Green partnership kicks off Monday

(CINCINNATI) -- Some community leaders are doing their part to lead the area in going green.

The Green Partnership for Greater Cincinnati kicks off Monday at 3 p.m.

Duke Energy is one of the five groups that will make up the green partnership. It's to get groups in the city and county environmentally friendly.

Leaders of Cincinnati's biggest public entities will announce that they're working together to try to be more environmentally friendly.

The city of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Public Schools make up the green partnership with Duke Energy.

The groups have been working for more than a year to plan the partnership which includes priorities from recycling and green buildings to land and water management.

"One of our projects is fleet vehicles which is looking into questions like how to switch to hybrid vehicles and how to make fuel more efficient," said Eric Gruenstein with the Green Partnership for Greater Cincinnati. "Thirty to 40 percent of all the energy we consume is by our buildings. So even modest improvements in energy efficiency can have profound impacts on our carbon footprints."

The kickoff is Monday at 3 p.m. at Eden Park and the public is invited to attend. Jill Echoer