2018 Earth Day Environmental Award Winners

Government - Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District -

Holly Christman and Sue Magnas, http://www.hamiltoncountyrecycles.org, Recycling Day in Northside, Wasted Movie Premier and Repair Fair https://www.facebook.com/HamiltonCountyRecycling/

Student - Taylor Hicks - Miami University

Undergraduate studying social justice. Volunteered at 2017 Earth Day event. Co-founder and coordinator of the Miami green squad student created community which is a living learning community to promote sustainability education. As coordinator she organizes and plans various activities like farmers market visits, eco trivia night, repurposed materials projects.

Teacher - Stephanie Carter 

She is a homeschool teacher who incorporates environmental sustainability into the teaching to the students. Courses include 1) gardening, 2) composting, 3) prevention of food waste, 4) eating and buying locally, 5) grass feeding animals. The courses are in a classroom and as well as hands-on.

Business -  L'Oréal USA

Announced its plans to achieve carbon neutrality in 2019 for all 21 of its U.S. manufacturing and distribution facilities with a financially sustainable approach that could potentially serve as a model to support new renewable natural gas (RNG) projects in the future. In order to reach this milestone, L'Oréal USA is adding to its diversified energy portfolio with RNG purchased from a new processing facility in Kentucky. The company currently has 17 renewable energy installations across the country, including large on-site solar arrays in Arkansas, New Jersey and Kentucky as well as wind turbines in Texas. The RNG purchased from the new project alone is expected to eliminate the carbon equivalent of 1.8 million gallons of gasoline consumed per year.
Learn more https://goo.gl/7PxDJr

Volunteer - Bradley Cooper

Broke ground on Peete St. LEED Platinum project Johnson Residence, OTR, Part of a common wall, two small home row house arrangement. The project had a simple goal in mind: affordable housing that can be for everyone. The focus is on holistic, sustainable, quality design that aims at long-term cost savings living in a healthy and beautiful home. The project explores tiny home living as a solution to create a market-rate solution for diversely affordable home-ownership opportunities. 

All winners will receive a plaque at the Earth Day festivities on April 21, 2018 around 1:15 pm. Come say help and congrats!    


Print copy of the Nomination Form here

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2015 Earth Day Environmental Award Winners

Government - Cincinnati Public Schools -

The move toward green buildings began as CPS entered the final phase of its Facilities Master Plan (FMP), a 10-year, $1-billion rebuilding program that ended in 2014. About two dozen buildings were built to LEED Silver, or higher, standards. This LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) creates buildings that make excellent use of daylight; have high indoor-air quality; and conserve energy and water for lower operating costs.

CPS Adopted Ten Initiatives for Sustainable Design

Storm-Water Management — reducing impact of runoff with permeable surfaces, vegetative green roofs
High-Performance Gyms — saving energy with heat-reducing roofs, ample daylight, ceiling fans
Geothermal Energy — reducing energy costs using earth’s thermal properties
Indoor Air Quality — reducing levels of environmental toxins such as mold
Transportation — reducing the impact on the environment from district transportation
Native Wood — recycling harvested timber from local parks for such things as case work, cabinetry
Renewable Energy — using wind and solar power to generate electrical power
Water Efficiency — reducing water usage, including reusing storm water
Daylight — saving energy demand with more natural light and fewer light fixtures
Zero-Waste Schools — maximizing reduction and reuse of waste, and recycling and composting

CPS sought LEED Silver certification, the second of four levels and the level that the Ohio School Facilities Commission agreed to help fund, for about two dozen buildings — far more than most districts, said Ron Kull, CPS’ Project Manager for the $1-billion Facilities Master Plan. The new building for Pleasant Ridge Montessori School, which opened August 2008, was CPS’ first LEED Silver-certificated school and was the first public school in Ohio to seek it.

Student - Emily Cigolle - University of Cincinnati

-Work/volunteer  for the Sierra Club

-Achieved environmental literacy certificate

-Founder of the undergraduate geology club

-Part of the Net Zero Waste Campaign at UC

-Vice President of LEAP (Leaders of Environmental Awareness and Protection)

-Planning committee for the Sustainability Summit

-Burnett woods cleanup planning committee

-Member of the Mountaineering club

-Sustainability Advocate at UC

Teacher - Jay Kissinger

Biomedical engineering at Cedarville University

Jay combines his passion for engineering and bicycles by creating wooden bicycles that are the equal to any plastic design.


Man-made Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRPs, example: carbon fiber) is the latest craze in bicycle frame material. Wood is the original, God-made FRP. My bicycle frames are hollow and incredibly lightweight. Additional benefits of a wooden frame are that they are “green”, tough, smooth to ride, and beautiful. My walnut bicycles have won top honors in the Artistry in Wood show.http://daytoncarvers.com/competition12.htmlhttp://daytoncarvers.com/competition11.html                

Wooden bicycles combine many of my passions: woodworking, cycling and engineering. I am a lifetime cyclist. My first job was working in a bicycle shop when I was fourteen-years old. I started building fillet-brazed and lugged, steel frames in the late 1970’s. With a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering and specialty in lower extremity prosthetics, I developed expertise in the use of composites and materials testing. My day job is teaching topics in mechanical and biomedical engineering at Cedarville University http://www.cedarville.edu/. I have access to state-of-the-art testing equipment which I employ to test my frames and frame components. My students are engaged in analyzing, building and testing wooden bicycle frames as their cap-stone senior design experience. I have four years of personal field-testing on my frames including a cross-country, self-supported tour on a wooden tandem with my son. My goal is to share the joy of building and riding wooden framed bicycles.

Business -  Newcomer Funeral Himes

When people are traditionally buried: "We bury enough embalming fluid to fill eight Olympic-size swimming pools, enough metal to build the Golden Gate Bridge, and so much reinforced concrete in burial vaults that we could build a two-lane highway from New York to Detroit," Sehee said.(Sehee is the executive director of the Green Burial Council.)

Newcomer allows the unembalmed body to be placed in a biodegradable casket and use nontoxic chemicals. Or one can choose a biodegradable urn for ground or water burial. They also offer families help in finding natural burial preserves. Green burials are also lighter on the wallet. Traditional funerals and burials can cost up to $10,000, whereas a pine casket can be bought for $420, and cardboard casket is just $50. It also allows nature to take back the natural resources our bodies give off once we pass away. "circle of life"

Volunteer - Standish Fortin

Has been a part of the Greater Cincinnati earth Coalition for 15 years as a volunteer. His dedication, selfless service, and hard work has benefited the Tri-State area. During the 15 years, he has held many board positions (Chair, Treasurer). He is always in attendance for every event, brings great ideas to the table, and works tirelessly at all events. Standish is also a part of other volunteer organizations. 

All winners will receive a plaque at the Earth Day festivities on April 16th around 1:10pm. Come say help and congrats!    

Winners will be notified by March 30th, 2018. Winners will be honored with an award on the main stage at the

Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration, which will be held on Saturday, April 21st, 2018 at Summit Park in Blue Ash.

The DEADLINE for the 2018 award is March 18, 2018

Do you know anyone whose efforts on behalf of the environment have made the Greater Cincinnati a better place to live?

       Well, the Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition (GCEC) is looking for nominations in the following categories:

  • Volunteer - Nominee must be nominated for work done as a citizen/volunteer, not paid by a Business or Agency.
  • Business/Organization - Nominee work must be for a business as an employee or consultant.
  • Student - Nominee must be enrolled in K-12th grade or college. Work must be performed as student; clubs are acceptable.
  • Government - Nominee must work for a government agency.
  • Teacher- Nominee must be a teacher for K-12th grade, college, or day care. Home School is allowed.