Thank you to all who attended this year's Summit on Sustainability & the Environment. Click the links below to view keynote and breakout presentations.
Active Transportation - Presentation 1 | Presentation 2 | Presentation 3
Sustainable Business - Presentation 1 | Presentation 2 | Presentation 3
Weathering the Storm - Presentation 1
In the Air - Presentation 1 | Presentation 2
Local Foods - Presentation 1 | Presentation 2
Livable Communities - Presentation 1 | Presentation 2 | Presentation 3
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Lisa Wojnarowski Downes, coordinator of the North America initiative of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) works with stakeholders throughout the U.S. and Canada to ensure their participation in the development and implementation of an international water stewardship standard. Downes is developing a certification program that will recognize and reward water users and utility companies that are doing an exemplary job of protecting watersheds and freshwater ecosystems. It will also illustrate how they are benefiting communities by way of their stewardship activities.
Green Region Awards
The Green Region Awards honor individuals and entities working to create a more vibrant and environmentally sustainable region. Award recipients will be announced at the Summit on Sustainability & the Environment. The Green Leader Award will recognize an individual or entity exemplifying outstanding leadership and innovation in seeking comprehensive sustainability solutions to address key challenges facing the region. The Green Collaborative Achievement Award will recognize a group of entities or individuals who have shown effectiveness in producing environmental accomplishments through a collaborative effort.
EcoSummit Exhibit Hall
Registration to the Summit on Sustainability & the Environment includes admittance to the EcoSummit Exhibit Hall, featuring a short subject eco-film festival, poster sessions presented by EcoSummit participants, and The Ohio State University (OSU) Innovation Showcase.
Workshops will feature the topics of trails and active transportation, water quality, air quality, renewable energy, local food systems, and sustainable business practices.
Breakout Sessions 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Advancing active transportation systems to benefit people and the planet
Active transportation—or “human powered”--infrastructure is a crucial component in our ongoing quest to improve and protect the environment, local economies, and the health and welfare of those with whom we share the planet. During this breakout we will explore the positive impacts of trails, as well as examining ways in which key cities are successfully advancing their active transportation agenda.
Presenters: Greg Lindsey, Professor, Executive Associate Dean, University of Minnesota; Leslie Strader, Assistant Environmental Steward, City of Columbus; Tony Collins, Director, City of Gahanna Parks & Recreation Department
Weathering the Storm: Can efficiency and renewables provide added benefits to a back-up power system?
Maintaining power takes priority when the grid is down. This panel will focus on how implementing energy-efficiency of critical equipment can extend emergency generation run-time. Also, learn what the obstacles are, and the benefits of, integrating solar energy with back-up batteries or generators. Finally, hear from the City of Powell and Westerville Electric Division, who have incorporated efficiency and renewable energy into back-up power of some of their critical loads.
|Presenters: John Seryak, President and Lead Engineer, Go Sustainable Energy; Andrew Boatright, Utility Manager, City of Westerville; Eric T. Fischer, Development Planner, City of Powell; Dave Cohen, Regional Manager, Dovetail Solar|
Local Food as a System: Production, Processing and Distribution in a Secure, Sustainable and Resilient Manner
Farmers markets and community gardens are tiny parts of a local-food system. What is needed for real impact are major increases in “specialty crop” and livestock production, and local processing and distribution infrastructure. What are the challenges in building and funding such a system?
|Presenters: Casey Hoy, Kellogg Endowed Chair in Agricultural Ecosystems Management, The Ohio State University; Adam Welly, Farmer and Co-Owner, Wayward Seed Farm; Holly Mattei, Executive Director, Fairfield County Regional Planning Commission|
Breakout Sessions 2:45 - 4:15pm
Shifting business as usual toward economic and environmental sustainability
Doing business in an environmentally friendly way not only has societal benefits, but also yields greater efficiency, economic returns, and innovation. Companies are increasingly stepping up to the plate to improve environmental performance. This session will showcase various approaches by manufacturing companies, and highlight some of the available resources and services that support sustainable practices.
Presenters: Thomas G. Pendrey, Vice President and General Manager, G & J Pepsi Cola Bottlers; Darrin Lacheta, Environmental Health and Safety Engineer, Tosoh SMD, Inc.; Greg Hume, Program Manager, Energy and Environmental Services, TechSolve, Inc.
In the air and all around: pollution knows no boundaries
Air pollution does not stop at political borders, meaning that many countries are both sources and receptors for transboundary air pollution. Transboundary flows of pollutants occur between the United States and our closest neighbors, Mexico and Canada, as well as across continents. Learn about the state of Central Ohio’s air and how it is affected by pollution sources locally and abroad, and regional strategies to reduce air pollution.
|Presenters: Alan Chan, Manager of Forecasting Services and Public Outreach Operations; Patrick Zahn, Lead Forecaster and Meteorologist, Sonoma Technologies; Verna Riffe Biemel, Advocacy Specialist, American Lung Association; Todd Nein, Interim Executive Director, Ohio Air Quality Development Authority|
Creating more livable and sustainable communities with green infrastructure
Water is being called the "Oil" of the 21st century. How can we continue to clean up impaired waterways while at the same time revitalizing our communities? Come and learn about projects that not only improve water quality but also create livable places.
|Presenters: Jennifer Fish, Executive Director, Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District; Bryon Ringley, PE, Senior Principal, Stantec; Ashley Lester, Project Coordinator, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation & Capitol South; Susan Weber and Sandy Frey, Principal, Integrity Sustainable Planning and Design; Laura Fay, Board Chair of the Science Committee, Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed; Evelyn Vantil, Director, 4th Street Farms|