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. Our conference will show attendees how to implement sustainable practices and utilize available resources to strengthen Ohio’s communities and businesses. On April 17, 2019, Ohio EPA will host its second Sustainability Conference.

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. This event will be particularly helpful to small and medium-sized communities and businesses.

This will be an opportunity to learn ways to become a part of the sustainability movement and how it can improve businesses and 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. In addition, attendees will learn about technical assistance available from Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance programs. You will be able to interact directly with these representatives and ask questions specific to your needs.

The general agenda for the day-long conference covers a variety of sustainability-related topics below - the full agenda will be posted soon.

  • How to Start a Sustainable Business in Your Community
  • Building Sustainable Communities – Addressing Recycling Contamination
  • Efficiency Smart and EcoSmart Programs for Ohio Communities
  • Sustainable Community Partnerships
  • How Solar Works in Ohio
  • Sustainable Food Management
  • Save Money and Energy through the Industrial Assessment Center Program
  • Ohio EPA Sustainability Resources – Environmental Assistance, Recycling and Litter Prevention Grants . . . and more!

For full details, print the agenda. 




The April 17 conference will begin with registration, coffee and pastries at 8 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. after the last break-out session.

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks – Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson 
  • 2018 Encouraging Environmental Excellence Gold and Silver Level Award Winners 
  • Keynote Speaker – Jordan Davis, Director, Smart Columbus Ohio EPA 
  • Sustainability Resources – Environmental Assistance, Recycling and Litter Prevention Grants
    Speaker: Dan Sowry, Ohio EPA 
  • Building Sustainable Communities – Addressing Recycling Contamination Through Innovation and Education
    Speaker: Steve Sargent, Rumpke Recycling 
  • Sustainable Columbus: A Community-Wide Effort
    Speaker: Alana Shockey, City of Columbus 
  • Winning at Home – Sustainably Crafted with Purpose
    Speaker: Art Oestrike, Jackie O’s Brewery, Athens, Ohio 
  • Composting and Organics—Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio Food Waste Initiative
    Speaker: Kyle O’ Keefe, SWACO 
  • Sustainable Community Partnerships – Ohio University and Athens, Ohio
    Speaker: Elaine Goetz, Ohio University 
  • Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District: Stormwater Management Program/Water Resource Restoration Sponsorship Program
    Speaker: Paul Kovalcik, NEORSD, and Steve Malone, Ohio EPA 
  • Mainstreaming Zero Energy Buildings
    Speaker: Steve Melink, Founder & CEO, Melink Corporation, Cincinnati 
  • Panel Discussion – How to Start and Strengthen Your Sustainability Program 
  • Sustainable Food Management – Mapori Restaurant at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
    Speakers: Barb Revard, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium 
  • Sustainable Cleveland 2019: Celebrating 10 Years. Building the Future.
    Speakers: Matt Gray, Cleveland Office of Sustainability 
  • Green Roofs and Water Resource Sustainability
    Speaker: Dr. Mark Mitchell, Heidelberg University and Greater Ohio Living Architecture Center 
  • Save Money and Energy with Net-Zero Carbon Buildings and Institutions
    Speaker: Dr. J. Kelly Kissock, University of Dayton 
  • How to Start a Sustainable Business in Your Community
    Speakers: Vincent Valentino & Jackie Kemble, Land-Grant Brewing 
  • Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission Sustainable 2050 – Central Ohio Communities Working Toward a Better Future
    Speakers: Jennifer Noll & Brandi Whetstone, MORPC 
  • Sustainable Infrastructure Needs – Community Solutions through the Drinking Water & Clean Water State Revolving Funds
    Speaker: Jerry Rouch, Ohio EPA 
  • Green Energy Projects in Ohio Communities
    Speakers: Jane Harf, Green Energy Ohio

Jordan Davis
Director, Smart Cities, Columbus Partnership

Keynote Speaker

Jordan Davis is the Director of Smart Cities at the Columbus Partnership. Instrumental in the City of Columbus’ winning U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart Cities Challenge Grant, Jordan serves on the leadership team spearheading the strategy and collaboration for the joint venture of Smart Columbus. During her time at the Partnership, she has led the member and community a airs portfolio, curating educational leadership programs for the Region’s top business leaders. Additionally, she helped to reinvent the town-gown relationship with The Ohio State University, incepting Columbus’ Student Engagement Strategy, a first of its kind initiative focused on retaining students post-graduation. Outside of the Partnership, Jordan is three-term Chair of the Create Columbus Commission; Co-founder and Director of the Central Ohio Leadership Academy; and member of the board for the Columbus Crew SC Foundation and Columbus School for Girls.



Where is the event being held? 

Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(855) 680-3239 

What is the registration fee? 

The conference registration is $150.00 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 three weeks 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 Hyatt Regency Columbus? 

No. For your convenience, valet parking is available at the hotel, with off-site self-parking just one block south at the Chestnut Street Garage, accessible via enclosed walkway. Additional parking provided by Convention Center Underground Garage. 

Are there discounted hotel prices for the conference? 

No. Please contact the Hyatt Regency Columbus located at 350 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43215, (855) 680-3239 directly to make your reservation.

The conference registration fee is $150 per attendee. If you are paying by credit card, use the following link to complete your conference registration —

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:
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
Attention: Marie Barnett

Ohio EPA will confirm your registration upon receipt of payment. Payment must be made three weeks prior to arriving at the event, or your registration will be canceled. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Marie Barnett by email or by phone at (614) 644-2782.

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

Ohio EPA’s Sustainability Conference will be held April 17, 2019. 

Registration will begin at 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 lunch will be provided. The conference concludes at 4 p.m. 

Conference Location
Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(855) 680-3239