National certification confirms “It’s Greener in Dublin”
We have become certified by the National Wildlife Federation as the 43rd Community Wildlife Habitat in the country and the very first community in the state of Ohio to achieve this honor.
In response to City Council’s goal to promote greener and more sustainable habits in the community, Dublin decided to work toward becoming a certified Community Wildlife Habitat in the fall of 2008. Based on Dublin’s population size, the National Wildlife Federation established the certification criteria in four main areas. Dublin was required to:
- Certify at least 150 homes, five common areas and five schools
- Educate the community through workshops and presentations
- Provide opportunities and projects for community participation
- Develop administrative goals with a designated habitat team
In just a year and a half, Dublin residents, staff and corporate citizens worked to certify 164 homes, five schools, one business and 18 City parks.
The National Wildlife Federation specifically commends Dublin for dedicating 1300 acres to parkland and open space, having one of the strongest tree ordinances in the country and preserving the Scioto River (a critical neo-tropical bird migration corridor).
To keep the Community Wildlife Habitat status, we must continue to earn a minimum amount of points each year. Dublin can earn points for various activities including holding educational meetings about wildlife issues, certifying additional homes or common areas and examining the community’s weed ordinances.