Friday, October 21, 2016 | 8:00AM - 3:30PM
Hilton Columbus Downtown
|9:00AM - 10:25AM||Breakfast Panel Description||Breakfast Keynote Plenary|
Central Ohio is a dynamic and growing region featuring prominent industry leaders achieving success with a sustainable mindset and strong collaboration. Through clarity of purpose and planning, many companies and organizations are integrating sustainability as a core value for achieving their mission and goals. The recent example of this success is by the City of Columbus in winning the Smart City Challenge award with the $50 million prize from U.S. Department of Transportation and Vulcan, Inc. matched by $90 million through public-private partnerships.
Spencer Reeder, Vulcan
Looking Ahead, What Are the Important Sustainability Policy Issues?
A sustainable environment is essential to our health and economic success as a region. Panelists will address emerging environmental and sustainability issues we face as a region and provide their legislative insight on potential policy solutions in the years to come.
Moderator: Laura Koprowski, MORPC
Speaker: Kent Scarrett, Ohio Municipal League
Speaker: Jon Honeck, PhD, Greater Ohio Policy Center
Speaker: Holly Nagle, Columbus Chamber of Commerce
Speaker: Jack Shaner, Ohio Environmental Council
Turning Waste into Wealth; Growing our Circular Economy
Ever wondered about the economic impacts of recycling, reusing, or reducing waste? During this session you will learn why these activities are so important to the health of our communities and economy. A panel of experts will share real examples unfolding in Central Ohio and discuss opportunities and challenges for increasing the local impacts such as jobs and revenues, as well as the environmental and community benefits.
Moderator: Kyle O'Keefe, SWACO
Speaker: Steve Sargent, Rumpke Recycling
Speaker: Kelly Engbersen, Goodwill Columbus
Speaker: Cierra Yanok Rider, Community Plates
Driving Down Single-Occupant Vehicle Use: Creative Strategies to Move the Needle on Regional Air Pollution
In Central Ohio, emissions from mobile sources like cars and trucks are the single greatest contributor to ozone pollution. High concentrations of ozone pollution make it difficult to breathe, especially for older adults, children, people with respiratory diseases such as asthma. In order to breathe cleaner air, communities need to reduce the number of vehicles on the road. Learn how some clean air agencies are engaging their communities to modify transportation habits to improve air quality, while also reducing the cost of commuting.
Moderator: Channon Cohen-Denson, Ohio EPA
Speaker: Laura Henry, MVRPC
Speaker: Laura Loges, MVRPC
Speaker: Joe MacDonald, NOACA
Speaker: Tim Kovach, NOACA
Speaker: Dan Sheehan, MORPC
Speaker: Evelyn Ebert, MORPC
In Collaboration We Trust: Insights From The Field
Community consensus is essential to a project’s sustainability. Gaining that consensus requires collaboration and trust among residents, their local government, and private sector participants. Learn about the state of trust today and build community confidence and consensus for your next project with effective engagement strategies.
Moderator: Jennifer Noll, MORPC
Speaker: Bryan Haviland, FrazierHeiby
Speaker: Orie Kristel, Illuminology
Speaker: Marie Keister, MurphyEpson / Engage Public Affairs
Speaker: Megan Canavan, City of Powell
Speaker: Jacolyn Thiel, City of Upper Arlington
Speaker: Douglas Francis, City of Hilliard
From Farm to Institution
Local food does not simply transport itself from the farm to a college, hospital, or school. There are many conversations, preparations, and deals that must occur. Learn from a farmer, food distributor, and chef about how it happens. Mike Long, as moderator, will Introduce the topic by outlining Columbus Zoo & Aquarium's five pillars of sustainability; carbon footprint as common denominator; designing a reliable, sustainable, synergistic system.
Moderator: Mike Long, Resource100 LTD
Speaker: Bryn Bird, Bird's Haven Farms
Speaker: Joe Brown, Columbus City Schools
Speaker: Alex Curavo, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
|12:30PM-1:50PM||Green Region Awards||Lunch Description|
Awards & Panel
The winners of the Green Region Awards will be announced during the lunch program. Followed by a discussion around local foods.
Food is essential to our lives. Food feeds us and our economy. But food preparation and consumption can also be an experience.
In a Pecha Kucha style format, hear from local food entrepreneurs about sustainable practices related to food production, sourcing, processing, packaging, and distribution. Each speaker will have 6 minutes to share with you a unique aspect of their business related to the local food supply chain. You will feel inspired, invigorated, and invested to be part of the sustainable local food movement.
|Lunch Panelists and Videos|
How To Be An Effective Advocate
Want to enter the arena of public policy, but don’t know where to begin? Learn from both legislators and lobbyists on how to effectively represent your interests and build effective relationships with elected officials and staff. Panelists will share their experiences on what works and more importantly what doesn’t.
Moderator: Steve Tugend, Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter
Speaker: State Representative Mike Curtin, Ohio House District 17
Speaker: State Senator Bob Hackett, Ohio Senate District 10
Speaker: Kristen Easterday, Columbus Regional Airport Authority
Speaker: Derrick Clay, New Visions Group
A Feast of Food Plans
Too many cooks spoil the broth, but lots of plans will not spoil D7the food system. Columbus and Franklin County are completing the Local Food Action Plan.
Moderator: Jeff Sharp, The Ohio State University
Speaker: Brian Snyder, The Ohio State University
Speaker: Matt Brown, Franklin County
Speaker: Kevin Wheeler, City of Columbus
Income Stream: Water as a Community Asset
Millenials, Boomers, and everyone in between use water every day for practical reasons and for play. The availability of clean and abundant water contributes to a high quality of life that can attract people and businesses. Learn how Central Ohio and its communities are using water to grow the local and regional economies.
Moderator: Kristen Knight, Brown & Caldwell
Speaker: Glenn Marzluf, Del-Co Water
Speaker: Abby Rhodebeck, REI
Speaker: Doug McLarnan, Knox County Park District / Kokosing Gap Trail
Speaker: Jerry Newton, Licking County Planning Commission
Local Efforts Making a Global Impact: The State of Climate Change and How Central Ohio is Driving Sustainability
In Ohio, average temperatures are projected to increase by 3 - 5°F over the next 34 years. While this may not seem like a high number, the impact of rising temperatures on our air quality, agriculture, and natural resources will be significant. Join us to learn first-hand about the current state of climate change from Lonnie G. Thompson, whose research has earned global recognition. Then hear from innovative local leaders in the food industry who are making a positive difference through business models built around sustainability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and who are committed to conserving energy while fostering the development of the local economy.
Moderator: Dale Arnold, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
Speaker: Lonnie G. Thompson, The Ohio State University
Speaker: Nohal Al Shahal, A&R Creative Group
Speaker: Katherine Harrison, Harrison Farm
Speaker: Barry Adler, RainFresh Harvests
Leave the Car, Take the Trails
Active transportation provides numerous health and wellness benefits to communities and is becoming a more popular way for Americans to move around. Trails and greenways help promote active transportation by providing a safe space for non-motorized transport, such as walking and biking. Speakers in this session will discuss the efforts Central Ohio is taking to develop trail networks in order to promote active transportation among residents and visitors. Learn about the development of key trails in the region and hear stories about a cyclist’s time on the trails.
Moderator: Marie Keister, Engage Public Affairs, LLC and Murphy Epson, Inc.
Speaker: Julie Walcoff, ODOT
Speaker: Tony Collins, City of Columbus
Speaker: Tim Moloney, Franklin County Metro Parks
Speaker: Andrew Overbeck, MKSK
Speaker: Adam Wagenbach, Trail User