Green Is the New Growth: Central Ohio's Sustainable Future

Date: 5/1/2024
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Imagine what economic growth looks like on a graph and you may picture a line slanting upwards from left to right. Have you ever wondered where the line stops? On a planet – or a region – with finite resources, it has to end somewhere. This logic is helping a very different model of economic growth to gain traction: the circular economy. Circular, or “doughnut,” economies are sustainable and regenerative, where waste from one process becomes fuel for another. It’s a model being popularized by economists like the U.K.’s Kate Raworth, and it’s taking root around the world and in Central Ohio. Central Ohio’s economic activity is expected to result in more residential and industrial waste that will threaten the usable lifespan of the region’s landfill. Growth is putting upward pressure on greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. A circular economy can mitigate many of these consequences by recapturing more and more recyclable materials in new ways, sending them back into the production cycle. Central Ohio has an opportunity to set a national example showcasing the benefits of a circular economy, and key players in our region are working together to bend that growth line back onto itself to form a sustainable circle. With a panel of regional leaders, we’ll unpack the advantages of thinking about economic growth in an entirely new way and learn how key players in Central Ohio are working together to bring sustainable circular growth to the region.

Forum program: Noon to 1pm; attendees can arrive for lunch starting at 11:30 am.

Price: Members: $35 ($30 early bird)
Nonmebers: $60
In Room without lunch: $25
10-Person Tables: $400
Affinity Partners & CMAP: $40
Parking Information: FREE ON STREET PARKING
There is free street parking during the daytime in the apartment complex across from The Ellis on Neruda Avenue & Auden Avenue.

Additionally, there is ample street parking available on 4th Street and alongside nearby corridors. To make the process hassle-free, we recommend using the ParkColumbus App for payment and convenience. This user-friendly app allows you to save payment methods and license plate numbers for future transactions.

The Ellis provides two dedicated free lots, both just a short 4-minute walk from the main entrance.
The primary lot is situated at 134 E Lincoln St, Columbus, OH 43215, with space for around 50 cars.
The overflow lot is located at 677 N 4th St, Columbus, OH 43215. Please do not use the overflow lot until the primary lot is full. Please park only on the gravel portion of this lot.

Host Information:

Columbus Metropolitan Club (@The Ellis)

777 N 4th St, Columbus, OH 43215

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