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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...

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!

Net Zero Home of the Future

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Net Zero Home of the Future

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You may think of it as the home with all the solar panels but the "green" home on Ash Street is much more. Learn why this universal design construction is earning the "net zero" title.

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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 ...

3M Monarch Butterfly Habitat Restoration Project

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3M Monarch Butterfly Habitat Restoration Project

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In response to the drastic reduction in population of monarch butterflies, and to support other pollinator populations as well, the City of Columbia with the support of 3M, Missouri Department of Conservation, and U.S...