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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.

National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation

Mayor Ginther, GreenSpot and the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation

Mayor Ginther, GreenSpot, and the Wyland Foundation have teamed up for the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. You can take steps to save water and be eligible for cool prizes like utilities paid for a year! It’s easy. Step 1: Become a GreenSpot member, next, take the My Water Pledge. Hurry--this is only for the month of April!

Hey Columbus...Join the movement today!


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! 

GreenSpot Advisory Board

GreenSpot Advisory Board
The GreenSpot Advisory Board had their last meeting of the year the other day. In 2018 they worked on increasing GreenSpot membership, helped organize the GreenSpotLight Awards, creating a "How to Start a Green Team at Work" guide, reached out to schools, and helped with the GreenSpot 10 year anniversary celebration. We are proud of our board members! There are citizens as well as several organizations such as Grange Insurance Audubon Center (co-chair), EarthShare Ohio (co-chair), The Ohio Nature Conservancy, Smart Columbus, OBLSK, MORPC, Green Columbus, Franklin Park Conservatory, COSI, Councilmember Remy's office, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Sierra Club Ohio Chapter, Cardinal Health, Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District, IGS EnergyThe Ohio State University, Huntington Bank, and several city departments.

GreenSpot 10th Anniversary Event!

GreenSpot 10th anniversary sign different sizeA big Thank You to those that attended our 10th anniversary celebration! More than 130 people gathered to hear about GreenSpot successes, a diverse panel of businesses and households, and participated in table trivia Special thanks to Green Columbus and the Grange Insurance Audubon Center for coordinating and hosting the event. Thank you to Councilmember Emmanuel V. Remy for giving opening remarks as well as all the speakers. The event was sponsored by  SWACOGreat Lakes Brewing CompanyMetro Cuisine. See photos from the event here.

Additionally, Columbus City Hall was lit up green at night for the week of August 13th to commemorate the anniversary. 

Big thanks to Elevator Brewery, Jack & Benny's, Portia's Cafe, and Skillet for offering a discount for GreenSpot members the week of August 13th. 

2018 GreenSpotLight Awards Celebration

CM Remy and Woolpert, Inc2Congratulations to all those that were recognized at the 2018 GreenSpotLight Awards Celebration! Those being recognized included American Municipal Power, Woolpert, Inc., ProSource Wholesale Flooring, Kitchen and Bath, AC Lens, Cardinal Health, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, L Brands, Prime AE Group, St. Mary School, and German Village. 

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced the city’s new sustainability logo “Sustainable Columbus” which will replace the Get Green logo on the city’s website, green city vehicles, and yearly sustainability progress reports. 

Thank you to those that attended to make it a success, those recognized, and Franklin Park Conservatory for hosting and AEP Ohio for sponsoring the event.  Read more about it here

How to Start a Green Team at Work

How to start a green team at work cover
Starting a green team at work can be a daunting task. Where do you start? Who do you include? What type of structure is right for you? With the help of the GreenSpot Advisory Board we have come up with a how-to guide to start your own green team at work. This guide covers how to tailor your message to each department, tips on forming a green team, areas to focus on, implementing ideas, tracking success, and more! The 14-page guide is easy to follow and can set up for launching your own green team. Check it out!

Calling All Artists!

GreenSpot art

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.gov
GreenSpot will review and then post the images to GreenSpot social media (Facebook, Twitter, website).
You can learn more here

Water, Energy, Recycling = Going Green

Water, Energy, Recycle

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.


Kids Like Green Too!

Kids Like Green

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".