Saturday, December 19, 2009

Green Team December Meeting

The Bay Village Green Team monthly meeting was held December 1 at City Hall in the second floor conference room. It was attended by ten of our members with the community garden project being the main topic. The community garden committee, headed by Bob Shields, Laura Crabb and Ginger O'Brien, has been meeting for the past 6 weeks with a projected start date to be Spring 2010. The group has received permission to use the 5 acre plot at Forestview & Wolfe Road, owned by the School Board. They are in the process of organizing and finalizing its charter, including the mission and rules, projecting an estimated budget for start-up costs and ongoing operations. The group has been in contact with various potential partners throughout the community including schools, seniors businesses and restaurants. They have met with Mayor Sutherland and have a meeting scheduled with the Superintendent for later this month. This will truly be a cross-community collaboration utilizing sustainable gardening methods and provide educational opportunities along with a source of healthy & local foods for restaurants and families in need.
Other updates from the meeting were... asking the city to provide funding for the pilot of the recycle bins in public places. The plan is to get the bins purchased by Spring 2010. The group is also looking at possible grants or ways to create signage for the bins - including signs for trash bins that increase public awareness that the contents will be going to the landfill! The Mayor is also in the process of rolling out recycling in city buildings.
Communications updates were our BVGT Facebook site that Pat McGannon has set-up (so what are you waiting for? Become a fan!). An EcoLakewood meeting attended by Brenda O'Reilly and Lori Sprosty, which we believe there will be some opportunities to share ideas and possible partner on activities with Lakewood in the future. There was also a kick-off meeting with BAYarts on their first ever Shades of Green event planned for next summer to promote sustainability and art. The Green Team will be very involve with this. Other things discussed were the Green Team's "Trash Oscar" award for Best Supporting Cast.
We will continue to meet monthly next year, on the second Tuesday of each month beginning at 6:30 in City Hall. The sub committee meetings will no longer occur monthly, rather the Green Team members will meet on an as needed basis to work on specific activities and events. One final note is that we would like to bring in Guest Speakers, at least every other month. If anyone has an idea for a speaker on a sustainable topic, please contact Lori Sprosty at

Saturday, December 12, 2009


For all you Wide Open West (WOW) subscribers out there, the City of Bay Village now has a public access channel on your cable TV. Channel 21 is the place to tune into for public service announcements (PSA), local events and community news, running 24/7. WOW's new format allows pictures to be added and after speaking with the Mayor's assistant, she informs me that a live feed will be provided in the near future for pre-recorded or live telecasts. For those of you that subscribe to Time Warner Cable, channel 12 is still the company's community cable station. For anyone else who has AT&T cable... sorry, no public access channel is available at this time in our city. The reason for passing this news along is because the green team uses the community cable channel as one of its platforms for messaging, building awareness and sharing greener practices with residents. Some currently running PSA's include: Abitibi paper bins locations, Cleveland Furniture Bank donation information (great alternative then sending to the landfill), cardboard recycling and the Trash Oscar award.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Instant Clean Water

Too much of the world lacks access to clean drinking water. Engineer Michael Pritchard did something about it -- inventing the portable Lifesaver filter, which can make the most revolting water drinkable in seconds. An amazing demo from TED.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Nice Touch!

A fellow green teamer has been living in Seattle, Washington for the last six months and from time to time has emailed me information, ideas and pictures on the green scene going on out there. He sent me these pictures as an example of the bins and wording of stickers on Seattle Public Park trash and recycling bins. He writes "I like the fact that the trash bins have a sticker saying that all contents goes to a landfill." As some of you know we've been trying to get funding for recycling bins in our city parks. At our last quarterly update meeting with the Mayor, we asked her for the money and she assures us it will happen in 2010, at least a pilot program beginning with 8-10 recycling bins being placed in and around Cahoon Park. Just in case people can't tell what goes where... stickers should clear that up!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

6th Annual Trash Oscars

The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District held its sixth annual Trash Oscars on November 13, 2009 at the Lyndhurst Community Center. The Trash Oscars is an awards program designed to recognize individuals and communities for their commitment to recycling in a clever and fun way. This year the Bay Village Green Team was one of the eleven organizations presented an award that was half Academy Awards and half Sesame Street. Our specific recognition was for helping to “green” the city of Bay Village by implementing programs to increase recycling and sustainability practices and educating residents about the environment. Go Bay Village!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Interested in seeing how our trash is organized? Check out the inside view of how our trash and common commodities are sorted, organized and recycled at the Allied Waste Oberlin Recycling Facility. Click on the image to view the video.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Rooting out garlic mustard

The Bay Village Green Team Environment committee had a garlic mustard pull on May 9 in Bay's smallest park, Glen Park.

Seven volunteers worked for two hours and filled six trash bags with the invasive garlic mustard. The city provided gloves and the black trash bags.

Garlic mustard poses a severe threat to native plants and animals. Once introduced to an area it edges out native plants by monopolizing light, moisture, nutrients, soil and space. Animals can't eat garlic mustard and they loose their food sources.

It may surprise folks when they learn this invasive alien is in their own gardens and should be removed.

Hand pulling of the entire root system is practical for light infestations. Plants must be disposed of in sealed bags. They should not be composted or burned. For larger infestations, cut stems at ground level or within several inches of the ground to prevent seed production.

Source: West Shore Sun, by Roger A. Vozar

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Paper recycling bin

The Bay Village Green Team and the Bay Village Service Department recently installed a paper recycling bin at Reese Park near the basketball and tennis courts.
The Abitibi bin accepts newsprint, inserts, slick paper including magazines and catalogs, but excluding paper coated in wax. Office, school paper and workbooks will also be accepted.
Items that should not be recycled include wrapping paper, colored paper or sticky notes.
Any kind of U.S. mail will also be accepted, but participants should reconsider tossing any mail they feel uncomfortable recycling in public.

Source: Sun News, by ameaney