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EcoSculpt 2013 Winners


Congratulations to Lizz Godfroy, David Rice, and Paul Tribble, EcoSculpt 2013’s First Place and People’s Choice Award winners for their sculpture Re-Tired Roadside Attractions, a menagerie of larger than life fantastical animals composed of semi tire debris collected along our local highways.

Lizz Godfroy’s inspiration was the texture of the materials as well as their widespread presence.

“Driving along I-75 to my sister’s farm in KY, I always thought the frayed, curly pieces of truck tires were beautiful in a way, and I also thought how awful that so much of this material is just left on the roads every day. I could see wings of giant birds in the feathery pieces along the roads.”

— Lizz Godfroy, artist

After a busy month of Earth events in Washington Park as part of EcoSculpt 2013, Cincinnati’s annual green arts event drew to a close on Friday, April 26th, 2013, in Washington Park. First, second, and third prize winners were chosen by a juried panel, and the People’s Choice Award was determined by park visitors and website browsers who cast votes for their favorite recycled material sculptures. City Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld was the emcee of the evening along with the Energy Alliance’s Community Outreach Specialist Nicole Klosterman.

The EcoSculpt 2013 People’s Choice Awards Ceremony and celebration took place as part of Over the Rhine’s Final Friday Arts Walk. Local food vendors, artist and craft vendors, and sustainability organizations were present to help celebrate the menagerie of sculptures set along a path in the south side of Washington Park. Entertainment was provided by local musicians the Tadcasters, a bluegrass and Americana band.

Cash prizes of $500, $250, $150, and a People’s Choice Award of $100 were given to the juried and People’s Choice winners. Alternative Metal Design’s From Rust to Honey came in second place, and Sabrina Mantle’s Patternicity claimed third prize.

Energy Alliance Sponsorship

The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance has supported EcoSculpt since its start in 2010. Our team facilitates the People’s Choice Awards with the help of People Working Cooperatively and their efficiency demonstration home that houses voting on site.

This year’s artists installed their works between April 5th and April 12th. Following the awards ceremony on April 26th, the winning sculpture will be moved to Fountain Square to be on display until May 24th.

A look back at the year’s Earth Month Events in Washington Park:

Check the Washington Park home page for updates on future events and information on how to submit your own eco-sculpture for next year’s EcoSculpt.



EcoSculpt 2013 in Washington Park

Cincinnati’s history is rich with the life of its vibrant arts scene and the impressive array of public parks and natural spaces.

Cincinnati was once known as the “Paris of the West” and still has a robust offering of art exhibits, theater, dance, and classical music concerts. Cincinnati is likewise considered among the best cities in the nation for its parks offerings. EcoSculpt is an event that showcases both of these strengths through the exhibit of sculptures made from recycled materials displayed in a public parks setting.

EcoSculpt is Cincinnati’s annual green arts event and opens on April 5th this year. The 2013 EcoSculpt will take place in one of Cincinnati’s newest renovated parks downtown, Washington Park. The environmentally friendly sculptures will be on display for the month of April through May in Washington Park. The sculpture display will be in tandem with a series of Earth Month events, including composting and bicycle workshops.

Energy Alliance Sponsorship

The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance has supported EcoSculpt since its start in 2010. Our team facilitates the People’s Choice Awards for the best found or recycled material based sculpture. Expect to see us at the awards ceremony in Washington Park on April 26th from, 5-7 pm. The ceremony will take place in conjunction with April’s Final Friday evening in Over the Rhine.

Keep an eye out this year for beautiful and inspiring sculptures such as From Rust to Honey, a welded scrap metal honey bee bringing awareness to the Colony Collapse Disorder of our bees, and Re-Tired Roadside Attractions, a recycled rubber menagerie of fantastical animals made from the tire cast-offs of semi-trucks. Discover your own favorites and vote in the efficiency demonstration home hosted by People Working Cooperatively, or vote online, beginning mid-April.

The artists will be installing their works between April 5th and April 12th. After the awards ceremony on April 26th, the winning sculpture will be moved to Fountain Square and on display until May 24th.

Earth Month Events in Washington Park:

Check the Washington Park home page for updates on these events and information on how to vote for your favorite eco-sculpture.

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Energy Efficiency Market Study

Energy Improvements Can Save Greater Cincinnati $60 Million and Create Over 300 Local Jobs

CINCINNATI, OHIO  – December 2,  2011– Energy efficiency upgrades to the area’s homes and non-profit buildings can save area residents $60 million in lower energy bills and create more than 300 local jobs, according to a study released today by the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance.

The study, conducted by the University of Cincinnati’s Economics Center and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, is the first of its kind in the region. Researchers found that routine energy upgrades, such as installing more insulation and reducing drafts, as well as upgrading heating and air conditioning units, will also reduce energy related air pollution.

“My Mom used to say: ‘Close the door, you are letting the heat out.’ That’s what we have here. Our house is our community and we have dollars leaking out,’’ said Jeff Rexhausen, associate director of research at the University of Cincinnati’s Economics Center. “The dollars are leaking out because we are spending them on energy. If we saved money on energy, we could spend our money on other things and that would improve our local economy. That’s really what this report is about.’’

Researchers of the study, commissioned by the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, examined energy, building, census, and environmental data for Hamilton, Boone, Campbell, and Kenton Counties – which are all served by the non-profit group. The Energy Alliance provides low-cost financial incentives for homeowners and non-profit groups to make energy efficiency upgrades. The report, “The Energy Efficiency Market in the Greater Cincinnati Region: Energy Savings Potential and Strategies to Improve Performance of Residential and Non-Profit Buildings,” quantifies the level of economic impact those upgrades can make to the region.

The findings were shared last month with leaders from local governments, businesses, banks and foundations to increase awareness and spur continued partnership with the Energy Alliance.

Researchers found that if 69,000 homeowners and 460 non-profits make energy improvements using the Energy Alliance’s program, they would save $22.2 million in 2020 and $59.6 million in lower energy bills in 2030.  Further, most homeowners would see immediate cash savings in the first year of the energy upgrade and an average savings of $500 a year for 18 years.  

The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance is one of only 35 organizations in the country to be awarded a grant through the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Neighborhood Program.  The mission of the program is to transform the energy efficiency market.  What that means for The Energy Alliance is investing in technology, workforce development, and financing solutions to dramatically increase both the supply and demand of the market.

To date, the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance has provided expertise and funding to weatherize 325 Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky homes with such improvements.

“We know heating and air-conditioning systems, as well as windows, will be upgraded as usual,’’ said Andy Holzhauser, Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance. “But now we can both drive new work and have a role in the existing market to make sure it’s getting done in a more efficient manner. We now can generate new investment in our economy.”

As homeowners save money on their energy bills, their spending will shift and create the need for jobs in other sectors of the local economy, researchers said.  They calculated that around 317 local jobs would be created in 2030 in the areas of construction and manufacturing as well as in trades and services.  Those jobs would pump an additional $13 million into the local economy.

“Energy efficiency is the cheapest, cleanest, and fastest energy resource available to the Cincinnati region. The Energy Alliance programs are a great deal for home and building owners who take advantage of them, utility customers on the whole, and the economy of the region in general,” said the report’s lead author Eric Mackres, who is a Senior Policy Analyst for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

Researchers also projected  that energy upgrades provided through Energy Alliance programs would reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 250,000 metric tons, nitrogen oxides by 340 metric tons and sulfur dioxide by 1,640 metric tons in 2030.

“This really has a triple bottom line: We can each make an investment in our homes, and in doing so, we will make an economic investment in our community that has a societal benefit as well as benefits to our earth and the climate,’’ Holzhauser said.

The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky communities reduce their energy costs. The Energy Alliance provides education, expertise and innovative financing to help the region to become more energy efficient, saving money for residents while also creating local jobs. Visit

The University of Cincinnati’s Economics Center,founded in 1977, is a leading provider of economic resources for educators, students, businesses, and public agencies.  Visit

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. For information about ACEEE and its programs, publications, and conferences, visit