The Office of Sustainability works with all City departments and the community to optimize resource use efficiency and improve economic, environmental, and social well-being.
The Office of Sustainability (OS) was implemented in FY 2010 to further implement Resolution 160-06 Aopens in a new window endorsing the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. View a 2012 report card on efforts.
What is “Sustainability”?
A community is sustainable when it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Areas of Focus
Click on the below links to find out more information on the Office of Sustainability’s areas of focus. In addition to the topics below, the City of Columbia Strategic Plan provides guidance on important objectives of Columbia City Council. More information on the City of Columbia Strategic Plan
On June 17, 2017, Columbia City council passed resolution R-83-17Aopens in a new window, reaffirming the commitment of the City of Columbia to take action to reduce climate pollution; authorizing participation in the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy and taking steps to create a Climate Action Plan. View Greenhouse gas emission inventories, climate impact research and current efforts for reducing climate pollution in Columbia.
The city of Columbia is fortunate to have a municipal-owned electric and water utility that is at the forefront of energy conservation programs and renewable energy procurement and production. Successful programs for demand-side management, renewable energy, and data disclosure help Columbia achieve our goals of reducing carbon emissions.
The city of Columbia is committed to “walking the talk”. If we are to encourage our customers to be good stewards of our resources we must also be good stewards of our resources. We do this through evaluating our own energy usage and making improvements, building our facilities to LEED standards, and making sure our employees work in a healthy indoor environment.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! The City of Columbia operates a solid waste utility that is responsible for trash and recycling collection. We offer curbside recycling to make it easier to divert your waste from the landfill. You can also sign up for composting workshops and volunteer with our Recycling Ambassadors program.
The third E in the triple-bottom line of Environment, Equity, and Economy; a sustainable economy is one that flourishes without negatively effecting the quality of life of its citizens. To help promote sustainability in our businesses, the City of Columbia established the Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement awards. Given every year on Earth Day, the awards recognize businesses and organizations that walk the talk for Sustainability.
Sustainable Land Management
The city of Columbia Stormwater Program helps educate local residents about what stormwater is, how it becomes polluted, and how individuals can help protect our local streams, creeks and recreational waterways. The City’s Community Conservation program works to protect and restore Columbia’s native habitats through public education, conservation assistance programs, and by implementing best management practices on our public lands.
How we get from location to location in our community has an effect on the environment. Non-motorized transportation and mass transit help keep traffic to a minimum and give us all cleaner air to breathe.
Outreach and report to City Council
- Mayors Climate Protection Agreement Progress Report (April 2012)
- City Channel produces videos on the City of Columbia’s sustainability efforts
- January 2017 City Council work session- presentation on Office of Sustainability
- December 2017 City Council work session – presentation on Climate Action & Adaptation Plan process