MORPC Recognizes the City of Worthington’s Efforts on Sustainability

October 10, 2019
City earns platinum status -- the highest tier in the Sustainable2050 certification

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has certified the City of Worthington as a Sustainable2050 community to achieve an elevated status for their actions to promote sustainability.

(l-r) MORPC Chair Rory McGuiness, Worthington City Manager Matt Greeson, Worthington Council President Bonnie Michael, MORPC Sustainability Advisory Committee Vice Chair Mike Compton, and MORPC Planning & Sustainability Director Kerstin Carr

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.

“Enhancing the City’s sustainability through green practices and programs is a major priority for Worthington City Council and the Worthington community. Worthington city staff is working hard to bring new ideas and green initiatives to the forefront to help reduce Worthington’s carbon footprint and protect our environment for future generations. We are grateful for MORPC’s leadership in promoting sustainable practices for our region and look forward to continuing our work toward becoming a more sustainable community.”
Worthington Council President Bonnie Michael

The City of Worthington, a Sustainable2050 member, achieved Platinum status. Platinum is the highest tier status certification that members can earn.

  • In the category of Sustainable Neighborhoods, Worthington is targeting transit and bikeway infrastructure development to serve a higher number of people, with a newly adopted Complete Streets policy and master plan for bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • In the category of Natural Resources, Worthington is among the region’s first communities to offer a residential food scraps recycling program, diverting waste away from Central Ohio landfills.
  • In the category of Economic Opportunity, Worthington has increased the number of businesses in Central Ohio with established sustainability policies and practices via its Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program.

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

To learn more about MORPC’s Sustainable2050 initiative, visit morpc.org/sustainable2050.

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