Soon after forming a task force to explore the entire neighborhood achieving the city's GreenSpot designation, Clintonville Area Commission Chairwoman Libby Wetherholt had sufficient volunteers.
Seven people expressed interest within days of the CAC's unanimous vote Sept. 6, said Wetherholt. She said she was gratified at the response and by the willingness of the volunteers to take over the task.
Those who offered to help are Susann Moeller, Zeb Purdin, Anna Wuerth, Donna Leigh-Osborne, Brenda Chaney, Jack Laverty and Julie Smiley.
"I very much value the environment, but I'm no expert on things, so I would hope other people who are at least a little more experienced in these things can take it and run with it," Wetherholt said.
The GreenSpot initiative, which dates to 2008, is aimed at getting residents, both individually and as neighborhoods, to be more environmentally conscious.
If the area commission's task force comes up with plans that meet the criteria for qualifying, Clintonville would join the Discovery District, Sawmill Place Area and German Village as GreenSpot neighborhoods.
That's what spurred Moeller to sign up for the task force.
"I'm German, and we're a bit competitive in nature," she said. "Since I've been a longtime Clintonville (resident) and I've witnessed our endeavors here to create a sustainable neighborhood ... I thought why are we not on that list. I think we've done pretty much everything that would qualify us as a GreenSpot neighborhood."
"I just recently moved back to Clintonville (from Baltimore)," Purdin said. "I lived there a few years ago, and it's always been an area that's very forward-thinking and environmentally friendly. I thought that would be a great step forward to showcase the environmental friendliness of the neighborhood."
Chaney has lived on Clinton Heights Avenue since 1986.
"I have some concerns about what we're doing to our neighborhood in terms of overuse of pesticides and all the plastic," she said. "It just seems like maybe we can make some changes that are not expensive changes but which can make a big impact.
"I just thought, 'Why don't I do this?' "
"I like that GreenSpot Neighborhoods create their own strategies based on their unique characteristics and needs," Wuerth said. "This could be a really positive initiative for our neighborhood to focus on and one that would allow the community to take an active role in creating a healthier and greener place to live and work."
Wetherholt said the next step is for her to set up a meeting between task force members and David Celebrezze, the city's GreenSpot coordinator.