Office of Sustainability 
910 Dublin Road
Columbus, OH 43215 

Bryan M. Clark
Deputy Director
Phone: (614) 645-6992

Erin Beck
Assistant Director, Sustainable Columbus 
Phone: (614) 645-3522

Alana Shockey
Assistant Director, Sustainability 
Phone: (614) 645-7157

Jeff Ortega
Sustainable Columbus Coordinator
Phone: (614) 645-8995

David R. Celebrezze  
GreenSpot Coordinator 
Phone: (614) 645-6703

Jenna Tipaldi  
Climate Advisor 
Phone: (614) 645-8116

Fact Sheets on Trees (for kids!)

How old do trees get? The oldest living tree is 5,000 years old! However, most trees in Columbus do not live that long. But they did have really cool features and adaptations for our environment. 

For example, how tall are you? The American Sweetgum can grow as tall as 70 feet. That’s taller than your house. Check out more American Sweetgum facts here
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What about the Black Walnut? It is like a giant straw and can soak up 6,213 gallons of water per year. It must be thirsty! Check out more Black Walnut facts here.

Black Walnut fact sheet


The Eastern Redbud tree is a favorite of many people as it blooms early in the spring. Interestingly it is in the same family as legumes (beans and peas). What kind of birds have you seen in an Eastern Redbud? Check out more facts here
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One of the more popular trees is the Pawpaw. It is designated as the state native fruit! There are even festivals to celebrate this fruit that can be made into ice cream. Check out more Pawpaw facts here

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