MORPC Recognizes Outstanding Leaders in Sustainability

    October 22, 2019
    Awards were given during the 2019 Summit on Sustainability

    The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) recently recognized local community leaders for their sustainability efforts during its annual 2019 Summit on Sustainability. The inspiring event featured a variety of educational sessions on planning for an equitable region along with the presentation of the 2019 Sustainability Awards.

    Among those honored, Catherine Girves of Yay Bikes! is the recipient of the William A. Lewis, Jr. Leadership in Mobility Award. This award recognizes an individual exemplifying outstanding work towards creating a world-class multi-modal transportation system for Central Ohio. Girves, a leader in the area of mobility, has influenced transportation policy by building relationships and experiences across socio-economic, professional, and political lines. Catherine is that person that urges bike experiences in key places to help create a more sustainable and equitable multi-modal transportation system in Central Ohio. View her award video here.

    Kurt Keljo of Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District is the recipient of the Leadership in Sustainability Award. This award recognizes an individual or entity exemplifying outstanding leadership and innovation in seeking comprehensive sustainability solutions to address key challenges facing the region. One of Keljo’s innovative ideas is the installation of instream structures made from a recycled plastic matrix which resulted in an increase of diversity of macroinvertebrates, the addition of sensitive species of aquatic insects, and the appearance of six species of fish in a stream that previously had no fish. With grant support, a second insert project has been installed, a third project is almost complete, and a fourth is soon to begin. View his award video here.

    The Downtown C-pass was presented the Collaborative Achievement in Sustainability Award. This award recognizes a group of entities or individuals who have shown effectiveness in producing environmental accomplishments through a collaborative effort. Capital Crossroads, MORPC, COTA, and the many Downtown businesses, property owners, and individuals have turned C-pass from a groundbreaking idea to a real-life tool that is transforming the way that people commute to and from Downtown. While creating the first mobile pass for COTA, C-pass has helped change perceptions of public transit in Columbus from that of a transportation tool and social service provider to that of an economic development tool. View the award video here.

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