Category Sustainability

Housing the Homeless: When Housing Comes First

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Housing the Homeless: When Housing Comes First

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"Homelessness is a complex problem, but homelessness is a fixable problem," says Steve Hollis, Columbia’s Manager of Human Services. "The first step is putting someone into a home." Homelessness is a reality that tho...

Building Community Solar

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Building Community Solar

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Check out Columbia, Missouri's new solar addition and learn about the city's future Building Community Solar project. Find out more information at ColumbiaPowerPartners.com

Operation Clean Neighborhoods 2018

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Operation Clean Neighborhoods 2018

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City of Columbia staff from multiple departments volunteered their typical 8-hour workday to clean up the Benton-Stephens Neighborhood and Lions-Stephens Park. As part of Operation Clean Neighborhoods, which takes pla...

Strategic Plan 2018 Update

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Strategic Plan 2018 Update

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Three years ago, in 2015, City Manager Mike Matthes announced a citywide strategic plan to reduce economic inequality in Columbia, Missouri. Each year, an annual report is presented to Council to recap the progress ma...

Tending Our Trees

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Tending Our Trees

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In line with the "operational excellence" component of the city's strategic plan, Columbia Parks and Recreation sent three horticultural specialists to Kansas City to participate in a Tree Risk Assessment Qualificatio...

CoMo Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

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CoMo Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

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The City of Columbia is developing a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) to identify opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance our resilience in the face of a changing climate. For more inform...

2017 MCPA Award Winner: True/False Film Fest

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2017 MCPA Award Winner: True/False Film Fest

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The organizational winner for the 2017 Best Innovative Practices was the True/False Film Fest. Their efforts to reuse and recycle throughout their festival, including a landfill diversion rate of over 90%, have shown ...

2016 Homelessness Summit Session I

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2016 Homelessness Summit Session I

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(00:00:00) Welcome — Andrew Grabau, Janet Thompson, Michael Trapp, Karla DeSpain, Rocky Alden (00:22:48) Local Overview — Steve Hollis, Randall Cole, Carla London, Katie Burnham Wilkins (00:48:40) National Issue Char...

Go COMO’s First Electric Bus

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Go COMO’s First Electric Bus

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Did you know that Columbia is the first city in Missouri to have an electric bus? The vehicle is zero emission and saves $4,500 per month. Come out and ride clean with Go COMO on the #1 Black Route!

Willie Cole Visits Lee Elementary

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Willie Cole Visits Lee Elementary

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Each year the students of Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School create a one-of-a-kind art installation for the City of Columbia City Hall using recyclable objects. This year the kids received a helping hand from worl...