Helping our communities to be more livable, productive and healthy represents the most important challenge before us today. Our goal is no longer simply the creation of jobs and the building of homes, hospitals and schools. Rather, the growth of our population, the pressures on the environment, and what we now know to be the limits on our resources, challenge us to develop lifestyles and communities that are sustainable and resilient.
Here in Central Ohio we are taking steps to protect the natural treasures we know are vital to sustainable communities. We are working to protect the resources we have and to restore the ones we know are important to communities that need to be in balance with their surroundings. Our economy and our health depend on it.
That is why we look forward to hosting EcoSummit 2012, one of our generation’s most important conversations about the direction of our efforts to restore the ecological systems that will ensure we have drinkable water, air we can breathe and healthy food. Your time in Columbus will help to shape the world’s future.
As Chair of the EcoSummit 2012 Host Committee, I congratulate you on your dedication to these issues and I look forward to assisting you in your deliberations.
Franklin County Commissioner
Chair of the EcoSummit 2012 Host Committee, and
Chair of the Board of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
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