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You're taking the first step to making your home, business, or community group part of a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable Columbus. We're glad you're here.
Columbus you answered the call! More than 15,000 took the My Water Pledge and because of that we are ranked #1 in the big city category for the Wyland Foundation's Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation Pledge! Those that took the pledge plan to cut their water use by 65.4 million gallons over the next year. Additional savings include reduction of 176,806 single-use plastic
water bottles, elimination of 3,836 pounds of hazardous waste from entering
watersheds, send 1.7
million fewer pounds of waste to area landfills. Potential savings of 483,000
gallons of oil, 281 million pounds of carbon dioxide, 4.2 million kilowatt
hours of electricity, and $819,436 in consumer cost savings rounded out the
final pledge results. Read the full press release here. The Wyland Foundation helps children and families around the nation to rediscover the importance of healthy oceans and waterways through public art programs, classroom science education, and live events.
Why join GreenSpot? For a couple of really good reasons, actually. One, it's a small thing you can do to make a big impact on the health and future of Columbus. Two, it couldn't be easier.
Our green community is growing daily and currently has more than 17,000 current members consisting of households, businesses, organizations, and community groups. Collectively they have saved more than $7 million, reduced CO2 emissions by 37.3 million pounds, reduced water consumption by 65+ million gallons, and recycled 31 million pounds.
GreenSpot inspires, educates, and recognizes households, businesses, and community groups that adopt green practices. GreenSpot is a membership-based program that provides a framework to think about sustainability and a way to log your successes. It is free to join and there is no fee or cost. If you live in Franklin County or surrounding counties you are eligible!
On April 20th Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and the City of Columbus recognized the GreenSpotLight Award winners for their achievements over the past year to help make our community beautiful, healthy, and prosperous. The winners:
Are you an artist that uses recycled material and/or renewable energy sources for your works of art? Yes! Then think Columbus GreenSpot! Art and sustainability are natural partners. Whether using recycled materials, repurposed materials, or using renewable energy to power an art piece- the materials are there. So let’s partner up! Here is how it works. Create your work of GreenSpot and the Arts art that uses recycled material and/or renewable energy. Next, take pictures of your art piece from all angles (minimal 4). Then email: GreenSpot@columbus.govGreenSpot will review and then post the images to GreenSpot social media (Facebook, Twitter, website). You can learn more here.
Installing a WaterSense labeled showerhead can save the individual 912 gallons of water a year.
Columbus residents love recycling, that is why the RecyColumbus program has more than 75% participation rate. To learn more about the program visit RecyColumbus.
Changing out your light bulbs to LEDs can save money. An LED bulb can have a useful life of 25,000 hours (25 times longer than traditional bulbs). Annual operating cost for an LED is 90% less than that of a traditional bulb and more than 50% less than a CFL.
GreenSpot for Kids encourages all ages to Be A GreenSpot with interactive activities, games, green tips, and even a downloadable book, "GreenSpot and the Dots".