Brownfields are abandoned and/or environmentally contaminated industrial sites which are under utilized and afford the potential for redevelopment. Working through the
Office of Economic Development
, the city has
brownfield sites and implemented incentives for remediation and redevelopment. One notable former brownfield site is the
Scioto Audubon Metro Park
(pictured above) which is now open as a recreational amenity near downtown Columbus.
Green Columbus Fund
Green Columbus Fund
is a reimbursement grant program that uses financial incentives to encourage sustainable development and redevelopment. Private businesses and non-profits can apply for grants to either redevelop Brownfield sites or to build green in Columbus. More detailed information is available
Columbus Energy Challenge
The Columbus Energy Challenge is a free, voluntary program that makes achieving energy efficiency as easy as possible, from start to finish. Each participating business is provided with quality information about energy benchmarking, training opportunities, tutorials on how to register buildings using ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, and a spreadsheet template that makes automatically uploading utility data easy. Participants will also be connected to utility rebates and other resources to help reduce energy use and save money. Take the Challenge Today!
Greenhouse Gas Inventory
The city studied its baseline greenhouse gas emissions in 2005. With an initial inventory totaling 317,926 MT eCO2, the city has taken actions to reduce its demand on natural resources by upgrading inefficient lighting, monitoring and adjusting building temperatures, improving HVAC systems, and weatherizing buildings. The city has set a goal to reduce emissions by 2% each year until 2030. In order to reach this goal, the city uses the
Energy Star Portfolio Manager
, an interactive management and benchmarking tool, to gather ongoing data about the contribution each of the city's buildings makes to emissions.
Home Energy Efficiency Services
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), IMPACT and Ground Level Solutions offer free home energy efficiency and weatherization services to income eligible customers. Services offered include energy audits and, if necessary, insulation, air sealing, repair/replacement of appliances and lighting.AEP Ohio offers rebates, incentives and solutions to help customers save money on energy through efficiency programs. To learn more visit the following links to AEP Ohio: Residential customers, Business customers. Columbia Gas of Ohio offers residential customers low cost energy audits and free thermostats, shower heads and other discounted services where needed. To learn more visit Columbia Gas of Ohio.
The City of Columbus has a policy to meet or exceed LEED certification standards for all new City owned facilities.
, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system. The City of Columbus proudly congratulates its
who have made the same commitment to build and renovate using LEED standards. A video explaining LEED can be viewed here. The following city facilities are LEED certified: Vehicle Impound Offices; West Side Family Health Center; Glenwood Recreation Center; Old Columbus Police Station.
To qualify for the ENERGY STAR, a building must
outperform 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide, by earning an ENERGY
STAR score of 75 or higher on a 1-100 scale. The City of Columbus has received the ENERGY STAR label on the following buildings:City of Columbus
Division of Police Central Safety Headquarters, located at 120 Marconi
Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43215, and the Columbus Jerry Hammond
Government Center at 1111 E Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43205.