Energy & Water Benchmarking Ordinance
The City of Columbus' Energy & Water Benchmarking and Transparency Ordinance (Columbus City Code Title 41 - Building Code Chapter 4117) requires commercial and multi-family building owners and managers of buildings 50,000 square feet and larger to track (or “benchmark”) their electricity, gas, and water use. Learn more.
Home Energy Efficiency Services
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), IMPACT and Ground Level Solutions offer free home energy efficiency and weatherization services to income eligible customers. Services offered include energy audits and, if necessary, insulation, air sealing, repair/replacement of appliances and lighting.
The IMPACT Community Action's Home Weatherization (HWAP), WARM CHOICE and Energy Advocate programs provide home energy conservation assistance including housing unit inspections; attic, wall and basement insulation; and access to energy-efficient applications to help lower home energy costs and reduce environmental pollutants for eligible households. Learn more.
The City of Columbus has a policy to meet or exceed LEED certification standards for all new City owned facilities. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system. The City of Columbus proudly congratulates its community partners who have made the same commitment to build and renovate using LEED standards. A video explaining LEED can be viewed here. The following city facilities are LEED certified: Vehicle Impound Offices; West Side Family Health Center; Glenwood Recreation Center; Old Columbus Police Station; Coleman Center.
McKnight Outdoor Education Center
Surrounded by mature trees and abundant wildlife, the McKnight Outdoor Education Center offers the rustic Ottawa Lodge, the new Net Zero Wyandot Lodge, trails, caves, creeks and access to the Scioto River.
Mcknight Outdoor Education Center is an 11.798-acre community park in the West Scioto community. Mcknight Outdoor Education Center borders Duranceau Park.
The City's Land Bank Office works with the Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation to bring vacant properties back into productive use in Columbus neighborhoods. Learn more.
Through Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)
Through Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), the Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority can provide financing for Central Ohio businesses, non-profits and local governments to fund cost-effective, energy efficiency improvements to buildings resulting in lower energy costs.
Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE)