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...


The History of ROAR: An Intricate Evolution 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...


Photo by Annette Boose. Kayakers on Little Darby Creek. May 1, 2013. Mission – Vision – Function ROAR envisions a de-carbonized upper-Scioto watershed that is ecologically, economically, socially, and bio-regionally just and healthy. ROAR fosters...

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. In the final planning stages. Details to come soon!

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 Rapid 5 Survey sponsored by MORPC.

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


Next World Conversations: The Next World of Energy

Our third Next World Conversation will be how we can shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, both here around Ohio and nationally in the post COVID-19 era. This month’s presenters are Jon-Paul d’Aversa, Senior Energy Consultant for Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), and Randi Leppla, Vice President of Energy Policy for the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC). Please bring your ideas and questions.

After a 20-30 minute conversation between Jon-Paul and Randi, we will open the floor to all of us, seeking ways to take this further. Once again, Anna Willow, Professor of Environmental Anthropology at OSU-Marion, will serve as our moderator.

Please register in advance for this meeting:  

Speaker bios:

Jon-Paul d’Aversa, AICP
Senior Energy Planner
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

As the Country’s first dedicated energy planner at the metropolitan planning organization level, Jon-Paul d’Aversa designs and leads energy initiatives for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. Through the Franklin County Energy Study, the Local Government Energy Partnership, and the Clean Energy Acceleration Program, his work is focused on the intersection of equity, the economy, and the environment.

Jon-Paul brings nearly a decade of energy planning and sustainability experience to MORPC. Half of this time was spent at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, where Jon-Paul led the 2015 New York State Energy Plan and crafted the New York State 2030 goals for energy efficiency, renewable energy and emissions. His analyses supported the creation of the Reforming the Energy Vision Proceedings, the New York Green Bank, and the Microgrid Consortium.

With MORPC, Jon-Paul’s work incorporates an additional focus on transportation issues. He led MORPC’s role in the designation of an Alternative Fuel Corridor stretching from Cleveland to Cincinnati, has been assisting Smart Columbus’ electrification initiatives, and has used his macroeconomic and social justice expertise to support the case for cleaner fuels in the transportation sector. In 2021, MORPC will be releasing a suite of new energy programming for members, furthering local government capacity to be good stewards of Central Ohio’s future

Miranda Leppla
Vice President of Energy Policy and Lead Energy Council
Ohio Environmental Council

As the OEC’s Vice President of Energy Policy and Lead Energy Counsel, Miranda works to advance clean energy and energy efficiency policies and projects, works with utilities and businesses to create and implement plans for carbon pollution reductions, and advance forward-thinking, cutting-edge energy policies through advocacy, communications, partnerships, and litigation. She represents the OEC at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, the Ohio Power Siting Board, and courts throughout the State of Ohio in legal cases pertaining to energy issues.


You are invited to Next World Conversations

You are invited to Next World Conversations

We hope that you are healthy and safe and we are excited to invite you to our first Next World Conversation!

Please join us as we facilitate a series of conversations about the change we wish to see (and be). In the face of interlinked challenges including climate change, pandemics, and systemic racism, a new vision of the future is needed. Our systems are breaking down and we are searching for and re-visioning what our future could look like. This series will address systems such as food, energy, education, democracy, health – major systems that impact our quality of life.

This month, we address our food system. COVID-19 and the associated lockdowns created an unprecedented challenge to our food industry as a whole – from farms to grocery stores to restaurants. The food system broke down at the height of the pandemic and basic necessities were unavailable for weeks, shining a light on how broken our long-distance food supply chain is.

We want to discuss many aspects of our food system and how they impact our climate and culture. You are invited to post questions about regenerative farming, the food supply chain, veganism, homesteading, and other food topics of interest. For example, many people who were quarantined decided to grow their own food on whatever corner of land they had available in a grassroots ‘Victory Garden’ movement. It seems that sourcing food closer to where we live is the way to a more resilient future. Or is it? Come with your concerns and ideas and explore how you can be part of the change.

Local Food and the Future of Agriculture

Join Us on Thursday June 25 @ 7:30 PM via Zoom

Tim Van Meter, Associate Professor in the Alford Chair of Christian Education and Youth Ministry (MTSO),
Coordinator of Ecological Initiatives
Kip Curtis, Assistant Professor Environmental History (OSU Food Innovation Center)
Conversation Facilitator: Anna Willow, Profession Environmental Anthropology (OSU)

Pre-Register HERE to join the ZOOM Meeting (registration only required once)

Please forward this email to someone that should join this conversation.

This conversation will be a facilitated dialogue between two leaders in the field of agriculture and food, followed by a conversation with you, the audience. We will record the event and create a published compilation that helps to track our progress and inspire other regions to host their own Next World Conversations.

We look forward to seeing you on Zoom!

The ROAR Team.

Next World Conversations hosted by Regional Ohio Action for Resilience - June: Local Food and the Future of Agriculture

A few curated article links and organizations on the topic of food.

The Conversation: It’s time to rethink the US disrupted food system from the ground up.
Richland Source: Urban Farm Project a Growing Success in Mansfield
The Guardian: Meat-free future? Corona virus exposes America’s fragile food system
Civil Eats: Struggling Farmers are Selling Midwest Hogs Ad-hoc and online
Food Tank: 21 Individuals and Organizations Building Stronger Black Communities and Food Systems

Black Chuck Food Security Network
Lexicon of Sustainability


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


Earth Day at Home – ways to celebrate the 50th anniversary virtually

Wednesday, April 22 is the 50th commemoration of Earth Day. It is a day to reflect on the past 50 years of starts and stops, successes and failures. It is a day to reflect on where we are, where we’ve been and more importantly where we want to go from here. With the emergence of zoonotic diseases such as H1N1, H1N5, SARSv1 and now SARSv2 or COVID-19, the need for reflection, to look inward, to take a breath and meditate amid the storm is sorely needed so we may move forward proactively, thoughtfully, mindfully and with determination as there is no more time to waste. The tipping point has passed and the time to act is now. And a precedent is unveiling itself right now. This pandemic has shown that we can collectively stop polluting our air, water and lands and the results are almost instantaneous. Dolphins are swimming in the empty canals of Venice, dense air pollution has given way to clear blue skies and wildlife is thriving in closed national and regional parks. Here are some virtual events that will inspire us as we take stock in where we are on Earth Day 2020. #EarthDayAtHome

MAD Scientists invasive species removal and prairie planting

MAD Scientist Associates will be planting native woodland wildflowers at Westerville’s Boyer Nature Preserve. Plant material is supplied by a Scioto Gardens as well as being salvaged from a development site. The event will be live-streamed on Instagram and Facebook between 10 am and 2 pm.


Earth Day at the Columbus Zoo

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of #EarthDay and join us to “Chill out With Polar Bears!” This Wednesday, April 22, the Zoo invites you to tune in to a special celebration through the Tundra Connections® webcast series, presented by our conservation partner, Polar Bears International, and Discovery Education.

Tom Stalf, President and CEO of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and Devon Sabo, one of our expert polar bear keepers, will also be joining Kyle Schutt from Discovery Education and Dr. Thea Bechshoft from Polar Bears International for special sessions that will include important facts about polar bears and how we can help protect this amazing species.

Join in LIVE at 11 a.m. (eastern) online at for a session tailored for elementary education and 2 p.m. (eastern) for a session geared toward secondary education. The videos will also be available for viewing on Polar Bears International’s website ( after the broadcast.

Plus, be sure to submit a question either by using the chat window on their Tundra Connections page ( or email them to For more information, visit:


OEC is celebrating Earth Day with a virtual contest 

The OEC Emerging Leaders Council challenges you to #QuaranGreen with us, as we virtually celebrate Earth Day 2020! From April 19 through April 25, join us in practicing #SustainableDistancing by playing Earth Day Bingo on Instagram and Facebook. Show your friends and family your love for the Earth by completing actions, checking off your Bingo squares, and posting to your story. If you cover your board, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win your choice of fun and environmentally-friendly prizes.


Ohio Wesleyan is hosting a virtual Earth Week

Activities everyday from April 19-25. Link here:


Virtual global and national Earth Day events

Citizens’ Climate Lobby Uniting From Home with Katharine Hayhoe

Center for Biological Diversity #SavingLifeOnEarth

Earth Institute’s Earth Day 50/50: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Earth Day Live 2020 – 3 Day Livestream 24 Hours of Action

The World After Corona – Globalisation, Risk and the Future

We Don’t Have Time Earth Day Week Conference

Earth Day Virtual Fest on Facebook

A Message From Earth Day’s First Organizer

NASA’s Earth Day Toolkit – Resources and Activities

NASA #EarthDayAtHome

American Museum of Natural History Earthfest

Earth Challenge Citizen Science Initiative

EarthX Virtual Conferences Events and Films

Warming Waters Virtual Earth Day Celebration

Virtual Village of Connection Fire Side

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.