Below are a series of documents developed to guide the work of Get Green Columbus.
Green Memo II
Green Memo II is a continuation of the original Green Memo released in 2005, and is the foundation of the Mayor’s Get Green Columbus initiative outlining the city's environmental goals for a period of five years from 2010-2015.
Green Memo & Principles
In January 2005, 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.
Central Ohio Green Pact
In 2007, 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
On February 22, 2007, Mayor Coleman, with the support of City Council, signed the U.S. Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement. Since then, the city has completed its baseline greenhouse gas emission inventory for its operations, and is starting to work on an Action Plan to reduce these emissions.
Executive Orders are sometimes used internally to communicate city policy to staff. Below are two of these documents:
• Anti-idling policy
• Paper usage policy
Green Fleet Action Plan
The City of Columbus has approximately 3,100 on-road and 2,800 off-road vehicles, which consumed approximately 3.6 million gallons of fuel in 2007. As part of the Get Green Columbus initiative, the city is working to reduce vehicle fuel consumption and emissions. A Green Fleet Action Plan was first developed in 2008 and has since been updated for 2011. These efforts have earned the city the title of Greenest Fleet in North America by Government Fleet Magazine.
Summary of progress:
• 2013 (mid-year)
Video overview of Columbus initiatives:
• Green Fleet Action Plan (by Clean Fuels Ohio)
• Alternative fuels (by Clean Fuels Ohio)
• Biodiesel (by Clean Fuels Ohio)
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.
Air Alert Action Day 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.
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.
Mayors' Alliance for Green Schools
On July 25th of 2011, Mayor Michael B. Coleman signed onto the Mayors' Alliance for Green Schools. The Alliance is a program of the U.S. Green Building Council and aims to harness local-level leadership and creativity to promote the benefits of green schools in their communities.
Resilient Communities for America
The Resilient Communities for America Agreement is a sign-on letter for mayors and county leaders who pledge to create more resilient cities, towns, and counties—and share their challenges and successes to help other local governments.
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