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We are so excited that renowned climate scientist, Katharine Hayhoe, will be leading our first online event of the year, United by the Climate Crisis, on March 2, 2020.


Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist, a professor in the Department of Political Science, a director of the Climate Center, and an associate in the Public Health program of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Texas Tech University. Her work has resulted in more than 125 peer-reviewed papers, abstracts, and other publications and many key reports including the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s Second National Climate Assessment; the U.S. National Academy of Science report, Climate Stabilization Targets: Emissions, Concentrations, and Impacts over Decades to Millennia; and the 2014 Third National Climate Assessment.


During the webinar Dr. Hayhoe will share:

  • Inspirational stories of unexpected climate allies
  • Why we need to unite beyond politics, religion, or background
  • How to find and use language that resonates with others
  • Ways to utilize shared values in inspiring others to take action

I really hope you’ll join us. We expect this event to be interesting and useful for everyone, regardless of what brings you to the climate crisis movement.





DATE: Monday, March 2, 2020

TIME: 9:30 AM PST / 12:30 PM EST / 5:30 PM GMT


If you think your family, friends, or colleagues might also find this webinar valuable, please spread the word and share this email with them.

Thank you for being an important part of our community. Your participation in these events makes them richer and far more meaningful.

In gratitude,

Amy Buringrud
Marketing & Communications Director


Educating Consumers on Electric Vehicles: What Utilities Have Learned

A live webinar on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 1pm ET/10am PT

Electric vehicles (EVs) offer drivers savings in fuel and maintenance costs, better driving performance, and no tailpipe emissions, but surveys show that lack of information holds consumers back from buying these vehicles. In this webinar, utilities and their vendors on the front lines of the electric transportation revolution will describe what they are doing to educate residential, commercial, and industrial customers about how and why to charge up, instead of gas up, their next car or corporate fleet – and what others can do to boost consumer understanding of EVs.


  • Lisa Frantzis, Senior Managing Director, AEE (moderator)
  • Anne Arquit-Niederberger, VP, Market Development, Enervee
  • Jeff Beeson, Manager, Product Marketing, Evergy (KCP&L)
  • Caroline Quazzo, Head of Operations and Customer Success, EZ-EV (An Exelon Venture)
  • Ken Reichley, Marketing Advisory, Southern California Edison



AEE / the business voice of advanced energy


Summit on Sustainability

Date October 11, 2019
Time 8:00am-4:00pm

Location Hilton Columbus Downtown

401 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215


Summit on Sustainability

The Summit on Sustainability is MORPC’s signature environmental conference, bringing together hundreds of community leaders 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 keynote speaker Christopher Coes (bio found below) during the morning plenary session. There will also be breakout sessions that focus on energy, water quality, materials management, local foods, active transportation, land-use development, air quality, social equity, and policy.During the lunch plenary session hear from local speakers that will provide Pecha Kucha style presentations while sharing real-life solutions and self-sustaining practices that will make our communities better today and tomorrow.

Keynote Speaker

Christopher Coes is the Vice President of Land Use and Development at Smart Growth America. Under his leadership, he oversees Smart Growth America’s real estate programs including LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors, Form Based Codes Institute and TOD Finance and Advisors, Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of Smart Growth America.

Over the past nine years, Christopher has advised cities on community revitalization and sustainable and equitable economic development, including serving as an advisor to USDOT’s LadderSTEP Pilot Cities (Atlanta and Baton Rouge). In addition, he has facilitated numerous deal-making opportunities that have produced over $1 billion in new  real estate deals.


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

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

  • Regional Sustainability Awards
  • Keynote Speaker – Christopher Coes

Break in Exhibit Hall – 9:45-10:00 a.m.

Breakout Sessions – 10-11:00 a.m.

  • Planning for Environmental Health Equity
  • insight2050: Neighborhood Initiatives Building a Socially, Economically, and Environmentally Sustainable Region
  • Think Globally – Act Locally: How Ohio EPA’s recycling grant program supports local initiatives with big impact
  • We’re Gonna Be (500 miles) of Bike Trails – Here’s How We’ll Get it Done

Break in Exhibit Hall – 11-11:15 a.m.

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

  • Community Connections: The Wider Impacts of Energy Programs
  • From Concept to Action: Creating Sustainable Communities through Focused Growth
  • Working Together for Social Equity
  • Keeping Things Clean: Support for Water Infrastructure Needs
  • Improving Water Quality Outcomes from Development – Effectiveness of Stormwater Management Practices at Improving Water Quality

Break in Exhibit Hall – 12:15-12:30 p.m.

Lunch Plenary Session – 12:30-2 p.m.

  • State of Sustainability
  • Pecha Kucha Presentations
    • Robert Williams, MORPC
    • Tim Moloney, Franklin County & City of Columbus Metro Parks
    • Ann Bischoff, Star House Columbus
    • Elena Irwin, The Ohio State University
    • Ved Pyakurel

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

  • Insights on The State of Recycling and the Role of Communities
  • Bountiful Ohio
  • Encouraging Environmental Excellence – Using Environmental Stewardship to Increase Sustainability in Business, Education and the Community:  Sponsored by Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

Regional Sustainability Awards

The Regional Sustainability Awards are presented to those who have made significant contributions to the region in the area of sustainability.

The Leadership in Sustainability Award recognizes an individual or entity exemplifying outstanding leadership and innovation in seeking comprehensive sustainability solutions to address key challenges facing the region.

The Collaborative Achievement in Sustainability Award recognizes a group of entities or individuals who have shown effectiveness in producing environmental accomplishments through a collaborative effort.

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

Thank you Sponsors:Exhibit Hall & Network Sponsors:Columbia Gas of OhioPartner Sponsors:Solid Waste Authority of Central OhioSupporting Sponsors:Central Ohio Transit Authority

Franklin County Engineer’s Office

Table Sponsors:

City of Gahanna

City of Grove City

City of Hilliard

Columbus State Community College

Kegler, Brown, Hill + Ritter

Breakout Session Sponsors:

Advanced Drainage Systems

Columbia Gas of Ohio


Kegler, Brown, Hill + Ritter

Murphy Epson

OHM Advisors

Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio

Exhibitor Sponsors:

Advanced Drainage Systems

Columbia Gas of Ohio

Columbus Franklin County Finance Authority

Central Ohio Transit Authority

EV United

Franklin County Engineer’s Office

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission


Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio


If you have questions or your organization is interested in being a sponsor for the Summit on Sustainability, please contact Amanda McEldowney at 614.233.4112.


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The Energy Exchange: Women in Energy

Featuring Mary Mertz, Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; Dorothy Pelanda, Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture; Laurie Stevenson, Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency; and Anne Vogel, Policy Director for the Office of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.

You are invited to Bricker & Eckler’s biannual “Energy Exchange” event, featuring a panel of high-profile female leaders of Ohio’s energy and environmental state agencies.

Energy companies, policy makers, regulators, business owners, consultants and others are encouraged to attend this educational and networking event.


8:00–8:30 a.m. – Registration
8:30–9:30 a.m. – Panel Discussion
9:30–10:00 a.m. – Networking


Kara Herrnstein
Bricker & Eckler

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Mary Mertz
Ohio Department of Natural Resources

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Dorothy Pelanda
Ohio Department of Agriculture

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Sommer Sheely
Bricker & Eckler

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Laurie Stevenson
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

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Anne Vogel
Office of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine

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Event Details


October 24, 2019


8:00–10:00 a.m.


Bricker & Eckler
100 South Third St.
Columbus, OH 43215



For more information, contact Alexa Tomey at 614.227.4810 or