19,870 Members


You're taking the first step to making your home, business, or community group part of a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable Columbus. We're glad you're here.

How to Fit Recyclables into the Recycling Container

Full Recycle Container Ever wondered how to fit all the recycling into the recycle container? In this humorous video we share a few tips as well as a few laughs. In collaboration with the GreenSpot program and Columbus Refuse Collection. You can also purchase an additional cart by calling 614-645-3111. An OBLSK Production.

Hey Columbus...Join the movement today!


Why join GreenSpot? For a couple of really good reasons, actually. One, it's a small thing you can do to make a big impact on the health and future of Columbus. Two, it couldn't be easier.

Our green community is growing daily and currently has more than 17,000 current members consisting of households, businesses, organizations, and community groups. Collectively they have saved more than $7 million, reduced CO2 emissions by 37.3 million pounds, reduced water consumption by 65+ million gallons, and recycled 31 million pounds. 

GreenSpot inspires, educates, and recognizes households, businesses, and community groups that adopt green practices. GreenSpot is a membership-based program that provides a framework to think about sustainability and a way to log your successes. It is free to join and there is no fee or cost. If you live in Franklin County or surrounding counties you are eligible! 

2019 GreenSpotLight Awards

2019 GSL winners

On April 20th Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and the City of Columbus recognized the GreenSpotLight Award winners for their achievements over the past year to help make our community beautiful, healthy, and prosperous. The winners:

  • Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
  • Corporate Cleaning, Inc.
  • Sunny Glen Wellness/Sunny Glen Garden

    Councilmember Emmanuel V. Remy the recent graduates of the GreenSpot Sustainability Initiative class:
  • Corporate Cleaning, Inc.
  • DHL Supply Chain
  • Experience Columbus
  • Huntington Bank
  • OhioHealth
  • Scotts Miracle-Gro

    Sponsors for the GreenSpotLight were Green Columbus and AEP Ohio. Read more about the event here.

GreenSpot Advisory Board

GreenSpot Advisory Board
The GreenSpot Advisory Board had their last meeting of the year the other day. In 2018 they worked on increasing GreenSpot membership, helped organize the GreenSpotLight Awards, creating a "How to Start a Green Team at Work" guide, reached out to schools, and helped with the GreenSpot 10 year anniversary celebration. We are proud of our board members! There are citizens as well as several organizations such as Grange Insurance Audubon Center (co-chair), EarthShare Ohio (co-chair), The Ohio Nature Conservancy, Smart Columbus, OBLSK, MORPC, Green Columbus, Franklin Park Conservatory, COSI, Councilmember Remy's office, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Sierra Club Ohio Chapter, Cardinal Health, Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District, IGS EnergyThe Ohio State University, Huntington Bank, and several city departments.

How to Start a Green Team at Work

How to start a green team at work cover
Starting a green team at work can be a daunting task. Where do you start? Who do you include? What type of structure is right for you? With the help of the GreenSpot Advisory Board we have come up with a how-to guide to start your own green team at work. This guide covers how to tailor your message to each department, tips on forming a green team, areas to focus on, implementing ideas, tracking success, and more! The 14-page guide is easy to follow and can set up for launching your own green team. Check it out!

Calling All Artists!

GreenSpot art

Are you an artist that uses recycled material and/or renewable energy sources for your works of art? 
Yes! Then think Columbus GreenSpot!  
Art and sustainability are natural partners.  Whether using recycled materials, repurposed materials, or using renewable energy to power an art piece- the materials are there.  So let’s partner up!
Here is how it works. Create your work of GreenSpot and the Arts art that uses recycled material and/or renewable energy. Next, take pictures of your art piece from all angles (minimal 4). Then email: GreenSpot@columbus.gov
GreenSpot will review and then post the images to GreenSpot social media (Facebook, Twitter, website).
You can learn more here

Water, Energy, Recycling = Going Green

Water, Energy, Recycle

Installing a WaterSense labeled showerhead can save the individual 912 gallons of water a year.

Columbus residents love recycling, that is why the RecyColumbus program has more than 75% participation rate.  To learn more about the program visit RecyColumbus.

Changing out your light bulbs to LEDs can save money.  An LED bulb can have a useful life of 25,000 hours (25 times longer than traditional bulbs). Annual operating cost for an LED is 90% less than that of a traditional bulb and more than 50% less than a CFL.