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AEDE Ohio Pathways to Sustainability

AEDE Ohio Pathways to Sustainability

AEDE’s Ohio Pathways to Sustainability is an educational program exploring key terminology and ideas in sustainability, in the context of Ohio’s journey. This conference will serve as a platform to discuss Ohio’s progress in the following areas: electricity and solar, circular economy and waste, voluntary business commitments, and carbon-neutrality goals.

Date: May 8, 2024
Time: 8:00am–4:30pm
Location: Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center (2201 Fred Taylor Dr., Columbus, OH 43210) 

This event is being hosted in person and is limited to the first 100 registrants. Registration and refreshments begin at 8:00am. Lunch is included. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions. There is no charge for this event.


8:00 a.m.  Coffee and Pastries

8:30 a.m.  Introductions
Amy Ando, introduction to the day. 

8:45 a.m. Why Are We Here?
Elena Irwin, OSU - AEDE and OSU’s Sustainability Institute: Pathways to Sustainability for Ohio: What, When, Where, and How?

9:15 a.m. Panel 1: Renewables, Land Use, and the Grid

  • Brent Sohngen, OSU-AEDE: Current Trends in Ohio and US CO2 Emissions and the Role of Solar 
  • Mark Partridge, Swank Chair, OSU-AEDE: Is Rural America Asked Too Much to Achieve “Net Zero” 2050 Carbon Emissions?
  • Andrew Wecker, Wright and Moore Law Co.: Leaping Before We’ve Looked – From Coal to Gas to …?

11:00 a.m  Panel 2: Envisioning a Circular Central Ohio Economy 
Moderated by Brian Roe

  • Joe Lombardi, SWACO; Aryeh Alex, City of Columbus; Natalie Cooke, Rumpke; Dan Sowry, Ohio EPA

12:30 p.m. Break and Lunch

1:00 p.m. Keynote: Central Ohio Climate Action: Centering Our Work in Equity and Environmental Justice 
Alana Shockey
, Deputy Director, Sustainability and Regulatory Compliance, City of Columbus, Ohio

2:15 p.m. Carbon Neutral or Greenwashing: Can Ohio Companies Meet Science-Based Targets?
Grant Donnelly
, OSU – Fisher College; Nicole Voss, Advanced Drainage Systems

3:15 p.m. Panel 3: Making Our Farms and Forests Carbon Neutral
Bill Stanley
, The Nature Conservancy; Luke Crumley, Ohio Corn and Wheat

4:30 p.m. Wrap-up

Register Here