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EPN Event Features New Green Columbia Gas HQ

June 29, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio — See a new Columbus GreenSpot at the next Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program. And spy the green of the Columbus Clippers’ ballpark while you’re at it.

The July 15 event, titled “Using Sustainability and Energy Efficiency to Help Customers and the Community,” is at the new Columbia Gas of Ohio and NiSource Gas Distribution headquarters overlooking Huntington Field in downtown Columbus. It’s from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at 290 W. Nationwide Blvd. in the Arena District.

The new building opened last year. It earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and is part of Columbus’s GreenSpot sustainability initiative.

Speaking at the program will be Matt Sova, chef manager of the building’s Café 290 eating facility, which will serve the event’s breakfast. Run by national food service company Guckenheimer Services, Café 290 recently received Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership, or REAL, certification from the U.S. Healthful Food Council.

Also slated to talk are WarmChoice Team Leader Adrian Andrews, New Buildings Program Manager Megan Melby and Existing Buildings Program Manager Paul Racher, all from Columbia Gas.

Registration, which includes the breakfast, costs $10 and is open to both members of the network and the public. The cost is $15 if paid by credit card. Find program and parking details and a link to online registration at The deadline to register is July 13.

The network, which sponsors regular events like this one and web-based and in-person professional interaction, is a service of the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University.

Membership in the network is free and is open to anyone who works in or studies an environmental field. Learn more at

The school is in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

For more information, contact David Hanselmann, a lecturer in the school and the network’s coordinator, or 614-247-1908.

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Photo caption: July’s Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program is at the new LEED-certified Columbus Gas of Ohio and NiSource Gas Distribution headquarters in Columbus. (Photo: Cleveland Construction, Inc.)


Kurt Knebusch


David Hanselmann