GreenTown Toledo-Lucas County
Elected officials, business leaders, and educators in northwest Ohio are all supporting and participating in a new type of conference for the region. GreenTown is a full-day conference that focuses on sustainable development. A pre-conference forum is about sustainable landscaping. Many regional agencies and businesses have partnered to bring the GreenTown conference to Toledo, October 25 & 26, at the SeaGate Convention Centre. The goal of GreenTown conferences is to promote networking and interaction and ultimately to help a community form sustainable plans to address transportation questions, natural resources issues, and pursue eco-centered development.
The keynote speaker, Friday, October 26 at 9 a.m., is Mark Fenton, Host of PBS’s America’s Walking. Before his presentation, Fenton will lead a walk around downtown Toledo and discuss creating a more walkable and accessible downtown for residents and tourists. Other presenters include Alexandra Cousteau , National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and Mike Thaman, CEO Owens Corning. Topics for workshops include local food, sustainable environmental design, energy conservation, water quality, and jobs in “green” industries. See the complete agenda here .
TMACOG will present information about transportation and the environment. Matt Horvat of TMACOG and John Kusnier of the Davey Resource Group – a TMACOG member – will make a presentation on the long history of pollution and more recent restoration in the Ottawa River. TMACOG will also have an exhibit on high-speed passenger rail . Other events include a CanStruction food drive sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Toledo which will go on for both days of the event.
Registration for GreenTown Toledo-Lucas County is online at http://greentownconference.com.
Partners are: City of Toledo, Lathrop, Live Well Greater Toledo, Lucas County, Owens Corning, Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority, Toledo Blade, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, University of Toledo. Healthcare Sponsor: Mercy. Sponsors:
Andrews LeFevre Studios, Buckeye Community Health Plan, Conservation Design Forum, Davey Resource Group, Elara Engineering, Honeywell, Hull Associates, Lake Erie Western Alliance for Sustainability, Libbey Glass, Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance, Pizzo & Associates, Ltd., Republic Services, The Collaborative Inc., Unilock, Williams Allwein & Moser. TMACOG is a community supporter.