Sustainable2050 Communities Recognized for Accomplishments

    October 15, 2018

    Last year, more than 30 local communities committed to work toward more sustainable practices through the sustainable2050 initiative. Thanks to their efforts, Dublin, Gahanna, Genoa Township, Lockbourne, and Upper Arlington are now celebrating the fact that they are among the first group of communities to reach a designated tier status within the program.

    Sustainable2050 assists the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC’s) local government members in their efforts to promote sustainability across the region and recognizes them for their achievements. Since its inception in late 2017, the program has been built out to be a more comprehensive initiative than its predecessor known as Green Pact.

    “Through sustainable2050, we are not only recognizing members’ commitment to sustainability but ultimately assisting them, through technical assistance and access to resources, to do even more.”
    MORPC Director of Planning & Environment Kerstin Carr

    Thanks to the participation of 32 communities that participated, MORPC concluded a year-long pilot period with a substantial amount of insight and feedback to improve the program. Among the recommendations was to determine a program tier status level for every sustainable2050 member by acknowledging the number of sustainability-related achievements each member has made in categories established in the Regional Sustainability Agenda.

    Dublin, Gahanna, Genoa Township, Lockbourne, and Upper Arlington comprise the first five certified sustainable2050 members, with each being designated as Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum status.

     

    The City of Dublin completed 48 eligible activities across five categories, achieving the Platinum designation!

    Jim Schimmer, Kerstin Carr, Dublin Planner JM Rayburn, Dublin Management Assistant Nick Plouck, William Murdock, Christina O’Keeffe

     

    Highlights from Dublin include:

    • A commitment to energy through its efforts to increase the percentage of fleet vehicles using alternative fuels
    • Efforts to minimize greenfield development through its innovative code and master plan for the Bridge Street District
    • A Green Purchasing Policy in place since 1998 to increase economic opportunity
    • The Dublin Bikeway Plan that was recognized as a tool the city uses to serve a higher number of residents and workers

     

    The City of Gahanna completed 14 eligible activities in four categories, achieving the Silver designation.

    Jim Schimmer, Kerstin Carr, William Murdock, Gahanna Mayor Tom Kneeland, Public Service Director Robert Priestas, Councilmember Karen Angelou, Christina O’Keeffe

     

    Highlights from Gahanna include:

    • Collaboration with private partners to host public alternative fuel stations
    • An innovative stormwater credit incentive that encourages implementation of green stormwater infrastructure and reduction of peak flow runoff

     

    Genoa Township completed 16 eligible activities in four categories, achieving the Silver designation.

    Jim Schimmer, Kerstin Carr, Genoa Twp. Administrator Paul Wise, William Murdock, Christina O’Keeffe

     

    Highlights from Genoa Township include:

    • Spreading the word about air quality, and promoting behavior change among its staff on air quality alert days
    • A commitment to Sustainable Neighborhoods by prioritizing maintenance and improvements to its multipurpose trails such as the Genoa Trail, which is a Central Ohio Greenways route and part of the Ohio to Erie Trail.

     

    The Village of Lockbourne completed 17 eligible activities in five categories, achieving the Silver designation.

    Jim Schimmer, Kerstin Carr, Lockbourne Mayor Christie Ward, William Murdock Christina O’Keeffe

     

    Highlights from Lockbourne include:

    • Actively reaching out to the community with information and education for its residents on air quality via social media and its Village View newsletter
    • Preserving sustainable neighborhoods by promoting available home weatherization services and programs to its residents

     

    The City of Upper Arlington completed 43 eligible activities across five categories, achieving the Platinum designation.

    Jim Schimmer, Upper Arlington Assistant City Manager Dan Ralley , Planning Officer Justin Milam

     

    Highlights from Upper Arlington include:

    • A commitment to reducing the number of vehicle miles traveled, in part through its Complete Streets It is one of only a handful of Central Ohio communities to have officially adopted a policy; theirs has been in place since 2014.
    • A zoning code and master plan that focus on infill opportunities, which help the city to minimize greenfield development
    • Promoting the Green Spot program, helping to increase the number of businesses and homes that carry out their own sustainability practices
    • A commitment to Sustainable Neighborhoods by prioritizing the number of people and jobs it serves through its bike and pedestrian infrastructure. The Upper Arlington bikeways continue to expand, removing bike and pedestrian network gaps within the community.

    MORPC’s Sustainability Advisory Committee certified the designations of this inaugural cohort of communities on September 19. They will be formally recognized at the October 11 commission meeting. A new group of sustainable2050 communities will receive their designated tier status in December.

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