Recognizing the role a healthy environment plays in creating a city in which people want to live, work and raise a family, the City of Columbus established its environmental sustainability initiative. Funded in part by a grant from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO), the Office of Environment manages the initiative focusing internally on city operations as well as externally partnering with stakeholders from throughout the community.
To assist in guiding its efforts, the city convenes an advisory group of city staff and community, business and environmental experts known as the Columbus Green Team. The group meets quarterly and is further supported by working groups with a focus on: Built Environment and Transportation; Climate and Energy; Community Engagement; Branch Out Columbus (tree partners).
Follow the links below to learn about the projects that make up the city's sustainability initiative.
Together with the Office of Environment, city staff and the Columbus Green Team identify and implement projects to reduce impact on the environment through the city's influence. A sampling of these key initiativesare described here and categorized by topic area: Green Building; Reduce, Reuse and Recycle; Renewable Energy; Resource Protection and Conservation; Transportation.
Maintaining an environmentally sustainable community requires a community wide effort and there are a variety of ways you can get involved.
Each year since 2005 the Office of Environment has released a progress report
summarizing environmental efforts taking place in the City of Columbus.
A series of
developed to direct the advancement of environmental sustainability.
A list of
presented to the City of Columbus for work done as a result of its sustainability initiative.