As a precautionary response to COVID-19, Ohio EPA is currently operating with most staff working remotely. If you are working with our staff on a current project and you know the name of the employee you are working with, email them at firstname.lastname@epa.ohio.gov or call them directly. The Agency website has contact information for every district, division, and office. To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946. This number should only be used for emergencies. For all other calls, please contact Ohio EPA’s main phone line at (614) 644-3020 or the main line for the division or office you are trying to reach.

After March 23, our district offices and Central Office will be temporarily closed and will have increasingly limited ability to receive deliveries, plans, etc. All entities are encouraged to submit plans, permit applications, etc., electronically where there are existing avenues to do so, such as the eBusiness Center (eBiz). Please refer to the list of available services on the main eBiz webpage. We encourage you to make use of all that apply, even if you have not used eBiz in the past. Plans under 25 MB can be emailed. For large plans over 25 MB, entities should work with the reviewer/division to upload via LiquidFiles. Directions for submitting docs via LiquidFiles is available on YouTube. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding. If you wish to send hard copies of documents to any of Ohio EPA’s district offices, the best method to ensure we receive these documents is to send them via U.S. Mail. Since all offices are closed, deliveries outside of U.S. Mail (FedEx, UPS) will likely be returned because the offices are closed and deliveries cannot be made.



10/14/16
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Lindey Amer
CITIZEN CONTACT: Mary McCarron

Future City Competition, Ohio Region Announces 2016-2017 Theme: The Power of Public Spaces

Celebrates 24 Years of Inspiring Middle-School Students to Imagine, Design and Build Cities of the Future

The 2016-2017 DiscoverE Future City® Competition has announced this year’s theme, “The Power of Public Spaces,” and asks Ohio’s sixth, seventh and eighth graders to envision urban public spaces of tomorrow. The State of Ohio competition is open for registration now. Go to http://futurecity.org/register.

Public spaces have the capacity to revitalize a city’s economy by introducing new businesses and intriguing new visitors. They can also help with crime reduction, traffic ease and congestion, pedestrian safety, promoting healthy living, improving the environment, and enhancing civic engagement.

This year’s Future City Competition asks middle school students to address issues relating to “the power of public space” and challenges them to design innovative, multi-purpose public spaces that serve a city’s diverse population. The regional competition will be held in January. 

Working with a team including an educator and an engineering mentor, students will present their vision of the future through a virtual city designed using SimCity™ software; write a 1,500-word essay; create a scale model of their city that must be built with recycled materials; and a short presentation to be given to a panel of professional engineers and educators. Winners represent their region at a national competition in February in Washington D.C. The deadline to register a school team is Oct. 31, 2016.

Major funding for Future City comes from the Bechtel Corporation, Bentley Systems, Inc, and the Shell Oil Company.

For more information regarding the regional Future City Competition in Ohio, go to http://futurecity.org/ohio. Email Future City Competition – Ohio Region: ohio@futurecity.org.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.

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