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Communications Manager

Media Advisory
News Date: October 01, 2019

City of Columbus Receives Certificate for Most Water Conserved

The City of Columbus was presented with a certificate from the Wyland Foundation for being the winner in the 8th Annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation by pledging to reduce its water use by 65.4 million gallons over the next year.  Scott Creech, executive director of the Wyland Foundation, presented the certificate to Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther.

"Our residents know the value of conserving water,” said Mayor Ginther. “We know climate change is impacting us, so using our resources wisely is critical for future generations."

The home water efficient upgrade award went to Columbus resident, and GreenSpot member, Brenda Gischel of Schumacher Place for taking the water conservation pledge. Ecosystems, LLC will perform the upgrade.

In addition to reducing water, residents from Columbus pledged to reduce their use of 176,806 single-use plastic water bottles and eliminate 3,836 pounds of hazardous waste from entering watersheds. By altering daily lifestyle choices, residents pledges to send 1.7 million fewer pounds of waste to area landfills. Potential savings of 483,000 gallons of oil, 281 million pounds of carbon dioxide, 4.2 million kilowatt hours of electricity, and $819,436 in consumer cost savings rounded out the final pledge results.

The city leveraged its GreenSpot program to encourage residents to take the pledge. To learn more about Columbus GreenSpot, go to

About EcoSystems

EcoSystems partners with property owners to provide turnkey solutions that promote smarter, more efficient uses of water and energy, and empower people and businesses by eliminating waste and cutting costs. In a matter of weeks, EcoSystems helps properties save up to 55% on sink usage, 40% on shower usage, 20-30% for lighting, HVAC, and controls upgrades, and 50-100+ % on toilet usage. For more information, visit

About the Wyland Foundation

Founded in 1993 by environmental artist Wyland (best known for his series of 100 monumental marine life murals), the Wyland Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving the world’s ocean, waterways, and marine life. The foundation encourages environmental awareness through community events, education programs, and public art projects.