Contact Us Office of Sustainability 
910 Dublin Road
Columbus, OH 43215 

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

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

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View the Columbus Green Community Plan: Green Memo III here.


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A new report shows that Columbus needs to plant 300,000 trees in the next five years to recover from damage caused by insects and severe weather. Some areas have less than 15% tree canopy cover and are in desperate need of new plantings. As a community we can achieve this goal together. See our progress below in our live tree-o-meter. Help the tree-o-meter grow by registering trees planted here:


Please get involved in one of the following ways:

fall tree giveaway poster imageThanks to Branch Out Partners,  Kurtz Bros and SWACO for offering 500 free trees on Saturday, September 30th to Columbus residents to plant on their property. The event will be from 9am-11am at the Ft. Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, 546 Jack Gibbs Blvd. Update: All trees have been reserved! Thank you Columbus! If you didn't get a tree you can either check back with us next year or check out our GreenSpot Community Backyards program where you may be eligible for up to a $100 rebate on a native tree. 

Note- city employees are not eligible to receive free trees; tree must be planted in the City of Columbus to be eligible; limit of two trees per household. 


left lilacPLANT A TREE

When planting your tree be sure to: 
1. Select the right tree from our approved tree list
2. Properly plant a tree or seedling to ensure it will survive and grow. Don't forget- always call OUPS and the City of Columbus (614-645-8276) before you dig to protect yourself from underground utilities.    
3. Submit the location of the tree you planted to help keep track of progress towards our goal.

Earn up to a $100 rebate on the purchase of a tree(s) for your yard while supplies last. Visit the  GreenSpot Backyards website to get started. The rebate program is administered by  Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District on behalf of the City of Columbus. 


tree image for street treeREQUEST A STREET TREE

Submit a request through the City of Columbus' 311 system, by calling 614-645-3111 or visit and “submit a service request”, type keyword “request a street tree” then follow the prompts. Note: there is a wait list of approximately two years to have the City plant it, however you can request a permit to plant your own street tree.

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Make a monetary donation to purchase and plant trees. Donations are tax deductible and can be made online via The Columbus Foundation.  Contributions can be made to honor a loved one. For information on how to make a donation, visit here.

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If you need eye glasses..visit Eye Columbus. They will donate a portion of every frame sold to help plant trees in Columbus parks.
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Patrick Flooring produces and installs their own custom hardwood flooring. They have pledged to plant a tree for every floor installed, whether that be in a customers yard or elsewhere. Visit for more information.

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Care for existing trees in your area. Keep them healthy, watered and trimmed. View a fact sheet about how to properly maintain a tree here.

left buckeye leafSIGN UP FOR or ORGANIZE AN EVENT

The City of Columbus Branch Out Columbus program was a proud sponsor of Earth Day 2016. The community planted over 21,000 trees during the week of April 16-23.

You can also register to participate in a city tree planting event or plan an event of your own using our online map throughout the remainder of the year. Should you need equipment for your event, Keep Columbus Beautiful can supply you with shovels, rakes, gloves and more.


Experts are available to advise you on tree selection and care at the following organizations:
-OSU Extension Master Gardener at
-OSU Chadwick Arboretum at 614-688-3479
-City of Columbus Division of Forestry at 614-645-3350
-Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District at 614-486-9613
-The Dawes Arboretum at 1-800-44-DAWES


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Thank you to the following organizations who have pledged to support Branch Out!  

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If your organization would like to sign on contact David at