Thursday, April 17, 2008

Passing Along Items of Information

Clean Air Fair
Stop by the Clean Air Fair on Wednesday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Battelle Plaza in the Arena District (corner of Front St and Nationwide Blvd). Take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about transportation options, respiratory health and energy conservation from local organizations during your lunch break. All activities are free and open to the public.

The event will feature:
• Ice cream and music thanks to CD101.
• Hybrid cars thanks to Clean Fuels Ohio and Central Ohio Toyota Dealers.
• Great raffle prizes, including a new bike thanks to Cyclist Connection; and gift certificates thanks to Buca di Beppo, Chipotle, Consider Biking/Restoration Bicycle, Cotters Restaurant, Earth Share of Ohio, Frog Bear & Wild Boar Bar, Gordon Biersch, Max & Erma's, Rise & Dine Restaurant, and V Power Yoga.
• 15 exhibitors, including organizations representing the health, environmental and transportation sectors—emphasizing the importance of clean air.
• Clean Air Awards presentation at Noon, awarding three local businesses/individuals for their dedication to reducing air pollution in central Ohio. To view those winners visit
• A press conference following the Clean Air awards from The Breathing Association, announcing their new Clear the Air Initiative.


401 and 404 Permit Applications
401 and 404 permit applications have been filed by NP Limited Partnership to construct a 20.6 acre mixed office/retail/hotel development located at the intersection of Worthington Road and Polaris Parkway in the City of Westerville. This would affect the water quality of unnamed tributaries and adjacent wetlands of Alum Creek. Written comments on the 401 permit application are due by May 4, 2008 and comments on the 404 permit application are due April 21, 2008. Click here to view the entire MORPC Public Notice Summary (Army Corps of Engineers Public Notice Number LRH-2006-115-SCR).


Volunteers needed for Riverfest
Riverfest is May 31 at Genoa Park behind COSI. Volunteers are needed for set-up, operating different stations (canoe, paddle boat, welcome table, etc.).

Volunteers are also needed for the stream clean up in preparation for Riverfest on May 24. Meet at Confluence Park Restaurant at 10:00 a.m. All necessary items (trash grabbers, gloves, etc.) will be provided. Lunch will be served afterwards.

If you are interested in helping with either (or both), please contact Leslie Strader at


Rain Garden Seminar
Sustainable Grandview is hosting a rain garden seminar on April 29. Visit for more information.


Sustainability Now! Strategies for Personal and Community Action
May 16 & 17, 2008

An action packed conference on living in a more sustainable way and what communities are doing to promote sustainability. For up-to-date information and to register, visit:

Schedule Preview

May 16: An Evening with Jim Merkel, 7:00 p.m.
Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Drive

Join Us for an Evening with Jim Merkel, author of Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth. Jim will share with us his joyful personal journey to live in a more sustainable way.

May 17: Full Day of Interactive Workshops on Personal and Community Sustainability, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Agricultural Administration Building, OSU Campus
2120 Fyffe Road

Over 20 engaging sessions on personal and community action for sustainable living including sessions on local foods, alternative transportation, and OSU's sustainability initiatives. For an up-to-date list of topics and sessions, visit: .

Lunch provided by Black Creek Bistro, Columbus, OH. A restaurant committed to fresh, local and sustainable. Stay tuned to the website for an enticing preview of the menu for the day!

The Central Ohio Youth Summit on the Environment will be held concurrently with Sustainability Now! This Summit is for youth interested in the environment and in affecting change in their community. If you are in high school and are interested in meeting others passionate about this topic, developing your leadership talents and learning more about how to affect sustainable change this workshop is for you! To apply, visit: Don't wait to apply for this unique opportunity - a limited number of seats are available.

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Volunteer to Plant Trees
Sponsored by Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District in partnership with Plain Township, New Albany-Plain Local School District and area businesses, meet at Bevelhymer Park on April 26, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (rain or shine). For directions and more information go to


4th Annual Rail/Transit Legislative Summit

Wednesday, April 30, 2008
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Columbus Downtown YWCA
Huntington Hall
65 South 4th Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Taras Szmagala, Executive Director of Governmental Affairs; Greater Cleveland RTA •Public Transportation Needs and Funding Annual Update

Lt. Governor Lee Fisher, Director; Ohio Department of Development •Transportation and Ohio's Economic Future

Matt Dietrich, Executive Director; Ohio Rail Development Commission •Ohio Hub Plan Update

Featured Luncheon Speaker:

Frank J. Busalacchi, Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Transportation •National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission and the Midwest Regional Rail Compact

State House and Senate visits will be scheduled for attendees after our luncheon speaker.

Members: $50; Non-Members: $75. Fee for Non-Members includes a one year membership to ALL ABOARD OHIO! Up to $25 for members and up to $50 for non-members fee is tax deductible.

Registration deadline is Wednesday, April 23rd. Please Call 614-228-6005 or go to for more information.

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