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Summit on Sustainability
Date October 25, 2018
Time 8:00am-4:30pm
Location Hilton Columbus Downtown

401 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215


Summit on Sustainability

The Summit on Sustainability is MORPC’s signature environmental conference, bringing hundreds of community leaders together to explore and share sustainable ideas and solutions, and to celebrate individuals and collaborative sustainability efforts with the Green Region Awards.

The Summit will feature keynote speaker Majora Carter during the morning plenary session. Carter is a leading voice on utilizing environmental sustainability as the vision for city planning and revitalizing healthier neighborhoods by increasing open spaces, walkability and mixed-use development. She works as an urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster.


Majora Carter


The conference will be filled with breakout sessions that focus on energy, water quality, materials management, local foods, active transportation, land-use development, air quality, social equity, and policy.

During the lunch plenary session, hear from local and national speakers that will provide Pecha Kucha style presentations while sharing real-life solutions and self-sustaining practices that will make our communities better today and tomorrow.

Highlighted Speakers

Majora Carter

Morning Plenary Session

Director Craig Butler
Ohio EPA

Lunch Plenary Session

Aslyne Rodriquez

Lunch Plenary Session

Barbara Revard
Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

Lunch Plenary Session

Joe Bryan
Atlantic Council

Lunch Plenary Session

Event Agenda


Registration & Breakfast in Exhibit Hall


7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Morning Plenary Session

Sustainability: We All Have a Role

  • Green Region Awards Ceremony
  • Keynote Speaker – Majora Carter
8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Break in Exhibit Hall 9:45 – 10 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • Developing and Managing a Comprehensive Source Water Protection Plan
  • The Region’s Energy Focus: Now and in the Future
  • Transforming Food Waste Through Collective Impact
  • Sustainable Investment: A New Approach to Equity
  • Going Above and Beyond in Reducing Pollution
10 – 11 a.m.
Break in Exhibit Hall 11 – 11:15 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • Park It Right Here! Improving Access to Recreational Spaces with Focused Growth & Mobility
  • Bicycles, Equity, and Opportunity
  • Ohio Smart Agriculture: Sustaining People and the Planet
  • Food Security & Smart Mobility
  • Keeping Things Clean – Support for Recycling and Water Infrastructure Needs
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Break in Exhibit Hall 12:15 – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch Plenary Session

Coming Together for a Sustainable Future

  • State of Sustainability
  • Pecha Kucha Presentations
    • Sterling Stone, Gearin’ Up Bicycles
    • Director Craig Butler, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
    • Aslyne Rodriquez, EmpowerBus
    • Barbara Revard, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
    • Joe Bryan, Atlantic Council
12:30 – 2 p.m.
Break in Exhibit Hall 2 – 2:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • Social Equity in Programs and Projects
  • Air Quality: Equity, Impacts and Community Solutions
  • Let’s Discuss the Political Environment
  • Leading the Circular Economy – Ohio’s Materials Marketplace
2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Interactive Water Infrastructure Workshop

P.I.P.E.S.: The Public Infrastructure Participatory Engagement Simulation

2:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall & Network Sponsors:

  • Columbia Gas of Ohio

Partner Sponsors:

  • Ohio EPA
  • Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio
  • The Ohio State University

Supporting Sponsors:

  • Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)
  • Franklin County Engineer’s Office

Table Sponsors:

  • AEP Ohio
  • City of Columbus Public Utilities
  • City of Columbus Recreation & Parks
  • City of Dublin
  • City of Gahanna
  • City of Grove City
  • City of Hilliard
  • City of Lancaster
  • City of Marysville
  • City of Westerville
  • City of Whitehall
  • Columbus & Franklin County Metro Parks
  • Columbus State Community College
  • Delaware County
  • Franklin County Economic Development
  • Kegler, Brown, Hill + Ritter
  • Ohio Environmental Council
  • Wagenbrenner Development

Breakout Session Sponsors:

  • Columbia Gas of Ohio
  • Del-Co Water Company
  • Elevate Energy
  • Kegler, Brown, Hill + Ritter
  • Murphy Epson
  • OHM Advisors
  • Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio
  • Teradata
  • The Ohio State University

Exhibitor Sponsors:

  • Columbia Gas of Ohio
  • Columbus & Franklin County Metro Parks
  • Columbus Finance Authority
  • Franklin County Engineer’s Office
  • Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Green Energy Ohio
  • Limbach
  • Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
  • Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
  • Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio
  • Teradata

If your organization is interested in being a sponsor for the Summit on Sustainability, please contact Amanda McEldowney at 614.233.4112.

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