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Date: 09-30-2010

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Bernice Cage

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MORPC Welcomes New Green Pact Members at Summit on Sustainability

(Columbus–September 30, 2010) On Tuesday, October 5, 2010, four new central Ohio communities will join the Central Ohio Green Pact, a voluntary commitment to make the region more sustainable with initiatives that enhance and protect the quality of life, the environment and economic vitality.

The city of Marysville, Blendon Township, Prairie Township, and Violet Township have passed a resolution in support of the Green Pact, and will be recognized with other members at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission's (MORPC's) Summit on Sustainability and the Environment Tuesday, October 5 at COSI, 333 West Broad Street, Columbus.

Green Pact members are local governments and organizations that have committed to 10 general values to preserve natural resources, increase green space, reduce consumption of raw materials and increase recycling. These values are demonstrated by:

  1. Greener Public Fleets
  2. Growing a Strong, Green Economy
  3. Collaborating to Purchase Green Products
  4. Adopting Sustainable Land Use Policies
  5. Building Green Facilities and Reducing Energy Consumption
  6. Reducing Waste
  7. Educating and Engaging Our Communities
  8. Reducing Emissions and Climate Protection
  9. Preserving Green Space and Creating Greenways
  10. Mass Transportation

The Green Pact was developed and signed in 2007 by City of Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman and elected officials from 12 local jurisdictions. Since then, several more communities have made the commitment and the number has grown to include 31 local governments and other significant organizations. Click here to see the complete list of Green Pact members.

The upcoming Summit on Sustainability & the Environment will feature a keynote presentation by acclaimed author Auden Schendler, several workshops addressing the challenges in going green, the first annual Sustainability Awards honoring outstanding leadership in the green movement, and a Pre-Summit Fundraising Reception featuring Jerome Ringo of the National Wildlife Federation and former Ohio Congressman Ralph Regula.

Designated as central Ohio's metropolitan planning agency, MORPC is a voluntary association of 47 local governments. The Center for Energy & Environment at MORPC serves as a community resource in the region by offering a variety of services including: daily air quality forecasts, trail coordination, educational presentations, watershed planning, home weatherization, government carbon footprint analysis and more.