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MORPC Leading by Example on Sustainability Efforts

August 14, 2019

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) recently formalized its commitment to Sustainable2050, a program that supports MORPC members and their sustainability efforts through technical assistance, collaboration, and recognition.

MORPC has facilitated the Sustainable2050 program since its inception, but now the agency is working toward its own certification under the program – completing action steps to help progress toward the goals of the Regional Sustainability Agenda. Several Sustainable2050  members have been working toward their own certification, with Franklin County being the latest to achieve platinum status.

“MORPC’s commitment to sustainability is evident throughout our programming, and we are in a position to lead by example and influence sustainable practices across the region. We are proud to join with 33 other MORPC members to advance sustainability through our participation in Sustainable2050.”
MORPC Sustainability Officer Brandi Whetstone

MORPC is involved in a wide range of initiatives with a core focus on sustainability.  A dedicated sustainability team made up of staff members from across all departments support MORPC’s internal initiatives, including its Sustainable2050 efforts.

Thanks to a Community Waste Reduction Grant from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO), MORPC launched a pilot composting program to keep organic waste out of the landfill.

MORPC employees are taking part in a food composting program.

The program allows MORPC to collect compostable materials from on-site meetings and employees. It also provides employees with containers they can use to collect organic waste at home. A weekly waste pick-up service hauls the materials to a composting facility.

MORPC’s sustainable activities also include the following:

  • Employee commuter benefits provide incentives for employees to use sustainable transportation options and reduce emissions. Employees also receive a free bus pass through the downtown C-Pass program, and MORPC offers indoor bike storage and a shower to support cyclists.
  • MORPC installed three level-two electric vehicle charging stations and added two electric vehicles to the fleet.
  • A no-idling policy encourages staff and guests to avoid unnecessary vehicle idling. MORPC also offers free parking lot signage to local communities, businesses, and organizations with an internal no-idling policy.
  • In addition to composting, MORPC offers recycling options throughout the building, including reusable bags for grocery shopping, and recycles electronic equipment.

Those interested in learning more about sustainable ideas and solutions across Central Ohio and beyond should register for MORPC’s annual Summit on Sustainability taking place Oct. 11 at the Hilton Columbus Downtown. Click here for more information.

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