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City Celebrates GreenSpot Business Accomplishments

Climate Education Session Focused on Impacts, Preparedness, and Solutions

[COLUMBUS-OH] Where there is light, things tend to prosper. In the City of Columbus, three organizations were recognized for its commitment to facilitating a sustainable living and work environment with the GreenSpotLight award. They are the Ohio History Connection, Dawes Arboretum, and CeraNet.

“The GreenSpotLight winners demonstrate that being sustainable is good for our community, good for the environment, and good for business,” said Councilmember Elizabeth Brown, chair of the Council Environment Committee recognizing these businesses for their sustainability efforts.

The City of Columbus presented the prized GreenSpotLight award to three GreenSpot member organizations as part of the annual GreenSpot celebration. Members of the Columbus Green Team selected the awardees using information provided in their GreenSpot annual reports.

“Actions by individuals and businesses in Central Ohio do make a difference,” said Councilmember Brown. “I hope that today’s event provided inspiration to take action, as well as a guide for how to get involved.”

These businesses, one small, medium, and large demonstrated excellence in conserving and protecting water, reducing waste, greening their transportation and informing and engaging their staff and clients.

"For those businesses and households looking to go green, look no further than GreenSpot,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “These organizations use GreenSpot’s strong framework to adopt sustainable practices. They are contributing to making Columbus a beautiful, healthy, and prosperous city.”

Additionally, seven organizations were recognized for completing GreenSpot’s Sustainability Initiative Course. This program provides mentoring and networking opportunities as the businesses go through the GreenSpot application process. This diverse group of organizations received their membership at the SpotLight Celebration:

  • Columbus Fair Auto Auction
  • Hot Chicken Take Over
  • IGS Energy
  • Kaufman Development
  • MAPFRE Stadium/Columbus Crew
  • Nestle Quality Assurance Center
  • Olentangy Paddle

A climate education session was also part of the program. Jason Cervenec with the Byrd Polar & Climate Research Center at Ohio State provided an overview of the local impacts of climate change in Central Ohio. Additional information was provided on environmental initiatives from the City of Columbus, including the GreenSpot program.

The GreenSpot Program began in 2008 to inspire, educate and recognize those in our community who are taking steps to protect our environment. Currently, there are more than 15,000 members.

Businesses, residents, and community groups are encouraged to visit to apply for membership.