Founded in early 2010, The group 'Sustainable Delaware' is modeling our green thought leadership on programs we've observed in surrounding enclaves - Worthington, Westerville and Columbus.
Our Mission: Sustainable Delaware is a nonprofit group of citizens focused on promoting environmental, social and economic sustainability for the Delaware community through awareness, advocacy and action.
Monthly meetings are held every second Saturday of the month at the downtown Delaware Public library in the community room. All are welcome to attend and participate in working towards a more sustainable community.
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Food - Participate in a community garden, shop local.
- See the newest Community Garden at Greenwood Lake. Click on the Projects Page to learn more.
- Take a look at our pictures of previous year Community Gardens at Blue Limestone
Fracking - Learn about what's planned for Delaware County.
- See material from our Energy Awareness Series in the News section
- Read about the chemicals in Fracking water; the water volume used; and where wells are being drilled in your county.
- See what the Sierra Club has to say.
Field Trips - Join us to understand our infrastructure - past, present and future: Water Treatment facility, Area Dump, a LEED site and a Solar house.
Water - Protect our waterways, & conserve our most precious resource.
- From our fabulous tour of the Delaware Waste Water Treatment plant, learn about what can / can't go into your sinks and toilets.
- Learn about the water quality in Delaware City.
Film Series - In conjunction with Ohio Wesleyan University, and Main Street Delaware, Sustainable Delaware will present some of the most compelling documentaries of our time. Listen to advocates and experts talk about what you can do to make a difference.
Walkable / Bikeable Delaware - Participate in making our city more pedestrian friendly; and promote public transportation.
Recycling - Assist with increasing recycling in our neighborhoods.
Neighborhood Swap - Participate in a Neighborhood Swap program; reduce what goes into landfills by finding new owners for gently used items.
- Delaware hosted a free cycle day in July 2011 and dozens of family were able to give their unwanted items new life. Your neighborhood can do the same. Contact us.
Plantings - Plant a park, or teach school children about caring for a tree.
- Want a new Street tree. Go to our Resources Page to learn more.
- Does your group want to adopt a Delaware park where you can plant flowers, pick up trash or do other maintenance. Send us a note and we'll arrange a program that's right for your organization.
Energy - Conserving our natural resources and promoting clean, renewable energy.
- Find out about how you can make your home more efficient and sustainable on our Resources Page.
Grants - Work with the city to apply for federal and state grants that improve our community and schools sustainability programs.
Education - Learn the latest news on recycling locations, local food sources, reuse merchants. See our Resources page.
Public Transport - Learn what public transportation options are available and facilitate its use and growth.
- Look in our resource page for updated bus routes for Delaware Area Transit Authority.
School System - Advocate for sustainability options that our schools can adopt from grade-schoolers recycling to the JVS learning to install solar panels to leading sustainability programs with OWU students.
Government - Work with city and county leaders to build sustainability practices and expand options for our city.
Sustainable Delaware partners with The City of Delaware, Ohio Wesleyan University, the League of Women Voters, Co-Sustainability Ohio, and many other groups.
Dr. Laurel Anderson, Ph.D., Chair of the Ohio Wesleyan University Sustainability Task Force, "I want to express my support for the mission and activities of Sustainable Delaware, in their efforts to improve the environmental sustainability of our city. I see many ways in which the campus can partner with the broader Delaware community on such projects as raising awareness of environmental issues, improving recycling and energy efficiency, enhancing walking and biking opportunities, and supporting local agriculture and urban forests. These partnerships represent great educational experiences for OWU students and opportunities for OWU faculty and staff to share expertise and learn from Delaware citizens."
Delaware City Councilman, Andrew Brush, liaison to Sustainable Delaware, "I support the efforts of Sustainable Delaware, and I am encouraged by the enthusiasm and vigor of the group. I look forward to continued partnership between the City government and Sustainable Delaware, and I look forward to seeing what Sustainable Delaware does in the future and where this organization is going. I'm sure we can expect to see some great things."
We meet the second Saturday of each month at the Delaware library, 84 E. Winter St at 9:30 am.
Join us to participate in and define programs to reduce the impact on our environment, educate ourselves and our community on green practices, and support our local economy.
To learn more, contact us at: Info@sustainabledelawareohio.org.