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 including:

  • 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!

For full details, print the agenda.
 
 

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.

Presenter information, a brief description and presentation slides for each of the sessions listed below will be provided at a later date.

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

  • 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 Loan Programs
  • 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)

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

  • 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)

Breakout Session Three — 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • 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

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

  • 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

 

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