CPS Honors 'Green' Partnerships

Collaborations Help CPS School-Building Program Lead State in Sustainable Design

The "green" partnerships that have assisted Cincinnati Public Schools in becoming a state and national leader in sustainable design were recognized Nov. 7 by the Cincinnati Board of Education and CPS Superintendent Mary Ronan.

Ronan honored the partnerships during a special report to the Board at its regular meeting, saying they have contributed to making the district’s school buildings healthier, more energy-efficient and more conducive to learning.

"In May of 2003, our voters approved a bond issue to provide local funding for one of the largest public-works programs in our city's history," Ronan said. "That vote made it possible to transform some of the worst facilities in the nation into 51 new or fully renovated schools. I am extremely proud to live in a community that supports our schoolchildren with the resources and learning environments they need to succeed."

Ronan said the district's partners stepped up to contribute in many ways, from a comprehensive community-engagement process, to contributing grants and donations that made it possible to incorporate innovative green features into school buildings, to collaboration with the City's permitting processes that assisted in completing projects on schedule.

Partnerships honored included the Community Learning Center Institute, Xavier University's Community Building Institute, the City of Cincinnati and the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD). MSD is responsible for providing more than $1.3 million in funding to test green storm-water management practices, including the largest green roof in this region of the country at the new Taft Information Technology High School, the green roof and rain garden at the new North Avondale Montessori School, pervious pavement at the renovated Hartwell School, and various green roofs, bio swales, rain gardens and pervious pavement at the new Clark Montessori High School.

Ronan also expressed thanks to Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney for his promotion of cooperative relationships with the various City agencies that CPS has worked with in the implementation of the district's Facilities Master Plan.

The partnerships also were honored at a recognition ceremony Nov. 1 at Clark Montessori.

Community Engagement Partners

  • KnowledgeWorks
  • Darlene Kamine, Community Learning Center Institute
  • Liz Blume, Community Building Institute, Xavier University
  • Cincinnati Community Councils, City of Silverton
  • Greater Cincinnati Foundation
  • United Way

Visionaries

  • YMCA
  • US Green Building Council, Cincinnati
  • Alliance for Leadership and Interconnection

Champions of Sustainability

  • Pleasant Ridge School Design Team
  • Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati
  • City of Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati Health Department
  • Cincinnati Park Board

Fielding Dreams

  • Cincinnati Recreation Commission
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation of Greater Cincinnati
  • The Cincinnati Bengals

Persisting Through Adversity

  • The Cincinnati Reds
  • Clark Montessori School Design Team

Special Thanks

  • Rothenberg Preparatory Academy Design Team and the Over-the-Rhine Community
  • The Art League
  • The Green Partnership of Greater Cincinnati