Montgomery County's Dayton Regional Green Hosts Earth  Day Event to Launch 2021 "Giving Garden" Challenge

DAYTON, OH (April 22, 2021) – Celebrating Earth Day, representatives from Montgomery County, Agraria, and Five Rivers MetroParks gathered at Christ United Methodist Church on April 22 to announce the 2021 Dayton Regional Green Bring Your Green (BYG) “Giving Garden” Challenge. The “Giving Garden” Challenge is a friendly competition that calls the Miami Valley to make more conscientious and sustainable life choices.

The annual BYG Challenge began in 2015, but takes on a new gardening and growing focus this year and expands registration to individuals. The 2021 challenge is open to all Miami Valley residents, organizations, community action groups and businesses.

“The Bring Your Green Challenge has been very successful in engaging DRG’s Green Certified Businesses, organizations and schools in fun competitions to reduce our energy consumption and our carbon footprint,” said Dayton Regional Green Director Lamees Mubaslat. “The online BYG platform we developed allows participants to track their process each year and allows us to report on combined success.”

“We are very excited to see the platform expand to include individuals and community groups through the newly developed ‘People’s Challenges.’ This platform is a call to action to all of us to change individual life choices for sustainable and green living. It will expand viewpoints and inspire us to be the change,” Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman said.

Using the online platform, participants will earn points by a) learning about a particular topic, b) testing their knowledge on the topic through quizzes, and c) committing to the topic challenge. Individuals can compete on their own or opt to combine their efforts with an existing Green Certified Business contestant. Challenge topics cover a wide variety of actions, including donating produce to others, eliminating the use of yard fertilizers and more!

“One need in Montgomery County will be addressed once the fruits of the labor put into these gardens are reaped,” said Commission President Judy Dodge. “We need more healthy food in our County. The creation of “Giving Gardens” throughout the community, and donations of the food grown to the people who need it the most, will help provide food security to our citizens.”

The theme for Earth Day 2021 is “Restore our Earth.” Montgomery County is dedicated to making the Miami Valley a better place to live, work and grow. This friendly competition allows the region to do just that buy encouraging the use of sustainable practices that regenerate soil, restore bio-diversity and mitigate climate change.

“Giving Gardens are a perfect example of individuals and organization stepping up when our neighbors need it most. It incorporates environmentally friendly applications by regenerating soil, restoring biodiversity and mitigating climate change, while feeding those who are hungry by nourishing their bodies with good, whole, fresh and nutritious foods,” said Montgomery County Commissioner Carolyn Rice.

In addition to completing challenge tasks, participants can also track their electric and gas consumption and recycling rate. A leaderboard is available to compare how each individual or team is performing.

Dayton Regional Green will award a total of $5,000 in cash prizes to winning projects. The challenge will run from May 3 through Oct. 1, 2021, with the challenge platform going live May 3. Participants will be able to sign up at www.BringYourGreen.com/Challenge.

Learn more about Dayton Regional Green at http://www.drg3.org.