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 www.ColumbusGreenSpot.org.
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 www.ecosystems.com.
About the Wyland
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. www.wylandfoundation.org.