The annual Summit on Sustainability & the Environment hosted by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) will showcase Ohio's latest efforts to promote sustainability and their impact on environmental and energy issues worldwide. The summit will be held at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in downtown Columbus, starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, October 6.

A full-day of inspiring and educational programming has been planned, starting with a keynote presentation by Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Jack will reveal insights he has gained from his extensive world travels comparing and contrasting with experiences he has had here at home.

The keynote will be followed by a number of breakout sessions covering topics that include: climate change, water conservation, energy efficiency, sustainable growth, local food, waste reduction and transportation. Speakers include: Bob Boggs, director, Ohio Department of Agriculture and Susan Tomasky, president, AEP Transmission. Professor June Williamson will present a workshop, based on her new book, "Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs."

MORPC will be encouraging attendees to use Twitter to share their thoughts on information presented at the summit. Follow @morpc to comment.

Full day general admission tickets can be purchased for $90, or $75 for MORPC members, students and non-profits. Tickets to attend the evening reception only are also available for $15. For more information on the event and to register, visit