Time is running out for those planning to attend the 2018 MORPC Summit on Sustainability on October 25. Registration ends on Wednesday, October 17. More than 500 people already are registered for the annual event, the theme of which is: Planning for an Equitable Region.

 For more information, or to register, please visit the Summit webpage here.

 The keynote speaker is New York-based urban social-justice advocate Majora Carter. Carter founded a non-profit environmental-solutions corporation called Sustainable South Bronx in 2001 and led it until 2008, when she entered the private sector as an urban revitalization strategist.

The Summit on Sustainability, at the Hilton Columbus Downtown from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is MORPC’s signature environmental conference, bringing hundreds of community leaders together to explore and share sustainable ideas and solutions, and to celebrate individual and collaborative sustainability efforts with the Regional Sustainability Awards.

One of many breakout sessions is Park It Right Here! Improving Access to Recreational Spaces with Focused Growth & Mobility. Parks and open space protect the environment, generate economic benefits, and improve our mental and physical well-being. Yet according to the Trust for Public Land, many people across the United States lack adequate access to recreational spaces. The often inequitable distribution of parkland is a challenge in many American cities.

How do Central Ohio communities rank in terms of parks and open space? What can be done to improve equitable access to it? This session reveals the challenges facing our growing region and explores how focused growth and enhanced mobility options can provide solutions.

The session is from 11:15 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. and features Jason Sudy, Principal at OHM Advisors; Tim Moloney, Executive Director of Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks; and Shannon Sorrell, Director of Parks and Recreation with the City of Whitehall.