MORPC Recognizes Communities Leading on Sustainability

    May 20, 2019
    City of Columbus and Westerville certified as Sustainable2050 Communities

    The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has certified two local governments as Sustainable2050 communities to achieve an elevated status for their actions to promote sustainability.

    Sustainable2050 is a program that supports communities’ sustainability efforts through direct technical assistance, collaboration, and recognition. Each member’s tier status is determined by the number of eligible activities it carries out in five categories corresponding to MORPC’s Regional Sustainability Agenda.

    “These communities are dedicated to improving the quality of life of their residents in sustainable ways, and that should be celebrated. Through Sustainable2050, we are not only recognizing their commitment to sustainability, but ultimately assisting them, through access to resources, to do even more.”
    MORPC Planning & Sustainability Director Kerstin Carr

    The cities of Columbus and Westerville were certified Sustainable2050 members, with each being designated as Platinum status. Platinum is the highest tier status certification that members can earn.

    City of Columbus representatives receive Sustainable2050 certification.


    The city of Columbus collaborated with private partners to add public alternative fuel stations, reduced per capita water usage and prioritize bike/ped infrastructure to connect people to transit, among many other initiatives.

    City of Westerville representatives receive Sustainable2050 certification.


    Westerville improved water quality in the region’s watersheds, prioritized transit and bike infrastructure access, and allowed local renewable energy generation, among many other initiatives.

    More than 30 local communities committed to work toward more sustainable practices through MORPC’s Sustainable2050 initiative, meaning more communities will be certified in the near future.

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