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Sustainability Summit

April 20, 2023

Presented by the West Central Association of REALTORS®. Made possible by a National Association of Realtors® Sustainability Grant.

Thank You to Our Co-Sponsor:


A collaborative event for elected officials, non-profits, Realtor® members, investors and local businesses to raise awareness and engagement in community sustainability efforts. 


Mayor Sharetta Smith

Sharetta T. Smith was elected as the Mayor of the City of Lima in November of 2021. Prior to the election, she served as the Chief of Staff to the previous mayor since January of 2017. In her role as Chief of Staff, Sharetta was responsible for overseeing city operations.

Mayor Steve Patterson

Mayor Steve Patterson, Athens Ohio, has a long list of commitment to his community. Including a member of the Sustainable Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC) and the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) to which he has implemented many sustainable initiatives in his town of Athens.

Laura Kunkle

America in Bloom (AIB) promotes nationwide beautification through education and community involvement by encouraging the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements. Laura is AIB’s Executive Director.

Steve Brown

Steve Brown has been in real estate for more than 40 years, residing in the Dayton Ohio area. He is the 2014 National Association of Realtors President and 2002 Ohio Realtors President. 

Lydia Archambo

Lydia Archambo was hired at Allen Soil and Water Conservation District in 2020 as their Stormwater Coordinator. As such she in charge of many diverse education and outreach programs including: Adopt-A-Roadway, City of Lima Tree rebate program, rain barrel rebates, and school education. Lydia’s goal is to educate students and members of the community to care about how they impact the environment and what little changes they can make that can have big effects.

Josh Bloomfield

Josh Bloomfield is the Project Director for Crossroads of NW Ohio. He oversees and directs all aspects of the project including negotiations, real estate acquisitions, legal, engineering, local and federal grants, zoning, annexation, construction and public relations. He also works directly with Dr. Craig Nicholson on the overall vision and long term planning of the project. 


Subject to Change

8:00 AM Breakfast & Networking

8:45 AM Welcome: Jan Jedlinsky, Ohio Realtors Sustainability Committee Member

9:00 AM Speaker: Laura Kunkle, America in Bloom

9:45 AM Coffee Break Sponsored by Biggby Coffee

10:00 AM Speaker: Lydia Archambo, Allen Soil and Water Conservation

10:45 AM Coffee Break Sponsored by Biggby Coffee

11:00 AM Elected Official Panel – Sharetta Smith, Mayor of Lima; Steve Patterson, Mayor of Athens. Moderator Steve Brown, National Association of Realtors President 2014

11:45 AM Lunch Catered by Old Barn

12:45 PM Speaker: Josh Bloomfield, Crossroads Development

1:30 PM Seed Bomb Challenge

2:00 PM Speaker: Catherine Hope-Cunningham, Realtor® & Solar Energy Consultant

2:45 PM Wrap Up with WCAR President Jaylene Smith


Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center 7 Town Square Lima, Ohio 45801 Parking garage across the street on W Market.


Windgate by Wyndam Lima Downtown 175 W Market St. Lima, Ohio 45801. Ask for the “Sustainability Summit” block. 419-228-7000 


Thank you to our sponsors:

Table Sponsors  Includes two event tickets, promotional items on one table, name on program and event web site page. $100