New report highlights the value of clean energy to Ohio businesses

The Nature Conservancy's "Clean and Green" report puts a face on clean energy

Dublin, Ohio

The Nature Conservancy has released a report that demonstrates, in a series of inspiring profiles, the benefits that a proactive state policy on clean energy has provided to Ohio’s private sector – from improving the bottom line to retaining talented employees.

The report, Clean and Green, profiles the experiences of 16 small to large businesses across Ohio as they have embraced clean energy. They represent a diverse mix. Some are household names like Costco and Honda. Others are smaller family-owned businesses that are seeking an edge to continue operating in the future. Although many explain that investment in clean energy is the right thing to do for the environment, all the companies profiled point to the economic benefits as the driving motivation for their actions.  

“Clean energy has a ‘face’ in Ohio,” said Josh Knights, executive director of the Conservancy’s Ohio program. “It is the face of entrepreneurs, business executives and employees who are tapping the potential of wind, solar and energy efficiency to expand market share, hire and retain talent, and increase profitability.”

“This report tells their story,” Knights said.

The stories in the Clean and Green report are on-the-ground examples to support research conducted in 2016 by the Conservancy and Environmental Defense Fund, which found that Ohio’s clean energy standards make a significant contribution to the state’s economy. The findings, published in a 2016 report called “Grounds for Optimism,” demonstrated the value of Ohio’s existing clean energy policy in terms of job creation, electricity savings, and public health.

The numbers detailed in that report are impressive, but they are no substitute for the stores of owners and employees of businesses who are taking advantage of the promise of clean energy. Their experiences illustrate why clean energy – and consistent state policies to encourage its growth – matter to the future of Ohio’s economy.

Find the complete Clean and Green report, including video interviews with five of the companies profiled, visit the Conservancy’s Choosing Clean Energy in Ohio web page. The complete list of companies profiled is below, with links to those featured in video interviews.

Denison University, Granville
Little Fish Brewing Co., Athens
Third Sun Solar, Athens
Honda of America, Marysville
Levin Furniture, Mentor
Solar Power & Light, Miamisburg
Village Bakery, Athens
Solar Integrated Resources, Moraine
Melink Corporation, Milford
Klopfenstein Farms, Haviland
Talan Products Inc., Cleveland
Burke, Inc., Cincinnati
Haviland Drainage Products, Haviland
Greg Sweet Auto Group, Ashtabula County
Costco, Columbus
Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati

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