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Columbus Office of Environmental Stewardship

Columbus Office of Environmental Stewardship
Learn what the City is doing to make Columbus a greener community.

Inform and Engage

Bike StickerEarthShare Ohio
EarthShare Ohio is an opportunity, a system, and an answer for environmentally conscious employees and workplaces to support dozens of environmental groups at once through a charitable giving drive.

GreenSpot Sign Templates
Remind staff that being green is easy with these template signs.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Recycle Columbus

Keep Columbus Beautiful
Get information about local litter cleanups, graffiti prevention and removal, recycling, and beautification projects.

City of Columbus Mobile Tool Library
Residents in designated service areas have free access to 200 types of hand and power tools for home repair, maintenance, landscaping, and painting.

RecyColumbus
Learn about the recycling programs offered to residents by the City of Columbus.

MORPC Take 5 for Clean Air
The Take Five for Clean Air pledge is tailored toward governments, businesses and organizations, and individuals. Learn voluntary actions you or your workplace can take to improve air quality on Air Quality Alert days and in daily practices.

City of Columbus Waste Wizard
Don’t know how to recycle that item?  The Waste Wizard offers assistance in finding locations to take that hard-to-recycle item.

Ohio Materials Marketplace
Companies that generate waste or have surplus equipment, chemicals, and materials can connect here with companies that can reuse or recycle those unwanted materials.

Personal Emissions Calculator
Use this online calculator to gauge your personal greenhouse gas emissions, and get tips on how to reduce them.

Reduce Food Waste
Did you know that about 120,000 tons of food waste ends up in the landfill each year? You can help reduce this waste by managing leftovers, shopping smarter, and understanding expiration dates.  For more tips on improving your food efficiency, check out Compost Exchange.

Conserving and Protecting Water

Conserve Water

City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities
Get green tips and a list of watershed groups, as well as information on the City's Fats, Oils, and Grease program and Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan.

Branch Out Columbus
A new report shows that Columbus needs to plant 300,000 trees in the next five years to recover from damage caused by insects and severe weather. Some areas have less than 15% tree canopy cover and are in desperate need of new plantings. As a community we can achieve this goal together.

GreenSpot Backyards
Franklin Soil and Water, together with partners, continues to promote stormwater education with a focus on rainwater harvesting and infiltration.  Keeping rain where it falls and using it as a resource keeps our watersheds healthy and safe. We continue to promote the use of rain barrels, composters, native plants and trees while offering $50 and $100 rebates for eligible residents.

Columbus PUP
PUP stands for Pick Up Poop. All dog owners can "doo" the right thing and scoop poop when walking and in your own backyard. Our goal is clean water and PUPing is our law.

Ohio State University Extension Services
Find a list of plants that are native to the Columbus area, and a library of lawn and garden tips.

Stormwater Best Management Practices
Check out these methods for controlling stormwater discharge.

Water Sense
Learn what you can do to use water efficiently, calculate potential water savings, find WaterSense labeled products or test your WaterSense at this EPA site.

Hotel Water Challenge
Learn how your hotel can reduce water use, save money and get recognized by signing up for the Water Sense H2Otel Challenge.

Audubon At Home
Audubon At Home is a program that strives to increase food and water sources for wildlife, shelter and nesting opportunities.  

Conserving Energy

Save Energy

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.  

AEP Ohio
Energy audits, rebates, information for residents, www.aepohio.com/wasteless 
Incentive programs for businesses, www.aepohio.com/solutions

Columbia Gas of Ohio
Purchase low-cost, energy-saving products online and receive instant rebates.

EnergyStar
Get practical tips for conserving energy in your home or business.

Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives
Find tax incentives available to businesses and residents.

Ohio Lights Out Program
Collisions with buildings are a leading cause of bird fatality during migration in North America, and it is estimated that up to half a billion birds die each year in North America from building collisions. Lights Out programs provide an opportunity to reduce the number of collision-related kills, and have been successful in a number of cities across the U.S.

Homeowner Guide to Solar
Power from the sun can be fun and effective! But how many panels do you need and what are the financing options? To learn the answers to these questions and more check out Let’s Go Solar. 

Traveling Green

Green Travel

Mid–Ohio Regional Planning Commission
Learn about local ride solutions, like carpooling, van-pooling, and biking.

Central Ohio Transit Authority
Get a list of services and schedules for the local bus system.

CoGo
Zipping along the streets of Columbus has never been easier! CoGo Bike Share boasts 41 stations and 365 bikes to help you get from point A to point B whenever you need them -- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Bicycle Parking   
Bike racks, bike parking shelters, and bike parking corrals provide a variety of options for parking your bike and are located throughout Columbus. If your business is located in Columbus and is interested in having a bike rack installed on public property near your business, please contact 614-645-3111 or 311@columbus.gov.

On-Road Bike Education
Yay Bikes! offers on-road group courses that provide people of all ages and abilities the  skills and confidence to ride anywhere.

Car2Go
A car sharing service that lets you swipe your member card, answer a few questions on the touch screen and drive as little or as long as you like. When done, find a parking spot in the Home Area and end the trip.  Business accounts available.

Ohio Green Fleets
Ohio Green Fleets is a program that helps businesses green their vehicles through educational opportunities, recognition, informational resources, funding assistance, and professional consultation.  

Electric Vehicles

EVs are a great way to get around without the pollution. Check out Drive Electric Ohio for discounts on electric vehicles. Don't forget about charging stations and where to put them. Check out GreenSpot members ChargePointe and Clean Fuels Ohio for more information. 

Environmental Compliance

Ohio EPA - Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention
Information and resources to help businesses achieve compliance with the environmental regulations.