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MORPC Leading by Example on Sustainability Efforts

Summit on Sustainability Inspires More Community Action

October 18, 2019

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s (MORPC’s) recent Summit on Sustainability saw record attendance as many community leaders and environmental advocates came together to celebrate the region’s accomplishments and learn best practices in sustainability.

The summit theme of “Shaping Resilient Communities” highlighted how a region increasing in population, like Central Ohio, can grow sustainably while being inclusive, providing needed amenities, and serving as a good steward of the environment.

“We’re thrilled to see so many people throughout the region excited about ideas and solutions related to sustainability. The speakers at this year’s summit were very informative, and our hope is that they inspire more action – whether it is through MORPC’s Sustainable2050 program for communities or on an individual basis.”
MORPC Director of Planning & Sustainability Kerstin Carr

Highlights of the day included:

  • Keynote Speaker Christopher Coes, Vice President of Land Use and Development at Smart Growth America, whose address included such topics as how important walkability factors into many different areas of resilient communities.
  • MORPC Executive Director William Murdock, who provided an update on sustainability efforts at MORPC and in communities throughout the region.
  • PechaKucha-style presentations on a variety of topics (videos to be made available soon).
    • Robert Williams, MORPC
    • Elena Irwin, The Ohio State University
    • Tim Moloney, Columbus & Franklin County Metro Parks
    • Ved Pyakurel, Revolution Mortgage
    • Ann Bischoff, Star House
  • Breakout sessions related to everything from air and water quality to energy, mobility, development, and the current political environment.

The summit also provided the opportunity to honor local individuals and organizations for their sustainability-related efforts:

William A. Lewis, Jr. Leadership in Mobility Award
Catherine Girves, Director of Yay Bikes!


Leadership in Sustainability Award
Kurt Keljo, Watershed Implementation Coordinator at Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District


Collaborative Achievement in Sustainability Award
Downtown C-Pass (including Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District, the Central Ohio Transit Authority, and MORPC)

MORPC’s next signature event, the 2020 State of the Region, will take place 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 30, 2020 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

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