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Date: 06-30-2009

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MORPC Announces New Director for Environmental and Energy Programs

(Columbus-June 30, 2009) The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) named Jerry Tinianow as the new director of the Commission's Center for Energy and the Environment. Tinianow comes to MORPC with significant experience in environmental leadership, strategic planning and community involvement.

"Jerry has a long history of success in addressing environmental issues and a deep passion for the stewardship of our economic and natural resources," said MORPC Executive Director Chester R. Jourdan, Jr. "He will bring with him a wealth of experience in working with a variety of stakeholders in our central Ohio community."

As the director of MORPC's Center for Energy and the Environment, Tinianow will lead the Commission's efforts to address new challenges facing the region and to ensure that central Ohio is carrying out the best environmental practices in order to improve the competitive standing of the region. The position is responsible for directing MORPC's greenways, sustainable growth, local food, energy efficiency and air quality programs.

"MORPC's vision that we will make the region more competitive by practicing sustainability and resiliency definitely drew me here," said Tinianow. "I'm very excited to be a part of this vision."

Tinianow previously served as the vice president and Ohio executive director of the National Audubon Society. During his successful tenure with the organization, he served as the developer of the award-winning Grange Insurance Audubon Center, located in the Scioto Audubon Metro Park on the Whittier Peninsula. The hands-on conservation and nature-based learning center will open to the public on August 28. Tinianow was instrumental in the project's fundraising, and cultivated a unique partnership among the City of Columbus Recreation & Parks Department, Metro Parks and Audubon Ohio.

Tinianow has participated in a number of key community environmental efforts including chairing the steering committee of the Priorities '95 project, Ohio's first community-based environmental risk assessment and strategic planning project. He also served on Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman's Green Team. On a national scale, Tinianow chaired the Sierra Club's national Clean Air Campaign Steering Committee. Over the years, Tinianow has been recognized for his environmental leadership by being named a national "Environmental Hero" by the Sierra Club and included in "Who's Who in Environmental Services" by Business First, the weekly Columbus business newspaper.

Tinianow is a Columbus resident for nearly 20 years, residing in the Clintonville area.

MORPC is a voluntary association of 47 local governments, serving as a community resource in the region by providing comprehensive planning and programming in the areas of transportation, economic development, land use, energy conservation, environment, and housing. MORPC is currently celebrating its 40th Anniversary and its efforts to build a better central Ohio region.