Sustainability Conference

Learn how to leverage sustainable practices and resources to strengthen Ohio communities and businesses.

Ohio EPA recognizes that many businesses, communities and other organizations are moving beyond compliance and incorporating sustainable environmental practices into their daily operations. To help you become more sustainable, on Oct. 3, 2017, Ohio EPA will host its first sustainability conference. This conference will show attendees how to leverage sustainable practices and resources to strengthen Ohio communities and businesses.

A large part of the conference is targeted to businesses and communities that are moving beyond basic environmental requirements into cost-effective sustainable strategies to improve environmental performance and save valuable resources. The agenda focuses on ways to become a part of the circular economy, how sustainability can improve communities, how our water resources can benefit from sustainable approaches, and the resources and incentives that can help your sustainability efforts. During the event, you will hear from business and community leaders eager to share their insight as to how they've gone above and beyond to implement sustainable practices.

The general agenda for the day-long conference covers a variety of sustainability-related topics below - check out the full agenda for details, including the speaker's bios.

  • Becoming a part of the Circular Economy
  • Green Chemistry
  • Promoting Recycling at Big Venues
  • Integrating Sustainable Practices within your Community
  • Innovative Approaches to Protecting or Restoring a Community’s Water Bodies
  • Jump-starting Your Recycling Efforts
  • Save Money by Saving Energy
  • Funding Resources to Help You Install/Retrofit for Cleaner Air
  • Funding Assistance for Ohio Businesses and Communities to Grow, Create Jobs and Protect the Environment . . . and much more!

We are very excited to host our first-ever conference focused on sustainability!

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The general agenda for the conference covers a variety of topics including those listed below and a special live demonstration of Ohio EPA's new Ohio Materials Marketplace.

  • The Circular Economy – What Is It and How Can It Be Integrated into Your Sustainability Strategy
  • Surprising Opportunities Hidden in Our Trash – Ohio’s Waste Characterization Study
  • Supporting Green Infrastructure through Ohio’s State Revolving Fund
  • Jump-starting Your Recycling Efforts with Ohio EPA’s Recycling and Litter Prevention Grants
  • Encouraging Environmental Excellence — The 2017 Silver, Gold and Platinum Levels Awards (Part 1)
  • Achieving Zero Waste – How to Get Started and Case Studies from The Field
  • Getting in The Game – Promoting Sustainable Practices at Your Venue
  • Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program – Protecting and Restoring Ohio’s Water Resources
  • Save Money and Energy through the Industrial Assessment Center Program
  • Encouraging Environmental Excellence – The 2017 Silver, Gold and Platinum Levels Awards (Part 2)
  • Green Chemistry – Sustainability at the Molecular Level
  • Integrating Sustainable Practices Within Your Community – Creating a Better Quality of Life
  • Why Regionalization Makes Sense – Funding to Support Regional Approaches to Water/Sewer Services
  • Funding Resources to Help You Install/Retrofit for Cleaner Air
  • Telling Your Sustainability Story – Frito-Lay, Wooster
  • Ohio’s Materials Challenge – Opportunities to Profit While Benefiting the State
  • Long-Term Infrastructure Needs – Solutions for Communities through the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds
  • Funding Assistance for Ohio Companies and Communities to Grow, Create Jobs and Protect the Environment

The day will begin with registration, coffee and pastries from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. After a short welcome and opening remarks, our morning plenary session will feature Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler. The conference will adjourn for the day at 3:45 p.m.

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Breakout Session One — 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

2017 Encouraging Environmental Excellence Awards (E3)

Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler will present several Ohio organizations with Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Awards. The E3 program recognizes businesses, non-profits and government agencies in the Buckeye State for going above and beyond to demonstrate environmental excellence. There are four recognition levels in the E3 Program: Achievement, Silver, Gold and Platinum. A company can work through levels of recognition including Achievement at the base level; Silver Level requires demonstrating a commitment to exceed regulatory compliance to show exceptional achievements in environmental stewardship; Gold Level requires not only meeting previous levels, but also showing a commitment to long-term achievement in environmental stewardship; and Platinum Level requires organizations to expand their environmental programs beyond their own facility, to make a positive impact on the surrounding community.

Speaker: Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler

Moderator: Dan Sowry, Ohio EPA

The Circular Economy—What Is It and How Can It Be Integrated into Your Sustainability Strategy?

Want to get started on using sustainable practices and pollution prevention assessments to help your company go beyond compliance and save money? This session will explain basic concepts and history of the circular economy – and how you can use the methods of pollution prevention, recycling, reuse and maintenance of products to alleviate regulatory requirements and increase environmental stewardship. You will learn how to integrate the principles of the circular economy into your organization’s sustainability strategy. And case studies will be provided to show how various organizations are doing this right now.

Speakers: Dave Foulkes and Joseph Klatt, Ohio EPA

Moderator: Mike Kelley, Ohio EPA

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Surprising Opportunities Hidden in our Trash! Local and State-wide Waste Characterization Studies

There’s gold in them thar hills! As solid waste deposits into our landfills, characterizing Ohio’s waste will reveal the impressive economic potential of targeted and yet to be exploited recycling opportunities. Ohio EPA is currently overseeing an examination of Ohio’s solid waste stream characteristics to determine the economic impact potential of recycling across Ohio. We will discuss the genesis and goals of Ohio EPA’s study and recognize those study outcomes that will benefit Ohio citizens, businesses, communities and government. We will also learn about the most recent waste characterization completed by central Ohio’s solid waste authority - SWACO. We will review the municipal solid waste quantities and composition deposited in the landfill, examine potential revenue generation associated with additional diversion opportunities, and discuss a new recycling and material management study directed by SWACO to address local information needs highlighted by the successful characterization study. Armed with this new and developing information, you will be better able to determine your community’s role in Ohio’s recycling industry and emerging circular economy.

Speakers: Kyle O’Keefe, Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio and Frank Basting, Ohio EPA

Moderator: Pejmaan Fallah, Ohio EPA

View SWACO Presentation Materials

View Ohio EPA Presentation Materials

Supporting Green Infrastructure through Ohio’s State Revolving Fund

Interested in green infrastructure but don’t know where to start? This session will help you deliver environmental, social and economic benefits to your community by reducing and treating storm water at its source! Learn about Blueprint Columbus — instead of simply storing excess water that seeps into sanitary sewer systems when rain falls and snow melts, Blueprint Columbus addresses the source of the problem while investing in neighborhoods and the local economy.

Speakers: Jerry Rouch, Ohio EPA and Leslie Westerfelt, City of Columbus

Moderator: Vlad Cica, Ohio EPA

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View City of Columbus Presentation Materials

Jumpstarting Your Recycling Efforts with Ohio EPA’s Recycling and Litter Prevention Grants

This session will discuss Ohio EPA’s Recycling and Litter Prevention Grant application process and the types of activities funded. The content will focus on how the competitive grant programs provide opportunities for local governments, businesses and nonprofit organizations to establish and implement recycling and litter prevention programs, market development for manufacturers, expansion of equipment and processing facilities, and infrastructure improvements leading to processing efficiencies. Examples of organizations that have received funding under these programs will be reviewed to demonstrate the types of activities Ohio EPA funds under this program, and the components of a successful grant application.

Speaker: Chet Chaney, Ohio EPA

Moderator: Joy Padgett, Ohio EPA

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Breakout Session Two — 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

2017 Encouraging Environmental Excellence Awards (E3) – Continued

*Continued from Session One*

Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler will present several Ohio organizations with Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Awards. The E3 program recognizes businesses, non-profits and government agencies in the Buckeye State for going above and beyond to demonstrate environmental excellence. There are four recognition levels in the E3 Program: Achievement, Silver, Gold and Platinum. A company can work through levels of recognition including Achievement at the base level; Silver Level requires demonstrating a commitment to exceed regulatory compliance to show exceptional achievements in environmental stewardship; Gold Level requires not only meeting previous levels, but also showing a commitment to long-term achievement in environmental stewardship; and Platinum Level requires organizations to expand their environmental programs beyond their own facility, to make a positive impact on the surrounding community.

Speaker: Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler

Moderator: Dan Sowry, Ohio EPA

Achieving Zero Waste – How to Get Started and Case Studies from the Field

What is Zero Waste? Is it really possible? How do I get started? This session will start with a discussion of zero waste and why the movement has grown tremendously over the last decade. We will explore how to participate in the Circular Economy from a zero waste perspective and identify common strategies for companies to strive toward achieving zero waste through reuse, recycling and composting. Case studies will also be used to identify hard-to-recycle items and strategies for addressing them.

Speakers: Maryellen Etienne, U.S. Green Building Council; Doreen Schreiber, Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District; and Angel Arroyo-Rodriquez, Ohio EPA

Moderator: Joseph Klatt, Ohio EPA

View U.S. Green Building Council Presentation Materials

View Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Presentation Materials

View Ohio EPA Presentation Materials

Getting in the Game – Promoting Sustainable Practices at Your Venues

What does sustainability mean to the Cleveland Indians? It’s all about sustaining people. Progressive Field and the Cleveland Indians have a large venue platform and multiple opportunities to educate and promote to a diverse community about recycling, zero waste, composting, energy, water, local foods, wellness and nutrition. They have Brand Vision to create memories, celebrate families and connect generations. Uniting this vision to their green and sustainability efforts is important. The Cleveland Indians do this through leveraging partnerships with community groups, local government, local partners and concessionaires while focusing on several pillars of sustainability. The key is to look for ways for fans, venue visitors and employees to become involved, participate and support their many sustainable initiatives. This helps promote these concepts beyond the walls of Progressive Field and into the community.

Speaker: Jerry Crabb, Cleveland Indians

Moderator: Dave Foulkes, Ohio EPA

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Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program – Protecting and Restoring Ohio's Water Resources

Preserving and Restoring our State’s high quality water resources; this session explores our nationally-recognized water resource preservation and restoration funding program. To counter the loss of ecological function and biological diversity that jeopardizes the health of water resources, the WRRSP provides project implementation funding for limited and under-assisted water resource needs. John Watts from Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks will discuss WRRSP-funded natural area park lands in central Ohio, including habitat restoration and management.

Speakers: Steve Malone, Ohio EPA and John Watts, Franklin County

Moderator: Angela Adkins, Ohio EPA

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Save Money and Energy through the Industrial Assessment Center Program

Small and medium-sized manufacturers may be eligible to receive a free assessment from a regional Industrial Assessment Center (IAC). Teams located at 28 universities around the country conduct the energy audits to identify opportunities to improve productivity, reduce waste and save energy. Dr. Kelly Kissock leads the IAC program at the University of Dayton. As one of the original four centers, the Dayton IAC has helped identify savings and increase productivity for more than 900 manufacturers in multiple industrial sectors through recommendations and changes in processes and equipment. This session will describe the energy audit process and effective approaches to reduce waste, as well as how to qualify for a free assessment.

Speaker: Dr. J. Kelly Kissock, University of Dayton

Moderator: Alauddin Alauddin, Ohio EPA

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Lunch — 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.

Ohio’s Materials Marketplace Demonstration

Speaker: Joseph Klatt, Ohio EPA
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Breakout Session Three — 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Green Chemistry – Sustainability at the Molecular Level

Green chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances throughout their lifecycles. This session will provide an overview of green chemistry and how pollution prevention and sustainability relate to many green chemistry principles. The terms and concepts of green chemistry do not have to be intimidating. Promoting and implementing green chemistry goes beyond R&D centers and laboratories. Green chemistry applies across the life cycle of a chemical product, including its design, manufacture, use and ultimate disposal. Business, industry, non-profits, academia and government all have a role in helping green chemistry eventually become just chemistry and part of the Circular Economy. This session will also highlight Ohio green chemistry success stories and the tools available to help implement these practices.

Speaker: Dave Foulkes, Ohio EPA

Moderator: Mike Kelley, Ohio EPA

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Integrating Sustainable Practices Within Your Community – Creating a Better Quality of Life

The communities participating on this panel will share their visions, strategies and experiences in promoting intelligent and sustainable living in their communities. The panel participants will provide examples of their sustainable community initiatives which contribute to enhancing and maintaining an improved environment and healthy economic offering of new opportunities for their residents.

Speakers: David Celebrezze, City of Columbus; Kristin Hall, City of Cleveland; and Christina O’Keeffe Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

Moderator: Pejmaan Fallah, Ohio EPA

View City of Columbus Presentation Materials

View City of Cleveland Presentation Materials

View Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission Presentation Materials

Why Regionalization Makes Sense – Funding to Support Regional Approaches to Water/Sewer Services

When it comes to infrastructure development, counties and local governments have traditionally worked independent from each other. In many instances, these efforts are undertaken at the expense of the other. This session explores benefits of the “regional approach” to maximize drinking and wastewater infrastructure development opportunities, ways to share resources and expertise, and save communities money. Population growth, water quality concerns, treatment technology and regulatory requirements have all driven the need to overcome barriers in identifying available funding, local political conflict and negotiating regional agreements.

Speakers: Vlad Cica and Elizabeth Messer, Ohio EPA

Moderator: Steve Malone, Ohio EPA

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Funding Resources to Help You Install/Retrofit for Cleaner Air

Attend this session to learn about funding available through the Ohio EPA Office of Environmental Education (OEE) and the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority (OAQDA). OEE administers several grant programs including Alternative Fuel Vehicle Conversion Grants, Diesel Emission Reduction Grants and Ohio’s $75 million share of the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Fund. Grants can fund the repower, replacement or conversion of diesel trucks and buses, switcher locomotives, tugboats and ferries to run on new clean diesel or alternative fuels such as CNG, propane, electric and hybrids; and port cargo handling and airport ground support equipment, shore power and fueling infrastructure for electric or hydrogen Zero Emissions Vehicles. The OAQDA helps finance air quality equipment and facilities for small and large businesses, utilities, government and universities to help them become more competitive and successful in their respective fields, while preserving the environment. For small businesses, OAQDA’s Clean Air Resource Center (CARC) offers tax incentives and lower-cost financing assistance. This session will review the criteria businesses must meet to qualify for CARC financing assistance and the benefit to the business.

Speakers: Chad Smith, Ohio Air Quality Development Authority and Carolyn Watkins, Ohio EPA

Moderator: Joy Padgett, Ohio EPA

View Ohio Air Quality Development Authority Presentation Materials

View Ohio EPA Presentation Materials

Breakout Session Four — 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Telling Your Sustainability Story – Frito Lay, Wooster

Frito-Lay Wooster maintains a successful, comprehensive and long-standing sustainability program that serves as an example for other businesses and organizations wanting to start and improve their sustainability program. They have implemented a variety of projects and achieved significant environmental benefits and economic savings. Pam Carter, Frito-Lay’s green team leader, will describe their sustainability journey and the steps taken to become a leader in environmental stewardship and sustainability in the region.

Speaker: Pam Carter, Frito-Lay Wooster

Moderator: Dave Foulkes, Ohio EPA

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Ohio’s Materials Challenge – Opportunities to Profit While Benefiting the State

Come learn how three material management challenges provide opportunities for economic growth in Ohio. A roundtable discussion focusing on three areas of Ohio will identify where material management problems provide business opportunities. It will include an explanation of each these areas, how they affect communities, and the tools and incentives available for Ohio businesses to help address these issues. Discussion will include an explanation of how these materials can negatively impact communities, but through providing tools and incentives to Ohio businesses, liabilities can be reduced through repurposing.

Roundtable Participants: Scrap Tire (Channon Cohen-Denson, Ohio EPA), Dredge Materials (David Emerman, Ohio EPA), Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling (Mike Dineen, Construction, and Demolition Association of Ohio)

Moderator: Dan Sowry, Ohio EPA

View Scrap Tire Presentation Materials

View Dredge Presentation Materials

View Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling Presentation Materials

Long-Term Infrastructure Needs – Solutions for Communities through the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds

Have a drinking and/or wastewater infrastructure problem that must be solved but don’t have the funds to do it? This session discusses the environmental, technical and financial assistance available to public entities through our Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Fund. State revolving funds are designed to operate in perpetuity, provide low-interest rate loans, and other forms of assistance for water resource protection and improvement projects. Specialized services are provided for small and hardship communities including hardship interest rates and principal forgiveness.

Speaker: Jerry Rouch, Ohio EPA

Moderator: Angela Adkins, Ohio EPA

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Funding Assistance for Ohio Companies and Communities to Grow, Create Jobs and Protect the Environment

The Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) has a variety of bonds, grants, loans and tax credits that can assist Ohio companies as they grow and create jobs in Ohio. ODSA also assists communities in their efforts to build stronger, healthier communities throughout the state through technical and financial assistance. This session will highlight ODSA’s resources and programs for communities and businesses to improve the lives of their residents and encourage economic development.

Speakers: Jim Laipply and April Stevens, Ohio Development Services Agency

Moderator: Alauddin Alauddin, Ohio EPA

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Where is the event being held?

The Fawcett Center
2400 Olentangy River Rd.
Columbus, OH 43212
(614) 292-1342
Map and directions

What is the registration fee?

The conference registration is $100 for the one-day event.

Are there refunds if I can't make it to the event?

No. Ohio EPA will not issue refunds, however, you can send someone else in your place as a substitute if you are unable to attend. Contact us to transfer your registration spot.

Can I update my registration information (e.g., pay when I register and select my breakout sessions later)?

Yes. Your confirmation will include a link to your account where you can go in and select or change your breakout session preferences.

What payment options are available when I register?

Ohio EPA is using Eventbrite for payment and registration. You will also sign up for your breakout sessions when you register, although you can update your registration information to specify your breakout sessions later. When you register, you will have the option to pay by credit card (AMEX, Visa, MasterCard, Discover).

You can also pay by check, following the instructions in Eventbrite. If you are paying by check, Ohio EPA will confirm your registration upon receipt of payment. Payment must be made prior to arriving at the event, or your registration will be canceled. If you are from another state agency and want to pay by ISTV, contact us directly for further instructions.

Is there free parking at the Fawcett Center?

Yes. A parking pass for you to print out and display in on your dashboard will be emailed to you a few days before the event.

Are there discounted hotel prices for the conference?

Yes. Please contact the Hampton Inn & Suites located at 3160 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43202, (614) 268-8700 and mention Ohio EPA to receive the special pricing. Click here to make your reservation online.

The conference registration fee is $100 per attendee. If you are paying by credit card, use the following link to complete your conference registration — https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ohio-epa-sustainability-conference-tickets-34327928759

If you are paying by check, make check payable to: Treasurer, State of Ohio. [Please include names of conference attendees in a note attached to the check.] Send check to:

Ohio EPA Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
Attention: Supora Johnson

Ohio EPA will confirm your registration upon receipt of payment. Payment must be made prior to arriving at the event, or your registration will be canceled. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Supora Johnson by email or by phone at (614) 644-2268.

Continuing education units (CEUs) will not be provided at this event.

Ohio EPA’s Sustainability Conference will be held Oct. 3, 2017.

Sign-in will begin on 8 a.m. Enjoy complimentary coffee and pastries as you visit our information booths and await the start of the conference proceedings at 9 a.m. A box lunch will be provided. The conference concludes at 3:45 p.m.

Conference Location

The Fawcett Center
2400 Olentangy River Rd.
Columbus, OH 43212
(614) 292-1342
Map and directions


 800-282-9378