Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission asking for community input

February 26, 2014 | Events, News, UToday
By Samantha Watson

The Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission is asking for public input on a plan to improve Toledo’s economic, social and environmental sustainability.

PrintThe commission, which is made up of key stakeholders throughout Toledo and Lucas County, has been working on this plan for about a year and a half. Beginning Monday, Feb. 24, the community will be able to view the plan online and provide feedback.

“We want Toledo to become a community that people want to live in and young people want to stay in,” said Brooke Mason, UT interim sustainability specialist and University liaison on the committee. “It’s not going to be a successful plan nor will it become a sustainable community without the excitement and willingness to participate from the community.”

The plan called “Greater Toledo Going Beyond Green” was created by the committee with help from a consulting firm. While the committee members have a good idea of what needs help in Toledo, the community could offer a better perspective.

“Different neighborhoods have different issues, so we’re trying to understand what the real issues are and how we can help,” Mason said. “We can’t fix a problem if we don’t understand the problem.”

The plan will be available for public review through Friday, March 21, on

At noon Tuesday, March 11, Melissa Greene, chair of the committee, and the consultants will host a webinar on the site to discuss the plan with the community.

All comments will be reviewed by Greene and the consulting firm and incorporated in the plan.

“We can’t focus on everything at once, but we’ll be keeping records of everything so that we can figure out where to go next,” Mason said.

In addition to UT, the Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission includes representation from the Board of Lucas County Commissioners, the city of Toledo, Libbey Glass, Olander Park System, Owens Corning, TARTA and more.

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