Sustainability Archives

2017 MCPA Award Winner: Columbia Insurance Group

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2017 MCPA Award Winner: Columbia Insurance Group

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The 2017 Environmental Stewardship Award for a business was awarded to the Columbia Insurance Group. By going to all LED lighting, replacing inefficient transportation and HVAC systems and implementing environmentally...

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...

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!

2017 MCPA Award Winner: Fretboard Coffee

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2017 MCPA Award Winner: Fretboard Coffee

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Fretboard Coffee achieved the 2017 Resource Conservation Award through many different sustainability practices. A few of their several practices include using organic beans, biodegradable bags and food containers, fur...

2017 MCPA Award Winner: Missouri River Relief

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2017 MCPA Award Winner: Missouri River Relief

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For their countless efforts to clean up the Missouri River, Missouri River Relief has earned the 2017 Environmental Stewardship Award for an organization. By cleaning up 876 tons of trash and heading up clean up proje...

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 ...

Columbia, Missouri, 2015 Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement Awards

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Columbia, Missouri, 2015 Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement Awards

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A committee of City of Columbia staff and community stakeholders established the Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement (MCPA) awards to recognize businesses and organizations for their environmental stewardship, innova...

Columbia Recycle and Trash App

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Columbia Recycle and Trash App

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Columbia Missouri’s Solid Waste Utility is offering up a new free app, the COMO Recycle and Trash App, available for Android and iOS devices. The app provides an updated schedule of your trash and recycling collectio...

Preservation Trades Workshop

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Preservation Trades Workshop

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Columbia's Historic Preservation Commission secured grant funding assistance from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources State Historic Preservation Office to hire trades professional Bob Yapp to conduct a three...

The Really Big Tree Project in Columbia, Missouri

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The Really Big Tree Project in Columbia, Missouri

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The City of Columbia Stormwater Utility is trying to improve storm water quality throughout the city. Its first major endeavor is the Really Big Tree Project in the central city.