German Village Gazette

Go Green committee chairwoman far from jaded

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Jordanne Renner went from inquiring about the Go Green committee to being placed in charge of it.

Sometimes things just happen that way.

"It's OK with me," Renner said. "I'm a go-getter."

The professional photographer and overall environmental enthusiast is trying to reinvigorate the committee, which has been dormant for almost two years.

"It's silly it fell by the wayside," she said. "Everything in today's society is green-oriented."

First things first: create a logo.

Renner has contributed her own designs, but is looking for people in the community to submit their own, which can be done on the German Village Society's website: germanvill-age.com.

Next on the list: An April 22 Earth Day event, at which volunteers will collect spray-paint cans, chemicals, small electronics, batteries and similar items during regular business hours at the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St. Go Green members will help properly dispose of the material, Renner said.

And she's trying to fit the committee's mission into neighborhood events. For example, during this year's Haus und Garten Tour, wrist bands will be recyclable and lined with seeds, so patrons can plant them following the event. Tickets also will be made of recyclable material. The hope is to have recycling centers at various stops along the tour, she said.

Go Green also will seek to establish pocket gardens in addition to the community gardens at Livingston United Methodist Church.

Of course, she's taking to social media to get the message out: facebook/gogreengermanvillage will be functional this week.

The committee -- originally called Go Grun, Go Green -- was founded in 2008 by former GVS board members Brian Santin and Chrystal Seamon, fiancees who moved to Cincinnati in 2011.

Santin said the committee was established to "adopt and develop initiatives that educate, assist and promote sustainable eco-friendly practices within our urban historic community." (Renner's group is working to update the mission statement.)

When they moved to Cincinnati, where Santin is completing a surgical residency, they had trouble finding people to keep the group going, Santin said.

"Fortunately, Jordanne has volunteered to step up to the plate," he said.

At an initial meeting recently, 15 people signed on to be part of the committee. That's more than Renner expected.

"There's enthusiasm," she said. "I'm positive about it. I'm finding out what people are willing to do."

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