Office of Sustainability
Implemented in FY 2010 to further implement opens in a new windowResolution 160-06 endorsing the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, the Office of Sustainability works with all City departments and the community to optimize resource use efficiency and improve economic, environmental and social wellbeing.
Areas of Focus
Click on the links below 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, 2019, Columbia City council passed the Climate Action & Adaptation Plan by Policy Resolution. View Greenhouse gas emission inventories, climate impact research and current efforts for reducing climate pollution in Columbia. For tips on what actions you can take, please visit the Community Action Checklistopens PDF file .
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 by 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 affecting 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.
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.
Sustainable Land Management
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.
The City of Columbia supports local food production with COMO Common Ground Community Garden Program. Columbia is committed to increasing food security and access to fresh, healthy and local foods throughout the community.
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.
Education and Outreach
The Office of Sustainability works to educate young and old, on campus, and in the community. The more we are able to educate and inspire, the greener our city will become. The change we seek is a better-informed community. Click on the topics below to learn more information about our educational and outreach programming.
opens in a new windowSolid Waste Education opens in a new windowSustainability Education opens in a new windowEnergy & Drinking Water Education opens in a new windowNatural Resources Education opens in a new windowEducational Field Trips
Outreach and reports to City Council
- Mayors Climate Protection Agreement Progress Reportopens PDF file (April 2012)
- City Channel produces videos on the City of Columbia’s sustainability efforts
- January 2017 City Council work session- presentation on Office of Sustainabilityopens POWERPOINT file
- December 2017 City Council work session – presentation on Climate Action & Adaptation Plan processopens PDF file
- June 2018 City Council work session – update on Climate Action & Adaptation Plan development