Local Leaders Honored During Summit on Sustainability
With an online format used because of COVID-19 health concerns, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission partnered with its peer organization, the Atlanta Regional Commission, to deliver its annual environmental conference, the Summit on Sustainability.
The summit allowed for a closer look at best practices across both the Central Ohio and the Atlanta regions – bringing in top-notch speakers to share stories and ideas related to sustainability and allowing those in each region to learn from one another.
The event also provided MORPC with the opportunity to present its 2020 Regional Sustainability Awards:
Leadership in Sustainability Award
This award honors a person exemplifying outstanding leadership and innovation in seeking comprehensive sustainability solutions to address key challenges facing the region. The recipient is Gilbert Michaud, a faculty member at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.
Michaud’s work on clean energy, sustainability and economic development projects has enabled him to provide important guidance on the best path forward for solar, wind, electric vehicle and other forms of advanced energy deployment. His energy transition and clean/advanced energy deployment research has been invaluable for nonprofits, the economic development community, electric utilities, local and state governments, and the broader citizenry.
Leadership in Mobility Award
This award recognizes an individual who demonstrates outstanding work toward creating a world-class, multi-modal transportation system for Central Ohio. The recipient is Ted Beidler, recently retired chief mobility engineer at the Franklin County Engineer’s Office.
As the past chair of the Trail Development Working Group of Central Ohio Greenways, Beidler helped advance the Regional Trail Vision Plan and ensure support of this multi-jurisdictional planning effort. He also was instrumental in developing guidelines for trail design and construction based on local and national best practices.
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. This award was presented to the Regional Sustainability Dashboard team.
The Regional Sustainability Dashboard project began in the spring of 2019 so that Central Ohio could better track its progress on sustainability efforts in an easier, interactive way. The design of the online dashboard was created by the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at The Ohio State University under the direction of the Sustainability Dashboard Working Group and MORPC.
The dashboard can be accessed at rsd.morpc.org. It will be regularly updated as more data and information on the region’s progress becomes available.