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Sustainable 2050 Community

Post Date:02/15/2019

MORPC Recognizes Members Leading on Sustainability

Blendon Township, Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, Grove City and Whitehall Certified as Sustainable2050 Communities

(Columbus – February 18, 2019) The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has certified four local governments as Sustainable2050 communities that have achieved an elevated status for their actions to promote sustainability.

Sustainable2050 is a program that supports communities' sustainability efforts through direct technical assistance, collaboration, and recognition. Each member’s tier status is determined by the number of eligible activities it carries out in five categories corresponding to MORPC’s Regional Sustainability Agenda.

“These communities are dedicated to improving the quality of life of Central Ohio residents in sustainable ways, and that should be celebrated,” MORPC Planning & Environment Director Kerstin Carr said. “Through Sustainable2050, we are not only recognizing their commitment to sustainability, but ultimately assisting them, through access to resources, to do even more.”

Blendon Township, Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, Grove City and Whitehall comprise the four certified Sustainable2050 members, with each being designated as Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum status.

Blendon Township completed 11 eligible activities across four categories, achieving the Silver designation. Highlights from Blendon Township include:

  • A comprehensive plan focused on reducing the number of vehicle miles traveled, including creating a complete bike and pedestrian network throughout the township and ensuring connections to transit routes.
  • A commitment to minimizing Greenfield development.
  • Increasing enforcement and improvements to the signals and signage at the intersection of State Route 161 and Buenos Aires Boulevard to reduce the number of fatal and serious crashes in our region. This location – previously on MORPC’s Top 100 High Crash Locations list – is no longer on the list.
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