ROAR 4 Climate

Clearinghouse for Climate Change Action in Central Ohio
ROAR 4 Climate

ROAR 4 Climate

Clearinghouse for Climate Change Action in Central Ohio

Planting the seeds

The Regional Ohio Action for Resilience brings together community groups, concerned citizens, religious leaders, social justice leaders, non-profits, businesses, educational institutions and governmental entities to collaboratively create a more resilient region. We like to get...


ROAR has its roots in an idea that emerged in the summer of 2017. Terry Hermsen, professor of English at Otterbein University, contacted a number of faculty at small colleges around central Ohio: Otterbein, Denison,...


ROAR envisions a de-carbonized upper-Scioto watershed that is ecologically, economically, socially, and bio-regionally just and healthy. ROAR fosters collaboration between organizations, agencies, and individuals, catalyzes action through existing and new programming, develops innovative funding mechanisms...

Planting the seeds

The Regional Ohio Action for Resilience brings together community groups, concerned citizens, religious leaders, social justice leaders, non-profits, businesses, educational institutions and governmental entities to collaboratively create a more resilient region.

We like to get our hands dirty, planting the seeds of change and watching them grow. ‘Seeds’ can be ideas or projects just waiting for the right people to guide them.

What is growing now

ROAR Academy – A collaboration between multiple universities to insert environmental activism, education and hands-on projects as part of the summer internship programs of Otterbein University, Denison University, Kenyon College, OSU Marion and Ohio Wesleyan University. The academy just wrapped up and a update will be coming soon. Photos of some of the field trip/working days can be found here.

Westerville Conservation Corridor – Several parks departments, universities, individual contributors are in the planning stages of creating a conservation corridor to connect habitat blocks together in the area that includes Alum Creek South Park, Walter Cherrington Park, Westerville Senior Center property, the riparian zone that surrounds Alum Creek, Otterbein Cemetery, Hannah Maye Park, Otterbein Lake, Otterbein Campus Grounds, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Spring Hollow Wildlife Education Area, Alum Creek Park North, Heritage Park, the Westerville Community Center and Sports Park property and some smaller parcels. This initiative is dependent on the results of the visioning process of the RAPID5. The vision plans were released in July and commenting is underway. Read more about RAPID5 here.

Climate Action Plan

ROAR, together with Sustainable Delaware Ohio has been working on a Climate Action Plan for the City of Delaware, Ohio in response to Delaware’ Comprehensive Plan. ROAR wants to present projects that will have a carbon offset for the region.

We plan to follow models from other cities in Ohio and to incorporate sustainability goals from the United Nations as well as goals from Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)

More work is ahead, so stay tuned for updates…

The Climate Action Committee, a community-based group created by Oberlin’s City Council, developed the 2013 Climate Action Plan as a roadmap for transitioning to a climate positive community. You can find more information on The Oberlin Project website.

Cleveland has done a wonderful job with their Climate Action Plan. Inspiring and a great example!

In 2015, the city of Athens sustainability commission launched a public process in order to create a sustainability plan for the city. The final draft of the plan was presented to Athens City Council on March 13, 2017. The plan is designed to support local sustainability initiatives and to encourage both residents and the city administration to move towards sustainability. Click here to read the 2018 Sustainability Plan Update. The first edition can be reviewed by clicking here.

Since they are practically neighbors, we are also looking at Dublin, OH Sustainability Framework.

MORPC has been working with municipalities in the region using their Sustainable2050 accredation program.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) are a critical part of a global reduction in CO2 emissions to keep the cumulative global CO2 levels from rising and more importantly, to limit the global temperature rise to below 1.5 Celsius. The SDGs are a collection of 17 global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. The SDGs, set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and intended to be achieved by the year 2030, are part of UN Resolution 70/1, the 2030 Agenda. We’re figuring our way through the maze… >>READ ROADMAP SDG




Ohio EPA

Transition Towns


Bipartisan infrastructure bill could expand federal support for urban tree placement gaps

The bipartisan infrastructure bill (H.R. 3684) moving in the Senate this week would expand federal support for urban tree placement gaps through a mapping program. The Healthy Streets initiative would put more efforts towards increasing tree canopy cover in marginalized neighborhoods nationwide. The bill authorizes $100 million a year for five years under a federal grant program to achieve better tree equity.

Multiple studies have shown that poorer neighborhoods have less tree canopy than richer areas.

Up to this point nonprofit groups and corporations have driven drive tree-planting efforts and boosting urban canopies in cities of all sizes both rural and urban.

The funding could cover the purchasing and planting of trees and the development of tree canopy plans. It also would encourage cities to use porous pavement—more permeable types of concrete, asphalt, and pavers—to absorb stormwater and reduce urban hot spots.

Preserving mature trees and strategically planting younger trees slow stormwater runoff, alleviate the urban heat island effect and provide increased mental well-being among other benefits like biodiversity net gain, erosion control etc.

Language of the bill can be found here.


It’s Plastic Free July: What you can do to go plastic free?

ROAR challenges everyone to go plastic free this month to demonstrate that yes, it can be done in small baby steps to completely cold turkey…we know some people are better positioned to go plastic free than others…to just minimizing the plastic you use in your daily life. It can be as simple as going from a single use coffee cup to a reusable mug, to bringing your own utensils to a picnic or switching from plastic straws to reusable ones.

July is a month to challenge yourself to go plastic free by taking the Plastic Free July® challenge.

Plastic Free July® is a key initiative of the Plastic Free Foundation that challenges people globally to go plastic free throughout the month of July with the hope that some of those individuals going completely plastic free from now on.

We know it is hard to go completely plastic free, but ROAR encourages the community to try this challenge out for a month and see if you can weave most of the principles of it into your daily life.

Take the challenge to go plastic free this month or for longer at


The Next World

A Call for Shaping the Next World

So much has happened in the last two months! How can any of us digest it? With so many people deeply suffering, and the loss of so much life and so many livelihoods, it’s hard to know how to conscientiously and productively respond.

Many of us have been asking–individually and collectively: What will the Next World be like? How can we use our full energies to shape that world? How can we do two things at once: First, help those who are most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis restore stability to their lives, while secondly shaping a new world that is more equitable, and more true to the realities of the earth we live on?

As a clearinghouse for such ideas and information, ROAR is providing a list of local activities that address climate change directly and indirectly in our section called Local Resources. In addition, ROAR surveyed an array of key theorists and activists–both local and national–who are striving to answer those fundamental questions. Below is our list of the Top Ten Articles for restructuring the economy, fostering strong climate change action, and addressing inequities as we shape that next world.

Please have a look at these articles and resources and keep your eyes out for the next activity: ROAR will host a series of Next World Conversations in late May and June which will lead to deliberate action for the Central Ohio region.

More to come… In the meantime, stay in touch. You can post comments with YOUR ideas for building the NEXT WORLD on this article on our website or on Facebook.

Terry Hermsen, ROAR

Global Warming’s Six Americas in 2020

Today, the Alarmed (26%) outnumber the Dismissive (7%) nearly 4 to 1. More than half (54%) of Americans are either Alarmed or Concerned, while the Doubtful and Dismissive are only 18% of the population. However, because conservative media organizations prominently feature Dismissive politicians, pundits and industry officials, most Americans overestimate the prevalence of Dismissive beliefs among other Americans.