Sustainability Conference

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

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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. 

Jennifer Fening
Director of Marketing and Communications Smart Columbus

Keynote Speaker

Jennifer Fening is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Smart Columbus initiative. In her role, Jennifer is responsible for driving resident engagement and adoption of projects designed to enhance mobility, sustainability and safety in America’s 14th-largest city. She also oversees initiatives to grow Columbus’ perception as “America’s Smart City.”

Prior to joining Smart Columbus, Jennifer directed marketing for Worthington Industries’ Consumer Products business unit, where she led the re-branding and marketing of the Bernzomatic brand, which was recognized with multiple national marketing awards. Previously, Jennifer directed government, B2B and non-profit client engagements as an Associate Vice President at Fahlgren Mortine. Jennifer began her career at Weber Shandwick Worldwide public relations in Chicago. Jennifer is a graduate of Northwestern University, a wife and mother of two young 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