MORPC Announces 2016 Green Region Award Winners at Summit on Sustainability

October 21, 2016

Every year, MORPC’s Summit on Sustainability offers another opportunity to honor and recognize the individuals and organizations that have made Central Ohio a more sustainable region. While the Summit features a variety of keynote speakers and breakout sessions on a variety of topics, one of the highlights of the day is the presentation of the Green Region Awards.

The William (Bill) A. Lewis, Jr Green Mobility Award recognizes an individual exemplifying outstanding work towards creating a world-class multi-modal transportation system for Central Ohio.

This year's award was presented to John (JM) Rayburn (City of Dublin). Rayburn, through his professional, volunteer, and advocacy work with Forge Columbus, the Godman Guild Emerging Leaders Program, the Columbus Green Team, and Open Streets, has the passion and work ethic to receive the Green Mobility Award.

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Dale Arnold was presented with the Green Leader Award. The Green Leader Award recognizes an individual or entity exemplifying outstanding leadership and innovation in seeking comprehensive sustainability solutions to address key challenges facing the region.

Since 1985, Arnold has worked with the Ohio Farm Bureau and currently serves as the Director of Energy, Utility, and Local Government Policy. This year, Arnold played an instrumental role in MORPC’s process to take a position on the Ohio standards for energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Arnold serves as chair of MORPC’s Energy and Air Quality Working Group and is also a member of MORPC’s Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC).

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Green Columbus, City of Columbus, Green Funds of The Columbus Foundation and Keep Columbus Beautiful were presented the Green Collaborative Achievement Award. The Green Collaborative Achievement Award recognizes a group of entities or individuals who have shown effectiveness in producing environmental accomplishments through a collaborative effort.

The group organized a spectacular Earth Day event this year. In one week, volunteers planted over 20,000 trees. In all over 5,200 volunteers participated at 129 locations where they prepared community gardens, cleaned neighborhoods, beautified natural areas and, of course, planted trees.

In addition to the primary collaborators, dozens of community organizations also participated by hosting service opportunities.

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We are grateful for these many contributions to our community and look forward to another year of moving forward with sustainability initiatives across Central Ohio.