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Summit on Sustainability
Date October 14, 2022
Time 8:00am-4:30pm
Location Hilton Columbus Downtown

401 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43215

Summit on Sustainability

The Summit on Sustainability is MORPC’s signature environmental conference, bringing hundreds of community leaders together to explore and share sustainable ideas and solutions, and to celebrate individuals and collaborative sustainability efforts with the Regional Sustainability Awards.

The Summit will feature two plenary sessions and breakout sessions that will focus on MORPC’s sustainability programs. More details about the program will be shared soon.

For sponsorship information, contact Amanda McEldowney at

Regional Sustainability Awards

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.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2014: Erin Miller, City of Columbus
  • 2015: Mount Carmel Healthy Systems
  • 2016: Green Columbus, City of Columbus, Green Funds of The Columbus Foundation and Keep Columbus Beautiful
  • 2017: Susan Ashbrook, City of Columbus
  • 2018: Ben Kessler, Mayor of the City of Bexley
  • 2019: Kurt Keljo, Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District
  • 2020: Dr. Gilbert Michaud, Assistant Professor of Practice at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University
  • 2021: Jim Schimmer, Franklin County Economic Development and Planning

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.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2014: Genoa, Liberty, and Orange Township Board of Trustees
  • 2015: Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW)
  • 2016: Dale Arnold, Ohio Farm Bureau
  • 2017: The Ohio State University Student Sustainability Council
  • 2018: The Quarry Project, Franklin County Metro Parks
  • 2019: C-Pass (SID, COTA, and MORPC)
  • 2020: Regional Sustainability Dashboard
  • 2021: RAPID 5

The Leadership in Mobility Award

In memory of William A. “Bill” Lewis, Jr., former Chief Mobility Engineer of the City of Columbus. This award recognizes an individual, either professional or student, exemplifying outstanding work towards creating a world-class multi-modal transportation system for Central Ohio.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2015: In memory of Bill Lewis, former Chief Mobility Engineer, City of Columbus
  • 2016: JM Rayburn, City of Dublin
  • 2017: Julie Walcoff, ODOT
  • 2018: Letty Schamp, City of Hilliard
  • 2019: Catherine Girves, YAY Bikes
  • 2020: Ted Beidler, Franklin County Engineer’s Office
  • 2021: Brad Westall, City of Columbus




7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Registration & Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – Morning Plenary Session

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Break with Exhibitors

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Breakout Sessions

  • Making Space: Sustainable Practices for Healthy Communities
  • Coffee Chat with LinkUS, Rapid 5, and CoGo
  • Incorporating Social Equity into Sustainable Policies
  • Don’t Let the Circular Economy Go to Waste
  • An Equitable Transition to the Clean Energy Economy

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Break with Exhibitors

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Breakout Sessions

  • Improving Air Quality through an Equity Lens
  • Sustainability in Business: Partnership, Support, and Resources for Companies in Achieving ESG Goals
  • Keys to Success: Unlocking Opportunities for Home Ownership
  • Making Plans in “Unprecedented” Times
  • Trail Towns – Easing the Transition from Trail to Town

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Break with Exhibitors

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Lunch Plenary Session

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Break with Exhibitors

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Breakout Sessions

  • Leading the Way to a More Sustainable Region
  • Environmental Justice: Advancing a Sustainable Climate
  • Prioritizing Pedestrian Safety
  • Transforming the Region: Growth and Water Management

3:15 p.m. – 3: 30 p.m. – Break with Exhibitors

3:30 pm. – 4:30 p.m. – Breakout Sessions

  • Preserving Biodiversity and Natural Habitats in a Transforming Region
  • Mobility in the Silicon Heartland
  • Brownfields: Reflecting on Project Success and Developing a Sustainable Plan for the Future of our Region
  • Intergenerational Equity
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