right is the soon to be built Bogan Mawicke lakeside cabin in Wisconsin designed by RWA Architects of Cincinnati and to which the couple will move to in 2013. It s about 1 800 sq. ft. less than their Hyde Parker. The first-floor plan shown is about 1 500 sq. ft. the upper level two bedrooms and a bath will be 700 sq. ft. Michael Mauch of RWA said that space saving features included adding a sitting area to the master bedroom eliminating hallways and combining the kitchen and family room into one open area that s still easy to navigate. The bottom line says Mauch is that we were able to achieve their program in a very compact smart design. 30 GREEN 2013 Melissa and Phil Weisfelder credit Susanka for providing them with the principles and a road map that guided them in the completion of their new home in Camp Dennison. One of Susanka s most common themes explains Melissa is that every single room needs to have a purpose. When I was growing up the biggest room in the house was the living room. It was heated and cooled all year long but the only time we were allowed to step foot in it was during Thanksgiving or Christmas. It was a waste of materials time and money and we decided not to make that same mistake when we built new. Every room was going to be utilized and used to it s fullest. After reading this article and carefully thinking over what you really don t need you and your architect adjust the square footage to 2 500. The new math shows a cost somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 000. A substantial savings but that s not all. Now add in the savings from not having to buy furnishings needed for the bigger place the utility costs and the maintenance and you ll have more than enough to send a kid or two through college and maybe even graduate school or buy a half-dozen hybrid cars. Or you can use the savings to add upgrades to the smaller space. Maybe the family room can be decked out with fine wood built-ins big oak beams on the ceiling or Italian tile around the fireplace. How much time do I really spend in any given room and how much will it cost both in time and in money to maintain each square foot Susanka also speaks about the idea of repetition in a home. It s not difficult at all to live in a significantly smaller home if you do the research into how you live and do not duplicate areas of the house says Melissa. We spent a year in the planning phase so we would be completely satisfied with our home and have no regrets. Instead of having three separate eating areas or living rooms we decided to just have one that was open and connected to the other community areas of the house. A little bit of thinking goes a long way. The differentiation and understanding of public versus private space was very instrumental in the Weisfelder s final design. With 1 860 sq. ft. to work with (a reduction of 1 000 sq. ft. from their previous home) and three children the Weisfelders took space from their bedrooms and attributed it to more important and more utilized areas such as the living room and kitchen. Melissa says that as a family they looked at what was important and realized that the bedroom sizes could be reduced since they were only being used for sleeping. Every family and situation is different but for us larger bedrooms didn t make any sense she said. Or you can purchase more green features such as geothermal heating and air or solar panels. Or you can put it in a CD for your retirement savings. If you use the money for green features then count it as a gift that keeps on giving. Green features will save you energy costs. Go for a net-zero energy home as some have already done in Cincinnati and it will be like getting the game-winning touchdown that so often seems to elude the Bengals. What a great case for making your home smaller and to feel good about it. Dave Bogan Ann Mawicke and the Weisfelders say they made the right decision by going smaller. Larger homes won t go away and anybody can make the case that they add to the economy by providing jobs to those who build them or to those who provide all the extra that go inside. But certainly most builders will tell you that the footprint for the American home isn t what it used to be. Not So Big Not So Bad. The Case for Spending Less Money In Cincinnati square footage costs can average 75 - 100 a sq. ft. for basement rooms and can range from 150 sq. ft. to 250 and more for the primary living space. The variables include factors such as new or renovation and the level of detail on any part of the structure both inside and out. The lot of course is a separate purchase. So let s do some math and assume you are building a new home and your builder uses 200 as a per sq. ft. average. You start by showing him a 4 000 sq. ft. plan. The home will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of 800 000. About the Book Author Sarah Susanka is an accomplished book author. Her titles include The Not So Big House A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live The Not So Big Life Making Room for What Really Matters More Not So Big Solutions for Your Home and Not So Big Remodeling Tailoring Your Home for the Way You Really Live. In late 2012 RWA Architects sponsored bringing Susanka to speak at a Cincinnati green-based seminar. Michael Mauch of RWA called Susanka way ahead of her time in promoting a small house. 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It is the largest tallest newest and one of the greenest office buildings in downtown Cincinnati receiving a certification of LEED Gold from the USGBC. Yet at 41-stories and 665 feet tall its greenest asset extends way beyond the office and retail space that lie beneath its crown. It serves as a striking reminder for all who work live or visit this great city of just what we can achieve with a combination of knowledge and green building leadership. GREEN FEATURES Sourced locally manufactured construction materials in order to support local businesses and reduce transportation emissions. Implemented high-efficiency faucets urinals and high low flush toilets. Resulting in a 30% reduction in water use. Captures wasted HVAC energy and reuses it in the heating and cooling of the structure. High-efficiency air filters heighten the indoor air quality. Centralized location reduces commute times and emissions. Located in a centralized location that is easily accessible by public transportation routes. Bike racks and showers encourage healthy carbon-neutral commutes. Broad recycling program for tenants. Lofty ceilings and windows provide ample natural light while coated and insulated glass decrease heat transfer. Utilized recycled construction content decreasing the strain on local landfills and reducing the need for natural resources. Widespread recycling of debris and construction waste. At emersion Design one doesn t have to look too far to find a prime example of their commitment to sustainable design. Providing efficient architecture engineering and design solutions for their clients was a must so when it came time to expand and remodel their Cincinnati based headquarters the same remained true. The result emersion became the first architecture and engineering firm in the world to operate out of a LEED Platinum office space. The remodeling expansion increased the overall area of the office from 1 200 to 2 919 square feet. In implementing creative and thoughtful design ideas emersion proved that at 27 per square foot for material and labor efficiency does not have to come at a high cost. Plus with over 2 400 pounds of remodeling waste an aggressive strategy of recycling and reuse proved extremely effective when only two trash bags of packing foam made it to the landfill says emersion principal Chad Edwards. GREEN FEATURES Office uses 30 percent less water than code maximums. Recycled salvaged and diverted 99 percent of all construction waste and debris. Of 1.229 tons only 18 pounds made it to the landfill. Thirty percent of construction material was made of recycled material. Eighty percent of office materials were manufactured locally within 500 miles. 100 percent of the wood products used were sustainably harvested FSC Certified including the bamboo work surfaces. 100 percent of adhesives sealants and paints used on site were Green Seal Certified for improved indoor air quality. Ninety-two percent of the office is lit by natural daylight resulting in a reduction of thirty-seven percent less electrical use than standard offices. Ninety-six percent of office equipment is Energy StarRated. Vermicomposting recycling program with worms. emersion DESIGN LEED Platinum Who Made It Green HCBC BC&E Engineering HA Kahler HGC Construction APG Furnishings Urban E Masland Applied Lighting Building Value 40 GREEN 2013 For more information about the Cincinnati s LEED tab abatement program contact Eric Denson Cincinnati Department of Community Development 352-4981 or (513) 352-6146 or eric.denson cincinnati-oh.gov Lohre & Associates LEED Platinum Downtown Cincinnati is becoming a more walkable community. The dramatic revitalization of Washington Park has dominated many headlines where just across the street on the second floor of a three-story row home Lohre & Associates has quietly undergone a renovation of its own presenting an equally important project of historic renewal and reuse. The Veteran Affairs Highland Medical Office Building is a new 36 000 square foot three-story building located in Cincinnati. This facility includes a one-floor state-of-the-art eye center one floor of outpatient office space and a lower level parking garage. Stewart Turnbull president of Turnbull-Wahlert Construction says that along with the construction the site and building design incorporates many sustainability features that allowed it to achieve a LEED Gold certification. A few of these design features include optimization of energy efficiency allocating regional materials with recycled content and the diversion of construction waste from landfills. In all Turnbull-Wahlert has constructed many certified LEED projects in the area. These include the 2801 Erie condos in Hyde Park a Health Source pediatric clinic in Eastgate a Health Source primary care service in New Richmond the Children s Home of Cincinnati High School and an addition at the Jefferson House in Clifton. GREEN FEATURES Centrally located in Uptown on public transportation routes to reduce commute and decrease carbon emissions. Installed drought-resistant landscaping to decrease water usage and eliminate irrigation system. Combined with the use of reflective TPO roofing this reduces the heat island effect and the need to cool rooms in the hot summer months. Locally sourced construction materials helped to decrease transportation emissions. Used new growth lumber to decrease strain on natural resources. Indoor air quality increased through use of high-efficiency air filter low-VOC paint and low VOC flooring. Water saving fixtures installed including low use dualflush toilets and low use motion faucets. Building efficiency and envelope performance improved by installing insulation with a higher R-value than code requires. High efficiency heating and cooling system decreases energy consumption. Energy Management System (EMS) and remote access for easy systems control. Bike racks and shower provided to encourage low to no emissions commuting. The office of Lohre & Associates has been certified LEED Platinum by the USGBC. Owner Chuck Lohre achieved the certificate at a low cost due to material salvage and reuse. His motivation Lohre s green building division which preps students for LEED AP exams. At a projected energy savings of 25% the return on investment has been calculated at four years with an ever-growing financial savings forecasted beyond. The overarching goals of this project says Lohre were to talk the talk and walk the walk . . . teaching the credits over and over slowly brought the subject to life making it seem directly attainable to our staff. We were inspired by the clarity and measurable environmental benefit goals of LEED. LEED Platinum says it all. GREEN FEATURES Community connectivity and public transportation urged through the centralized office location in Over-the-Rhine and preferred vehicle parking. Drought-resistant flowers plants and trees used to reduce the heat island effect. Rain barrel and open-area pavers achieve no potable water use for landscaping. Water-saving features such as a dual-flush toilet high-efficiency showerhead and hand-washing station above the toilet basin reduce water usage by 30%. Energy Star-rated appliances and office equipment along with low-wattage incandescent bulbs reduce energy consumption. A wood pellet stove provides renewable sawdust energy while occupancy sensors automatically turn lights on and off. 100% reused furniture and existing interior walls. New-salvaged carpet provided by Building Value. Indoor air quality improved by a high-efficiency air filter low-VOC paint CO2 sensor and walk off mats that keep dirt and debris from entering the office. Storage and collection of recyclables. Zero construction waste. 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A fallen ash tree is good for furniture flooring construction supports beams toys heck a whole lot of things. But in any area currently struck by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) or the Asian Longhorn Beetle the tree is now more likely to be recycled into mulch or firewood. These infestations are happening quickly leaving many to ask what are we to do about this dilemma happening on just about every parcel of land in the Cincinnati region One in every 10 trees in Ohio is an ash and the state s Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) estimates that the EAB s impact to Ohio citizens and businesses for the removal disposal and replacement of the ash trees to be in the billions of dollars over the next decades. So what do we do with our fallen trees It turns out that there are a few thinkers and a few doers right here in town that I discovered in writing this story. And we all know it only takes one to get the ball rolling. Here is what I found. AN IDEA GROWS FROM A FALLEN TREE Dr. Sam Sherrill a former University of Cincinnati professor and author of Harvesting Urban Timber A Complete Guide has been at the forefront of this movement in our region and beyond for the last 15 years. It started when a friend of Sherrill s discovered a fallen cherry tree along a Cincinnati street in 1995. This friend asked Sherrill a woodworker if he could make use of it. Sherrill was intrigued and started investigating the possibilities of how to recover the log which led to the notion of recovering lumber from other downed municipal trees. Cincinnati s urban forest stands in over 70 parks 34 nature preserves and along over 1 000 miles of city streets. It s managed by Cincinnati Parks natural resource section. Sherrill joined with them Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District and others to implement a pilot program in Cincinnati to ensure fallen trees were not going to waste. A small grant from Hamilton County Recycling helped the program make use of the best logs from trees that Cincinnati Parks was taking down. Useable timber would be reclaimed from the street tree program and city parks and would be turned into lumber to use for local wood-working classes for park projects and for commercial lumber. The rough sawn wood would then be sold to a local manufacturer to produce flagpoles chair rails grill utensil handles spindles and wood dowels that were then sold in the international marketplace. IF 46 GREEN 2013 One of the missions at Hamilton County Recycling is to reduce reliance on landfills says Holly Christmann program manager at Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District. We initially got involved because we knew there had to be a better use of this material. Sherrill s 2003 book about urban timber along with his travels around the country discussing it brought the idea of using these urban trees into national focus. Cincinnati Parks was the only organization I knew of that was recovering urban trees back then and they have been consistent about it ever since says Sherrill. While other parts of the country came to the idea later and immediately expanded upon it Cincinnati was first. They truly care for the trees. THE TENACITY OF MANY LEADS TO EXPANDED PARTNERSHIP When the company making the flagpoles went out of business in the economic downturn these partners began seeking a new customer for their urban timber. It was also around this time that Hamilton County Recycling s policy committee formed a task force to look at ways to better manage trees coming down as a result of the EAB. What resulted was a new partnership between Cincinnati Parks Hamilton County Recycling and Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS). The objective was to promote the sustainability of urban forests and to handle the abundance of ash and other hardwood in Cincinnati that would otherwise end up in landfills or as firewood or mulch. CPS in the midst of their 10-year Facilities Master Plan of rebuilding or remodeling 50 schools would purchase furniture made from the trees that Cincinnati Parks was taking down. As part of this Urban Timber program Cincinnati Parks would collect the wood and deliver to Wilhelm Lumber in Brookville Indiana. Wilhelm s large sawmill would cut the logs into boards kiln dry them and glue them into panels. Following the drying process they would get shipped to River City Furniture s subcontractor in Northside who would make cubbies mobile bookcases and podiums to be placed in the schools. CPS paid for drying the wood and reimbursed Cincinnati Parks 1 per board foot. Of that 40 cents would be used by Cincinnati Parks for new tree planting along city streets and on school property. A grant from ODNR led to the expansion of this pilot program into an education component for CPS. The district was also able to use this education and sustainability process to earn points in their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The partnership has a positive economic impact in the local community by producing jobs providing a learning tool for kids in classrooms and helping our environment. The Cincinnati Public School District is really good about thinking long-term said Andrew Plogsted AIA and Cincinnati Public Schools Sustainable Design Manager. They understand the value of this program. This furniture does cost more than the plastic laminate variety that may have been considered but had we gone to a mill shop and asked them to make these solid wood products it would have cost 2-3 times what we are paying for this high-quality furniture made from local sources. CPS knows that these furnishings will be around for a long long time. The response has been really great. A WORK IN PROGRESS While the CPS partnership has been wonderful for all involved it ends in 2013 as the school district wraps up their Facilities Master Plan. The partners involved in the Urban Timber program are now looking for new organizations to use the wood. Everyone is hoping to generate a private sector response to follow the lead of Michigan and other areas of the country where thriving marketplaces have developed out of urban timber. Since June Liam Knect at River City Furniture (RCF) has been working full time on marketing and promoting the Urban Timber program and handling product development. He has been looking into several avenues for partnerships including Easter Seals Building Ability Program. In the last few months RCF has received orders from residences and small restaurants to make table tops that will be assembled by Building Ability. This is a great partnership that is already off and running says Jerry Janszen manager of Building Ability. We are really excited. For the last eight years Jessica Simons Natural Resources Specialist with the Southeast Michigan Resource Conservation and Development Council in Ann Arbor has been helping Michigan communities and businesses work together to find value in trees that are being removed for many reasons including EAB. She acknowledges that finding partners is a work in progress even though Michigan is years ahead of Ohio in terms of the EAB infestation. There are several restore operations in the Ann Arbor and Flint areas with a network of small sawmills salvaging logs from communities tree care companies and parks. The logs are processed into lumber to be sold at the restores. Simons says the variety and character of the lumber which comes from many species of trees appeals to local woodworkers. At Recycle Ann Arbor Simons says that they first started selling a small amount of lumber off of one shelf in 2006. Today they have 1 600 square-feet of space at the front of the store with nothing but lumber and wood products. They are on track to sell 100 000 worth of lumber from their six urban timber suppliers this year. Indeed while other cities have created businesses utilizing urban trees Cincinnati is still slowly creating demand. The potential is certainly there Sherrill says that a national estimate was done by two different sources using two different methods and they got the same result if we took the urban trees that are currently disposed of in landfills or that are turned into firewood or mulch and instead cut lumber from those trees we would produce between three and four BILLION board feet of hardwood lumber annually in the U.S. If you put a 1 per board foot value on that it s a 3-4 billion industry. And as an added benefit by not burning the fallen timbers Sherrill says that over 30 years the earth would be saved of more than 124 million tons of CO2 the equivalent of emissions from 750 000 cars over the same period. TAKING THAT EXTRA STEP Cincinnati s urban timber partners have attempted to get tree companies and homeowners in Cincinnati to donate a sawn log to Cincinnati Parks if a tree must come down on a private lot. Cincinnati Parks has space set aside in Mt. Airy Forest to collect 47 A portable sawmill is often the best resolution for getting huge and heavy logs cut on site making it much easier for transport. Photo courtesy of Wilhelm Lumber Through the Urban Timber Program Cincinnati Public Schools had mobile bookcases and cubbies made from fallen ash trees for classroom use. 48 GREEN 2013 these logs and has a form to give homeowners to use to write off the log on their taxes after donating it (the cost of getting it to Mt. Airy is at the expense of the donor). But what is a tree worth in order to give it a write-off Kurt Kastner urban forestry specialist at Cincinnati Parks says that the Parks department can t give a value for the sole reason it does not want to be called into an audit. He suggests the donor get a value from their own accountant but does note that an average good log about 20 in diameter and 10 ft. long could be valued at 300- 400 depending on the species. Rick Hannah Manager at Davey Tree Co. in Milford says that he has never had anyone ask to donate their tree to Cincinnati Parks. While I m not adverse to doing that for a homeowner should they wish there is a cost involved for that service he says. We do recycle our trees into firewood or mulch instead of sending it to a landfill. So trees are currently being reused in that manner. We have the capability to haul the log should that rare homeowner ask us to but it also depends on whether the knuckle boom crane can get into the backyard of the residence to lift it. Dan Wilhelm president of Wilhelm Lumber says that he gets frequent calls from homeowners who want to have their logs processed. Some are clearing trees after a storm or to prepare a lot for development. I hate to see the logs get cut into firewood or mulch if they are good logs he said. Some homeowners use their timber for hardwood flooring in their house or to make furniture. We can handle the process from start to finish. It is not costly to reuse these logs. Depending on the species and amount of wood we can get the material processed at a quarter of the cost compared to if the homeowner was buying it new. Dan Hueber at Innerwood & Company in Milford does custom woodworking. He often takes stacks of beams from renovations in Over-the-Rhine and makes them into furniture and countertops or makes things with reclaimed and remilled lumber and barn siding. I d love to put something together here with urban timber he says. I think people are just starting to learn about using reclaimed lumber and when they do they are often glad it s a salvage piece versus throwing something away and buying new. Sherrill makes furniture from urban timber for clients. He and Simons say that many communities have overlooked how meaningful trees are for the homeowners and the emotional connection that they have to them. It s not just about the functional loss of the shade or heating and cooling that the tree provides in a yard says Simons. Those are important but just as important is the presence of the tree and sometimes when they come down the homeowner is almost mourning. Turning the tree into furniture or urban timber gives homeowners another option. It s a way to feel good about the tree continuing to live on in another way. This can be a big selling point for the tree companies that offer to get involved in turning these trees into flooring furniture or urban timber. Kastner agrees. We definitely need to create more demand and this is all very new. It s a matter of getting more people on board with the concept. For more information about recycling logs contact Cincinnati Parks cincyparks.com hamiltoncountyrecycles.org Hamilton County Solid Waste and Recycling District River City Furniture r-c-f.com Wilhelm Lumber wilhelmlumber.net Davey Tree davey.com 49 Grow a Green Kitchen that sustains both your family and your planet. For Sub-Zero green is more than just an Energy Star rating. Even our largest refrigeration product the Sub-Zero PRO 48 uses less energy per month than a 100-watt light bulb. From being built in the USA to supporting organic farmers and food artisans to using renewable energy to extensive recycling to sourcing environmentally friendly materials and supplies to providing living wages to our factory workers - Sub-Zero & Wolf have been green long before the term even existed. 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Call for an appointment today. 7177 Central Parke Blvd. I Mason Ohio 45040 513-339-0990 I 800-426-8589 Visit us on the web at JohnTisdelFineAppliances.com Friend us on Facebook tunity ht oppor just of the rig a dvantage hat opportunity and ing a about tak stainability is t ivic pride ership is row our c hy and how. lead w. Su ow that tomorro pass to g here s w CEOs kn oday and any s moral com us t other EO to an will guide rve as a comp one that om one C se that can sonable profit. Fr cause rea provide a EDTS IR FI SPRO IN P en K. By Steph Melink n orporatio Melink C CEO President Corporate profits are too often generated in a less than inspiring way. Ask most any manager and employee and customer and investor and you will get agreement on this. Through greed and exploitation profits are quantitatively maximized on one hand and qualitatively reduced on the other. Widespread public mistrust and global social unrest is casting a pall on American-style capitalism as a result. It is time to think new and fresh on how corporations might truly earn the respect and admiration of the marketplace and put real meaning into the term earned income. (continued on next page) 53 Integrity an underlying if not core value of every company worthy of such respect needs to be raised to a higher power in the 21st century for this to happen. This is because profits generated without thought to their current and future implications lack a basic respect for others. The costs put on individual human beings society at large and our natural world are carelessly unaccounted for. Thus it is often unclear whether our products and services are a net benefit or detriment in this broader context. Clearly the only way to earn respect is to give it. A growing model on which to base integrity and earn respect as well as increase sales and probability of success is sustainability. Companies embracing sustainability are basically telling their stakeholders and local communities they respect people and nature just as much as profits. And when demonstrated in real ways through their culture business plans and daily operations up and down their organizations and across their enterprises this engenders trust. And trust is the ultimate brand that builds super-great companies. Sustainability is the ability to succeed as a viable and ongoing lean and waste-free in their operations. The real paradigm shift for corporate leaders though is the need to embrace sustainability for the greater good of our country and the world. Signals abound that our country is heading down a path of long-term economic decline unless something major changes such as CEO s rallying behind a strategic vision that puts us on a path of long term and sustainable growth. This is and will be our generation s equivalent of a Great Depression WWII and Cold War that our fathers and grandfathers endured last century and once again it will be shown that our national values and collective will is more important than our company s stock price in keeping America out of the ash-heap of history. Saving America is not only the responsibility of our brave soldiers and elected representatives in Washington. Saving America is the responsibility of every citizen of this country most especially those blessed with the talents education leadership and resources to make the necessary changes. In other words CEO s have a disproportionate civic duty to do what millions of our forefathers did in the 18th Integrity an underlying if not core value of every company worthy of such respect needs to be A growing model on which to base integrity and earn respect concern without becoming a liability to current and future generations. Companies that make and sell widgets for a profit for example are not sustainable if they use material labor energy and other inputs in a manner that may threaten our children s and grandchildren s quality of life. This is because a growing market will no longer tolerate a corporate model that steals from the many and the future to give to the few and the present. Costs will be charged and laws enacted as necessary to stop such modern-era corruption. Of course there are many great causes in the world in which to align our businesses and employees passions to try and make a difference beyond selling more widgets. War poverty and disease are just a few. But none are as sweeping and permanent to the human cause regardless of the business and industry we are in as sustainability. Sustainability by definition suggests that without it all other causes will eventually become moot. So while defeating al-Qaeda balancing the budget and solving the immigration problem are important sustainability stands to be our ultimate legacy. In fact sustainability will become increasingly important as the world s population explodes from seven billion to 10 billion in the next 50 years and the world s industrial complex devours the planet s limited natural resources at ever-more alarming rates. Hence company leaders should not view sustainability as just an opportunity for future growth but a necessity for long term survival in a super-heated global economy. The law of supply and demand will drive up costs and crush those who are not adequately 54 GREEN 2013 19th and 20th centuries by protecting our freedom and advancing world peace and prosperity. Sustainability empowers us to do this in a way that old-style corporate greed cannot. Fortunately this does not mean sacrificing corporate profits. By focusing our efforts on solutions that yield real and lasting savings we can dramatically boost our bottom lines. And few areas are as rich in opportunity for savings as energy. Energy should be a top priority if not the top priority when it comes to sustainability. In many industries energy is the second most expensive input to our products and services after labor and materials. We often do not realize it though because energy is disguised in our P&L as something else. For instance energy-intensive materials like steel and concrete incoming freight from global sources human and machine process energy building HVAC and lighting outgoing freight to our customers and employee travel costs are often accounted for under names other than energy. Like total quality total energy is much larger than a single line item under cost of goods sold and overhead expenses. IMAGINE THE BENEFITS On a macro level our dependency on fossil fuels is central to some of our most serious economic environmental and national security problems. Thus energy efficiency and renewable energy are critically important to our country s future. In fact they offer the potential to transform America s economy through the cumulative investment of hundreds of billions of dollars by thousands of companies. Imagine our manufacturing industries coming alive again making wind turbines solar panels and electric cars for the entire world. Conversely imagine the consequence of letting China Germany and other countries lead the race to owning the energy age of the next 50 years. Investing in advanced energy technologies would also improve our national security. The fact that America imports a greater percentage of oil now than it did during the first energy crisis is a sad commentary on our national will and fortitude. Every President since Nixon has promised us energy independence but 40 years and three wars in the Middle East later we are weaker rather than stronger as a nation. Our economy is sagging our treasury depleted and our enemies both enriched and emboldened by our oil addiction. Solar wind hydro and other forms of renewable energy are leapfrog opportunities out of a petroleum-based economy and into a more electric-based economy. This would also reduce our military budget and save countless lives in the future. The third benefit would be a safer cleaner and healthier environment. As the world population increases advanced energy GOOD GREED VS. BAD GREED Free markets are good to the degree they promote healthy competition and greed. But when competition turns into exploitation healthy greed turns into bad greed. Like good and bad cholesterol good greed makes free markets work better than any economic system ever tried but bad greed hurts people puts perpetrators in jail and results in state and federal regulations. My book is specifically written for CEO s and business leaders because collectively we are a big reason our economy national security and environment are so weak and vulnerable. Though it is easy to blame our political leaders for most of what ails us as a nation because we elect them to solve our problems and pay them with our tax dollars the reality is the business sector drives the U.S. economy individual companies drive the business sector and CEO s drive individual companies. Just because CEO s are not stationed in Washington DC and our influence is fragmented across tens of thousands of businesses does not mean we should fail to consolidate our influence in the ever-more connected free markets of the 21st century. If relatively poor people can overturn dictators and create political change in the third world through social media strong and purposeful business leaders should be able to overturn old paradigms of raised to a higher power in the 21st century. as well as increase sales and probability of success is sustainability. Sustainability is the ability to succeed as a viable and ongoing concern without becoming a liability to current and future generations. solutions will better ensure our skies remain blue our spaces green and our water pure. They will also help protect the diversity of plant and animal life that makes Mother Nature such an enjoyable experience. There would be fewer coalmine disasters mountaintops removed ocean and land oil spills nuclear radiation leaks coal ash slides earthquake and water contamination risks and cases of human respiratory disease. It would also help mitigate the longer-term concerns of climate change caused by burning fossil fuels and emitting greenhouse gases. Combined the economic security and environmental benefits of a long-term energy strategy planned and executed by the U.S. business sector will ultimately flow to our top and bottom lines and make not only the U.S. more globally competitive but also our individual businesses more strategically competitive too. While not as much in our control these benefits will also reduce the need for federal stimulus programs fighting wars in the Middle East and subsidizing health-care and environmental protection programs. In turn this will allow our government leaders to reduce corporate tax rates and further compound our savings. Perhaps an acceptable acronym for this vision is SEE (Security Economy Environment). where the economic power base of our country resides. Certainly federal policies go a long way to drive our economy but CEO s generally do not wait around for the government to control our destiny. With power being divided between three branches of government a two-party system and countless special interest groups it is almost impossible to advance a long-term vision and plan to grow the American business sector. Though our President and the Congress carry lots of brand name recognition with the media and public at large they have relatively little say in the daily weekly and monthly going-ons of our companies. And even if and when they do have some say bi-annual elections ensure it is only temporary. Unless a national emergency occurs our government sector is too unreliable and unpredictable to base anything not to mention millions of business plans on which our economy more heavily depends. And because energy is arguably the single most important and urgent aspect of sustainability my book will focus on it rather than other aspects that will certainly deserve more and more attention over time. Water for example is a critical aspect of sustainability but overall it is much more available and less expensive than energy does not represent a national security threat like energy at present and does not inflict as heavy a footprint on the 55 environment as energy. Same goes for food buildings transportation and other areas of sustainability. They are all critical in the long view but energy offers the greatest opportunity for the business sector and society at large to make a positive difference. REDUCING ENERGY BY 50% The key take-away from the book should be empowerment. Energy-saving solutions are available and cost effective today. With a 3-pronged strategy of energy conservation energy efficiency and renewable energy most every CEO in the country can reduce his her energy spend as much as 50% and dramatically improve their bottom line and thereby gain a long term competitive advantage. Based on personal experience all one really needs is the commitment and discipline to make it happen. The key barrier though is most CEO s are fixated on shortterm results and gratification rather than long-term performance industry leadership and personal legacy. The lack of a full cost accounting system suggests they are very successful. But in reality the exploitation of precious resources both people and planet greatly diminishes the true value of their stated profits. We could try and wait for the market to recognize these truths at its own natural pace however the quicker path to success would be for CEO s individually and collectively to start embracing sustainability today for the full-fledged integrity that it represents. No longer should maximizing profits at any cost as long as the minimum threshold of legality is met be viewed as a winning strategy in the 21st century. If we want to create a better world we need to walk-the-talk on sustainability. CEO s must of course continue to maximize profits for the good of their organization but they must also consciously balance this single-minded goal with what is good for our economy national security and environment. This greater good leadership approach will pay incalculable dividends through passionate customer and employee loyalty as well as strategic energy savings. It will also make our country stronger safer and healthier and our ethics and principles more credible and trust-worthy at a time when the world needs inspired leadership from the business sector. With a 3-pronged strategy of energy conservation energy efficiency and renewable energy most every CEO in the country can reduce his her energy spend as much as 50% and dramatically improve their bottom line and thereby gain a long term competitive advantage. Steve Melink is the founder owner and president of Melink Corporation a provider of building commissioning services energy-saving kitchen ventilation controls and solar PV systems for the commercial building industry since 1987. Customers include national restaurant retail supermarket and hotel chains as well as schools hospitals and corporate and government entities. Steve is a licensed professional engineer and holds a BSME degree from Vanderbilt University and MBA from Duke University. He is a board member of the U.S. Green Building Council Cincinnati Chapter Advance Energy Economy Ohio Chapter and Green Energy Ohio. Melink Corporation s headquarters in Milford is LEED-Platinum certified with an Energy Star rating of 99 out of 100. In 2010 the Association of Energy Engineers awarded their building the national Renewable Energy Project of the Year. And their building is Net-Zero Energy making it one of the most energyefficient facilities in the U.S. and world. In 2011 they completed the Melink Solar Canopy at the Cincinnati Zoo which provides about 20% of the zoo s electrical needs. This year they are constructing a large solar array at Urbana University in Urbana Ohio and will start on another major project at another Ohio institution before the end of 2012. Steve s personal mission is to help mainstream the sustainability movement by example. In addition to walking the talk at his home and business he has actively promoted energy efficiency and renewable energy at the local state and national level. He believes that energy is at the core of some of our most pressing challenges in the U.S and that not all of the solutions are below the ground. Inspired Profits is the title of a book Steve is writing for CEOs and business leaders. The business sector not the government sector he says is what will ultimately bring scale and speed to a clean energy age. 56 GREEN 2013 Heating and Air Conditioning. At RineAir Heating and Air Conditioning we are dedicated to building lasting relationships with our customers by delivering value through quality work and dependable service at affordable prices. With the constant increase in the daily cost of energy it is l Cal Rin e tod Air ay equipment is different. All serve the same purpose of reducing your energy bills but will also keep you more comfortable than ever before. 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But if you are going to replace it with a living outdoor space like a patio it makes sense to buy products services that were made using sustainable materials or deliver a sustainable service like retained rainwater. Let s keep the Great in Outdoors and do our part. 8 HOW 62 GREEN 2013 green outdoor projects anyone can do By Jason Sandhage helping them achieve LEED certification. Rain barrels look better than ever and are now topped with planters while a new influx of organic treatments for the lawn are starting to change the way we think about taking care of the grass. The same green principles that are followed inside the home can also be applied to landscapes and hardscapes. Recycling and re-use remains paramount while transportation costs (to get needed materials on site) and durability concerns are still factors to consider. We want to know where our products are coming from how much they cost and whether or not they will fit into our definition of a comfortable space. The following are eight things you can do next time you need to update any part of your outdoor space or in doing a complete re-do. much greener can the outdoors be Look outside what is the primary color you see Looks as they say can be deceiving. There are actually things you can do outside to enhance your personal environment as well as that of your neighbor. A home s exterior and landscape provides many different opportunities in which we can go green some of them a return to old. Gardeners can still dig around in the dirt in their attempts to create their best harvest or the most beautiful flower ever. And decks remain as popular as ever. But as much remains the same in terms of use materials and design have changed. Gardens aren t necessarily always still in the ground as we know it. Walls and roofs are now popular gardening spots. Green materials such as recycled composite decking and permeable pavers are very popular and saving homeowner s money by WAT E R R E T E N T I O N The process of collecting and storing rainfall is nothing new a lot of homes outside the city still collect their home s water use from what falls off the roof and into a cistern. But as technology and innovation drive us away from tradition and common sense in some areas even city folks are beginning to find this idea attractive. Start with a rain barrel. Any slope where water strikes and can be funneled into a stream is a candidate for the rain barrel. And it s fresh not having been filtered through a water system and sent dozens of miles by pipe to your home. Depending on how much you can collect the water comes in handy for watering the lawn washing the car the dog or even yourself. Rain barrels provide many benefits to their users. In addition to saving you money and water these barrels help to reduce water pollution and stormwater runoff. The Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) of Greater Cincinnati says their combined sewers handle about 14 billion gallons of sewage and stormwater per year so every little bit diverted helps. Rain barrels come in many different shapes and sizes the most common with a 50-gallon reservoir. The University of Cincinnati has a four million gallon thermal-energy water storage tank (used to cool buildings during the hot summer months). DECKING A deck can be a restful and relaxing retreat an oasis for the mind as we unwind from a day or weeks worth of hard work. For many it will serve as the foundation in which any or all of the other outdoor projects can be built around. But as we move closer from concept towards completion choosing a sustainable decking material can be a tricky process. There are three main and sustainable choices to choose from for your deck with each offering its own style cost maintenance levels and durability. Wooden Decking. Wood is the traditional and most popular choice among consumers. It s strong easy to work with and will provide the most customizable options for staining and building the deck of your choice. Salvaged woods are the greenest choice for availability check with local building material re-use centers like Building Value in Northside or the ReStore in Cheviot Bond Hill and Hamilton. In buying new look for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified lumber that has been sustainably harvested (go to www. info.fsc.org). One of the drawbacks of wood is the continuous purchase and process of staining and winterization. Composite Decking. Generally composed of recycled plastics and waste wood fibers the popularity of composite decking has increased in recent years. As an alternative to wood that provides a similar look and feel composite decking provides a low-maintenance option that can be cut curved molded and colorized to your choice. But there are some drawbacks so do your homework and check the warranties. Aluminum Decking. From a purely environmental standpoint an aluminum deck is a good way to go. They are durable sustainable water-resistant usually made from recycled products and can be recycled once again when it s time for them to go. So what s there not to like Aluminum doesn t carry the warm and comforting feel that one can find with composite and wood options and it s more expensive. As Shown This is a rain barrel manufactured in Kentucky by a company called EarthMinded. It has a reversible planter-top lid a diverter system that can be easily attached and removed from any gutter preventing overflow. Sold locally at Greener Stock in Mt. Lookout. As Shown This is a composite deck by MoistureShield and can be found locally at Greener Stock. MoistureShield products are made with 95% total recycled content and will contribute to your LEED points and certification. Similar products such as TimberTech and Trex composite decking can be found at McCabe Lumber in Loveland. 63 LIVING WALLS AND GREEN ROOFS People who live in an urban or more condensed setting are often limited in the size and scope of their outdoor projects. Brick has replaced trees as asphalt assumes the role of grass and flowers in a concrete jungle. Enter what is called urban gardening where plants and foliage can flourish in spaces not ordinarily expected like the sides or the tops of buildings. Think of it as well as a beautification project that is spectacular in its appearance as well as the benefits it provides. Even big spaces such as Xavier University the University of Cincinnati Northern Kentucky University and the new Mercy West Hospital have vegetative roofs the latter a 2- acre prairie. The aesthetic value and environmental connection that it provides to its residents cannot go understated but these living structures offer more. Owners can benefit from an increased life expectancy of their roof due to the protecting nature of green roofs from physical and climatic abuse. They also find additional living space with a view such as homes in downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine. From a technical standpoint living structures minimize the impact on our sewer systems by retaining water and reducing storm water runoff. They act as natural sound and thermal barriers reducing the need to cool in the summer. And finally urban gardening creates a natural habitat that encourages the reemergence of wildlife such as birds and butterflies. All in all a very green and very creative project that one can implement anywhere and not just in an urban setting. As Shown This is the PNC Bank Green Wall in Pittsburgh. It holds a variety of regional plants and showcases the artistic and environmental value of vegetated walls. Locally Fullmer s Landscaping and Green City Resources can provide the design and installation of living structures. As Shown Found locally at Greener Stock this is a raised bed garden from a company called One Small Garden. One Small Garden uses locally sourced cedar in the construction of their beds and provides consultation for growing cooking and preserving your own personal harvest. Customized rolling carts allow businesses and those with patios or balconies with the opportunity to roll their garden out when the sun is shining and back in when it s not. GARDENING If there s one thing that this magazine shows it s that you don t have to have a garden to have a green thumb. But it sure does help. Gardening and placing one s hands in the dirt is one of the greenest things we can do. It is a natural connection with our environment and for those who use their gardens to grow fruits and vegetables it is a sustained and localized food source that we don t have to drive to retrieve or worry about what chemicals or pesticides were used in its growth. The process of achieving a sustainable garden involves much more than just planting the seeds. Start by selecting native plants those that have naturally existed in the area for an extended period of time. Local and non-invasive plants are adapted to our soils and climates meaning that inherently they should do well and will require much less care such as the use of additional chemicals and water. And while on the topic of chemicals try and do without. If you must Marvin s Organic Gardens in Lebanon sells a wide-variety of organic products suitable for your lawn or garden. Birdhouses can also help. Strategically placing them around your garden inviting birds to live in them will help to deter bug invasions. And bats are great consumers of mosquitoes though tales about their eating more than their weight is conjecture. 64 GREEN 2013 COMPOSTING Black Gold as it s called by many a gardener is a soils best friend. And no matter what you ve been lead to believe composting is incredibly easy and your plants will love you for it. By the simplest definition composting is a form of recycling that can easily be done on your own at home. It is a chemistry experiment in which you add yard and food waste or even such things as cardboard and coffee filters. When tended to properly the result is a rich and nutritious substance that will do wonders for the health and growth of plants. A gift that truly keeps on giving. To begin composting on your own a good place to start is by getting a bin. A simple hole or pile will do but in order to keep nosy critters such as your dog or cat out of the decomposing goodness a bin is preferred. The placement of your compost is important. The easier it is to access and maintain the more it will be used. As a general rule of thumb one of the best places for your compost is right outside and next to the kitchen. The bugs bacteria and fungi that feed on your compost thrive on kitchen scraps. So at day s end when all of your scraps have been accumulated simply walk outside and toss it in the bin to begin the process. The key to a good compost pile is a healthy mix of materials and matter. Just like your body if you only feed it with one type of substance you will be unhealthy. So don t just throw apple cores and banana peels in and expect Black Gold. The ratio between nitrogen-rich (kitchen scraps) and carbon-rich (dead leaves newspaper) is important but it doesn t have to be perfect. So as long as you have some sort of balance between them you ll end up with a good compost. As Shown The product shown here is a home composting bin called The Earth Machine. Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste gave them to those who attended composting seminars in 2012. In 2013 a voucher program is likely to replace the free variety and can be used to locally purchase your own bin at suppliers like Greener Stock. HARDSCAPES FOR LANDSCAPES As we pass from the natural environment into the home hardscapes are used to ease the transition. They are our patios decks walkways and driveways material and placement choices that will go a long way toward defining our outdoor environments and the level of sustainability we can achieve. In selecting materials for hardscapes cost is a very significant factor. What does it cost to retrieve assemble and ship a product What is the initial price and how much will it cost to maintain Does this material have an adequate amount of strength and durability to support how it is being used If not how much will it cost to replace All good questions that need to be asked. So let s begin. Bricks Concrete Pavers. These options are very similar in that they are both durable able to be recycled and can be used for basically any hardscape. Long-term maintenance costs are low and when used in collaboration with a sand foundation will allow for water to pass through and prevent runoff. A solid all-around choice with a low cost. Permeable Pervious Pavers. Just as the name indicates these products allow water to pass through easily and will reduce stormwater runoff. With both concrete and recycled composite options available the latter weighing less and reducing transportation emissions pervious pavers are long lasting and easy to install. Most pervious pavers contribute towards LEED certification and are great options for flat roofs green roofs and anywhere else in which you stand or drive slowly. Concrete Slabs. Although this is one of the most inexpensive options it is very labor intensive and slabs are more susceptible to cracks and are costly to repair. These slabs are non-pervious and are not recommended for use in a sustainable hardscape. Wood. Refer to the decking portion of this story for more information. As Shown The AZEK VAST is a permeable paver that can be found locally at McCabe Lumber in Loveland. These pavers reduce runoff and are made from a lightweight up to 95% post-consumer composite that can provide you with LEED points for your home or business. 65 P L AY S C A P E S A N D T R A I L S Grab you kids get off your butts and get outside. Nature has so much to offer. Discover the beauty of Cincinnati s many trails or just go out and play catch or ride a bike. Take a weekend trip to the Red River Gorge and stare up at the stars at night. Go fishing or canoeing. Do both. Walk the neighborhood as a couple holding hands your neighbors might take the hint and soon follow. As we move more towards a technological future we are drifting away from the benefits of living in the actual world. Not just one that is projected onto a screen. Most neighborhoods today resemble ghost towns with an empty bag of potato chips blowing across the street instead of a tumbleweed. Children are staying inside putting on pounds and becoming more and more depressed because of their lack of physical and conversational contact with others as well as the environment. It is time that we take action and stop the disturbing cycle of laziness that is found in many children and adults today. From a home standpoint we are not limited by the variety of projects or activities that are available. One can build a treehouse or swing set for their kids in order to urge them into activity. Or make a trail. Being green in this case is about being outdoors. There is no specific measurement here to define green that s up to you. Discover what the natural world has to offer it s far more exciting than a video game or a reality show. CHEMICALS Maintaining our outdoor environments is no easy task. Weeds bugs weather and other pests work together to reclaim what is rightfully theirs. Making our lives difficult and hard to maintain. But that s OK. We have the weapons to fight back and can do so in an environmentally responsible way. Every outdoor environment needs to be maintained. Or at least it always seems like it. Wooden decks need stained and weatherized. Home exteriors need stripped and painted. Grass needs fertilized plants want soil and weeds need to be killed. And that s just the beginning. But like about everything else these days there is a right way and a wrong way to do this. Much of the stuff you need has a chemical mix and when you start reading the label it s easy to see the warnings just not to easy to read them in small print. There are non-toxic alternatives to many products. In the lawn garden and everywhere else for that matter try to implement and purchase items that are as natural and organic as possible. Insecticides pesticides weed killers and soils can introduce harmful materials to our plants that can escape into the air and the food that we eat. Also if it s windy or rainy during or soon after application these materials can runoff or blow into our water sources and can be eaten by our pets. So be careful when how much and what you apply outside. It can come back to haunt you. The best thing to do when searching for a viable alternative to toxic chemicals is to check OMRI. The Organic Materials Review Institute has reviewed thousands of products and now has a list of certified organic and safe-to-be-used products in our homes and gardens. To see the list go to www.omri.org. Painting and finishing can be another area of concern. As with lawn and garden care products these items have the possibility of releasing volatile organic compounds or VOCs into the air and into our bodies possibly causing health problems to those who breathe it. Low or no-VOC products will help eliminate these risks. As Shown This is a collection of certified organic and environmentally friendly products. One of these products is Captain Jack s Deadbug Brew which uses Spinosad or potato as a natural method of clearing various pests from a garden. The photo was taken at Worm s Way in Erlanger which provides many organic products and materials. 66 GREEN 2013 Proof that German engineers will never tire of giving you less. Bosch is proud to be recognized for Sustained Excellence in energy efficiency. For the second year in a row Bosch has received the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence award the program s highest honor. 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Mention this ad for 20% off your custom framing order. 2940 Wasson Road at Paxton Tel. 513-531-9794 www.frameandsavehydepark.com Not vailid with any other coupons or offers 70 GREEN 2013 first glance the house needed a wrecking ball much more than it needed a new coat of paint. On second glance it appeared it might fall down before either could be applied. Driving around the adjoining blocks wasn t any better as much of the neighborhood looks like Cincinnati s mainstream media and outsiders has so often portrayed it an area doomed to oblivion to be shot till dead to be robbed till penniless. It was cold and rainy this November Sunday in 2011 in the heart of Over-the-Rhine. The 140-year-old house at 1419 Race St. is just a half-block north of newly renovated Washington Park. What we had thought would be an invitation only open house of a newly rehabbed home was instead a peek at a monument to urban decay. The windows were boarded over the door was a 4 x 8 sheet of dank plywood and a chain-link fence screamed go away. We thought we were in the wrong place but a Mercedes a BMW and a Lexus parked out front said otherwise. There just inside the front door where the smell of vacant-home abuse permeated our suburban virgin noses was a clothed table covered with gourmet cheeses and a couple of bottles of wine. While the house was the star attraction the supporting cast included the owners to be Mark Manley and Annette Januzzi Wick the builder and dozens of extras mostly friends of Mr. Manley and Ms. Wick who were curious. Tours were given on each of the three floors by the builder who told Mark and Annette that he would make this 3 000-plus sq. ft. ramshackle a LEED certified showplace by the end of 2012 all for 750 000 give or take some thousands. We brought along a movie camera to catch some of the fashionable extras expressing either or both of two thoughts. 1. What an exciting adventure for this couple. 2. They ve gone nuts. The builder John Hueber of John Hueber Homes believed that thought 2 would dominate the discussion so he also open-housed what was once a similar rundown four-level townhome immediately on the other side of Race Street (1420). Only this one was finished rehabbed by Hueber s company from top to bottom and outfitted with furniture and stainless appliances. Pictures were displayed on the dining room table to confirm its once sorry state. (Of note the townhome sold for 559 000 a few months after the open house). For those who trekked across the street to see for themselves Annette and Mark were now pioneers not nuts the Daniel Boone s of OTR. Here they could stake a claim and start a new life together. 71 But why not Hyde Park Mariemont Wyoming Mt. Lookout some of the premiere neighborhoods of Cincinnati Lots of nice homes can be had for 750 000 and less. Ah but they wouldn t offer nearly the adventure. OVER-THE-RHINE IT AIN T WHAT IT USED TO BE A few months before this issue was published copublisher Doug Hart and I visited with architect Sanyog Rathod owner of Sol Developments a green-building consulting firm with an office on the second floor of the Emanuel Community Center adjoining Race Street and eight-acre Washington Park. Rathod served on a team of architects engineers HVAC and alternative-energy experts historical preservationists design students from UC and city and county planning and code representa- 72 GREEN 2013 tives who spent more than a year studying OTR to determine if its many historical buildings could be recycled into rehabbed green buildings. The answer was yes details to follow. When Mr. Hart and I left the meeting about 6 p.m. on a sunny day in the first week of October we encountered four young women walking on Race toward us and to the nearby restaurants several joggers and walkers some bicyclists and sitters in Washington Park. We did not know if any lived in OTR were homeless or were just visitors. But we made eye contact when possible and no spare change requests were made. No guns fired. No robberies on our watch. You wouldn t have seen this a year ago said Hart himself one of the pre-riot investors of Barrelhouse Brewery on 12th Street and who as a lad played on Republic Street where his great aunt lived. It brought back memories. He smiled and said it reminded him of then particularly when he used to ride his bike here. In fact there are a lot of smiling faces in these parts these days. But this is not a story about the politics of Cincinnati s oldest and most historical neighborhood because that gets messy just like global warming a topic taboo to this magazine. Instead it s a story about saving the architectural bones of these 360-acres built brickby-brick or beer-by-beer (50 breweries once called this area home) by the area s first large group of inhabitants the Germans. And it s a story about making it more certifiably green at the same time. Or if not certifiably at least green in thought an if everybody thinks it then it is so kind of thing. OTR is said to be the largest collection of Italianate-styled architecture in one place in the U.S. today. It s easy to see if you drive the OTR parts of Main Vine Race Elm and Walnut streets and look up at the second third and fourth floors the height of most of the buildings where they exude a feeling of traveling through a unique community such as those found in New Orleans Boston or New York City s Greenwich Village. Unfortunately it s also easy to see how many are vacant boardedup buildings like the Manley Wick purchase. OTR history dates to the mid-1800s during a period of extensive German immigration and soon the population turned to near 50 000. But World War I didn t make its residents very popular and so began its long decline into neglect. Many have dreamed of its comeback lured in part by its location and architecture and noble attempts have been documented through the years. Italianate architecture is defined by certain key features including low-pitched or flat roofs frequently not hipped projecting eaves supported by corbels imposing cornice structures pedimented windows and doors tall first-floor windows and attics with a row of awning windows between the eave brackets. In 2004 a core group of the city s business leaders founded the Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC). 3CDC made it its business to rehab promote and connect Fountain Square the Central Business District and OTR particularly the 110 square blocks of it that includes Liberty Street on the north Central Parkway on the south and west and Main Street to the east. Anastasia Mileham VP of communications for 3CDC told me that because the city s largest employers downtown businesses UC and the hospitals are divided by OTR and OTR was clearly in rapid decline it was easy to define the mission. Just not so easy to carry it out unless money lots of it was made available and was managed by a party with a vision to get it done. Market fund accounts were developed mostly helped by dollars loaned from Cincinnati corporations with 3CDC essentially named as the bank to buy properties and to loan and invest money at low interest rates to buyers to develop the properties. As of October 2012 Mileham says that 256 million has been committed to OTR resulting in 3CDC purchasing 200 buildings and 170 (of the estimated 700) vacant lots. 186 condos completed all but three sold at press time and 68 apartment units built all now leased. 91 000 sq. ft. of commercial space built 90 percent leased. An additional 238 residential units and 34 000 sq. ft. of commercial space now under construction. The renovation of Washington Park which included expansion from six to eight acres an undergound park- 73 ing garage and restrooms. Of the 256 million 48 million was for the park. 3CDC has a color-coded map that shows the lots that it owns and projects completed or underway. Nearly every block bounded by Elm Pleasant Race Republic Vine and Walnut Streets between Liberty Street and Central Parkway shows the organization s influence. No doubt the recent media attention brought by Washington Park s new world-class facelift bounded on one side by the new School for the Creative and Performing Arts Music Hall on another rehabbed housing and retail business on the other two sides and 10 restaurants bars and nine retail stores now open on Vine between 12th and 14th Streets shows that 3CDC s plan is largely working. Add in the street car route that will run on Race and Elm Streets increased visits from outsiders and tours of finished homes (the Manley Wick home will serve as a model home for a year once it is completed) and it suggests that OTR could again be as vibrant as it was for its founders. WHICH BRINGS US TO THE HISTORIC GREEN STUDY Nowhere on 3CDC s website does it mention the goal of making OTR green as a matter of measurement or claim to fame. Ms. Mileham however tells me that while it isn t in the big or the fine print anyone buying into and developing OTR is certainly welcome to rehab or if new construction make the properties certifiably green. Builder Hueber says he was not obligated but was encouraged by 3CDC to build to LEED standards (see LEED Tax Abatement story on page 114). Sanyog Rathod mentioned earlier hails from India but was educated in Wisconsin where he obtained a master s degree in architecture. He then worked more than 10 years for a national design firm but moved to Cincinnati when his wife a P&G er was transferred here. They live in OTR. Upon arrival Rathod says he started his own business and just months later became aware of and joined the team that developed the Historic Green study. His primary role he adds was to provide the energy analysis to the process. The team s objective was clear to see if preserving OTR s historic architectural bones was possible while also making them certifiably green at least per standards set by LEED the acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design founded by the U.S. Green Building Council. The 40 000 study was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior s Historic Preservation Fund (administered by the Ohio Historic Preservation office) and Duke Energy. Another 30 000 was donated as pro bono in-kind services. LEED designation on newly constructed or rehabbed homes within the city of Cincinnati are currently eligible for a tax abatement from 10-15 years. On a 500 000 rehab the savings can be more than 100 000 on a 500 000 new home more than 150 000. In addition Ohio and federal historic tax credits and federal income tax deductions on the installation of energy efficient products such as geothermal wells and solar panels may also apply. The 96-page study with dozens of appendix pages was completed in July 2009 and entitled Over-the-Rhine Green Historic Study Exploring the Intersection Between Environmental Sustainability and Historic Preservation. It has an excellent logic-based premise easy-to-understand methodology to define the study s approach and a hard-core analysis based on four buildings that the group felt were representative of the collective Over-the-Rhine. The opening includes this statement Historic preservationists . . . state that the greenest buildings are those that have already been built and that building reuse is the ultimate form of recycling . . . It conserves building materials and embodied energy and avoids the adverse environmental impacts associated with demolition. Simply stated the greenest building is one that is already built. It takes energy to manufacture or extract building materials more energy to transport them to a construction site still more energy to assemble them into a building. All of that energy is embodied in the finished structure. If the building is demolished it takes additional energy there is more debris in landfills and more energy is used to construct a new building. Rathod says that because LEED standards often have different interpretations depending upon whether the property is new existing residential commercial and its size relative to its use it s not easy to say with certainty how many points a property might be awarded to quality for certification. But he adds an average home would normally require about 45 points though a small home could need as few as 35. A surprise to many was that only two-tosix points would be awarded for rehabbing an existing building though the study calls them the greenest of all buildings. Another surprise is that the team soon discovered that some of the more superstar approaches to green including adding solar panels or vegetation to a rooftop would not work in OTR because many of its building roofs were not built strong enough to support additional weight. Adding solar can result in five to 10 LEED points vegetative roofs two to four points. Geothermal wells (five to eight points) were also ruled out in many cases because the high cost of the equipment and installation would not support the investment. The good news is that historians and green people easily confirmed if you know one are tough to sway once they ve made up their minds about something. With so many different disciplines on the study group and the links to others they encountered in the process they found ways to make it work some very obvious such as replacing single-pane windows with double pane using Energy Star-rated appliances and installing extra insulation wherever it would fit. By making it work the study team had to achieve four fundamental goals getting enough points to attain LEED certification maintaining the historical integrity of each property meeting code requirements and being cost-effective. While LEED now appears to be the standard measurement nationwide as to what is considered green there are various means within LEED to get there and various levels of achievement from certified silver gold to platinum. It is a tiered process the more the green the more the points and as would be expected the more the costs. 74 GREEN 2013 76 GREEN 2013 The four addresses in the study the number of LEED points the study anticipated each would get and the status of each property since the report are as follows 1700 Vine St. Would get 77.5 points of minimum 42.5 needed. The four-story property is now in the process of being rehabbed into 3 000 sq. ft. for the owner s family to live in 2 000 sq. ft. for a first floor commercial enterprise and 1 500 sq. ft. for an apartment unit. Owner Reid Hartman told me that green features in the building would include a storm water retention system imported from Germany and a geothermal heating and cooling system with the wells installed on the adjoining lot. He said he also expected to get LEED points by using salvaged bricks from the main structure to build a garage. He hopes to have the project completed by 2014. 1202-1204 Main St. the Belmain Building. Would get 26 points of the 26 to 32 needed. The property says Rathod who served as a LEED consultant for the project is now a 16-unit apartment complex and was awarded silver LEED certification. 1420 Pleasant St. Would get 55.5 points of the 41.5 needed. The property is now a two-condo unit designed by Schickel Design Co. Martha Schickel Dorf told me that they did not apply for LEED certification but that high energy efficient products including blown in foam insulation and an HVAC system were used. 1315 Clay Street. Analysis showed the home should be able to get 52 points of the 45 points needed to achieve LEED certification. Property owner Greg Badger who also owns City Lofts Development a development and construction company based in OTR told me that other than using it to rent space to house cars and motorcycles and for awhile as a horse stable (which it once was) he has no other plans at present. He currently lives on Elm Street across from Washington Park. If he were to develop the Clay Street home he said he would seek to have it LEED certified. The study details each home s history and condition at the time the study was prepared the pros and cons of green improvements and includes architectural renderings and floor plans that show one or more possible rehab plans. The study can be viewed by going to www.otrfoundation.org OTR_Environmental_Sustainability.htm THE NET SUM OF THE STUDY No one seems to know exactly how many residential and commercial properties have been certified LEED in OTR since the study dozens for sure but Rathod tells me that both anecdotal evidence and LEED projects of which he is aware or was involved in the rating is clear evidence that the study has had an impact. He said that the study helped clear the misconception that buildings cannot be made green and still meet historical preservation requirements. It s time to move on. Rathod said that the city s tax abatement program on LEEDcertified properties is also a significant factor to those coming into the city to live. Being living green may not be important to all but savings tens of thousands in taxes is. Mr. Manley and Ms. Wick assuming their project is certified LEED can expect to save just about 110 000 over 10 years more on this later in the story. 3CDC says the revitalization of OTR has so far netted hundreds of new jobs and the opening of dozens of new businesses 19 of them alone on Vine Street between 12th and 14th. And very importantly more people are visiting to see for themselves OTR s progress. A huge key to success a 3CDC representative told me two years ago would be to see lots of people walking around. Crowds would also tend to deter crime. On weekends and even some weeknights the portion of Vine mentioned above is near standing-room-only capacity. And since Washington Park opened in the summer of 2012 3CDC estimates that more than 10 000 people attended each of the three grand openings and 5 000 more during each of several Friday night events. Washington Park itself was planned green more than the obvious grass and trees. Green features in the park include a green roof on top of the parking garage s walk-in entry and restrooms and dry wells that direct storm water away from the combined sewer system and into the natural gravel and sand layers about two feet below the surface. One negative to living in OTR assuming you own a car is that parking is at a premium and many of the properties do not have garages. When OTR was developed there were only horses and buggies. Most people could walk to work and shopping was often 77 as easy as coming downstairs from your second- or third-floor residence to a retail store on the ground floor. Walkability and closeness to shopping both add significant points to any LEED certification totals. Another problem is the crime or the perception of it. Almost everyone you talk to says that most crime here is not coming from the neighborhood s residents but from outsiders and the good news is that crime is on the decline. 3CDCs website says overall crime in OTR between 2004 and 2010 is down just over 50 percent. Residents we talked to said the best way to avoid being a statistic is to be careful and think smart. On our numerous trips to OTR for this story Cincinnati police cruisers were frequently seen on the streets. A BIT OF HISTORY In its heyday OTR was home to nearly 45 000 people working and or living in an estimated 3 000 or so buildings. Today the population is less than 5 000 about 500 buildings are vacant and only a small percentage of its residents own their own places. In 1983 all of OTR what was left of it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. W Kevin Pape vice presi. dent for the Over-the-Rhine Foundation and a partner with Cincinnati based Gray & Pape which helped manage the Historic Green study project and author the final report told me good things have come from it. Since its release in 2008 Pape said he and Rathod have made numerous presentations on its findings to interested groups here in other states and in Canada. Gray & Pape is a cultural resources management and historic preservation consulting firm. No doubt says Pape preserving the historical elements of OTR while making its bones certifiably green is compatible. So much so he adds that he and his wife are currently developing a mixeduse property on Elm Street (the Crown Building) across from Findlay Market that he expects will be LEED silver certified and qualify for federal and state historic preservation tax credits. The latter two he says will get him a combined 45 percent tax credit for expenses related to structural improvements. Pape says that although 3CDC does not include building green in its mission statement the Over-the-Rhine Foundation is making green a part of its platform . . . Green is the contemporary word to describe what is a traditional walking city. Pape says he isn t a newcomer to OTR. His grandfather and his brother lived here and helped to build what we have and he has kept his office on Main Street since 1990. The Green Historic study notes that OTR became one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in America. Developed while surrounded by a canal on two sides and steep hills on the other two few surviving historic American neighborhoods display the level of land-use efficiency found in OTR. Properties are built up to narrow lot lines share party walls and mixed-use buildings are almost as common as purely residential or commercial. In short Over-theRhine s built environment is mixed-use walkable and self-contained the epitome of green planning. OTR s building stock is also an excellent example of the perceived conflict between green and historic. Properties are almost entirely constructed with plaster-on-brick exterior walls that present limited options for insulation and many still possess historically significant and energy inefficient single pane double-hung windows. The neighborhood also has the dubious distinction of being placed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation s list of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2006. OTR made the list both for its historic significance and its threat of destruction. The neighborhood has suffered decades of urban decay and currently contains roughly 500 vacant properties and hundreds more in a state of significant neglect. Whether Over-the-Rhine is viewed as obsolete or can be recognized as a critical asset for rebuilding an environmentally conscious urban environment may determine whether this historically significant neighborhood is finally embraced for its full potential or is permitted to be lost to neglect. Within the Green Historic study a number of recommendations were made by the team on how to enhance the relationships between all parties involved in the development of OTR. One of those is to complete the streetcar project which at the time of this writing remained in contentious debate regarding funding. Dependable public transportation within a densely populated and constructed area is considered one of the cr me de la cr me hallmarks for making a neighborhood green. JOHN HUEBER SAYS GREEN IS HIS MARKETING THEME Annette Januzzi Wick and Mark Manley were married in 2006 following the deaths of both of their spouses to cancer. The merger and acquisition as Annette likes to call it brought their collective four children (then ages 10 to 18) to their new home in Loveland. But the inevitable thought of empty-nesterdom wasn t far off. The couple started anew househunting in the fall of 2009. Annette says that green wasn t the initial draw in their search for housing in OTR. It was instead their familiarity with the area due to their interest in the arts and tours of some existing condos for sale. 78 GREEN 2013 FINDLAY MARKET 79 80 GREEN 2013 A condo wasn t in the cards for them but soon several singlefamily homes were announced as being available so they asked builder Hueber to show them around. He showed us this one house in particular. It was dark it was cold we had on headlamps. But we were seeing the bones of the house and it was enough to give us goosebumps says Annette. Wow Here is this 140-yearold home. To bring something like this back to life was exciting to us. Annette adds that after the tour she Googled the home and found that someone had completed a master s thesis on it in 2006. It detailed all of the rooms who lived here. We thought how cool to be the caretakers of this little piece of history. We decided to take the plunge. Hueber started rehabbing the home in the early months of 2012. It was decided early on to seek LEED certification of the home primarily because Hueber already had 21 LEED-certified single family properties on his resume one of them immediately across the street plus eight condos certified LEED silver on the same block. The average selling price of the 1 300 sq. ft. condos known as Westfalen Lofts I was 220 000. Does historical preservation equal being green asks Annette. That is more for the experts to decide but there is so much (here) to be recycled and bring back to life. We did it mostly for the history but green has become the icing on the cake. And money in the bank. Eric Denson senior economic development analyst for the City of Cincinnati s Economic Development Division said that rehabbed attraction to him to be so close to Christ. He says he is going to walk to work says Annette. The shortest walking distance between their home at 1419 Race and Christ is 1.3 miles. One of the selling points from OTR proponents is that it is a very walkable community and that anyone living here could easily walk to work or take public transportation whether the office is in the city s central business district or near the hospitals and UC in Clifton. Annette works out of her home office as a writer teacher and blogger. In 2006 she authored I ll Be in the Car an award-winning book based on the loss of her first husband. It is as one reviewer noted a love story about life and living and finding the will to go on when you believe your reasons for living have died. After thinking about it awhile longer during our interview Annette told me One of the things that most excited Mark and I about this project in OTR was the opportunity to not only be a part of a really unique community but to help preserve a really unique community while helping it expand and become more of what it was meant to be. SO IS OR ISN T IT THE GREENEST NEIGHBORHOOD OF THEM ALL Google the greenest city question and numerous answers come up because there are numerous ways to measure it. And sometimes it just comes down to proclamations. The Cincinnati Zoo was proclaimed the Greenest Zoo in America by its own director of sustainability who challenged others to prove him wrong. homes to LEED standards within the city limits are eligible for a property tax abatement. Assuming Annette and Mark can claim 500 000 in improvements to the home and assuming it is LEED rated to the certified silver or gold levels they will receive a tax abatement of 10 935 per year for 10 years or a total of 109 350. While the tax abatement program is currently under review for some potential changes Denson said the maximum amount of improvements that can qualify for the tax abatement is 562 792. However if a home would be rated to LEED platinum level there is no limit on the improvements that can be tax abated. FYI If you simply buy and rehab a home without LEED certification you can still qualify for a 10-year tax abatement but the improvement value is capped to a value of 309 000. For new home construction with LEED certification the tax abatement is 15 years. The tax abatement was important says Annette and in some ways represented a commitment (by the city) that they wanted to build up this community. Mark Manley is an anesthesiologist with Anesthesia Associates of Cincinnati with offices at Christ Hospital in Mt. Auburn. It was an So if Being Green in Cincinnati proclaims Over-the-Rhine as the greenest of them all does that make it so We are one of the if not THE largest green-oriented magazines in the U.S. based on our distribution. Do we speak with authority No not on this matter but we speak with passion. Our mantra for this and both of our prior editions is Because It Makes Sense. It makes sense that OTR is the greenest because it is all about saving buildings or as Annette Wick says saving the community. It is all about returning a once vibrant area back to its roots where building tight and close to work made sense where residential and retail were atop one another like a ball in a glove where neighbors can know their neighbors and where the historical integrity of its homes can be maintained. 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But just as important are changing some deep-down habits and thinking anew about what we are teaching our children on what we need and what we don t. 10 Ways to Go Green in Your Kitchen By Jason Sandhage IF you search the internet using the words green kitchen what comes up are the shades of green you ll want to paint it. Try sustainable kitchens and what comes up are mostly seemingly obvious products services that meet the definition in some way shape or form. At first glance not a lot seems all that new or unique. But with a little imagination and some homework building new or remodeling a kitchen can be a showpiece for green sustainable living. The kitchen is now regarded by many as the new family room. It s no longer your grandma s cubbyhole in a corner by itself but is instead a larger room that generally incorporates an eating area the family meeting space the homework room the dinner party spot the coffee niche an entertainment unit a half-bath and oh yeah the fridge the ovens the cooktop cabinetry countertops an island or two or three and a dozen or so plug-ins to handle all of the technology. Being sustainable in any part of the new kitchen still incorporates what any Dad has always said Close the fridge door turn off the lights when leaving and don t turn on the oven until it s needed. But in addition to refrigerators that now have their own built in alarms advising the user to shut the door say after 30 seconds some new refrigerators now use only as much energy as a light bulb. New hot water heaters can be so efficient that they use half the energy and less space than the old ones. And the newer dishwashers not only improve getting the grime off of the pots and pans but use less than half the water half the detergent and half the energy as the harvest gold version you might still have. And there s much more your cabinets can now be made of bamboo or reclaimed wood your floor of cork your countertop out of recycled glass or concrete. And your lighting will now accept the newest in bulbs be they CFLs or LEDs. Thad Reinhard account manager at Ferguson Enterprises in Cincinnati believes that from a functionality standpoint the kitchen is the most important room in the house and makes for a great starting point for those who want to go green. If you re going to go green in your house you have to go green in your kitchen he tells us. His company specializes in the sale of sinks and faucets lighting cabinetry and appliances. Ken Rieman president of Custom Distributors in Fairfield couldn t agree more. His company sells nearly every type of kitchen appliance made and his staff is trained to answer green oriented questions. Energy Star rated appliances are clearly labeled to get attention. Energy Star and the meaning associated with its label has pushed many appliance manufacturers to take a look at and develop greener alternatives. Customers are becoming better educated and aware of the impact that is created from the products they buy says Rieman. As a result they ask about Energy Star before they make a purchase. The following are ten items found in every kitchen. We asked some of our promotional sponsors to show us what they sell of these items and the green attributes of each. This is a great platform to help get you started but ultimately the most sustainable choice one can make for their kitchen is one that they are happy with. Products that last a long time are often the most sustainable choices. 85 CABINETRY A complete kitchen renovation starts with the cabinetry. It is the foundation that holds our countertops and our kids homework houses our dishes and into which slides our appliances. Style functionality and durability are key and with cabinetry being such an integral part of the kitchen a sustainable solution is not only a good idea it s also easy to attain. Wood remains the product of choice for cabinetry. But wood requires a long growth cycle and if irresponsibly harvested can impede the growth of some of nature s most complex and easily disrupted landscapes. Look for a product that has been sourced from a FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) forest meaning that the forest is managed with high environmental standards. Also review the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association s (KCMA) Environmental Stewardship Program to see if the company you want to buy your products from is recognized for using environmentally friendly materials and production processes. An alternative to wood is architecturally salvaged or metal cabinetry. There s also bamboo. While it is a grass and not actually a wood bamboo carries a very high environmental rating because it is rapidly renewable. Bamboo matures in five to six years and leaves behind the seeds that automatically start the next growth cycle. As most bamboo is grown and harvested in other countries its greenness is lost a bit because of long-distance transporting. But it remains a great choice for other reasons including durability. As Shown Bosch dishwasher of which some models will exceed Energy Star standards by more than 125 percent. Photo courtesy of Appliance Loft in Oakley which sells the product. As Shown Wood-Mode makes this caramelized bamboo veneer cabinetry. Wood-Mode has been certified by the KCMA as meeting the standards for its Environmental Stewardship Program. Photo courtesy of O Connor & Associates the Cincinnati-based distributor for Wood-Mode products. DISHWASHER In freeing your dishes from the grit and grime of food preparation and eating the dishwasher uses many valuable resources water energy and detergents. If your dishwasher is a relic of the past you may be surprised how much you can save by updating to a new and more energy efficient model. To begin let s take a look at how some minor behavioral changes can go a long way towards saving money and resources. Before you run the dishwasher make sure you have a full load and skip the pre-rinse. Most newer models are powerful enough to remove the gunk and hand pre-rinsing can be a waste of your time and water. Also take a look at when you use the appliance and delay the start of your dishwasher to off-peak utility hours. Duke Energy has lower rates during off-peak hours. Strict Energy Star standards and technological innovations have made new dishwashers into one of the most efficient appliances in the kitchen. According to their website Energy Star rated dishwashers can save you 40 a year on your energy bill and an average of 1 300 gallons of water over its lifetime. So make sure you look for the Energy Star label on your next appliance purchase. FLOORING One of the biggest decisions you will make in building a new home or remodeling is in your choice of flooring. Sustainable products come in multiple styles and finishes. But with so many viable and sustainable options all of which are green in their own way it can be difficult to make a final selection. If wood you might want to check and see if its Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. If it s bamboo read the cabinetry section of this article for details. Stone is considered green if quarried locally while concrete retains heat well doesn t require As Shown Natural Almada Cork from additional materials to surface and can be mixed with recycled content such as fly ash (a by-product of US (Unique and Sustainable) Floors. coal-burning power). Photo courtesy of McSwain Carpets & Floors Cork has recently been popularized due to the development of easy to install tiles or planks. Cork is which sells the product. a warm and natural material that is stripped from the bark of the cork oak tree which can be done about every ten years without harming it. It is very easy on the feet and dropped dishes as it has a natural give to it. While cork is not locally sourced some of the options you will find have been created by recycled content from the wine-stopper industry. 86 GREEN 2013 BACKSPLASH COUNTERTOPS Many of the same sustainable materials that are used for floors can also be used for countertops or backsplashes. Cork bamboo wood stone concrete tile and the like can be used in tandem with the flooring selection. Often the above items can be made using materials that have been recycled. It takes a lot of energy and resources to retrieve manufacture ship and sell every product while recycled and salvaged materials can greatly reduce these costs. Recycled glass countertops and backsplashes come in many forms. Vetrazzo and IceStone are two of the more popular options with up to 100 percent of its content coming from glass and concrete. The glass often comes from items like bottles windshields and old traffic lights and can be blended into basically any color of your choosing. But with the demand for more customized and recycled solutions some companies are offering an artistic flare to their designs. As Shown A hand-made using recycled materials and artistically designed backsplash by Mixed-Up Mosaics. Photo courtesy of Evolo Design which sells the product. LIGHTING When making energy improvements to the home lighting is often the lowest hanging fruit. It requires very little effort to change a more traditional bulb that wastes most of the energy it produces with that of a more efficient variety such as a CFL (Compact Florescent) or LED (Light-Emitting Diode). Or just replace as they burn out. There are a wide-variety of lighting options for the kitchen. Chandeliers recessed lighting and lamps can illuminate the greater expanse while pendant and under-cabinet lighting will accent that of the main source. With each option now being produced as an energy efficient alternative and with more comfortable and adjustable CFLs and LEDs now is the time to make the change. As Shown Direct-Wire LED a 9.3 watt under-mount accent light said to last up to 40 000 hours. Photo courtesy of Ferguson Enterprises which sells Direct-Wire and multiple other lighting devices. FAUCETS There are many ways that people can reduce their water usage and therefore their bill. Some of it is behavioral such as taking shorter showers or only watering lawns after a sustained period of low rainfall. But in order to fully realize our potential to conserve this liquid resource it is important that we also take a look at those products that can help. WaterSense is an EPA partnership program that endorses and places its label on water-efficient products. Think of it as you would Energy Star or the Forest Stewardship Council. It is a great place to start for anyone looking to buy replace or get tips on using showerheads faucets landscape irrigation toilets and more. As Shown Kohler Purist a According to the WaterSense website products and services that have earned the WaterSense faucet that flows at 1.8 gpm. label have been certified to be at least 20 percent more efficient without sacrificing performance. Photo courtesy of Ferguson It also claims that if one in every 10 homes in the United States were to install WaterSense labeled Enterprises which sells Kohler faucets or faucet accessories in their bathrooms it could save six billion gallons of water per year and manufactured products. more than 50 million in the energy costs to supply heat and treat that water. One of the most inexpensive and simple to install water savings solutions are low-flow aerators and showerheads. An aerator manages and reduces the amount of water that flows out of a faucet or showerhead by mixing air into the water stream. By mixing air with the water an even and full spray or flow can still be achieved. Your faucet may or may not already have an aerator installed. In order to check there should be a flow rate imprinted on the side that reads something like 2.75 gpm (gallons per minute). If it is over 2.75 gpm it is time to replace since the cost of a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator only costs about 5- 10. 87 H O T WAT E R H E AT E R It takes a lot of energy to heat all of the hot water that is used in a home. With every shower bath laundry cycle and turn of the faucet the heat expense is going down the drain. So if your hot water heater is nearing the end of it s life or if you are looking to build a new home a more-efficient unit can save you thousands over the life of the product. Water heaters come in many forms. Under the natural gas variety there are high-efficiency gas storage whole-home gas tankless and gas condensing options. If you have electric heat pumps are an option and for those with dependable sunshine there is a solar version. Some will cost more to buy but will reduce water heating bills in the long run and others will last longer and take less space. Others will accommodate homeowner s who often run out of hot water. As Shown GE GeoSpring which is assembled and shipped locally from Louisville. GE says it will use up to 62 percent less energy and save 325 a year in heating expenses a payback of about four years when replacing an existing system. Photo courtesy of Custom Distributors Inc. of Fairfield which sells GE products. R E F R I G E R AT I O N Refrigerators are the heart and lifeblood of the kitchen other than the people of course. Without one or often two in every home much of our food would spoil and other appliances would have little use. It should be no surprise that the refrigerator is also one of the most energy consuming products in a household. It is constantly on and working to keeping our food and drink as fresh as can be. The refrigerators of the past were energy hogs but thanks to recent improvements in insulation and compressors the refrigerators of today use much less energy than those older models. As with dishwashers and most every other appliance Energy Star is the efficiency standard and those stamped with the approved Energy Star label are the models to look for. According to the Energy Star website approved refrigerators use at least 15 percent less energy than non-rated models and that by replacing old with new you can save between 200 - 1 000 on energy costs over the course of it s lifetime. To find a more exact savings estimate one can visit the Energy Star Refrigerator Retirement Savings Calculator to learn more. Go to www.energystar.gov index.cfm fuseaction refrig.calculator There are many refrigeration and freezer products available for purchase. The top-freezer bottom-freezer side-by-side french door counter depth compact and wine beverage coolers are just a few. All have their advantages but in considering a new option for your home it s important to compare the efficiency levels of your current model with those newer and more efficient alternatives. As Shown 28.6 cubic foot GE Profile Energy Star rated refrigerator. A stainless steel exterior hides the TwinChill evaporators allowing the user to maintain a more exact temperature and humidity levels. Photo courtesy of Custom Distributors Inc. of Fairfield which sells GE products. As Shown Wolf Induction Cooktop. Photo courtesy of John Tisdel Fine Appliances the local distributor of all Wolf and Sub-Zero products. COOKING Enter food the original reason for the kitchen. It s where all the green stuff comes together plus common sense and some good-old-fashioned principles. Some of which include Buy local when you can from farmer s markets or drive out in the country if it s not too far and buy direct. Food miles have risen near the top of eco-friendly food considerations and the fewer miles from farm to table the better. Start your own garden. It s America s 1 hobby and a small plot of land can get you started on a lifetime of enjoyment or at least a few dozen tomatoes. Throw the leftovers in a compost pile or bin. It s another form of recycling that keeps on giving. And if you have your own garden it s a great fertilizer. Use tap water rather than bottled. In most places one is as good as the other and you won t have to waste energy storing it cooling it or sorting the empties for recycling. Buy in bulk and cook in bulk just make sure you can consume what you purchase and produce. Purchasing from the bulk bins mean less packaging and fewer trips to the store and can also mean financial savings. Overall the kitchen generates the most waste of any room in your house. Plan ahead. Planning meals that can feed you and your family for a few days is a great way to shop efficiently and free up your precious leisure time. Know how to best use the appliances that you have. Ovens cooktops and your ventilation system are all energy guzzlers to the tune of about five percent of your total household use says the U.S. Department of Energy. Numerous advancements have been made to helping cooking appliances be more green such as ovens that pre-heat almost immediately. And most allow room and technology to cook multiple things at the same time in the same cavity. Use your microwave when it makes sense. Energy Star estimates that you can reduce cooking energy by as much as 80 percent when using the microwave instead of the oven. Leave heat out of the equation altogether. Don t forget about salads chilled soups and other dishes that require little prep and can be eaten cold. Finally be trendy try induction cooking. Induction cooking uses induction heating to directly heat a cooking vessel as opposed to using heat transfer from electrical coils or burning gas as with a traditional cooking stove. You ll need to learn some new techniques and maybe buy some new pots and pans but the bottom line is its faster and more energy efficient while still allowing precise adjustments to be made. According to the U.S. Department of Energy the efficiency of energy transfer for an induction cooker is 84 percent versus 74 percent for a smooth-top non-induction electrical unit for an approximate 12 percent saving in energy for the same amount of heat transfer. 88 GREEN 2013 A PRIVATE ELEGANT & PARK-LIKE SETTING ... ON THE OHIO RIVER CORPORATE PRIVATE EVENTS WEDDINGS REHEARSAL DINNERS PANORAMIC CLUB HOUSE Visit us online and complete our request form for your customized quote. Now booking 2013 scenic fall cruises and your 2014 special event dates. www.satisfactioncruises.com 513-231-9042 IVE F From left to right Betsy Townsend Steve Johns Tony Stieritz Siham Omri Being Green means a lot of different things to different people as evidenced in our opening piece What It Means to be Green For example take these five folks. T H I N K E R S T O W A T C H BY JASON SANDHAGE 90 GREEN 2013 Not pictured Declan Mullin What exactly qualifies anyone to be a green spokesperson The guru on the mountain the one that every writer wants to interview In nearly every green article that appears in any Cincinnati publication names like Dan Korman at Park Vine Steve Melink of Melink Corporation Brewster Rhoads of Green Umbrella or Mark Fisher of the Cincinnati Zoo tend to be quoted. They all have fantastic stories to tell on what they ve done are about to do or about others on a parallel path. But they are not alone. There are lots of other green thinkers who don t always get the press but should. In my two prior years of editing Being Green in Cincinnati I encountered hundreds of people who do think green. Most play a bit part some major but all important in that they are doing something to help us better embrace sustainability as a part of our lives. Here are five of those folks who I ve met and became impressed in witnessing their passions and productivity. BETSY TOWNSEND Leave No Child Inside Greater Cincinnati Take a look around your neighborhood and you re likely to find a glaring omission children. Those riding bikes playing baseball chasing each other in a game of tag or kick-the-can are all but gone. All of the things that have perennially been staples of a normal and healthy childhood lifestyle are being lost and replaced with video games and social media. The age of finding children outside is quickly evolving away from the natural environment and Betsy Townsend wants to change that. It began with a book. In 2005 Betsy read Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv and it changed her life. She partnered with Bill Hopple Executive Director at the Cincinnati Nature Center and together they formed Leave No Child Inside a collaboration of individuals and organizations working to connect greater Cincinnati s children with nature for their physical mental and emotional health. And with a growing body of research that links an absence of the natural environment to childhood issues such as obesity ADD and depression the need to reconnect with the outside was painfully obvious. Leave No Child Inside collaborates with many programs that offer assistance for both children and parents who wish to become more involved. Their website offers a complete list but places like Cincinnati Parks and Granny s Garden School offer great environmental and educational excursions. In addition and thanks to the efforts of Leave No Child Inside the Cincinnati Nature Center has opened a 1.6 acre Nature PlayScape that provides a safe and healthy habitat for kids to play in and learn about the natural world. Ultimately parents must remain instrumental in the natural and healthy development of their children. Walk the talk and be their role model says Townsend take them to the park play catch with them in the yard or take a hike on one of the city s many trails. If we continue to keep our kids under house arrest according to Louv we will end up with a generation of children that don t understand or appreciate nature. For more information please visit www.lncigc.com STEVE JOHNS Sustainability Coordinator at the Cincinnati Office of Environmental Quality Steve Johns has a lot of work to do. As the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Cincinnati Johns mission is to lead Cincinnati City Government and the larger community toward sustainability and the practice of good environmental stewardship. With a primary goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by two percent per year for the next 42 years this is no small task nor a short one. But since 2008 when the Green Cincinnati Plan was developed the City of Cincinnati and Steve Johns are getting the job done. The Green Cincinnati Plan has placed a focus on six main categories of importance transportation energy waste land use food and advocacy. And with more than 80 goal-specific recommendations in place many of these plans have already been implemented and are beginning to make a big difference in the communities they serve. In collaboration with Rumpke Johns and Sue Magness the City Recycling Coordinator have found appreciation in the fact that they have increased recycling in the City of Cincinnati by 70%. Much of this increase can be contributed to larger recycling bins but in an effort to also reduce transportation emissions these larger bins allow Rumpke to reduce its recycling pickup schedule from once every week to once every two weeks. In addition the Green Cincinnati Plan has saved government buildings around one million dollars per year by installing better insulation high-efficiency bulbs and replacing outdated HVAC systems. With a community sharing transportation method on its way in the form of zipcars (zipcar.com) Johns is fulfilling his role as one of Cincinnati s many green leaders. Additional projects associated with the Green Cincinnati Plan are the What s Your Green Umbrella campaign the annual 3E (Energy Economy Environment) Summit and the Green Partnership for Greater Cincinnati. 91 DECLAN MULLIN Vice President of Ballpark Operations Great American Ball Park Cincinnati Reds The Cincinnati Reds hit a grand slam when they hired Declan Mullin. As the Vice President of Ballpark Operations at Great American Mullin is responsible for a broad flow of operational issues that are integral in keeping the stadium running smoothly. But as he rounds second in his journey of life Mullin is making a mark that is greener than the diamond s grass. Thanks to Mullin s operational expertise and the Reds new ownership group Great American Ball Park is widely considered to be one of the most environmentally friendly ballparks in Major League Baseball. For example Concession grease is converted into biofuel which fuels stadium vehicles and backup generators. Waste reduction is achieved in partnering with the EPA s WasteWise program and Rumpke via the placement of over 200 recycling bins throughout the stadium volunteers collecting recyclables on game days and in the purchase of post-recycled products that include concession cups and napkins. In collaboration with Duke Energy carbon credits are purchased to offset the estimated 96 tons of carbon dioxide emitted on game days. Go Green Power energy from renewable resources is purchased to fuel stadium needs. High-efficiency lighting illuminates the field and facility. An Energy Star partnership tracks energy usage improves energy performance and quantifies energy improvements. Grass clippings are composted. Uniforms are partially made from plastic bottles baseball caps with bamboo and old uniforms are donated to Matthew 25 ministries. Declan s green strategy is estimated to save the Reds between 20-30 percent in operating costs per year. In working with local agencies such as the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance (GCEA) and in receiving a 125 000 matching grant from Ohio Interfaith Power and Light (OhIPL) a faith-based organization that focuses on tangible environmental results in religious communities Tony and the Archdiocese have been able to put their faith into action. There are many upfront financial hurdles to overcome says Stieritiz but there are opportunities out there to allow for companies to better make that investment in the future. The OhIPL grant and the GCEA have allowed the Archdiocese with that opportunity to make energy improvements in their buildings including high-efficiency longer lasting light bulbs better insulation more efficient HVAC systems and new windows. Six small organizations five parishes and McNicholas High School have been the recipients of these upgrades. In addition a grant from Hamilton County Solid waste has provided parish festivals with recycling bins that allow them to reduce their waste. Stieritz believes that as they preach more about the success stories the more it will become attractive for other parishes to follow suit. As it says on the OhIPL website Your Faith . . . God s Earth . . . Our Responsibility. Amen. SIHAM OMRI Founding President at Morocco Green Building Council Marketing Committee Member at the World Green Building Council Green is growing in Cincinnati. Among other things our city is home to one of the top LEED school districts in the country the greenest zoo in America the largest publicly accessible urban solar array in the United States and the nation s most attractive LEED tax abatement. There is so much progress taking place but if you re not reading this it s likely that you wouldn t know. Here lies the importance of Siham Omri. Omri is a believer and educator of sustainable design. She travels across the world sharing the sustainability accomplishments of Cincinnati with others. She talks about our schools the Cincinnati Zoo everything mentioned above and more ranking Cincinnati in the discussion as one of the greenest cities in the country. Which means she is helping Cincinnati build bridges says Omri bridges that go both ways. Cincinnati benefits by hearing about the Masdar Initiative in Abu Dhabi planned as the world s first zero-carbon zero-waste city. Ultimately their development and others can become instrumental in the planning and development of additional green projects and initiatives here such as the Green Cincinnati Plan. We are too humble and need to better market our achievements says Omri a Cincinnati resident. A global and open forum amongst cities green thinkers and green activists will create a road map for cities to be built green. Collaboration is key to the progress of green and Sahim Omri is at the forefront of making it happen. TONY STIERITZ Director Catholic Social Action Archdiocese of Cincinnati Love thy neighbor as thyself. - Mark 12 31. A simple commandment to understand but one that is not always so easy to carry out. The Bible teaches that we are stewards of the environment and that it is our responsibility to care for rather than just consume creation. This is an issue that we really have to take seriously says Tony Stieritz Catholic Social Action Director at the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Everything that we do has a great impact on the environment and it is our responsibility to do what we can to lower our carbon footprint he adds. As a leader of the Archdiocese s Climate Action Committee Tony educates its parishes schools and congregations on the urgency and need to react to the ever-changing landscape of environmental concerns. Everyone has their own financial decisions and structure which makes it difficult. But Tony responds with one parish at a time. 92 GREEN 2013 Sustainability. Powered by Duke Energy. At Duke Energy sustainability is about making decisions and taking actions that are good for today and better for tomorrow. It s about being environmentally progressive honest and ethical and committed to making our communities better places to live. Sustainability is about doing the right thing even when it s not the easy thing to do. www.duke-energy.com Green Cincinnati Ed Silver 2012 SP Green Building Consulting is an Green Building Consulting Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy Green Streets and Greener Stock are USGBC National members. HENRY SHELDON & ASSOCIATES ATTORNEYS AT LAW Sustainability makes your home and office an asset for life. One call connects you with a partnership that brings out the best in you. From architecture to energy you ll have experts ready to bring your vision to life for your family employees and generations to come. ducation Advocacy r Level PONSOR Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy s Headquarters was Certified 513.257.5256 www.TSPCincy.com Build-Sustainably TSPCincy.com 11 May 5 2011 The Sustainability Partnership of Cincinnati greenbau full service green design build RE cycling By Michelle Crawley Recycling continues to grow in the American psyche as a right thing to do. But confusion still reigns on what is acceptable to place in what bin on trash day and now more than ever what to do with our obsolete electronics equipment. Here are four short stories about recycling. Did you know that Mariemont is the area s largest recycler as a community That Lockland is one of the smallest The One Thing We Seem to Be Doing Right 1 96 GREEN 2013 The Rumpke sanitary landfill s Colerain Avenue facility is Rumpke s largest the state of Ohio s largest and the sixth biggest landfill in the country. Rumpke Mountain is 1 064 feet above sea level and at its highest point sits on 350 feet of trash - 150 feet of which is underground. Photo courtesy of Rumpke. A PLACE WHERE OLD MACS CAN GO TO DIE OR LIVE AGAIN The bad news is that all of the electronics gizmos you have in your house will someday be obsolete and will need to be trashed. But potentially worse is that some may first be pilfered for any valuable metals they might have exposing workers and the planet to hazardous wastes and hard drives filled with personal or business information may end up in the wrong hands. The environmental division of the UN says that 50 million metric tons of electronic equipment known as e-waste is scrapped each year and 70-80 percent of that ends up in landfills. So if your first generation iPhone rear projection big screen TV or Kindle is no longer useful what to do THE MOTHERLODE OF MOTHERBOARDS Cincinnati-based Cohen USA is one of the largest metal recycling companies in North America processing more than 1.25 million tons annually. Established since 1924 they like to say they were green when the world was still black and white. But these days they are really seeing green their electronics recycling business has tripled in growth while we Americans continue to create a steady At Cohen USA s Middletown facility electronics are disassembled and separated into their various grades such as circuit boards plastics and metals. The goal is to have zero waste. Photo courtesy of Cohen USA. stream of e-waste. With that growth comes Cohen s mission to educate the public about recycling responsibly. Some of the types of electronics that businesses and households may bring to Cohen include personal computers laptops and components computer towers A C adapters servers routers switches modems telephones cell phones printers fax machines copiers speakers stereos VCR s remotes keyboards mice wires rechargeable batteries small home appliances docking stations LCD screens CRT monitors televisions and cable satellite boxes. In addition to electronics Cohen also takes ferrous metals like steel nonferrous metals (aluminum copper brass) automobiles auto parts batteries appliances and tires. In limited cases Cohen may offer cash for electronic items but because of the cost to prepare the items for recycling the satisfaction to those dumping the equipment must come from knowing it or most of it will have another life in another form. In some cases for example large businesses who need to trash multiple items there is usually a charge by Cohen for pickup. If the public brings us e-scrap we try to pay for it says Adam Dumes general manager for sustainability at Cohen. Case by case the value of these items varies. Electronics go through several steps before they are completely recycled starting with categorizing inventory and storage in a secure video-monitored warehouse prior to processing. Each item is then assessed to determine if it has reuse value. Electronics that remain viable are refurbished in-house or via one of Cohen s fully audited partnering companies. Remaining electronics are disassembled and separated into their various grades such as circuit boards plastics and metals. This author found the sheer amount of electronics components in storage and destined for recycling at Cohen to be staggering. We try to put as many parts as we can into the refurbish streams says Dumes. We shred hard drives and wipe them destroying data and protecting intellectual property. We also have a huge dismantling facility that is similar to a factory with stations of workers taking apart printers towers etc. They reduce them down to the component level and try to see if there are reuse opportunities. Then we sell that stuff to those markets. Copper items are also separated from items with precious metals. Plastics go into plastics recycling streams. It is broken down at the commodity level gets refined smelted or melted and made into something new. Cohen is one of the first ISO certified scrap processors in the United States and they have taken extra steps to receive a Responsible Recycling (R2) certification. Cohen is one of only 100 U.S. companies with R2. Full audits are done anywhere Cohen sells preventing illegal exporting unsafe rural smelting overseas and illegal dumping of electronic waste. Dumes knows that the turnover on electronics devices is very frequent and that many clients come to them because they do not want their electronics to end up in a landfill. Like our clients Cohen USA is also serious about being responsible this is a safe secure and clean environment says Dumes. Our goal is to have zero waste. And we are only profitable if we have a good relationship in the community. We say we are Family owned Community Driven and it s not just a cheesy tagline we really try to establish a responsible presence in each community where we are located. Cohen is one of only a handful of businesses in the greater Cincinnati marketplace that will accept and recycle e-waste. For more info on Cohen www.cohenusa.com. 2 FILL ER UP AT THE MOUNTAIN Rumpke s renewable fuels facility Each year 10 000 people including Scout troops school groups and Red Hat Societies from all over the area take the free Wednesday tour of the Rumpke sanitary landfill s Colerain Avenue facility. It s Rumpke s largest the state of Ohio s largest and the sixth biggest landfill in the country. In Cincinnati even Rumpke s competitors bring their trash to the mountain Rumpke Mountain that is. Rumpke s tour is part of their open-door policy giving visitors the opportunity to learn about trash collection how waste is safely handled and the importance of waste reduction. While this author was initially skeptical about what one could see or learn (or even what to wear) on a Rumpke tour I came away completely surprised by what I found. The tour begins with a brief history of the company an explanation Find out more about scheduling a tour at Rumpke http www.rumpke.com education facility-tours. 97 of types of garbage trucks and a view of the scale house where the trucks are weighed. The State of Ohio only allows 10 000 tons of garbage to be dumped on a daily basis at the Colerain Avenue facility so the loads are closely monitored. The tour bus then travels around the landfill where a guide shows guests exactly what happens after garbage leaves their homes. Methane gas removal leachate (waste water) collection surface water controls and other points of interest including recycling facts are explained. The tour summits the top of the landfill and concludes with a description of standard landfill closure processes and future landfill property use. Since 1986 Rumpke has been recovering landfill gasses (caused from the decomposition of buried trash) from the Mountain to create natural gas providing renewable energy to about 25 000 homes. But last year Rumpke also began compressing the natural gas (CNG) to fuel some of their trucks. While the initial price of these specially equipped trucks is more than a diesel truck Rumpke estimates that they will recoup the difference within 30 months because diesel at the time of this writing was more expensive than natural gas. This makes economic sense as we keep expanding our fleet says Molly Broadwater Corporate Communication Coordinator at Rumpke. As we replace each residential truck in Cincinnati we want to do it with a CNG truck. The CNG tanks on Rumpke s new trucks store a 60-gallon diesel equivalent providing enough fuel for a 10-hour work shift. The CNG trucks are currently being deployed to collect waste in the Fairfield Hamilton Blue Ash and Springdale communities. At the end of the day they return to the fueling station on the Rumpke premises to slowly fill during the overnight hours. Broadwater says that 10 more trucks will be delivered this year and that they are also testing a CNG commercial truck. People often have a more favorable view of landfills once they have done this tour says Broadwater. They are surprised that the landfill is so clean how much trash comes in on a daily basis and the environmental safeguards that we put into place. The whole thing is an eye opening experience. People don t think about what they put in the trash can. But if you think about everyone putting things in that would have otherwise been recycled it may convert you to being someone who recycles. This writer was converted and in the first month discovered that half of what had been going to trash is now in the recycle container. On the tour I was also surprised at how many steps Rumpke takes to keep their operation from impacting their neighbors. They have odor-neutralizing misters set up throughout the area of the landfill to keep offensive smells from drifting off property. They have portable fences that they move around the site to catch any drifting trash laborers who pick up blowing trash temporary tarps to put on sections of landfill not being worked on at that time water trucks to spray down the dust and an area that trucks must drive through when leaving the facility to clean their tires so that waste is not carried out to the main roads. And there are four protective layers they put down in a newly excavated hole before the first layer of garbage is even put in steps required to get EPA certification. Rumpke tracks feedback from their landfill tours and 89% of visitors said their perception of the landfill is more positive after visiting the site. 3 WHAT CAN BE RECYCLED FINAL ANSWER (TODAY) IS The cost of recycling is a common question. Many ask why we should pay extra for others to make money off of our waste But there are many things that factor in to the cost of recycling whether it s provided by your city or you pay directly. The reality is that everyone is paying for the service whether it is included in your utility bill or in your taxes says Rumpke s Molly Broadwater. The cost of recycling covers the collection and hauling of these materials the driver the truck the fuel the insurance and the monthly cost is often less (on a per household basis) than the cost of a cup of coffee. Rumpke does not require residents to separate their recyclable materials as it is sorted at their recycling center. But when Rumpke collects and processes the material where does it ultimately go Knowing may make you think about recycling differently Clear plastic bottles go to Signode in Florence and become plastic strapping tape or they go to Mohawk Industries in Georgia to be used to make carpet. Rumpke s Cincinnati Recycling Center Manager Brad Dunn says that homeowners recycle about three million pounds of 2 plastic each year. Darker plastics (like laundry detergent bottles) go to Haviland Drainage in Northwest Ohio to be made into drainage pipe. Glass bottles and jars go to OwensIllinois to be made into new glass bottles and jars or they go to Johns Manville to become fiberglass insulation. Cardboard and paper go to a variety of paper mills in the area to make new paper products like newspaper cardboard box liners or puzzles. Aluminum cans go to AnheuserBusch one of the largest can recyclers in the world. They use them to make new cans which are usually back on store shelves in 60 days. Rumpke says that Cincinnatians recycle about 2 million pounds of aluminum cans each year. Steel cans go to different steel mills in the area to be melted down into new steel products like cans car parts or appliances. Why does Rumpke accept some items and not others We need to have a manufacturer that is waiting with a regular demand for these recycled items to be made into something new says Broadwater. An additional fact Most Cincinnatians now understand what is trash vs. what can be recycled. Rumpke estimates that only about four percent of what is placed in the recycling bin should be going in the trash container instead. But Rumpke did ask us to ask you not to put plastic bags like those you get at the grocery store in the recycling bin. They gum up the recycling equipment sometimes for days. No weed eaters or microwaves either which sometimes show up. 98 GREEN 2013 Recycle Sandhage Publisher Magazine this Recycled By Douglas BEST MAGAZINE N LTIM ULTIMATE REEN GUIDE NA CINCINN T C N NNATI S ULT MATE GREEN GUID CINCINNATI S ULTIMAT GREEN GUIDE 5 I ve been publishing magazines for nearly 20 years and as sure as the sun will come up tomorrow to provide us free energy I get at least one phone call after each issue asking me to stop printing and save a tree. Well actually we are doing that by publishing. I can only assume that the other 13 499 of you that I send this issue to will be satisfied that the benefits of the information herein outweigh the loss of the paper used. I hope so. I like trees more than most other people I know and I like to know that they can be used again . . . and again . . . and again. I m sitting in a chair that was made from recycled wood and I ve made dozens of birdhouses from the wood leftover when we built our home. This issue will require the use of 22 934 pounds of paper. Of that 30 percent comes from the recycling of magazines and or newspapers by consumers the balance 55 percent comes from the waste of printing companies (excess copies damaged copies copies that were never put into circulation). By using recycled paper as opposed to virgin paper the material and energy costs for production are substantially reduced. Specifically those 22 934 pounds of mostly recycled paper we used for this issue will save 195.5 trees 46 000 kilowatts of energy 4 370 gallons of oil 80 500 gallons of water 34.5 cubic yards of landfill space 690 pounds of less air pollution These facts are courtesy of Metro Recycling Cincinnati s oldest and largest paper recyclers. They are located on Beekman Street and recycle cardboard newsprint magazines and office paper. They are open to consumers to drop off paper products and to commercial enterprises. 4 PERCENTAGE WHERE DO YOU RATE IN RECYCLING While recycling has come far there remains room for improvement. In general communities with contracted services tend to have higher recycling rates than those with subscription service. Here s the official breakdown per Rumpke 20-29.9 10-19.9 0-9.9 30-40 marie mont Montgomery and Wyoming Amberley Blue Ash Evendale Glendale Indian Hill Loveland Madeira and Terrace Park Anderson Cincinnati (which includes dozens of communities from Price Hill to Norwood to Hyde Park) Columbia Township Crosby Township Fairfax Fairfield Forest Park Green Township Hamilton Harrison Township Newtown St. Bernard Springdale Sycamore Township Symmes Township and Woodlawn Addyston Cheviot Cleves Colerain Township Deer Park Delhi Township Golf Manor Greenhills Harrison Lockland Miami Township Mt. Healthy North College Hill Norwood Reading Sharonville Silverton Springfield Township West Chester Township and Whitewater Township 99 Sun power has plenty of local advocates but when it comes to putting solar panels on the roof it s still a stretch for many. The bad news is that it s still expensive given the expected payback. The good news is that prices are falling. Solar Energy [ as long as the sun keeps shining ] by MICHELLE C RAW L E Y T H E S T O R Y T H AT J U S T W O N T G O AWAY 100 GREEN 2013 Solar energy proponents have been promising us energy independence since most of us entered grade school. It would said various spokespersons be cheap and easy. Decades later we remain dependent on foreign oil and solar energy costs are still out of reach for most of America. What happened Why haven t we harnessed the sun s energy on a large scale basis Why isn t at least one home on every block powered by the sun Some say the tables are finally turning and here s the proof to back them up. Let s start with the good news. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says demand for solar energy in the United States is at an alltime high. In the first quarter of 2012 developers installed 85 percent more solar panels compared to the first quarter of 2011. Total U.S. installations may reach 3 300 megawatts putting the country Steve Melink president and founder of Milford-based Melink Corporation emphasizes that solar is not a get-rich-quick investment. This is a quality of life approach he says. For homeowners it s similar to buying a hybrid or electric car versus a conventional car. The desire comes from personal beliefs. For someone to want to do it it is usually for a reason other than purely financial. It s a way to make a difference without waiting for the government to solve our problems. You have to look at the life of the asset. Up front you pay more but over the years there are long-term savings to be gained. At Urbana University in Urbana Ohio we are currently working on a solar project and we estimate that they will save 2 million in energy over the course of 25 years. For our country to make solar Wayne Goodrich Photo by Jason Sandhage on track to be the fourth largest solar market in the world. Michelle Greenfield is CEO of Third Sun Solar in Athens Ohio and her company has installed over 300 residential and business solar photovoltaic (PV) projects over the last 14 years many of those in the Cincinnati marketplace. She says that solar makes sense for most people because of rising electricity rates. But she adds the expiration of an Ohio state grant to install solar panels in homes and businesses has put a dent in solar industry sales. Today the payback on a residential solar project is definitely longer than it was before the state grant went away in 2010 she says. The clients we see initiating solar projects today are best described as serious they want to be green despite the length of payback. Prices for solar do continue to fall though and solar definitely looks good long term. Wyoming successful we need individuals and institutions to be thinking long term as this university is. If people can t do that it s going to take longer to catch on. Melink s company designs installs and finances large solar systems and was responsible for the four-acre 6 400 solar panel array at the Cincinnati Zoo. MORE SOLAR COMPANIES LOWER PRICES Melink says that as we continue to grow our solar capacity the costs will become even more competitive making solar more attractive for the average homeowner. Already the prices for the panels are falling and a 30 percent federal investment tax credit for solar remains in effect until the end of 2016. Greenfield agrees. The more solar that is installed the more manufacturers innovate and the more options and price points 101 Osborne Coin in South Fairmount worked with Third Sun Solar to install 450 solar panels on their roof. Through the end of August 2012 they have produced 325 000 Kilowatt hours. The company reduced their energy usage and demand by one-third and cut their energy bill in half after factoring in selling the SRECs. Photo provided courtesy of Third Sun Solar. 102 GREEN 2013 these quality products will have. There is so much more competition now. There used to be two other companies in the state selling solar now there are 50 to 60. Currently we ve seen the costs of the solar panels decrease by 20-50 percent compared to what they were eight months ago. So despite the Ohio grant having gone away actual costs are coming down. Melink says more institutions like zoos universities schools and governments are thinking long term and are embracing solar to offset the costs of other energy sources. Typically the price of electricity goes up two to five percent per year. As the cost of solar comes down and the costs of other energy sources go up people will see a faster payback for investing in solar and can better justify the upfront investment. I predict continued growth says Melink. For example one of the goals in Cincinnati is to double our capacity of renewable energy in the region every year. It is an aggressive goal but is definitely possible. After Cincinnati voters decided this year to adopt sustainable energy practices the city switched to 100 percent renewable energy. This community choice aggregation law allows them to shop around for the best energy deal. Now our city is the biggest buyer of clean energy in the country. This tells you just how things are going nationally in terms of energy sourcing when Cincinnati makes this kind of move. Cincinnati is being very progressive in this arena. THERE S SOMETHING HAPPENING HERE Solar is definitely gaining momentum in the business sector where a system can be more cost effective and many financing partners can be brought to bear. Melink says typically a business could see payback in 10 years because they can take advantage of depreciating the asset and getting the 30% federal tax credit. Macy s headquartered in Cincinnati has been ranked nationally for their use of solar power. They have 41 solar systems with 16 163 kilowatts installed placing the company fifth in the nation for companies using this renewable energy source. At Macy s we are always looking for new ways to reduce our energy and our footprint says Bill Lyon vice president of energy management for the company. We put in our first solar project about five years ago. The solar arrays are rooftop installations on our stores and distribution centers. Most are located in California or Hawaii but there are some in New Jersey and New York. Arizona has our largest system but California and New Jersey are the strongest for us because of their state s aggressive renewable energy portfolio. In fact the legislature in New Jersey has pushed utilities to green up and they do that by purchasing the renewable energy credits (RECs). That has been a real driver to generate solar development. Similar to New Jersey Ohio law is requiring public utilities to increase the amount of clean energy that they secure each year. Melink says that by 2025 Ohio s utility portfolio must have 25 percent of their energy coming from clean energy sources and 12.5 percent of that has to come from renewable energy. For example they have to build wind or solar farms or buy solar renewable energy credits (SRECs). Certainly only a small amount of that is solar but Melink says this will help develop and grow the solar industry as more projects go up to meet this state mandate. Osborne Coin has been in business in North Fairmount since 1835 manufacturing private mint coins and tokens for businesses like casinos carwashes and laundry mats. After putting other energy saving initiatives into place in their plant they began exploring solar in the fall of 2009. After analyzing the state grant tax credits and calculating usage and peak demand they realized that adding solar made sense. Osborne Coin worked with Third Sun Solar to install 450 panels on their roof and through the end of August 2012 they have produced 325 000 Kilowatt hours. Prior to installing the solar panels more than half of our utility bill was for peak demand says Todd Stegman chief operating officer for Osborne Coin. So we looked at solar to help offset our peak. In the end we did three solar projects. We had less than a fiveyear payback on the first two systems due to the state grant that was available the federal tax credit and accelerated depreciation. We were able to reduce our energy usage and demand by one-third and reduced our energy bill in half after factoring in selling the SRECs. Stegman says that businesses who are thinking about putting in solar need to really dig in and understand all aspects of the project. They should understand the upfront costs the available tax credits and grants know demand and kilowatt usage and learn about the SRECs and their payback. As far as doing a solar project . . . you have to think long term says Stegman. While there were a lot of upfront costs on these projects we have no regrets. These panels were a good investment for our business. LOCAL TESTIMONIALS NO DOUBT HERE Greenfield says it s important to note that before putting in solar other efficiency measures should be undertaken. Doing an energy audit and adding insulation repairing windows adding weather stripping and getting a programmable thermostat all could cut an energy bill by 25 to 50 percent. After these steps are added solar has a bigger impact. Gerald and Jan Brown Checco were featured in our 2010 issue of Being Green. When they first moved into their Clifton home back in 2001 their energy bills were 700-800 per month. They put in energy-saving appliances new windows insulation geothermal and then added solar panels through Third Sun Solar in order to produce an overall reduction in their energy costs. Part of their solar panel system was purchased before the Ohio tax grant went away and since we last visited them they have added more panels. They also sell SRECs. Their monthly energy costs are now down to 125 after the latest solar panels were installed and Checco estimates they save 8 000 a year on their energy bill. Energy prices are only going to continue to increase says Gerald. People need to take a long-term approach to solar. It will pay for itself over time. Wyoming resident Wayne Goodrich invested in solar for his 50 year-old house because he thought it was the right thing to do. He too had first taken energy saving measures with the 103 Solar panels installed by Third Sun Solar in Smale Riverfront Park near The Banks. Photo provided courtesy of Third Sun Solar. insulation and new windows in his home. Each of those projects accumulated some savings but individually they did not affect the return he says. However adding 39 solar panels a 9.0 Kilowatt system immediately began producing results. The solar system produces more power on an annual basis than I can consume says Goodrich. I used to pay 80-250 a month for power and now I m at net zero. I was delighted to see the meter go backwards. While there is a sense of satisfaction that I m producing energy and selling it back to the utility company it s certainly neat to see the meter run backwards. Goodrich estimates that he will have payback on his panels in less than 10 years due to the 30 percent federal tax incentive the state grant and selling the SRECs. He even charges the batteries on his Chevy Volt with the solar power. Currently solar tends to be more attractive to middle class or wealthier people with the discretionary income to spend. And sometimes solar doesn t work for a homeowner simply because of the slope of their rooftop or the fact that the house faces the wrong way. However there are communities mostly in the western U.S. that are pooling resources to benefit from solar with a community array often located miles away from any homes. While it s not yet a reality here in Ohio I can see this coming in the near future says Melink. (Of Note The publisher of this magazine tried several years ago to get his neighborhood in Pierce Township to build a solar field share the power and sell any excess. While residents generally liked the idea a consensus was not reached due to unknown costs and the expiration of the state grant). In Colorado or on the West Coast they do a lot of community solar says Greenfield. We tend to have a very individualistic view when it comes to our homes but it can be worth it to think of solar as a community asset. Like Melink Greenfield and Checco Goodrich advises those who are interested to look at solar on a long-term basis. It will take several years to make financial sense. But utility costs are not going down so the investment is well worth it. You should definitely take advantage of the tax credits while they are there. And solar really works even here in Cincinnati 104 GREEN 2013 To be green to build a sustainable lifestyle often means using a product or service made using materials harvested from a sustainable resource. Or one manufactured using environmentally friendly products. Even delivery from the plant to the end user especially when the distance is short is considered a green thing to do. The following businesses all helped make this issue of Being Green possible and we ve asked them to share info about products services they offer that are of green significance. g ree n products & services By Michelle Crawley GREENER STOCK CONNECTING A GREEN COMMUNITY Owner Heather Curless excels in collaboration and making connections. Trained as an architect in Seattle she is aware that the west and east coasts are more advanced in their journey to sustainability than we are in the Midwest. What really led her to show others the way was having children. Concern for their health put me on the path of trying to help others realize what kinds of alternate resources are out there and to provide those materials to help homeowners make better choices she says. Curless opened Greener Stock in Mt. Lookout a one-of-akind Resource and Design Center in Cincinnati specializing in natural non-toxic and eco-friendly building products for the home and business including wall finishes flooring countertops and water energy efficiency. They offer a range of services including architectural design LEED green consultation salvaged materials sourcing and more. In those three years Curless has done a lot of networking events and social media and the green market has really started to find them as awareness grows. Green trends are slowly taking root here Curless is seeing more people staying in their homes longer remodeling instead of moving on to bigger things. Those who do build often want a smaller footprint with some passive solar or a house situated to maximize natural light and air flow. Popular products in her showroom include cork flooring reclaimed wood flooring and recycled glass countertops. The trends are catching on here she says. Visit them at www.greenerstock.com. ML350 BlueTEC MERCEDES BENZ GREEN VEHICLES Mercedes-Benz and its parent Daimler AG have the most hybrid vehicles (buses vans and cars) on the road. The company s BlueTEC diesel engines comply with the world s most stringent emissions standards while delivering high fuel economy and responsive performance. Launched in 2006 the BlueTEC diesel engine won acclaim at the 2007 New York International Auto Show with the Mercedes-Benz E320 BlueTEC being declared the 2007 World Green Car. This BlueTEC diesel engine is now available on the E and S-Class Sedans and the M and GL-Class SUV s (coming soon to the GLK-Class SUV) says Shane Miller a sales consultant with Mercedes-Benz of Cincinnati. It is a clean burning diesel that delivers greater fuel efficiency and increased torque. Mercedes-Benz also has other green options to choose from in their vehicles including HYBRID models the S400 E400 and ML400. They team electric power with an advanced gasoline engine. The S400 is the world s first production hybrid with a Lithium-Ion battery. It has the highest fuel economy in its class and Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle certification. The ECO start stop function developed by Mercedes-Benz switches the engine off when the vehicle comes to a standstill such as at traffic lights. The engine immediately starts again when the driver takes his foot off the brake pedal providing the highest levels of fuel efficiency. Mercedes-Benz has also driven the innovation of renewable zeroemission hydrogen fuel cell electric power in the B-Class F-CELL. BlueEFFICIENCY a second generation direct fuel injection gasoline engine delivers stronger performance using less fuel with lower CO2 emissions. Flexible Fuel vehicles let you use gasoline or E85 Ethanol. Visit www.CincyBenz.com. Greener Stock s most popular product is the cork flooring which is very affordable and has easy DIY installation it clicks together with no gluing or nailing. 105 THE APPEAL OF RECLAIMED MATERIALS Innerwood & Co. Many of Innerwood & Company s customers are using reclaimed materials in their home remodeling projects. Dan Hueber owner of the Milford-based operation says that they are doing a fair amount of work using reclaimed barn beams siding and flooring because people love the charming character of that wood. We are also seeing recycled glass being used in countertops the use of reclaimed and composite granite materials and the move to LED technology says Hueber. For over 20 years Innerwood has been recognized in the Cincinnati area for excellence in architectural wood design material selection construction and finishing. One of the jobs the company is currently doing is a rehab project for a homebuilder working in Over-the-Rhine. The homeowner wants to use as much of the original structure as they can so Innerwood is reusing existing 7.5-inch wide moldings and is replicating the ones that are missing. Similarly for the original front door they are taking old Douglas fir floor joists from another part of the structure to use in replacing missing pieces on the door. What will result is the original front door with new insulated stained glass giving it the energy efficiency of today while retaining all the original character of the door. The reclaimed product is not always less expensive it depends on the project but it can be truly beautiful says Hueber. Hueber also owns Hueber Brothers Inc. Don Justice Cabinetmakers The Kitchen Design Studio and Seven Hills Commercial Carpentry. Visit www.innerwood.com. Many clients when investing their money are interested in socially responsible investing. Also called green investing sustainability investing mission-based investing or impact investing they are all different terms for the same thing following how a company treats the environment their employees and the community. It s important to investors that the company is a good corporate citizen but also reduces their risks in the long term. Legg Mason Investment Council manages more than 775 million (as of 9 30 11) in assets for socially responsive clients and is supported by an experienced team focused exclusively on social issues. At Legg Mason when we bring on a client we talk about their values beliefs and missions says Alison Bevilacqua vice president and head of social research. We believe that we can create portfolios that help meet investors financial goals but also stay true to their belief system. The way an individual spends their money gives their money and invests their money reflects what they feel and believe. We try to understand what our clients want and then create portfolios unique to them that reflect their value systems. Overall 10 percent of Legg Mason s assets are in the green sector. Some of their typical clients in this arena include schools religious orders colleges and foundations. There are also many individual investors with this affinity. To learn more visit www.lmicglobal.com. LEGG MASON Green Investing GREAT TRADITIONS HOMES Building a Walkable Community Douglas Hinger AIA President of Great Traditions Homes believes in building walkable or mixed-use communities where everything is within reach so residents don t have to spend so much time in their cars. He knows that neighborhoods that have natural areas like walking trails corner parks sidewalks and trees help homeowners feel that they don t just own a home but are a part of a community. Great Traditions Homes is an award-winning builder that crafts dramatic lifestyle-oriented homes with custom finishes and luxuriGreat Traditions has long been known for its ous features that reflect buyer s achievements and style. In 2008 the walkable communities including Harbour company received the first LEED certification for the Gold level in Town Village in West Chester. the state of Ohio for a home they built in The Vintage Club development in Montgomery. The idea of sustainable design is always at the center of our philosophy says Hinger. These days this idea is really starting to resonate in the marketplace. With younger buyers it s almost a philosophy and that is exciting. With the more mature buyers and empty nesters they are interested in the payback period. Many are realizing they don t need a really large home. In addition to their other communities Great Traditions is building in Harbour Town Village in West Chester and in Stetson Square in Corryville where they are finding that these ideas of community especially resonate with buyers. Visit www.greattraditionshomes.com. McCabe Lumber High-Efficiency Windows Save Energy Costs Dan Hueber s Innerwood & Company built a kitchen countertop entirely from scraps of teakwood saved from furniture production leftovers. 106 GREEN 2013 Homeowners know that replacing their older windows with higher efficiency windows can help save energy bills. In fact today s windows are three to four times more efficient than they were 25 years ago. McCabe Lumber is family owned and operated and customers visit their Loveland showroom for building materials like lumber and fine home project supplies which can make a home greener. Our Andersen and Jeld-Wen line of windows and doors have been hand picked for quality says Gary Williams division manager for the SelectView Window and Door Replacement division of McCabe. We know that customers who are replacing windows and doors want the best efficiency they can find from that product line. Both brands have a 20-year warranty on the glass.Williams recommends the Low-E insulated glass found in these products as it lowers energy costs helps homes stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter prevents fading of interior furnishings and reduces condensation. Insulating glass has two panes sealed with an Argon airspace offering thermal efficiency and reducing outside noise levels. He adds that windows with the lowest U value are more energy efficient helping consumers cut down on HVAC costs. Visit www.mccabelumber.com. McSwain Sustainable Flooring Those who visit McSwain Carpet and Flooring are finding that they have many options to choose from when looking for green solutions to their flooring needs. Popular choices include bamboo and cork flooring as well as Shaw and Mohawk carpeting manufactured in a sustainable manner. Take cork for example. It comes from the bark of Cork Oak trees from Portugal. The bark is cut off the tree to manufacture corks for bottles. Once those corks are stamped out of the sheets of bark the waste is ground up and remade into cork flooring. This flooring has been used frequently in residential and commercial applications because it is beautiful durable resilient offers many finishes to choose from and is easy to care for. It is hypoallergenic dust cannot be absorbed or released from cork and is mold and mildew resistant. In addi- Cork flooring from McSwain is earth friendly and quickly replenishes itself. tion cork acts as an insulator meaning it will better retain heat and reduce noise levels. Cork is an earth-friendly product that is quickly regenerated says Dean Wright retail sales manager at McSwain. The trees themselves are not harvested and the bark can grow back within nine years. People say cork is easy to live with it is a quiet product and is used a lot in libraries churches and schools. McSwain with four area locations carries USFloors brand of cork products. Visit www.mcswaincarpets.com. RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning Dual Fuel Units Offer Best of Two Heats Utility costs are forever a moving target. So is the heating and air conditioning industry but the good news is that they are moving more toward the most efficient units ever built. The folks at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. have many economical alternatives for residential and commercial customers including geothermal but for those who may not be able to make the upfront investment that geothermal requires there is a dual fuel HVAC option. Dual fuel delivers excellent performance by utilizing a heat pump and a gas furnace giving homes two sources of heat instead of just one. The advantage to having two heating options is that when it s mildly cold the furnace doesn t have to come on and use natural gas says Brian Rineair business development manager of the Anderson Township based company. Instead the electric outdoor heat pump pushes heat through the house. But when it gets really cold the system automatically switches to the second heating source the gas furnace. Rineair says the cost of York LX 13-15 SEER Heat Pump and Gas dual fuel units are in the Furnace Hybrid Series mid-range depending on the size of the home and the type of unit purchased. Dual fuel can cost a little bit more to install than regular HVAC units but generally are priced at one-third to one-half the cost of geothermal units. Dual fuel maximizes efficiency cuts heating bills and minimizes environmental impact says Rineair. Visit www.rineairhvac.com. Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Science that Serves At Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Dr. Kevin Savage s science students are learning about hydroponics a sustainable food production system that combines aquaculture raising fish as a food source and hydroponics raising plants in a medium that doesn t involve soil. The system converts the waste from the fish to nitrates a food source for the plants. The plants take what is toxic out of the system and the clean water is then circulated back to the fish. It s entirely self-sustainable and produces plants and fish that can be eaten. Students are enthusiastic about learning the concepts related to hydroponics in their freshman biology and sophomore chemistry classes. By the time they reach their environmental science class as seniors the goal is to take what is learned in the classroom to a real world setting such as applying the system to urban agriculture to help people who may not have access to fresh produce or fresh protein. This class personifies our mission at CHCA to learn lead and serve says Lu Taylor head of the science department. We want to lead our students down the avenue of investigating what they can contribute to the world based on what they learn in the classroom. CHCA is located in Sycamore Township. Visit www.chca-oh.org. 107 Green City Resources Rooftop Gardens for Hospitals & More Many hospitals around the country are trying to promote healing by improving their patient s views. It is believed that if patients have something beautiful to look at or enjoy instead of only having exposure to a sterile hospital environment that their pain and stress can be reduced. Green City Resources has recently been busy helping hospitals with these objectives by installing rooftop gardens. The company specializes in the design installation and maintenance of stormwater management systems bioretention vegetated roofing rainwater A 2.5 acre prairie on a hospital rooftop harvesting and native landscape. The 2.5 acre green roof that Green City Resources Green City Resources did it. installed at Mercy West Hospital is the largest of its kind in the Midwest and the only one that is a prairie. Another rooftop garden recently installed at Cincinnati Children s Hospital was designed for long-term patients. This is one of my favorites says Rose Seeger co-owner of Green City Resources. It is for transitional care children many who have never left the hospital in their lives. They can view the greenery from their rooms or be rolled outside on the wide path to experience it first-hand. Green City Resources hopes to be involved in more of these hospital gardens here in Cincinnati and beyond in the near future especially as this green trend continues to gain momentum. Not only do vegetative roofs enhance aesthetics they improve storm water drainage air quality and energy savings. Visit www.greencityresources.com. Building Value Recycling A Bit of Everything It has been estimated that 40 percent of what is in our landfills comes from construction debris. Organizations in the greater Cincinnati community are increasingly recognizing that we should reuse recycle and repurpose items if possible. And no one understands that better than the folks at Building Value. Building Value located in Northside is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Easter Seals TriState. Since 2004 it has provided hands-on job training opportunities for individuals with disadvantages and disabilities who may seek employment in construction and retail. Building Value operates both a retail re-use outlet open to the public and provides professional deconstruction services. Salvaged materials are brought to the store by the deconstruction team. These along with donated gently used and antique building materials are sold at deep discounts in the store. Projects originate from referrals. Everyone that we work with has a great awareness of the triple bottom line that we can bring to taking down unwanted properties says David Rich director at Building Value. Those with whom we partner have an appreciation for workforce development recycling and having a good job completed at a fair price. Clients of their retail outlet include artists DIYers remodelers and people on treasure hunts. Our work helps the public find unique materials while allowing those with barriers to traditional employment make a living and become independent says Rich. Visit www.buildingvalue.org. Homearama has had many firsts but Potterhill Homes first-ever netzero-energy home was one of its biggest. Potterhill Homes Net Zero Energy Home Potterhill Homes excels at building high-quality green homes. In 2012 they featured the first-ever Net Zero Energy home in Cincinnati s Homearama. The goal was to show that zero energy can be affordable and mainstream and that the house can still look like a normal Cincinnati home says Carolyn Rolfes president of both Potterhill Homes and the Greater Cincinnati Homebuilders Association. This home s energy efficiencies started with the exterior building envelope. A 2 x 6 advanced framing wall construction allows for more blown cellulose insulation. Combine that with structurally insulated sheathing and the home had an R-24 insulation value which is almost twice as high as the standard at which most Cincinnati homes are constructed. Inside the house featured compact florescent and LED lighting Pella Energy-Star rated windows a high efficiency gas furnace and a 5KW solar panel system. Energy-Star rated appliances and a high-efficiency gas water heater also helped lower costs. To top if off a GE Nucleus home manager was installed to track energy usage so that the homeowner could adjust consumption if needed. Potterhill Homes are 30-percent more energy efficient compared to those homes built just to energy code and our homes are twice as efficient as an older existing home. That equals savings says Rolfes. Visit www.potterhillhomes.com. 108 GREEN 2013 VERBARG S FURNITURE BASCO Clean and Clear in the Shower One of the reasons that people avoid having a glass shower door is their concern with cleaning. Hard water stains and soap film often get etched into the glass and are difficult to remove. Mason-based BASCO makes custom shower enclosures sliding shower doors and tub shower doors that are consistently rated number one in quality and brand preference. Glass by nature is very porous which is how those white stains adhere. BASCO has solved this problem with the AquaGlideXP when put on the glass surface it fills the peaks and valleys inherent to the glass making it very smooth. AquaGlideXP hardens to the glass without emitting chemicals or odors into the atmosphere. When water and soap film hits the glass it is repelled and runs down into the tub and washes away. We are excited about this product because it maintains the new appearance of the door while making it easier to clean without harsh chemicals says Linda Garman director of marketing communications at BASCO. While most BASCO shower doors are in the home for many many years because of the company s lifetime warranty the glass and metal is completely recyclable when the door is removed. Visit www.bascoshowerdoor.com. Furniture that Lasts Generations Today many consumers purchase furniture from big box stores or from lower cost manufacturers thinking they are being green but ultimately these lower quality pieces end up in a landfill. Verbarg s has always felt that its furniture should outlast its owners to be recycled to new generations. We are often asked whether or not the furniture we sell is American made says Sheri Verbarg Mitchell. This is especially true of our Stickley and Harden furniture lines. They may cost slightly more because they are American made but they last for generations. While so many furniture factories have moved to China and Vietnam Stickley and Harden are still located in the United States. Stickley furniture has been passed down from generation to generation since 1900. Many of the pieces are collectorquality and are more valuable today than when they were purchased over 100 years ago. For five generations since 1844 Harden furniture is the oldest family-owned furniture company in the U.S. with their own10 000-acre woodland. Both companies are dedicated to following sustainable practices in their manufacturing processes. Verbarg s is located in Kenwood. Visit www.verbargsfurniture.com. Many homeowners want that unique look in their garden or landscaping. At the 2011 Cincinnati Home & Garden Show Fullmer s Landscaping designed their booth using recycled materials and found items as key features. Fullmer s Landscaping is a residential landscape design and build company located in Dayton that has been creating beautiful and functional outdoor environments for 50 years. All of Fullmer s work starts with a completely custom landscape design then they work through ordering installing and maintenance. As in the display created for the Cincinnati Home & Garden show Fullmer s sees landscaping as an art form. In this reclaimed garden piles of old concrete drain pipes evoked ancient Roman ruins and classical stone columns said Kent Fullmer president and CEO. Sheer rock faces were covered with ferns reminding one of Stonehenge. Urban gardens were tucked in small spaces using reclaimed building materials. We wove together various hardscape items to create a complex yet harmonious outdoor living experience. The goal was to show that impressive isn t always expensive. Visit www.fullmers.com. Fullmer s Landscaping Landscape as an Art Form 109 Preconstruction Construction Management Design Build Bid Build LEED Build By committing to sustainability through environmentally responsible and resource-efficient construction. Turnbull-Wahlert is a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and has Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) AP staff in-house. We have been on the Design Construction teams for many LEED certified projects. Committed to sustainability whether for a LEED certified project or not. Call us for your next Green Project. Turnbull Wahlert Construction 5533 Fair Lane Cincinnati OH 45227 513-731-7300 info turnpop.com LEED and related logo is a trademark owned by the U.S. Green Building Council and is used with permission. Electricity 101 HOW IT S MADE AND GENERATED B y Mi c h e lle C r a wle y CAN LEARNING ABOUT ENERGY GENERATION BE FUN Walt Disney certainly made it look so when he opened EPCOT Center in Orlando 30 years ago and since using it to entertain tens of millions of visitors. Enter Duke Energy s Envision Center an indoor exhibit with certain Disney-esque features located in Erlanger not far from the airport. It was designed to show visitors the promise and potential of what energy can be and what our electricity will look like in 2015 using smart-grid technologies. The goal is to help educate stakeholders in the community and industry about new energy technology the digital grid and how customers can better engage with their power company. The Envision Center features modernized power equipment and includes four demonstration areas a power distribution set that includes power lines poles and equipment a single family smart home with intelligent consumer devices solar panels an electric vehicle and a smart garage a multi-family commercial set with advanced digital meters and a power-delivery work control center with real-time monitoring capabilities. It all looks like a Hollywood movie set and when the lights go down and a thunder and lightning storm passes through it passes for near real. The center promotes energy efficiency and innovation and gives visitors an inside look at how smart grid technologies can help customers conserve energy save money and improve the environment. Few consumers give a second thought as to where their power comes from. It originates from sources like coal nuclear wind the sun and hydroelectric dams. Some are more expensive or environmentally friendly than others. Duke usually uses the more economical sources first. But when demand ramps up they have to use alternative sources or buy power from other companies when needed. 112 GREEN 2013 With Duke s smart grid the consumer is able to manage how much power they use. For instance if it s 105 degrees outside you can allow Duke to bump your thermostat up a degree (say from 77 to 78 degrees). If enough people consent to do this it keeps Duke from turning on their older less efficient power plants. There is less demand and power is less expensive. With information flowing to and from the home via Duke s smart meter the consumer can hold down usage and costs because they have a say in how they use energy and when it s used. We re giving our customers the technology to make their own energy decisions says Sally Thelen communications manager at Duke. This gives customers flexibility and planning options. I think this is a real win-win. There is also a way to set up a profile for appliances to coordinate when they turn on and off. One of the neat things visitors can experience at the Envision Center is a power outage. With the old power grid a lightening strike or a car hitting a pole was a problem all of the power would go out downstream and Duke would not know your power was out until you phoned them and then they d come out to fix it. But on the smart grid the technology exists to reroute power a pole gets hit the problem is detected isolated and automatically communicated to Duke. Power is rerouted to everyone else downstream almost instantly and is sometimes fixed remotely. Because Duke s smart grid is constantly telling them how things are going on the grid fewer people are in the dark. Since we ve deployed the technology we ve saved over 2-million outage minutes with our customers says Thelen. Tours can be arranged by e-mailing EnvisionCenter DukeEnergy.com or by calling 513-287-8454. It s easier being green when the City of Cincinnati helps you out with cash. But it won t last forever and some changes are in the works. Perhaps it s time to move. Construction costs are down energy efficient devices are delivering lower utility costs interest rates are lower and you might qualify for up to 15 years of no property taxes except on the land. TO MOVE TO CINCINNATI by DOUGLAS E. SANDHAGE DO WE NEED TO SHOUT IT ANY LOUDER The City of Cincinnati wants you to move to within its borders and either build new or renovate your rehab per LEED green building standards. Then they ll give you money lots of it in the form of a guaranteed tax abatement. How much is lots Let s say you build a new home and the value (not including the land) is 500 000 and you received the minimum level of LEED certification. You won t have to pay property tax for 15 years saving you more than 160 000. Lets say it again NO PROPERTY TAX EXCEPT ON THE LAND. YOU SAVE 160 000 . IF YOU BUILD A HOME VALUED AT 3 MILLION AND IT RECEIVES THE MAXIMUM PLATINUM LEED RATING YOU WILL SAVE 984 000-PLUS IN PROPERTY TAXES OVER 15 YEARS. But depending on when you are reading this the city at our press time was considering some changes to the program that could result in some instances to a significantly smaller tax abatement. Even so with the proposed changes the program would remain a good deal for anybody s pocketbook. largely one of Cincinnati s best-kept secrets. It expires in 2017. While it includes both residential and commercial properties this story primarily deals with the residential portion. The idea is to get new people to move to the city in more environmentally friendly and reduced energy use homes. It s working though perhaps not to the tune that we thought up to hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings might drive. As of October 2012 116 homes condominiums qualified for the LEED tax abatement. OF MANY GOOD REASONS ONE THE RULES The rules are reasonably simple. 1 The property must be located within the city limits of Cincinnati. That could mean Price Hill Over-the-Rhine Hyde Park Clifton and many more. 2 The structure must be either a new home condo or a rehab. 3 The architect and the builder must construct the home so that it meets what are known as LEED-rated green building standards. Verification is required. No LEED No Tax Abatement. For what qualifies as LEED see accompanying story. 4 File the proper paperwork. Enjoy a glass or bottle of wine each time your property tax comes due. And thank the city. It deserves a call-out on this one. THE FACTS The Cincinnati LEED tax abatement program known as the Green Building Residential Property Tax Exemption began in 2007 and except for the shout-outs in this magazine it has been 113 WHAT IS LEED . . . and why should I care YOU WILL SEE THE WORD LEED APPEAR DOZENS OF TIMES in this issue of Being Green in Cincinnati. You ve probably already seen it hundreds of times before. What does it mean Is it important If you plan on being green in your home it can mean a lot. Building to LEED standards costs money but it can also save you thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars if you want it to. Tax abatements and tax credits are both lying in wait to go to those who qualify. And for many energy savings can be 50 percent or more. And for a few net-zero energy savings has been achieved. Let s start very simply. You are standing on your lot the place where you want to build or remodel your home. You have already decided to become more green in the way that you live starting with the place you call HOME. If it s an older home chances are the insulation is weak or non-existent the toilets consume more than four gallons of water per flush the appliances eat-up double the energy that they should the windows leak air like a sieve and the heating and air-conditioning system is so old it sounds like a freight train. Another word for this is MONEY PIT. You can start being green this afternoon by making a conscious decision to replace all of these money and energy wasters with greenrelated items all or one or one at a time as they die off. You want to build new Some Cincinnati builders have already been suggesting and installing green items for the better part of a decade. There is really nothing all that new about the intended purposes of each item they have only gotten more technically efficient and financially feasible as each day passes. For example solar panels and geothermal heating and cooling have been here for decades. What you are about to read includes the basics of LEED and our strong advice is that you consult with the business you ve chosen to do your new home or remodel architects builders remodelers and designers and get their suggestions on how to proceed while always asking four questions How much will it cost How much will it save How will it help the environment How can I use it to teach others identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design construction operations and maintenance solutions. For homeowners it provides third-party verification and certification via USGBC raters that the green home being built meets select qualifications that it is what they say it is. For example if you live in the City of Cincinnati and want to receive a 15-year tax abatement on your new home it must be documented LEED certified (this is where you can save up to hundreds of thousands of dollars see accompanying story for more info). LEED measures items via the assignment of points that matter most to making a house green. They include energy savings heating air conditioning appliances water efficiency CO2 emissions reduction improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. It is a voluntary program but there are costs associated with it largely due to the price of green items such as geothermal heating and air conditioning or low-flow faucets and the associated paperwork that verifies compliance. Some of the measures don t cost anything. If the home is near shopping and public transportation or if it is built in an area (an infill lot for example) that does not require extra infrastructure such as road building sewer or water lines extra points are rewarded. For a new home there are four degrees of LEED certification Certified Silver Gold and Platinum. Each degree requires more levels of green Platinum being the highest level. Interestingly while it might be assumed that each level or adding any green features will cost more money sometimes that is not the case. Chad Edwards past president of the Cincinnati Regional Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and his firm emersion Design says for example that with a tighter and more insulated home the demand for heating and cooling is significantly reduced thus a savings on the front end cost of the mechanical equipment. LEED points are awarded on different scales depending on the type of project and whether or not it is residential or commercial. Credits are weighted to reflect their potential environmental impacts. A project must satisfy all prerequisites and earn a minimum number of points to be certified. Think of it like the nutrition label on food LEED provides the same kind of important detail about what s in the box. WHAT IS LEED LEED is short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 1998 LEED provides those in the building industry with a framework for For more info on LEED go to www.usgbc.org To learn about Energy Star go to www.energystar.gov 115 The mantra of our magazine Being Green in Cincinnati has always been simple Because It Makes Sense. To present basic facts and ideas to showcase practical cases to prove a point and to throw in a surprise here and there for the right brainers that s what we do. Schools tend to follow the same format. Green though has opened some new doors and introduced contemporary thinking into how school administrators teachers and students view themselves and their surroundings. It s new turf ready for rapid exploration and adventure. We just have to keep it moving. Majoring in 116 GREEN 2013 By Douglas E. Sandhage Green What good is a sustainability green program if nobody knows about it Xavier has a Sustainability Ambassador program in which volunteers attend multiple classes to learn about what has been done or is about to be so that they can answer questions for students and visitors. A majority of the ambassadors gathered for this photo in front of the fivefloor 84 000 sq. ft. Conaton Learning Center a green-built structure that faces Dana Avenue. Photo by Steve Ziegelmeyer 117 1974 I was a senior at Indiana State University and editor of the college newspaper. The Vietnam War was winding down President Gerald Ford decided our dependence on foreign oil had to end and some of us streaked across campus and demanded that the dorms allow open visitation (permitting young men and women to co-mingle and without having to have all feet on the floor). We posited numerous articles in the paper on the pros and cons of all the above but stood with college administrators despite our general opposition to authority and power plants to save energy. We slapped stickers on every light switch that encouraged fingers to flip them off when not needed. We encouraged the commuters to ride the bus to school and for the out-of-towners to thumb a ride when going home for the weekend. It was safe then. The idea of saving energy then and now doesn t always last long. Mr. Ford followed by Jimmy Carter had some great ideas but bad timing. By 1980 the price of oil dropped and so did everyone s interest in conservation. Since then we ve created the perfect solar calculator but in the bigger scheme of things only a few visionaries have moved the needle to help make us energy independent or significantly energy wiser. Oh we all do things we recycle we use CFL bulbs in our homes we insulate more we buy cars that are a bit better in terms of miles per gallon. But while many of us put those unattractive cable satellite dishes in our yard or on the roof we cry foul when our neighbors put up a solar panel. Being green acting sustainably whether by buying products and services that make us so or by living life as if there is a tomorrow has never been more important. Many of us said this in 1974. Many of us said this in 2012. So how do we keep moving forward Some say the meter won t continuously move ahead until we run out of oil. Others say a committed president can do it. Still others say the answer falls in the business sector CEOs can make us all green if they want to. In Cincinnati the meter is largely being moved at least from a news point of view by our bastions of learning grade schools high schools trade schools and universities. Anything built on campus that is LEED green certified will generally make the front page of the reporter s publication. Which leads us of course to this article. Education. The first front to changing minds. The first resume-builder to getting a job. Where learning how and why to save energy should can and will someday be just as important as reading writing and arithmetic. Actually saving energy and wasting not used to be in the arsenal of lesson plans for most schools in past years perhaps even more strongly in Cincinnati with its German-Catholic heritage. A nun wasn t a nun unless you got your hand slapped for not turning off a light or for throwing away an uneaten apple. We toured a number of area schools to find out two things 1. Is there any physical evidence of green building products 2. Does the school include a green curriculum specific classes that teach green thinking seminars field trips workshops Here s what we found out. stand that like the school s nationally ranked basketball program green can also attract students and staff. And they know that green will still be around long after a coach leaves. Perhaps it s old-time religion that is instigating and integrating the green thinking here. In a 2011 Sustainability Day speech on campus Xavier President Father Michael Graham said that . . . our mission as a Jesuit Catholic university cannot be fulfilled as such without an on-going and ever-greater appropriation of sustainability across the entire horizon of university activities . . . The theoretical underpinnings of the sustainability discussion as they directly inform our thinking XAVIER UNIVERSITY LOOK at any college website and most have a link on their homepage to a sustainability program. Some do little more than reference Earth Day activities others have details updated regularly with missions accomplished those about to be and those still in the eyes of the visionaries. Xavier University has all the above but as its new sustainability coordinator told me those in the sustainability movement here don t necessarily brag about it. A don t-ask don t-tell thinking has somewhat taken hold. An outsider has to begin by initiating the conversation then letting it run through the referrals. But despite their modesty these folks clearly get it. They under- 118 GREEN 2013 Xavier s newest structure built to green building standards is 245 000 sq. ft. Bishop Edward Fenwick Place. The building serves as a 550-student dormitory a cafeteria and as office space. Atop the cafeteria is a 1 -acre green roof which features Soil that is from 18-36 deep the deeper part to accommodate the planting of river birch trees. The grass is real not artificial turf. Play space for students to toss ball play Frisbee . Park benches chairs and a walking path. A membrane under the soil which will detect and locate any leak. Pictured from left Nancy Bertaux professor Williams College of Business Ann Dougherty sustainability coordinator for Xavier Larry Prues plant operations manager and Eleanor Ross a senior and student intern for Xavier s sustainability program. All are Sustainability Ambassadors for the school. Photo by Steve Ziegelmeyer 119 about Xavier University and its mission An undergraduate business degree suggest why it is that our sustainability (BSBA) in Sustainability Economics and journey together is indeed sustainable Management. not merely because it is an important An undergraduate degree (BA) in Ecothing to do in the world today but that nomics Sustainability and Society. we cannot be a Jesuit Catholic school An undergraduate degree (BA) in absent the doing of it . . . We cannot be Land Farming and Community. This one ourselves without it. she says would be very hands on to inAnn Dougherty is the school s first clude the student dedicating a full year to sustainability coordinator. She came agri-ecology. here in 2011 following a 10-year run A masters degree (MA) in Urban Suswith her own company in northwest Illitainability and Resilience. nois Learn Great Foods which set up But it gets even better. We are building tours on farms for culinary schools and sustainability into our core curriculum (gengeneral consumers. Prior to that she was eral education requirements) says Bertaux. The Xavier Sustainability an environmental consultant. Classes that could fit would include U.S. Ambassadors wear embroidered uniforms to I ve been amazed in a good way Environmental History theology classes one identify themselves. she tells me. This is a place that really of which is titled Consumption as a Problem believes in it. It s truly participating in or Simple Faith and economics classes one Photo by Steve Ziegelmeyer sustainability. It is about the people the of which is titled Sustainable Development finances and the environment. Dougherty reports to the sustain- in a Global Environment. ability committee formed in 2008 which meets regularly to discuss In addition she says that some students will be able to integrate ideas and on-going projects and then how to communicate them to sustainability into their senior capstone project the application of students and staff. classroom study to a real-world scenario. They will be working But to avoid tunnel vision Dougherty says Xavier made sure that on a project for an organization (for example) doing a cost benefit in her job description and in the sustainability committee s charter study . . . developing a sustainability initiative plan. that they are always looking at the bigger picture to include the And field trips might be part of the regular routine not only for school s buildings its land and the curriculum and all the people in those studying sustainability but for all students. We could actually between. Having a building meet LEED green standards is one thing have a time slot when everybody can go . . . to Rumpke Turner having the building teach visitors why it is so is quite another. Farm Melink Corporation. If you have a good plan and people agree with it then off you The goal she says is to make Xavier distinctive in our approach go she says. And it works. I ve never been in a place where it is to sustainability both nationally and locally but also in conjuncso straightforward. They appreciate it. All in all she says it s a big tion with the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati State both experiment a living lab. We don t always know the answer but of which also have significant sustainability programs she adds. (the idea is) that we try something. She believes that the speed and intensity at which Xavier is addressDoughery has four student interns as helpers mostly assigned to ing sustainability is both unusual and motivating. She cautions though help raise awareness within the student body of what Xavier does that nobody should be left behind and that the university must conto be green. Intern Samantha Meza was finalizing in late 2012 a tinue to see sustainability as part of the total picture including the sustainability interactive map to include more than 60 items of school s general operating functions. green interest from bike racks to food waste composting to drip irrigation to a listing of sustainability classes. Meza an advertising The Operations and PR major told me she hopes that the web-posted map will help On an on-going basis Sustainability Coordinator Dougherty works make Xavier students and staff feel a sense of pride with all the with Bertaux and other faculty members to help develop courses sustainability points on the map. There isn t a place on campus that and seminars that are green specific or include related thoughts and doesn t have some sort of a sustainability-related thing going on. deeds and she serves as one of several managers at the physical Nancy Bertaux is a professor of economics and a co-chair on plant. The plant she says operates under three sustainability obXavier s sustainability committee. She is emphatic that above all jectives 1) to set goals 2) to measure them and 3) to reduce else the school s mission is to educate. We ve done great things in material use and thus reduce energy consumption. After our disterms of operations but the next step is to integrate what we re cussion she suggests I talk further with Larry Prues. doing within the classroom and our academic program. Prues is the Plant Operations Manager for Xavier. He came here In other words to integrate green into the culture of Xavier. To five years ago after working for the Kellogg Company. Before sushang a banner that says Green Spoken Here. In God and Green We tainability it was energy savings he says. It s just a natural progresTrust. And oh yeah in Chris Mack too. sion and I ve always had a passion for new technology. Or even old-fashioned technology like turning off the lights and the heat. The Curriculum Of the 39 buildings on the Xavier campus Prues says that 30 of Bertaux runs through the curriculum plans like the wind on a them come off line from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day. The excepKansas wheat field ready to spin a turbine. While not all is yet final tions are the residence halls and the library. He adds that 60 percent she says that in 2013 and 2014 the hope is to unveil four new ma- of the buildings on campus along with some individual circuit jors that involve sustainability a family of degrees that support breakers are now connected to smart meters permitting instant one another. measuring of energy use. 120 GREEN 2013 Other sustainability decisions made at Xavier include Going from each building having its own energy source to just four central chillers and boilers that use underground piping to send heat and air conditioning where it s needed. Changing all lighting to high-efficiency compact fluorescent lamps or LED bulbs. All campus parking lots now use the latter says Prues. Installing rain detectors in campus landscaping. The sensors tell the irrigation systems when Mother Nature has done its job thus shutting off sprinklers when they are not needed. Grass that is more drought resistant is also used. Giving all maintenance technicians laptops to receive work orders and training instructions manuals. The school generates said Prues more than 25 000 work orders a year thus saving a significant amount of paper. Mark Hanlon associate director of Xavier Physical Plant told me that energy costs to run the school have been reduced by at least 20 percent as a result of sustainability measures. In 2011 Xavier spent 2.5 million for gas and electricity so any reduction is significant says Hanlon. Prues says that Xavier has adopted a policy that when anything breaks a decision is made about whether to repair or upgrade it keeping in mind sustainability. Of particular note is that the four most recently completed campus buildings were built to the standards required to meet the silver certification level of LEED but were not actually certified because of the additional costs to do so. The four buildings are the Conaton Learning Commons the central utility plant the Williams College of Business at Smith Hall and 245 000 sq. ft. Bishop Edward Fenwick Place. The latter has an accompanying grass roof over the cafeteria (see photo page 119 for more details). The Communications I ask Prues whether the more than 7 000 people who attend work at Xavier could specifically cite any of the school s green initiatives if asked to do so in a surprise quiz. He couldn t answer but said that steps are being taken to communicate successes to everyone including the start of a Sustainability Ambassador program sponsored by the physical plant. Volunteers must attend five 30-minute training classes one each on Buildings Energy Grounds & Water Waste & Recycling and Carbon Footprint & Transportation then agree to tell anyone who asks them what they ve learned. Ambassadors wear a uniform that includes an embroidered insignia indicating they are such. Dougherty adds that other sources of sustainability communications other than the school s website include the campus newspaper the interactive map that intern Samantha Meza is producing social media and general word-of-mouth. I met with Dougherty s four student interns in September Meza Doree Conley Eleanor Ross and Jake Litmer. They said their primary objective is to help communicate Xavier s sustainability achievements and goals to the student population but that it will take time to get beyond simple recycling as something everyone can do. They started a sustainability club but membership is barely above a dozen. Meza said she hopes that when the interactive map is published more students will come forward if not with good questions then with supportive endeavors. Dougherty Bertaux and Prues agree that their coordinated efforts will result not only in helping to brand Xavier as a top school in sustainability practices but that the students and staff will realize the school is in effect one big laboratory on the subject. They are walking the talking measuring impacts and integrating the S word into the culture. We are going to be most successful if we become a living laboratory where things are tried and come together Dougherty says. In his 2011 Sustainability Day remarks Xavier President Graham referred to the then-under-construction Academic Building. This building must set a new standard. I hesitate only slightly to call it a platinum standard regarding sustainability and our built environment. It will be by far the most important building we will build or will have built in this generation and that stretches back as far as my own career here at Xavier does. It will be a campus hub in a way that no other building can possibly be. And therefore it will be important that what we do not only teach about sustainability within the building but that the building itself teaches sustainability. UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI some ways being green on the University of Cincinnati campus is as they say old hat. More than a decade ago they joined the U.S Green Building Council and created a sustainability design policy. In 2004 they formed an environmental sustainability committee after students lobbied and met with the university s president and three years later hired a sustainability coordinator. Progress since hasn t stopped. The campus now has six LEEDcertified buildings one of them silver and one gold all of them awarded during an aggressive building period from 2004 to 2010. More of the focus today is on reducing energy usage and in energy upgrades. The sustainability movement is more apparent now in the classroom and around campus including courses on sustainability topics and on practical green initiatives in which students and staff can participate. IN Mary Beth McGrew the architect for UC is on the sustainability committee and also serves as vice president of planning design and construction. She tells me that all course offerings are now tagged and one can sort through those that include sustainability in the class description. We found more than 50 classes via the sort including Sustainable Landscape Design Smart Structures Women & Sustainability Development HVAC Design Sustainable Architectural Design Renewable Energy Systems A minor in Sustaining the Urban Environment was created in 2008 and pulls students from various majors in an interdisciplinary program of study. (continued on page 124) 121 Ever Green. Ever Lasting. Since 1900 the Stickley philosophy has been living in harmony with nature. We are wholly focused on building furniture that gets passed joyously from generation to generation. That s sustainability. Our hardwood creations are made of quartersawn oak wild black cherry and other natural materials that are more abundant today than they were a century ago. Your grandchildren might choose to touch up the finish or reupholster the seat but Stickley pieces are generally as beautiful and functional after a hundred years as when they were first made. This is furniture for life. Why would you buy slick disposable furniture that will rest in a landfill a few short years from now when you can bring home collector-quality pieces that will last well into the 22nd century Stickley. For lasting value. Valley View Furniture Creating High Standards in the Amish Dining Furniture Industry Since 1989. For over 20 years Valley View Oak has been building solid wood Amish dining room furniture like they used to . Locally made in the USA in Ohio s Amish country our size and location allow us to make you the priority. The choice is yours from the hardware to the finish color. Solid Wood Construction Each table chair and hutch is made-to-order with wood from carefully selected North American hardwoods built by a skilled craftsman and finished by hand with top-industry finishes. Environmental Awareness More Than A Trend Our Amish and Mennonite heritage has always involved working the land making our keen environmental awareness second nature. Selective Harvesting Using Selective Harvesting allows us to select only the trees that are fully grown leaving the younger trees until maturity. This process supports vigorous forest growth rather than depleting it. Supporting The Local Community Using only USA made products stimulates the economy by supporting local businesses and creating jobs for the community. It has been said that our society has consumed more natural resources in the past 100 years than in all of man s previous existence combined. At Harden We re Changing That. For 150 years and through five generations of family ownership Harden Furniture has upheld a tradition of environmental stewardship. From harvesting trees from its company owned and managed 20 000 plus acre woodland in Upstate New York to the maintenance of an on-site Forestry Division and adherence to environmentally sound principles and practices Harden has been practicing a responsible environmental policy since before the Industrial Revolution and all of its impact on the environment. Shop Verbarg s for the Finest in Green Home Furnishings 8155 Montgomery Rd. Kenwood 513-794-1555 www.VerbargsFurniture.com Mon Thurs 10 am - 8 pm Tues Wed Fri Sat 10 am - 6 pm Sunday 1- 5 pm As a founding member of the National American Tree Farm System Harden is setting the stage for the future by practicing good forestry and land stewardship. As a result the company will be able to depend on long term supplies of quality forest products while maintaining healthy long lasting forests for generations to come. Harden has mastered these techniques while upholding its reputation for craftsmanship form and function each unparalleled in the industry. McGrew says she is most excited about a new Environmental Literacy program that UC is rolling out on a measured basis. The basic concept she says is to increase the university community s overall understanding of environmental issues of which there are three levels 1) Nominal Environmental Literacy vocabulary 2) Functional Environmental Literacy systems and strategies and 3) Operational Environmental Literacy issues and how to act responsibly. The not-for-credit program will include topics on water food and sustainable living. We want to encourage lifelong learning says McGrew. She sent me a report that cites studies showing people want to understand environmental issues and how they apply to their daily lives. A study by the North American Association for Environmental Education indicated that people who are knowledgeable about the environment are 10 percent more likely to save energy in the home 50 percent more likely to recycle and 10 percent more likely to purchase environmentally safe products. In addition 50 percent are more likely to avoid using chemicals in yard care 31 percent more likely to conserve water and 5 to 50 percent more likely to engage in personal environmental actions. Virginia Russell an associate professor of architecture and a landscape architect in UC s College of Design Architecture Art and Planning (DAAP) said she has been teaching for nearly a quarter century and has been teaching sustainable design and practicing sustainable design since before we called it that. We used to just call it good design but I prefer regenerative design. She focuses mostly on living architecture like green roofs and says that her school s offering of a certificate on the subject is probably the only one in the country. She does admit that using the word sustainability has helped attract more students to her classes. I don t have to persuade anybody anymore that it is important. That it is good business. And apparently she has little trouble engaging her students to get in- volved in community service projects which is her favorite way to teach she says. We work with groups to help them imagine what things could be like. Russell says her students were intimately involved in the building of a green rooftop garden on Rothenberg School and in a study of Over-the-Rhine to determine whether its treasure trove of historical homes can be successfully renovated into LEED-certified homes. She has seen enough progress in sustainability thinking that I think it will stick. I m old enough to remember how popular it was in the 70s before it went away. Other things UC is doing per its website Green rooftop gardens. Proctor Hall is topped with one and DAAP is planning to install one in 2013. Recycling and waste. Since 2000 UC has decreased the amount of its waste sent to landfills by 63 percent achieved largely through recycling efforts. Currently 65 percent of waste at UC is diverted from landfills via recycling or reuse. There also is a program called Bearcat Recycling in which volunteers work events and games to recycle the trash. For academic year 2011-2012 10.3 tons were recycled from 57 athletic events and nine special events as compared to 0.3 tons from three football games for 2007-2008. UC garden. UC students and faculty work with the UC Early Learning Center to provide a hands-on gardening experience within a 5 000 sq. ft. space on Ruther Avenue in Clifton. Green purchasing. Preference is given to vendors who can provide environmentally friendly products. An estimated 3 percent of the paper used on campus is at least 30 percent recycled and the other 97 percent is Sustainable Forestry Initiative certified. Bearcat Bike Share. Students needing a bike can check one out for free and a bike service shop was implemented to keep them serviced and to share with visitors info on how to repair their own bikes and about bike safety. Zipcar offers 24-hour access to its five cars for students and faculty by the hour or day. The Joseph A. Steger Student Life Center at more than 800 feet in length and only 40 feet wide is one of the most interesting buildings on UC s main campus. Student groups and organizations that meet here enjoy the shading provided by the Certified LEED building. 124 GREEN 2013 Grant County High School teacher Tom Pitts (far right) says his newly approved program to train seniors as certified entry-level renewable energy technicians will mean near certain jobs when they graduate. Associate Principal John Sanders (fourth from left) and Ron Livingood Superintendent for Grant County Schools (fifth from left) have worked with Pitts to develop the program and to help find funding for products such as a 1 000 watt wind turbine needed for the training. Photo by Jason Sandhage GRANT COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL KENTUCKY MANY HIGH SCHOOLS in Greater Cincinnati offer one or more classes that include the words sustainability or environment in them. Even some grade schools have done the same. Others like Cincinnati Public Schools have walked the talk by building green. Just under half of their 50-plus buildings are LEED silver certified making them the largest concentration of green schools in the U.S. But at Grant County High School student population 1 100 electrical technology teacher Tom Pitts is engaging the green card on a fairly large scale. They hired me about a year ago and sent me to the University of Central Florida to get my certificate to be able to teach this says Pitts. This program which starts in January 2013 will enable Pitts to work with second-semester seniors and upon graduation award them a certificate qualifying them as a renewable energy entry-level technician. They can start applying for a job right out of high school or they can continue studies at a college to gain more skills. We have contractors throughout the state (Kentucky) who are looking for entry-level technicians who have the basic training says Pitts. We are the only high school in the state that offers this to their seniors. As of our press time Pitts said 14 seniors had signed up for the program and up to 20 were possible. Grant County High School is already wired in part to solar panels and now a wind turbine funded in part by the RC Durr Foundation and Duke Energy. Pitts also cited Grant County Schools district superintendent Ron Livingood for having the insight of getting our kids into renewable energy. We re going that way anyway it s almost a have to. It gives our students a head start. MOELLER HIGH SCHOOL FALL WINTER 2012 M ELLER A C a t h o l i c S c h o o l i n t h e M a r i a n i s t Tr a d i t i o n D e v e l o p i n g L e a d e r s h i p i n Yo u n g M e n his special edition of Best Magazine Being Green in Cincinnati is the third in as many years. But in other issues of our publications we ve also featured stories of green interest and in September 2012 we focused on five people we felt were among the leaders in sustainability. We called it the Green Titans issue. Three of the five Dan Neyer of Neyer Properties Steve Melink of Melink Corporation and John Hueber of John Hueber Homes graduated from Moeller High School within a six-year time frame a fact I didn t know until the editor of the school s alumni magazine contacted me. (Editor s Note You can read the stories on all three by going to www.bestmagazinecincinnati.com). Is the connection just a coincidence or due to something they experienced at Moeller Hueber told me that he doesn t recall any particular incident other than it was the 1970s when it was a time of the hippies and Woodstock and a group of us leaned that way and began to read literature of the day that supported that thinking. We began to wear bell bottoms and grow our hair . . . He added that he does remember his two best friends and an art teacher Charlie Wanda getting into deep discussions about life and art and the school s T Cover by Jim Wilmink 125 annual three-day retreat. They had that retreat down to a science of breaking into our souls and opening our hearts. These things were all subtle but collectively they unified each of us into a genuine connection to the cosmic whole not in any overly religious Catholic way but in the way we experience the connection more so than we were instructed that it existed or even tried to learn it. Melink said that while he can t recall any specific experience my faith is definitely central to how I view stewardship and why I respect nature and the environment. God s creation is a miracle and we need to treasure it as such. Both Hueber and Melink are liberally quoted in this issue Melink penned one of our major stories Inspired Profits beginning on page 53. Johanna Kremer communications director for the school and editor of Moeller Magazine sent me a copy of their Fall Winter 2012-13 issue. The cover story is titled Connecting the Dots . . . Moeller Faculty Bring Environmental Issues Into Focus written by Chris Wilke the school s academic dean. He writes in part As a Marianist school we are dedicated to the characteristics of a Marianist Education and the interdisciplinary learning is part of our providing an integral quality education and educating for service justice and peace for all of our students. Studying the environment touches on all of these factors of a meaningful education. As a practical matter we believe that much of our students futures will be impacted by the environment and not just as a matter of living. Green energy sustainable agriculture energy saving engineering and countless other green concepts will make up a substantial part of the future job market. We want the Men of Moeller to be critically aware and able to successfully navigate the world they will enter upon their graduation. Moeller is planning an environmental symposium for April of 2013 that will include projects labs and other learning experiences that were researched and presented as part of the students regular classes. These projects and labs will then be re-presented during the symposium to a larger audience Wilke reported. CINCINNATI STATE TECHNICAL & COMMUNITY COLLEGE IS GREEN GREEN IF IT ISN T SEXY If it doesn t have whistles and bells will anybody buy it If you asked 50 uninitiated students if they would rather study a wind turbine or storm water management the turbine would likely win by a big margin. But wait just a minute. To Cincinnati State which is known for being one of the first in this market to train its students in the art of finding a green job upon graduation storm water management is a billion-dollar industry just waiting to happen and that s just in Cincinnati. Bob White media relations and communications coordinator for Cincinnati State tells me that his school the first one to do so is working with the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati to figure out the most efficient way to treat rainwater before it enters the system rather than once it s already gone down the drain. People tend to forget this but one of our longstanding programs involves the whole category of protecting the water supply he says. One of the ways to teach its students adds White is to treat the hilltop campus as a testing ground for the water that rolls off the heads of its students and buildings and parking lots. MSD helped with a 450 000 construction grant and soon the school was diverting from the sewer system more than 11 million gallons a year by having it pass through the permeable pavers in the lots and to be captured within its rain gardens infiltration trenches and storage tanks to be used when needed. Nearly every raindrop that hits this campus stays on this campus. We ve turned the whole campus into an environmental laboratory says White. People (graduates) come out of here with hands-on skills not just theoretical. That is what employers want. In addition to working to Cincinnati State s benefit a director for MSD said that the knowledge gained from the project will help MSD improve its own development of design criteria and in identifying maintenance issues associated with the types of green controls used. Green space at Cincinnati Cincinnati State now offers majors in storm water management State s campus in Clifton. sustainable horticulture and in electro-mechanical engineering technology renewable energy. FOR MORE ON EDUCATION AND GREEN Northern Kentucky University. www.green.nku.edu College of Mt. St. Joe. www.msj.edu Miami University. www.units.muohio.edu Cincinnati Public Schools. www.cps-k12.org facilities Green FacGreen.htm Note Most school websites now include sustainability green or the environment in their primary search words. 126 GREEN 2013 we have a passion for the art of blending form and function and we d love to help you improve the way you live. We ve also had the feel for green for some time. For more than 65 years our partner in cabinetry Wood-Mode has maintained a firm commitment to sound environmentally-protective policies and practices in the manufacture of its custom cabinet products. Together we take pride in providing the industry s highest quality cabinetry which is produced in a manner that demonstrates our genuine concern for the environment. Wood-Mode is certified by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association and exceeds the standards for its Environmental Stewardship Program. Together we bring you the sustainable products you want for your home. MATT BYERS PRISBET YANES JAY TAKACH SARAH THOMAS JILL HIPPE 513-791-6800 www.evolodesign.com 7813 Ted Gregory Lane in Olde Montgomery evolo design and wood-mode bringing your design dreams to life www.wood-mode.com I read this story and it saved me thousands of dollars. by Douglas E. Sandhage Co-Publisher then EVERY WRITER DREAMS that somebody is going to read their words and do something laugh cry be of service or most importantly wait for the writer s next piece. While I am one of the publishers of Best Magazine Being Green the most fun in preparing it was in writing several of its signature pieces Majoring in Green and Over-the-Rhine & Green. And this one. Then. Now. This is the one where it made me react it made me do something. It s about Living in a Smaller Home. At the time of this writing my wife Marianne and I were in the process of moving. We sold our approximate 5 000 sq. ft. home in Pierce Township Clermont County and are moving to Mt. Lookout to an approximate 2 600 square footer built new by John Hueber Homes. We built our Pierce Township home in 2005 in the days when Green thinking was just starting to come back into vogue. Our four high school age kids were with us so extra space was required for extra bathrooms extra closets extra storage extra rec room footage a few hallways extra long and extra wide garages and extra wide steps to avoid bumping into each other. The kids are now gone and we re empty nesters. What do we do with all this space Kind of like answering the question What do you do with a drunken sailor The answer is you sell the big house to someone who needs it and you move to a smaller place and without all the extras. With the drunken sailor you take away the booze and or the ship. How much square feet is enough for two people Truth told a thousand square feet could probably suffice (which is about the size of the cottage we re renting while the new place is being built). But that s assuming we have no overnight guests and our legs get shorter so we don t step on each other. We told our architect Brad Roush to shoot for around 2 500 ft. He got it to 2 600 depleting square footage by deleting rooms not or rarely used making some rooms smaller and arranging them in a way easier to navigate and with less hallways. Two rooms we could have done without were the home office 112 sq. ft. (but then I would have had to buy commercial space somewhere else and drive to and fro polluting air in the process) and a media room 182 sq. ft. On the latter nowadays you can hang a TV on just about any wall in the house if you don t mind disturbing anyone else. So yeah the TV room is an extravagance but we re doing it. Will our house be green because we created it smaller Yes because we ll seek to have it LEED silver or gold certified thus using significantly less energy than before. We figure our utility costs will be about one-third of what they are now. For sure we ll put in a high-efficiency hybrid heating and air conditioning unit double-paned windows extra insulation all Energy Star rated appliances and we ll be facing due south to take advantage of passive solar gain. Our front facing windows will be large enough that on sunny days our heat probably won t need to kick on. now And we ll likely consult with our friend Steve Melink of Melink Corporation to include some solar panels to the lot or roof. He is the guy who put the 4-acres of solar panels in at the Cincinnati Zoo. Marianne who owns Frame & Save Custom Framing in Hyde Park says she ll walk to work on many days and we ll start converting Gus the Dog s poop leaves and lawn droppings into a compost pile. In our article Making the Case for a Smaller Home written by my son Jason Sandhage he interviewed two Cincinnati couples who did or are in the process of doing what I m describing above. For one we show the floor plan for 1 500 of their 2 200 sq. ft. home they are building on a lake in Wisconsin. This is a decrease from the 4 000 square footer they now own in Hyde Park. Both couples during Jason s interview with them did not make a grand statement that they were downsizing for green reasons. They were doing it because it just made sense. Common sense the kind where you just have to look around and see for yourself what you need and what you don t. And as one of the husbands told us if for no other reason than it means less cost less maintenance and thus more time to spend fishing kayaking and entertaining friends. Who can argue with that There isn t anybody who can t shave some space off of their living needs if they have to or want to. When I take my annual motorcycle trips to visit the National Parks it is always an exercise in what do I really need to pack. I m gone for a month and I like to camp so that means taking my house (tent) along with me. And my bed. And my clothes. And my lighting. All in an 8 deep X 18 wide X 2 ft. tall bag and two saddlebags. It can be done. Who needs three flashlights when one multi-purpose one will do And as Marianne would agree we could probably shave another 5 sq. ft. off of our walk-in closet if I only got rid of the clothes I bought 20 years ago. I can do it. I know I can. I know I can. This is the third annual of our Being Green in Cincinnati magazines. It appears we are only one of a few 100 percent green-oriented magazines of its type in the U.S. and probably the largest when you factor in the number of pages the focus and its mass distribution. This year we added it as one of our 3X a year issues of Best Magazine now headed into its 9th year. I want to add my thanks to long-time friend Doug Hart for helping put this one together and becoming my co-publisher. During the last eight months of preparation he called on hundreds of people in the green industry and was always amazed at how many people liked what we re doing. And thanks to my son Jason Sandhage who co-published the first magazine with me became the sole publisher of the second issue and served as a consultant and writer on this one. He opened a lot of doors that helped us get the information and the passion to keep in going this year and in the year s ahead. 130 GREEN 2013 Let us orchestrate your dream. For the perfect products for your kitchen or bath stop by a Ferguson showroom. It s where you ll find the largest range of quality brands a symphony of ideas and trained product experts to help orchestrate your dream. With showrooms from coast to coast come see why Ferguson is recommended by professional contractors and designers everywhere. 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