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.

Below are a series of documents developed to guide the City Of Columbus' environmental stewardship work.

Habitat for Pollinator Species On June 22, 2016 Mayor Andrew J. Ginther celebrated National Pollinator Week by signing onto the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative and the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge.  The city is committed to taking actions that increase habitat for pollinator species such as the iconic monarch butterfly.  "Pollinator species like the monarch butterfly play a critical role in our environment, and they capture our children’s imagination,” said Mayor Ginther.  “We are proud to be part of a national and statewide movement to increase the biodiversity in our community.”  Species such as birds, bats, bees and butterflies help pollinate plants and are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food. They also sustain our ecosystems and produce our natural resources by helping plants reproduce. The actions the City will take include: 1. Communicate with community garden groups and encourage them to plant native milkweeds and nectar-producing plants. 2. Convene city department staff and identify opportunities for revised mowing programs and milkweed / native nectar plant planting programs. 3. Host or support a native plant sale or milkweed seed giveaway event. 4. Plant a monarch-friendly demonstration garden at a prominent location. 5. Remove milkweed from the list of noxious plants in city weed / landscaping ordinances. 6. Promote these initiatives and education through social media. 7. Provide education and support to schools and other stakeholders on the importance of providing habitat for pollinator species. 8. Provide technical guidance/support on how to best manage established pollinator habitats throughout the year.

Compact of Mayors Mayor Andrew J. Ginther signed onto the Compact of Mayors in January 2016. This is a commitment to do the following: TAKE INVENTORY .1) Build and complete a community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory with a breakdown of emissions for buildings and transport sectors, using the GPC standard; (2) Identify climate hazards; and (3) Report on both via the CDP or carbonn Climate Registry questionnaires. CREATE REDUCTION TARGETS AND ESTABLISH A SYSTEM OF MEASUREMENT. Within two years, the registered city must update its GHG inventory to also include a breakdown of emissions from waste sector.; set a target to reduce its GHG emissions; conduct a climate change vulnerability assessment consistent with Compact guidance; and report in its chosen platform. ESTABLISH AN ACTION PLAN. Within three years, a city’s strategic action plan must show how it will deliver on its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.

The Columbus Green Community Plan (2015-2020) Otherwise known as Green Memo III, the Columbus Green Community Plan is a five year plan created through an intensive public input process.  Internal to the city, the document serves as a directive to staff calling for active engagement in the outlined initiatives. Externally, it serves as an open invitation to join the city in becoming an increasingly sustainable community.  Advancing Columbus as a sustainable city is a shared responsibility in which the city cannot achieve on its own.

Green Memo II (2010-2015) Green Memo II  is a continuation of the original Green Memo released in 2005, and was the foundation of former Mayor Michael B. Coleman's Get Green Columbus initiative outlining the city's environmental goals for a period of five years from 2010-2015.

Environmental Policy City wide Environmental Policy

Green Memo & Principles (2005-2010) In January 2005, former Mayor Michael B. Coleman issued a comprehensive environmental policy statement, "Get Green Columbus, Environmental Stewardship in the 21st Century." Known as the Green Memo , the document is based on a set of Green Principles  and sets forth the city's commitment to making Columbus a greener place to live. - learn more

Central Ohio Green Pact In 2007, former Mayor Michael B. Coleman invited local officials from 12 other local jurisdictions to join him in developing and signing the Central Ohio Green Pact. Since that time, the Pact has grown to include over 31 members through a parternship with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. The Pact represents a new, multi-jurisdictional commitment to policies that enhance and protect the quality of life, environment and economic vibrancy of our region.

•   Visit the Central Ohio Green Pact website
•   View an informational video on YouTube

Executive Orders Executive Orders are sometimes used internally to communicate city policy to staff. Below are links to the documents:

  • Anti-idling Policy
  • Paper usage policy
  • Fleet management 
  • Tree protection and mitigation
  • Green Fleet Action Plan

    The City of Columbus has approximately 3,050 on-road and 3,225 off-road vehicles, which consumed approximately 3.4 million gallons of fuel in 2015. As part of the City's environmental stewardship efforts, the city is working to reduce vehicle fuel consumption and emissions.  The   Green Fleet Action Plan was first developed in 2008 and has since been updated annually. Since 2008, the City has reduced petroleum based fuel by over 19%. This has resulted in a 13% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The City achieved this through operating cleaner vehicles with cleaner fuels and cleaner engine operation and through operating vehicles more efficiently by reducing idling and right sizing vehicles.These efforts have earned the City the title of Greenest Fleet in North America by Government Fleet Magazine. Annual progress reports can be found below: 

     

    Bicentennial Bikeways Plan The Bicentennial Bikeways Plan  outlines targeted priorities for transportation, recreation and quality of life for Columbus. The plan calls for initiatives such as complete streets, bike trails and lanes, a 'Share the Road' campaign, bicycle parking and more.

    AWARE Green Universal Design Manual The City of Columbus and Franklin County have adopted AWARE as the standard for construction & renovation of federally-funded residential projects to provide housing that is healthier, more accessible & environmentally friendly.  - learn more

    Air Alert Action Plan Air pollution can cause serious health problems. In order to reduce these risks, the City of Columbus developed an Air Alert Action Plan  outlining the specific operational actions each department will follow during an issued air alert to:
    1) minimize the formation of ozone and emission of particulate matter into Central Ohio's air, and
    2) to inform employees regarding the risks and encourage best personal responses to an air alert.